Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.6
1625 Reviews
$30 and under
American
DETTERA restaurant and wine bar brings sophisticated dining to downtown Ambler. Merging progressive American cuisine with wine bar chic in a beautifully restored, historic building offering upscale casual dining on an outside deck with a brick fireplace, a first floor dining level open to a curving black granite bar with over-sized round banquettes. The second floor dining room offers a relaxed atmosphere with pillow filled banquettes, a romantic fireplace, and a beautiful view of the Ambler theater. Wine selection offers over 50 wines by the glass and more than 200 by the bottle. The menu puts a heavy focus on seasonality, sustainability, and the sourcing of locally farmed produce. DETTERA also maintains their own herb and spice garden daily. A great find for that special dining occasion or even light fare and a glass of wine after the theater.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1625 people are saying
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vipWilson
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good. But the service was very slow, and this was not a busy night, and we were early diners. Don’t believe it was our server but some sort of problem with the kitchen. In any case it should not have taken 45 minutes to deliver two hamburgers and fries.

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vipJimP
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, food was delicious and plentiful. My homemade bucatini was outstanding as was the octopus salad I had as my appetizer. Love the wine menu and the cocktails are outstanding. We love this place and return regularly.

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vipSuburbanFoodie36
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at Dettera. Everything was top-notch: the cocktails, the appetizer, entrees, and service. We got the Mushroom Toast to share and it was spectacular. I got the evening's special (short ribs), which was fabulous - well seasoned, tender, not dried out or too fatty. My husband got the lamb and was also very happy. Will absolutely be back!

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NORMAM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, server most accommodating, and the overall dining experience terrific. Will definitely be back.

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TimH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Dettera is firing on all cylinders. Exec Chef Jeffrey Powers continues to lead a wonderful kitchen of delicious flare. The service is impeccible, and the liquids and mixed and/or poured with meticulousness. The beauty of all the natural wood is very relaxing.

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TrevaB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Dettera. It's expensive, but always really good and the staff are wonderful.

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ShawnC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing - service was friendly and the knowledge our waiter had of the cheeses and wine was perfect. We will be back

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GregT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah was our waiter, and he took very good care of us. He made great recommendations for both the appetizers, and entrees.

The food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The swordfish dish and dorade fish dish were out of this world delicious ! Our waiter was superior! Love the atmosphere …

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, good food, nice people

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AnneA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fun, full and loud! Food was delicious. We were too close to the bar so very difficult to hear anything. But very energetic experience!

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JosieG
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great evening with friends. Dinner was really outstanding based on our previous experiences. Dettera has always been good but last night was great. We had pasta with short ribs ragu, swordfish entree and pork chop. Fruita di mare and mushroom toast as appetizers were delicious. Food came out hot and delicious. Cocktails were great too. Five star experience last night. Thanks to our server Diane and the young runner for their great service...everything was wonderful!

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vipFoodie67
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seasonal cocktails! Love the new full menu additions!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always enjoy our dinners at Dettera. The food is excellent.

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jimM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food and service. good wines. would dine again

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MevC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating is so beautiful and cozy with heaters and fireplace. Drinks and food were delicious. Very accommodating, excellent service. Highly recommend.

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vipChris
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lexi served us at the bar and she’s always the tops!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the cozy outdoor seating by the fireplace. The new seasonal menu is delish, especially the Bucatini pasta with bay scallops. A must have is the Blood Orange Martini. You can’t drink just one. 🧡

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Jeanette
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food great service from the hostess to our waitress…..drinks were good

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vipErinT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time here for an anniversary dinner. There was quite a long delay between our apps and entrees due to an error but we enjoyed the ambience so much that it was almost welcomed. The server was very apologetic and made sure our first round of drinks was covered, and truly it could not have been a more lovely experience. Food was OUTSTANDING.

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DianD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The classiest dining site in ambler. Over visited many on the main drag. You will not be disappointed. DD

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Absolutely Most Amazing Raw Oysters I Ever Had

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ArtB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond incredible, best ceasar salad , and salmon. Great waitress. I eat out 5 nights a week most of my life, heavily involved in sports reffing and coaching, alot of dinners out. Highly recommend Dettera.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is always good, drinks were very well made. The only issue we had was our waitress wasn't very attentive. She didn't come over to ask how the drinks were or to ask how the food came out. Besides that great place

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vipValerieH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled across the gem via Open Table. Expectations exceeded! Service was spot on and the chef prepared the duck perfectly! Cannot wait to come back again

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LGFoodie
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good meal and we were able to sit outside. Service was good too.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I had our first date here and revisit that anniversary here yearly. This evening, we had our engagement pictures taken. They were incredibly accommodating, letting us use the outdoor space for a perfect backdrop to our pictures. The food is always excellent, as well as the atmosphere. This is an all-around perfect place, whether it’s just for drinks or for a special occasion. Highly recommend!

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AngieG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Dettera is always a treat. From the cocktails to the appetizers to the entrees to dessert, all was delicious and first class. If you enjoy oysters, Wednesday nights are the night to dine. A buck a shuck! The mushroom toast is an appetizer that should not be missed. Our entrees were the steak and the fish special ( whole fish, totally deboned). Cooked to perfection? Dessert was delicious as well- Affogato- consisting of Tahitian vanilla gelato with chilled espresso and chocolate biscotti!
Our server was attentive and allowed our table to truly enjoy each dish we ordered. We never felt rushed. Needless to say our experience at Deterra was wonderful!

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LydiaZ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very delicious and outstanding service

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Luke
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food as always. We had a noisy guest seated right next to us (when there were plenty of other seats available), but other than that, we can't complain

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vipGraemeB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a weekday meal out it is hard to beat Dettera in Ambler. It’s one of the restaurants where I’ve never been disappointed. Food is always fantastic and service is great.

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vipThemI
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another terrific meal. Our party enjoyed beet salad, casserole salad, burratta special and Brussels sprouts. Our entrees were roast chicken, roast duck and tile fish. All excellent and well prepared.

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SarahH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our food was wonderful! Everyone in our group enjoyed dinner. We can’t wait to go back.

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vipChris
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Juliette was our sever and she’s the tops! Food always solid… how they keep the outdoor dining for those who are skiddish on indoor dining.

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Scooter
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would like a little more diversity in the menu but the food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was slow on this night. They apologized before I could even comment on it. They were very apologetic and mor Ethan made up for it. The food and drinks were delicious. I’d definitely go again.

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vipbelle
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My one problem was that one server (not our waitress ) did not wear a mask.

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EKJones
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I was trying out this place after seeing Jessica Boyinton from 6 ABC. A total let down for my date night. The server never checked in with us to see how our meal was from start to finish. She was more concerned with the talking with other server at the bar. My salad had a large amount of roman stems, but the server was never around to complain. My pork loin was over cooked and had ltlle flavor. I won't going back. I'll try Bar Loca next time I'm in that area.

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Francophile
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met with a couple of friends from high school days. We dined outside. Service was excellent. Food was very good, altho' I wasn't 100% happy with my dish (dorade); did not really care for rosemary sprigs used in flavoring or the garbanzo beans -- it was different! I ordered it hoping to again experience the delicious meals I had during my sojourn in France where it is regularly served. Tuesday night was quiet and most diners seemed to be outside. Dettera is a favorite dining destination and will continue to be so.

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Jason
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Appetizers were solid but dinner was very underwhelming and overpriced. I don’t care if it’s outdoor dining, at these prices, no dogs should be allowed. Table next to us had one that wouldnt stop barking. Ridiculous.

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Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 1625 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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