Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.5
1595 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 1595 people are saying
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipwsken
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They need to take "wine bar" off of their name. The wine list is very limited.

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BarbaraH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, I would recommend Dettera for a relaxing and enjoyable meal. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent.

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vipThemI
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our family of five was in town for Fathers Day, three adult daughters. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We were seated in a premier both on the first floor - very comfortable, allowing privacy but being close to the vibe of the bar. The cocktails came quickly, each poured from an individual shaker. We enjoyed apps of mushroom toast, octopus, tuna, beet salad and a special burritos and peach salad. They were shared around the table and very much enjoyed. Hard to choose the best as all were excellent! For dinner, the girls had the app portion of cavatelli and pappadelle, plenty for them and tasty. Husband has pork tenderloin, said he should have order medium rare. It good nonetheless. I had the roast chicken which was excellent. Overall very much enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall we had a great time at Detterra and had great service and food. I had the steak and though the flavor was great, the meat was extremely chewy and tough. For $45 it was quite literally hard to swallow. My boyfriend had the pork tenderloin and enjoyed it, but thought some pieces were a bit dry. The standout was the mushroom toast as an appetizer. So good! We also had a fantastic server who, though busy, was very attentive. We’ll definitely be back for appetizers, but might skip out on a full meal.

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vipChuckB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This is our second time eating there. First time over a year ago was very good this time not so. Upon arrival, despite having empty tables downstairs, we were taken to a table upstairs which was dead. Only two other tables occupied on the whole floor. We requested to be seated downstairs and were initially told that due to our reservation being made late we were automatically seated upstairs. I questioned that response stating I made the reservation the day before. The hostess then backtracked and said she could seat us downstairs. Which she did.

After ordering drinks and receiving them the waitress came to take our orders. My wife stated that we were going to order appetizers first and entrees later. The waitress then stated that we had to place the order for both at the same time and the reason being so we wouldn’t have to wait for the entrees. I stated we were in no rush and could wait. The waitress then stated that chef required the order be placed together and then gave us a moment to look at the menu again. After reviewing the menu we opted to order appetizers only and another round of drinks.

Food was OK. (oysters & octopus were OK, Caesar salad very good).

Upon reviewing the bill my wife noticed that we were charged $16/glass of wine instead of the $14 listed on the menu. All in all, very disappointing.

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vipMez1959
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely birthday dinner - food was excellent.

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vipKarlR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be out again. The service, host, bartender, server were friendly and efficient. The food was outstanding, Tender Octopus, Plump delicious Oysters, Melt in your mouth perfectly cooked Lamb and a Wood Grilled whole fish with a perfectly paired sauce. All this and a sophisticated atmosphere made this experience special.

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vipNicoleH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Really great outdoor space in Ambler! But super disappointed in the food for the price.

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vipGinny
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for first restaurant venture out after the pandemic. Can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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GUnit
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious for what it was. The portions on the other hand were very small, especially for the price paid and the menu was very limited. We enjoyed the meal but won't be going again. We actually ended up going to another restaurant and ordering an appetizer and dessert due to still being hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service and great food

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vipChris
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lexi was our server and she’s the best. She’s far more personable than some servers. Great job Lexi.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not much on the menu and pricey

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DanD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent meal with wonderful service. This spot has become a date night fixture.

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GaryP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deterra never disappoints. Always a fantastic experience.

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Jennywren
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Wonderful table outside in the alley. Lovely place to talk and enjoy a delicious meal together.

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vipPauser
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at Dettera! We were seated on the side patio. They had heaters and lights set up, so it was very comfortable. Tables were spaced appropriately. Our server was excellent. We enjoyed our cocktails and our meals. We've been here many times and will return again. Thank you!

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vipRobC
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was really good - especially the sea bass that my friend and I both ordered, and the fried brussel sprouts were wonderful.

The service was good and friendly - except that the waitress didn't come back to check on us after the entrees were delivered, and I had to hunt for her to pay the check after almost 2 hours at the table.

While pricey - I'd definitely go back.

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Jenn
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deterra never disappoints, consistently great food, drink and service!

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MarkK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Branzino was excellent as well as the striped bass.
Wish they didn’t run out of left hand milk stout

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal...chef Power is an artist!

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AnyaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food nice ambiance. Would return for sure. we y’all had a good time

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipDeniseC
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love the ambience and service but pork tenderloin was a bit dry and tough.

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vipJimB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We experience wait service that was epically bad. Our server failed to ask ANY questions (beyond taking our order). Every pass through our table was left with an unattended need. Each time plates were cleared, something hit the floor (knives, lamb chop bones, etc). When I asked the waitperson a question, her response came while she looked at her watch. The most egregious events were when overlooked other empty plates and attempted to clear our cheese board, which still contained a few pieces of cheese. We weren’t able to stop her before she grabbed the board and pulled it, dropping a piece of cheese on the table. When we told her we were not finished with it, she replaced it and PICKED UP THE FOOD AND PLACED IT BACK ON THE BOARD! If that was not enough, the food runner slung one of the entre plates on the table with sufficient force to send a lamb chop tumbling across the table.

We were there to celebrate a birthday and refused to allow the service to disrupt our fun. With that said, it is highly improbable we will ever return and I will definitely make a point to deter others from making the mistake that we made.

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TomS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic and service on time, friendly, etc., looking forward to going back. Rack of Lamb was amazing!

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Mike
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice spot on the patio and enjoyed our meal

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KhamilaB
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband took me on a date. I chose the place. The restaurant is close to our home, and it offered outdoor dining! We were extremely pleased with the ambiance, service and food. We will definitely dine here again!

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wg2648
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is the best in the neighborhood. The food is delicious and the service excellent. I plan to visit again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We ordered the rack of lamb and herb roasted half chicken...both were delicious! The restaurant is beautiful, we will definitely be back another night!

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SebastianD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have been to Dettera multiple times and this was the first time during Covid. First,the menu is very limited even for the drinks. We ordered octopus,it was so tiny covered with artichokes and garlic to look bigger. The drink was also a big cube of ice with a bit of alcohol. The steaks price was ridiculous. Total rip off . Very disappointed.

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DanD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, kind and friendly service. So nice to be able to have a quality and fun night out these days. Highly recommend Deterra. We’ll be back for our next date night.

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JoeM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Sat for 2 hours and never got our entrees. Appetizer took 40 minutes to come and it was undercooked flatbread. Waitress not attentive and we told her to cancel our order because we were leaving. Was told that the chef and manager were coming out to speak to us and no one ever showed up. Extremely disappointed.

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vipUpscalediner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

My family dined at Dettera for my birthday. The service was extremely poor. The waitress was rude. She slammed down our drinks and food. She didn’t bring the dessert we ordered. She ruined a nice family evening. We will not return.

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Marc
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My wife and I went for the first time. The server was friendly but, service was slow. There were a few items and drinks on the menu, that they didn't have, like sparkling wine(at a wine bar). The cheese tray for an appetizer was very small, especially for the price.
The entrées were fresh and tasted good but not many options on the menu.

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steves
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with wife for valentines dinner. Service and food was exceptional, definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Center city style dining! But much closer to home

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night !

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Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1595 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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