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About Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

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.

129 East Butler Avenue
Ambler, PA 19002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Light Menu: Tuesday -Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00pm -11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 643-0111

Website:
http://www.dettera.com/

Catering:
ANNOUNCING CATERING BY DETTERA!

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar now prouldy provides catering! Enjoy all of the dishes you love catered anywhere you need. Have an upcoming special event? Leave all the work to us. We are featuring menus for any occasion including: Weddings, Birthday Parites, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Baby/Wedding Showers, Cocktail/Dinner Parties, Outdoor Events, Holiday Parties, Business Meetings, Brunch, and More!

Check out a sample menu @http://www.dettera.com/announcement.php?id=86

Parking Details:
Close to municipal lot and on street metered parking (FREE daily 12pm-2pm, after 6:00pm daily, and all day Sunday).

Public Transit:
Ambler train station less than five blocks.

Executive Chef:
Jeffrey Power

Private Party Facilities:
Beautiful second floor available with service bar, lounge, and fire place.

Private Party Contact:
Kevin Yost: (215) 643-0111

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
HAPPY HOUR!
Tuesday - Friday 5pm-7pm, offering 1/2 Price Specialty Cocktails, $3 Draft Beers, $8 Ketel One Martinis, and $5 Glasses of Wine! Buck a Shuck Oysters on Wednesdays 5pm til we sell out!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year with us! Enjoy a Four-Course Prix Fixe with an optional Wine Pairing. ~ $75/person for the Prix Fixe & $30/person for the Wine Paring
(a la carte menu will not be available)

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Special Occasion (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Seasonal (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Casual (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food! A very nice dining experience. Thank you!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Our meals at Dettera are always outstanding. Tonight our party of three started with two unique salads and the tuna tartare. Entrees were the Amish chicken, bass in a wonderful broth and pasta with venison. We shared the chocolate pate for dessert with three forks (and an extra scoop of peanut gelato, please). We were pleased to have Michael serve our table; it’s like eating with a great friend. Thanks, Chef Jeffrey, for another wonderful meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our waiter provided excellent service and was helpful and knowledgeable with selections. We were going to the theater afterward and did not need to rush within the hour we had. I had halibut and my wife had red snapper. Neither of us was disappointed in our meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was terrific and our server.. Mike, was outstanding! We sat in one of the front tables.. I would recommend it -- the ambience is much nicer than upstairs. They have a pretty outdoor area with a fireplace, too. Outstanding wine selection!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Seasonal
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Birthday dinner with the family at Dettera. Fist time and glad we chose this restaurant. We picked three appetizers, the tuna tartare, oysters, and the mushroom toast. Then for the entree’s, we had the surf and turf, stripped bass, and duck. Experience and expectations exceed!! The level of service is at the top. We will be back next chance we get. Every bite was perfect. Complements to the chef and kitchen staff for presentation. If you looking for an awesome meal, don’t miss a chance to eat at Dettera.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The wine by the glass choices were fantastic. Our group of 6 ordered appetizers and pizzas for a casual meal & everyone was pleased with the food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I loved every course. We can’t wait to go back!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As an Ambler local, I feel so lucky to have a place like Dettera right down the street. Years ago, my husband and I ate our first meal here when we celebrated closing on our new home in town and there have been many impressive meals here since. We are both experienced and skilled home cooks so we don't eat out often. Our standards are high, and anyplace we dine at must do a better job than we could do at home ourselves. Dettera fits the bill! The seasonal menu is ambitious enough to interest sophisticated diners, but not so highbrow that others will be put off or intimidated. The wine list is ample with great choices in many price ranges and their handcrafted cocktails are delicious too. I eat mostly vegetarian with the occasional seafood dish thrown in, and some of my favorites at Dettera include the oysters, the grilled octopus appetizer (cooked perfectly, never rubbery!), any of their homemade pastas and the seasonal fish entree. In the spring, they had a trout with pea shoots that was so delicate and flavorful I still think about it. This most recent visit, I had a homemade potato gnocchi that was just perfect - not heavy at all. I also like that the pastas are offered in half portions. The octopus appetizer and a half order of gnocchi left me room for my favorite Dettera dessert: the butter cake. We brought my parents here to celebrate two birthdays and two wedding anniversaries and everyone left happy. My dad reported having the best steak EVER. Dettera is elegant inside, but you can show up casually dressed which is how we roll in my family. For 4 people who had a couple of drinks each, dinner and dessert we spent $275 including tip. My only critique is that they knew we were celebrating special occasions and we waited almost 45 minutes for our food. There was a large party clogging up the kitchen. While we were not upset, the server did not even comp us a round of drinks or dessert - just offered an apology.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good food and service. We have dined here a few times. Oysters are fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This was probably one of our most delicious meals ever with the oysters, cheese plate duck and surf and turf. It was a quiet night in Ambler and in the restaurant but the meal and experience were excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It was a crazy busy night at Deterra but the staff did a great job. Amazing food as always.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was great. Presentation beautiful. Great blend of flavors and textures.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I would highly recommend Dettera for their creative cuisine and great service. I had an exquisite soup made with parsnips, hazelnuts, and pears along with an excellent beet salad and an entree of pesto gnocchi. They also have a good wine selection and I always have had great service.
I recommend this restaurant to my friends!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We have eaten here quite a few times and always enjoyed it. The food this time if anything was even better than before. All three courses impeccable for both of us. Pastas innovative and unique.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is out new favorite restaurant to go to in Ambler. We've had consistent service, drinks and quality service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Spur of the moment impromptu dinner with my wife. Everything was fantastic. Grilled octopus was as good as it gets. Eggplant ravioli was one of the specials and scrumptious. Our server Kenneth was incredibly friendly and very helpful in assisting us with our choices!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The service was amazing--- and the food was delicious! Being gluten free and somewhat fussy about other food restrictions, I was worried that it didn't look like there were options, but they were completely willing to substitute and everything we had was so delicious! The chef is very talented. And our waitress gets an A+++.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on September 5, 2017

As usual, dinner was great. I visit a lot, and the sauces were wonderful. Great cocktails, staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Healthy, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We were slightly late for our dinner reservation, which meant we arrived after 10 o'clock, which is when the restaurant changes its menu to a more limited menu. However, because we had called to say that we would be late, they kept the kitchen open so that we were offered the full menu! This was entirely unexpected and incredibly appreciated. The manager came out several times to ensure that we were having what we wanted, and to generally check on our well-being. This restaurant was a favorite of ours before that evening, but it is now at the top of our list!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As usual, Dettera was terrific. I note that they have fewer vegetarian options than the last time that I visited. Wine list is fantastic with myriad excellent wines by the glass. I would be happy to see some low carb/no carb entrees on the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

A superb meal, with excellent service. This is one of our two favorite restaurants and we highly recommend it. Not cheap (figure about $50-55 per person with a drink and dessert) but it will be a memorable dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Fairly empty but they tried to put us upstairs
Out of burgers on a Saturday night at 7:00
We live local but off our list
Bad menu

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here. Had a side of their curried cauliflower &carrots for an appetizer which was delicious. Our entrees were equally delicious.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Loved the outdoor atmosphere! Drinks were delicious! Went to dinner here for girls night..perfect for drinks, apps, small plates.. Will definitely be back to try the entrees for a dinner date with my husband!

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2017

So good! So delicious! Everything was perfect!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We absolutely enjoyed our date night at Dettera. The ambiance was excellent, they have an picturesque outdoor dining area. They have an extensive wine list and the food is so delicious. The waitress and busboys were so friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Visited many times, never had anything other than exquisitely prepared food and drink, with attentive service. The best restaurant in suburban Philadelphia.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Excellent dinner, great wine list and outstanding service. Choice of dining outside patios or multi-levels. Great food specials.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

We were celebrating my sister's birthday. I had made a reservation on line and I was called to verify and asked if there were any food allergies or dietary needs. I let them know it was for a birthday and they served dessert with a candle for my sister. The food was great and the waiter was so helpful explaining all of our options. I live far away but I would take my partner there for a date for a special occasion again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Has been one our go to places for years. Dettera does everything well and for a regular, its as comfortable as a dining experience can get. It's our alt- dining room and a welcome relief from last night's burnt disaster in our kitchen. Even the hamburger and small plate menu is enough to revive our spirits. The food is always good, always interesting, but it is the place and people that keeps us coming back. If you're in center city, perhaps not enough reason to come out, but if you're in Ambler, there certainly is no reason for driving any further.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I must say Saturday night at Dettera was an odd experience. My wife and I walked into a half empty restaurant at approximately 7:50 for our 8pm reservation. It was a gorgeous night and we asked to sit at one of the approximately 10 empty outdoor tables. Our request was refused and instead we were offered another table upstairs. Saturday was the last night of restaurant week so we ordered off the menu and purchased the accompanying wine pairings. The first wine pairing came out approximately 10min before the appetizer which was early, but still fine considering the next course. Wine was served for course two as they were taking our appetizer plates. As I wanted to save my pairing for the meal I put the drink aside. Little did I know that we would be waiting over an hour for course two. After an hour, the manager (same one who wouldn't let us sit at the outdoor table) came to apologize for the wait - he made some excuse that the kitchen was backed up. He offered us a free glass of wine (class move) then asked the bus boy to fill up our empty water glasses. Long story short there was a lot of apologizing and they comped the wine pairing, but it seemed like the place was discombobulated from the start. Finally the entrees came and were small. We immediately ordered a side order and by luck, that came right out. I am not sure whose fault the service was and I am willing to give the restaurant another shot as the food we ate was actually very tasty, but next time I will make sure to clear my schedule.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Ambiance terrific, food delicious, wait staff very professional. What would have normally been more courses for this meal, my friend was on a diet, hence limited options. Waiters were patient and encouraged our lingering at table. Nice, especially after a long, stressful work week. Love this restaurant.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Amazing job.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 7, 2017

No reservations available after 6:30 till 8:00. Plenty of seating available for 7:00 time. Seating for 5 was uncomfortable. More of a family atmosphere. Menu was limited. Ordered seafood stew and came lukewarm. Entre should come with salad.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We live in Ambler, are regulars and Dettera has been our local go-to for better dining for years. Probably difficult for me to be completely objective because we like the place and the people so much that we might overlook some glitch that a one-timer might find fault with. That said, we've always found the menu to be interesting and creative, the service superb, and the food preperation and presentation excellent. Very comfortable surroundings and fine place to actually enjoy a meal. And they make a pretty good drink to specification. Always a pleasant experience. We generally order things we couldn't or wouldn't do at home, trusting them to wow us and we've rarely been disapponted. Reviewers tend to be harsh and often look for and note flaws, regulars tend to look for consistent enjoyable performance over time. We're regulars for a reason. Year after year, Dettera has been in our top 5 and always an easy choice after a long week.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Chef Jeffrey Power continues to be,, in my opinion the top chef in the Philadelphia area. An opportunity to be offered a chef tasting menu is a must do. Chef's daily menu is appealing enough and incredibly varied. But for a special treat, try a tasting menu and you will never be disappointed. Love, love, love this restaurant and this chef.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Our dinners were very good and our service as well. We all felt that the accompanying vegetables were tasty but rather skimpy. Although we found the menu rather limited we would be happy to dine there again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Delicious, creative appetizers, good entrees. Two of our party ordered 2 appetizers instead of an entree and we shared one additional appetizer for the table. Very pleased. 'especially enjoyed the octopus and the grilled peaches.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Nice place a little pricey but good food. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2017

This was our first visit and we were totally surprised at how much we liked it. We started at the bar because we were early for our guests. I had the best Manhattan ever with a wonderful cheese plate. Our main course was great. Each of us had something different . Dessert was delicious. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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