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For 2
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Wed, 1/17
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Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.5
1163 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(215) 643-0111
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What 1163 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MattA (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Great placre. Great wine and food. Excellent wine selection! Service is superb. Great date night for us.

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RARY (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

Tasty pastas and soups. Decent wine selection. A bit loud on a Friday night. Will return as it’s convenient location for before or after films.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Great night, Dettera has it all, great drink selection, food and atmosphere were terrific... would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Staff was friendly, menu was interesting. Our food was very good overall. I enjoyed the Shrimp risotto, the squash ravioli with pork, and the Brussels sprouts. The desserts were quite good.

One negative. I didn't enjoy the kiss oysters, which was my fault. I enjoy raw oysters and although the lime ice seemed like a good idea, it did nothing to improve the taste but rather masked their flavor plus the oysters were quite small. I should have ordered plain raw oysters, not tricked up, and maybe they would have even been a good size.

Service was OK, I like it that the runners always brought all the food out at once. Our waiter was very pleasant and tried very hard but he forgot about us a couple of times during the meal, no one came by to refill water, or ask about more wine during the meal, and our he was not as knowledgeable about the menu as he should have been. My sense was he had too many tables to cover, or maybe he was new.

We enjoyed our experience and would recommend to our friends.

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vipElizM (Orlando)
3.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything about Dettera looks good on paper. The ambiance and setting was also quite enjoyable. The prices weren’t bad, portions reasonable. The only thing we didn’t like was the food! When you’re going out to a restaurant that’s really the key feature, no matter if the service and setting was pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 4, 2018

We ate at Deterra Restaurant for our Anniversary and my birthday. Service and food are always outstanding! Always something new on the menu to try. Interesting and delicious food options. The wine tasting paired with the food menu is outstanding.

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cpetrillo1 (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

The total meal was very good, wine list was special. Customer Service was not up to par. Reservations were set & taken but we still had to wait an additional 30 to 45 mins. The worst part of going out is making a reservation and not having the restaurant honor it

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

We have always loved it there but the service at 7:30 pm on New Years eve was awful. They brought the wrong foods 3 times and they did not apologize. I could not get the waiters attention to tell him they gave me the wrong entree, so I just ate it. Should have gone to the byob next door. My husbands duck breast was over cooked. They steak a friend had was very very tough. I was embarrassed I recommended them.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve. The pris fixe menu was superb. There were 3 in our party and we ordered different items for 3 is the 4 courses so we were able to share and sample and all were perfection.

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shwall (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 27, 2017

Took my son who had not yet been to Dettera with us. Since he loves octopus, we had to order that. The flavor was great even though the octopus was a touch dry. We had the tuna tartar and found it to be too bland. Nice presentation but lacked something. We shared the duck breast over barley and it was perfect! Very nice size portion, perfectly cooked, great flavor and the barley risotto had great texture and flavor! We didn't order them but they have the BEST french fries!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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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
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(215) 643-0111
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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
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Parking details
Close to municipal lot and on street metered parking (FREE daily 12pm-2pm, after 6:00pm daily, and all day Sunday).
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Public transit
Ambler train station less than five blocks.
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Executive chef
Jeffrey Power
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Private party facilities
Beautiful second floor available with service bar, lounge, and fire place.
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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
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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!