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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!

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (16)
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Special Occasion (14)
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Notable Wine List (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Romantic (10)
Seasonal (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Cozy (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Great Beer (4)
Authentic (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Another terrific meal at Dettera. Always fantastic drink selection, friendly and knowledgeable service, and creative food. Our current not-to-be-missed dishes are the cacio e pepe, the smoked salmon, and the shrimp risotto.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Bulleit Rye Old Fashion was awesome. The food was good with and friendly staff. We sat upstairs and enjoyed a nice meal in an upscale casual environment.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (Orlando)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazingly fresh Delaware bay oysters on special and we both had the special steak. Mine was undercooked but they brought it back perfect with a brand new plate.
My only complaint there is that at 8 pm for dining I wish the lights were a bit lower for more ambiance. We had pin lights glaring down on our faces. Ask the waiter if the lights could be dimmed but it fusing happen.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I felt the menu was limited and not as yummy as in the past.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our dinner at Deterra was mind-blowingly amazing! Everything exceeded our expectations, from start to finish. The food was delicious - do yourself a favor and order the Parsnip and Hazelnut Soup, and the Black Truffle Risotto, you won't be disappointed. Our server, Kenny, was really knowledgeable and funny, but never made us feel rushed. The atmosphere is fun and lively, while still allowing for quiet conversations. Chef Power and his team at Deterra really out-did themselves!

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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 21, 2017

We unfortunately were seated upstairs along with a wedding reception party...not a good combo for a nice meal for 2 couples. After an unpleasant dining experience, and letting the staff know of our displeasure, management made things right by us, so kudos to them for recognizing they were not up to expectations that evening for us. We've been back for happy hour, which was very good.

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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