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Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

1181 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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
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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 @
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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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Special events & promotions
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!
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
What 1181 People Are Saying
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Dave (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Phenomenal. Dettera never disappoints.

Amazingly crispy duck cooked to perfection, tender escargot, and amazing house-made pasta are just a few notable dishes we had last night. I'm getting hungry again writing this review! Go for the food, stay for the wine. They have great options for everyone, my wife loved the charred cauliflower entree.

At first glance, the wine list can be intimidating, but our knowledgeable server Mike was there to describe certain varieties and make recommendations.

This is not our first nor our last time visiting Deterra, the menu is always changing and makes every experience interesting and original.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food and amazing service. This will definitely be a place that we go to frequently!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Little disappointed with the valentine dinner. We had filet mingon was more like prime rib and the quail was dry. Seated by the bar rather than the window... could have been better seated...

Pauser (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great cocktails, wine selection & food. This was our first time here, but it won't be our last!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I had not been to the restaurant since they changed it. I actually preferred the older menu. My husband and I love the mushroom pasta, and I think the short rib pasta. I ordered the tagliatelle pasta but it didn’t have anything in it, so it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

MarissaD (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food and service were outstanding! I loved the atmosphere and it wasn't too loud.

Datenight (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was great but the service was terrible! For the price I will not be returning.

AlesiaG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Good food but so so service. I would go back for the food and wine list.

RebeccaF (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was unique and delicious! We really enjoyed our meal

Scott (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Always a good meal.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food but a little pricey for the portion size. Small restaurant but beautiful and romantic inside. Nice for special occasion and bar is excellent for Happy Hour. Extensive Wine list, Service was slow but waitress was pleasant. Beet Salad was amazing. Lemon Crème Brulee & Chocolate Flourless Torte were delicious. Menu needs to have more options.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

We were for restaurant week and opted to try the wine pairing menu with our dinner. It was truly incredible! Each of the courses had such unique delicious flavor and the service was excellent! We will definitely be back!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome from the drinks to the main course. Also love that they have small and large sized portions

vipKatB (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food, great service, but small portions for the price.

vipMagentagirl (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The place has a comfortable decor and is quite welcoming although very loud. Hard to hear each other at times. The food was meh. The octopus appetizer was overtaken by the dressing, the risotto was too salty and went uneaten, the ravioli noodle was tough. To top it all off, for a wine bar, we found it unusual that a red wine was served in a white wine glass.
Sorry to say that we will likely not return.

Lovez2Garden (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere. The oysters were uniquely prepared. The portion sizes are not large but a good size. A little on the pricey side but worth it.

vipLianne (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

MattA (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 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.

RARY (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
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.

vipElizM (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 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.

cpetrillo1 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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

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.

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.

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 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.

Mouse (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

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