Joseph Ambler Inn

4.6
1770 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Tucked away on 12 acres of lawns & gardens, the Joseph Ambler Inn is the ideal setting for a truly memorable dining experience. Contemporary American cuisine, featuring a wide variety of casual and traditional menu offerings. The Dining room is located in the renovated stone barn & features hardwood floors, exposed stone walls, & farmstyle ambiance. Tables in the JPub are on a first come first served basis. Terrace dining is also available in the warmer months.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 1770 people are saying
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DoylestownGeo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our anniversary dinner was superb. We especially enjoyed talking with our waitress, Victoria. She was very sweet and helpful.

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vipluv2eat
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience4

was not thrilled about we got served last when we were the first ones in room. when asked waitress she said one of the servers took our appetizers. we got our appetizers when the couple next to us were halfway through their entree. Also, my husband ordered 4 diet coke’s and they charged for each one. not real happy about that. the chilean sea bass was delish, butter risotto was over salted

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SusanB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Denise the server was wonderful!

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Staci
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, country atmosphere in the stone building and beautiful grounds. Food is excellent, everything that we have ordered was extraordinary! This is our go to for special events, but perfect anytime you want a fabulous dinner out!

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larrybard
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Perhaps because it was obviously a very busy evening, with one or more special events (e.g., a wedding) being hosted, was not only crowded but also reception/seating appeared unusually slow, and created a feeling of, at a minimum, being overloaded and distracted. In fairness, every member of staff was pleasant and friendly.

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Epicurious
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Summary: service was horrendous but food was excellent. Made a reservation and had to find a place on the grass to park where I would not be triple parked in. Seated at a too small square table that hit my legs (I’m a medium 6’2”). In a room adjacent to a very loud party with a door in between but was only closed by dessert time. Had to ask for a bottle wine list. Appetizer server left the room without knowing our table and had to track them down with help from other diners. Appetizer served without plates or serving utensils. Waited 20 minutes for first drink only to be informed by a different server they were out of that liquor brand as well as our wine selection. Service was saved by Jamie or we may still be waiting to place our entree order. Food was excellent.

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vipDottie
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant experience

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maidenhatboro
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautifully landscaped at the outdoor dining area. The waitress could not have been any more friendlier or professional. The food was excellent and just the right portion sizes. It was an excellent evening with my love.

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MonicaD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

If you're planning on going to the Joseph Ambler Inn for dinner you should rethink that choice. We were seated after a short wait, the server greeted us and took our drink order. The drinks arrived reasonable quick and the server wanted our meal order before we even had a chance to try our beverages and everything was downhill from there. We rarely saw our server, we even had to ask the bus person for salt and pepper because we couldn't find our server to get his attention. It took 30 minutes to get our bill after we asked for it. All the other tables around us were complaining about not getting service whether it was to order beverages, their meal or getting the check. I went to the front desk, gave our check to the manager, told her of the terrible service and that everyone around us was complaining about the same thing, she was very dismissive, she didn't say a word, only grunted and shrugged her shoulders as if to say "tough"! Joseph Ambler Inn is pricey, the food is only average and the service terrible, not a good combination, we won't be returning anytime soon!

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marks1babe
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Unfortunately our food was kind of cold. Cold coffee was served as well. Sent the coffee back and a fresh pot was prepared.

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RobinR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the bar and the food!

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patrick
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. The service is great. Everyone is so friendly and accommodating. Filet was great and wife had the sea bass which was amazing.

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vipMeggie
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a great evening. Delicious food, good service and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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HeatherM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint restaurant with delicious food. The food was a bit overpriced but we had great service.

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vipCharleneK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere at night on the patio. Great food.

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Buckshot
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for our wedding anniversary

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RichardB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very laid back atmosphere, with great choices on the menu. The staff was pleasant, humorous, and accommodating. Very comfortable indoor and outdoor dining settings. We have returned to the Joseph Ambler Inn many times over the years.

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vipTraveler
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening at the Joseph Ambler Inn. Very quiet, non rushed evening with friends. Food was well prepared. Always reliable.

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DebbieL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Weather was perfect for outside dining as we celebrated our anniversary. I would recommend trying it if you’ve never been, although I will say it’s a bit overpriced for what you get and compared to other restaurants of a similar caliber.

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THEORIGINALJZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Hate to complain, but they need to know,every beef and lamb order overcooked,fries oversalted and for the price unacceptable service water glasses unfilled,no check on how our order came out until 20 minutes after delivery...

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Foodie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always satisfied with everything at JAI. And even though they are short staffed right now we were still taken care of promptly.

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JimH
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food seemed to be over seasoned. The wait staff was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was surprised that the table was full of crumbs and the attendant didn’t understand the need to wipe down the entire table! She would wipe down one section and then ask if that was okay. Had to awkwardly point out crumbs! Expect more from a restaurant in general and especially during a pandemic when you thoughtfully select a restaurant.

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AmiM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was strong and we will be returning because of it. The food was good for me, but not great as I like things prepared creatively. However, if you prefer traditional, this place was great. For example, my husband had the filet, and it was the best piece of meat prepared I've had in a long time, and it came with well cooked carrots and mashed potatoes. Just simple and cooked perfectly. No extra. Oh, and make sure to eat the bread and butter - heavenly!

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MikeP
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service ,food, and ambiance are second to none!

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JohnZ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was excellent!!!

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vipYummyYummy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was great
Service horrible. Had water refilled once while there for entire meal. And took 20 minutes after asking.
Ate outside and when sun went down ate in the dark and took staff 30 mins to turn the lights on to the delight of outdoor diners.

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vipDoug
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love this place!

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vipDolly
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good, but menu was very limited. I am on the Keto diet and salads were not even good for it. Need to be able to accomodate everyone.

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TammyR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our only complaint was the salad was not fresh and the lettuce was wilted and our main dish of barley a scallops was not hot

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vipkoolmel
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Paul the server was good. Bread and soup were good. Bronzino over pasta not. Fish was dry and tasteless, ditto for pasta . Also had fish and chips. Fish was good, fries were just warm and soft, probably prepared in advance. First time back in 10 years, now I remember why.

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CARL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

WE LOVED THE OUTDOOR DINING BUT WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE FOOD PREPARATION AS THE LAMB CHOPS WERE VERY OVERDONE AND NOT PREPARED AS ORDERED. ADDITIONALLY WE WERE DENIED SEPARATE CHECKS AS REQUESTED BECAUSE EACH COUPLE ORDERS EXTREME DIFFERENT FOOD AND DRINK QUANTITIES.

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Gabby
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have friendly service? great food and pleasant atmosphere.

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vipJimP
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place- such a lovely outdoor setting with great service and food. We fine here frequently and have only goof things to say about it.

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vipJoyce
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Joseph Ambler. The food was outstanding and our server Denise was a delight.
We were a party of 6 and nothing was to much trouble.
We will return again.

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vipElizabethR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Quiet relaxing time sitting outside

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Harlow
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JAI has become the 'go to lunch spot' this summer. We love sitting on the beautiful patio. The fish and chips are wonderful by the way.

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vipOverpriced
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Even though they seemed short of wait staff, we still got our food quickly and it was excellent. We ate outside and it was so beautiful and relaxing

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DavidM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Joseph Ambler Inn has great ambience. Outside seating is fantastic. Beautiful location. Food is decent. Perhaps slightly expensive for the overall quality. Cocktails are good. Wine by the drink list is fair, but not good. Service acceptable. I've been 4 or 5 times overall the past two years. Not a favorite, but worth an occasional visit.

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VincentV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday and we went with some friends to celebrate. We have been here before and usually had a good meal but this time we were disappointed. The scallops and bronzino were just ok, nothing special. They were both not seasoned very well and they gave you just three scallops which also did not justify the price. My best salad and the cheesecake were very good but other than that we were not too impressed.

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Joseph Ambler Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1770 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.