Joseph Ambler Inn

4.5
1789 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1789 people are saying
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gocats
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit since COVID. A very enjoyable meal with great food and service. They haven't lost a beat. Have always loved this place.

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vipfoodismypassion
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very busy day for the restaurant but they made us feel as though we were the only ones there! Service was great with the exception of an error on the bill which was quickly resolved. We chose the price fix lunch menu and all our choices were outstanding - prepared perfectly and plated beautifully. We will be returning!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great server. Good nice. Perfect quiet place for intimate conversation

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vipPatR
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Server was attentive, food was fair.

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wineanddine
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great atmosphere/ excellent service . excellent food.

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Cher
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was good but our appitizers, salads and bread were all out at the same time and then 3 mins. later the meal - felt very rushed! Fish was great!

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ThomasB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 7 year anniversary and we were blown away with how good everything was. The staff brought out a bottle of champagne and put it in an ice bucket right at our table. The food was out of this world. It was the best steak I’ve ever had. We will absolutely be returning fir dinner and recommending this place to everyone.

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CraigS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service

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RDWarrior
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a recent engagement in the family. Amazing Atmosphere, service, and value. Joseph and Lauren is our go to place for celebrations and they did not disappoint! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

We waited over 1.5 hours for our entrees.

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Robert
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Joseph Ambler Inn is a fantastic place for dinner with a great wine list, a comfortable bar with fireplace, and an imaginative menu really well prepared. the server for our table was terrific and was there just at the right time every time we needed her. if you like historic Inns in Bucks and Montgomery County PA, this is a great place. the owner has moved several old houses that were due to be knocked down onto the property and converted to rooms and meeting sites.

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LindaF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We're hoping the Joseph Ambler goes back to the 6 ft spacing that they've been maintaining throughout covid. Tables were pretty jammed together. Everything else was wonderful!!

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JayH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great, well prepared, thoughtful meal. It was obvious the chef didn't just throw the ingredients together. Will be back.

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RobertP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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normanr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My first visit to JAI and I would definitely go back. Service was a little on the slow side but there was a party going on. I didn’t mind as we were catching up with friends and it was nice to have the time. The food was better than average and look forward to a repeat visit.

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vipAliceH
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals were excellent! Salmon was perfectly cooked. Fish (of fish & chips) was excellent as well. Cod was sweet & flaky. Batter was crispy and not greasy. Only downside was that the restaurant was cold. Server was attentive and friendly. We are looking forward to returning for dinner.

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MikeT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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SeanB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary dinner. A bit pricy and limited menu due to Covid and staffing restrictions, but great service and food!!

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srf16
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful property
Great food
Warm and comfortable atmosphere

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JoeB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Took forever to get greeted by server, felt we were treated as lessers due to our young age. food was good not Great. Won’t be back anytime soon

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BethR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duet filet mignon is out of this world. My friend had a dual salad which she enjoyed very much.

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likes2dine
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner outside. Very relaxing abs food was delicious.

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Lubyloveshesh
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Went to Joseph Ambler Inn in September and had a delicious dinner and very romantic ambiance. Went last night with another couple and I was mortified. There was a wedding there that was very loud and they made us feel uncomfortable, like we were crashing their wedding. They would not turn the heat lamps on, even though we were freezing, and I asked several different people. Why would you have all those heat lamps, and not use them? Bizarre. The food was great, but the service was slow.

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vipRobinR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall we had a lovely dinner with terrific service! However, we were disappointed that they would not put the heaters on outside, so it was a bit cold. There was no explanation as well.

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MaureenK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Water and wine glasses were dirty looking. Watched the hostess remove extra unused glasses from the table with her fingers in some of them. Do they get washed or just put on a shelf to use later at another place setting?

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DoylestownGeo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
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
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Denise the server was wonderful!

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Staci
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant experience

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maidenhatboro
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
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 on October 15, 2021
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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ShawnD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

When we arrived, we were led to a table with a fair amount of sun. When we asked about moving to another spot the hostess seemed hesitant at first but then put us in a shaded area. What she didn’t tell us was that his would quickly become the waiting area for wedding guests while pre-ceremony pictures were being taken and we were subjected to guests, photographers, and staff yelling back and forth to each other.

We ordered cocktails, then had some back and forth about the wine list. We then ordered our salads and entrees, the former of which arrived before we were halfway through cocktails. Feeling very rushed, we asked when the waiter returned to slow things down a bit so we could relax and enjoy our meal. At this point, we had already decided not to order a bottle of wine as we felt we wouldn’t be given the chance to enjoy it. This proved to be the right choice, as our entrees came almost immediately after salad plates were cleared. I had still not finished my cocktail, and we had been seated for only 25 minutes.

There was very much a feeling that we were being rushed through to turn the tables and that the wedding was the priority. Regarding the former, it was not a holiday or other special occasion; the patio was only half occupied.

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

Lovely atmosphere at night on the patio. Great food.

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Joseph Ambler Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 1789 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.