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About Joseph Ambler Inn
Tucked away on 12 acres of lawns & gardens, the Joseph Ambler Inn is the ideal setting for a truly exceptional dining experience. Featuring award winning contemporary American cuisine & an extensive wine list. The Dining room is located in the renovated stone barn & features hardwood floors, exposed stone walls, & historic ambiance. The Inn also offers casual dining and happy hour specials in our JPub. Tables in the JPub are on a first come first served basis. Terrace dining is also available in the warmer months.
North Wales, PA 19454
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
***Pub seating is available on a first come- first serve basis. No reservations.***
***Please note that requests for outdoor dining on Friday and Saturday Nights may not be available until 6:30 or 7:00pm***
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Lite Lunch Served in the Bar Only-Saturday and Sunday Noon-4:00PM-please call for reservations
Main Dining Room Serves Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
JPub Serves dinner and lite fare daily until 10:00PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano every Friday & Saturday Evening
Private Party Facilities:
Elegant Weddings, Business Dinners, Rehearsal Dinners, Anniversaries & Birthdays, Holiday Parties, Intimate Fireside Receptions
Private Party Contact:
Wendi Terlecky: (215) 565-0139
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Seafood Night every Thursday. Chef's changing variety of seafood specialties including Buck a Shuck Oysters. Available in the JPub and Terrace.
Joseph Ambler Inn Ratings and Reviews
Nice place to have our anniversary dinner, and as a result dessert was on the house complete with “Happy Anniversary “ beautifully written in chocolate on our dessert plates! (Thank you!). When it comes to the menu I’m not as adventurous as some...but we both thought our selections were delicious. Our server and support staff were plenty busy yet still took very good care of us throughout the meal. I imagine a fair amount of the patrons were guests at the inn but we are fortunate to live in the area and enjoy celebrating special occasions there. Same time next year :)
Good Food- but beware those with cat allergies.
Enjoyed the food and service. The rabbit legs were a great different entree. Not a fan of the basement setting, but ok.
My biggest complaint was presence of cat dander. There are a couple of cats on the premises. As someone with sensitive cat allergies, the restaurant and the common areas of the Inn could have used better vacuuming (thankfully the rooms were pretty free of cat dander).
Lovely experience weekend before Valentine's Day. Started with a drink in the pub, and the dinner at the restaurant. The historic tavern provides a cozy ambiance. Delicious homemade breads, very nice wine list. Interesting choices - duck, rabbit, veal, as well as seafood and beef. Husband loved the duck confit. I had a delicious scallop dish with pureed corn and quinoa. Baked pear and ice cream for dessert!
This was the next stop on our tour of PA Inns. My wife and I enjoy eating at various Inns in eastern PA because we like the feel of dining at a place that has some history associated with it. This was our first time dining here to celebrate my wife’s birthday.
We absolutely loved everything about the experience. The maitre d’Hotel was very friendly and welcomed us like we were regular customers. Our server was attentive and had a pleasant smile.
Our meals were outstanding - Spicy Tuna Roll, Seafood Pappardelle, and Bronzino finished off with the Chocolate Mousse. Everything was seasoned just right.
Although it’s a trek for us to get here, we will definitely return. In fact, we may even book a room at the Inn to get the full experience.
Food was ok. Ordered beef and clams appetizer which was delish. Steak on prefix menu was very good. Salmon, was too sweet and slightly undercooked (mushy/ soft). In the beginning the waitress was not helpful with suggestions and substitutions for food allergy which put us in a guessing game situation, but was very accommodating when we returned the fish.
Drinks were strong, prices were fair and of course the atmosphere is beautiful and romantic.
The menu and food is consistently wonderful. We started with a caesar salad, then NY Strip Steak and Swordfish with nice side dishes and completed it with creme brulee and warm bread pudding. The house specialty drinks were great, but the other mixed drinks left a little to be desired. We have never had a meal that we didn't enjoy here, even at busier times (Valentines day, etc). I am going to go back and check out the Thursday night seafood night - sounds interesting
Excellent, attentive service. Many different food options from seafood to pasta and steak. We had small room to ourselves which made the occasion even more special. Menu a little pricey so more a special occasion night out but good sized portions. No one went home hungry.
New Years Eve and fixed price menu. We arrived for an early dinner 5:30 and requested a quiet table. They placed us in one of the smaller rooms with beautiful china plates. Service was excellent. Our server Colleen was able to explain various items on the menu and make suggestions. Four courses and very good food with nice portion sizes. Our only flaw to our anniversary/new years eve dinner was a couple who showed up halfway through and were seated in this small room. Everyone else was talking in muted voices and we could not hear conversations. This couple was loud and by the time we left we realized how rude they were. They talked very loud and were showing each other loud things on their cell phone. In addition, they kept wanting changes in the menu and didn't want to order all the first three courses at once. Each time the serve staff would leave the room they made some comment. I felt bad for the servers trying to do their best. Otherwise an excellent dinner.
Very disappointed. We've been here several times before and this time was terrible. From when we arrived we did not feel welcome or attended to by any of the staff from hostess who hesitated to seat us " because her feet hurt," to inattentive busboy and waitress. We had 8 pm reservation and it was not busy at all. Yet, we waited a ridiculous amount of time for our waitress then another 20 minutes for bread that we had to ask for it twice. Due to food allergies we requested white bread and were told they didn't have any.Never got the lemon requested with our water. 3 or 4 busboys were standing together talking, waitress was rarely seen. We were celebrating the New Year early and we disappointed with our whole dining experience. We don't plan a return trip.
Overall the experience was good but not great. We were disappointed with our baked brie (came out cold), salad (was 95% arugula), my husband's rabbit was tough, my fish was good but not great. The best part was the bread pudding, which was delicious, but the rest of the food was forgettable or regrettable. This is unfortunate because it's one of the few higher end restaurants left in the area.
We dined at Joseph Ambler Inn to celebrate our anniversary. It did not disappoint us. We enjoyed a leisurely meal of good food with attentive but not intrusive service at a time of day when the restaurant was not too busy. The noise level was low and we were able to converse in normal tones and hear each other. Altogether a lovely way to celebrate together. Thank you Joseph Ambler Inn.
I'm torn for this review. I dine at the Jos Ambler a few times a year and always enjoy it: great service, food and ambiance. Last Sat. was the exception to the rule and it was the first time my sisters and brothers-in-law experienced Jos Ambler. I'll give them another chance; my family may not.
It was mom's 89th and we looked forward to lunch in the dining room. When I made the reservations there was no mention that the only seating was in the modern pub . . . bummer, but not a show-stopper. We arranged to have flowers on the table . . . nope, no flowers.
It just went downhill from there. Glasses went unfilled--water, wine, soda or tea--all empty. My sis ordered filet rare, I ordered medium. Apparently she received mine (overdone) and I received hers. When I pointed this out to the server she giggled and said "sorry."
When we ordered coffee, one of the pots was defective--it leaked all over the tray. She still served it to me, it leaked all over the table (it could have leaked on me if I had not been more observant). When I suggested they retire that coffee pot she again giggled and said "sorry."
No servers ever checked back to see how the meat/fish were cooked.
We felt ignored and, for the first time in a long time, tipped less than 20%.
We came for a last lunch. We’re seated in a nice quiet small room but it was too cool for comfort .
The lobster roll was much improved over last one but still had a long way to go to equal the lobster rolls of Maine. Soup could have been hotter.
We will try Thursday seafood especially for the dollar a shuck oysters.
On my wife’s birthday we thought we would try something special. Something besides your ordinary steak house or fine dining restaurant. It had been many many years since we had been to the Joseph Ambler Inn so we figured let’s try. It turned out to be very special. The atmosphere was country farm with a warmth that you rarely find today. Food was delicious and service was excellent. The Xmas lights and decorations were a bonus We will be back.
We have been to JAI several times and always pleased with everything. This time we asked our Sister and Brother-in-Law to dine and stay over with us to celebrate our anniversary. The inn is decorated for Christmas and out on the lawn is trimmed with cut out carolers, just lovely.
The food was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the meal. I had the Rib steak, cooked just a ordered. My sister had the Champagne chicken.
From the moment we arrived we were greeted with very friendly people. Our 7:00 Table was ready on time, and our “hostess” seated us and took our drink order. The drinks were exactly as ordered.
Our server was friendly and knowledgeable.
The meal was excellent including dessert.
There were lots of people partying, but the noise level was fine and not challenging.
Will def return.
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