Ambra - Philadelphia
Wasn’t aware when I booked this that it was an 8 course chefs tasting menu. It is a very small and intimate space. Every course was amazing! Would definitely go back. The wine pairing were good but we would just order a bottle of wine next time. They were super attentive without being intrusive. The food is really a treat and plated beautifully. Left stuffed and looking forward to going back.
Ambra is Philadelphia's best special occasion restaurant. It's gorgeous, the service is friendly and knowledgeable, the food and drink wonderful. Come hungry, it's a lot of food! The wine pairings make the evening extra special, but even if you just want a single glass, you've come to the perfect place.
I loved the small, intimate setting and we got the earliest reservation which was extra nice b/c we were the only ones in the restaurant for 1.5 hours and had the place to ourselves. It is a small, intimate space. The food was great, the drinks were good; but for the cost I would highly suggest going to Vetri or Zahav instead. This place was very good, but for the same price point you can get something elsewhere that is really a blow-you-away experience. However, if you like the idea of Vetri and the like but are not a very adventurous eater; this may be a good fit for you.
This was my second visit and we had high expectations, as the previous meal and service were fantastic. This time around the price had increased by about $20 per person, and the food was mediocre at best. Had not one, not two, but three servers- so wasn’t sure who was who. They were attentive... but aside from ordering the wine pairing along with the tasting menu, the Sommelier was not of any help in choosing a glass. I ordered sparkling water, and rather than leave the bottle on the table they filled the glasses then took the bottle away. They were attentive in refilling the glass without asking, but it wasn’t apparent to us until the bill came that they charged us $18 for 3 bottles of Pelligrino. Very shady was to make an extra buck Ambra. No plans to return.
Great place for a quiet dinner with unforgettable food.
Let me start off by saying it was absolutely amazing! They only offer a tasting menu. We did the wine flight with our meal and the wines were wonderfully paired. We enjoyed a few extra glasses of wine and some coffee and digestives after the meal. Having said that, the bill was over $800 for 4 people before tip. (Maybe we would’ve been better off buying the wine by the bottle) Again the food, service, and ambiance were wonderful, but bring your wallet.
Fabulous from the first bite. And every course was equally wonderful. Will definitely make Ambra our go to spot for special dining.
Ambra may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for the ultimate dining experience, this is the restaurant . Every course is meticulously prepared and served the same. All the ingredients are the best quality one can find. Each course if you select the wine pairing is perfectly balanced to the course to truly enhance the course.
The service, the ambience is impeccable.
We had gone on with a lot of expectation, but the food lacked innovation and quality. We have been to other plated menu restaurants in town and we found them better!
By far the best meal we have had in a while. Absolutely outstanding.
Best dining experience in Philly. Superb food and service and one can have a lovely conversation!
The chef is one of the most creative in the city and the tasting menu is always well integrated and thoughtful. The two pasta dishes were exceptional and the sword fish shaped like a small canolli and stuffed was inspired. The braised beef short rib melted in ones mouth. We go regularly when the menu changes and will, therefore be returning soon. Had a wonderful 2000 Dolcetto -- where else do you find aged wines --- that was reasonably priced.
Great ambiance and staff. Food was well portioned and unique. Tasting menu price was a bit expensive but the food was worth it. Would definitely recommend.
This was the best dining experience I have had in Philly in over two years. We came for a date and thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu and wine pairing. I would highly recommend the wine pairing. I am looking forward to coming again, special occasion or not.
Fun tasting menu. Incredible service.
Absolutely fabulous experience. The food, the service, the wine pairings. I wish I had done it before.
In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in Philly. Better than Vetri, Vernick, Laurel, and others. And I always leave FULL. It's actually too much food, but it's so good...
Ambra is one of the best restaurants in the city. Chef's tasting menu only with exquisite dishes you are unlikely to have anywhere else. Each one is a gem. The optional wine pairings are outstanding. Small, intimate room.
Dinner was excellent. Very varied and each course was delicious. Our only negative comment is that the music was too loud for an intimate restaurant. Would definitely return!
Ambra was one of the best dinners I’ve had in Philadelphia, up there with Laurel, Vernick, Vedge, and Zahav. The food is on point, and the service/wine pairing is incredible.
Food was good... somehow ai did not get inloved. Music very high and it was cold inside. Half empty in a friday night so not great ambiance
Certainly one of the best meals I have had in Philadelphia or maybe ever.
Really an excellent tasting menu, ambiance, and service. Not sure anyone could find any faults here. Highly recommended.
I never write reviews but this restaurant deserves so much more buzz. I've been twice and it's great. You should go
One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Perfection from start to finish!
The service was outstanding. The food was small plate although multi courses. Paired with interesting wines throughout. It is a thoughtful well, well paced experience. In a trendy neighborhood. For two, with the only option of pre-fixed menu with a small pour wine at each paring, the meal for two and tip was $485. As long as that is factored into your experience. I wasn't so concerned about price but food parings, while beautifully presented, still left my partner on the hungry side. He appreciated the experience, just wished the small plate portions were a little bigger.
We had an amazing meal at Ambra. The courses were perfectly sized so that you could enjoy the entire meal. The wine pairings were also excellent and perfectly matched each course. A truly special place and worth every penny.
The best restaurant in Philadelphia. The food and the wine paring work perfectly together. The staff is very welcoming and accommodating. The ambiance is charming.
Food was delicious. Service great. Also, the wine pairings were perfect. Very intimate. There are only five tables in the restaurant. Would go back.
This was our first time dining Ambra. It was a great experience. The food, ambiance, and service was perfect. If you are adventurous and love great food, give this place a try before everyone else finds it. I plan to go back soon.
Every course was exceptional. Incredible food and wine pairings all successful. Service was attentive without being pretentious. Perfect meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Food was amazing, wine was amazing, jay was extremely knowledgable and helpful with wine information and pairing details.
Low key atmosphere, friendly staff, great food, nostalgic tunes.
The food at Ambra was superb and plated beautifully. We thoroughly enjoyed the perfect wine pairing . Kudos to the designer of the space which is beautiful, warm and welcoming and most of all very comfortable. It was neither cramped or loud which made us very happy. I can’t wait for our next visit!
Loved it. Marvelous food in a very romantic atmosphere.
An amazing dinner. Jay, the sommelier, was great. The whole experience was spectacular!
Amazing experience! Top notch!
We enjoyed a lovely meal here last night. Inventive food, perfectly portioned and paced. Thoroughly knowledgeable and kind staff. Impeccable wine pairing by the sommelier. Love that they’re connected to Southwark so you can wait at the bar. Their attention to detail was impeccable, they personalized not only my meal but my actual written tasting menu to accommodate a nut allergy. We had a 9 course meal and felt wonderful after, not bloated or stuffed like you would expect. This was completely due to how much attention they pay to portions. It was spot on. I felt wonderful afterwards. Our only suggestions would be to turn the music down, and perhaps choose a softer genre for such an intimate place. We had trouble at times hearing the explanation of the food. And if you offer the salad course with the amazing thin layer of pate again, be sure to pair it with a soft bread that can soak up the amazing flavors at the end. We nearly licked our plates! Ok, one of us actually licked our plate but I won’t tell who 😁 Well done Ambra.
My partner and I thought most of the food was outstanding, but I missed out on some of the dishes that other diners in the restaurant got because of my partner’s dietary preferences. I wish they could individually tailor their dishes to each guest rather than a group. The replacement dishes did not match the quality of the other items on the pre-fixe menu which was a shame because everything else was fantastic.
Our 4th time there and it's better than ever, if that's possible! We were a party of 4 celebrating 2 birhtdays. We did the wine pairings, which were perfect in every way. The service is impeccable, as is every single bite of food. The intimacy of the room makes it even more special. And the music - Motown, R&B, etc., makes this a true Philly experience. There's nothing like it.