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Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

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1485 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1485 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AMDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic wine and food! Highly recommend to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing. We did have a small issue with the bartender. She wasn't very friendly and didn't bother to recommend drinks to my girlfriend who asked her. A friendly bar tender makes a place in my opinion.

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vipLuv2dineout
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were delighted to (finally) go to a restaurant last night. We have eaten here many times and Deterra always serves an excellent meal. They did so again, and did their best to keep the experience both safe and enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome time for after dinner drinks but was super disappointed at how many patrons were permitted to walk around the restaurants without masks.

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vipwfgjr
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Jeff and the entire team alway do a fantastic job of delivering a great experience.

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and service. Great list of cocktails. Happy to have it back up and running.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

While the atmosphere on the patio was nice and the service was good, the food was just ok. The portions were relatively small for what you pay and tasted like they weren’t seasoned at all. The presentation of the food was beautiful i just wish it had more flavor.

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vipMaggieC
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our first Friday night out with friends sitting outdoors at Deterra. Lovely food and cocktails. Service was exceptional. We will definitely visit again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Always exceptional service. Always comfortable seating. Outside dining was lovely.

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vipJeffM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good as always. The outdoor fireplace was a bit warm to sit next to.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Limited menu options....expected light fish to be on menu (bass was on the online menu) instead only mahi mahi
Ordered steak medium to medium well - specifically “not bloody” - and it was rare
Waitress never came back to check to see if it was ok or notice that at least 1/2 wasn’t eaten
Second drink was weak
Waitress was not attentive and took too long to process the check
Overall very disappointing

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice place to eat, good atmosphere. Portions however are quite small.

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YoDude
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a very good meal and our server was very attentive, even though we were some of the only people at the establishment at the time. The a la carte menu was pricey for the portions, but the food itself was delicious. We may return, but based on the pricing we may choose other venues in the area based on value.

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John
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, service was great, food was great, enjoyed our table outside. Looking forward to returning

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HannahP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food, wine, and atmosphere! Great for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

A New York strip steak was over cooked and over priced

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Jenn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and all food was wonderful! Thank you for working through current conditions for dining out.

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thank you so much for the review. Word of mouth and press like this is what will keep restaurants going! It really means the world to us! Hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lexi usually bar tends, but she was serving the other night. She did a great job and made our date night a fun night out. This is the only restaurant in town with actual dedicated outdoor seating.

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thank you for joining us and we are so happy Lexi did a great job! Hope to you again soon!

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vipDineOut
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Server was excellent after rocky start due to hostess forgetting about us . Limited menu but food still good

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vipIanG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in 3 months.....great service and food. Lots of distance in the beautiful side outdoor area.

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thank you Ian, We are so happy to be open and so glad you loved the patio. Hope to see you again soon!

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DFish
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to get out for my anniversary after not being able to eat out for months. The restaurant had a great outdoor area in which to dine and the food was superb.

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipMmmeats
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! My favorite appetizers include the beet salad, tuna tartare, as well the octopus salad. The food is consistently well prepared. Good selection of wines also .

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thank you for the lovely review. Those are some of our favorites too! Hope to see you again soon!

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paintinghead
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal tonight. 3rd time, all very good. Octopus app great, tender, beautiful presentation. Watermelon Arugula salad simple, fresh, nice dressing. Scallops prefect, also very interesting, fun dish. Risotto very good, though flavors more like autumn. Excellently rendered take on a summer Old Fashioned. Great wine selection. Will definitely be back soon. Love this place.

Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful review. Word of mouth and reviews like this is what keeps us going during these tricky times! Hope to see you again soon!

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JimR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place. Working the kinks out as they are just re-opening in the PA Yellow phase. Service a bit choppy. The woman greeting and seating did an outstanding job keeping everything moving.

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LanB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great with the exception of the Choc Torte. Skip it and get the Gelato. Servers were attentive and prompt, the only complaint was that server outlined the “rules” around touching flatware and glasses etc, but they were not followed by staff. I prointed this ou

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time eating out under restrictions. The staff made our experience very comfortable. Food was amazing as always. So glad to be back at Dettera!

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ChrisM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening outside with great food and awesome service !

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vipplantbasedRD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were so happy to be out and dining at Dettera and they did not disappoint. I especially look forward to the plant based options and the cauliflower steak and pureed lentils was outstanding. So innovative and delicious. Not your typical veggie burger or Impossible burger. Keep those plant based items coming!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance were wonderful - the menu was suitably creative and exactly what two foodies on a date night were looking for and the wine list was very well put together. The female bartender was not very friendly or outgoing. Our server, David, was excellent although we would have liked getting wine before food more during the meal / maybe the hike downstairs to the bar had something to do with it. A minor hiccup, however, that did not spoil a brilliant time at your restaurant - we’ll be back!

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Dmtara
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my daughter's birthday.. Had a nice meal and atmosphere. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful with drink and meal choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful service and a talented chef - great combo!

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mustluvfood
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great wine list. Great service

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lcnn
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent...service and food. Great atmosphere.

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vipWendyV
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is excellent. I have a garlic allergy and many times I encounter restaurants that don’t work with me, I end up with plain meals or dry meals. The chef at the Dettera knows exactly how to prepare food and I couldn’t be more pleased. This has become one of my favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Birthday celebration for my husband. Service was wonderful. Food excellent. My husband said one of best filets he’s had
Next time we’ll see about sitting upstairs. We had the booth in front by the bar and it was too noisy

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Glad we went. Upstairs was quieter than downstairs. Glad we were offered an upstairs booth. Will go back soon.

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MichaelG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

My meal was the best meal I've ever had there, and I've been going there awhile. The only downside to my girlfriend and I's experience was the service, our waiter was not very good. I had to ask for bread and ask him what the special were before he walked away without tell us or offering any bread.

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Anonymous
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and meal. Would highly recommend.

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LaurenB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice evening for dinner. Dinner and drinks were superb and the service was great. The only issue I had was with the seating and ambiance. My partner and I had reservations and the table was very long for just two people. We both feel far away from one another and also was seated close to other tables. The noise volume was louder than I'd like. We were seated downstairs, so maybe upstairs was quieter. I would definitely return and request to be seated upstairs.

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vipDavidS
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at bar. Great service, food. Pricey, but worth it

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