Ambra - Philadelphia

4.8
105 reviews
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Italian
Ambra is an intimate 16 seat restaurant, offering the chef's 9 courses tasting menu as the sole dining option for $92 (before tax and gratuity). The menu is a thoughtful and creative progression of modern dishes inspired by Italian culinary traditions. To compliment your meal, an optional wine pairing is available for $63 per person. We also offer curated wines and beer by the glass or bottle. Please inform us of any allergies when booking your party. Unfortunately at this time we do not accommodate vegan diets.
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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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!

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best meal we have had in a while. Absolutely outstanding.

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f
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Philly. Superb food and service and one can have a lovely conversation!

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MD
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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JX
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun tasting menu. Incredible service.

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HH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous experience. The food, the service, the wine pairings. I wish I had done it before.

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M
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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...

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PA
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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f
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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O
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

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

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AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Certainly one of the best meals I have had in Philadelphia or maybe ever.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really an excellent tasting menu, ambiance, and service. Not sure anyone could find any faults here. Highly recommended.

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GM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never write reviews but this restaurant deserves so much more buzz. I've been twice and it's great. You should go

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Perfection from start to finish!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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BP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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F
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service great. Also, the wine pairings were perfect. Very intimate. There are only five tables in the restaurant. Would go back.

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BG
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was exceptional. Incredible food and wine pairings all successful. Service was attentive without being pretentious. Perfect meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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MO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, wine was amazing, jay was extremely knowledgable and helpful with wine information and pairing details.

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GH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Low key atmosphere, friendly staff, great food, nostalgic tunes.

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s
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Marvelous food in a very romantic atmosphere.

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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dinner. Jay, the sommelier, was great. The whole experience was spectacular!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Top notch!

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RL
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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v
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and worth every penny! This is my second visit and I love how the menu changes.

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KA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambra is a hidden gem with a quiet elegant atmosphere to enjoy many courses of deliciousness. I give them especially high marks for being able to accommodating my inability to eat flour and sugar but still enabling me to try variations of the same dishes my friends were enjoying.

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o
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was truly a unique and wonderful dining experience. The food was outstanding, with specialty combinations we have never tasted before. The chef's creativity is amazing, the service personal and attentive with a storied explanation of each plate as it arrived to the table. The wine we selected with the help of the staff was superb. This is a perfect restaurant for a special occasion; it made my birthday celebration truly memorable, right down to the sweet birthday plate presented at the conclusion of our meal.

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C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time to Ambra in 6 months: returned for my birthday after celebrating my daughter's 21stin April. Did not disappoint; truly wonderfully prepared food. My only comment is that even though each individual portion is relatively small (it's a multiple course tasting menu), this time we were more than full by the time dessert came around. I would have preferred to have one less course. Having said that, really pheomenal food and experience.

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4
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy setting makes you relax almost like you are in a spa. Service was excellent and they provided really delicious food.

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LT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience!
Every detail thoughtfully executed.
The food was absolutely delicious.
The chef took into account our food issues/allergies and cooked accordingly for each of us.
Excellent wine.
Friendly, knowledgeable, and professional service.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fantastic food. This place made us fans!

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