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Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.5
4.5
1632 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 643-0111

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jeffrey Power

  • Catering

    ANNOUNCING CATERING BY DETTERA!<br /><br />Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar now prouldy provides catering! Enjoy all of the dishes you love catered anywhere you need. Have an upcoming special event? Leave all the work to us. We are featuring menus for any occasion including: Weddings, Birthday Parites, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Baby/Wedding Showers, Cocktail/Dinner Parties, Outdoor Events, Holiday Parties, Business Meetings, Brunch, and More!<br /><br />Check out a sample menu @http://www.dettera.com/announcement.php?id=86

  • Private party facilities

    Beautiful second floor available with service bar, lounge, and fire place.

  • Private party contact

    Kevin Yost: (215) 643-0111

  • Area

    Ambler

  • Parking Details

    Close to municipal lot and on street metered parking (FREE daily 12pm-2pm, after 6:00pm daily, and all day Sunday).

  • Public Transit

    Ambler train station less than five blocks.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Popular dishes

Menu

$105 Per person, optional wine pairing $25

1st

  • Smoked Salmon

    Lemon Crème Fraiche, Gaufrette Potatoes, Shaved Chives

    2nd

    • Sauteed Local Scallop

      Sweet Potato, Watermelon Radish, Shiitake Mushrooms, Ginger Emulsion. Wine Pairing: Chardonnay - Deloach "Heritage Reserve" 2018 - California

      3rd

      Choice of:

      • Grilled Prime NY Strip Steak

        Country Potatoes, Local Mushrooms, Swiss Chard, Beef Jus. Wine Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon - Peirano Estate Vineyards 2017 - Lodi California

        • Sauteed Bronzino

          Bok Choy, Basmati Rice, Lobster Ragout. Wine Pairing: Rose – Lionel Osmin la Vie en Rose 2018 - Toulouse France

          4th

          • Artisanal Cheeses

            Humboldt Fog, Cabot Cloth Bound Cheddar, Pierre Robert Fig Jam, Fennel Mostarda, House Made Pickles, Crostini

            5th

            • Dettera's Classic Butter Cake

              Pear Chutney, Crème Anglaise, Streusel. Wine Pairing: Port - Grams Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2013 - Portugal

              Last updated: 28 January 2022

              What 1,632 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

              4.5
              4.5 based on recent ratings
              • 4.6Food
              • 4.5Service
              • 4.5Ambience
              • 4.3Value

              NoiseModerate

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              1. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Philadelphia

                5 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                5 reviews

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall4food4service3ambience3

                Always good food although a smallish menu. Fish serving was small for price but enough to eat. Wish waiters & staff wore masks, waitress got pretty close leaning into table frequently.

              2. D

                Danielle

                Philadelphia

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                This was our first time visiting Deterra, and I was impressed! It was a lot better than I expected. Our server, Noah, was so courteous and kind, he really made the whole experience feel personal and attentive to our needs. The food portions were a little smaller than I hoped, but everything tasted so delicious - this is the better than expected part that blew me away the most. We really enjoyed dining upstairs and even got to see the server take a bottle of wine from the display closet - very fancy! We can't wait to go back to Deterra.

              3. C

                Chippy

                Philadelphia

                162 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                162 reviews

                Dined on 20 January 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Great bourbon cocktails and extensive wine list. Sat back and enjoyed the Elderflower Fashioned. We started with the mushroom toast and beet salad which were delicious. Rack of lamb and porkchop as our mains that were cooked to perfection. The seasonings and sauce really made everything come together for a most enjoyable meal. They even have an artisan cheese list that can be enjoyed as an appetizer before dinner or after dinner with some delicious wine. The service was very good with a good balance between attentiveness and space between courses. This is worth putting on your list. We will be back for sure

              4. d

                dapper

                Philadelphia

                83 reviews

                4.0

                83 reviews

                Dined on 20 January 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Very good meal and outstanding service on a cold Thursday evening in January.

              5. PX

                PibbXtra

                Philadelphia

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 19 January 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The food was delicious, and a smaller menu helped to make for a more-focused experience. Also, our waiter, Noah, was friendly and attentive, always ready to help us with anything we needed!

              6. L

                Lowergwyneddfamily

                Philadelphia

                27 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                27 reviews

                Dined on 15 January 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Always great...quality has not changed. Enjoyed the Margret Duck Breast.

              7. F

                Foodie

                Philadelphia

                11 reviews

                4.0

                11 reviews

                Dined on 8 January 2022

                overall4food4service3ambience3

                A bit loud but the food was amazing! Will definitely be back

              8. BL

                BobL

                Philadelphia

                12 reviews

                5.0

                12 reviews

                Dined on 4 January 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Very simply excellent food in a well appointed setting with attentive service.

              9. N

                Natalie

                St. Louis

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 1 January 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Jared was amazing! We were greeted immediately. Received drinks, apps, and meals all in a timely manor. We’ll definitely be back!

              10. SM

                SolMan

                Philadelphia

                7 reviews

                5.0

                7 reviews

                Dined on 1 January 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                New Year’s Eve at Dettera- great menu by Chef Jeffrey Powers - creative, perfectly executed, and with beautiful presentations. Service was great.

              11. BC

                BobC

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 30 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Pleasantly surprised......excellent overall...one very minor beef....add more vegetables to the chicken entree....thanks and safe regards

              12. VH

                ValerieH

                New York Area

                16 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                16 reviews

                Dined on 28 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Lovely evening and enjoyable meal, drinks and atmosphere. Can’t wait to go again.

              13. TL

                TishL

                Philadelphia

                5 reviews

                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on 23 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great meal and great service.

              14. J

                John4321

                Philadelphia

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on 21 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Our dinner was excellent, our server Diane was very attentive and professional, the host was very gracious

              15. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on 18 December 2021

                overall3food5service5ambience1

                The upstairs rug was not very appealing. I thought it was going to be beautifully decorated for Christmas and it was a disappointment. Good was delicious and service was excellent!!!

              16. SM

                SusanM

                Philadelphia

                1 review

                vip
                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 December 2021

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Very good food and ambience in the heart of Ambler.

              17. M

                Mjploveslife

                San Francisco

                15 reviews

                5.0

                15 reviews

                Dined on 7 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                First time visit and is now instantly one of my favorite restaurants! The wine list is as good as any high end place I’ve been to throughout the US. Starting with cheese board is the way to go, then over to the mushroom toast (umami goodness!!) and we had the short rib, cauliflower flatbread and tBone pork. And the service was outstanding. Just a great night! Thanks Dettera!

              18. c

                chicklet

                New York Area

                8 reviews

                5.0

                8 reviews

                Dined on 5 December 2021

                overall5food5service4ambience5

                Food and drinks are always so good. Nice date night spot.

              19. CW

                CarolW

                Philadelphia

                22 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                22 reviews

                Dined on 4 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Everything was perfect!!! Food, service, ambiance… can’t wait to return!

              20. m

                molarman

                Philadelphia

                19 reviews

                5.0

                19 reviews

                Dined on 4 December 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Excellent friendly skilled service. That always makes for a pleasant dining experience. Novel presentation of grilled Caesar Salad. The pickled onions gave the salad a delightful boost. Bucatini with scallops was flavorful and the pasta al dente. The salmon was flavorful, perfectly cooked, with a delightful crisp skin. And we appreciate not having the nuances of flavor in the food not masked by heat. We will return.

              21. W

                Wilson

                Philadelphia

                15 reviews

                vip
                3.0

                15 reviews

                Dined on 18 November 2021

                overall3food4service2ambience3

                The food was good. But the service was very slow, and this was not a busy night, and we were early diners. Don’t believe it was our server but some sort of problem with the kitchen. In any case it should not have taken 45 minutes to deliver two hamburgers and fries.

              22. JP

                JimP

                Philadelphia

                40 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                40 reviews

                Dined on 17 November 2021

                overall5food5service4ambience4

                As always, food was delicious and plentiful. My homemade bucatini was outstanding as was the octopus salad I had as my appetizer. Love the wine menu and the cocktails are outstanding. We love this place and return regularly.

              23. SF

                SuburbanFoodie36

                Philadelphia

                47 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                47 reviews

                Dined on 14 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                We had a wonderful dinner at Dettera. Everything was top-notch: the cocktails, the appetizer, entrees, and service. We got the Mushroom Toast to share and it was spectacular. I got the evening's special (short ribs), which was fabulous - well seasoned, tender, not dried out or too fatty. My husband got the lamb and was also very happy. Will absolutely be back!

              24. NO

                NORMAM

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 13 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Food was delicious, server most accommodating, and the overall dining experience terrific. Will definitely be back.

              25. TH

                TimH

                Philadelphia

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 13 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                As usual, Dettera is firing on all cylinders. Exec Chef Jeffrey Powers continues to lead a wonderful kitchen of delicious flare. The service is impeccible, and the liquids and mixed and/or poured with meticulousness. The beauty of all the natural wood is very relaxing.

              26. TB

                TrevaB

                Philadelphia

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 12 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We love Dettera. It's expensive, but always really good and the staff are wonderful.

              27. SC

                ShawnC

                Philadelphia

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on 6 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Food was amazing - service was friendly and the knowledge our waiter had of the cheeses and wine was perfect. We will be back

              28. GT

                GregT

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 6 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Noah was our waiter, and he took very good care of us. He made great recommendations for both the appetizers, and entrees. The food was excellent.

              29. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Atlantic City

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on 4 November 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The swordfish dish and dorade fish dish were out of this world delicious ! Our waiter was superior! Love the atmosphere …

              30. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Philadelphia

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 31 October 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Fun, good food, nice people

              31. AA

                AnneA

                Philadelphia

                4 reviews

                4.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on 30 October 2021

                overall4food5service5ambience4

                Fun, full and loud! Food was delicious. We were too close to the bar so very difficult to hear anything. But very energetic experience!

              32. JG

                JosieG

                Philadelphia

                23 reviews

                5.0

                23 reviews

                Dined on 30 October 2021

                overall5food5service4ambience5

                We had a great evening with friends. Dinner was really outstanding based on our previous experiences. Dettera has always been good but last night was great. We had pasta with short ribs ragu, swordfish entree and pork chop. Fruita di mare and mushroom toast as appetizers were delicious. Food came out hot and delicious. Cocktails were great too. Five star experience last night. Thanks to our server Diane and the young runner for their great service...everything was wonderful!

              33. F

                Foodie67

                Philadelphia

                7 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                7 reviews

                Dined on 29 October 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great seasonal cocktails! Love the new full menu additions!

              34. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Philadelphia

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 23 October 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                My wife and I always enjoy our dinners at Dettera. The food is excellent.

              35. M

                jimM

                Philadelphia

                9 reviews

                5.0

                9 reviews

                Dined on 23 October 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                excellent food and service. good wines. would dine again

              36. MS

                MSCC

                Philadelphia

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 22 October 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Outdoor seating is so beautiful and cozy with heaters and fireplace. Drinks and food were delicious. Very accommodating, excellent service. Highly recommend.

              37. C

                Chris

                Philadelphia

                70 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                70 reviews

                Dined on 16 October 2021

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Lexi served us at the bar and she’s always the tops!

              38. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Washington DC

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on 16 October 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Love the cozy outdoor seating by the fireplace. The new seasonal menu is delish, especially the Bucatini pasta with bay scallops. A must have is the Blood Orange Martini. You can’t drink just one. 🧡

              39. J

                Jeanette

                Philadelphia

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 October 2021

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                Excellent food great service from the hostess to our waitress…..drinks were good

              40. ET

                ErinT

                New York Area

                1 review

                vip
                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on 15 October 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Had a lovely time here for an anniversary dinner. There was quite a long delay between our apps and entrees due to an error but we enjoyed the ambience so much that it was almost welcomed. The server was very apologetic and made sure our first round of drinks was covered, and truly it could not have been a more lovely experience. Food was OUTSTANDING.

              FAQs

              Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1632 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 bookings at the moment.

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              Google Map for Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

              129 East Butler Avenue Ambler, PA 19002

              • Area

                Ambler

              • Hours of Operation

                Dinner
                Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

              • Cuisines

                American, Contemporary American

              • Dining style

                Casual Elegant

              • Dress Code

                Business Casual

              • Parking Details

                Close to municipal lot and on street metered parking (FREE daily 12pm-2pm, after 6:00pm daily, and all day Sunday).

              • Public Transit

                Ambler train station less than five blocks.

              • Payment Options

                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

              • Executive Chef

                Jeffrey Power

              • Additional

                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

              • Phone number

                (215) 643-0111

              • Catering

                ANNOUNCING CATERING BY DETTERA!<br /><br />Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar now prouldy provides catering! Enjoy all of the dishes you love catered anywhere you need. Have an upcoming special event? Leave all the work to us. We are featuring menus for any occasion including: Weddings, Birthday Parites, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Baby/Wedding Showers, Cocktail/Dinner Parties, Outdoor Events, Holiday Parties, Business Meetings, Brunch, and More!<br /><br />Check out a sample menu @http://www.dettera.com/announcement.php?id=86

              • Private party facilities

                Beautiful second floor available with service bar, lounge, and fire place.

              • Private party contact

                Kevin Yost: (215) 643-0111

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