About Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar
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.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Light Menu: Tuesday -Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00pm -11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
ANNOUNCING CATERING BY DETTERA!
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!
Check out a sample menu @http://www.dettera.com/announcement.php?id=86
Close to municipal lot and on street metered parking (FREE daily 12pm-2pm, after 6:00pm daily, and all day Sunday).
Ambler train station less than five blocks.
Private Party Facilities:
Beautiful second floor available with service bar, lounge, and fire place.
Private Party Contact:
Kevin Yost: 2156430111x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Tuesday - Friday 5pm-7pm, offering 1/2 Price Specialty Cocktails, $3 Draft Beers, $8 Ketel One Martinis, and $5 Glasses of Wine! Buck a Shuck Oysters on Wednesdays 5pm til we sell out!
Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Everything was wonderful except for the ...
Everything was wonderful except for the service. We waited over 20 minutes to have a server come over to take a drink order and then close to an hour after arriving we still hadn't placed our food order and our drinks were empty. When my friend said something to the management, thing started to move quicker and several staff members helped out to check in on us. Having all worked in the service industry, neither my friends nor I really wanted to complain, but it was really unacceptable.
Had a wonderful meal, but a bit pricing ...
Had a wonderful meal, but a bit pricing for only four people - big gap between prices listed on the menu and what is offered as a special.
LOVED the grilled octopus and parents lo ...
LOVED the grilled octopus and parents loved the buratta. Homemade pasta was the best main along with rack of lamb. Duck breast was close second. Nice wait staff and prices were as expected but no bargain.
A chose Dettera on not much more than a ...
A chose Dettera on not much more than a whim because we were in the area. What a pleasant surprise. The atmosphere, complete with clean and modern décor, was perfect for a "date" with my wife. The service and all personnel were more than friendly; they were helpful and kind and a joyous delight. From Cocktails to Dessert ; everything was delicious. Food was great. We both had the Sockeye Salmon which was super.
The server seemed to forget we wanted to ...
The server seemed to forget we wanted to eat, Took him a while, and after serving people who came in way after us their food, we finally got to order ours......
Deterra has been a favorite for a while ...
Deterra has been a favorite for a while but my last two visits have been disappointing. While the food remains excellent, the service has been poor and detracts from the overall experience. On our most recent visit we were seated upstairs which had about 1/3 of the seating filled. When we asked if we could have one of the booths the host informed us they were all reserved and went on to tell me in detail how I would need to call in a reservation and specifically request a booth if I wanted one. The booths all remained empty for the entire time we were there and, in fact, no one else was seated upstairs while we were there. The service was slow and inattentive. Our waiter would assure us something would be right out and we'd wait another 15 min. I saw others in the restaurant looking around as though they'd been waiting a bit for their food as well. The food itself is quite good but at $150-$200 for a couple I expect better service and less snide attitude from the host. This was once a favorite but I think we won't be back anytime soon.
The food was good but I'm not sure if I' ...
The food was good but I'm not sure if I'd rush back. There were two appetizers with poached eggs out of the 8 or so on the menu which seemed odd. The daily special was significantly higher priced than the other menu items and the waiter didn't mention the costs when reviewing them.
A True Gem in Ambler
Everything was perfectly prepared and presented, from the cocktails to the deserts. Service was attentive without being obtrusive. This is a beautiful setting, with a superb staff and a skilled kitchen. Well worth the cost and an experience I'm looking forward to repeating.
Enjoyed a wonderful evening at Deterra. ...
Enjoyed a wonderful evening at Deterra. The food was delicious and hot when served. The server was very informative about the menu and the wines. We never felt rushed, It was a very enjoyable evening.
Dinner with my mom
I sensed something was off-kilter when the hostess said she was going to seat us upstairs--never mind the fact that there were tables downstairs and outside. We went upstairs and it was us and a pharmaceutical dinner. Seriously--a whole section upstairs and it was just us. It was odd. It was weird. I made a reservation--at no point was I ever given the impression they couldn't handle our reservation of two. Sitting by ourselves really ruined the ambiance. We could hear folks having fun downstairs, but I also learned about epidurals. I didn't want to listen to a pharma sales pitch during my dinner.
The best in Ambler
Having dined here for New Years Eve, with a set menu, I was expecting a good meal, but it was actually great. Octopus and beef carpaccio appetizers, followed by 2 of the delicious home made pasta dishes( waiters suggestion to get half portions of 2 when couldn't decide was brilliant)....and that's before the Magret duck breast. As others have commented, yes, the price may be like Center City, but the food is some of the best in the area.
Not worth the money and seems the restau ...
Not worth the money and seems the restaurant is trying too hard .
Always a special meal
This restaurant is one of the best in Montgomery County. For us, it is a blessing to have such a great restaurant so near-by and not have to pay crazy prices for parking. On the weekends there is free valet parking. Now to the restaurant. The staff is trained very well. Friendly but not patronizing and too familiar. The ambience is lovely and the noise level reasonable. No shouting at the table. The food is amazing, with beautiful presentation. I have had a variety of dishes and have never been disappointed. My husband is a big fan of the tuna tartar as an appetizer. The fish dishes are very creative and delicious and the chicken is absolutely fabulous. Didn't know that chicken could be so good. Just sampled the lamb chops a special this past week and they were prepared exactly as ordered and likewise delicious. I usually don't have room for desert however, I can tell you the creme brûlée is superb. On certain weekdays there are special pre-fix menus which helps to keep the cost down for weekday dining. I highly recommend you go.!
larger cups/mugs for coffee or tea or a teapot so we can numerous cups from one tea bag. no problem is an unprofessional way to say my pleasure or you are welcome we go almost every week, the outside dining is our favorite location
Good food and service
We went to celebrate Admin Professional Appreciation day as a small group. Service was very good - server knew all the dishes and made good recommendations including the wine. Cheese board was very nice as usual. The only down on value was the unspoken cost of the special that night which was a New York Strip. We probably should have been informed on price - $40 seemed expensive for this compared to the rest of the menu and the diner said she would have made a different choice knowing we are on a limited per person budget for business meals.
Glad I ignored reviews
I had read some unfavorable reviews and was nervous about booking here. I'm glad I did. The drink I ordered was prepared flawlessly, the presentation of the food itself was quite artistic and the quality and taste was excellent. I very much understand that someone can get a bad server, bartender or a chef on an off-night, but this was not the case for us. I would go back in a heartbeat. The only negative I would say was on price but I think that's just because its in Ambler. If it were in Center City I wouldn't have thought twice about it.
Celebrating a special anniversary, my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Dererra. The chef, we were told had been at le Bec Fin. The octopus was superb as was the lamb. I had a beet salad and the wild sea bass, also excellent. We will be back!
All the food is delicious! Especially th ...
All the food is delicious! Especially the oysters and the pasta dishes. We have never had a bad meal! The service is the best and they have a great wine list, too!
Fun casual night out with Friends. Great Tapas
This is a fun place for a casual dinner or tapas and drinks at the bar. It is a bit more romantic upstairs and can either be an appetizer and drinks night or a formal dinner. Can be lots of fun either way
Our server (Jolie) was excellent, as alw ...
Our server (Jolie) was excellent, as always. We have never been disappointed. The food quality is high and consistent. Deterra is our go-to restaurant when we want to stay local.
It's just too noisy and with all the available fixes for that, they really should make an effort to tone it down. Makes for a stressful time. tx
Not a Feel Good Experience
The waiter was very nonchalent. Told us our dinner was coming out shortly and we had to wait at least 15 to 20 minutes. The presentation was nice, but the experience made me not want to return .
Amazing food. Amazing service. Sat outsi ...
Amazing food. Amazing service. Sat outside in grotto area with fireplace. Perfect evening and great first experience at Dettera. It is our new favorite and we will be back!
This was the best dining experience I've ...
This was the best dining experience I've had in a very long time. The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back often.
We had an outstanding evening at Dettera ...
We had an outstanding evening at Dettera. Our reservation was honored immediately & we were seated away from the bar which was very quiet. We all tried different pasta dishes (1/2 orders) plus two side veggies. Everything was delicious - well prepared & just enough. Gelato finished the evening & we all agreed, it was something special.
The server we had was great! He was very ...
The server we had was great! He was very personable, warm and helpful with menu items. He the knew the menu really well.
Food, Service and View (2nd floor seating) are great. Our party of 4 loved everything!
We visited Deterra for Valentines day dinner.
The 4 course prix fixe menu was amazing. Everything was presented in amazing artistic fashion. Really the most enjoyable eating out experience I've had in a long time. Well worth the cost, and it was not cheap.
Refused to move our seats
When we requested to move our seats away from the kitchen and the restrooms, we were told "No" and even after we insisted and almost left, they would not move us to another part of the restaurant even though there were many open tables they could have moved us to. The food was very enjoyable, but very pricey. We went on Valentine's Day and it is too bad that the occasion was ruined by the refusal to move us away from the kitchen and the restrooms.
Think of this as the best restaraunt in ...
Think of this as the best restaraunt in Philadelphia. Trust me, even though in Ambler, Pa. it is an amazing place for great food and great wine. Jay Milnes Devon, Pa.
Very Nice Valentine's Day Dinner
Couldn't have asked for a nicer evening - delicious food, great wine, nice, helpful staff. A perfect evening.
Food was excellent. Wine selection was g ...
Food was excellent. Wine selection was great as it should be for a wine bar and the Merlot we selected was perfect. Great for a date! Our food was well portioned and tasted great.
went to Dettera after seeing a movie at the Ambler Theater. It was quite good! the service was excellent, and the food was truly outstanding. A little noisy, but we will defintiely be going back. I had the spareribs and my wife had a veal ragout dish. we both enjoyed our meal, down to the very last bite!
Risotto was delicious, everything was ca ...
Risotto was delicious, everything was carefully prepared, and the butter cake was off the charts.
We had an adequate, but far from friendly waiter. He took no pleasure in describing their food or in serving us. But the food, service was not slow. Food combos are complex w/ rich ingredients, but somehow most of the dishes did not hang together. The hanger steak was the exception well executed--medium rare. White fish I had was indistinguishable from other fish and solely relied on butter to make it good. Further, the fire alarm went off late in our meal. They did not get is shut off in the last 8-10 minutes that we were there. It was uncomfortably loud. I’ve heard others rave about this place, but I cannot recommend it, especially given the price point. Their bar is elegant and does look like a good place to enjoy a drink.
Amazing food and Amazing Service!
Dettera is a great restaurant with a vibe out of this world. The food was amazing and I cleaned my plate. The service is impeccable and I can't stop dreaming about my amazing meal.
We went to Dettera for restaurant week and everyone at our table chose from the restaurant week menu. The restaurant was busy but Brian, our waiter was attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. Very interesting combinations with lovely presentation and the desserts were really good too! We will definitely be back.
Great night out
We brought our friends here for their first time and they loved it. Very impressed with the food, the service and the atmosphere. Prices are high but the quality of the food is great.
We were happy to find a restaurant in this area where the food was noteworthy. The wine and beer selections were great, appetizers were unique, and entrees were incredibly tasty.
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