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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
The food was excellent, the atmosphere w ...
The food was excellent, the atmosphere was excellent, and our server was very friendly, informative, and energetic. The overall experience was fantastic and I'd definitely go back. All of our food was great but the fresh cut French fries were cooked and seasoned so perfectly they may be the best fries I've ever tasted. While French fries may not sound complicated or fancy you'll know what I'm talking about if you try them.
We went for our wedding anniversary. Onc ...
We went for our wedding anniversary. Once seated, we did wait quite a while to be attended to but once I pointed this out, their service was impeccable. They even gave us complimentary champagne. Food was delicious!
In the Philadelphia area for the weekend ...
In the Philadelphia area for the weekend and had dinner at Dettera restaurant. We were seated upstairs which was nice and spacious but not as warm as the downstairs dining area and bar.
Our waitress, Kelly, great - very friendly and attentive.
We couldn't decide between the smoked salmon and the charred octopus so we had both which were excellent.
My daughter had the butternut squash & sage pasta and I had the beef & pork agnolotti which were very good. My wife had the parsnip soup which was delicious.
For dessert we split the 3 scoops of sorbet (lemon & ginger and tangerine) were very refreshing. We also had their signature butter cake. It was moist and rich.
Their wine list is extensive with a good selection of single glass servings. The beer list was good, not great with a decent number of craft beers as well as the many of the standard bar choices.
This is fine dining so portions aren't huge but all well prepared. Overall a great experience.
I don't know why it is not rated as one ...
I don't know why it is not rated as one of the three best in Montgomery County. It is consistent,fine quality, local foods. The staff and management are exceptional always. Our waiter Michael is a gem. All around excellence!
Restaurant is very nice upstairs Menu ...
Restaurant is very nice upstairs Menu is quite limited however. Would have been nice to see a choice of salads, a choice of soups, and more than a half dozen entrees. Our steak was excellent...but it was a special and pricey at $40 a la carte. Server was excellent but the kitchen did not put the dressing on the side as requested. Also gelato was supposed to be 3 small scoops...not 2. This error was corrected however.
Also became noisier as the evening progressed...
Relaxed atmosphere, great food, fantasti ...
Relaxed atmosphere, great food, fantastic service. Definitely recommend.
Sat at the bar for date night. Bartenders were both knowledgeable and friendly. My wife raved all night about the wine Nicole recommended.
The tuna tartare on the bar menu was phenomenal. It was out of this world - bright, fresh, and with great texture - the lemon oil and basil really set it off.
The duck was cooked a perfect medium rare with a rich and flavorful jus. My wife had the charred cauliflower, (I questioned her choice of a vegetable dish), but she said it was the best plate of vegetables she has ever had.
We will be back.
My sister and I decided to go to Dettera ...
My sister and I decided to go to Dettera for dinner on a week night. The environment was welcoming and cozy, yet high expectations of food and service are not unreasonable. We were seated at a 2-person booth and the booth size was perfect. The table was wide, so if you are looking to dine closely with someone, the booth may not be the best spot.
We ordered the brussel sprouts for the appetizer (although they are listed as a side) and they were delicious. Perfectly charred and balanced with the thick pieces of bacon. The portion was large enough for 2-3 people, depending on how much you like brussel sprouts.
For dinner, I ordered the pappardelle and although I typically don't like the texture of mushrooms, I like the taste. I really enjoyed this dish.
My sister ordered the butternut squash tortellini. WOW. I believe the meat is braised brisket, however it was so tender and not crispy so I am not sure if that is how it was cooked. There were noticeable notes of anise which was a really nice surprise as the whole dish really pulled together nicely.
Service was great, atmosphere was cozy yet upscale and the food was delish! Would highly recommend.
If you seek a devine meal this is the pl ...
If you seek a devine meal this is the place. Our appetizers were fantastic and we questioned how dinner could possibly be better. Our entrè exceeded that expectation. We completed our meal with don't miss desserts and coffee.
Definitely a 5-star evening.
We eat at Dettera often. It's the best r ...
We eat at Dettera often. It's the best restaurant in the borough of Ambler, both for food and ambience. However, the past few times we've been, they just don't seem to be on their game. When we were there this Friday night, we had a particularly irritating server, who we've had previously. Next time we go, we'll ask to not be seated in his area. He's hyper, always in a hurry, and acts as though he's doing us a favor by taking our order. "Are you ready to order drinks? I'm going downstairs now." This time, the bus guy cleared our main courses by stacking all the plates on the table in front of us. It's this kind of lack of polish that makes me worry about who's running the front of house. I ordered the pork chop, which was to come with chargrilled okra and eggplant. I was surprised to see a very literal interpretation of that - a pork chop (delicious) with a pile of said vegetables on top. No sauce, no apparent seasoning. The baby eggplant was charred and inedible. I think it was a poorly conceived dish and I'm surprised it was not a special but on the regular menu. My wife's steak, on the other hand, is a long-standing special, and is always delicious. Even when I pushed all the uneaten vegetables to the side, our server didn't ask how our meal was. Finally, the floor manager did a check in and I did explain to him about the dish. Much to my wife's relief, I didn't manage the server or the sloppy busing. The manager responded appropriately and gave us a $10 gift card as we were leaving. This is the second or third time we have had a less-than-successful evening at Dettera, sadly.
Chef Jeffrey Power is one of the super s ...
Chef Jeffrey Power is one of the super stars of the culinary industry and we are fortunate to have him in the Philadelphia area! The menu at Deterra is wonderful and varied. But for a truly extraordinary experience, try the Chefs Table. Unbelievable!
We were celebrating a birthday and the r ...
We were celebrating a birthday and the restaurant staff made it a very special evening. I called before we arrived to see if we could get a quiet table and to explain we needed an elevator if we were seated on the 2d floor. Our requests were honored plus so much more.
The food and staff are/were exceptional. All of our questions were answered and our server pointed us in the right direction with his suggestions. We all (5 of us) had something different. Every dish was a treat. If you don't want a big plate of house made pasta they offer a smaller size. ( this works for those of us that have no self control)
At the end of the evening the general manager came over to chat. It was like visiting with a good friend.
I highly recommend Dettera if you live in the area or have an opportunity to dine there.
Have eaten here many times and enjoyed i ...
Have eaten here many times and enjoyed it quite a bit. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times. Rain eliminated our outdoor seating preference (fine), but why when you have a reservation are you shoved into bench seating between 2 other couples. Furthermore, it was also the first time the food was sub-par. The steak was burnt and vegetables cold. We will return, but for $170 for 2, it needs to be better.
My husband and I ate here on a recommend ...
My husband and I ate here on a recommendation of a friend. Food was good, wine was good, waiter very friendly, drinks at bar , so-so. Hubby's drink a bit weak and my martini wasn't the best. Stick to beer or wine. Price for meal expensive and we don't mind paying this as we dine out a lot, but, at these prices, we expect close to perfect. Food was good but portions on husband's meal weren't as hearty as mine.
This is NOT an inexpensive restaurant. U ...
This is NOT an inexpensive restaurant. Unless you have a pizza and a salad, your bill with everything included will be between $60 and $70 per person. A bottle of wine will really raise the cost.
The food was simply terrific. The best p ...
The food was simply terrific. The best part of our dinner was our server, a Russian-born, very fluent American whose name is Artem. He was beyond knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, and helpful. We enjoyed entres of chicken, steak, and fish, with each prepared properly and quite savory. The appetizer of oysters was prepared with italian ice which made it quite interesting, and the steak au poivre, with a dash of cognac, was perfect. Salads and vegetables were all fresh and well prepared. Our friend enjoyed the Amish chicken as quite tasty; my wife's fish was as she prefers, light and dry. Desert was a lemon pastry. Delightful. Cocktails were an interesting variety, with taste sensations of bourbon and exotic French liquers. This restaurant is to be enjoyed over and over again. We only wish Ambler were closer.
Had another fantastic meal at Dettera la ...
Had another fantastic meal at Dettera last evening! We had talked this restaurant up to a couple of our friends who had never been. Murphy's Law is that usually when you do that you wind up going on an "off-night." But not Dettera! Food was delicious, service was great (as usual), and all four of us left the restaurant having had a wonderful experience! And, our friends are now converts recognizing that this IS the best restaurant in Ambler!
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.
The food was great and the drinks and ba ...
The food was great and the drinks and bar tender were the best. The disappointment was being lectured by the executive chef. We mentioned to the staff that the music was not on par with the overall atmosphere of the otherwise terrific restaurant. We were then confronted by the executive chef and manager telling us that the music was liked by most. The chef's tastes should stick to food. We will never be back after being treated so unprofessionally. It is a shame because the food and drinks were great!
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.