Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.5
1602 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1602 people are saying
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AngieG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Dettera is always a treat. From the cocktails to the appetizers to the entrees to dessert, all was delicious and first class. If you enjoy oysters, Wednesday nights are the night to dine. A buck a shuck! The mushroom toast is an appetizer that should not be missed. Our entrees were the steak and the fish special ( whole fish, totally deboned). Cooked to perfection? Dessert was delicious as well- Affogato- consisting of Tahitian vanilla gelato with chilled espresso and chocolate biscotti!
Our server was attentive and allowed our table to truly enjoy each dish we ordered. We never felt rushed. Needless to say our experience at Deterra was wonderful!

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LydiaZ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very delicious and outstanding service

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vipLuke
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food as always. We had a noisy guest seated right next to us (when there were plenty of other seats available), but other than that, we can't complain

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vipGraemeB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a weekday meal out it is hard to beat Dettera in Ambler. It’s one of the restaurants where I’ve never been disappointed. Food is always fantastic and service is great.

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vipThemI
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another terrific meal. Our party enjoyed beet salad, casserole salad, burratta special and Brussels sprouts. Our entrees were roast chicken, roast duck and tile fish. All excellent and well prepared.

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SarahH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our food was wonderful! Everyone in our group enjoyed dinner. We can’t wait to go back.

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vipChris
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Juliette was our sever and she’s the tops! Food always solid… how they keep the outdoor dining for those who are skiddish on indoor dining.

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Scooter
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would like a little more diversity in the menu but the food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was slow on this night. They apologized before I could even comment on it. They were very apologetic and mor Ethan made up for it. The food and drinks were delicious. I’d definitely go again.

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vipbelle
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My one problem was that one server (not our waitress ) did not wear a mask.

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EKJones
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I was trying out this place after seeing Jessica Boyinton from 6 ABC. A total let down for my date night. The server never checked in with us to see how our meal was from start to finish. She was more concerned with the talking with other server at the bar. My salad had a large amount of roman stems, but the server was never around to complain. My pork loin was over cooked and had ltlle flavor. I won't going back. I'll try Bar Loca next time I'm in that area.

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FussyEater
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met with a couple of friends from high school days. We dined outside. Service was excellent. Food was very good, altho' I wasn't 100% happy with my dish (dorade); did not really care for rosemary sprigs used in flavoring or the garbanzo beans -- it was different! I ordered it hoping to again experience the delicious meals I had during my sojourn in France where it is regularly served. Tuesday night was quiet and most diners seemed to be outside. Dettera is a favorite dining destination and will continue to be so.

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Jason
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Appetizers were solid but dinner was very underwhelming and overpriced. I don’t care if it’s outdoor dining, at these prices, no dogs should be allowed. Table next to us had one that wouldnt stop barking. Ridiculous.

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vipGreatPlace
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining all around - Food, Environment, Friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary and Dettera greeted us with complimentary champagne in honor of the occasion. Our whole dining experience was wonderful and we will definitely be hosting again soon.

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vipJeremyN
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Excellent service. Delicious cocktails. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always always amazing. Food is beyond delicious and beautifully presented. Outside seating is fun and has great ambiance.

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chicklet
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another excellent and enjoyable meal!

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JJG42
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ascalways

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Perfect ambiance, especially outside in the Summertime. Great happy hour specials, too!

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LaurenN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, wine was delish, service was friendly, quick, and attentive. It’s lively downstairs and quiet upstairs so you really can’t go wrong. Plan for dessert, it’s a must. Will be back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration at one of our long time and consistently wonderful & delicious restaurants! As always, perfect in every way.

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BernadetteM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Octopus was chewy and was so looking forward to their tuna tartare but that also was mushy and more avocado than tuna☹️Our Dirty martini was was delicious though.

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AngieG
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Always a fun time at Deterra.

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PamD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service and loved the outdoor space!

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Leitrim
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a long wait for dinner. My fish was ok. Served with skin and head. Which I asked to have removed.

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vipCorky
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good. Quality is equal to the price.

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vipwsken
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They need to take "wine bar" off of their name. The wine list is very limited.

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BarbaraH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, I would recommend Dettera for a relaxing and enjoyable meal. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent.

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vipThemI
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our family of five was in town for Fathers Day, three adult daughters. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We were seated in a premier both on the first floor - very comfortable, allowing privacy but being close to the vibe of the bar. The cocktails came quickly, each poured from an individual shaker. We enjoyed apps of mushroom toast, octopus, tuna, beet salad and a special burritos and peach salad. They were shared around the table and very much enjoyed. Hard to choose the best as all were excellent! For dinner, the girls had the app portion of cavatelli and pappadelle, plenty for them and tasty. Husband has pork tenderloin, said he should have order medium rare. It good nonetheless. I had the roast chicken which was excellent. Overall very much enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall we had a great time at Detterra and had great service and food. I had the steak and though the flavor was great, the meat was extremely chewy and tough. For $45 it was quite literally hard to swallow. My boyfriend had the pork tenderloin and enjoyed it, but thought some pieces were a bit dry. The standout was the mushroom toast as an appetizer. So good! We also had a fantastic server who, though busy, was very attentive. We’ll definitely be back for appetizers, but might skip out on a full meal.

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vipChuckB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This is our second time eating there. First time over a year ago was very good this time not so. Upon arrival, despite having empty tables downstairs, we were taken to a table upstairs which was dead. Only two other tables occupied on the whole floor. We requested to be seated downstairs and were initially told that due to our reservation being made late we were automatically seated upstairs. I questioned that response stating I made the reservation the day before. The hostess then backtracked and said she could seat us downstairs. Which she did.

After ordering drinks and receiving them the waitress came to take our orders. My wife stated that we were going to order appetizers first and entrees later. The waitress then stated that we had to place the order for both at the same time and the reason being so we wouldn’t have to wait for the entrees. I stated we were in no rush and could wait. The waitress then stated that chef required the order be placed together and then gave us a moment to look at the menu again. After reviewing the menu we opted to order appetizers only and another round of drinks.

Food was OK. (oysters & octopus were OK, Caesar salad very good).

Upon reviewing the bill my wife noticed that we were charged $16/glass of wine instead of the $14 listed on the menu. All in all, very disappointing.

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vipMez1959
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely birthday dinner - food was excellent.

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vipKarlR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be out again. The service, host, bartender, server were friendly and efficient. The food was outstanding, Tender Octopus, Plump delicious Oysters, Melt in your mouth perfectly cooked Lamb and a Wood Grilled whole fish with a perfectly paired sauce. All this and a sophisticated atmosphere made this experience special.

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vipNicoleH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Really great outdoor space in Ambler! But super disappointed in the food for the price.

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vipGinny
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for first restaurant venture out after the pandemic. Can't wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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GUnit
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious for what it was. The portions on the other hand were very small, especially for the price paid and the menu was very limited. We enjoyed the meal but won't be going again. We actually ended up going to another restaurant and ordering an appetizer and dessert due to still being hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service and great food

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vipChris
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lexi was our server and she’s the best. She’s far more personable than some servers. Great job Lexi.

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Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1602 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 reservations at the moment.

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