Ambra - Philadelphia
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!
By far the best meal we have had in a while. Absolutely outstanding.
Best dining experience in Philly. Superb food and service and one can have a lovely conversation!
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.
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.
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.
Fun tasting menu. Incredible service.
Absolutely fabulous experience. The food, the service, the wine pairings. I wish I had done it before.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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
Certainly one of the best meals I have had in Philadelphia or maybe ever.
Really an excellent tasting menu, ambiance, and service. Not sure anyone could find any faults here. Highly recommended.
I never write reviews but this restaurant deserves so much more buzz. I've been twice and it's great. You should go
One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Perfection from start to finish!
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.
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.
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.
Food was delicious. Service great. Also, the wine pairings were perfect. Very intimate. There are only five tables in the restaurant. Would go back.
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.
Every course was exceptional. Incredible food and wine pairings all successful. Service was attentive without being pretentious. Perfect meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Food was amazing, wine was amazing, jay was extremely knowledgable and helpful with wine information and pairing details.
Low key atmosphere, friendly staff, great food, nostalgic tunes.
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!
Loved it. Marvelous food in a very romantic atmosphere.
An amazing dinner. Jay, the sommelier, was great. The whole experience was spectacular!
Amazing experience! Top notch!
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.
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.
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.
The food is amazing and worth every penny! This is my second visit and I love how the menu changes.
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.
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.
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.
Very cozy setting makes you relax almost like you are in a spa. Service was excellent and they provided really delicious food.
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.
Friendly, knowledgeable, and professional service.
Great service and fantastic food. This place made us fans!
Ambra is a superb restaurant, surely one of the 2 or 3 best restaurants in the city. The food and service were exemplary. And it was *quiet*.