The new wine bar in Ambler had a soft opening this past week so my husband and I stopped in last night to check it out. We were absolutely speechless from the minute we walked in the door. The place is gorgeous, I didnt feel like I was in Ambler anymore.
First there is a beautiful patio you see when you first walk in with an outdoor fireplace. The restaurant itself is spectacular, very modern with wood and black granite. There was a huge curved black granite bar, every detail was amazing from the light fixtures, to the floral arrangements. It is a two story restaurant and there is another fireplace on the second floor, with a wine storage area that looks to be suspended on the second floor above the bar. Visually it was very cool.
We just went for a glass of wine, their by the glass selection was really good, but quite small. Prices were reasonable, from the $7-$15 range. They said they plan to rotate the by the glass list. My husband got a nice spanish Tempranillo that we had never heard of before and enjoyed it. I am pregnant so I was stuck having water. I cannot wait until this baby is born because they have a signature cocktail list and they have a watermelon martini that I am dying to try!
The place was pretty crowded but not overly so. Service was nice, but the bartenders were pretty slow, it took forever to get the bartenders attention to get a wine list. Waiting for the bartenders attention made me feel like I was in a center city bar and not Ambler (and not in a good way).
We did not get a chance to try the food but many people were eating at the bar. The person next to me ordered a veal chop and it looked and smelled amazing. But, we looked at the menu and the veal chop was $45. Yep. The menu was amazing but it could lead to a darn expensive dinner. The veal chop was of course the most expensive entree, they did also have pasta options for $18+ and roast chicken for $27. It seemed like a great spot for drinks and appetizers. They had a nice selection of pizzas for $10-$15, a charcuterie pizza on the menu looked great. They also had a cheese plate and some other nice appetizers, those prices were much more reasonable. The waitress mentioned they are going to run some mid-week specials, like an after theater special of 2 glasses of wine and a pizza for $15. I heard the chef is from the former Blue Sky restaurant in East Norriton.
Overall, it is a gorgeous addition to town, and I definitely plan to go back. It seems to be a great option after the theater, or for an after dinner drink. Having the two theaters right across the street, From the Boot also opening across the street, the Schanachie practically next door, the new coffee and gelato shop (open late) , etc. makes that stretch of Butler Ave really nice and walkable for a night out.