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Amada Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.amadarestaurant.com
  • Email: amada.reservations@garcesgroup.com
  • Phone: (215) 625-2450
  • Hours of Operation: *Dinner:*
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jose Garces
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring your favorite Amada dishes to your next event. Garces Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere. Please call, 215-670-2381 for more information or email catering@garcesgroup.com
  • Entertainment: If you book a private event at Amada, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Commemorate your special event with a private dining room and dedicated staff at one of Philadelphia’s most recognized and renowned restaurants. Create your own personalized menu of authentic, Andalusian-style tapas paired with Spanish wine or sangria. Chef Garces’ signature Suckling Pig, carved tableside, is available for parties of 7–10 guests.

    Private Dining Room
    Capacity: 24 seated

    Semi-private Matador Lounge
    Capacity: 40 (seated dinner or cocktail reception)
    Includes private bar

    Private Dining Room & Matador Lounge
    Capacity: 60 (seated dinner or cocktail reception)
    Includes a private bar

    Full Restaurant
    Capacity: 140

    For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team to schedule your reservation at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd & 3rd
  • Public Transit: Septa 21, 42
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Monday through Sunday in front of the restaurant for $18. Public parking lots located on 2nd Street between Market, Chestnut & Walnut.
A word from Amada
Amada is not a typical, trendy tapas restaurant. It is something else entirely. Amada serves authentic Spanish tapas based on the earthy Mediterranean flavors that have long been the passion and expertise of founder and executive chef, Jose Garces - but Chef Garces goes beyond tradition, interpreting centuries-old tapas recipes.

Specialties of the House
Spanish Octopus, Garlic Shrimp,Tortilla Española, Lobster Paella, Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (must be ordered 72 hours in advance, excluding Sundays), Seasonal Sangrías

Private Parties: Amada welcomes groups of all sizes. Festive settings, service and menus are perfect for intimate dinners with friends, special occasions and holidays, corporate meetings and staff parties. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week. For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Amada is located in the new up and coming section of Phily in old town. A lot of upwardly young professionals were eating on the Thursday night we ate there. Trendy, hip and very good. It delivered and was an enjoyable time. "
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Amanda is the one place that we MUST go whenever we visit PA. It is a place to go for a full food experience - not a quick bite. The menu is extensive and varied and we have never been disappointed--can't wait to come back!!!! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Very nice range of food... well guided by waiters in selecting the right dishes and amount of food"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great food, service and atmosphere. Fabulous meal. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • " Anything that José Garces touches is pure gold. I have been to 4 of his 7 restaurants in Philadelphia, and every single time is a complete joy. Our server at Amada this last time was especially friendly and laid back. The cocktails are amazing, and you can pretty much close your eyes and point at the menu and you will get something delicious. Needless to say, I am a Garces junkie for life!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "My wife is 3 months pregnant so there are some foods that a pregnant woman just shouldn't eat. Our server knew everything about everything on the menu. Don't eat this because it has raw egg, order that but I'll put the sauce on the side etc. Honestly, one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had in my life. The food was incredible but our server, in his own demure way, was the real stand out. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I already took the time to send a personal e-mail through the Amada website to express how happy I was with the service and food at the restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "If you are looking for a place to drop in after work for a quenching Sangria, or, to sit and dine on the most delicious Tapas foods, this is the place. Chef Garces, and his staff, pay a lot of attention to detail, quality of the food and presentation. The wait staff can describe a dish so elegantly, that you will never be disappointed. Enjoy"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "After seeing so many glowing reviews of the food at Amada, I booked a table for an anniversary celebration. The ambience was wonderful, albeit a little loud and crowded. We tried the jamon serrano (delicious), tortilla espanola (delicious, but a bit heavy), lamb meatballs (too gamy for me, hubby liked them), spicy potatoes (yummy, but not at all spicy), and grilled wagyu beef (hubby tried first piece and couldn't chew it, so we returned the order). So, while it was a nice dinner, we found the food to be a bit disappointing. Our waitress was a delight, though, as were the margarita and sangria we drank."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went as a group for brunch and did the "order one of everything and share" approach. Food was great, especially the Serrano ham omelette. Brunch cocktails were fantastic - especially the matador and sangria. Expensive though - close to $50 a head for brunch. Yikes."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had the chefs tasting. It was an adventure. The good was excellent. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have been to Amada well over a dozen times but I had not been back in about 4 years now (until last week). I must say, it seems not much has changed and that is a very good thing. Same menu, still amazingly executed; different staff but great service all the same. Love their pork, flatbreads and just about everything else."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Tapas were excellent. Service slow at lunch, waited 20 minutes without speaking with the wait staff."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very attentive without rushing. The food was very good, the service way above average."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "this restaurant for food, ambience, service & as something a little different. It was just a shame that they forgot our main course, but handled correcting it very well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went there with two friends from Europe and I anticipated great food and service. Was disappointed in both."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had a reservation for 2 at 6pm and dropped my dining partner off at exactly 6pm while I parked. I got in at 6:10 to the hostess saying that since the full party wasn't present the other guest was sat at the bar and now we would now have to wait at least 30 minutes for a table. We were just a party of two and had a reservation over a week in advance. We were sat at a high table near the bar facing a tacky "gift shop" wall of sorts. We each got a cocktail, both were very good, I had the Matador and liked it quite a bit. The food, however, I found very lackluster. I am very surprised by how much hype this place gets. I wish I had gone to Buddakan right down the street, which makes this place look like an over priced Applebee's."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We've been to Amada a few times and it has always been great. Our waiters have always been very helpful, the food, wine and cocktails have always been amazing!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The restaurant is not large and with the high cielings and wood floors the noise level at a busy hour makes conversation across a table a challenge and so any sort of intimate dining experience is not possible. The food and small servings suit a long and relaxed experience of nibbling and drinking. This place is not for someone looking to sit down for a big meal. The ALL Tappas menu has some very nice and intriguing dishes with a wide selection. The food is prepared well and served fresh from the chef so it is at the temperature it should be. Some dishes are better than others but most are very good. The prices are fairly high given the very small servings. With drinks and food expect to pay $50-60 per person plus tip."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Food not up to usual standards at Garces restaurant. Scallops overseasoned. Lamb chops overdone. Pretty loud. Would still go back but not in a rush."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We ordered the Chef's choice with 3 courses. The food was amazing and we loved every bit of it. The service was excellent and they described each dish as it was served."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Amada is amazing! Great ambience, food and drinks! Be sure to get the lobster paella!!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed the decor, the food and the service. Servings are very small and even though it is reasonably priced, you need to order a lot if you're hungry. So all in all it's average price, but very good quality food and nice team. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My daughter and I had a wonderful brunch. Our server was knowledgable and chose our Chef's plate to our liking. The wine pairing was superb. My main feedback is that the food was brought out too quickly."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food is very clever and delicious. The location and ambiance is wonderful. Service lacking at higher level. Line servers did their best."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Who would think small plates would work for brunch, but they do. We started with a prosciutto fig salad which was fabulous. Other courses were great and we especially liked the soft scrambled eggs with shrimp. The cost of 4 dishes and two Bloody Mary's was about $75... More than we usually spend but it was a delicious and memorable meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Excellent food in small plate fashion of Tapas so great if you like to try more courses but don't want to get stuffed - avg plate 7-14 /"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "There wasn't anything that my group didn't enjoy. The three of us ordered the chorizo Pamplona, garlic shrimp, ham salad, lamb meatballs, and the artichoke flatbread. All of it was absolutely amazing and made to be shared. There wasn't any specific order they just brought the dishes out one at a time and everyone grabbed their fill. Easily one of my top ten restaurants if not top five. For dessert we had two orders of cheesecake and one of the chocolate cake. Both fantastic. Not only was the food awesome, but the waitstaff were all extremely attentive and friendly. Overall an amazing experience and I will not hesitate to return next time I am in Philly."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Amada always lives up to my expectations and never disappoints. Amada is my choice for special occasions. A Christmas season dinner here every year with my family. Dinner for two last night and everything was perfect. The food is amazing, fresh ingredients prepared to maximize the flavor and enjoyment. The white sangria is my beverage of choice."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "In a nut shell the restaurant food was good the waitress was not. We told her from the beginning my husband is deathly allergic to tree nuts. We ordered tasting menu. Asked if we could have nothing spicy & no sea food. She said the chef requests that if you have too many changes to order off the menu. So we ordered a few things separate. At one point we sat for 20 min waiting for food while everyone around us was being served continuously. At the end of the meal the waitress brought out a fried treat with white flakes on top. My husband and I took a small piece. I asked if those were almonds. She said yes! She said "that is for you". Nothing about it being nuts! A man came out and apologized. Hubby had a reaction but is okay now."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The tapas menu ay Amada is simple, refined, delicious, and allows you to be adventurous without being disappointed. Servings are adequate but not large. Perfect for two people, could become very pricey with more people. The Sangria is refreshing and not sweet, both white and red were went down easy! I went for lunch, and would go back for dinner. Also, very good service. Attentive but not pushy. Professional."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything about Amada is good..the service, the food, the ambiance..all of it! Will definitely go back again and again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Whenever we visit Philadelphia or Atlantic City we always book a table at Amada. Why? Because the food is that damn good! The recommend each person order 3 tapas. Being the pigs we are we each ordered 4 LOL The spicy potatoes, lamb meatballs chickpeas and spinach as well as other dishes. I'm still salivating and we ate there 2 days ago. The wait staff is very friendly. The wine list is very impressive. Do yourself a favor. Get some of your friends together and book a table at Amada. You'll love it!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We dined as a group (6 of us) for my son's birthday. The food was very good, although the portions were small. Very tasty and a nice mix of flavors. We shared about 15 tapas and several dishes. We especially enjoyed the organic-ness of many ingredients. The ambience was also very nice but it felt a little tight for our group. I will revisit for another occasion."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Amada's attractive, with a great location in the Old City/Independence Park area. My wife and I, who lived in Spain for four years and know Spanish cooking well, were expecting a traditional tapas place. Amada has many of the tapas you'd expect on its menu, but judging from the ones we sampled, that chef (who's Ecuadorian) has put his own accent on many of them, so you don't get exactly what you'd expect. They're good, but they won't necessarily remind you of Barcelona or San Sebastian. Our waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable. The bill was a little higher than I'd expect for tapas. Must be a popular place; we were looking for a pre-theatre meal, and the latest table we could book a table a couple days before was at 5:15!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a lovely visit to Amada this weekend. Our server John was exceptional. We had a fabulous dinner and bottle of wine and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our visit. We look forward to our next experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My brother recommended this place and it was exactly what he said; awesome! I had a great time, the staff were friendly and the food was tasty as well. I can't wait to try their brunch."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had the best experience at Amada for celebrating my friends birthday! Amazing service and food and trendy ambiance."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in all of Philadelphia. Outstanding food (not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for), terrific service. For my wife and me, it's the "go to" place when we celebrate our anniversary. If you want quieter dining, ask to be seated away from the bar."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went there with my girlfriend when in Philadelphia for Valentine's Day weekend. Great food, fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/15/2014