Jamonera
Jamonera

Jamonera

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jamonerarestaurant.com/jamonera/
  • Phone: 2159226061x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Marcie B. Turney
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th b/t Sansom and Chestnut
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets.
A word from Jamonera
Jamonera is a Spanish restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village section of center city. James Beard nominated Chef Marcie Turney’s menu will feature rustic, handcrafted regional fare such as: Banderillas of olives, boquerones and guindilla peppers; Crispy Calasparra Rice with heirloom pumpkin, chestnuts and La Quercia Acorn Edition jamon; Moorish Skewers of Lamb with spiced yogurt, mint and pickled chiles; and House-Cured Cecina with artichokes, fennel and amontillado sherry. Menu items will range in price from $4 to $20, spanning everything from small snacks to composed plates, all ideal for sharing. Seating at the bar is available for walk in seating.
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Jamonera reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (129)neighborhood gem (74)romantic (59)special occasion (48)hot spot (41)great for outdoor dining (28)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (18)great for lunch (11)good for groups (9)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Everything was good. We especially liked the meatballs - so much we asked for a second order! The bacon-wrapped dates are amazing! The interior, while a bit dark to actually see anything, is spectacular! We'll be back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Was fine, enjoyed everything but nothing to write home about. Reasonable prices though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the perfect experience...
    mdevereaux
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    jamonera provides an amazing culinary experience with every plate...the restaurant is beautiful stylized...the staff is amazingly knowledgeable and compliments the experience at every turn...the small plates are perfect for sharing and we were amazed at every dish...the flavors, the presentation and the combinations were indescribable and so well executed...we will definitely return and will recommend jamonera to literally everyone that we know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jamonera
    Missy2Mike
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was AMAZING!!! A true tapas menu with great prices!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Jamonera. The food was terrific and the service outstanding. Our waiter (Sergei) was very knowledgeable about the food, the wine and the sherries. We sampled many things on the menu and I don't think you can't go wrong. So many restaurants to try and so little time but because of the combo of food/service/ambiace - this one is on my 'return to' list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for friends
    Kacs
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went for a girls night out. The food was delicious. We are still talking about the sangria. Definitely going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    QueenCulver
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It's always challenging to choose a restaurant to entertain a customer but I would certainly recommend this one! Ambiance was homey and was very conducive to conversation. The food was wonderful -- small plates were delicious and the larger ones were perfect for sharing. The service was very attentive without being overbearing. Fantastic experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner for 2
    temc
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was just here last night to meet up with an good friend of mine and I'm glad we chose this spot. The food was amazing, the staff was helpful, patient, and attentive. For a smaller venue, they really utilize their space well and have created a wonderful atmosphere for dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep coming Back
    SarckVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I've been to Jamonera a handful of times and it never disappoints. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the vodka passionfruit drink is one of the best I've ever had, and I could possibly eat styrofoam while drinking it and that would be fine. Luckily, the food is also superb. The buttery bread they use for many apps--like the bruscetta--is decadent and delicious. The Bacon and dates are tender and sweet and salty at once. The paella has a good amount of seafood plus perfectly crunchy soccarat at the bottom. It's romantic and cozy and dark--perfect for a date, though the bar is a good spot for a drink with a friend It's small, so I wouldn't go without a reservation. But I would go to the all you can eat Sunday night feast, date or no.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas
    Spsp
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We are fans of Barbuzzo, Lolita, and we loved Bindi, this was our first visit to Jamonera. Did tapas and pitcher of Sangria. Tapas were very good, favs were duck sausage and quail egg, melon, proscuitto salad, mussels,crab manchego balls. The bacon wrapped dates were good, but too sweet for my palate, even the salty bacon did not help. The waitstaff was pleasant, beer suggestion was on the mark. The mussels were not gritty, had enough garlic but wasn't overpowering, and the bread that accompanied it was sooooo good! We had to take Bronzino and ribs home, we were stuffed. Wish we and room for dessert. All in all we enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth Visiting - We'll be back.
    bimmler
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Interesting tapas menu and good wait staff. Service is brisk, but not rushed. Informed staff and compelling dishes. My wife and I each had a starter and a main, but I could have gone for another main. My wife had the fried squash blossoms to start and the seafood paella for main - both of which were excellent. I had the spanish breakfast bite (duck sausage and egg yolk on toasts) to start and the octopus for main. The (typical for tapas) vinegar/veg sauce did not overwhelm the sweet octopus meat. Overall a great dining experience. Overlook the somewhat tight space and enjoy the affordable wines and great food. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Well done on a busy night. The pacing was well done. The flavors popped. The desserts continued the flavor train nicely. Would love to go back for the late night menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    roserun13VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Staff was extremely welcoming and was able to accommodate us to get us out for a 7:30 pm Musical at Forrest theatre. The food was tapas and was very well prepared! We all had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad start turned into great time
    FoodGuy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had an 8pm reservation but was not seated until about 830. We sat at the bar and the bartender was extremely friendly and went out of his way to make us feel ok with our wait. Within minutes of being seated a plate came out from the kitchen as compliments of the house for our wait. The food was great, and I through reasonably priced for center city Philadelphia. I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fabulous innovative tapas!!! Branzino was especially exceptional !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    MashVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good Spanish food in Center City. Service was excellent and there were a lot of vegetarian choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls night
    Tiredmom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place for drinks and tapas. The desserts are pretty fabulous too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Tapas Restaurant
    2ndChances
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great paella and sangria.Dessert was perfect. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding tapas
    swarthmoredocVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Amada?? Pshaw. Come try food that will blow your mind. Amazing cocktails and lovely ambiance. If they could beef up their service a tad (tend to be ignored once your order is in), this place would be my favorite in Philadelphia. I could eat their patatas braves and their clams three meals a day forever. I have now eaten here six times, so I feel like I can speak with authority here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food, but.....
    Ace531
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Lets get the food out of the way. It was great! Interesting combination of flavors and some items I had never had before. Their website menu is not really a help because some of the items had changed when we got there. The BUT refers to a fantastic salad we had with arugula, Spanish ham and cheese, melon and other things I can't remember and the web site doesn't have it listed. Our waitress told us it had been on the menu the night before but was incorrectly priced at $19.00 each (s/b $9.00 which was the marked menu price). When the bill came it had the 2 salads listed at $19.00 each. Bummer but it did get corrected. Also, had a table near the restrooms and all I had to look at was a wall with a menu on it. Great meal though!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Among my favorite meals ever.
    ModalCitizen
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service: perfect. Cocktails: outstanding. Beer: draft would be nice, but the selection was interesting. Food: delightful. We sat outside on a lovely evening and shared small plates. The portions were just right, favors distinctive in a good way, beautifully plated. Octopus was perfect texture. Anchos also beautifully flavored. Cheeses were accompanied by a nice assortment of sweet condiments. Get the Spanish donuts. You will not be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small good restaurant
    rafysta
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We ate Tuna something (forgot the name, couldn't find in their homepage), Seafood Paella and Octopus something (forgot the name again...). First two plates, especially first one was amazingly good taste. We expected every foods might be very good based on the first two foods, so we ordered third menu, but their Octopus was too soft and too sour. I was little bit regret to ordered their Octopus. I rate maximum score for the food quality, if I didn't ordered Octopus. Room was little bit small but many tables, so that space between the tables were close. Waiters were friendly and professional. Very nice service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worth trying
    nickname8
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Good food. Had the potato cake as an appetizer, which was fantastic, then a vegetable tapas, octopus entree and the seafood paella. All very tasty. Didn't have a great service experience, water glasses and bottle were empty on table for extended periods of time. Would've had more to drink if our waiter was around more. It was a busy Thursday might, so, i understand why it wasn't perfect on that department. Overall, a place worth going!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    venezia
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had the dates in bacon which were excellent and the meatballs stuffed with manchego in gravy which was good. The scallops were the hit of the night as was the dessert. Waitress we have had before and was attentive but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just amazing...
    Mizrahi
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    While traveling for work in Philly I came across this amazing restaurant; unique atmosphere, delicious cocktails (and sangria!!!) but the food and service was beyond spectacular. Totally unique blend of flavors found in everything I ordered...and the service, I haven't found better. So I loved this place so much, I brought my colleagues for dinner the very next night!!! The accommodated my group and served up one of the most memorable 'spreads' I've ever enjoyed; my colleagues (who live in the city) had never tried the restaurant - but now are totally hooked! I return to Germany tonight and may very well stop off one last time before I leave. YES, it's THAT good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jamonera's food is amazing
    OneHappyRestaurantGoer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were very impressed with the quality of the food. The dishes looked great and they all seemed to have that little something extra to make them truly special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Visit
    ScubaSunSeeker
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We enjoyed our visit. The service was excellent and the food was creative, well prepared and beautifully executed. Each of the four tapas dishes that we order were unique and very tasty. Jamonera is doing it right and we will be back. Strongly recommend giving them a try. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jamonera rocks
    samlaagetabletalk
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great food; creative and flavorful. Attentive service without being over bearing. Music too loud and not to my tastes though, and the Carmen mural was pretty awful. Would have been better off facing the street. Restaurants are about the food though and this place gets that better than right. Every dish we had was stellar. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't normally do online reviews
    Rarereviewer
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I don't normally do online reviews but this place was so fantastic I wanted to let others know. The food was delicious, exciting, and new. The service was good. The drinks perfect. It was an ambient place, perfect for a date. It was my boyfriend's birthday and they ensured to bring him out a dessert with a candle too!It is a tight space, but with all the fun you're having sharing tapas and drinking tasty cocktails, you forget real quick how close you are to the next party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service started out slow. We sat at the bar and with only one bartender making drinks for the entire restaurant, our service was slow to start before he got caught up with drink service. Food was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • southphillyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Just got back from Spain and this helped keep me connected with the great food and wine we were eating. Everything was just fantastic and the staff are incredibly nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JackieVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Great, extremely authentic food. Excellent red sangria.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Skimpy portions for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Paella portion for two was actually enough for only 1 The appetizers were tasty but fried; I would rather have had more paella and salad. The salad was delicious but barely enough for one- not two The watermelon sorbet with shortbread was awesome though not included in the special dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding
    FredfromReadingVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I have been to Jamonera several times and have never been disappointed. The food is always outstanding and the service the same. Marcie and Vakerie keep getting better and better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good bordering on great
    NJArt
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food, especially the Crispy Cana de Cabra (fried goat cheese, roasted beets, spinach grapefruit, pickled fig jam) and the Quesos Artesanos (garrotxa/pickled fig jam, valdeon/stone fruit jam, aragones/saffron honey with baguette & sweet olive oil–fennel cracker) was truly excellent. The service was very good. The decor was very Spanish although the pseudo Picasso painting was silly. A few things would make an improvement. My wife, whose family is from Spain, could not understand why no Spanish background music was played. Odd. Also, there was no flan for desert. Truly odd. But if you like Sherry, as she does, this is the place for you. Personally, I would have liked to have seen a wider selection of Spanish Brandies.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella is the best
    CitytoSuburb
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The Paella was outstanding! I highly recommend it. The rice was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too salty
    JRocks888VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I was really excited to try Jamonera because we fell in love with Barbuzzo (the sister restaurant). However, I was very disappointed in some of the food, particulary the octopus. It was very salty. I couldn't even eat one bite of it. But the service was great. Our waitress was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!!
    Kayleigh
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We went for the 10-course seafood tapas dinner and it was amazing!! Everything was delicious, the wine pairing was fab (and the pours were generous). We had the spanish donuts for dessert and they were to die for. Will definitely be back to try the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't let the name fool you!
    HK4dining
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    My wife and I reserved a dinner with Tapas Tasting with great expectations! And it did not disappointed us. There were 10 courses, small dishes as expected and grouped in three courses, with seafood as the main theme. We like most of them; scallops with mango were fresh and tender, the grilled fingerling was the best I have tasted, with a hint of smoke. Pacu ribs sitting on red cabbage were another dish to savor, both for the palate and eyes. A couple of dishes were on the salty side, though. And, Spanish fried cod was too oily for us. The waiter was very good, attentive, but not overbearing. Soon after we sat down, the wait staff had successfully sold a couple of tables the same Tapas Tasting dinner, testimonial to his skills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great tapas restaurant!
    Annuschka
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I'm from New York and was in Philly for the first time and LOVED Jamonera! The ambience is very cool (or should I say warm) - everything is done in hot reds and the lighting gives a great vibe. The food was excellent - we snacked on all small plates and everything was outstanding. We even commented to the waitress we wished they'd open in NYC. The friend I was with can be a finnicky eater, so we ordered a cheese plate just to be safe, and we BOTH agreed, the cheese plate is the only thing we wouldn't bother ordering again when we're back in philly next time. DO try Jamonera, you won't be dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.