The food here was good, but the namesake item, the jamon, was a severe disappointment. I've been all over Spain, and have been eating jamon iberico stateside since it first started getting imported just over a decade ago. There's an art to shaving thin slices of jamon, and to keeping the leg fresh. I feel like I know what good jamon iberico should taste and feel like: like meat candy with fat so delicate that it partially melts in your mouth, as if it were to dissolve given enough time.
At $24 a serving, we expected a decent amount of jamon, and of the highest quality. Instead what we got was a rather sad pile of irregular shavings. Most of the pieces were quite dry. My partner referred to it as "corned beef". I thought of it as more akin to a pork jerky. To me, this indicates that the leg was not properly maintained, and that sections of it, likely near the edges away from the bone, were drying out, leading to an irregular quality that sided distinctly towards "not acceptable".
That being said, the olives were tasty, the wine well-pairing, and the papas bravas excellent. The tortilla was a bit dry for our taste, which probably comes from insufficient olive oil or overcooking the egg-potato mixture (probably a bit of both). The huevos sucios (or huevo sucio in this case) was outstanding, even as a split dish.
The story here is one of inconsistency. If the food prep were tightened up a bit, it could be much more special than it was during our visit. Having an inferior presentation of jamon iberico (it was put in a little pile instead of arranged in a single layer) that was overly dry is a crime against Spanish cuisine. Especially when one's name is Jamonera. I would visit again, but only if I knew ahead of time that some of the issues mentioned here were properly addressed.
Perfect! Best place for tapas and intimate conversation. Order anything! You can’t go wrong.
It was great fun seeing my 16 year old enjoy the Sunday night Tapas menu and try all of the new things. I thought he would skip some, but since everything tasted so good, he kept on tasting!
We were disappointed last night. I used to love Jamonera but you can't really sell this as a tapas place that is shareable when the portions are so ridiculously small. The chef board is a rip off. You choose two cheeses and I am not sure we get even an ounce of each cheese. We were a party of 4. It was $24 for nothing. It’s a shame because the food is delicious and the wine is excellent but we probably won’t go back. The vale for cost is not there.
Had an amazing dinner Saturday night. Clams and Chorizo were amazing and they brought over more toasts to eat up all the delicious sauce. Loved the Steak special which was cooked perfectly. Sangria was very flavorful and not overly sweet and the Churros were a great finish. Who would think black pepper on Churros would be good but it worked!
Well run establishment. Nice ambulance. Complex taste. Wonderful service.
The food is ok - probably good in a la carte menu but on Feb 14 it was chefs menu.
To start with I think they went with chefs menus to handle the crowd and it was priced at 65$
The taste of the food was mediocre at best, one of the dishes was salty, the sea food paella was burnt in the bottom, it has to be crispy not burnt.
The honey cheesecake was ok - they only had 3 dessert options and nothing was amazing.
For 65$ per head - I expected more and it was 3 course meal.
We were seated in the middle, it becomes really cold when some one opens door and get very uncomfortable.
Also it’s a small place and they had so many seats - it’s like they wanted as many people in there possible with out exceeding the fire hazard limit.
We so close to our neighbors - we could totally hear what they were whispering - not very romantic experience.
It was great
Very enjoyable meal; very helpful waitstaff. Very pleasant experience overall
Way too small of venue knocking elbows with bar and servers at our corner table. The tapas are great, better than the main courses. Sangria is okay. Quick service.
Food was very good, portions were a good size. I am not a big fan of the very close table seating.
Charming small Spanish/Tapas restaurant on the 13th Street strip. Both food and cocktails were delicious. Highly recommend!
Server was too busy or too troubled to answer questions about the menu options. Felt like I was ordering at McDonalds. Coat rack behind a curtain next to the bathroom was kind of creepy. Food was good. Sangria was very good. Rather disappointed in the overall restaurant. I had higher expectations.
Jamonera got lots of great reviews which is why I wanted to go there. The service was great. The place was lovely, small, cozy, and warm. BUT the food was VERY disappointing. Everything tasted like butter and salt, which seems to be what kitchens do to try and make food flavorful. Wouldn't recommend.
Good service , great food !!!
There were some things that were very nice about this restaurant. It has a nice bar and is a very small cozy place. The ambiance is nice. As to the food, it was ok, but did not blow me away. We ordered a chorizo appetizer that was one of the tastier dishes, but from there, I felt that it was pretty pedestrian. The Paella was nothing special. It was rice with some seafood but nothing was remarkable. We ordered pork dish as well. It was served on toast. Again. Just ok. It is owned by the same people as Barabusa, and that place is better. Also, for Tapas, Oloroso, which is a few blocks away is better.
From appetizers to dessert the food was great and prepared in a timely manner. The drinks were amazing as well.
Went for restaurant week and we came hungry and left very satisfied! Tasty and well crafted dishes and drinks, they had to roll us out!
First course was not exciting for restaurant week selection. White bean spread was salty and accompanying bread was tough. Marcona almonds and cheese cubes felt low budget/low care. Tangy sauce with shrimp didn’t fit and steak was tough. I had gone in with high expectations based on friends’ raving about past experiences. Carpaccio salad was nicely balanced/delicate. Bread pudding was light and rich at the same time. Rice pudding was exciting, but a touch too sweet to finish.
The food was a little salty but service was excellent!
Tables were a bit too close together but food was fantastic!
Exceeded our high expectations.
Came here for restaurant week and was blown away! Food was phenomenal and way more than we expected. The cocktails were a bit pricey, but well made.
Restaurant week menu was delicious. Croquettes were a bit salty but still good. White wine sangria wasn't very flavorful; I wouldn't order it again. Otherwise no complaints. Great service!
Food was honestly terrible. Went for restaurant week, got 3 very small shareable plates to start and were not filling at all, that was the best part about the whole meal. For the second course, the steak was alright, but did not ask how I wanted it cooked. The shrimp my friend got was honestly terrible and not cooked all the way. The dessert was nothing great either. All of the food was super salty and I won’t go back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Jamonera. After making reservations for a table for 2, we saw two seats open at the bar and opted to dine there. What a great experience and service level. The food was excellent -- from the cocktails, the anchovy flatbread appetizer, the different paellas we sampled and the shared dessert impressed us thoroughly. The only "ding" (and really, it's not a ding) to the experience was that the grilled octopus was a little salty for my palate. However, that does not take away from both the top level food and service experience we had. Jamonera is a cozy, romantic spot to enjoy the company of others. Thank you!
Food was great. Staff was great, although a little slow giving us a check. It was very hot .
We enjoyed our meal! The decor is tasteful while simple. Service is quite nice. Although the noise was high we were able to get a little nook to ourselves! food was extraordinary! So as the dessert! Delicious!!
We enjoyed our meal and the Sangria. Will definitely return.
Excellent knowledgeable and friendly staff (really good advice on food selection), great pacing of the small plates, atmosphere conducive to conversation.
We loved Jamonera! We have always enjoyed Tapas, but found some of the other Tapas restaurants to be overpriced. My wife and I split four small plates and had two drinks each for less than $100.00. Each dish was delicious. Loved the Meatballs stuffed with Manchego Cheese and the shrimp . The dates wrapped with bacon were good, but , for me, a little too sweet. We will definitely return.
Enjoyed dinner with a colleague on a Wednesday night - eggplant fries were great, mixed paella was great and the tapas sampler was perfect. A wonderful combination of flavors.
Excellent service and very tasty dishes! The small plates dates with bacon is delicious and the seafood paella was one of our favorites! We were a party of 2 and we shared 4 dishes which was just right!!
Best tapas in Philadelphia and the seafood paella will bring me back again
Wish i could have had more of my entree but what i had was great! Good drinks- sort of limited options if you arent a seafood/cheese/meat slice person but overall was very good. Desserts are differernt and tasty. Would reccommend!
Eaten here several times. Never disappointed. Unique flavors and combinations. Relaxed atmosphere.
We had the three course tasting menu for $40 per person. This was a really large amount of food (3-4 tapas per course) for the price and we were able to try a lot more things than we would have with the a la carts menu. We really enjoyed the experience and are glad we tried the tasting menu for our first time at the restaurant. We will definitely come back but would probably just order a few tapas from the a la crate menu because we felt that some were much better than others. Overall, we thought the food was delicious!
Food was good, lamb and braised short rib dishes were excellent. Bartender and food runners were very friendly and knowledgeable in regards to the food and wine. Server was very disappointing, not friendly and seemed to have wished to be anywhere but working at Jamonera on a Saturday night. When you dine at a restaurant with price points such as Jamonera you expect a certain dining experience, which unfortunately was not had.