Jamonera

4.6
1641 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Spanish
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.
What 1641 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
NF
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect! Best place for tapas and intimate conversation. Order anything! You can’t go wrong.

Report
Helpful
BW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
c
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
JP
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
DN
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well run establishment. Nice ambulance. Complex taste. Wonderful service.

Report
Helpful
DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

Report
Helpful
r
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal; very helpful waitstaff. Very pleasant experience overall

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
JQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, portions were a good size. I am not a big fan of the very close table seating.

Report
Helpful
C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming small Spanish/Tapas restaurant on the 13th Street strip. Both food and cocktails were delicious. Highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
JK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service , great food !!!

Report
Helpful
S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
RG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From appetizers to dessert the food was great and prepared in a timely manner. The drinks were amazing as well.

Report
Helpful
D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
s
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was a little salty but service was excellent!

Report
Helpful
Y
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week

Report
Helpful
LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tables were a bit too close together but food was fantastic!

Report
Helpful
OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our high expectations.

Report
Helpful
WP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

Report
Helpful
T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great. Staff was great, although a little slow giving us a check. It was very hot .

Report
Helpful
D
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

Report
Helpful
KW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal and the Sangria. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
EO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent knowledgeable and friendly staff (really good advice on food selection), great pacing of the small plates, atmosphere conducive to conversation.

Report
Helpful
CC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
TC
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
MK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

Report
Helpful
j
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best tapas in Philadelphia and the seafood paella will bring me back again

Report
Helpful
k
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here several times. Never disappointed. Unique flavors and combinations. Relaxed atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
LW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
42

Tweets by Jamonera