Amada PHL

4.6
6718 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Amada is an Andalusian tapas bar and restaurant where Chef Jose Garces embraces the rich traditions of Spanish gastronomy while incorporating avant-garde cooking techniques in a gorgeous rustic-chic setting

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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
*Dinner:*
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
*Lunch:*
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

*Brunch:*
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(215) 625-2450
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jose Garces
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd & 3rd
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Parking details
Valet parking available Monday through Sunday in front of the restaurant for $21. Public parking lots located on 2nd Street between Market, Chestnut & Walnut.
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Public transit
Septa 21, 42
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Entertainment
If you book a private event at Amada, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Enjoy Chef Garces’ famed Andalusian tapas in a sultry, rustic-chic setting. Choose from a private dining room, a semi-secluded lounge, group tables in the main dining room, or a combination.

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What 6718 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We were seated promptly. Service was below average. Food presentation was nice, but taste mediocre. I love food and don't mind spending money on good food, but I seriously felt cheated here. Too expensive for what you get. Won't be recommending this restaurant to anyone.

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BW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful, the food however was dissapointing. Two dishes were undercooked and the others were just mediocre. Didn’t live up to expectations.

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BV
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food! Everything we had was exceptional in every way.

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GI
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not as good as before. The Amada cheesesteak had no taste.

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met my (adult) step-daughter here for a mid-week dinner. It was very pleasant and the wait-staff were very nice. The food was good and the atmosphere nice. We sat at a table, but the bar area looked very comfortable as well. It is not a complaint, but my only observation on the negative side was that the lobster tail had very little meat and the paella was not exactly what I was expecting as it was a dense, black type of recipe with not many clams in it. All said, though, the food was very good and I would return.

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RF
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was generally disappointed in this after reading some of the reviews. We ordered the bacon wrapped dates and while they were decent, they were not any thing special. We ordered the lamb meatballs, which literally tasted like chorizo, so could have been any meat. It took our server a VERY long time to come back and tell us that the bottle of wine we ordered was not available. We tried to order the Halibut and they were out. We ordered the asparagus with the egg yolk on it, and again, it was fine but could not taste any truffles and it was nothing special (the egg fell right off the asparagus anyway). We ordered the ham and fig salad and it was terrible, so did not bother trying to eat it (they took it off our bill) and they brought us the garlic shrimp to try due to that, but the shrimp were fine, but nothing special either. Finally, we ordered the flatbread with the mushrooms and truffles and manchego and I could not taste any truffle whatsover and the flatbread was fine, but did not knock my socks off. Overall, it was a bummer. Cute place and atmosphere though and nice lively bar area. I would recommend to just go for drinks.

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KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

In Phillie for two nights---selected Amada as one of two special restaurants and was very excited about both. Experience at Amada was mediocre. Menu items looked delicious, the three folks in our party enjoyed our time together, felt the service staff was above average, and found the meal lacking in pizazz and over priced for we were served. We left without the feeling of 'must return.' Might just be that dishes were meant to be 'subtle' and we like 'big taste', might be just an 'off' night in the kitchen and no one tasting before sending to tables, might be we ordered the 'wrong' dishes (boquerones--white anchovies, spanish octopus, garlic shrimp, chick peas and spinach, spicy potatoes, scallops from the grill, roasted pork)

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JD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to Amada in a number of years but it did not disappoint. First fancy dinner date since our son was born. We had a fantastic time and the food was excellent.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amada was recommended by a friend of mine. I haven’t had tapas since my last time in Spain, over a decade ago. The menu was varied and fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered, including the complimentary dish to start. We had gotten married that morning and the staff a knowledges this and sent champagne to our table. Delightful meal

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RB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have come to Amada with friends and with family for special occasions. The food is excellent. We love tapas and we love sharing a wide variety of dishes. Amada has always been a good choice for us.

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JT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm always willing to take the 2 hour drive to go to Amada. The food is excellent.

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RA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal. A friend and I did a number of vegetarian tapas and they were all very good.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful date night. On the recommendation of a few people tried the tasting menu with a nice bottle. We enjoyed every course. Favorites being the Lamb meatballs and the Mushrooms. First timers I’d highly recommend the tasting menu. It gave us a great overview of the menu and was enough food.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, large portions, all around a fantastic experience!

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ML
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tapas places are some of my favorite to try out- you can sample so much and not feel overwhelmed with too much food. Amada was beautiful, had a great selection of tapas to choose from, and the service was fast! The staff was so nice, accommodated our requests to bring dessert to go and even treated us to a little surprise since this was mine and my husbands anniversary date! Love it here!

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T
London
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Had lunch here during a conference. The restaurant is a mix of modern and rustic. We were a party of two sharing small plates. Lamb chops were served hot but raw inside. The shrimp was oustandin. Chicken skewers lacked seasoning. Service was swift and friendly. I would give it another go.

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JC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

After arriving on time and adding 1 person to a 2 person reservation, we waited nearly 10 minutes in a majority empty restaurant to be seated. Service was adequate, however one entree never arrived. We told a food runner it was missing (our server was notably missing from the floor for a good 20 min)... and the food arrived... 15 minutes later...after everyone else had finished eating... cold...

Maybe this was a fluke... maybe not...maybe it's how 3BM1 operates its establishments - either way I understand why the NYC location closed if this was anywhere near the experience brunch guests were offered. Do not recommend.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch! Really impressed

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an experience! From the chefs tasting menu to the wine pairings to the excellent service, this restaurant definitely did not disappoint one bit! Would highly recommend for a special occasion!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner. We were over the moon. We will absolutely be back!

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Would have been wonderful but service at first was slow, then it seemed as if we were served plate upon plate of our tasting menu so quickly that the table was covered. They complied when we asked them to slow the pace. All great except the cauliflower waa seemed inedible by all of us (who usually like cauliflower).

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G
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Amada. It is the restaurant that turned us into avid foodies. We were there the year it opened. LOVE IT!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Went with my husband and two daughters and everyone loved the meal!

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F
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to the restaurant after a concert because we got an email about a 5-7 happy hour on Sundays with a selection of $5.00 wines and $5.00 tapas. After being seated at a nice table we asked for the special menu. We were told we would have to move to the bar area and sit at a high-top. While sitting there, I checked the email and there was no mention of bar-only. A classic bait-and- switch! We didn’t really mind until we were pretty much ignored by the kitchen at our high-top table. My chicken never came. Our server cared - she brought us a plate of delicious mushrooms to offset the inconvenience. We eventually got our tapas, ate, and left as quickly as was practical. Very disappointing for a restaurant of high quality.

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E
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous! One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The sausage is one of the best dishes I’ve tasted in my entire life. I actually had to pause after eating it in order to take it all I . The service couldn’t have been nicer! The wine selections are tremendous! Very memorable, very very special meal! Loved it so much!

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KG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Amada for brunch after a hotel stay in philly for our anniversary. Our server and the rest of the staff were very friendly. The food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect. We would definitely recommend Amada.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional. Expect $120-$150 for a nice dinner with drinks for two people.

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KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Awesome food, per usual. Wish I had known that the paella was going to take 45 minutes to prepare... we ordered a few tapas to start and didn’t see our waitress again until we were done with the tapas, by that time it was 9:15 and too late to order it. Heard it was bomb, so will definitely try that out next time! Thanks again for another great meal!

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

The chef selection food was very good, but not quite as outstanding as we had a few months ago. Music selection was ??? and way too loud.

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JC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The combination of the service and the quality of the food make this place well worth a visit.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great selection of wine! No need to get entrees...stick to a lot of small plates.
Plus they serve a great espresso.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amada was absolutely amazing. We got the lamb meatballs, stuffed peppers, and truffle flatbread. Each dish came separately, and every dish I thought was going to be my favorite but the next was even better. We came for my girlfriend’s birthday and they even put a candle on our dessert. They were wonderful in every aspect.

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SD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The crab stuffed peppers, waygu brochettes, wild rice and sea bass were great. The garlic shrimp and chicken brochettes were disappointing.

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome. Service was great and unobtrusive. My party was seated by the entry so at times a little noisy and congested but heck, someone has to sit by the door. Valè parking is available and really easy. The area is very congested so that was a big plus. I hope to back the next time I'm in town.

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BL
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best lamb maybes ever was just one item of many that the three of us had. Service was consistent and helpful. Got for foodies

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BD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lot of fun with 4 business asssociates. Flavors of the tapas were amazing. A very authentic old philly feel.

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OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my Phillie favorites when I am in town for work. Everything on the menu is delicious!

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

well everything good, Reciprionist was a but overwhelmed when I asked for terpentine as my hands got dirty from wet paint on entrance door but the food is original and tasty and the wine by the glass selection very good for spanish wine

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D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. This restaurant was recommended by a friend Foodie. The waiter was very attentive and explained everything on the menu. We ordered a variety of Tapas, which were excellent. The dinner menu looks amazing so I will be back.

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JG
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening—plenty to eat—we’ll be back

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