Amada PHL

4.6
6586 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 6586 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Phenomenal meal & wait staff was extremely attentive...5 stars across the board!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We were celebrating our anniversary with infant twins and they were so kind and accommodating! We had a wonderful time!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The venue is too noise but the tapas is great. Service was also below par. Never heard of tapas being served in courses - that was the excuse for long period in between servings.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This was my first time visiting Amada. Everything was perfect. Our service was excellent. The waiter was super friendly and accommodating. He was well versed with the menu and offered several suggestions for our meal. The waiter offered several pairings for our food selections. The meal was excellent and everything was timed perfectly. I would definitely recommend the cheese tray. We will be going back again.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Authentic Spanish menu served perfectly. Terrific wine list and great ambiance. No flaws, will return

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The bread service is always to "die for". So good. The coffee and olive oil ice cream is also a major plus!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I never write reviews, but a phenomenon like Amada deserves to receive one. I was concerned that the quality of Amada may have decreased due to the change in ownership. It turns out my concerns were completely unfounded. Especially amazing were the Ensalada de Jamon, the Datiles con Almendras (bacon-wrapped dates), and the Empanada, although I wish I could have tried almost everything on the menu. I remarked to my wife, who dined with me, that Amada was still my official favorite restaurant (chosen years ago) because I hadn't selected a new favorite. Well, now I'm making the deliberate, conscious decision to re-select it as my favorite. Winner, and still champion - Amada.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Paella took an hour and half. Waiter never came back

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Still a hot spot after all these years. Amada remains the flagship of the Garces dining empire. Best server we've had there...friendly, helpful, attentive. Always an enjoyable meal, sharing a variety of small plates

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Hands down, some of the most exceptional food we’ve ever had! We ordered the chef’s tasting menu and we’re not quite prepared for the variety and quality. The staff was wonderful and the vibe was great. We cannot wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was very good and the place was extremely busy... The front desk hostess had to take care of us... Super loud. But that is what happens on a Friday.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Service was poor. Our waiter was a ghost and we weren't able to get refills on our drinks. We had the lobster paella which was salty and disappointing. Wish we had enjoyed our overall experience more.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Air conditioning on the area that we were seated, room at the right end corner at the back, was not working. Pardon peppers were not, Japanese variant on offer. Lobster paella failed to mention that was done with squid ink. So first time for a black rice paella. Which I don’t think it qualifies as such.

The new chef is certainly adding his mark and his twist to the traditional dishes. Not sure he is getting it right.

Compared to last time there, a marked disappointment.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The food remains superb. The service was perfect. As usual a wonderful dining experience. I have eaten at the restaurant since it’s opening and haven’t been disappointed. That is difficult to achieve

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Went for the suckling pig feast was good.Left full as a tick

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We attended their annual PIGOUT which was terrific. Unlimited suckling pig with various sides plus chorizo and salad and croquettes apps and even dessert tart. All served to our table and refilled as requested. This is always a good dining experience with their small tapas plates , but even better for this annual event.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had a great experience for our anniversary. The staff went above and beyond, from our table being ready while late due traffic, to the welcome complimentary drinks and appetizers, to the great timing of all the dishes. Tapas came out one after the other without rush and so did the paella, which was served at the table.
Thank you for the wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Amazing food with EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE! The waitress was so attentive and even refolded our napkins when we went to the restrooms. They were extremely busy yet the food came out in a timely manner. We had a problem with the valet parking and the restaurant manager refunded our $21 valet fee. The valet service lost our car but all turned out well. We will definitely be back!

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I have dined here many times before, but I won't be going back any time soon. Unfortunately, the food and service were very poor this past visit. The bacon-wrapped dates, emapandas, and croquettes all came out at once, which was also the same time as the complimentary stater dish. Poorly timed. The food itself was lackluster- no one was fighting to get the last bite, which is very different than past meals here. We ordered one more disappointing dish (waygu beef brochettes which was far too salty and overcooked) before deciding to call it quits and satisfy the rest of our appetites with dessert elsewhere. The sangria was good, so at least there was last.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food was generally good, but some of the plates are beyond small, they're starvation rations. To spend $25-30 per person for brunch and walk away hungry is just absurd.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I’ve been to Amada several times and it never disappoints! Fabulous and creative menu, excellent presentation and service and wonderful blend of flavors. Generous portion sizes too! This time I enjoyed a price fixe brunch - tremendous value and food options.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Service was absolutely wonderful, food was excellent - although tapas by definition is small plates, we felt some of the portions were a bit too small, especially for the price. We ordered the "half" lamb legs for nearly $30 and it was barely enough for 2 people vs 4. Similarly, we thought the rice dish would be a lot more generous than the 2 tablespoons in the bowl. Bottom line, if you're going to charge rather high prices, a little more food can be added to the dish while still making a profit.

That said, the ice cream dessert was fabulous AND generous....

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great food but hard to hear due to the high noise level. Felt like I had to yell just to have a conversation with my table.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Birthday dinner

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Good restaurant. Beer wasn’t served cold which is a pet peeve of mine at 8 dollars a glass

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Sat in the back room and ordered the chef's tasting menu...course after course reminded me of visits to Spain. Adding to the positive experience was not only the attentiveness but also general affability of our server, perhaps the best in the city.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The food was great, this was my second time here. The portion size is good for "tapas style" offering, and they came out fast. The service is very attentive. Ambiance is great, even though I think it's just a little too dark. Overall it's a winner, I will be a repeat customer.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food was just ok. Not very authentic nor creative enough to be distinguishing. Pretty good service.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We had a great time last time we were there. The tapas are to the point, the lamb meatballs were to die for. The service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

I was not able to hear the people sitting next to me!
It was very expensive, but the food was great!

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Remarkable experience. Food was great, our server was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Food and service is worth coming back for a second visit

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Amazing food. Black truffles galore.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Everything was delicious from the Susana gin and tonic to the copa helado. Miguel was great and the atmosphere was cozy and fun.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The seafood paella was delicious! It’s worth the price. It’s a huge portion that’s more than enough for two people. We also loved the tequila cocktail called broken hugs. If you appreciate a good margarita, this ones for you. Not too sweet but definitely puts a slight twist on the classic marg. Lastly, the chocolate and olive oil icecream with cherries and cocoa nibs was to die for!!! Perfect way to end the meal. We’ll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

really good Tapa's, great selection a bit pricey but overall great place.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Really great experience! My husband and I shared 6 plates, and it was more than enough. My primary complaints are that I wanted the sangria (tinto) to be a little more high-end. It tasted like juice and had apples and oranges in it. I also thought the patatas bravas came with a ridiculously small amount of sauce. That said, neither of these things was enough to bring my rating below 5/5 stars. I'd definitely go back next time I'm in Philly.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Really good Spanish tapas restaurant in Philly

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great food, nice tapas, great value! Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun variety of different food.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Great food, almost too loud

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