About Amada PHL

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

217-19 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

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

Cross Street:
Between 2nd & 3rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 625-2450

Website:
http://www.amadarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
If you book a private event at Amada, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.

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

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.

Public Transit:
Septa 21, 42

Executive Chef:
Jose Garces

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Amada will be hosting our Bi-Annual Pig Out on Christmas Eve featuring ALL YOU CAN EAT Suckling Pig. There are 3 seating's to choose from, 12pm, 3pm, & 6pm. The cost is $60 per person ($25 for children 12 and under). Our normal brunch and dinner menus will NOT be available this day.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Amada will be offering two tasting menus only on New Years Eve one for $70 per person and the other for $90 per person. An optional wine pairing for $50 per person will be available. Our regular dinner menu will NOT be available.

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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.

Amada PHL Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (134)
Fit for Foodies (91)
Good for a Date (82)
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Creative Cuisine (75)
Special Occasion (71)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Authentic (49)
Tasting Menu (48)
Fun (43)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Good for Groups (41)
Romantic (41)
Worth the Drive (34)
Notable Wine List (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Bar Seating (31)
Casual (29)
Good Vegetarian Options (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Cozy (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Business Meals (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Great for Lunch (16)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
People Watching (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Healthy (5)
Spicy (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

As usual Amada served us fantastic food with great service. There is a reason this place is our favorite restaurant. Amada is Amazing!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

I LOVE THIS PLACE. I have no idea how many times I have dined here since moving to Philadelphia in April 2012, but it has to be A LOT. Amada NEVER, EVER disappoints. The food is always beautifully presented, tasty and perfect for sharing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great service. Started off with fresh bread with tuna spread that was unreal. Short rib flat bread was totally amazing. The chicken skewers were a home run. Lamb meatballs very solid and ham crocquettes totally as good as advertised. Only let down was spicy potatoes which we didnt care for. I would recommend you leave room for their $8 ice cream sunday

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Good as always, but the Sangria, which is a highlight of the visit typically, tasted extremely watered down, which was really disappointing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great experience as always!!!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

We loved it! Every dish was amazing with an interesting twist. We were there for brunch. The Sangria Pancakes were light and delicious. We ended up battling over the avocado, tomato escabeche and pistachio on bread!

The only thing that could have been improved upon was the service. It was pretty slow and our dishes weren't served together.

Still, we will definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything was great including our server Julien, but we were put in the back room and it was just too dark. I could not see what I was eating although it all was delicious. Maybe put individual lights on the table so you have the option for more light if you want it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Philly and I dine there every time I am in town. It never fails to disappoint and the service is great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Four of us met there for lunch. The Express Lunch is a great deal. Sandwiches - which are big and arrive on a great roll - come with French Fries. The fries are less than wonderful.

At lunch this restaurant is quiet. We had a good time.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Took the overseas CEO for a nice meal and he found it to be one the better restaurants he has visited in the US, let alone Philly. Great food, try the chef's tasting - no disappointments.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Birthday
Great conversation
Nice ambiance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The ambiance and food were amazing. It was also quiet enough to have conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place to sample many different dishes, especially if you go with the chef's tasting menu. Food was awesome. You also have the option to do a wine pairing if that's your thing. Noise level in main dining area is loud - if you want a quieter place ask to be seated in the back area which is what we did and it was noticeably quieter.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This review is for brunch. Service and ambiance were good, but we were underwhelmed by the flavors of a few dishes and overall value (e.g., a small coffee with steamed milk was just shy of eight--a surprise at the end of our meal). The crab hollandaise was outstanding though, and I'm willing to give Amada another try for dinner.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service and food was great. Everything is meant to be shared which is nice. The portions aren't big but they are good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and variety for all tastes. Get the honey lavender cheese.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and service! Had our waitress help us with recommendations. She did a great job.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent atmosphere for a relaxing late lunch. Lunch menu had a wide variety of interesting sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Nice drink selection, server made some great recommendations. I was surprised with a nice little birthday treat dessert!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food, excellent choices and absolutely superb service

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I really liked it. Would definitely go back! The vibe is rather festive. The food was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I love Garces restaurants and have not been to Amada in years. I thought the food was mediocre at best, very surprised as his other restaurants are fantastic.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have been going to Amanda for many years and during this visit I saw clearly a decline in the amount of food compared to the cost. The portions are smaller ( didn't know that was possible) and the prices the same or higher in some cases. They would bring your receipt in a book with a cookie that practice is gone so are the nice napkins in the bathroom. I guess it's a sign of the times but I am not willi g to spend that much for so little. There are way to many other places to eat.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always perfect from start to finish!!!! My husband and I love dining at Amada!!! We always start out at the bar with an amazing cocktail from Zane, and the cheese plate. Zane makes the best drinks!!! Amada also has the best sangria in Philly!! Sat down for dinner, and we always request Edward, our favorite server at Amada. Edward rocks!!! He picked out some nice Spanish red wines for me to taste. Very attentive to everything. Food is always delicious. We always order the chicken breast with the egg, mushroom flatbread, chickpeas with spinach....... We order a lot of food, and everything was great. Chris, the general manager, always greets us to make sure that our dinner is perfect every time. Can't wait to come back.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We would definitely recommend Amada. Celebrated my wife's birthday there before a concert. Food and service were terrific. Excellent variety.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Disabled Access, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nothing better in the way of Tapas. We always do the chef suggestion menu - with Wine pairings. Always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Really lovely dinner. Service was friendly - a bit off and on as the staff got busy but ok on the whole. The food was very very good. Delicious croquettas jamon and serrano and fig salad. Very tasty asparagus and roast pork with beans. Calamari was the only dish I'd label as "forgettable". Overall very tasty food, great atmosphere and friendly service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

LOVED THE FOOD AND THE ATMOSPHERE HERE! WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND

Tags: Tapas, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I've eaten here several times and have been very pleased. If you aren't sure what to order ask the waitstaff for a recommendation. I've always found their recommendations spot on.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Met friends for brunch, quiet atmosphere and heavenly food. Serrano ham, spicy mustard and cornichons with bread. If you get the brunch bread basket make sure you have some of the ham with the fig jam. Yum! Then soft scrambled eggs with shrimp, bacon and black truffle toast. Our server Amalia went above and beyond for us, she was fantastic. Will definitely come back for brunch, it is a hidden gem I have discovered.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great place to experience Tapas style dining. The food was excellent and the service very prompt. We can't wait until the next time we dine here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved it! First time there and their food and ambiance was amazing! Will be returning to taste the other things on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

When out for a special evening with my girlfriend. Have been to other resturants by the same Iron Chef owner. This may have been my favorite. We did the special dinning left to the chef's discretion, with wine pairing. Almost too much food.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent all around. Noise level was low and left us with space for family conversation. Our waitress was attentive and accurate. Food was delivered in a timely manner. We loved everything we ordered, no bad decisions. Wine was a tad expensive, but not unusual for downtown eating

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Late-night Find, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We came into the city for a show. Reserved a table at Amada,we were seated on time. The service and food were very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Disappointing dinner
My wife and I enjoyed Garces Group restaurants in the past and renewed our acquaintance with Amada last night after some years. We were looking forward to dinner at a top ten Philly restaurant. It didn't measure up to the billing.
We tried several wines, starting with the Tinto Toro, which was not flavorful, less than medium body. We moved onto the Garnacha Syrah, not full body, smooth but not fruit forward, settling on a Garnacha, which was ok in flavor. I expected a Spanish Rhone-style wine to be medium to full body and fruity, which they weren't.
I started with the patatas bravas that didn't seem to blend flavors together well, just potatoes covered with seasoning and cheese on top. Followed with pimientos de Padron which was good, and a main dish of cordero con guisantes. The lamb seem dry and overcooked, the green garbanzo beans were very salty, looked like peas, and the avgolemono was ok, but sparse. I know it was a tapas dish, but a dollop of sauce? My wife had alcachofas a la parmesana, pulpo a la gallega which was salty, and the gambas al agillo. Overall, she thought her meal was just ok, not particularly flavorful or special.
The tarta de chocolate was a total failure, hardly chocolaty at all, hard, and may not have been mixed together well. I found a Crisco-like taste and color in one bite.
The service was great, friendly, prompt and polite.
Overall, the meal was an expensive disappointment. Bad night?

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Lovely late afternoon lunch. Great food...especially the Chef's take on a Philly Cheesesteak!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Phenomenal! It is hard for me to get my friend out of his food comfort zone. Amada was a true gem. We both loved the food and ambiance! He is asking when we will be coming back lol.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

My first experience at Amada was amazing. Dined in for my girlfriend's birthday and they made it special. We opted for the chef tasting menu. Staff were super accomadating as I am a pescetarian and my girlfriend eats all things. We were offered dishes that suited us both. Seabass and truffled mushroom flatbread were outstanding. We also did a wine tasting which was perfect. Miguel our wait staff was wonderful. He was acknowledgable and friendly. He assured we were well taken care of without being overbearing.

I'd recommend Amada to anyone, especially fellow foodies.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Have not been to Amada in a while because one of us is vegetarian. Pleasantly surprised! Will return. Wonderful meal although not a good place for quiet to normal volume conversation if you are seated near a very large man with a booming voice. :P

Tags: Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I am not from the area, so as soon as I knew that I would be in the Philadelphia area, I made a reservation. I LOVE this restaurant. The food is so incredible. This time I was particularly impressed because my coworker is celiac and cannot have anything that contains or even comes into contact with gluten. It appeared that our waiter had educated all of the food runners. They were so accommodating and made sure that we knew exactly what she could eat. And she had many options!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Tapas, Romantic
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