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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Amada will only be offering 2 tasting menus on Valentines Day, $65 & $85. Our regular menu will not be available. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. We offer a 24 hr. cancellation window. In case of a late cancellation/no show your card will be charged $25/guest on the reservation.

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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 (115)
Fit for Foodies (75)
Good for a Date (70)
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Special Occasion (61)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Tasting Menu (51)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Authentic (42)
Fun (38)
Notable Wine List (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Romantic (36)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Worth the Drive (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Casual (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (23)
Business Meals (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Cozy (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Happy Hour (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Healthy (11)
People Watching (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Spicy (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 days ago

Went during Restaurant Week so maybe that was the issue but the portions were tiny. The food itself was pretty good, but we left hungry. I believe they probably scaled back on the portion size due to it being Restaurant Week. Maybe we will have to try again when we can order from the regular menu and can therefore control how much food we get.

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·Dined 2 days ago

The service was quick and friendly. The server was able to answer all of our questions about the food. The dishes were all incredibly tasty and unique. I loved this meal

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fun, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

As always, food and service were excellent. Amada is one of our favorites and never disappoints.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Let's start with the food - it was amazing! I booked our reservation two months early to be able to give it as an Xmas present to my wife. As such, I didn't realize I made the reservation during Philly Restaurant Week during which there was a special prix fixe menu. Nevertheless - the menu was delicious. The patatas bravas were incredible as was our dessert. The Broken Hugs cocktails were perfect, as was the sangria.

Our server was so attentive and gave us continual updates on our food, was very good at answering questions and was generally very helpful. He made the entire experience worthwhile.

Now the bad part. We made reservations for 7pm. When we got there (a few minutes early), we were told our table would be ready in "5 minutes". But we didn't get seated until 7:45pm. This same situation occurred to many others who had reservations. We stood near the hostess desk and heard them tell folks with 7:30pm reservations that it would be 5 minutes which we KNEW wasn't true since WE had been waiting 30 minutes at that point.

What bothered me wasn't the wait... it was the dishonesty. We had plans for after dinner, and I'm sure others did as well. Honesty about how long the wait would be would allow people to decide if they were able to wait or not.

And even worse... when someone told the hostesses that they'd be leaving because the wait had been too long, the hostesses spent the next 15 minutes or so bashing the person amongst themselves (although I heard them just fine). At one point, they said to each other: "He was about to get a seat in 5 minutes". How? If I hadn't been seated yet 30 minutes in, tell me how he was going to magically get seated in 5 minutes?

So the hostesses attitudes' needed some serious help. And they need to learn to speak to their customers honestly rather than trying to keep them in the restaurant by saying "5 minutes" when that time would be much longer.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was great. The service was just ok. One issue- I sat on one of the benches by the window. When I got up to leave, the wood on the bench pulled a string, and ruined one of my sweaters!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Another outstanding dining experience at Amada. Always a special meal.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 3 days ago

Everyone always raves about Amada. I wasn't impressed. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation due to an Uber problem and we couldn't be seated. So, we found a spot at the bar. It was Restaurant Week so there was a 3 course menu. The server was very short answering our questions about the menu. There was no description of the tapas on the menu. Everything seemed to be potato based when it was served. But, how were we to know? The menu read "Spanish Tortilla"...more like a glob of undercooked mashed potatoes. The ambience is quaint and the sangria is awesome once you get over the underwhelming food and rude wait staff.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent. This was restaurant week menu.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a fabulous time at this tapas restaurant! The service was great and the food was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome food!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

So Delicious. We got the Chef's tasting menu for $65 each. Everything was delicious and unexpected and fun. It was too much food and my suggestion (if anyone cares) would be to have another tasting menu with maybe 9 courses instead of 12 for approx. $55 each. I think I would enjoy that more because it was just too much food and it just kept coming. I definitely would appreciate and enjoy it more if there were less!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

Unbelievable food great service. What more could you ask for?

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Very creative menu. Lots of vegetarian options . Very warm ambiance. Staff were very accommodating

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Amada is an exceptionally consistent dining experience. I love the selection of tapas; whether you like fish and seafood, meat, vegetables, or cheeses, Amada has something for everyone. It is wonderful to share a variety of items with friends and family, so you can get a taste of many different foods. The ambience is nice and service very pleasant. We truly enjoyed the desserts too!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Amada is a very fun place with well prepared, authentic tapas with interesting tastes. Usually its pretty noisy but it was an icy night - making it all the more enjoyable. My only criticism is that the wine list is extremely overpriced. Once you get higher than 3x retail for a bottle its price gouging. For an informal place it's really not right and takes away from the fun if you want to have a glass or two or a bottle. All said, I would go back and order beer instead! Enjoy it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Although all of the tapas offerings looked delicious, we opted to get the traditional paella, which we are unable to get where we live. It was delicious, though the additional piece of grilled chicken breast was a bit dry. The rice was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Service was attentive and professional. Good location. Comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Early evening. Empty restaurant. Seated way in back. Silly with a reservation.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The overall experience at Amada was great. The food was delicious and the ambiance was very comfortable and friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Tapas, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great experience. We were running late for our reservation but when we got there they still accomedated us and sat us right away. All of the staff were so nice. Everything we ate was just perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent authentic food ( I am from Spain😉). Small portion- smaller than tapas in Spain, but very nice cooked and visually attractive.
30 minutes waiting since the party in our reserved table did not want to leave( New years lunch), the staff accommodated us as best as they could and offer the 2 bears we had while waiting.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Amada, and lingered for quite some time over brunch.
Although the restaurant was full, no one rushed us or made us feel we had stayed long enough.
We all agreed that the food was excellent and we would be happy to return any time!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was sub-par. It was slow and they were inattentive. It was also freezing cold! We ate with coats on.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Nice wine pairings. Knowledgeable waitress. My only complaint is, we seemed rushed. Staff was taking plates before we were done.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The “mechanics” of the tapas and how they would be served was not explained: ordering and arrival of food to the table was odd, veggies last, etc. Server did not bring out food, food runner was not trained to explained dishes- drinks were not consistent- over priced- table was not ready when we arrived although we made reservations

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It’s a shame, this was probably our 10th visit to Amada, as its one of our favorite restaurants in the city. Food was great as always. Unfortunately, from the time we sat down until the time we left, we seemed like a bother to our waiter. We would see him every 15 or 20 minuets, and each time was with an attitude. When we spoke to a manager as we were paying, he didn’t seem to care either.

We will certainly go back, hopefully it will be a better experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Really fun tapas dinner. Garlic shrimp and bacon wrapped dates were hits, along with Manchester cheese with truffle lavender honey. Our waitress was knowledgeable and informative, and helped us navigate menu. Tons of great options to choose from; generous portions and one of our better value dinners. Atmosphere was lively and cool, but not loud. Fun evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always amazingly good! Thank you!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Do the chef challenge. It’s perfect.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server was excellent. Very attentive and informative. As we had never eaten here before he was very helpful in steering us toward trying different items that we might not otherwise have tried, and everything was great. All of the staff is very friendly. The only negative was how cold our seats were. It was a very cold night outside and we were one of the early diners, so maybe the room had not had a chance to warm up yet.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always great food (small bites). It was my daughters engagement, so they gave us all a glass of champagne. So nice. Service was wonderful. Love this place!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

My family of 4 enjoyed sharing a bunch of tapas as well as a soup/sandwich combo...all were delicious! Some were a bit skimpy on the portions, especially for the price. But we did enjoy every bite :0)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Dined during their Christmas Eve Pig Roast. We looked forward to dinner here as we were coming in from out of town for the holidays. Service was quick and attentive. Drinks were great. We knew what they would be serving ahead of time. Overall food was good, but not something we would order again. No paella this time. A little disappointed, but we did not go hungry.

Also, seating in the front dining room is more open and has more energy. We were seated in the back dining room which is quieter and more subdued.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent tasting menu, great service with our large group! Loved the variety, great drinks too!

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Overall good dining experience; be prepared to open your wallet however. On a busy Friday night I had to stop our waiter several times to ask for another drink and for water. I’d go back again for the atmosphere, but not necessarily anytime soon.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Tapas
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Outstanding all-around. Food was so good and so authentic it nearly brought me to tears from beautiful memories of living in Spain long ago.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Overall just a fantastic experience. The quality of the food was outstanding and simply delicious. The selection of tapas was broad and diverse crossing meats, seafood and vegetables. The lamb chops were incredible along with the shrimp & garlic dish. The wine selection was deep but reasonable in price. Our server, Miguel, was delightful and knowledgeable. The ambiance was not too loud so I could hold a conversation without raising my voice. The final bill was expensive but justifiable by the quality of the food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We came to celebrate my husband’s birthday and preordered half roasted pig for the occasion . I have not tasted everything because I Don’t eat meat but everyone else loved the pig and paella and many other small plates that we had. As a vegetarian i found plenty of options on the menu. We will be back, I wish it was easier to get a table here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dessert was amazing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I love Amada. I have been going here for years and it never disappoints. The food is always very delicious and very consistent in taste and presentation. The service is always excellent. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Philly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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