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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 email@example.com
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 2:30pm
Between 2nd & 3rd
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
If you book a private event at Amada, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Valet parking available Monday through Sunday in front of the restaurant for $21. Public parking lots located on 2nd Street between Market, Chestnut & Walnut.
Septa 21, 42
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
For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team to schedule your reservation at 267-284-7979 or email email@example.com
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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
Amada met my high expectations for an exciting meal. We booked the prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner reserved weeks in advance and it a fantastic meal and fun experience. And we especially appreciated friendly and attentive service and a rose for my Valentine!
The food was very good but I think the french fries are a bit too smokey. I couldn't eat them but then I shouldn't eat them. It was an easy decision to forego them. The sandwiches were excellent. The service was lacking and I guess I always take points off when I'm asked, mid chew, "how is everything?" If I'm eating it it's fine. Good place to go pre-Ritz Theater.
Had a fantastic dinner here on Tuesday night. Food was excellent. Server was attentive, and very helpful. Table was a bit small, but that’s nitpicking. Wine selection is very good, but overpriced. I would definitely go back, but probably order a glass I lieu of a bottle of wine. Get the lamb meatballs - outstanding dish.
This was our first visit to Amada, though we had wanted to get there for years. The food was excellent, and portion sizes were generous for a tapas menu. The Patatas Bravas was amazing. Consider these are basically mini baked potatoes with some seasoning and sauce, and I don't care much for potatoes, and yet I couldn't get enough of these things. We also had the Pulpo a la Gallega (great), Ensalada de Jamon (different and wonderful), Amada's Empanada (really good, though I would prefer it to maybe contain some chorizo or other meat), Pimientos de Padron (fine, but no reason to order these), and the Lubina from the grill menu (again, fine but nothing I would order a second time around). All of the other items I would consider ordering again on a second visit. The stars were the Patatas Bravas, the Ensalada de Jamon and the Pulpo a la Gallega. The only main change I would wish for is that they offer a tapa style paella, as there are only two paella options, which judging from the price, would probably be enough food for the entire meal for two people. It would be nice to have a couple of tapa size variations on paella to try.
Our server was excellent, and went back through our selections to address my wife's issue with dairy (we eliminated the Piquillos Rellenos because of this, which was a nice touch). Overall, the drinks were well made though we did not particularly care for the spice-fullness of their sangria. For dessert the chocolate tart was good and the Cafe Con Leche was the perfect ending.
The atmosphere is nice, if a bit overly subdued and it is pretty noisey, so if you do not like to speak up or lean towards the person you are talking to, this could present an issue for you.
Overall, we had an excellent evening at Amada, that lived up to our expectations. We look forward to coming back in the future.
We have visited Amada several times in the past and have enjoyed our meals on each occasion. It was our anniversary and our server was attentive to be sure we had a special night. We enjoyed trying a variety of food from the tapas menu. We will definitely return to Amada.
This was the best meal I have had in a long time. My wife and I dine out once a week and this place excelled in every way. Something happened that took both of us off guard, I don't want to tell what it was but it was part of the best customer service I have ever experienced.
I took a handsome friend out for his birthday. He had never been to Amada. I’ve been a big fan for years. Our server was magnificent and the food was delicious and plated gorgeously. A feast for the eyes as well as the mouth! The bartender made perfect gin martinis for us to my date’s preferences. Ambience was wonderful.
I enjoyed our meal here very much. It was great tasting food with a modern flair on an authentic menu. You don't think Spanish food in Philly, but this place is great. Coming from a city with great and many choices for Spanish food, I really enjoyed our meal and would certainly come back next time I am in town.
My only negative was the service was ok. It was not bad, but the server may have been overworked as it was hard to get a hold of her at all.
The food was exceptional, as always, and our server, Karey, was fantastic! She always takes such good care of us anytime we have an opportunity to eat at Amada, and we always ask to be placed with her! You can never go wrong with Amada! Thanks for another great meal and dining experience!
I’ve been to Amada twice. Once the week it opened, and once last night. Clearly 10+ years of 200+ covers a night has taken a toll on the place. Service was friendly if not a bit self-important. Ambiance was really lovely and loud and shiny people everywhere. The food however fell flat. Most dishes were uninspired. The roast suckling pig was dry and bland. The standout was the truffled honey served with the manchego. One of our dishes was completely forgotten and when our sweet but harried server brought it out, it was almost ice cold. They proactively comped the dish but the damage was done.
Overall I’m glad Amada exists and will drink at the bar, but will go elsewhere for dinner next time out.
Amada was an elegant restaurant with many food and drink options. While the food was fresh, we did expect higher quality in terms of the flavor of the tapas dishes and the portion sizes for vegetarian options. Similarly, while all the staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, the service was overall poorer than expected, especially in terms of hearing orders correctly and checking on us periodically. In general, we had a nice dining experience, but definitely expected a higher standard, given the price of the food and the caliber of restaurant.
Friends in from DC. Took them to Amada and all of us had a great time. The service at the bar was great, we were seated at a large and comfortable spot by the window. Service at table was super attentive, thoughtful, well-timed (important when ordering multiple small dishes for all to share). They even sent out 3 additional plates not on the menu for us to try. Drinks, wine great. Look forward to going again.
We had not been to Amada for a few years, but some friends invited us to join them as a gift to us. What a wonderful gift! We all had the chef's tasting, and it was nothing short of spectacular. We had a total of 11 or 12 small plate courses, and as we drove home we were hard pressed to narrow our list of favorites down. We enjoyed every bite, and we also enjoyed our drinks (the gin and tonic variations are delicious). Our server was excellent, and I was particularly impressed with each staff member's command of the menu. If I were a rich man, I'd eat there 10 times a year! Can't wait to go back.
I’ve only eaten here for weekday lunches, and have had good experiences all around. Not so for the Saturday brunch. Everything was off. We had the brunch prix-fixe for $27. Every single item was aggressively salted and oversauced. After I saw the boat size piece of bread that was under the Crab Benedict, I asked to sub plain old rice or potatoes. The chef said no. The green salads were more like soup salad with the excessive amount of dressing. The food was late coming out, staggered oddly with one of us waiting with no food for 7 or 8 minutes. When the Benedict finally arrived, the sauce was congealed and barely warm and had a negligible amount of crab in it. The mushrooms and lobster were so salty as to be barely edible. We missed our matinee movie because it took 45 minutes to get the food. Inexplicable in a half-full room. The restaurant looked dingy and had a faint smell of spilled beer and old mop. The bathrooms are in need of attention as well. Paint is peeling, and there’s grime built up in the corners. The only bright spot of this meal was the smiling and excellent table bus woman.
Made reservations and arrived on time. We were asked to wait at the bar until our table opened up. That's fine and happens from time to time. What we were extremely disappointed with was that we waited for 30+ minutes. We were a party of two... what's the point of reservations? Worse yet, we observed two separate couples walk in after us and sit down before us. Reservations/seating was very poorly managed. Our waiter was also not very prompt or responsive even though it was now later in the evening and the crowd was thinning. Good was good, but didn't seem as good as usual. Could have been the food itself or our bitterness over the wait.
My husband and I went for restaurant week. I hadn't been there in quite a while and was really looking forward to it. Some of the dishes on the special menu were very good and some so-so. Our server was excellent. I hate leaving negative reviews but I'm not sure we would return when there are so many other better options. We felt very rushed. We understand it's tapas, that's not the issue. But when there are courses, we expect not for everything to come out right on top of each other. Also, the light fixtures above the tables look like they haven't been cleaned in a very long time and I couldn't get past that. The bathroom is in disrepair as well - toilet seats not connected and no hot water. If there is no attention to detail in the front of the house, what's going on where I can't see? We expected better. Sorry!
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