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

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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

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4.5

value

4.2

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (121)
Fit for Foodies (85)
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Special Occasion (71)
Creative Cuisine (67)
Tasting Menu (57)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Authentic (51)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Romantic (46)
Fun (44)
Notable Wine List (43)
Good for Groups (35)
Bar Seating (34)
Casual (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Hot Spot (29)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Cozy (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
Great for Lunch (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (23)
Business Meals (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Healthy (15)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
People Watching (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Spicy (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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·Dined 13 hours ago

My Birthday

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·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Succulent food and attentive staff.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Top tier eats. Services was timed perfectly for our multi course meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Loved the cauliflower, that was amazing! The baked goat cheese was delicious too!

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

While the food was very good, the portions were ridiculously small even for tapas standard. We ordered 1 more than the suggested 3 per person and still left hungry.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My special place!!!! Edwin is always our server at Amada. You rock Edwin!!!! Food is always the best. Can't wait to come back!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good service, average food. Decor needs a reno. You’re paying for the name, not the experience. Portions were insulting ... yes, even for tapas standards.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

A tapas lunch gave us a chance to sample a wide variety of offerings. I'd recommend the paprika potatoes, the crab stuffed peppers, ham croquettes and a sample of the sherries. Service was excellent. Amada is a thoroughly wonderful spot to enjoy lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I have been here at least 6 times in last year. The food and service is excellent ! You will never be disappointed .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always the food and service were outstanding. Our guest loved Amada.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were not seated until 8:25, our reservation was at 8pm. The hostess was not nice about my asking why!
We were then seated next to the front window which was very cold!

Other than that, everything was great. Food, our waiter, etc. was perfect.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food, service, and pricing are excellent. You will come back again for sure. Enjoy Amada!

Tags: Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Top notch service and food. Love the tapas style and freedom you have with the menu

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Fun, People Watching, Spicy, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very expensive for what it is.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fun, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was amazing and very filling! I also noted in my online reservation it was my husbands bday and they brought him out a little desert with a candle on it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I were in town for the weekend and we decided to spend an evening here. We had a wonderful meal, and the white sangria was wonderful. We will be back the next time we’re in Philly.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I was a little put off by the quality of the chairs... they were all peeling and coming apart. Something I would have never expected at a date-night type of experience. I highly suggest investing in better chairs for guests

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant week menu was tiny and was not worth $35 pp

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The selection was varied enough to accommodate all tastes. The food was excellent and portion size was satisfying. Service was good and we were not rushed. We were very pleased with the entire experience and will dine there again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

we have been to Amada several times. They have a great sunday brunch and an interesting and delicious tapas dinner menu. We will be returning .

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was very good, not outstanding. The service was ok, a bit slow and intermittent. It was a work lunch so I didn't have any alcohol but their drink menu looked fantastic, so I'll be back for that.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food and service! Loved the restaurant and selections for Restaurant Week.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We went for Philadelphia restaurant week and we pressed for time due to Flyers tickets. Our server was awesome and got us out in 45min with out feeling rushed. The food was amazing. First visit but will definitely return!

Tags: Quick Bite, People Watching, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed almost all of our shared Restaurant Week lunch choices. The one exception was the not very tasty puff pastry dessert selection: if we could go back and reorder dessert, we would both order the "egg cream" cup.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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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