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 (137)
Fit for Foodies (90)
Good for a Date (86)
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Special Occasion (73)
Creative Cuisine (72)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Tasting Menu (57)
Authentic (49)
Fun (42)
Romantic (41)
Good for Groups (40)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Worth the Drive (36)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Notable Wine List (35)
Bar Seating (33)
Good Vegetarian Options (30)
Casual (28)
Cozy (24)
Hot Spot (24)
Business Meals (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Happy Hour (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
People Watching (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Healthy (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Spicy (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fabulous!!! Food was great our server was great!!! Wish I could remember her name but she was awesome!

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Was in Philly for a conference and had heard about the place as I have been trying to eat at several Iron Chef's restaurants around the country. I also had friends who had been here and recommended I put it on my list. We selected the chef's tasting menu. I was impressed with the wide array of options that were brought to us. The service was fast...in fact a bit rushed to the point where I had to ask them to pace things out a bit slower. I was also disappointed by the wait staff who were providing descriptions of the many courses with rapid fire speed. In this very loud restaurant I had to repeatedly ask them to slow down and describe a second time what they were giving us. They seemed annoyed that we asked them to repeat the descriptions. This area of service must be improved as it impacted my rating of service and overall enjoyment. Just a few night prior I dined at another Iron Chef's restaurant in Philly and did the chef's tasting menu. The wait staff there took time to explain the dishes and seemed happy to answer any questions we had. A much better "service" experience. Overall the food was tasty. My favorites were the chicken with egg and truffles. The fish dish and the fried Quinoa salad. The dessert pastry tasted slightly scorched/bitter and the little hazelnut sweets served with the final bill were chewy, but not in the best way. When ordering a tasting menu I think it's important that the final course/dessert be amazing to leave the diner with a great feeling. Sadly this wasn't the case on the night we dined. I would recommend diners opt out of the tasting menu and make their own selections.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It wss okay.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was one of the best meals we have had. We love tapas and Amada did not disappoint. The chorizo and the beef were excellent, service was quick and friendly. This is a place where we will be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful, inventive cuisine. It was our anniversary and the
waitstaff were very gracious, offering us champagne and a candle in our dessert.

Thanks very much!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This place is the best I’ve found for a great value steak. I get a 28 day dry aged steak rib-eye. It’s $75 but feeds two people no problem. So it keeps bill down. You don’t need to get apps since this steak is very filling. It has potatoes and onions under the steak with the sauce. It’s one of the beat steaks I had around. Ask for it the way they prepare it normally which is medium rare. The only thing is that it takes 45 minutes to prepare. So have some drinks and enjoy the nice atmosphere. I’ve been coming here for the last five years celebrating our anniversary and engagement with my wife. They make it very special for us every time. Love the staff.
They have a bacon wrapped date app that is very good. And also the ham croquettes are very good too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We went here for my girlfriends birthday and had an amazing time. We started with a cheese plate and beef short rib flatbread, followed by wagyu short tips, sea bass and lamb meatball. The Sangria was great and they paced the meal very nicely. Small plates in the tapas style but by the end we were stuffed, food was creative and very, very good. Decor was very cool inside, lots of candle lanterns and a nice ambiance for conversation without being too quiet. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great Spanish style meal, especially with friends as sharing many small plates is always fun

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Amada is rated among the top 10 restaurants in Philadelphia and it deserves its reputation. The tapas are excellent and the wines by the glass are limited but adequate. We will return to sample Amada for Happy Hour as well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

we really enjoy the Sunday Brunch. Very interesting menu items. Fantastic food. Great service. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I have been waiting to go to this restaurant for almost a year! Went to Spain last year and loved the idea of the tapas!! The ambience was vibrant and energetic. My date and I got there a little early and decided to head to the bar to grab a quick drink. The bar was full and lively! It took a few minutes to get the bartenders attention which is understandable but he dropped off a menu and never returned. I tried to get the other bartenders attention but my date and I stood there for a few more minutes and just decided to wait until we got to our table.
The server was very friendly and the food was wonderful. Everything came out in a nice even flow and we got to enjoy all of the wonderful flavors Amada had to offer!
If you are trying to have an intimate date this is the wrong place to go only because the noise level is extremely high and the layout is meant more for a group of friends than an intimate date. My date and I also were placed in between two tables that sat two couples who's conversation over poured into our own conversation.
Overall this place was a great spot to hangout, try new foods and get a chance to indulge in wonderful food Philadelphia has to offer!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food, but the noise level is very high and it is difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful way to celebrate my wife's birthday with the tasting menu at Amada. This is an elite Spanish tapas restaurant in a city known for great restaurants. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys sampling several different types of exceptionally prepared food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was wonderful!! Brunch menu was diverse, and the food was amazing! Portions were much bigger than what we had imagined. This made the brunch menu price a bargain. Would have been happy to pay $10 extra for the sized portions. $5 Cava or Sangria was a bargain as well.
Will highly recommend, and will return!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was outstanding, just make sure to order enough! The service on the other hand was terrible. The server decided to call out each item we ordered, which was pretty weird. I would expect that at Chili's, not a high end restaurant. Even after calling out the items we didn't receive two of our orders. When we mentioned this to her it was sufficiently awkward. She kept stating, "I don't have that on my list," and tried to show us her itemized list. She basically made it as if it was our fault. Super inappropriate and awkward.

As long as you get a good server you'll love your experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Did tasting menu - staff was very attentive and were nice enough to give us a quiet table location for our anniversary. Excellent Spanish wine list.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My birthday

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

Great experience as always!!!!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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