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Amada
Spanish Restaurant$$$
Today 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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217-219 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106
217-219 Chestnut StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19106
(215) 625-2450amadarestaurant.com
$$$Spanish Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 10:30 am – 11:00 pmSunday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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Iron Chef Jose Garces puts a modern spin on tapas at this contemporary Spanish spot with warm decor.- Google
"The lamb meatballs were excellent but everything else was just...ok."
"The restaurant serves traditional Spanish tapas – or small plates."
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Erin Mead
2 months ago
I highly recommend this restaurant for it's authentic yet innovative food. My partner and I went for an early dinner (~6pm). You definitely need to get reservations in advance; it's a popular place. We opted to share 4 tapas: tortilla espanola, ensalada de jamon, berenjenas, and pulpo a la gallega. All were excellent, and I was especially impressed with the octopus because it can be so rubbery at some restaurants. We had a very difficult time choosing those 4 because it all looked so good. We also had the olive oil pound cake, which I highly recommend. It was very moist, not overly heavy or sweet, and the cinnamon ice cream was amazing! We had 2 of the signature cocktails (one with bourbon and the other a vodka lemonade); they were OK but not great. They were light on the alcohol and a bit sweet. The wine list was great though. My only complaint was the cold breeze through the front door every time it was opened. Obviously this will not be an issue at warmer times, but the open concept of the restaurant means we really felt the cold breeze.
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Randy Day
5 months ago
I take my wife here every year for her birthday and she adores this place. One of the reviews I read said the Lamb meatballs were excellent but everything else was jut OK. This person has no idea what perfect food taste like. This place is absolutely the best restaurant I have ever visited. The service is perfect, the dishes that were sent out compliments of the chef were not just something easy but were I think some of the best dishes that we ordered. The Lobster and shrimp and lamb chops I could go on forever this place is so wonderful. AMADA, A HIDDEN GEM IN OLD CITY PHILADELPHIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Brian Crapo
5 months ago
Wow! An amazing experience. My favorite was the short rib flatbread.
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Alyx Barranger
a year ago
I have been to Spain many times now, and my dad grew up there so I was really interested to see what Amada's take on Spanish tapas would be. I was definitely impressed. We ordered a variety of cheeses that were paired TO PERFECTION with some incredibly dips, spreads, etc. My favorite was the goat cheese - it was heavenly. Then we got the empanada which was awesome. This was followed by croquets which were done better than I have ever had them (even in Spain). We ended the meal with the bacon wrapped dates which were delicious. Overall, a spectacular dinner. Definitely pricey, but it was worth it. The sangria is also out of this world delicious, so you HAVE to get a glass if you go (maybe a pitcher...)
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Sally Zhao
7 months ago
Jose Garces is my favorite chef in Philadelphia (better than Stephen Starr). As a caveat, I lived in Philly from 2008-2012, so can only speak to this restaurant during that time. The food and wine here is unbelievably delicious. I would definitely recommend getting a reservation or you could be stuck waiting for a long time! I would recommend the cheese plate, as well as getting multiple tapas plates to share amongst friends. It's not cheap, but it's a great place to come to celebrate a big project, finishing school, etc.
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Cooper Turley
7 months ago
We enjoyed every minute of the 'chef selection' for the table. I highly advise going for the $65 version over the $55 version of the meal. Great service was on point - overall experience!
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Brian Sloane
a week ago
One of our favorite restaurants in Philly. Tapas are great as is the sangria.
George Bedford
6 months ago
Best spot in Philly, small plates to share and can't go wrong with no with any choice. Great spot for brunch as well.