Tapas Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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    The tapas at Amada is a can't miss
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    Philadelphia Magazine
    "Amada made our list of 50 Best Restaurants in Philly!"(7 Tips)
    Reinhold Residential
    "Authentic Spanish tapas and the best Sangria in the city"(4 Tips)
    Sam Y.
    "Try the Albondigas - Lamb meatballs with shaved Manchego."(5 Tips)
    Davinci Virtual
    "Chef Jose Garces"(3 Tips)
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  • Lance L.heart icon on user image
    Lance LacoffMarch 16, 2016
    Nice ambience, delicious Spanish cheeses and meats (splurge for the jamón iberico), and it's worth trying as many different items as possible. The garnacha blend Prima is a winner from the wine list
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2012
    While Garces isn't in the kitchen, much of the menu is still full of his spirit. Even though it opened in 2005, getting a reservation is still a challenge 7 years later. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Hannah G.heart icon on user image
    Hannah GMJune 2, 2016
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Philly! Try some of the cured meats, garlic shrimp, flatbreads, fideos made with calamari, and the lamb meatballs.... but, honestly, everything is great here.
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RosenbloomNovember 24, 2014
    Garces' flagship restaurant in Philly. The garlic shrimp tapa is insane. Try one of the flatbreads as well; the short rib one is a fave. Ham croquettas and potatas bravas are always amazing.
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BaboolallMarch 14, 2013
    Lunch: Catalan Express is definitely the way to go. Sopa de Batata, the best sweet potato soup I've had, paired with the spicy potatoes and vegetarian sandwich (which was great) left me full and happy
  • Samira B.heart icon on user image
    Samira BravoMay 14, 2015
    Great Tapas had the garlic shrimp, Albondigas, spicy potatoes & flatbread they were all amazing!! The bar is pretty cool great wine selection also.
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    Jose Garces presents stunning updates to classic Spanish flavors in an evocative, 135-seat space in Old City. The service is impressive and the menu well-tuned, but those small plates add up quickly. Read more
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanOctober 22, 2018
    Meatballs, empanadas, and scallops were all really good. I had slightly higher hopes overall, but really solid spot.
  • Hind R.
    Hind RMay 17, 2017
    I enjoyed the flat bread the most. We shared the edmami salad and the wagyu sirloin they were all good.
  • Lore B.heart icon on user image
    Lore BenaventJune 12, 2015
    One of the best restaurants in Philly. Some of my favorites are the crab stuffed peppers and the parmesan artichokes, but everything on the menu is delish!!!
  • Amber S.
    Amber SmithJune 10, 2012
    Quite possibly best restaurant I've ever been to. Cheese w/ garlic dulce de leche made me melt. Literally EVERYTHING was amazing. Flatbread with chorizo and shrimp was to die to die for. GET DESSERT.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerriMarch 4, 2013
    I came here for drinks and was not dissappointed. Amazing sangria and will come again to try dinner. Only bad thing are the moron rich white people that think they know everything about wine. Shut up.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    arces' granddaddy just overhauled its OMG-Everything's-Totally-Cheaper-Than-Normal! Hour with mid-week drink specials including $4 Estrellas & $8 custom cocktails like the Matador Read more
  • Erinheart icon on user image
    ErinOctober 13, 2014
    Estrella Damm is on tap--pair it with tapas! Pimientos de padrón, gambas al ajillo, patatas bravas--take your pick!
  • Rachel O.heart icon on user image
    Rachel OrrMarch 9, 2014
    I would say best restaurant I have ever been too. Hands down. Everything was amazing. Lemon ricotta pancakes. Melt in your mouth!
  • Steven A.heart icon on user image
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 2, 2013
    You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but I definitely recommend the garrotxa cheese with garlic dulce de leche, the albóndigas and grilled chorizo or octopus.
  • Era S.
    Era SinghMarch 22, 2014
    Yummy! Great ambiance, service, and food. Loved the garlic shrimp, peppers, and the doughnuts for dessert! Flatbreads were overrated - I prefer the tapas!
  • Bronwen S.
    Bronwen ShawJuly 13, 2014
    Amazing dinner- must try is the wagyu beef and spanish olives. The dessert was outstanding-- chocolate sorbet, pistachio and honey ice cream!
  • Inna B.
    Inna Ben ZeevDecember 30, 2014
    Best meal I had in Philly. All dishes were yummy. Didn't love the rose sangria - too sweet.
  • bc
    bcDecember 6, 2012
    The tasting menu is the way to go. Heaps of food and all the best dishes. Don't miss the arroz temporado or short rib flat bread.
  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaOctober 15, 2012
    Highly recommend Amada's when in Philly. Tapas are great. Staff very professional and a great environment.
  • Ariel W.heart icon on user image
    Ariel WuSeptember 5, 2015
    The hanger steak bites and the cheese plate with apple slices and honey were both AMAZING.
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen MartinJanuary 24, 2013
    Ordr Granache 2 strt but switch 2 Temperanillo 4 dinner so as not 2 ovrpwr the full flavrd menu. Skip the chckn-it fails in comparsn 2 the rest of the menu&the roastd pepprs w/goat chz is a MUST HAVE!
  • Aubra F.heart icon on user image
    Aubra FOctober 10, 2016
    Everything was great, but particular favorites include sangria (red), lamb meatballs, flatbread, & scallops.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 29, 2018
    The large, festive front room can skew loud; for a quieter meal, ask for a table in the second dining room, beyond the open kitchen. Read more
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PJanuary 29, 2014
    Awesome spot for Spanish tapas!! Highly recommend this place for any type of occasion but make a reservation in advance!
  • Larisa G.heart icon on user image
    Larisa GrollemondMarch 5, 2016
    Dinner is good, but make a reservation or be prepared to wait. Nice selection of Spanish wines for a drink at the bar too!
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HJanuary 26, 2016
    Garrotxa cheese, cana de cabra cheese, escalivada, panceta (pork belly), and hanger steak brochettes!! 😋
  • Kevin C.heart icon on user image
    Kevin C.August 26, 2018
    It’s no Spain, but it’s good. Try the expensive tater tots! Good food. Fun for the whole family!
  • Bryan P.heart icon on user image
    Bryan PowellNovember 19, 2016
    Everything is great here! I come here every time I'm in town. You will not be disappointed.
  • Davinci Virtual
    Davinci VirtualJune 22, 2011
    Chef Jose Garces serves authentic Spanish tapas perfectly paired with cocktails that make for a delicious night out. Artichoke and wild mushroom flatbread is a must have!
  • Darius A.
    Darius AtmarNovember 16, 2011
    Must haves: empanadas, flat breads, garlic shrimp, pork with white beans, and to top it off, apple slices with manchego cheese drizzled with truffle honey
  • Gonzaloheart icon on user image
    GonzaloJanuary 29, 2017
    The tapas are a bit disappointing. Avoid the octopus and the gambas al ajillo. The tocino de cielo was good and also the rabo de toro.
  • Kaushik C.heart icon on user image
    Kaushik CidambiMarch 23, 2014
    As always the food and the service was great. Got to sit at the kitchen bar. Always makes for a good experience.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 7, 2012
    The perfect spot is located at the end of the main dining room. The chef's counter, with six high chairs, gets you up-close to the action in the kitchen.
  • Sasha M.
    Sasha MargasakMay 5, 2013
    Scallops were a little over done and over seasoned, but the pesto and paella were phenomenal. Definitely recommend the two if you're dining here
  • Dining Out for Life PHL
    Make your reservation now! Amada is participating in Dining Out for Life 2013 by donating 33% of every meal sold on Thursday, April 25. Dine Out, Fight AIDS! To learn more about the cause: Read more
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialSeptember 6, 2012
    Authentic Spanish tapas and the best Sangria in the city at this sophisticated and sexy establishment. Perfect date spot!
  • Alex M.heart icon on user image
    Alex MasAugust 28, 2015
    If you want to eat tapas you will be disappointed here. They are very different than what you find in Spain. Portions are really small for a tapa and over-expensive.
  • Nathan
    NathanJune 28, 2016
    As legit as tapas restaurants get in Philly.
  • Katie M.heart icon on user image
    Katie MillerAugust 13, 2015
    The scallops a la plancha and the chicken hijo are amazing and Excellent red wines
  • Derya G.heart icon on user image
    Derya GuvenAugust 9, 2015
    Everything was so amazing. The grilled scallops are by far the best item on this menu!
  • Kimberly A.heart icon on user image
    Kimberly AllsebrookDecember 21, 2014
    Still the most awesome tapas in the city!! A must go to experience!
  • Alyssa G.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa GuoMarch 2, 2015
    Portion sizes are small but the food is quite good. Flat breads and the lambs are awesome.
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsOctober 3, 2012
    One of my first favorite Philly spots. Hams hanging from the ceiling, the works. Music on the weekends.
  • Russell C.heart icon on user image
    Russell CaluriAugust 5, 2023
    Enjoyed all the food selections, good wine and excellent sangria
  • David S.
    David SchraderMay 26, 2014
    Totally excellent charcuterie and cheese board. Hell, everything we had was great.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HennesyAugust 23, 2011
    If you don't mind spending a little money ... come here and order the tasting menu (55 pp?). You will leave fat and happy. Ask for the octopus.
  • Sonny K.heart icon on user image
    Sonny KwokNovember 19, 2018
    Food is pretty good, decor is nice too, and service is excellent
  • Alison T.
    Alison TApril 16, 2011
    The duck flatbread is only ok. Try the crab stuffed peppers are a must try. Don't miss the grapefruit, tequila and agave cocktail.
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