Amada

Tapas Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • The tapas at Amada is a can't miss
  • 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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  • Shrikant J.
    Shrikant JoshiOctober 23
    Fantastic variety of tapas
  • Rambe P.
    Rambe ParkerAugust 17
    If you are looking for a Spanish cousin this is not the place. I was disappointed. They don't know what they are serving.
  • Hind R.
    Hind RMay 17
    I enjoyed the flat bread the most. We shared the edmami salad and the wagyu sirloin they were all good.
  • Gonzalo
    GonzaloJanuary 29
    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.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SchoenJanuary 27
    Lamb chops OMG!!!
  • Bryan P.
    Bryan PowellNovember 19, 2016
    Everything is great here! I come here every time I'm in town. You will not be disappointed.
  • Aubra F.
    Aubra FOctober 10, 2016
    Everything was great, but particular favorites include sangria (red), lamb meatballs, flatbread, & scallops.
  • Zahra M.
    Zahra MohammadiAugust 18, 2016
    Steak , baked goat cheese
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel ShifmanJuly 25, 2016
    Beautiful atmosphere and delicious sangria
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WJune 28, 2016
    As legit as tapas restaurants get in Philly.
  • J W.
    J WJune 19, 2016
    Superb! I highly recommend all of their shrimp dishes.
  • Hannah G.
    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.
  • Boris G.
    The food is great but the service is a bit slow!
  • Lance L.
    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
  • Larisa G.
    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!
  • Ramon R.
    Ramon RodriguezFebruary 2, 2016
    Great tapas and catala beer
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HJanuary 26, 2016
    Garrotxa cheese, cana de cabra cheese, escalivada, panceta (pork belly), and hanger steak brochettes!! 😋
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer D'AgostaDecember 19, 2015
    Do the tasting menu!!
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer D'AgostaDecember 19, 2015
    Tasting menu!
  • Theresa C.
    Theresa CallahanOctober 6, 2015
    Everything was overall too salty. Skip the premium tasting menu
  • Joanna D.
    Joanna DauberSeptember 24, 2015
    Try the pre-fix menu- worth it!
  • Ariel W.
    Ariel WuSeptember 5, 2015
    The hanger steak bites and the cheese plate with apple slices and honey were both AMAZING.
  • Alex M.
    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.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WootenAugust 25, 2015
    Try the grilled pulpo.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MillerAugust 13, 2015
    The scallops a la plancha and the chicken hijo are amazing and Excellent red wines
  • Mon S.
    Mon SalvanyAugust 12, 2015
    Far away from spanish tapas... Very small portions for high price... Not worth it.
  • Derya G.
    Derya GuvenAugust 9, 2015
    Everything was so amazing. The grilled scallops are by far the best item on this menu!
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TranJune 25, 2015
    Pernil Asado, must get.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BreeseJune 21, 2015
    The menu is varied, but the food itself is all equally dry and uninspired. Go elsewhere.
  • Lore B.
    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!!!
  • Samira B.
    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.
  • James C.
    James CApril 11, 2015
    Great Tapas. Try the chorizo it's awesome.
  • stacey f.
    stacey freedmanMarch 11, 2015
    Great for group dinners
  • Alyssa G.
    Alyssa GuoMarch 2, 2015
    Portion sizes are small but the food is quite good. Flat breads and the lambs are awesome.
  • 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.
  • Foodie & The Beast
    Foodie & The BeastDecember 26, 2014
    Loved the ham croquettes, crab stuffed piquetos and cheese plate.
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly AllsebrookDecember 21, 2014
    Still the most awesome tapas in the city!! A must go to experience!
  • David R.
    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.
  • L.J. D.
    L.J. DelPonteOctober 22, 2014
    Everything wrapped in bacon...amazing
  • Erin M.
    Erin M.October 13, 2014
    Estrella Damm is on tap--pair it with tapas! Pimientos de padrón, gambas al ajillo, patatas bravas--take your pick!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Amada as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Unique Eats Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Bryan Sikora, chef of La Fia, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Cochinillo asado. Read more
  • Stephan M.
    Stephan MatanovicAugust 7, 2014
    Great lunch specials, and consistently great dinner. Lovely bar as well.
  • Philly.com
    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
  • T Michelle ..
    T Michelle .July 27, 2014
    The food was amazing... Try something new... You are guaranteed to love it!
  • 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!
  • David S.
    David SchraderMay 26, 2014
    Totally excellent charcuterie and cheese board. Hell, everything we had was great.
  • josephine h.
    josephine huangMay 12, 2014
    Blueberry ricotta pancakes. Best brunch item on the menu.
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney RasMay 4, 2014
    Sit at the chef's table, it's my favorite spot.
  • Kaushik C.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Rachel O.
    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!
  • Cheryl S.
    Cheryl SmithFebruary 18, 2014
    Just lovely....you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • 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!
  • Maxine L.
    Maxine LevineJanuary 25, 2014
    Short rib flatbread. That's all you need.
  • Robert S.
    Robert SmithJanuary 21, 2014
    Awesome chorizo mmmm
  • Juan Pablo C.
    Juan Pablo CAJanuary 19, 2014
    Patatas bravas aren't that bravas...
  • Juan Pablo C.
    Juan Pablo CAJanuary 19, 2014
    A "Spanish" restaurant but they don't serve bread?? Seriously? Gotta be kidding!
  • ben v.
    ben van alboomDecember 3, 2013
    Some of the best tapas I ever had.
  • Ray S.
    Ray SimonsonNovember 6, 2013
    Anchovy tapas is great
  • Chris G.
    Chris GalaOctober 5, 2013
    Awesome Tapas.
  • MCP
    MCPSeptember 29, 2013
    If you can, try sitting at the chef's bar. Awesome experience.
  • Vikram D.
    Vikram DesaiSeptember 27, 2013
    Chorizo A La Plancha is to die for
  • Stephanie
    StephanieSeptember 11, 2013
    Amazing Tapas restaurant! Lamb meatballs are the best!!!
  • Cheryl G.
    Cheryl GelberAugust 27, 2013
    Sit at the chef's counter!
  • Philippe C.
    Philippe CasesAugust 10, 2013
    Love this place ( tapas, wine and beer)
  • Danimal S.
    Danimal SchulmanAugust 5, 2013
    Unreal...get the chefs tasting.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KaneJuly 30, 2013
    Sit at the chef's table for live kitchen entertainment!
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanJuly 18, 2013
    ridiculously good food. amazing service, too. go for dinner.
  • 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
  • Mark W.
    Mark WilliamsMay 26, 2013
    Amazingly good!
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMay 26, 2013
    Try the Jamon de Serrano - My friends!!!!!
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMay 26, 2013
    Try the Espresso - Nutty.. Yummer!!
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMay 26, 2013
    Try the Albondigas - Lamb meatballs with shaved Manchego.
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMay 26, 2013
    Try the Hanger Steak
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YoonMay 26, 2013
    Try the Ensalada Verde - Green salad, asparagus, Gavaskar, avocado, and green beans
  • 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
  • Yvette
    YvetteApril 9, 2013
    The most authentic Spanish Tapas ever!
  • Kenya B.
    Kenya BrownApril 7, 2013
    Lamb meatballs are to die for! They're a must-have!
  • Vincent C.
    Vincent CoccoApril 7, 2013
    Shrimp w/garlic. Yum
  • Louise M.
    Louise McLeodMarch 28, 2013
    Try the lamb brochettes and the setas
  • David B.
    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
  • Anna
    AnnaMarch 9, 2013
    Waited over an hour and never was seated! Others were seated who came after us and the hostess was rude. Not going back.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMarch 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.
  • Ned B.
    Ned BMarch 2, 2013
    My fav restaurant in Philly. Try the bacon wrapped dates...they never disappoint!
  • Steven A.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Divya K.
    Divya KJanuary 21, 2013
    Try the temporada sangria!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    For special occasions the $75 lobster paella is a must.
  • Irina
    IrinaDecember 29, 2012
    Take a seat at the chef's counter. Enjoy a wine with some artisanal tapas
  • Missy G.
    Missy GarberDecember 10, 2012
    Overall, fantastic. However some items undercooked, i.e. lobster and a rogue meatball.
  • 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.
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettNovember 17, 2012
    One of my favorite restaurants in Philly
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaOctober 15, 2012
    Highly recommend Amada's when in Philly. Tapas are great. Staff very professional and a great environment.
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsOctober 3, 2012
    One of my first favorite Philly spots. Hams hanging from the ceiling, the works. Music on the weekends.
  • 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!
  • Waleska
    WaleskaAugust 13, 2012
    Best red wine sangria I've had!
  • J T. R.
    J T. RamsayJune 20, 2012
    Splurge and get the $65 tasting menu.
  • 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.
  • Jon G.
    Jon GosierJune 3, 2012
    Try the Papas Chorizo
  • Beau E.
    Beau EnglerMay 30, 2012
    Go right to the bar and have a wonderful night of wine and tapas....
  • Mark B.
    Mark BMay 6, 2012
    Worst restaurant.bad service.bad food.bad valet.good.....lighting?
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • Tanya B.
    Tanya BrownFebruary 21, 2012
    Try the "dátiles con almendras" or whatever it was called. Bacon-wrapped dates. YUM!
  • Emmy S.
    Emmy SheaFebruary 20, 2012
    Great food- nice servers but slow
  • Kenny
    KennyFebruary 19, 2012
    Pretty much everything is excellent-- but make sure to at least try the honey with truffle oil.
  • Tom T.
    Tom TangFebruary 12, 2012
    Saffron aoili with Spanish omelette is great
  • Wanamaker E.
    This is a fantastic spot in Philadelphia! Great atmosphere and very good food. Authentic tapas.
  • Maria L.
    Maria LynneJanuary 24, 2012
    3 words-Short rib flatbread!!!
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SantosJanuary 24, 2012
    ok, we can go, it's close to us
  • Gary D.
    Gary DohertyJanuary 3, 2012
    Use the chef's recommendations!
  • Thomas J Riddle
    Thomas J RiddleNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the BEST restaurants in PHILLY!!!!!
  • 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
  • Michael R.
    Michael RowbothamNovember 5, 2011
    Clams and chorizo were great!
  • Anne P.
    Anne PagsuguironOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Always bring food to snack on. And a sweater!
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay DugganSeptember 15, 2011
    The cheese plate with the garlice dulce de leche never gets old, I order it every time!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2011
    Amada made our list of 50 Best Restaurants in Philly! Don't pass up the fried vanilla cream. Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2011
    Lemon ricotta flapjacks? They'll be that same order you place every single time you come here. They're too good to pass up. Read more
  • Danielle J.
    Danielle J.August 24, 2011
    Everything I've ever eaten from here has been amazing! Seriously.
  • 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.
  • Sorora
    SororaAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia! Read more
  • Beau E.
    Beau EnglerAugust 6, 2011
    love this place
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieAugust 6, 2011
    Garlic shrimp are perfect. They are a "must order."
  • Jp D.
    Jp DalyJuly 5, 2011
    Get a GRG card and earn points at all Garces restaurants
  • Cora A.
    Cora AngJune 26, 2011
    Get sangria by the jug! The cinnamon stick they add really bring out the taste!
  • Paula
    PaulaJune 24, 2011
    The garlic dolce de leche and lavender honey cheeses are simply divine!
  • 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!
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WrightJune 16, 2011
    Great tapas, great space. Wine is overpriced.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJune 10, 2011
    Amazing. The lunch special is a great!
  • 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.
  • Jon L.
    Jon LinApril 10, 2011
    Suckling pig!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 25, 2011
    La Mesa de José is a dining surprise that lets the chef select his favorites for the table. Read more
  • Michael A.
    Michael AxelbaumMarch 7, 2011
    Avoid the tasting menu. Overpriced, rushed. The best things were the cured meats which are not cooked items. Very disappointing for an "iron chef"
  • Sara A.
    Sara AxelMarch 7, 2011
    Had very high expectations. Got the mid-level chef tasting and it was wholly disappointing. Total bummer.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 18, 2011
    For authentic Spanish tapas with Mediterranean flavors.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2011
    Try the octopus, the pernil asada, and the fried vanilla cream. You'll live with a happy stomach. Read more
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 26, 2010
    A great Spanish red: Dec. de J. Palacios' '08 mencia. The Bierzo DO delivers the richest, fullest-bodied version of the mencia grape variety (similar to cab franc), and this is one premier producers.
  • Sandra C.
    Sandra CochraneOctober 28, 2010
    Croquettes de Jamon, stuffed piquillos, and grilled lamb chops are 3 of my favorites.
  • Melissa
    MelissaOctober 25, 2010
    the tortilla española is the best one ive had outside of spain!
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel ElnarOctober 13, 2010
    Try everything. It is all amazing. I had two servings of Manchego cheese and truffle honey.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SangkSeptember 30, 2010
    Liked about 50% of the food ordered, but don't skip the steak skewers.
  • Kimberley R.
    Kimberley RussellSeptember 16, 2010
    Garnacha-cheap but delicious! The burgers are phenomenal!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2010
    Amada offers a Catalan Express lunch special year-round. Get a choice of soup and either an entree salad or sandwich for $14.50. Bonus: the lunch menu is offered Monday through Saturday. Read more
  • DrinkPhilly.com
    DrinkPhilly.comAugust 25, 2010
    Go in and get a delicious cocktail! Check our our video feature on these guys - tap More Info! Read more
  • Maria L.
    Maria LynneAugust 10, 2010
    The Sangria is awesome, but try their Spanish Wine also...amazing.
  • Yael M.
    Yael MaxwellAugust 8, 2010
    Go here! Even if you can't get a reservation ask to be put on the waitlist. Very romantic. Get the white sangria, fried anchovies and saffron rice pudding.
  • Michele S.
    Michele SeidmanAugust 1, 2010
    Seriously amazing food always I love it here. A la plancha !!! Off the hook.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChauJuly 23, 2010
    Whole roasted suckling pig!!!
  • Barrett P.
    Barrett PhelanJune 28, 2010
    Jose Garces Tapas...nuff said.
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GillJune 20, 2010
    Great tapas. Try everything.
  • Leigh B.
    Leigh BrowneJune 12, 2010
    my favorite spot in Philly. white sangria, grilled octopus, grilled scallions, mushroom flatbread..nothing here is bad. its all good.
  • Megan W.
    Megan WendellApril 11, 2010
    The Garroxta cheese with garlic de leche is pure brilliance. The crab stuffed peppers and spicy potatoes are also amazing.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BMarch 20, 2010
    Ask for the chef's seating, nice bar style seating by the kitchen. The Piquillos Rellenos was amazing!
  • Jenny
    JennyMarch 15, 2010
    Eat the flatbreads!
  • Bob B.
    Bob BruhinJanuary 16, 2010
    Two words: truffle honey.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CampbellJanuary 14, 2010
    Best Tapas in Philadelphia
  • M. Nannette S.
    M. Nannette StJanuary 10, 2010
    Best tapas around. Chef Joes Garces is the new Iron Chef Read more
  • Marc S.
    Marc SheldonOctober 28, 2009
    Fabulous Tapas, superb suckling pig; skip the paella (not that great - dry meat and a bit boring); jamon and lomo iberico is ok but not best quality available Read more
  • Brandon G.
    Brandon GibsonAugust 23, 2009
    Go to Amada and try any of the flat breads.
  • Juan Pablo C.
    Juan Pablo CAJanuary 19, 2014
    Un restaurante "español" y no ponen pan? En serio??
  • Fernando M.
    Fernando MottaSeptember 3, 2013
    Go for Patatas Bravas, gambas al ajillo, paella & flat bread de ternera.
  • Harry S.
    Harry StahlJune 12, 2013
    Coca de alcachofas y setas - perfect.
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