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Amada

217-219 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 625 2450
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Ranked #38 of 3,731 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between 2nd & 3rd
Transit: Septa 21, 42
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Jackson, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

From the moment we arrived our car was valet parked from the front door of the restaurant. We then stepped into another world with a different style of dining. We were a family of 6 adults and were escorted to a private room with a huge marble top table. Our menu was described to us with instructions on all the... More

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Eastern Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We did the chef's tasting with wine pairing, and what an experience. Since one of us is vegetarian, the chef did multiple courses that we both could enjoy. So much food, so good. Server was so knowledgeable and patient with our questions (our first time really doing tapas). That said, it is a small place and it gets very loud... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Amada has a hip vibe, excellent food, and great service. We had booked a late reservation on a Friday night and found the main dining room and bar area were packed. The crowd added to the atmosphere, as it was lively and provided great people-watching. The food was flavorful and wonderful, albeit a bit pricey, but it's definitely worth it.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have to say that this is the best dinner I have ever had in Philadelphia. Every single dish we had was absolutely outstanding - From the flat breads to the meatballs, everything was absolutely incredible. Service was very good, but the food was the star. The restaurant is pretty tiny and it can feel pretty cramped in there very... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I had the most exquisite tapas we have ever eaten, hands down. The service was extraordinary, the wine list expansive, and the dishes to die for. Our server helped us select a wonderful bottle of Spanish red, very full-bodied, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The flavors of each dish were quite sophisticated. All in all it was a... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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99 reviews 99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I went to this restaurant with 2 friends. All three of us have very different tastes in food so we made our suggestions and then placed ourselves in our waitress' hands. I believe her name was Carrie, or something similar. An attractive young blonde woman, she knew her product and how to help her guests enjoy it. She did a... More

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Rew, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Arrived without a reservation, but they too us anyway. Service was great. The food was amazing and my 11 year old niece loved her first taste of tapas dishes- the Tortilla Espanola was her favorite! And I loved the Galician style white bean and ham soup. A little pricey, but absolutely worth it!

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

There is not a bad dish in the restaurant. The tapas style allows you to try several different craving options and we had many, but the salad verde is a must, as are the lamb chops. Great drinks and a large wine selection. Perfect for the small appetite as well as the hungry!

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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109 reviews 109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We have our favorite tapas. We decided however to be adventurous and put ourselves in the hands of of this Chef Garces whose multiple other restaurants (including this one years ago) we have enjoyed over time. We went for the chefs tasting "foodie" version and chose for chef to pair the wines. What a GREAT way to try new things... More

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Madrid, Spain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Just the gazpacho is acceptable. All the rest ordered is really low low low in quality. Yes, the cheese steak is good. Overall not a place to come back. If you're looking for authentic Spanish Food this is not your restaurant.

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