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Amada

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
City Center East
Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar
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217-219 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Between 2nd & 3rd)
Septa 21, 42
12156252450
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 459
    Excellent
  • 191
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Tapas outside of Spain

Bottom line - it's very difficult to replicate authentic Spanish Tapas but Amada comes very close. Excellent variety, nice presentation, excellent service, great atmosphere and yes, the food tastes great!! it's now on my "regular" list in Philly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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New York City, New York
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Bottom line - it's very difficult to replicate authentic Spanish Tapas but Amada comes very close. Excellent variety, nice presentation, excellent service, great atmosphere and yes, the food tastes great!! it's now on my "regular" list in Philly.

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New Jersey
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Went to Amada recently for lunch and was blown away by the delicious food and great drink options! Nice wine and cocktail selection, and their express lunch for $14.50 was a wonderful deal. I opted for the white bean and ham soup (delicious), the scallop tapas appetizer (just AMAZING!) and the grilled chicken and romaine salad for my entree (can't... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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266 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This place was recommended by our friends who live in the city and a great recommendation it was . They have a nice variation of Tapas dishes and a great selection of wine. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is very relaxing and you enjoy the whole experience . Plan to stay for a few hours

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High Point, North Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I was expecting more. The food was ok as well as the service, but nothing above and beyond. The server kept reaching across the person to my right's plate to refill my drink. Again, not horrible, but the hype had me expecting more.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

In town for the weekend we stopped in on a Saturday night. Good tapas and big selection. The jamon croquettes were excellent, as were the scallops. The only negative is that they ran out of the patatas bravas, and we were unable to try it.

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allentown, pa
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156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had an amazing experience at Amada. there were six of us and we had pre-ordered the half suckling pig, which is supposed to feed 4 to 6 people I felt it probably could have fed eight people easily, especially with the appetizers. For appetizers, we loved the octopus, the lamb meatballs, and the bacon wrapped dates. the Spanish tortilla... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Me and my wife went here on a Friday night because I read the reviews and figured it was a place worth checking out. Well I was sorely disappointed and so was my wife. First, we went in and talked with the hostess and waited to be seated which wasn't long at all. Second, when we sat down we were... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I recently visited Amada with two friends for restaurant week. We were first seated in the back of the restaurant by a large party room that was not very good because of the noise and how the lighting was. We requested to be reseated and were accommodated quickly despite being busy which was nice. Our server was very nice but... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visit Amada every Restaurant Week--it's plenty of food for $35, & the pitchers of sangria run a little higher than that. We just find we run up the bill too quickly when they don't have this prix fixe special. While they offer prix fixe tasting menus, they are all chef's choice, & we like a little more control of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I've only been to Philly twice for weekend stays, but each time I try some of the more highly recommended restaurants. This was, by far, the best I have been to so far. The chef is very well known in Philadelphia, and opening a satellite Amada in New York. Everything on the menu that we tried was delicious - I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 217-219 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
    (Between 2nd & 3rd)
  • Public Transportation: Septa 21, 42
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 12156252450

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 100
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

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