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Amada

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City Center East
Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar
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217-219 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Between 2nd & 3rd)
Septa 21, 42
215 625 2450
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 424
    Excellent
  • 179
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 18
    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
Our Favorite

Been going here since it opened. Possibly our favorite place in the city (there are a lot of good restaurants in Philly) Everything is tasty. Even things that you may not normally order seem to be better than you can imagine (like green beans or sardines). We like to sit at the bar and eat, as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Dave S
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Been going here since it opened. Possibly our favorite place in the city (there are a lot of good restaurants in Philly) Everything is tasty. Even things that you may not normally order seem to be better than you can imagine (like green beans or sardines). We like to sit at the bar and eat, as the bartenders not only... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had booked our reservation for lunch. It is easier to do lunch here than dinner. We ordered quite a varieties of Tapas dishes. We enjoyed all of them

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Excellent dinner at Amada!! We all enjoyed the chef's tasting menu, each fish was well balanced and delicious from start to finish!! Go and enjoy!

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Amanda is one of many places owned by the chef. Nice spot for tapas. I've been here more than once, so the food is what brought me back. Everything else is ok.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I went and ended up eating nine plates! Possibly the best pork belly I've had. Serrano ham croquettes, melt in your mouth octopus, mussels, chorizo, service just fantastic. A little noisy but we were so busy eating no chance to talk anyway

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Last week we celebrated graduation with the family at Amada. When checking it out, thought the menu was interesting and we were excited to go there for the first time. The waiter explained that if we take a tasting menu for $55 per person we would get lamb chops as one of the dishes, so we went with that choice.... More 

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Munich, Germany
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great food. Quite large restaurant, can get noisy and accoustics are not great (you'll start shouting at each other at some point). But you'll love the place.

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Las Vegas, NV
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Amada is Iron Chef Jose Garces' wonderful tapas restaurant in Olde City Philadelphia. First night in Philly, my wife and I walked a short distance from our hotel to enjoy a delicious Mothers' Day dinner. It is suggested at the restaurant that each person order 3 tapas each. Having our eyes set on dessert (always a dangerous tactic when ordering)... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What can be said about Amada, The bar the drinks the food the staff, just a wonderful place. Always on the list of must haves

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I've been there tens of times for work. I sent my daughter and her BF there for Vday on Sunday and they treated my kids like criminals. They never helped with the menu, stood over them as they paid (and they gave the jerk 15% anyway), forgot a dish and charged them, were sneering at them, etc. I will never... 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: 215 625 2450

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?