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Amada

217-219 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 625 2450
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Ranked #39 of 3,741 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $5 - $100
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A friend and I ate dinner here during a long weekend in Philadelphia. We had planned our trip without realizing it was Restaurant Week. I usually pass on those somewhat limited menus, but not here: we were astounded by the choices. Three courses: two appetizers, two mains, and a dessert for $35. Wow. (It's true that we made up for... More

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Blackwood, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Perfect every time. Amazing food, great atmosphere. Private room in back is great for parties. Dress can be casual at the bar to jackets and evening wear.

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Pasadena, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

During Restaurant Week, this place is a great value! Four tapas and dessert for $35. We had the garlic shrimp, green salad (ensalada verde), bacalao, asparagus with poached egg, and chicken breast with fried egg, all of which were delicious. Incredibly crowded and noisy for a Wednesday night. This is the place to be in the Old City!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My wife's and my anniversary sadly coincides with Philadelphia Restaurant Week. Every year our favorite places are forced to dumb down their menus to handle the throngs of prix fixe crazed samplers that line up to eat. Even a week out our favorite anniversary haunt couldn't get us a table on a Monday evening. This is a special occasion and... More

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Orinda, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

restaurant week so a pre set menu..which worked as u got to try gambas alljio y sopa y asparagus with tinto sangria and a caramel/choc cake...the shrimp was authentic and perfect --lots of garlic. The flatbread was more like a weird pizza...not my favorite. The Galician white beam soup was delish...hard to find a good Spanish restaurant anywhere..love tapas..good ones..I... More

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Rancho Mirage, CA
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121 reviews 121 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

It is Restaurant Week, actually two weeks, and gave us a grand excuse to try this Garces hot spot. We are new residents. Lunch. $20. Three courses, one appetizer, two main tapas, desert each. Each plate delivered as prepared, spaced appropriately so table never crowded. Every plate distinctive. Plenty of choices but only Restaurant Week menu being offered. Very lively... More

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Tampa, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Amada is a wonderful place to meet your friends for a leisurely dinner to catch up. We choose the traditional tapas menu from Artichokes to Lamb meatballs. The spinach salad was off the charts. Good choice of Spanish wines and desserts. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable, just a little loud at times. All of the wait staff were very... More

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Elkton, MD
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122 reviews 122 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Amada is one of my favorite restaurants and I am never disappointed. The tapas is always delicious and paced so that you don't get five dishes all at the same time. The restaurant was jammed to the rafters on a Tuesday night with good energy - it felt like a Saturday night out. The service was very good and the... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stopped by for a little break as I had seen its name online. It was an excellent choice. Very good service, wonderful heavy historic settings.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

No doubt that Chef Garces kitchen makes very good tapas. The cheese pairing with lavender honey is delicious. The green salad is as well although the first time we tried it the flavors were more savory. The octopus is well prepared & dressed. The atmosphere & service seems rushed if you don't ask to have it slowed down & it... More

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