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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
12156252450
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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, Brunch, Late Night, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 446
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  • 188
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 26
    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
Great Tapas

I'd never eaten at a Tapas restaurant before. The bar and wait staff were very helpful in explaining the protocol and helping us choose our dishes, though. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend the chickpeas and spinach.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
ProfWillTravel
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Illinois
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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109 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Was so excited to get a table as I had read great reviews about the place and its chef. Sadly, the experience was not what I hoped for. Some of the food was undercooked such as the patatas bravas and the garbanzos. I was surprised when I received seven mini croquetas de bacalao when in other top Spanish places they... More 

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I'd never eaten at a Tapas restaurant before. The bar and wait staff were very helpful in explaining the protocol and helping us choose our dishes, though. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend the chickpeas and spinach.

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knoxville, tn
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We loved this noisy, fun restaurant. We had a bottle of Rioja and some of the most delicious tapas anywhere.

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Mountainside, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Service was excellent. Choices extensive. Food OK but I've been to Tapas restaurants in Spain. Cheese platter was good, salads were large and seafood fresh. Prices reasonable. While we had a lovely table near the window, it was set on stones - difficult to negotiate wearing spike heels. The seating was backless benches. It was an OK spot.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful experience at Amada this past Saturday. Located in the heart of historical Philadelphia, this Spanish restaurant had excellent food and awesome service. The staff was friendly and very helpful.

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Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Some of the best food I've ever had. Everything is small plates, a few bites each. Leave room for dessert! Make reservations, this place is always crowded.

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New York City, New York, USA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We went to this restaurant to try some Spanish food because based on the reviews, it seemed very good. We ordered 3 "tapas": "Pulpo Gallego", "Tortilla Española" & "Brochetas de Pollo", it was a "2" strike and 1 ok for us. The "Tortilla Española" was close to what you would have in Madrid or any other restaurant in Spain. I... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

It's a bit pricey, but the quality of the food is amazing. I recommend the grilled octopus and the oysters, and the meats and cheese mixto. Our server was friendly and helpful.

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CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

Very nice decor. Good tapas. Not a huge menu. If you are vegetarian be careful the croutons are made with pork.

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Pennsylvania, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My wife has eaten here twice before when she had meetings in Philly. This was my first visit. While this is a somewhat pricy restaurant (not for anyone on a budget), but the food was houte cuisine tapas. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful. Somewhat noisy environment when there are lots of customers.... More 

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Additional Information about Amada

Address: 217-219 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 12156252450
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 100
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene, Romantic
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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