Defying the growing number of Spanish-inspired restaurants that emphasize trendiness over taste, Amada offers sophisticated Spanish tapas without all the distracting smoke and mirrors. Owned by award-winning, Next Iron Chef finalist Jose Garces—whose sister restaurant Distrito has had a similar effect on the Tex-Mex saturated world of Mexican food—the restaurant focuses on earthy Mediterranean flavors and traditional tapas combinations for a menu that is at once authentic and arrestingly modern. Though seasonal variances often apply, food options generally include a charcuterie selection of cured meats and artisan cheeses as well as savory seafood (don’t miss the pulpo a la gallega, a spicy octopus dish, and garlic-infused gambas al ajillo shrimp), rustic meats (the croquetas de jamon are pieces of ham in savory, fried bites), and dressed up basics (the heavily seasoned, aiole-filled patatas bravas are like the French fry’s fancier cousin).

217 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-2450