217 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 925-1444
Phone: (215) 829-1500
Karma Restaurant and Bar
Karma Restaurant & Bar
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Spanish, Family Style, American, Take Out, European, Tapas, Continental, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
06/09/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Our favorite restaurant in Philly, hands down! We've celebrated many special occassions and date nights here, and have never, ever been disappointed about any of the food. Ever. (The only ""problem"" we have is, the tapas is so good that we rarely have room for the equally delicious dessert :) ) Here's what we ordered this time around:
Caldo Gallego (White bean ham stew): Very Good! More of a brothy soup than a stew. Nice flavor, beans and ham were cooked perfectly.
Ensalada Verde : Beyond exceptional. Every time. Dressing is perfectly light, cheese is perfectly shaved, and the favas and asparagus added just the right crunch.
Patatas Bravas: Excellent! Served piping hot, nice and crispy with a dollop of heavenly tangy aoli on top.
Arroz temporada (rice with mushroom and peas): Very good this time, exceptional last time we were here (this time there was a wee bit too much orange zest)
Costillas de tenera (beef shortrib flatbread) : Beyond exceptional - between the shortribs, horseradish and parm, this takes flatbread to the next level!
Madre e hijo: (mother and son/chicken and egg) Excellent! Chicken was moist and perfectly cooked, fingerling potatoes were delicious, and the sauce was perfect.
Other notable ""traditional tapas"" we've had from their menu include the croquetas de jamon (ham), Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) and tortilla espanola (spanish omelet), all excellent. Overall? I could go on and on and on about just how wonderful this restaurant is, but I'd rather not write a book so I'll stop here :)
01/27/2012Provided by Citysearch -
A friend and I stopped in at Amada for a quick after work dinner. After returning from Spain, I was eager to try the 'authentic tapas', but after my Chifa experience,* see Chifa review* I really didn't want to try another Garces Restaurant.
Upon entering into the restaurant, I was warmly greeted by three hostesses. I was surprised to see how large and spacious it was. Beautifully decorated in a contemporary style, dark and light wood contrasting against each other. The bar area was accented with a milky cool granite countertop which complimented the street side white restaurant front. Candlelight danced on the tabletops from the lanterns through the restaurant. If the chef could produced delicacies half as good, as the interior decorator delivered on ambiance, this dining experience would surely win me back on the Iron Chef Garces' bandwagon.
Our server Jen was quick, attentive and very pleasant, she strode over as I said down asking if I wanted a cocktail to start. She had to patiently come back several times as we had begin chatting away.
We were brought some bread and some tuna salad dip, I can't quite recall, and then a complimentary(*see Chifa review) Amada's Empanada- which was a fluffy warm pocket of spinach, manchego and artichoke, it was very well done and I knew we were in for a treat.
Aged Manchego- apple with truffled lavender honey- Garces does this well, I believe he has the same course at Tinto.
Oysters- strawberry escabeche & Cava Granita- a wonderful marriage of flavor, I highly recommend this
Albondigas- Lamb Meatballs & shaved Manchego- the lamb was a nice medium rare but did not have the usually gamey taste, delicious
Chipirones- baby squid- grilled to perfection
The table next to us had a paella, which made my taste buds curious, but the platter was the size of the table top, maybe next time with a large group of people.
The restaurant was packed for a Tuesday night, which made me almost forget that I had work the next day!
It was a nice happy hour and I will be curious to try the suckling pig next time, as it is featured on 'The Best Thing I've Ever Eaten' on food network channel!!
some of the dishes where very good but just not enough to share if it was like the short ribs on the bread. the round potaoes they give a lot.i think to spend that much money people are going for the name,after spending almost 500.00 for 6 people only 4 drunk is a lot to walk away hungrey.what i did eat i did like but not enough,i never mind spending money to eat out,that was a little short on food for the money
12/31/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We recently visited Amada for the first time and were extremely disappointed. We have been to Tinto and loved it so we were excited to try this out. Several things were uncomfortable from the seating to the noise but what topped it off was our server's obvious lack of interest. We ordered a bottle of wine and a lot of tapas to try and asked to have them staggered due to the small two top we were seated at. Instead of staggering the food he brought the majority out at once and moved the next two top table over to ours with a loud crack. Our food got cold before we could even try everything. The waiter, Patrick, then came over, noticed my empty glass and asked if I would like a glass of wine. I said no thank you and my partner ordered his. Patrick then asked me again if I was sure I didn't want a glass of wine and when I declined once again he asked if I wanted a soda because it looked like I was going to be sick. If I looked like I was going to be sick why would he have offered me a glass of wine twice?
I had enough and wanted to leave right away so my partner left his business card for the manager to call if he was interested in feedback on our disappointing situation. After a round of phone tag the manager decided not to call back. It's been over 2 weeks since my partner left the last message.
There are plenty of excellent places in Philly to go and have a great time with great food. If you want to pay $200.00 to be insulted ... go to Amada.
11/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My fiance and I went to Amada last December and had a great time. We had made reservations in advance and got a nice cozy table in the back. The experience was so great last year, so I decided to go back there for my birthday last night. What a horrible disappointment. We made reservations 5 days in advance and when we got there a little early, we waited at the bar for a drink. The host forgot about us! We had to go back up and see if our table was ready. They squeezed us into a crowded area of two seaters. The seating was so tight my fiance could barely get to his seat without knocking over something on the other table. We asked to be moved, and they moved us down a bit to a rickety table that moved when you touched it. Not to mention the chair was so high and my fiance's seat was so low, it was awkward. We asked the hostess if we could be seated in the back where we sat last time. We mentioned that we made a reservation in advance and had hoped to sit back there. We were told we'd have to go back to the bar to wait. We did, and they forgot about us again! This was the first time I ever walked out of a restaurant. I will never ever step foot in this restaurant again. Maybe Jose Garces should stop in to check on his hideous staff.
08/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The atmosphere is great. Even though they served kinda slow, but every tapa is absolutely delicious!
I suggested not to order pizza, since they taste on different from big pizza outside. A bit pricey, since the portion is very small. Serving is good. Worth a try !
08/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Leaving Amada we decided to walk home because we were so satisfyingly full. This was my 2nd favorite meal I've eaten in the 7 years living in Philly. The food & drinks were wonderful and we were never rushed - though the room was full they allowed us to spend 2 hours lingering over the wonderful tastes we were having. Go and eat there with a great group of friends.
07/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Amada this past weekend. It was a wonderful experience. We arrived for our 9:30 reservation and were promptly seated. Not that I would have minded otherwise, I never mind having a drink at the bar first. The service was informative and the menu extensive. Lots of little plates enable you to try several items. There were 4 of us and we each chose about 3 dishes. The server staggered them so we always had a couple on the table at a given time. The food is DELICIOUS. I am vegetarian and there was plenty dishes for me to choose from. Be prepared to be there for a while if you're in good company, we were there about 4 hours!
06/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Amada is a place for people who enjoy food. The combinations are traditional yet imaginative-- salmon with saffron emulsion and spiced almonds paired with tempura-fried artichokes and grilled onions. Shirred eggs with shrimp and wild mushrooms and indescribably luscious crostini. (My dining partner said this was what breakfast must taste like in heaven.) Green salad spiked with sliced figs and almonds, the whole thing rolled in Serrano ham. The only caveat-- hardly a complaint-- is that these are not small ""small plates."" A few-- two, three at most-- make a lovely meal. The service is delightful and this popular, yes, trendy restaurant makes you feel extremely welcome. Try the white sangria. No, try the red sangria. But go to Amada. If you like food.