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Can't get a reservation at Amada, where's the next best place?

Lotus7 Mar 12, 2010 03:02 PM

Hi there,
I'll be visiting Philadelphia in mid-April. I have a tentative reservation at Amada, but it isn't until 9.45 p.m. which is too late for my group. I only have 1 night in Philadelphia and want to have a spectacular meal. Any suggestions? I'd like to make a reservation this week! Thank you in advance!

  1. joluvscards Mar 13, 2010 02:38 AM

    If you want tapas go to Bar Ferdinand. We prefer it to Amada. Not a fan of Tinto. Peruse the board for other favs.

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    1. re: joluvscards
      bonappetite Mar 13, 2010 05:14 AM

      Tinto is good, Distrito you an usually easily get into(garces) had both the $35 and $80 0r $90 tasting menu--both excellent. A completely different route, try to get a res at bibou---french, delicious and charming byo

      1. re: bonappetite
        brianaface Mar 13, 2010 08:10 AM

        I would recommend Tinto over Distrito any day. I find Distrito to be a disgrace.

        1. re: brianaface
          Hungryin theBurbs Mar 13, 2010 08:28 AM

          Wow, that's a little harsh. Care to explain why? For me, Distrito is my second favorite Garces place after Amada. I like it better than Tinto. Of course, these aren't really fair comparisons since the food is quite different at all of them. I just love both the vibe and the food at Distrito. It's especially fun with a group.

          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs
            bonappetite Mar 14, 2010 05:59 AM

            Wow, funny differences in opinion, i have a friend who has never left Distrito filled up and feels he spent too much.....i've always left full and only once thought i paid too much! But it is totally not Amada and if that's what you're looking for, Tinto is the closest but Amada totally worth holding our for!!

            1. re: bonappetite
              Lotus7 Mar 14, 2010 06:53 AM

              THx for your suggestions. I love Distrito and have been there a few times. But Amada is my favorite! Unfortunately no reservations available at Tinto ...

      2. re: joluvscards
        thehungrything Mar 14, 2010 07:09 AM

        I second the Bar Ferdinand suggestion. They have excellent tapas and nice reasonable wine to go with it. I gets a bit loud, but so does Amada. The decor is chic and whimsical. It is more reasonable than Amada, but Amada has some higher end dishes on the menu.

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        Buckethead Mar 12, 2010 07:11 PM

        Go to Zahav, it's a better restaurant. Not that Amada is bad or anything, but Zahav is better. If you want to stick with Spanish cuisine, go to Tinto.

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        1. re: Buckethead
          urbanfabric Mar 13, 2010 08:39 AM

          I agree with Buckethead, Zahav is a good choice, but if you want closer to Amada, then Tinto.

          I'd also throw Amis in the mix if you can get a reservation there. Vetri's new small plates Italian. Search the board for dissenting opinions.

          1. re: urbanfabric
            sockii Mar 13, 2010 02:29 PM

            I was going to suggest Amis. If you're looking at the small plate/sharing/multiple course route, this can be a good choice as I really enjoyed my one meal there so far. Food was fairly authentic Roman with a couple missteps, but great pasta, bruschetta and dessets, especially. Wine list is good and fairly reasonable as well.

            I also loved a recent meal at Cichetteria 19 for Venetian-style Italian, mixture of small plates and larger with a good bar. But can get pricey.

            1. re: urbanfabric
              spyturtle008 Mar 15, 2010 01:48 PM

              Third on the Zahav rec.

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            Lotus7 Mar 12, 2010 03:03 PM

            p.s. I'm open to all cuisines--i just want something on par with Amada, or any Garces establishment for that matter.

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            1. re: Lotus7
              bluehensfan Mar 12, 2010 06:43 PM

              Try Tinto instead.

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