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Mar 12, 2010 03:02 PM

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

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!

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  1. 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. 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

        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

          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.

        2. 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

            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

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

              1. re: brianaface

                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

                  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

                    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

              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.