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    July 3, 2014
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    October 14, 2014
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Amada is not a typical, trendy tapas restaurant. It is something else entirely. Amada serves authentic Spanish tapas based on the earthy Mediterranean flavors that have long been the passion and expertise of founder and executive chef, Jose Garces - but Chef Garces goes beyond tradition, interpreting centuries-old tapas recipes.<br /><br />Specialties of the House<br />Spanish Octopus, Garlic Shrimp,Tortilla Española, Lobster Paella, Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (must be ordered 72 hours in advance, excluding Sundays), Seasonal Sangrías<br /><br />Private Parties: Amada welcomes groups of all sizes. Festive settings, service and menus are perfect for intimate dinners with friends, special occasions and holidays, corporate meetings and staff parties. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week. For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Still good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/12/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/12/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I was a tad apprehensive when I booked Amada for my birthday dinner with out of town family because honestly, Garces restaurants have seemed to have lost their swagger of late, and not wowed me as they did when they opened, but we had a great experience last Sunday. Lots of varied tastes and happy diners. Highlights were lamb meatballs, short rib flat bread, love the simple green salad with FAVA beans, chicken, shrimp.. I thank our knowledgable server for helping steer us."
Dined on 10/12/2014
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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White Dog Cafe has been engaging the Philadelphia community with award-winning contemporary American cuisine, since 1983. Known for creative contemporary American menus, using the highest quality farm-fresh ingredients and humanely raised meats and poultry, our menus change weekly to capture the best locally grown, seasonal and sustainable foods available. Completely renovated in August 2014, featuring charming and whimsical décor in its unique dining spaces with additional bar seating with the same warm hospitality and inspiring fare.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/12/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/12/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Grest brunch spot. They even made a batch of fresh from the oven gluten free rolls for my sister who requested them ( they don't usually serve at brunch). Our server was a delight( tommy?) and couldn't hsve been more accommodating. No bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's but individuals are only $4, so if you have several, it won't break the bank."
Dined on 10/12/2014
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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A sophisticated & contemporary BYO, just off Rittenhouse Square, Matyson offers New American cuisine in a casual setting. Innovative weekly tasting menus (available Monday- Thursday) spotlight Chef Ben Puchowitz's creativity of fresh, local ingredients.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Jewel on 19th St.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/23/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/23/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I love Mattyson. Always a great meal, seasonal, well executed with friendly, knowledgable staff. Can't go wrong here!"
Dined on 9/23/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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a. kitchen, located in the AKA Rittenhouse Square, is a contemporary American restaurant focused around Chef Eli Kulp's bold flavor-forward cooking on natural hardwood charcoal and accompanied by one of the most compelling wine lists in the country featuring many of the most in-demand Old World style artisan grower-producers in the world, as well as a large selection from leading natural winemakers.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Eli Kulp has worked his magic at a.kitchen. I really enjoyed everything we ate...the Arctic char was great, as were the beets, and the side of leeks was amazing. The noise level however, on a Saturday night was deafening. Acoustics are a problem here. We could not hear what anyone was saying."
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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This second restaurant of Olivier Desaintmartin, ZINC is no less than a replica of a “le Marais” style bar restaurant, artists most preferred section of Paris. Le Marais is also the oldest part of the French capital.<br /><br />Desaintmartin bought a 1919 zinc bar from a Parisian bar, refinished it, and shipped it to this quaint 40 seats bar/restaurant.<br /><br />Acclaimed for its food, romance and its specialty drinks, Zinc becomes a hang out for locals, a meeting place. You can share a charcuterie or a fromage plate with a glass of Chinon, or sit at the bar sipping a French aperitif waiting for your party, or enjoy some oysters with a Muscadet.<br /><br />The bistro menu is the same for brunch and dinner so at any time of the day you may choose to order eggs Benedict or steak frites or even just an apple tart with a “coupe “ of Blanquette de Limoux (sparkling wine).
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Hidden gem
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/10/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/10/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Zinc is a great little French bistro with authentic food in cozy room. A true neighborhood gem."
Dined on 9/10/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Killer kale and beet salad, yum pizza with fungi and octopus . Glad they offered both restaurant week option and regular menu!"
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Distrito is a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the cuisine of what is known by locals as the "Distrito Federal.” With a premium tequila bar and lounge seating, (Distrito) is an exciting backdrop for Chef Garces' modern Mexican small plates.<br /><br />House Specialties<br />Carnitas Tacos, Queso Fundido, District Chicken, Los Hongos Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron Bordeos, Cuervo Reserve, De familia, Don Julio Reposado, and Sauza Hornitos and fresh fruit margaritas.<br /><br />Cantina Happy Hour, M-F 5-7PM<br /><br />Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/07/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/07/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food was fine, but nothing spectacular. I think Garces has overextended himself and his restaurants are suffering from mediocrity. I also thought the margarita I got at the bar was very weak."
Dined on 9/07/2014
 2007
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion
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modern American wood-fired cuisine with a unique, well-selected beverage program
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great addition to Walnut St
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Petruce et al is great! Really creative and wonderful preparations..the carrots and sweet potato small plates were delicious, as was our sea trout ( med plate) and sea bass with housemate lamb sausage ( large plate). It is nice you have 3 different sizes of courses to chose from, to mix and share. Large plates are equivalent to modest-sized entrees. The " et al" section, are truly large plates meant to be shared. Also, even though the grilled bread costs $2, it worth it. Friendly service snd nice wines by glass. My only complaint is that I think the back ( main dining room) is too dark and narrow. We really couldn't even tell what was on our plate. up front, near bar and even in window wod be much more fun snd improve ambiance."
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Matsuhisa Aspen is nestled beneath a quaint victorian house in the mountain town of Aspen Colorado and features the cuisine of world renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Japanese-inspired seafood and sushi, as well as an ultra-hip scene and lively bar crowd can best describe Matsuhisa Aspen. We are a continuation of Matsuhisa L.A., Nobu New York, Nobu London and may more locations around the world.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
One of Aspen's best
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Always great Japanese…Loved the interesting slider special with wagyu beef and crispy tofu bun. Spinach and shrimp salad plentiful and good choice to get some greens.Always love the miso cod and scallops with mushrooms was delicious. Super expensive, but what one would expect in this town."
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2007
Special Features: hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Chef and Owner Kevin Sbraga’s<br />second restaurant brings the heart of the South to the University City neighborhood of<br />Philadelphia with his signature “no boundaries” approach to cuisine. Drawing inspiration from<br />the ingredients, culinary traditions, heritage, and homes of the South, Chef Sbraga’s menu<br />reflects dishes found at Sunday suppers and on country porches, all served alongside The Fat<br />Ham’s seasonal cocktails.<br />The inspiration for The Fat Ham’s design comes from houses found in the rustic Southern<br />countryside, featuring an eclectic combination of glasses, tableware and chairs. While<br />the pork-centric menu explores heritage breeds and Southern staples such as sorghum butter,<br />benne seeds, pimento cheese, and Carolina gold rice. Chef Sbraga brings a home-style touch to<br />the menu with house-made pickles, pepper sauce, buttermilk, and fresh macaroni sharing the menu with reimagined twists on country ham, hot chicken, and boiled peanuts.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Great authentic southern food, with a modern twist. Everything we had was scrumptious, from the mustard greens salad, to oyster slider to shrimp and grits. I personally don't think the infamous "hot" chicken is that spicy. I thought drink special: a watermelon infused white bourbon cocktail was weak, as in not very boozy."
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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