Amada, Chef Jose Garces’ Spanish tapas restaurant, is set to open the third Radnor outpost

Amada, the Spanish tapas restaurant that served as Chef Jose Garces’ first solo venture in Philly nearly two decades ago, is opening its third location in Radnor this Friday.

The new restaurant at 555 E. Lancaster Ave aims to bring a Main Line twist to a standout in the city’s dining scene. The original concept opened at 217-219 Chestnut St. in Old City in 2005, and a second outpost opened in recent years at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City.

“We can’t wait to meet even more foodies and get even more involved in our new community as we open our doors,” said Garces. “We’ve created a beautiful space that brings the best of the Amada Philadelphia experience to the Main Line.”

Amada is known for its rustic environment and Spanish cuisine from the Andalusian region. The Radnor menu features Philly restaurant staples, including traditional empanadas, Tortilla Española, and house specialties including the Paella Valenciana, a chicken and chorizo ​​paella with clams, shrimp, and saffron aioli.

But several new dishes will be exclusive to the Radnor restaurant, which has its own wood-fired oven.

Galacian-style octopus, herb-crusted tuna, and Iberico pork tenderloin are among more than a dozen new delicacies at Radnor restaurant. There will also be a special children’s menu to encourage families to eat out together.

“I look forward to developing a number of dishes that take advantage of the unique properties of the wood-fired oven,” said Garces. “This is an expression of the evolution of the Amada concept. We will keep many classic Amada dishes, but also create new experiences for our guests.”

Image Supplied/Aversa PRAmada originally opened in Philadelphia in 2005 with a modern Spanish tapas menu. Garces is adding a selection of new dishes exclusive to the Main Line location.

Formerly occupied by Harvest Seasonal Grille & Wine Bar, the 7,000-square-foot space seats more than 250 guests and includes two outdoor patios with seating for larger parties during the warm-weather months. The bar seats 25 and a private dining room seats 45 for corporate functions, weddings and other special occasions.

Image Supplied/Aversa PRAmada’s interior at the new Radnor location will accommodate approximately 250 people.

“It will be a great addition to the exciting and fast-growing Main Line dining scene,” said the James Beard Award-winning chef. “We’ve (had) so many Garces fans over the years who’ve joined us at Old City, and now we’re bringing the concept to them in their own backyard.”

Garces has had several new openings in recent years, including Hook & Master in Olde Kensington and the reinvented Garces Trading Company in University City’s Cira Center. He also opened a Garces Eats restaurant in the Wells Fargo Center and is in the process of expanding his Buena Onda taqueria alongside Ballard Brands, the company that Garces Group acquired after it declared bankruptcy in 2018. Buena Onda opened a Rador location at 226 N. Radnor Chester Road last year.

Amada in Radnor is open Monday to Friday from 5pm to 10pm, brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 3pm and dinner Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 10pm Happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 5pm to 10pm 6 p.m