Amada, Philadelphia, PA


Completed, 2006


Philadelphia, PA


6,000 square feet

Interior Design

Located in the Old City section of Philadelphia, chef Jose Garces’ first restaurant is Spanish in it’s essence. Inspired by a research trip to Spain, the design incorporates an authentic feel with a modern re-interpretation of a Tapas restaurant. In this 150 seat restaurant, guests are welcomed by a flood of warm light emitted from blackened metal light fixtures and rustic furniture constructed from re-claimed lumber. Along the 20 foot bar, against an elegant back drop of aged black cabinetry, imported canned goods, cheeses, and hung Serrano ham legs are the highlight of the design. An array of objects such as wine bottles, plates and sangria barrels, are transformed as part of the decoration. The constant movement to and from the open kitchen adds to the dynamic atmosphere, while the lounge area and the private dining room serve as a tranquil alternative.