Pass It Around: Philly's Favorite Tapas Spots

Mom always said it was important to share, but we bet even she would be hard-pressed to hand over a small plate from any of these seven tapas spots, which are considered by many to be the best restaurants of their kind in Philadelphia.

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Amada

Helmed by Iron Chef Jose Garces, this buzzed-about eatery serves contemporary Andalusian tapas within an airy, industrial-chic space in Old City. Don't skip the aged Manchego, drizzled with truffled lavender honey.

217 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 625-2450

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Tinto

Another tapas haunt from Iron Chef Jose Garces, Tinto shines a spotlight on tapas inspired by Spain's Basque region. The menu of small plates is augmented by a well-curated list of Spanish wines and ciders.

For a post-meal sweet, walk across the street for a scoop of Italian gelato from Capogiro, one of Philly's best ice cream parlors and gelaterias.

114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103; (215) 665-9150

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Tria

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Tria may be best known as one of Philly's most-loved wine bars, but this Euro-style bistro, which has locations in Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square West, is equally lauded for its menu of seasonally inspired small plates. Think fennel-roasted almonds, goat cheese and pesto bruschetta, and gourmet pressed sandwiches.

Tria Rittenhouse: 123 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; Tria Wash West: 1137 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Valanni

Sultry lighting and sleek, modern decor define the space at this tapas bar-meets-cocktail lounge on Spruce Street. Small plates draw influence from the cuisines of the Mediterranean and Latin America, with paella, burgers and steaks rounding out the menu. (Take our advice and order the crispy Brussels sprouts.)

1229 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107; (215) 790-9494

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Volvér

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Want to make a reservation that's sure to impress? Book a table at Volvér, Jose Garces' performance-arts-inspired eatery within the Kimmel Center.

At this fine dining destination, guests tuck into 8- or 12-course tasting menus centering around seasonal ingredients and global cuisines.

 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102; (215) 670-2303

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Bar Ferdinand

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You'll find this lively, atmospheric restaurant tucked away within NoLibs' Liberties Walk. Here, mosaic bulls preside over lively dinner outings arriving for house-marinated olives, egg-topped pancetta flatbreads, pork belly sandwiches, and pitchers of berry-infused white wine sangria.

1030 N Second St, Philadelphia, PA 19123; (215) 923-1313

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Jamonera

From the people who brought you salted caramel budino, one of the city's favorite (and talked-about!) desserts, Jamonera draws a crowd for creative Spanish tapas and larger entrees.

Scoring a two-top at this buzzworthy Midtown Village spot requires a little patience, but a little advance planning separates you from the fried goat cheese and pickled rhubarb of the crispy cana de cabra salad.

105 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107; (215) 922-6061 

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