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Where to Enjoy Tapas & Small Plates in Philadelphia

Snack with friends and family at these Philly spots.

It’s no shock that there’s plenty of amazing foods to try in Philadelphia; and with so many restaurants to test out, it can be easy to overestimate your stomach and end up eating way more than you were hungry for. The solution? Tapas restaurants. Tapas or an appetizer or snack are perfect for sharing or keeping to yourself if you’re just a little bit hungry. I’ve put together a list of my favorite tapas spots in town so you can try them out for yourself.

Friends enjoying appetizers at a tapas restaurant in Philadelphia

Whether you like to order drinks or prefer to bring your own bottle, there’s a great place for everyone on this list. From wine bars to cocktail specialists, you’ll find yourself relaxed with a drink in hand a tasty snacks on the table. Keep reading to learn more about each location!

Best Tapas Restaurants in Philadelphia

  1. Oloroso
  2. Amada
  3. Barcelona Wine Bar
  4. Tinto
  5. Cuba Libre
  6. Las Cazuelas Restaurant

Oloroso

1121 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (267) 324-3014
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With a 4.5 star rating, it’s no surprise Oloroso is a popular spot to grab some food and drinks in town. This neighborhood spot serves tapas as well as a vasty array of drinks. People love the food and atmosphere at this spot.

Oloroso mainly serves tapas, but they also have small plates and entrees if you’re a bit hungrier. We recommend the grilled shishito peppers, grilled octopus, or grilled NY strip. They also offer cocktails, beer, and sherry if you’re in the mood for a drink. Be sure to try their happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday!


Amada

217-219 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 625-2450
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Established in 2005, Amada is another restaurant serving Spanish cuisine in the form of small plates. With two dining rooms, a lounge, a bar, and even a private event space, there’s plenty of room for everyone at this spot.

Amada offers a pretty large menu, but the tapas are the star of the show here. Be sure to try the datiles, piquillos, ensalada queso de cabra, or coca de alcachofas. Don’t forget to sip on a drink as well like some sangria, gin, or a cocktail!


Barcelona Wine Bar

1709 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 515-7900
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If you’re a wine lover, head over to Barcelona Wine Bar. This local restaurant and bar serves small Spanish plates and wine. With an extensive selection and an outdoor patio, you may find yourself coming back for more.

Though Barcelona Wine Bar’s menu is made up of tapas primarily, they offer a few larger plates as well. Try out the crispy calamari, albondigas, whipped sheep’s cheese, or spinach and chickpea cazuela. Make sure to try a wine or two while you’re there!


Tinto

114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 665-9150
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Another option for those who love wine is Tinto. This local spot has great deals and top-notch service, so you can count on having a good experience. With a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect spot for after work.

Tinto serves tapas to go along with their wine, so you can create the perfect pairing. We recommend the pato, pulpo, bikini, or chistorra. Be sure to visit for happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday!


Cuba Libre

10 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 627-0666
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This spot is a little different from the rest of the options on our list as it actually serves Cuban cuisine. Cuba Libre offers food, rum, and even a spot for some late-night dancing, so you’re bound to have fun here.

Serving appetizers and full entrees, Cuba Libre is perfect for any level of hunger. Be sure to try the pineapple guacamole cubano, shrimp coctel, mama Amelias empanadas, or spinach and manchego bunuelos. Don’t forget to complete your experience with a mojito, cocktail, or rum flight!


Las Cazuelas Restaurant

428 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 351-9144
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Last but not least on our tapas list is Las Cazuelas Restaurant. If you’re looking for a more wallet-friendly spot, this should be your go-to. Serving Mexican cuisine, this spot is actually BYOB, so you can bring your own drinks and save a few bucks.

There’s a lot to try at Las Cazuelas Restaurant, but we recommend the empanadas, nachitos, sopesitos, or shrimp ceviche. Make sure you bring along your favorite wine or a bottle of tequila!


Final Thoughts

So, the next time you’re feeling a bit snacky but don’t want to commit to a full meal, you’ll know exactly where to go in Philly. With small, shareable plates and drinks galore, these little restaurants are the perfect stops on your way out somewhere.

Looking for something other than tapas? Check out our list of the best wine bars in Philadelphia!

Which restaurant will you visit first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you mention it below and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Kyle Green

Kyle lives in Center City, Philadelphia, and never passes up the opportunity to try a new restaurant. As a former New Yorker of 7 years, he enjoys regular trips up to NYC to visit friends and enjoys all the restaurants and activities both cities have to offer.