Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterworksrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2152369000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday:5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact us for details.
  • Special Events: The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge is the perfect venue for special events of all kinds! This historic landmark offers unique options for both indoor and outdoor affairs of all sizes. Please email events@waterworksrestaurant.com for more information

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kelly Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for lunch & brunch. $10 valet for dinner. Public parking also available.
A word from Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
Nestled on the banks of the Schuylkill River, the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge is Philadelphia’s Landmark Dining Experience. Built in 1812, the Fairmount Water Works was an engineering and architectural marvel, pumping fresh water for Philadelphians until 1860. Today, this National Historic Landmark is home to world-class cuisine, impeccable service and the magical dining experience that is the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge. Dine beneath the high barrel-vaulted ceiling of the Engine House or the glass enclosed Solarium boasting the most spectacular views in town. Relax with intimate dining in the Breezeway and cocktails in the Caretaker's Lounge. Our outdoor terrace and riverside veranda offer Philly’s best outdoor dining experience. Saveur Magazine proclaimed the Water Works as “One of the Top 100 Dining Experiences in the World.” Experience the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge and discover that this enchanting place that once made history now makes unforgettable memories.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Water Works Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (97)great for outdoor dining (96)romantic (61)special occasion (59)great for brunch (38)fit for foodies (29)great for lunch (24)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (14)hot spot (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • water works
    sandy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    perfect weather to dine while looking at the Schuylkill river, good service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & service not worth the $$$.
    enjoythesilence
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had reservations for our 12 yr anniversary, but were told to wait 10 mins for a table to open up. We ended up waiting 35 mins! Once seated, it took 10 more mins for our uncaring waiter to take our order. My husband & I got the vibe like he didn't want to serve us/hated his job. We waited 20 mins for our 3 scallop app. The whole dinner, the manager was schmoozing the couple at the table next to us quite loudly & never once apologized to us for our wait. Anyways, 35 min later & no waiter or salads. When our dinner was served, we inquired about the forgotten salads & our waiter rolled his eyes & said, "My bad." The dinner was small portioned for the pricing. We left unhappy & somewhat hungry. Our anniversary was never acknowledged, either.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • RAFA
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    CLEARLY A TOURIST TRAP. NICE VIEW, BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT. FOOD IS BASIC, NOTHING TO GO THERE FOR. LOOKS RUN DOWN.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went for the view and wouldn't go back because of the service and food. Our server left us with a "lata" on our way out and served us cold steaks missing the bearnaise sauce and crab that we requested. When I mentioned it was missing, he came back with the bearnaise, still without the crab and was annoyed we had asked for new, warm steaks.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun location, food is okay
    SamKG
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The restaurant is a great spot, and a perfect place to go before a concert at The Mann. But the food is nothing special and WAY overpriced. I'd much rather have a picnic outside the restaurant with a similar view than pay so much for the food here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great place for first time visitors to Philadelphia. Fabulous service with much attention to our younger guest.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and scenery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had a wonderful time and dinning experience. My first time to Water Works. I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladytee
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have dined at Waterworks for brunch several times,this was my first time for dinner. As the always the service was excellent. The triple mac n cheese wasn't very tasty but the beautiful view was wonderful watching the sunset Overall, it was a enjoyable evening and I will be returning for the excellent brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a reservation and arrived on time and checked and was told our table was ready and the other members of our party were at the bar. We met them at the bar made small talk and came back and they said the table will be ready soon. 30 minutes later...we were finally seated. Our server was not super friendly and our food took over an hour without acknowledgement. When the food came it was average at best. My pork chop wasn't cooked. My girlfriend didn't get the side she requested. The only saving grace to this place are the views. Go for a run or bike ride past it without overpaying for crappy service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Awful sound and smell of trucks,cars, buses and trains, and patrons. Shabby chic environment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A terrible experience
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was a special birthday celebration but Water Works most definitely did not live up to occasion. The service was absolutely atrocious, which made the mediocre food feel that much mediocre. As a high-end restaurant, one would think that Water Works would have commensurate service but the experience was absolutely insulting to the patron. Too many other restaurants in Philadelphia who appreciates their customer base and will make the experience memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost perfect...but bad start
    luvtoeatout
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was good and we ate outdoors with a wonderful view of the river. I had read their website which states there is free valet parking but also self parking. We came to the circle which said Valet only so we continued to the next parking lot closer to the restaurant. A nice young man then chased us down as we walked to the restaurant. He explained we had parked in the valet. I said where is the self parking? He said it was the circle area. I told him it also said valet only. He agreed and said the sign is confusing. I think if he agreed that the sign at the circle is wrong then he should not have demanded our keys. I am sure he is just doing what he is told so I blame management. CHANGE YOUR WEBSITE OR CHANGE YOUR SIGNS!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch spot
    PhillyLove
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I was in town on a date and Waterworks provided great food,ambience and an overall great brunch experience. Will definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JMags
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    View was amazing but wasn't impressed with the brunch food. There was variety but it seemed like a limited variety and most of it pre-made or brought in. So helpful that they had complimentary valet...very convenient. The champagne included was a bonus and we really enjoyed that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    JohnS
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife of 44 years always try to celebrate our anniversary at the Waterworks Restaurant. For the past couple of years the restaurant was closed for either a wedding of special event. We were happy to spend this anniversary there. My wife has the Shrimp Cocktail and the Salmon. I had the Caesar Salad and the Tuna Special. Everything was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Foodie2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was my first time dining at the Waterworks. The experience was excellent. We sat on the deck with a great view of the sunset glistening off of the water. The food was good, service was excellent. I would definitely go again. Also, the reservations were so easy to make.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum!
    wsogmp
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a great dish and scenic views. Already looking forward to visiting again:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2118 reviews are from the Water Works Restaurant & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Disappointing
    Dino
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Bread so hard it was in edible. Had to send back plates because dirty. Birthday "surprise" arrived in the middle of dinner. Cosmopolitan too sweet to drink. Spoke to manager who promised to get back to us but have not heard anything as of two days later. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    specialdine
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had a birthday occasion. Wonderfully done. Waiters were friendly and very service oriented. Food was wonderful. I must also mention that I loved the water glasses' thin rim, much more elegant than thick type. The wonderful scene with a lovely breeze was outstanding. Jp
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    Satisfied
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Due to the high prices, we would highly recommend Water Works for a special occasion. It was steamy outside, so we opted to eat indoors, however, the door was open to the outside so it was not as comfortable as we would have preferred. The food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    BillAnna
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had heard about the restaurant from a friend. What a great place, great food, great view and our waiter Joe, he did a wonderful job. Can't wait to go back. Thank You
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picture Perfect
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    While the view is fantastic (of the river and Boathouse Row), the faces of those who have just eaten (and perhaps had a drink or two) say it all. There are usually smiles all around . . . and loosened belts. The service is fantastic and every effort is made to assure more than satisfied customers. The prices are very reasonable and free valet parking for Sunday brunch make it a "can't lose". I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening, food and setting
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I had gone to the Cezanne Preview at the Barnes and wanted to continue the evening with dinner. It was a beautiful clear warm night. I was able through Open Table to get reservations for after the Preview at the Waterworks at an terrace table. We had a view looking down the river. We started with sharing the grilled octopus appetizer. I had the duck and my husband the filet mignon. Mine was slightly overdone, my husband asked for Pittsburgh rare. It came rare, but not charred. They forgot to bring his spinach side dish. We ordered a Ripasso. The waiter spilled some while serving it. The food was still delicious and the evening still delightful. The bill did come close to $200 including tip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but may not be worth the price
    BuddingFoodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My finance' and I enjoyed our dinner at Water Works, we had a quiet dinner outside with a great view of Boathouse Row. However, the service left something to be desired (and as a server myself, I think that says something), and the food while good tasted like it needed some more seasoning. The lobster ravioli was fabulous, but I don't think I would recommend the seared duck breast, it was a little rubbery. All in all it was an okay experience. Had the service been a bit better, I would have bumped the rating up to four stars. Great romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food presentation was nice, but salmon was bland, needed more favor
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible food
    coconut
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Yes the location and ambience cannot be beat. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food ranged from unedible to poorly presented and served cold. Worst of all no one on management level inquired about our returned food or did anything to apologize or compensate. It is $$$$ so beware and don't order the lobster ravioli.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambience and cuisine supreme
    Dinenjoy
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    A total pleasure! Relax and enjoy a breathtaking sunset, excellent service and fine dining. Repeat patrons and will enjoy the Waterworks again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The staff was extremely accommodating. We had been set up outside (at the most wonderful table on the patio) but were too hot from touring Philly all day in 95 degree heat to sit there. They quickly set a table for 9 inside and sat us there. Very, very nice. It was done gracefully and with no attitude.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite of ours!
    AnniVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    There is nothing like a sunset in the City from the WaterWorks Restaurant! It's beautiful. Food, service, ambience, all excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    You can't beat the location for the view. Nice to walk around before or after your meal. Food was very good, not spectacular. Oysters were excellent as appetizer. My son's vegetable spring rolls were fairly bland with too much doughy wrapping. Lamb porterhouse was excellent as was the creamy orzo and asparagus accompaniment. My wife's striped bass was very good as well. Desserts were hit or miss. Coconut panacotta had too much gelatin in it so it was rubbery, though the roasted pineapple under it was quite tasty. Mini key lime tarts were very good. Service was excellent, attentive but not obtrusive. We were outside which was noisier than inside due to the sounds of the river's falls and traffic, but you become acclimated to it and adjust.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    Style
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is a great restaurant to go for brunch. Do not go towards the end of the brunch hours as some food items run out and are not replaced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I will definitely be returning!!!
    2Thumbs
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was my 1st visit to this restaurant and it was a wonderful experience. I was running late for my eeservations and called and was able to reschedule. Unfortunately I ran a little behind on my rescheduled time but they still seated us. And seated us outside which was our preference. The view was beautiful. They staff was very professional. And it was just an all around good experience. I will definitely be returning and recommending to others!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Nay3sonsVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I went on a Thursday night so you would think the restaurant would be getting ready for the weekend crowd. However, the menu had items that were no longer available or the restaurant was out of, my food was not hot and the lobster ravioli reminded me or baby food with lobster pieces the size of bacon bits. Dinner was a disappointment for a birthday celebration. I went, I ate, and I never have to go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    gfitz10
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It was my brothers birthday and we wanted to take him somewhere special. He had the lobster ravioli and it appeared to be uncooked, cold and had no taste! Everyone else's meal was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GWEN
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Former Philadelphian .Visiting Phila after living on the West Coast for 50 years Great restaurant.Great food.Woderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location but mediocre food
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The view is terrific but the food is mediocre with the exception of the lamb porterhouse - a unique menu item. Perhaps the lunch /brunch are better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem
    june72014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    For city dining its a unique spot. Historic, scenic and great food. We were there for a special occasion and the waiter played right into this a made us feel so comfortable. Staff was very friendly, place was clean, atmosphere elegant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely lunch
    Steve
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I was treated to a wonderful, quiet birthdat lunch, then a trip to an art museum. A great meal and beautiful location. Submitted by Pam
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My husband took me for my birthday. I LOVED the style and the especially the outdoor area. There's such a wonderful view! I just wish the food matched up. The shrimp was very meaty. The lobster ravioli was a little odd for my taste. My husband had the pork chop and though it was ok. And it was a little disappointing that a few of the menu items we were considering we're available. I would return again for the ambiance and décor alone. And of course try something different on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the view
    K8party
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a table overlooking the Schuylkill and the Waterworks, and the weather was gorgeous. The maitre d' was very attentive and the service was very good. Food was original and fresh. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate