Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
I very much enjoyed my experienceI very much enjoyed my experience at Waterworks! This will not be my last visit!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary LunchMy wife and I had our Anniverary lunch at Water Works.It was perfect..perfect service..food and perfect ambience.What a gem in the City...afterwards we strolled in the park and had a wonderful day.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect place for a celebrationWe had a lovely post-graduation brunch. The service was exceptional and the food delicious. It was a highlight of our festive weekend.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMPearl of the Skuylkill RiverA couple of friends and I had a great meal at The Waterworks Restaurant last Saturday. We spent the morning bike riding around the drive followed by lunch and cocktails. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent. In fact, we're taking my Dad there on Saturday May 25 to celebrate his 82 birthday. He is retired from the City of Philadelphia Water Department so I'm sure he'll get a kick out of being there.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMService was great and everyoneService was great and everyone was kind. Really happy with food and experience.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a wonderful dining experience.Had a wonderful dining experience. The service was outstanding, and because the weather cooperated, my wife and i were able the dine outside. The only disappointment was the fact that the restaurant did not have a "catch of the day", and I am a huge fish eater. Hope to get back there very soon.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMPleasant surpriseI have to admit that this was a pleasant surprise. With the exception of a few miscues with our order, the food and service was well done. The fact that my 10 year old daughter actually ate all her food is the strongest endorsement any restaurant could have.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful ExperienceI enjoy dinning at the Water Works because of the excellent service, great view of boat house row, and delicious food. I've been several times and each time has been a marvelous experience. Keep up the good work!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMade our event specialWe enjoyed our dinner. the view was spectacular even after it started to rain and the flaps had to go down. We were a little late but called and the hostess was very very nice. We really liked it and won't wait for special occasions.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great restaurantWhat can you say about the Waterworks that hasn't already been said. We ate on the balcony overlooking the River. The food was every bit as good as the view. Despite this being graduation weekend with the place hopping, service was impeccable, the food served just right and all of the staff incredibly friendly. One word of caution, given the crowd inside the noise level was much louder5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA night of no complaintsUsually when family all go out together someone is not satisfied, but going to Water Works there is not one thing to complain about except that maybe you should pick a day it isn't going to rain so that you can enjoy the marvelous view of the water and park. As soon as you walk in friendly service seats you, waiters/waitresses come right over to you, and best of all if you have any questions at all don't be shy! They got you. Everytime I go, the food seems to get even better, so definetely no complaints there. It is just overall a beautiful place to go if your planning something special or even if you were strolling in the park and really wanted some tasty food!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMP E R F E C TI booked our reservation on "open table" for 8 people for a college graduation. I have always wanted to see The Water Works and I am so glad that my children go to college in Philly. It was the perfect place to go out and celebrate after the ceremonies. Besides the history of the building, the atmosphere was just amazing, the food was very good, and the service was outstanding. I would definitely like to come back and try lunch after a day at the Art Museum. I was impressed from the moment I walked in. Thank you for making a proud day PERFECT.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA Very Special RestaurantEverything about the Water Works Restaurant is special-the food, service, beautiful views of the Schuykill River, and crew boat houses from the University of Pennsylvania. The tomato bisque soup served on a chilly May 7, warmed both body & soul. The grilled octopus is my husband's favorite. He orders an additional serving "to go", which he enjoys when we return home. Just outstanding, always. Thank you.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen asking for a table withWhen asking for a table with a view, make sure if the weather isn't just right for sitting outside, you request an inside table.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat meal and viewWe had an amazing couple of Filet Oscars and sat overlooking Boathouse Row. Highly recommend checking out the desserts as well.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBest in PhillyI made reservations never hearing or seeing this place. My hopes were high but I expected a lot less. I took my date the and we were more than satisfied. The romantic scene is unlike any restaurant that I've been to. The food was superb. I had very little money yet we had a whole meal. The food prices are more than reasonable. The service was perfect. I scored major points. Highly recommended.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been here 5 or 6 timesI have been here 5 or 6 times and have never been disappointed. Their Octopus Salad is one of the best I've had (& I've had a few). The view is fabulous in the warmer months. Everyone I've brought here has loved it and would recommend it and return.
Also, the service is outstanding.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat views and great foodRestaurants with a stunning view rarely offer food to match the view. This was the exception to the rule. The views of the river and the boathouses were remarkable, but the food did not play second fiddle: my fish entree was cooked to perfection and there was enough variety in the menu to please any palate. My fair city of Portland OR has no shortage of great places to eat, but even without the view of Mt. Hood, Water Works is right up there with the best Portland has to offer5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding Brunch!Branch was great....fabulous variety of breakfast and lunch items! Staff was warm, welcoming, and attentive...even though it was a buffet, I still left a 20% tip to praise and award this attentive and personable staff! Great outdoor seating with a view of the river, dam and houseboat row. Great experience!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOur experience dining at WaterworksOur experience dining at Waterworks was outstanding! The seating was superb, a view of the river in a comfortable "porch like" setting. The Sunday brunch was excellent - plenty of choices and very tasty!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best kept secretAbsolutely beautiful scenery. I took my beautiful fiance for a early dinner and was absolutely shocked on how beautiful and quiet this restaurant was. Pleasantly surprised! Will definitely go back. The Mahi Mahi was delicious.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved the restaurant. WeI loved the restaurant. We dined on the balcony, views of the water and Kelly Drive. The service was first class and the romantic ambience inviting. A must do.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service!Our evening was just outstanding. The beef carpaccio was excellent. The octopus appetizer was presented warm with a wonderful herbal, olive oil dressing that was unexpected and delicious. I ordered the blackened chicken and it was moist and yummy. I was motivated to order chicken because of the polenta and it did not disappoint. The desserts were wonderful and the 20 year tawney port a great way to wrap up a meal. My expectations for a Saturday night are usually low, but the service was great and the food excellent.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding restaurant weOutstanding restaurant we visited on a Saturday for lunch with friends. Our food, from the salmon to the salads to the desserts, was excellent. The setting is delightful and service was outstanding, creating a wonderful experience. We look forward to returning.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were great,Food and service were great, a little cold sitting on deck should invest with heaters had to ask 4 different people before someone closed the flaps down4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI was very pleased with theI was very pleased with the service. The waitor was very nice and was very receptive to any request asked of him. The staff surprised me and my girlfriend with a "happy anniversary" desert after I had mentioned before-hand that it was our anniversary. The food was excellent as well!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMYou got to dine here!This is a great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service and food wereThe service and food were wonderful. A beautiful location next to the art museum.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful LunchHaving dined at many Philadelphia restaurants that received good reviews, we were unprepared for the wonderful time we had a the Water Works. Even at lunch, the service was beyond our expectations and the food was delicious. The menu was obviously prepared for lunch, versus being a water-downed (no pun intended) dinner menu. It ranged from appetizers, to salads, to burgers, etc. and each was a treat. Returning for dinner is on our wish list.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe setting is spectacular,The setting is spectacular, a great reuse of a historic building. Service was good and no one in our group of six but me had anything negative to say one way or the other about the food. My wife's branzino was excellent; my pork tenderloin was tough and dry but pork can be that way these days. We would still go back.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI had a wonderful dining experienceI had a wonderful dining experience at Waterworks. My husband and I have decided we will make this our date night get away.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMSuper luncheon with friends.Super luncheon with friends. Nice vegetarian selections.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMManager let me us downThe manager did not honor my request; even though I confirmed it. Given that my wife is 8 months pregnant and it was our anniversary, I requested a booth for her comfort and our privacy. I had requested this when I made the reservation through OpenTable and I later called to confirm and the manager assured me we would have a booth that faces the water.
When we arrived the hostess confirmed our reservation, looked sheepishly at the computer screen and then led us to a table on the patio, where the seats are not comfortable for a pregnant woman and it was slightly chilly outside. I didn’t say anything because I knew at that point that my request had been completely ignored and I didn’t want to interrupt our anniversary night.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAttended Saturday eveningAttended Saturday evening for my boyfriend's birthday. Soon as we walked in the hostess wished my boyfriend a Happy Birthday and acknowledged my request via Open Table for a view on the water. Our waiter was attentive and the food was excellent. Definitely a nice option for a special occasion or nice evening out.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGood but not up to prices charged.We had a very good time and our waiter was excellent. The disappointment was the meal and desert. Although we felt that each of our meals and deserts were good, nothing was to the level that we expected. Other than the sauces on the meats and deserts, the food was what we would have expected from a restaurant that charged half as much. Our waiter Tom was what made the evening.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Solid VenueNot a Steakhouse and not renowned for seafood, but they do it all well .4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed the wonderful buildingWe enjoyed the wonderful building and the very friendly staff. The service was excellent, and we had a good time chatting with the staff. The salads were acceptable, but not outstanding. The sauce and potatoes and beans were quite good, but the pork tenderloin, unfortunately, was not tender. The night we were there the weather was terrible, but I think that outdoor dining would be lovely.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff were all very attentiveThe staff were all very attentive to us, and the food and drinks were delicious. We were seated right on the river (under the tent), and as soon as the rain started, the staff closed the sides off so we didn't get wet. Watching the storm roll in while we ate and drank made for an even more memorable evening.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff was very helpfulThe staff was very helpful and courteous, the food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect, quiet for such a large space and the right temperature.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a wonderful establishment.This is a wonderful establishment. Great food, superb service, & a nice quiet atmosphere. My wife & I were happy that we chose Waterworks to celebrate our 15 wedding anniversary.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were excellent.Food and service were excellent. The outdoor terrace, in nice weather, will be the very best. The indoor dining room is fine but not as special as the terrace.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat location, slow serviceService was very slow but staff was polite and accommodating.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding as usual!Outstanding as usual! It's been a while but nothing has changed.. and that's a great thing!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed the Easter Brunch!Enjoyed the Easter Brunch! Service was outstanding, the food was excellent and the view second to none. Can't wait to go back!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a wonderful place toWhat a wonderful place to dine. Ideal, really. The food and service were outstanding, and the ambiance/view is elegant. I will return...and often.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful lunch in a beautifulWonderful lunch in a beautiful setting with excellent service! What more could you ask for?3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMVery very good just be preparedVery very good just be prepared to drop a few extra bucks.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA good meal and delightfulA good meal and delightful service from our waiter Dan added up to a great evening. We'll definitely be back!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Romantic dinner spotI took my girlfriend here for her birthday, service, food and atmosphere made for a great evening!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMFor a special luncheon or dinnerAlways a fine dining experience. I treat employees to lunch here for jobs well done. Have also dined here for dinner. Food is always prepared to perfection.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM