Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
Birthday funMy wife had a great time celebrating her birthday!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBrunch with a viewThe service is good and friendly, the food is good.... what makes it different is the lovely view which is worth the price of admission. Out of town friends also get a kick out of the "water list". On a gorgeous day like this past Sunday, there aren't many better places to be in Philadelphia.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMfantasticMy husband and I had a wonderful dinner. The service and food were excellent. The Oreo dessert was the perfect ending to a delicious meal. We will be back.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat lunch destinationAmbience was great, wait staff was always there and very friendly, and the food variety and quality was wonderful.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMCaesar Salad and Salmon entreeCaesar Salad and Salmon entree were superb but the chicken chorizo starter and ahi tuna special entree were rather disappointing...both lacked flavor and the tuna was overcooked. Excellent service.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful time atWe had a wonderful time at the Water Works. Little hard to find, the streets were all blocked off due to an event in the City.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMspecialGreat for that special occasion. Service excellent. Variety of foods well made.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceWhat a great experience! We enjoyed a family brunch - food selection was great; service was awesome! Beautiful day, beautiful view. Atmosphere was relaxing and with 3 small grandchildren, that's saying a lot!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAverage food, Great scenic viewMy fiance and I were visiting Philly, and we read good reviews of this place. The food was just average, but the atmosphere and scenic views made the experience worth it. We had the oysters, flatbread and chicken sandwich. The flatbread was the most tasty of the three. The complimentary valet was convenient to go the museum afterwards, and there are tons of photo opportunities.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Check-off our Bucket ListMy husband and I have driven by the Waterworks for years and always said we wanted to try it someday. We finally did and it was a wonderful experience! The service was outstanding and so was the outdoor dining. The food was excellent as well. If you get a chance, I definitely recommend trying it.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMDining on the RiverLove the ambience of the Water Works Restaurant! From the warm greeting as you walk through the door, to the beautiful view of the river, to the mouthwatering meals (great seafood/steaks, desserts, and wine list), to the attentive and most professional staff, I offer kudos for a job well done. They truly made my birthday dinner a delight!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was above averageThe food was above average and the service was excellent. The view is lovely and the approach to the restaurant is quite grand. However, inside a bit more should be done to upgrade the interior and the patio. It all seemed a bit 'worn'. However, it is the best place to eat in the area and you can't beat the view.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe setting on the terraceThe setting on the terrace is lovely but the sun is brutal. Food is very good- but pricey- especially with extra $ for sides.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMamazing anniversary brunchtheir brunch is incredibe from the raw bar to the crepes...top notch i would highly recommended it!!!5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome Dining ExperenceLove the Water Works. Good good, service, ambience.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful meal and wonderfulA wonderful meal and wonderful experience, just like the first time we visited. Service was exceptional and we showed up 15 minutes early for our reservation and were seated immediately. The food was terrific and amazing.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMI 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 AMWonderful outdoor environmentWonderful outdoor environment for everything from a professional dinner to a romantic meal!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 AMAll Around Special PlaceWe went here for brunch for my daughter's graduation and we were delighted. The facility itself is charming, the views are lovely, food was delicious and staff were attentive. We had a large group with many requests. Everything was handled professionally and graciously. We would certainly recommend it for anyone celebrating a special occasion and hope to go back just as a couple for dinner.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 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 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 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 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 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 AM