Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterworksrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 236-9000
  • 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
105 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (83)great for outdoor dining (77)special occasion (53)romantic (53)great for brunch (29)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (25)great for lunch (23)notable wine list (16)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Don't Bother
    JudeVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    A very friendly greeting by the two hostesses including a Happy Anniversary upon our arrival had us optimistic that this would be a nice meal But it was downhill from there on all accounts.. Sat us in large cavernous main dining room at a four top - no ambiance, And some guy - not sure if water or what came over and mumbled and mumbled and all we got out of it was that he'd bring us our water. It was very odd. Fortunately pleasant hostess agreed to move us to a more intiimate table in another room that had a view. Very nice in this location with exception of odd music being piped in. Bob Seger and other rock tunes are enjoyable but out of place for a supposed upscale restaurant. Next another mumbling monotone, and no greeting waiter came to serve us. Service very very slow and food very very mediocre at best. Salads were way too large and duck entrees were very so so and very unappealing in their presentation. All overpriced. If wasn't for the bottle of champagne we ordered and enjoyed it would have been a total disaster of evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 20th Anniversary Dinner
    Treblok
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Spent afternoon at Philadephia Art Museum and walk down to the WW for our anniversary dinner. The view was great and the food was top notch. On the pricey side, but expected for this type of restaurant. The host and staff were very receptive. We had a fabulouse time and are glad we made the reservation. Kudos.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic meal
    llreVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had an incredible meal in a beautiful old part of Philly's history. Great steaks, one of us had the bison steak, and fresh salads . . . and reasonable wine by the bottle.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Kingkaz
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a very fine experience. Excellent food and service as well as ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the prices.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I dine out a lot, neighborhood drive bars to the upscale. I truly appreciate ambiance, good service and tasty food. So, when I go to a place like the Water Works, I expect a view to die for and outstanding service, which I experienced. I also understand that the cost of the meal contributes to the cost for the venue. All that being said, when I see a menu that includes a $50 bottle of water and entrees that exceed $40, my expectations are set just as high as the prices. Unfortunately, the food was fine but not exceptional, certainly not $40 a plate. Thankfully, my local spot delivers excellent food for a more reasonable price, sadly minus the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    LadyO
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was my first time at Waterworks and I must say it was pleasurable. The food was tasty, the wait staff was friendly, courteous (fixed a wobbly table), made sure we were taken care of...I will definitely be going back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is great!!!
    Pastormark17
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Having experience many of restaurants locally and abroad you normally get a good panorama with the food being just okay and bad service. With the Water Works I have found a place that not only have the great view and location but terrific service and great food. It's a great place with much charm and nostalgic setting. I highly recommend this establishment to anyone looking for a place to have a quality party or reception or just to celebrate an anniversary or a night out with a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Marceleza
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I read some reviews about this restaurant and decided to try it for myself. My wife and I reserved a table for the Sunday brunch and we couldn´t be happier with the outcome. Great food, amazing place, great staff and a special moment. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and falls bring us back...
    Foodiesx2VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service though,is often very slow,as it was on Saturday.My husband had the mussels which were in a thick tomato sauce which was one of the best tasting either of us had ever had (I just had to taste). His turkey club sandwich was generously portioned and tasty, and the fries were nicely crisp.I am vegan and asked for the Mediterranean salad, with the olives and cheese left off. To supplement what was left off, chef added multicolored roasted peppers - delicious and a nice touch. The dressing was light and tasty. The view is just so very superb - go if you haven;t been. Their guest swan was in the water, and cormorants dove for fish. Always a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Autumn Day
    Maxxie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We continue to return and will visit again. It would be great if you had some events partnered with the Art Museum.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent house wine
    unch
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We enjoyed our lunch so much that we bought a gift certificate for our children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    RichSFoodMaven
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This place is a gem. The brunch selections were outstanding. Especially enjoyed the omelette station( with lump crabmeat) and the crepe station. The buffet was continuously replenished, and watched over by a dapper gentleman, like a hawk. The servers were also very attentive to our drink needs. The view of the river an boat house row were fabulous, and we enjoyed walking around the foot of the Art Musesum on a gorgeous sunny afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Daniel
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were seated on the balcony outside which is now enclosed in plastic for the winter so the view was obscured, the tables and chairs are plastic and it is not properly heated so your cold the entire dinner. Our waiter was a nice guy but did not speak English well which made the entire experience challenging. We had a tough time understanding him and he us. So much so two of our entrees came out incorrect. The service was slow. Furthermore while there is a dress code of no jeans or sneakers there were plenty of patrons in both and even baseball caps. Kids are allowed to run free around the restaurant as well. Also, it's $12 to park. In the end we were disappointed with the entire experience especially when you're paying $39+ per entree.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terribly disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Some of the worst restaurant food I've had in a long time. So much promise, such awful cooking.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great anniversary spot
    trinaanderic
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was great. Just come prepared to spend some money and have a great time. The view was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Early Run Out of Food & Waiter
    JustinEder
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    While our reservation was for 6PM, the kitchen had already run out of the menu item that had brought us there. The waiter, although pleasant, was unknowledgeable and forgetful. Although we requested a "table by window" online, we were seated by the kitchen, while a larger table (we were a party of two) overlooking the river went unused the entire time we were there (2 hours). Dining here had been on our list for quite a while and we chose it for a 30th anniversary celebration. The food was on the plus side (except for the Kale, the garlic for which was entirely too emphatic) but not enough to counterbalance the other downsides. We enjoyed the duck breast and salads and you couldn't find a more romantic environment. But we were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall we had a great experience. The food was excellent, the service was great. Bit on the pricy side but totally worth it. Would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice view, plain food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had the mussels, Greek salad, chicken sausage, and the pork chop. The pork chop was prepared well and the sauce was a nice compliment. The Greek salad was full of mushy tomatoes- not good. The mussels were plain, with very little flavor and. The chicken sausage was dry. Overall experience was disappointing for the price, they did serve great rolls!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the money
    emephoto
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We took visitors from Japan to eat at this high end establishment. The attitude was unfriendly, the seafood was average (chewy, tough mussels, mediocre oysters). The entrees (filet mignon, NY strip steak) were tough. The menu options, specials were not explained to us. The staff were trying to push the wine to make us purchase more. Very unimpressive. We would never return. The view was nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food With a View
    kidkourage
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Water Works is a beautiful place with delicious food and courteous staff. My girlfriend and I had our anniversary dinner there, and were absolutely delighted by everything from the view, to the perfectly prepared steak and lobster, to the great cocktails, to our very polite and friendly waiter. A wedding and reception were taking place in the banquet area, but this did not create any distracting noise or impact on the service. We had a lovely, quiet evening and enjoyed every aspect of our experience. Thanks, Water Works!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kat3
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Super beautiful outdoor dining, and truly mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waterworks for lunch
    tanjagus
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had lunch outside on the deck in September. The service was good and the manager stopped by several times. The wine list had a nice sampling of good wines by the glass as well as a full bottle. We sampled the grilled octopus and chicken chiorizo appetizers - both were good. The octopus was tender with a wonderful wood grilled flavor. The chorizo was moist & not very spicy but good flavors throughout. The portabella sandwich was prepared well. The rosemary pressed tofu was ok but the plating was boring with no connection between the other components and the tofu. This is a nice place to dine if you are looking for a place to enjoy the city scenery at the river side nestled between the art musuem and the river.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rita
    Rita
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a lovely venue and the host is quite gracious. The staff is also very thoughtful, although sometimes the waiters are a bit cold and pretentious. The thing that was REALLY cold this time was the coffee. Very disappointing. The noise level was also surprisingly high on our most recent visit. All in all, this is a wonderful place to enjoy the river and chat with friends, hopefully not at the top of one's voice!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • springer1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had only been there for lunch before, but between the restaurant itself and the magnificent evening weather it was simply gorgeous.....and for my friends, whom have never been there, it too was a wonderful experience. wes a.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palma
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Ambiance and view certainly the restaurant's high points. A convenience of a stroll after dinner through the museum park and Boathouse Row is also a great opportunity.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View, Service, Food but $$$
    Geoff
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The view from the Waterworks is very picturesque. When combined with excellent service and food, it makes for a memorable dining experience. The only issue was the price, which was quite high - hence this venue is suitable for "special" occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tourist trap
    rickVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Brunch" extremely disappointing low cheap quality of food (pricey) definitely not fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Atmosphere & View, OK food.
    SomeDiff
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The View was great, the service was very good. The food we ordered (from the Lunch menu) was just OK, nothing fancy. I had the Lemon-Thyme Chicken and my wife had the Portobello Sandwich, we also split the Octopus and Crab cake apps. Worth going to once, just for the view/atmosphere. The Restaurants website, indicates free parking during lunch, however when we arrived at noon, we were forced to pay $12. I feel like somebody owes me $12.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Barbara
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Water Works Restaurant has it all; a view that's awesome as well as excellent food. I've been there for both lunch and dinner and have always enjoyed the menu. The scallops on the dinner menu are out of this world. The service is wonderful. It's my new favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was good. Waiter took some time with second glass of wine. Too long between finishing appetizers and entree without water or food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It is always a romantic and memorable experience at Water Works. The food and service were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous sunset view!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Kind service and sweet people. The view was so lovely! Parking is FREE!! … What was good? The beet salad with spinach, and the scallops and the sweet mash is a bit too sweet, but REAL… and the lobster ravioli has a nice claw on top, but the filler inside was not the fav… but the view is so lovely! A perfect night, Aug 28! Good service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for an afternoon lunch
    SRVfoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good place for lunch- atmosphere and place is great. Food and choices and prices below average. Prices of foods do not fit the quality or taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Meal and Nice Time
    JohnJ2K
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I often come to the Water Works for their fabulous Sunday Brunch, and dinners here have always been good. This is the first time I had lunch here and, once again, it was a very pleasant experience. My three guests were very happy too. Not to mention that the parking is always made easy, and it's only a short walk to the nearby art museums.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our wait staff was excellent. They were appropriately attentive and highly professional. They made our anniversary celebration special, bringing our dessert on a decorated anniversary plate and snapping a photo for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Satisfaction
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We are frequent brunchers at the Waterworks. The food is excellent and you cannot possibly eat it all at one sitting (though many try). The menu is quite varied and dessert is to die for. There's always something for everyone -- right down to the cake pops for the children. Enzo and staff are extremely gracious, accommodating and ever present without being intrusive. For the price, it's a steal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waterside Wonder
    JulieandMike
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    New to Philly, my husband and I were referred to Water Works Restaurant as a venue for celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We were seated at a linen-covered table overlooking a sunset river, which hosted a class of kayak enthusiasts and a gaggle of Canadian geese. Fellow diners included those celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and at least one engagement. Our servers were courteous and professional, our wine was exceptional and our meal was exquisite -- all of which contributed to a phenomenal experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    phillydoc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    For the idyllic location of this restaurant, the experience was just "meh." The service was mediocre - when we sat down, before looking at it, the waiter took the wine list; there were long wait times between visits from our waiter; and water glasses went unfilled. The food was only OK. For the price and the dishes listed on the menu, we expected a little more. The duck breast had no sear on the outside, so there was no crispiness of the fat. The sweet potato was inedibly sweet. The bison ribeye was well-cooked, but still had an overwhelming amount of fat on the cut, and the brussel sprouts were undercooked and hard. For the price, there are too many other restaurants in Philadelphia to recommend Water Works. We will not be back.
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  • Inattentive service.
    TravelinGirl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was good, but the service was very poor. After our food arrived (after a long wait), our server did not come to our table again. We had to catch the attention of food runners for a water refill. We waved someone down to ask for our bill, and once we provided our credit card, we waited another 15 minutes to get it back. If the restaurant had been busy it would have been understandable, but there were more empty tables than full ones. For the price, it was just not worth it.
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  • Nice Dining Experience
    SkiMamma1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had a lovely evening here celebrating my husband's birthday on 12 August. Despite the inclement weather, we were still able to dine overlooking the river, and the plastic curtains kept the rain and wind at bay. Our dinners were quite good, with his pork chop dish being the highlight of the evening. It was perhaps the tastiest pork chop entree' he has had in years. We particularly enjoyed our conversations with Enzo, the Maitre D', and his wine selection was spot on. We do enjoy Waterworks, and we find it an excellent location for a special celebration. With Enzo at the helm in the dining room and his team of young chefs in the kitchen, we can only see the experience improving.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet