The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
640 Waterworks Dr.
Philadelphia , PA 19130
Art Museum - Fairmount
Valet parking nightly costs $10 (free at lunch). Free self-parking available on Waterworks Drive.
Cuisine type: European; Mexican
A quarter-century in the works, fine dining has finally landed at the historic Water Works and its spectacular terraced view of Boathouse Row. It has tremendous promise as a destination, but an inexperienced kitchen struggles to realize an ambitious Medi-Mex menu that ranges from seared watermelon and baked feta to whole fish with mojo.
Baked feta; grilled octopus; meatballs; seared watermelon; rack of lamb; whole fish of the day with mojo; house-made ice creams; chocolate truffle cake; strawberry financier.
Small wine list for a restaurant of this scale and pricing. There are some good choices - Chateau de Sales ($56), an Aussie viognier called The Innocent ($40) - but it is full of holes in price points and selection.
No smoking, except for terrace.
Hours: Lunch Tuesday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Thursday, 5-10p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday brunch.