Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
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640 Water Works Dr.
Philadelphia , PA 19130
(215) 236-9000
Neighborhood: Art Museum - Fairmount
Parking: Valet parking nightly costs $10 (free at lunch). Free self-parking available on Water Works Drive.
Cuisine type: European; Mexican
Meals Served: Brunch Lunch Dinner
Style: 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.
Specialties: 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.
Alcohol: 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.
Smoking: 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.