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12 Awesome Places to Eat Along Philadelphia’s Waterfront

A guide to dining on the Delaware River

It’s no secret that delicious food tastes even better with a riverfront vista.

Thankfully, some of Philadelphia’s best dining neighborhoods — Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Old City and Society Hill — run right alongside the scenic Delaware River, and there’s no shortage of great places to grab a bite to eat overlooking boats on the river, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, New Jersey and more.

Philly’s waterside dining options include traditional favorites like the Moshulu and La Veranda as well as relative newcomers like FringeArts’ La Peg and seasonal pop-up offerings like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

Some of the city’s most scenic eating can be enjoyed at the following venues.

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Haas Beer Garden at La Peg

The official restaurant of the FringeArts performance center, La Peg occupies a dramatic post-industrial space, replete with beer garden/summer seafood shack and sweeping views of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The regional American menu can include grilled pork chop with cranberry relish, oysters Rockefeller and chicken pot pie.
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Port FedNuts at Spruce Street Harbor Park

The Spruce Street Harbor Park outpost of the popular fried chicken and donut chain redefines boardwalk eats with its signature chicken sandwich. Also available are iced coffees and bags of mini donuts, both of which taste especially good on one of the park's many colorful and comfortable hammocks.
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Little Fat Ham at Spruce Street Harbor Park

The younger sibling of Kevin Sbraga’s southern restaurant puts its best flavors between slices of bread at one of Philly's best seasonal parks. On the menu are pulled pork, fish and brisket sandwiches, along with corn on the cob, sweet tea and lemonade.
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Chickie & Pete’s Waterfront Crab Shack at Summerfest

Overlooking the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest roller rink and the Delaware River, Chickie & Pete’s seasonal restaurant serves fresh seafood like crab legs, shrimp and steamers, plus wings, cheesesteaks, craft beer and cocktails. That’s not even mentioning Chickie & Pete's legendary crab fries.
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Froman’s and Papas Fritas stands at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street’s boardwalk gets Iron Chef-level flavors with Jose Garces’ twin outlets. Froman’s proffers hot dogs, sausage sandwiches and burgers, while Papas Fritas cooks up some Latin-spiced varieties of French fries with saucy toppings.
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Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House at SugarHouse Casino

Tucked inside the SugarHouse Casino, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House treats high rollers to the good life. A Chicago-based steakhouse chain run by Gibsons Restaurant Group (the only restaurant group in the country to have its own USDA Prime Certification), Hugo's specializes in frog legs, lobster bisque, Dover sole and all manner of beef cuts.
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Franklin Fountain and Sugar Shack stands at Spruce Street Harbor Park

The wildly successful old time soda fountain operates two separate concession stands in Spruce Street Harbor Park. S.S. Franklin Fountain serves waffle ice cream sandwiches, sundaes and cones, while Franklin Sugar Shack focuses on fruit ices, soft-serve and tropical drinks with fresh sugar cane.
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Shank's Original

Pier 40 hosts one of the city’s most vaunted cheesesteak spots. Shank’s steaks, roast pork sandwiches and hoagies can be enjoyed at the picnic benches overlooking the water.
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La Veranda

Long before pop-ups were even a passing idea, this upscale Northern Italian restaurant was entertaining riverside visitors with fresh pastas, steaks, and classic veal dishes.
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