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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 multiple seasonal offerings at 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 Biergarten and Seafood Shack at La Peg

The official restaurant of the FringeArts performance center, La Peg Brasserie occupies a dramatic post-industrial space, replete with beer garden/summer seafood shack and sweeping views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The regional American menu includes the Clam Bake, made with lobster, clams, mussels and sausage; oysters Rockefeller and roasted chicken.
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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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Distrito at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Jose Garces serves up a small menu of tasty tacos from his famed Distrito cantina on a floating barge(!) in Spruce Street Harbor Park. Also available at this culinary oasis are sangria, craft beers and signature cocktails.
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Fishtown Hops

SugarHouse Casino's waterfront beer garden

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Located adjacent to SugarHouse Casino (meaning you can score free parking out front!), Fishtown Hops is a new Delaware River waterfront beer garden. Find a menu filled with craft beer options, including an exclusive house draft saison from Yards Brewing Company, along with delicious bar bites, like pulled pork fries and candied bacon. A rotating list of food trucks will also be onsite, serving up tasty eats for you to enjoy in between games of corn hole and shuffleboard.
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Froman’s and Village Burger at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street’s boardwalk gets massive flavors with Jose Garces’ twin outlets. Froman’s proffers hot dogs, sausage sandwiches and burgers, alongside French fries with saucy toppings.
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S.S. Franklin Fountain and Sugar Shack 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 made with fresh sugar cane.
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Harborside Pizza at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Jose Garces introduces a new outpost to Spruce Street Harbor Park this season. Harborside Pizza dishes out pizza by the slice and whole pies in varieties like meatball, pepperoni and four-cheese.
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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 guests 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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Spirit of Philadelphia

Buffet dining and dancing are only part of the fun on the Spirit of Philadelphia. The two- to three-hour cruises along the Delaware River also treat guests to stunning skyline and waterfront views.
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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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