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12+ Awesome Places to Eat Along Philadelphia’s Waterfront

A guide to dining on the Delaware River

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Spruce Street Harbor Park Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
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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.

Where: La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Morgan’s Pier

Perfect al fresco dining and nightlife on the Delaware River waterfront

Morgan's Pier Morgan's Pier
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

A beer garden to end all beer gardens, Morgan’s Pier seats 500 people in its river-and-Benjamin-Franklin-Bridge-facing enclave with a rustic, party-centric atmosphere. Inviting a different notable chef to helm the menu each summer keeps the cuisine perpetually interesting.

Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Moshulu

Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

Moshulu Moshulu
Moshulu — Photo courtesy Moshulu

An anchored historic ship houses one of the city’s most inimitable dining experiences. The seafood-centric American fare (tuna tartare; New England lobster roll) pleases the special occasion crowds, while the bar menu delivers straightforward small bites.

Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard

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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.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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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.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Chickie & Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

Chickie's and Pete's hard shell crabs Chickie's and Pete's hard shell crabs
— Photo by S. Legato for DRWC

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.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Fishtown Hops

SugarHouse Casino's waterfront beer garden

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.

Where: Fishtown Hops, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

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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 offers hot dogs, sausage sandwiches and burgers, alongside French fries with saucy toppings.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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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.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Harborside Pizza at Spruce Street Harbor Park

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In 2017, Jose Garces introduced a new outpost to Spruce Street Harbor Park. Harborside Pizza dishes out pizza by the slice and whole pies in varieties like meatball, pepperoni and four-cheese.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Keating's Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen

Waterfront dining at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
— Photo courtesy Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

The Hilton at Penn’s Landing’s eatery maximizes its prime waterfront real estate with a modern New American menu. Goat cheese fritters with elderflower honey, Old Bay crab cakes and smoked Verlasso salmon over forbidden rice make Keating’s patio a tempting proposition — as does the view of the Battleship New Jersey across the river.

Where: The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Boulevard

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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.

Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

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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.

Where: Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard

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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.

Where: Shank's Original, 901 S. Columbus Boulevard

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La Veranda

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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.

Where: La Veranda, 30 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Haas Biergarten and Seafood Shack at La Peg
Morgan’s Pier
Moshulu
Port FedNuts at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Distrito at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Chickie & Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Fishtown Hops
Froman’s and Village Burger at Spruce Street Harbor Park
S.S. Franklin Fountain and Sugar Shack at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Harborside Pizza at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Keating's Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House at SugarHouse Casino
Spirit of Philadelphia
Shank's Original
La Veranda
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