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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 other iconic sights.

Philly’s waterside dining options include traditional favorites like Moshulu as well as modern concepts like FringeArts’ La Peg and seasonal offerings like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.

Enjoy some of the city’s most scenic eating at these waterfront venues.

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La Peg, Haas Biergarten and The Shack at La Peg

Grab at bite at the home of FringeArts

— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

The official restaurant of FringeArts, La Peg Brasserie occupies a dramatic post-industrial space, replete with a summer beer garden and food shack with sweeping views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The eatery’s regional American menu includes beer-battered bass, mushroom toast, oysters Rockefeller and roasted chicken.

Where: La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Morgan’s Pier

Alfresco dining and nightlife on the Delaware River waterfront

Morgan's Pier Morgan's Pier
— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

A beer garden to end all beer gardens, seasonal hangout Morgan’s Pier seats 500 people in its river-and-Benjamin-Franklin-Bridge-facing enclave with a rustic, party-centric atmosphere. A different notable chef helms the menu each summer, which 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
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

An anchored historic ship houses one of the city’s most unusual dining experiences. Moshulu’s seafood-centric menu includes options like tuna tartare, lobster bisque and Spanish octopus, along with crowdpleasers like filet mignon and fried chicken, while the bar serves sushi, small bites and shareable plates. Visitors can also chill at the outdoor bar at the The Deck , serving up small plates, chilled seafood, “crazy milkshakes” and more.

Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard

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HipCityVeg at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Boardwalk bites get a vegan makeover

The Spruce Street Harbor Park outpost of Philly’s popular vegan fast-casual restaurant redefines boardwalk eats with healthy, vegetable-based versions of Philly cheesesteaks, chicken sandwiches, milkshakes and more. Diners can enjoy a bite while relaxing 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' celebrated taco joint finds a home on the Delaware River waterfront

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, frozen drinks 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

Penn's Landing's seasonal spot for this Philly favorite

Crabs at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Crabs at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
— Photo by S. Legato for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Located in the lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Chickie & Pete’s seasonal restaurant serves fresh seafood like crab legs, shrimp and lobster mac and cheese, plus wings, cheesesteaks, craft beer and cocktails. And of course, Chickie & Pete’s legendary crabfries pair perfectly with any order.

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 beer garden resides on the shores of the Delaware River. Here, patrons find a menu filled with craft beer options, including an exclusive house draft saison from Yards Brewing Company, along with delicious bar fare like crab nachos and sea side fries. In between bites, guests have fun playing lawn games like beanbag toss and shuffleboard.

Where: Fishtown Hops, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

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Froman’s Beer & Brats and Village Burger at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Burgers and franks by Jose Garces


Spruce Street
’s boardwalk gets massive flavors with Jose Garces’ twin outlets. Froman’s offers hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, while Village Burger is the place to go for hamburgers in styles ranging from classic to innovative.

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

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S.S. Franklin Fountain and Franklin Sugar Shack at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Satisfy a sweet tooth while relaxing by the river

This 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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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 Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing’s eatery maximizes its prime waterfront real estate with a modern New American menu. Deliciously approachable dishes like goat cheese fritters with elderflower honey, Old Bay crab cakes and smoked Verlasso salmon make the Keating’s patio a tempting proposition — as does the view of the Battleship New Jersey across the river.

Where: Keating's Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House at SugarHouse Casino

Take a break from gaming for upscale steaks and seafood

Tucked inside SugarHouse Casino, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House treats guests to the good life. The Chicago-based steakhouse chain specializes in frog legs, seafood and all manner of beef cuts.

Where: Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

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Spirit of Philadelphia

Enjoy a daytime or evening cruise along the Delaware

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

Classic Philly fare in a casual riverside setting

Pier 40 houses one of the city’s most beloved cheesesteak spots. Patrons enjoy Shank’s steaks, roast pork sandwiches and hoagies on picnic benches overlooking the water.

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

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La Veranda

The Delaware River Waterfront's go-to Italian eatery

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Long before the Delaware River waterfront earned its cool cache, this upscale Northern Italian restaurant was entertaining riverside visitors with fresh pastas, steaks, Dover sole, veal parmesan, bruschetta and other classic dishes.

Where: La Veranda, 30 N. Columbus Boulevard

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La Peg, Haas Biergarten and The Shack at La Peg
Morgan’s Pier
Moshulu
HipCityVeg 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 Beer & Brats and Village Burger at Spruce Street Harbor Park
S.S. Franklin Fountain and Franklin Sugar Shack 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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