Water Works Restaurant
I am an out-of-towner going to a work-related dinner at Water Works (640 Water Works Drive...) tonight. I have searched the boards but did not come up with any info/reviews on this place. What can I expect? Stuffy/pretentious with a great view and poor food? A pleasant surprise? Any "must have" or "avoid like the plague" dishes?
It's view (if you are one of the fortunate to get a seat on the veranda) is exquisite.
If only the food could match it.
But I am not saying you should pass it up.
It's going to be okay -- just don't expect wow.
Also, the dining area is bright and expansive and appealing to diners.
Loud dining room. More like a high school cafeteria than fine dining. I guarantee that you won't be able to hear the conversation. The food is unoriginal and the service is awful. A family friend waited to order while two servers sat text messaging on their phones in the middle of service. The only good news is it's work-related and you don't have to pay. If you are coming from out of town, please don't judge the Philadelphia restaurant scene by this restaurant-It is not a good example.
re: Gluuton for Mutton
Gluuton: thank you for preparing me :-). This seriously does help me to not be so annoyed if/when the bad service occurs. And I definitely will not judge the Philly dining scene by tonight's dinner. I am working here on a long-term project Monday-Thurs every week. I have had many wonderful dinners here and as a Baltimorean I am jealous of the all the gems I've found in this town. I just wish when the entire team went out for a celebratory dinner (as we are tonight) that people would want to go somewhere more relaxed, has great reviews, good for conversation, etc...
I ate there just after they opened and had a very good meal. However, when I returned in May, I had a very bad experience. See my post at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42202....
As a result, if you must go for the view, I would suggest just having drinks. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else for dinner.