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?
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.
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...
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.