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rockpile Feb 25, 2009 07:26 AM

I would like to host an afternoon (business) cocktail party in June for around 20 people. I think it would be great if I could find a place that overlooks some "water" (river, pond, canal, etc.), however, every place that I see in Philadelphia City charges a steep parking fee which I do not want guests to have to pay (I cannot do it for them). I am willing to go anywhere in Metro-Philly (within a half hour), but being new to the area, do not know which towns have waterfront establishments. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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    Bride of the Juggler May 22, 2009 08:31 AM

    What about The Pond or Cassis Bistro (attached restaurants, one more formal) in Radnor? They have free parking and a lovely view of their pond. Thank you.

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    1. re: Bride of the Juggler
      rockpile Jun 7, 2009 04:19 PM

      No, thank you for the suggestion!

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      LindaKay May 21, 2009 09:56 AM

      Charthouse has free valet parking but it's very pricey! Lovely view though and very popular with groups. Dave and Busters has pub type food and not sure there's a view.....just lots of games for kids but I think there are some private rooms too.

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        Marci97 May 21, 2009 12:55 PM

        Two thoughts on the Waterworks...I've had friends tell me three times in the past 6 months that the food was blah for the prices. Also $10 for valet is cheap. I'm working on an event in Center City that has discounted (!) valet parking for $26.50. Egad!

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        lillotis Feb 26, 2009 05:03 AM

        Moshulu would be perfect, although I know there would be a parking fee. Keatings at the Hyatt is also nice- if they would rent out bar area.

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          Beulah Feb 26, 2009 07:56 AM

          We've been to Mosholu, though not for a couple of years, and never found parking to be a problem. Keatings would be great but the food is AWFUL!

        2. rabidog Feb 25, 2009 10:55 AM

          i always wonder why the places right on the delaware are never discussed here. i've never been. are they all crap? fratty budweiser bars? i just don't know. i should really explore this one day. i think there's an italian place in there somewhere, and a seafood thing, and then that big ship. then north closer to spring garden there are some places where i've seen lobster advertised in the summer. i always figured there was a reason they were never mentioned here, but if anyone can confirm that would be great! :) otherwise i MIGHT be in for a series of food mistakes come springtime!

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            Bigley9 Feb 25, 2009 11:28 AM

            La veranda - up around market street and the river is where one of our local pols - Fumo? - spent $70,000 in one year on meals! Must be good but I've never been. The boat, the mosulu (sp?) has OK food and a great view from the deck. But for the OP, the parking would be a bear.

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              michyphilly Feb 25, 2009 07:17 PM

              La Veranda has very good food and I think that the valet parking is free. Im not sure if they are opened for lunch, Iv only had dinner there. Ask for a view location,its a pretty spot.

              1. re: michyphilly
                lawgirl3278 May 22, 2009 08:06 AM

                La Veranda has excellent food. They are opened for lunch. Not sure if the valet is free. I'm sure it is for lunch at least.

                I've heard the Moshulu is lovely, but everyone I know who went there said the service was really bad. Slow, confused, mismatched orders, etc.

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            Buckethead Feb 25, 2009 07:38 AM

            What about the Waterworks?


            I haven't been there in quite a while, so I can't vouch for the food, but the view is great, especially in the summer when you will be able to sit on the patio. There are quite a few areas of the restaurant that have no view of the water though, so be sure to specify that you must have a water view if you call them. I have no idea if they'll be willing to guarantee that.

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            1. re: Buckethead
              Beulah Feb 25, 2009 08:52 AM

              We ate at Waterworks last night and had a table with a great view of the river. BUT the valet parking is $10. You can park for free in the Azalea Garden -- but it's more than a block from the restaurant.

              We also thought the wait was too long for the first course (soup and salad) and for the dessert. Onion soup was great and the desserts were good but not exceptional, but the salmon main course was overcooked for our taste -- we asked for medium rare and were told the chef would cook them medium.

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              rocknroll52 Feb 25, 2009 07:34 AM

              What about the Waterworks on the Schuykill? I believe that would be a lovely setting. They have both valet and self parking. I don't believe it would be a hefty parking charge, but you can call them to find out. http://www.thewaterworksrestaurant.co...

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                travers Feb 25, 2009 07:33 AM

                Try the manayunk brew pub - nice deck area on the schuykill. You would have to call to ask about parking but I think there is more in that area than in center city.


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