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Nothing upgrades a fabulous meal out like a side order of scenery. And thankfully, Philadelphia has plenty of tables with a view as divine as the dinner itself.
If water is what you seek, head to either river for calming vistas. One the Schuylkill River side of town you'll find the picturesque Water Works Restaurant & Lounge, perched above the water and boasting a sweeping view of the river and Fairmount Park beyond. In summer months there are tables dotting the open plaza. On the other end of town The Chart House offers floor-to-ceiling eyefulls of the Delaware River, while the next-door Moshulu takes you onboard a tall ship for a mix of view and dramatic ambience.
If a more urban view is what you're after, head to Center City and look up. Both the swanky and sleek R2L and the special occasion favorite XIX are located atop the city's famous skyscrapers, offering sparkling city lights from their dining rooms.