14 Great Waterside Restaurants (including 9 that Zagat missed)

The Landing_swans; photo courtesy of the Landing

Six years ago I published a short post about waterside restaurants. It was based on a Zagat piece that culled from their readers the top ten waterside restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Four of them were in Bucks and one was in Hunterdon.

But, boy, did they miss a few. I guess Zagat readers don’t know everything. Here is the amended list, with input from Bucks County Taste readers. If we’ve missed one of your favorites, email us here: info@BucksCountyTaste.com.

On the Pennsylvania side:

Black Bass Hotel riverside; photo courtesy of Black Bass Hotel

Black Bass Hotel
It doesn’t get much prettier or closer to the river than this.
3774 River Rd., Lumberville




View of river from Centre Bridge Inn; photo courtesy of Centre Bridge InnCentre Bridge Inn
What a place to have a wedding!
2998 N. River Rd., New Hope/Centre Bridge

Charcoal BYOB
After the 2006 flood, this riverside restaurant moved up a story – and a foot above the 1955 flood line just to be sure – and put in almost floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river. One night we even sat and watched a thunderstorm move down the river. Read more about Charcoal – and it’s “two” restaurants – in our post, Charcoal AM & PM.
11 S. Delaware Ave, Yardley

Sunrise over Lambertville from Fred's; photo credit L. Goldman

Fred’s Breakfast Club
Yes, it’s a “club” but at this point most of the locals have a key. Best time to go, and best time to appreciate the river, is early, early, early. In the winter, you’ll catch the sunrise over Lambertville. Read more about Fred’s in our post, Breakfast in Bucks: Fred’s Breakfast
13 E. Randolph St, New Hope

Golden Pheasant Inn_canalside; photo courtesy of the Golden Pheasant Inn

The Golden Pheasant Inn
The best place to sit at the Golden Pheasant is on the terrace overlooking the canal. If you’re sitting in the Solarium Room, you can see the canal, and sometimes the river too, depending on the time of year. Read more about the Golden Pheasant Inn in our post, A nice way to spend a summer evening.
763 River Rd, Erwinna



Table Overlooking River_King George II InnKing George II Inn
Riverside dining and more at this historic Bristol inn.
102 Radcliffe St, Bristol


The Landing_at night; photo courtesy of the LandingThe Landing Restaurant
For a place to watch the New Hope scene, while relaxing with an adult beverage, this is one of the best. Great view of the New Hope-Lambertville bridge too.
22 N. Main St, New Hope




The patio at Martine's; photo courtesy of Martine's River HouseMartine’s River House Restaurant & Bar
Gazing across the river at Lambertville and watching the river flow by is one of the nicest ways to spend an afternoon in New Hope, and Martine’s is the place to do it. When it’s cooler, move inside to the cozy and friendly bar.
14 E. Ferry St (at the river), New Hope

Riegelsville Inn
10-12 Delaware Road
Riegelsville, PA

Yardley Inn river view; photo courtesy of Yardley Inn

Yardley Inn
Aren’t we lucky? Yet another good restaurant where you can sit and watch the river make its way towards Philadelphia. The Yardley Inn is one of our favorites, with a great menu strong on locally sourced ingredients (including from their own garden).
82 E. Afton Ave (at Delaware Ave.), Yardley

On the Jersey side:

Frenchtown Inn; photo credit Frenchtown Inn

The Frenchtown Inn
7 Bridge Street, Frenchtown





Hamilton's Grill Room canal side photo courtesy of Hamilton's Grill RoomHamilton’s Grill Room
While the trees can sometimes obscure the canal, even just sitting at Hamilton’s, outside or in, you know it’s there. In the warmer months, sit in the courtyard shared by the restaurant and the Boathouse bar. It’s one of sweetest places to enjoy the season. 
8 Coryell St, Lambertville

Lambertville Station canal side patio; photo courtesy of Lambertville Station & Inn

Lambertville Station
A favorite spot of both tourists and locals, the restaurant has beautiful canal side dining. From the second floor, you can see the river too.
11 Bridge St, Lambertville


Rho Waterfront Trenton; photo courtesy of RhoRho
You might not realize that this hot nightclub and restaurant also has a wonderful patio overlooking the river. A great place to sip and swing on a warm summer night.
50 Riverview Plaza, Trenton

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