The Fourth of July brings out the barbecues and our inner pyro – people have been setting things ablaze for fun since 7th century China, and we’ve carried that tradition on here in America. If you are more of the cautious, observant or flammable type, perhaps you are looking more for a restaurant to dine and enjoy the holiday pyrotechnics. Here are the top five restaurants in Philly with a view of the fireworks.

Amada
217 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19106
(215) 625-2450
www.philadelphia.amadarestaurant.com

You can get a decent view of the fireworks at most restaurants in Old City. If you are looking for something more casual, like drinks and appetizers, head to Amada for its famous tapas (small plates). It also has some of the best Latin flavors in the entire city, and Chef Garces of Amada just happens to be an Iron Chef. One of the most popular dishes is the Manchego plate, which is finely aged cheese on a baguette with apple slices served with lavender honey. For drinks, you’ll definitely want to try one of the sangrias – there are three different flavors to suit different tapas and tastes. You also have the option of booking a table online.

Brick And Mortar
1315 N.12th St
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
(215)963-1500
www.brickandmortarphilly.com

Brick and Mortar over in the Callowhill section serves classy and upscale food without the “formality.” This is a great choice if you are making the 4th a special occasion and wish to stay away from the waterfront. Brick & Mortar is decently pricey but sells some higher quality items such as their juices and mixed drinks, which are made from scratch. The beef is high end and this yields some of the finest cuisine in the city. Some favorites from diners are the Porkbundle, the selection of alcohol, and Sticky Toffee Muffin.

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The Chart House
555 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA. 19147
(215)625-8383
www.chart-house.com

The Chart House—located next door to the Moshulu, offering the same great view—also embraces the love of the sea. For those who prefer to keep their legs on the land, this is a great spot to nosh on fine food and keep your eyes to the sky. Known for its beautiful ambiance and excellent service, The Chart House is a high-end restaurant to spend the Fourth of July. Diners recommend the stuffed flounder and the desserts; considering the high prices here, these don’t miss the mark.

Keating’s River Grill
201 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA. 19106
(215)529-6409
www.keatingsrivergrill.com

Keating’s River Grill is a good location to see the fireworks on the Fourth without having to pay a high price tag. The dishes here are in the $11-$30 price range, so you have the option to be more frugal – or to eat up! The River Grill is located in the Hyatt, so it gives patrons the convenience of parking and/or lodging if making a weekend of the holiday. Keating’s also has an outdoor terrace, giving viewers the option of just enjoying some drinks and bar food while watching the fireworks display.

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The Moshulu
401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA. 19106
(215) 923-2500
www.moshulu.com

The Moshulu is the largest, last remaining Wind Jammer, which is a four-masted steel barque designed for carrying cargo. It was originally created in Scotland in 1904 and is now docked in Penn’s Landing, right in the Delaware River. If you are a lover of all things nautical, this may be the perfect place to enjoy the firework display on July 4. The atmosphere of the Moshulu is romantic and fancy, and the food matches the atmosphere. Many have raved about the bisque, sushi and seafood options, and the wine list won’t disappoint. Service here is on the high end, so dress to impress.

Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.

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