Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen is a dining destination right on the Delaware River Waterfront. Find it located inside Philadelphia’s only waterfront hotel, the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. They’re serving up contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable seafood and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is open year round for both visitors of the city and locals.
“When the hotel opened in 2000, we were one of the first hospitality developments on the river,” remarked Dan Keating, owner and developer. “16 years later, the Delaware River Waterfront is a vibrant destination with piers, parks and diverse attractions,” he continued. “A convergence of history and evolution, Penn’s Landing is a beacon of change in the Philadelphia community. Rope & Anchor is situated in the center of this landmark and will offer patrons a prime dining destination all year long.”
As a patriotic man and maritime fan, the hotel took on Keating’s vision to provide a glimpse of life along the river while offering refreshing hotel accommodations. Now, the new dining experience will take guests one step closer to the waterfront by pairing culinary craftsmanship with heritage and history, with a menu of classic American and seafood fare. Pair your meal with a selection from the bar featuring over 10 beers on tap and an extensive wine list. We sipped on the Classic Red Sailor Sangria during our stay.
Driven by Executive Chef George Gilfesis, dishes on the menu include savory light bites such as Urban Fried Calamari with sweet and spicy cherry peppers, arrabbiatta, sriracha aioli or Cheesesteak Landing Eggrolls filled with shaved steak, green bell pepper, caramelized onion, provolone, and served with sides of Yard’s cheddar ale and roasted tomato coulis for dipping.
We liked the Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos filled with watercress, pickled radish, napa slaw, salsa verde, and chipotle honey aioli in a soft shell tortilla. The Goat Cheese Fritters were extremely rich, being topped with elderflower honey, blackened pepper, and a side of chipotle cumin aioli. Our favorite by far was the Homestyle Baked Mac and Cheese made with their signature Yard’s cheddar ale, three cheese blend, roasted garlic, basil, nutmeg, and herb crusting.
New menu items include the Harvest Flatbread with butternut squash, balsamic onion, black pepper goat cheese, and arugula. On the lighter side, guests can nosh on healthy options like the Sarah Salad with red quinoa, mixed greens, tomato, avocado, cucumber served with a cumin balsamic vinaigrette, a favorite of Sarah Keating. For seafood lovers, Chef Gilfesis prepared us the Dungeness Crab Stuffed Raviolis with seared shrimp, roasted garlic, sun dried tomato, asiago cheese, and lemon chive mascarpone. From the land, we tried the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with smashed potato, oven roasted brown sugar glazed brussel sprouts, and natural jus. Dessert may have been the highlight of our meal, do yourself a favor and order the Flan!
The multi-million dollar investment made at Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen is noticeable. The restaurant is more spacious, and open, with more than 160 seats inside and out. Guests can choose from intimate seating at the waterfront bar, communal dining tables, traditional café tableside seating, outdoor patio dining with softly lit bistro lights or casual lounge options. New for the restaurant, Admiral’s Quarters is a private dining room that can be reserved for parties of up to 80 guests for cocktails, dinner or special events. The official design partner for the hotel and restaurant, Floss Barber Inc. is credited with reimagining this riverside dining destination.
“We envisioned a space that was reflective of the unique location, history and culture of the waterfront,” said Floss Barber, CEO and owner of Floss Barber Inc. “This is the most unique site in Philadelphia and the only waterfront hotel. Although the restaurant has an identity all its own, we felt it should complement the new design we are implementing throughout the hotel and speak to the personality of the man behind it all – Dan Keating.”
The colors and materials used throughout Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen are nautical referenced, natural textures and weathered colors of blues, grays and a touch of red. The artwork pays homage to the unique heritage of Penn’s Landing and incorporates knots, ships, and scenes from the Delaware River. American artifacts from the neighboring Independence Seaport Museum are incorporated throughout the space including Top Priority – a tuck up or small water craft. Top Priority is a reproduction built by the Independence Seaport Museum’s Workshop on the Water in the 1980s and now floats above the entryway of Rope & Anchor. A piece of American history, guests are invited to dine at communal tables carved out of preserved white oak live edge wood harvested from a 275 year-old tree, native to Lebanon, Pa.
“As the only waterfront hotel in Philadelphia, the Hilton team prides itself on delivering incomparable experiences,” said Bill Fitzgerald, general manager of Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. “Now, with the addition of Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen – we offer first-class lodging, unique event space and fine dining options. We welcome our neighbors throughout the Philadelphia community to come experience our stellar new restaurant and make an overnight escape out of it with a stay at Hilton! Our associates are ready to accommodate to you.”