Seeking out a dining destination for Christmas Eve we made a return visit to the Chart House. This our second visit to this Philadelphia Waterfront location. Arrived to the same hospitality as the last, free valet parking. Seated on time for reservation, menus at seating, we looked over while waiting for wait staff. Restaurant was bit more than half full made better seating by the windows available,ours center of restaurant.
Our decisions for the night: Lobster Bisque, Shrimp Cocktail to start. Entrees: Filet Mignon, Prime Rib. Both sided with garlic mashed potatoes. Also added to sides, Sauteed Mushrooms and Asparagus. Appetizers came in a timely fashion, lobster bisque the highlight. Creamy goodness, great flavor, perfect rendition of a classic bisque that we do love. Shrimp Cocktail, large fresh shrimp, very fresh and delicious. We were off to a good start.
Immensely long wait for dinner that was acknowledged by the waiter. Once the meals came, the appetizers were much warmer than the entrees themselves. Mushrooms sizzling in a cast iron pan, were searing to the palate, even after waiting a bit. Asparagus, nicely presented had a good snap to them, and nice flavor. Both sides plenty for sharing.
Entrees> Filet was presented poorly with a a trickle of juices rolling across, staining the plate was a turn off. The filet, requested medium was more than medium. Outside was cool to the touch. Dry on the outside, the filet was tender and moist inside. Good flavor overall but the dryness, and temp of the meat a distraction. Some siding of a sauce could have saved it. Prime Rib, delivered to the table the way requested was also tepid in temp. Flavor good, horseradish sauce and ajus, preferred ajus. Garlic mashed, nothing notable positive or negative.
Not much of a change from the last visit with the exception of the view getting worse. The Chart House in Philadelphia outside of the plus $200 bill after tip for two, there is nothing else that will make you say WOW.