Moshulu Restaurant

$50 - $75 Special Offer

Diners looking for a luxurious evening that seems to float on gossamer waters need look no further than Moshulu, the docked restaurant nestled in the Delaware River at Penn's Landing.  The menu is creative American and boasts a wide array of innovative cuisine that draws on seasonal ingredients from around the state. The views of the water are stunning and drinks on the top deck are perfect as the mercury rises.  Moshulu serves delectable dishes and promises to transport patrons to a majestic world of adventure and history within the space of a single meal.

The Floating Restaurant

Moshulu has enjoyed over 100 years on the open water as a testament to nautical fortitude and grace.  Now Philadelphians have the chance to experience all she has to offer at Penn’s Landing every night of the week. Having voyaged from South America to Australia to Africa in its heyday, this vessel brings uniqueness all its own to every meal and elevates each bite into an experience not to be missed.  The floating restaurant once traveled around Cape Horn 54 times and has endured untold stormy seas through her extensive travels.  All of which add a distinct sense of adventure and timelessness to an evening out that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the city.

The sense of adventure is also evident throughout the menu thanks to the fearless innovation of Chef Ralph Fernandez.  His emphasis on fresh seasonal ingredients and boundary-pushing combinations has meant that Moshulu will remain a top rated eatery for years to come.  His passion for culinary creativity shines through in the Chef’s Entrée Specials, each of which deserves particular tableside consideration. 

For a one-of-a-kind evening, the Moshulu was just the thing.  Even a routine trip to the restroom was filled with wondrous exploration as the stairs leading to the deck were awash in history.  Lined with yellowing photographs of the ship’s former glory as a military vessel, the Moshulu's commitment to quality means you’ll never want the meal to end.  Instead of camping out, it’s recommended that you arrive early for sunset drinks on the deck before meandering through the ship to appreciate its historic journey to Penn’s Landing.  The interior is remarkably expansive and the most innocent nooks and crannies seem to hold a treasure trove of classic maritime charm. 

The waitstaff was exceedingly professional and took fantastic care of us all evening.  From the hostess to the servers, Moshulu’s attention to quality service did not go unnoticed. We were enthusiastically greeted and shown our seats after being invited to relax in the front lounge, which boasts a terrifically mythic air of nautical beauty.  We were shown to an exquisitely appointed table before gazing out at the bewitching river view.  The sense of proximity with the water is difficult to overstate and sets Moshulu apart as a restaurant that can truly transport diners at a moment’s notice.  Most seats have a water view and offer fantastic scenery for a meal to remember. 

The first dish to arrive was the Kobe Beef Sliders.  The appetizer was true to form with lusciously packed Brioche rolls stuffed with Kobe beef, Cabot cheddar cheese, wild mushrooms and chipotle mayo.  However, the flavor was hard to believe.  Each miniature patty packed a punch of lusciously prepared burger and high quality ingredients that coaxed every ounce of flavor from the dish.  I savored every bite and was particularly impressed by the addition of wild mushrooms to the unusually complex Kobe.  The beef exuded the decadent flavor well known to burger aficionados while its succulent meat enveloped the other ingredients in a warm Brioche embrace.

Next, the Warm Duck Salad was served and we feasted on organic  spring greens, spinach, frisee, fingerling potatoes, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and walnut vinaigrette.  The flavor profile went beyond mere salad to the deliciously sweet aspect of duck meat that permeated every inch of the dish.  Its soft texture was complemented by the slight fattiness of well-prepared duck and the goat cheese enhanced the velvety nature of each forkful.  Fingerling potatoes and dried cranberries made the evening seem like another Thanksgiving dinner and we both felt tremendously grateful for the bounty of Moshulu cuisine spread out before us.

For our entrees, we made the grueling decision between equally amazing options and eventually settled on the Medallions of Veal Tenderloin and Australian Lamb Loin.  The former was expertly seasoned with green asparagus and lump crabmeat which danced on the tongue and delighted the senses.  Every bite exercised  a subtle flavor medley that began with the chive potato puree and ended with the Bernaise sauce with cabernet thyme reduction.  The crabmeat added a dose of creamy texture while the crisp asparagus added a summertime zest to an otherwise all-season dish. It is a truly phenomenal dish with the power to stir your stomach from complacency and awaken your cheesesteak-deadened taste buds from their whiz-induced slumber. 

Our second entrée, the Australian Lamb Loin, also succeeded in becoming a new favorite dish of mine, with its heirloom cherry tomatoes, Italian flat leaf parsley, a bed of luscious chick pea hummus, and merlot lamb jus.  Nestled on top was a finely cut lamb loin that would make any diner chow down within seconds.  We were no different, but we had to restrain ourselves in order to slow down and savor the deliciously tender meat.  The texture of the lamb was undoubtedly encouraged by the liberal use of merlot in the recipe, which never threatened to overpower the dish but adeptly brought out the finest flavors throughout the dish. Our side dishes were given the utmost care and arrived from the kitchen with a flourish.  The Shrimp and Artichoke Risotto was a unique take on seasonal spring dining with an eye towards locally sourced ingredients.  With its basil, oven dried tomatoes, and Parmesan Reggiano, this side brought to life the multitude of flavors infused in our entrees.  Our second side was a Yukon Gold Potato Puree mingled with black truffle butter.  The taste of truffle permeated the dish and we savored the luscious taste well into the night. 

Our final course, dessert, was a true delicacy.  We ordered a decadent slice of chocolate cake and its ganache filling was absolutely stellar.  It was pure indulgence with its rich dark chocolate yet subtle cacao kick.  This dessert created a wonderful tango between light and sweet while leaving my taste buds fully satiated.  Perhaps the best aspect was that the cake exuded a warm creaminess that rivaled the richest milk chocolate and went well with espresso.  

My experience at Moshulu was an unforgettable combination of alluring history and timeless elegance.  From the cuisine to the staff to the setting, this floating restaurant on the Delaware River offers more than simply stunning views.  Diners have the opportunity to enjoy creative meals and, for an evening, be transported back to a time when quality was the rule rather than the exception.  Under Chef Fernandez's direction, the Moshulu has thrived as a culinary hot spot just waiting for you to enjoy what happens when you add water to top notch talent.

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  Restaurant Info

  • 401 South Columbus Boulevard
    Philadelphia PA 19106
  • Address: 401 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia PA 19106
  • Cross Street: Delaware Riverfront
  • Location: Center City | Old City
  • Cuisine: American |
  • Cost: $$$ | Moderate | $50 - $75
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | Mastercard |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Staff: Megan Eberz | Banquet Manager
    Ralph Fernandez | Executive Chef
  • Phone: (215) 923-2500

  Business Hours

Monday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday
Main Dining Room | Brunch 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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  F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

The restaurant and bar are located in a four-masted sailing ship, afloat at Penn's Landing at 401 South Columbus Boulevard
Yes, Moshulu does have a chef's table. It can seat up to 20 people and anyone can reserve it.

 Menus

Lunch

First Course

Entrees

Sandwiches ~ Wraps ~ Paninis

Dinner Menu

Appetizers

Soups and Salads

Chef's Entree Specials

Steaks and Seafood

Farm Sides

Dinner

Appetizers

Soups and Salads

Chef's Entree Specials

Steak and Seafood

Farm Sides

Steak Sauces


 User Reviews

Moshulu  

Great atmosphere, great food. Good romantic spot to take your significant other. Just be prepared to spend a lot of money, parking was $15 and the menu was pricey.

Moshulu Rules  

Everything about the dining experience was excellent. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding.

Moshulu Restaurant - Wonderful!  

My husband and I truly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was terrific and cooked to our specifications. The wine selection was outstanding. It was the highlight of our visit to Philadelphia.

A nice restaurant to visit  

Taste of food and presentation were gourmet level.

An Experience to Remember!  

The Moshulu lives up to it's reputation as being a landmark restaurant in Philadelphia. The ambiance alone sets it apart from any other restaurant in the city. My night began boarding this beautifully tall ship which leaves you in awe even before your dining experience.

Upon entering, my family and I were immediately greeted by their warm staff and were seated in an impressive dining room. My father was particularly interested in the history of the ship and the General Manager was kind enough to not only give us the ship's background but also gave us the grand tour. It is incredible to look out on the deck and to see the shoreline in the near distance. I also thought it was great that you can dine or hold special occasions on the deck, which would truly be a unique experience and one that I will consider for my upcoming wedding.

Our server was the perfect blend of knowledgeable, funny and responsive. The wine list was well thought out and the food amazing. Each bite from appetizer to dessert was indulgent and I can't decide what I liked best, the tender filet or the mouth-watering chocolate lava cake. Regardless, everyone had a great time and it was an evening such as this that won over the entire family and we look forward to many more dining experiences at The Moshulu.

Greaat ambiance and excellent food  

Great food, great service and clean bathrooms, all the important things were on point. After my brunch the waiter suggested we sit on deck with our drinks and enjoy the beautiful view. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

Special time !  

Our group of five celebrated a birthday dinner last Sunday evening. It was a beautiful time , as we looked out over glistening water, and enjoyed wining and dining. We had a lovely table and never felt rushed at any time. The waiter was friendly and efficient , food was good and wine ...excellent. A very charming restaurant. Will return for special occasions.

Moshulu Restaurant in Philadelphia  

We enjoyed the food tremendously. We had appetizers, main course and dessert and we left sated but not stuffed. We ordered specialty drinks and they were done correctly.

Ambience  

The ambience and the presentation of the food was excellent

Too FooFoo  

This is an historic ship...lets have some REAL food...Menu reads like a garden club...

One of a king dining experience  

Located on a docked ship, the Moshulu is a philadelphia staple. Great view of the delaware river and philadelphia skyline. Nice place for a romantic dinner. Upper deck bar makes it a great spot for warm summer nights. The food is delicious and the wine selection good!

One of a king dining experience  

Located on a docked ship, the Moshulu is a philadelphia staple. Great view of the delaware river and philadelphia skyline. Nice place for a romantic dinner. Upper deck bar makes it a great spot for warm summer nights. The food is delicious and the wine selection good!

Dinner for two at Moshulu  

We had a lovely experience on Sat. night at Moshulu. We'd been looking forward to it, and had heard mixed reviews. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff were all friendly and accomodating, the service was quick, but not too quick, and the FOOD was FABULOUS. I had the Crispy Asian Shrimp appetizer, which could not have been better, and my partner had the Wild Mushroom Tortellini, although too small of a portion, was delicious. The main courses were cooked to perfection! I had the filet with the 'Chef Special', and my boyfriend had the Surf & Turf, both absolutely melted in our mouths. The only 2 things I could say negatively are that I think it's poor that you have to pay an extra $8-10 to get a vegetable to go with your already pricey entree, and the fact that we had an inexpensive bottle of wine, which is fine, (glad they had it to offer to those who don't need a $100 bottle with dinner), but we did pay $45 for an $8 bottle. Other than that - the experience was great, we left pleasantly full, completely satisfied. I would definitely recommend it to others as a perfect special occasion meal.

Good food, but not a good value  

Two hundred eighty bucks is too expensive to pay for a mother's day buffet style outing for 4 people where there was limited seafood and only one person had alcohol (two beverages at that). I feel that we were penalized greatly for having 3 of 4 persons who did not drink alcohol. Haven't been to Moshulu in a long time, and very unlikely to return. Much, much better deals in the suburbs, such as at Bonefish grill, William Penn Inn, Relish (in Olney),or Mandarin Gardin

Pungent and overwhelming oder of mold  

Aside from the mold this is a docked ship. The whole restaurant is situated at a 45 degree angle. You could roller skate from one end to the other. The singer from the jazz band that was there that night had to hold on to a railing to get to the stage. Imagine what it was like sitting at a table where one of you is leaning forward the whole time and the other is trying to keep himself from falling backward into the table behind him. This place is very old and in need of major remodeling. I think the board of health needs to step in here.

My bad expirence at the Moshulu Sunday brunch.  

The waiter did not know what he was doing , the selection poor at best. It was the worst brunch in the city of Philadelphia.