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Main & Leverington Sts., on Venice Island Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Arroyo Grille Restaurant Review

: Arroyo Grille rises over the 150-car parking lot on its own island in the Schuylkill river, like a pastel monument to the Southwest. A deck encircles it, a waterfall runs through it, and every yuppie in town can call it home. Arroyo is owned by the Main Street Group (Kansas City, Sonoma, Fish on Main) and not only is a playground for the young crowd with its great margaritas, but seats many couples from the neighborhood in the cavernous dining room. Royal blue, hot pink and turquoise seem absolutely right here, along with Southwestern murals, cacti, and the scent of mesquite. Heaping servings of chiles rellenos, stuffed with goat and jack cheese; fried-oyster nachos, and scallop ceviche come on colorful Fiesta-ware. Chef-owner Derek Davis does great, vinegary pulled pork, platters of ribs and charred grilled chicken. The batter-dipped fishsticks, which pay homage to the Mrs. Paul’s factory that used to occupy the property, are flaky and light. If the service seems too casual, and the seasonings uneven on some nights, content yourself with dessert. S’mores cakes (graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow---like summer camp) and chocolate buttermilk cake are as dark as the desert night, and chocolate chile cake has an unexpected touch of heat. If you come early, you can watch the sunset over Manayunk; if you come late, the bar menu and margaritas will be waiting.


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