Food & Drink
- Written by Delaware Beach Life
Where to wine, dine and be merry
This list includes the premier restaurants in coastal Delaware. We encourage you to order takeout while they cannot offer eat-in service due to coronavirus restrictions.
Big Oyster Brewery, 1007 Kings Highway, 644-2621, bigoysterbrewery.com. Big Oyster is a microbrewery and restaurant featuring 16 beers on tap, outdoor seating, beers to go, a full menu and a raw bar. Dog friendly.
Fish On Seafood Grill, Villages of Five Points, 17300 N. Village Main Blvd., 645-9790, fishon.bz. Fish On features fresh local seafood, along with classic chef-designed specials. Menu favorites include shrimp and grits, maple-glazed salmon, along with traditional seafood dishes, and a short rib burger. Outside patio dining available in season. Call ahead for seating for large parties.
Half Full, 125 Second St., 645-8877, halffulllewes.com. This cozy little restaurant in downtown Lewes serves nine styles of homemade pizza and a rotating list of wines and beers. Open Wednesday through Friday at 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Kindle, 111 Bank St., 645-7887, kindlerestaurant.com. Kindle offers seasonal American fare with a bit of a French influence. Serving dinner Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m., Lunch is available Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Striper Bites, 107 Savannah Road, 645-4657, striperbites.com. A “nautical bistro” that evokes a blend of the Northeast and Key West. Striper Bites features seafood, chicken, steaks, sushi, and salads. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. Closed Sunday.
Tokyo Steakhouse, 17906 Route 1, 645-9728, tokyosteakhouse.info. In addition to authentic Japanese cuisine with a hibachi flair, customers can enjoy a tableside performance with egg-juggling, flame-throwing, and shrimp-tossing. Weekday happy hour 4 to 6 p.m. Show ID to get 50 percent off a grill entree on your birthday.
Route 1, Route 24 and Millsboro
Big Fish Grill, 20298 Route 1 (quarter-mile south of entrance to Rehoboth Beach), 227-FISH, bigfishgrill.com. A locals’ favorite, Big Fish Grill offers a diverse menu featuring hand-selected fresh seafood along with steaks and pasta in a casual atmosphere. Also, the adjoining Big Fish Seafood Market offers fresh seafood and catering services and has opened a banquet room to host private events.
Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar, 30115 Veteran’s Way (in the Rehoboth Gateway shopping center), 278-7395, bluecoastrehoboth.com. SoDel Concepts' Rehoboth Bluecoast is a fresh take on the original Bethany-area seafood house, offering “coastal classics” as well as modern twists like crab carbonara and lobster cavatappi. In addition to a spacious inside dining room, there’s an outdoor patio with fire pit, bar and small acoustic stage.
Chinatown Buffet, 18701 Route 1, 644-2688. Located just south of The Movies at Midway, Chinatown Buffet offers an extensive buffet with 100-plus items. Serving the Eastern Shore for more than two decades with all-you-can-eat seafood, steak, and a cook-to-order grill.
Crab House, 19598 Route 1, 227-2019, crabhouserehoboth.com. The Crab House offers steamed crabs, daily fresh seafood and raw bar, and what may be the largest draft beer selection in the area.
Crust & Craft, 18701 Route 1, 313-5029, crustandcraftrehoboth.com. Located just south of The Movies at Midway, Crust & Craft serves classic-style wood-fired Neopolitan pizza, homemade pasta, and a wide selection of local craft beer. The newest edition to the SoDel Concepts family, this restaurant’s focus is on preparing flavorful, handcrafted cuisine.
Fins Ale House & Raw Bar, 19269 Route 1, 227-3467, finsrawbar.com. Offers lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu every day, featuring fish, seafood and, of course, raw oysters. From its attached brewery, Fins offers a large variety of local craft beer.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 19815 Route 1, 260-8000, ironhillbrewery.com. Offers a variety of craft beers brewed on site and such menu items as char-grilled ribeye steak, moroccan salmon, and pan-seared duck breast, as well as an array of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. Also offers “gluten allergen friendly” options and a kids menu.
Matt’s Fish Camp Lewes, 34401 Tenley Court, 644-2267, mattsfishcamplewes.com. This location features a raw bar and many of the menu favorites from the original Matt’s Fish Camp near Bethany, including its signature colossal crab cakes, fried Ipswich clams, lobster rolls and Matt’s Fish Camp stew. Also serves fresh takes on coastal comfort food like shrimp BLT pasta and chicken pot pie. Open for lunch and dinner.
Michy’s Relaxed Dining, 19287 Miller Road (in the Weis Market shopping center), 227-0999, michysrelaxeddining.com. Michy’s offers contemporary American cuisine in a casual atmosphere, featuring such entrees as day-boat scallops with a wild mushroom-truffle-pea risotto and such appetizers as flash-fried Szechwan calamari. Reservations and walk-ins welcome.
The Clubhouse at Baywood, Route 24 near Long Neck, 947-9225, baywoodgreens.com. Offers views of the 18th green along with such contemporary American cuisine as seared day-boat scallops, blackened swordfish, filet mignon with truffle butter, lobster francaise, steak au poivre and prime rib. Lunch, light fare, Sunday brunch and a children’s menu are also available.
Thompson Island Brewing Company, 30133 Veteran’s Way (in the Rehoboth Gateway shopping center), 309-9887, thompsonislandbrewing.com. Thompson Island is an independent craft brewery featuring a wood-fired grill, fried chicken, shareable appetizers and fresh made-on-site beer. In addition to its restaurant and bar, Thompson Island has a beer garden with bocce ball courts and ping-pong tables. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Azzurro Italian Oven & Bar, 210 Second St., 212-2409, azzurrorehoboth.com. This new restaurant offers a variety of menu options such as fresh made-in-house pasta, Margherita and Toscana pizzas, risotto, seafood and steak. Fall specials include: pasta and risotto night on Tuesday, appetizer and martini night on Wednesday, wine night on Thursday, date night with a selected four-course dinner on Friday, and paella night on Sunday. Serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Back Porch Cafe, 59 Rehoboth Ave., 227-3674, backporchcafe.com. Nestled in a former hotel built in 1900, this quiet refuge from the bustle of Rehoboth Avenue has a regularly changing menu. Celebrating its 43rd season, the restaurant is known for its longtime commitment to slow food and its use of local resources.
Chesapeake & Maine, 316 Rehoboth Ave., 226-3600, dogfish.com. Using fresh seafood sourced exclusively from the Chesapeake and Maine regions, this companion to next door’s Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats features a casual maritime theme, dishes with an off-centered take on some coastal favorites, as well as cocktails crafted with scratch-made spirits from Dogfish Head Distilling Co.
Cilantro Cocina de Mexico, 122A Rehoboth Ave., 226-1000, cilantrococinademexico.com. Chef-owned Cilantro offers authentic, generations-old family recipes. Lunch and dinner are served, with a wide variety of Mexican dishes on the menu. Outdoor seating is available in season. Specials available.
Cuvee Ray, 236 Rehoboth Ave., 567-2942, cuvee ray.com. This upscale but casual wine bar and restaurant offers more than 170 wines by the glass as well as a varying menu that features small plates, such as roasted quail, baby beets, and pasta carbonara, and such entrees as monkfish, barrel-cut ribeye, and vanilla-cured scallops. Also offers private group wine tastings by appointment. Visit the website for various daily specials.
DiFebo’s of Rehoboth, 12 N. First St., 226-4550, difebos.com. Celebrating 27 years in business, chef-owned DiFebo’s serves Abruzzi family recipes and coastal cuisine year-round. Offers dinner, a full bar, and outdoor seating in season. Reservations welcome. Also offers catering for all occasions.
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., 226-BREW, dogfish.com. A totally remodeled and enlarged version of this flagship location will open in June. Meanwhile, Dogfish Head remains open with a menu that includes wood-grilled pizzas, seafood entrees, sandwiches, salads, desserts and more. It also features signature off-centered ales, brewpub exclusives and small-batch spirits. Open seven days a week year-round for lunch and dinner.
Fins Fish House & Raw Bar, 243 Rehoboth Ave., 226-3467, finsrawbar.com. Offers fresh fish and seafood specialties, choice raw oysters and local craft beer in a family-friendly environment. Also has event space available for rent.
Juicebox Rehoboth, 4 Second St., 278-7315, myjuicebox.biz. Offers organic juice, smoothies, full coffee bar, homemade cold brew, local kombucha, acai bowls and grab-and-go items. Open for breakfast and lunch. Kid friendly.
Lupo Italian Kitchen, 247C Rehoboth Ave., 226-2240, lupoitaliankitchen.com. Voted Best Italian Restaurant Downstate, Lupo features classic coastal Italian cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients. Offers an extensive Italian wine list, artisanal meats and cheeses, and a kids menu, as well as happy hour specials and half-priced pasta on Wednesday nights. All pasta is made in house. Catering available.
Plaza Pub, Olive Avenue at the boardwalk, 227-0615, boardwalkplaza.com/dining. The Plaza Pub, an oceanfront lounge with a cozy atmosphere in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, offers light fare and cocktails, nightly drink specials and comfy seating to take in the ocean view.
Salt Air, 50 Wilmington Ave., 227-3744, saltairrestaurant.com. Salt Air offers local farm-to-table produce, certified sustainable seafood, homemade pasta, organic meats and poultry, and desserts by an award-winning pastry chef. Space for private events also available.
Sazio, 32 Lake Ave., 226-1160, saziorehoboth.com. This newest addition to the Big Fish Restaurant Group, in the former site of Ristorante Zebra, features some of Zebra’s favorite dishes on its menu of coastal Italian cuisine. Sazio also offers Big Fish-inspired seafood and raw bar items, as well as “steak house style” options for meat-lovers.
Stingray Restaurant, 59 Lake Ave., 227-6476, stingrayrestaurant.com. Known for its sushi and sashimi, made with fresh seafood and local produce, Stingray also offers a fusion of Asian and Latino dishes, such as wok-fired teriyaki chicken and tempura mahi tacos, as well as an expansive list of sake, wine and cocktails. In addition to its large indoor dining room, Stingray has outdoor patio seating. Open Tuesday through Sunday year-round.
Summer House, 228 Rehoboth Ave., 227-3895, summerhousesaloon.com. The Summer House offers seafood, Black Angus steaks and specials including half-price burger night on Mondays and prime rib specials Wednesdays and Sundays. Visit the website for details.
Victoria’s, Olive Avenue at the boardwalk, 227-0615, boardwalkplaza.com/dining. Overlooking the boardwalk and Atlantic Ocean in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Victoria’s offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with an emphasis on regional American cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere. Menu changes seasonally. Offers outdoor dining on the boardwalk in season.
Bethany Beach and vicinity
Big Fish Grill, 30415 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View, 829-8163, bigfishoceanview.com. This is the new southern location of one of the busiest restaurants in the Rehoboth area. Big Fish Grill offers a raw bar and a seafood-centric menu that also includes steaks, burgers, sandwiches, salads and tacos in a casual atmosphere.
Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar, 1111 Route 1 (southbound side, north of Bethany), 539-7111, bluecoastseafoodgrill.com. Bluecoast was named one of Delaware’s most iconic restaurants and Best Wait Staff Downstate. Features delicately flavored fresh local seafood, simply prepared, in a natural setting overlooking the scenic Salt Pond. Offers one of the area’s most extensive and diverse wine lists. Raw bar is open daily. Catering available.
Cafe on 26, 84 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 539-CAFE, thecafeon26.com. Housed in a quaint beach house, The Cafe on 26, open year round, offers dinner in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Menu includes hand-cut, grass-fed, dry-aged steaks, and the cafe’s signature potato-Romano-encrusted Scottish salmon with a jumbo lump crab cream dill reduction. Reservations are recommended.
DiFebo’s Restaurant, 789 Garfield Parkway, 539-4550, difebos.com. This modern Italian grill serves fresh seafood, eclectic pasta dishes, veal chops, homemade desserts and much more. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offers catering for all occasions. Takeout available at 539-4550.
Fins Ale House & Raw Bar, 33544 Market Place, 539-3467, finsrawbar.com. Features fresh fish, succulent raw oysters, and a local craft beer selection. Offers lunch and dinner throughout the week and brunch on Sunday in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Juicebox Ocean View, 3 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 616-1025, myjuicebox.biz. Offers organic juice, smoothies, full coffee bar, homemade cold brew, local kombucha, acai bowls and grab-and-go items. Open for breakfast and lunch. Kid friendly.
Matt’s Fish Camp, Route 1 (northbound side, north of Bethany), 539-CAMP (2267), mattsfishcampbethany.com. Matt’s Fish Camp works with local fishermen and farmers to bring fresh ingredients to its menu. Signature favorites include colossal crab cakes, fried Ipswich clams, lobster rolls and Matt’s Fish Camp stew. Open for lunch and dinner. Takeout and catering available.
McCabe’s Gourmet Market, 34444 Coastal Highway (York Beach Mall), 539-8550, mccabesgourmet.com. A full gourmet market featuring in-house fresh baked croissants, French bread, bagels, muffins and cookies, imported and domestic cheeses, pates, deli meats, fresh salads, sandwiches, coffees, party trays, gift baskets and a wide selection of specialty gourmet and ethnic foods. Catering available.
NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, 29F N. Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 537-1785, northeastseafoodkitchen.com. Offers classic Northeastern fare, outdoor dining, a 30-seat chowder bar and a wide selection of microbrewed beers. Serves classic seafood dishes like fried Ipswich clams, classic lobster rolls, and crab cakes, as well as chef-inspired specials. Fresh, healthy kids menu available. Catering is also available.
Fenwick Island and vicinity
Catch 54 Fish House, Route 54, Fenwick Island, 436-8600, (800) 826-5297, catch54.com. Catch 54 features classic Eastern Shore fare and fresh local ingredients. Specialties include a signature crab cake, buttermilk fried oysters, and its popular 54 burger. Best of Delaware award-winner for Best View Downstate. Extensive wine list as well as craft and microbrewed beer lists. Free parking. Catering available.
Juicebox Bayside, 31264 Americana Parkway in the Bayside community, 436-3550 x4, myjuicebox.biz. Offers organic juice, smoothies, full coffee bar, homemade cold brew, local kombucha, acai bowls and grab-and-go items. Open for breakfast and lunch. Kid friendly.
Nantucket’s Restaurant, 601 Coastal Hwy., 539-2607, (800) 362-DINE, nantucketsrestaurant.com. Nantuckets serves such sea-food dishes as bouillabaisse, cast-iron roasted cod and lobster shepherd’s pie, as well as “dry aged” steaks, grilled lamb, and pan-roasted duckling breast. The menu also includes soups, salads, paninis and appetizers. The bar opens at 4 p.m. the dining room at 5 p.m.
Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria, Route 54, Fenwick Island, 436-PAPA (7272), papagrandes.com. This restaurant features a Latin-influenced menu prepared using fresh local ingredients. Features specialty margaritas, an agave crush, tequila, and an expanded wine list. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Open-air dining in season. Catering is available.
The Cove at Bayside, 31806 Lakeview Drive, in the Bayside community, west of Fenwick, 436-3200, coveatbayside.com. The Cove offers views of the lake and 18th green at the Bayside golf course, and a menu that features fresh, local favorites with an emphasis on modern flavors. Off-season specials are posted on the website.
Twining’s Lobster Shanty, 37310 Lighthouse Road (Route 54), 436-2305, twiningshanty.com. All tables offer a view of the local scenery at the Lobster Shanty, a “funky little place in the marsh” just west of Fenwick Island. The wide-ranging menu includes salads, burgers, raw shellfish, flatbreads and appetizers for “grazing or sharing.” Entrees include such options as maple-glazed Atlantic salmon, jumbo lump crab cakes, surf and turf, and lots more. Happy hour at the bar 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
DiFebo’s, 104 Main St., (410) 629-0550, difebos.com. This third and newest DiFebo’s “modern Italian grill” serves Abruzzi family recipes and coastal cuisine year-round. Offers lunch and dinner, and has an upstairs venue for group events. Also offers catering for all occasions.
Fins Ale House & Raw Bar, 119 North Main St., (410) 641-3000, finsrawbar.com. With indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Main Street, Fins features a wide selection of seafood and oysters, sandwiches, and an all-you-can-eat brunch every Sunday.
Chinatown Buffet, 2722 N. Salisbury Blvd., # 2, (410) 860-6886. Chinatown Buffet offers an extensive buffet with 100-plus items. Serving the Eastern Shore for more than two decades with all-you-can-eat seafood, steak, and a cook-to-order grill.
Tokyo Steakhouse, 2745 N. Salisbury Blvd., (410) 860-0078, tokyosteakhouse.info. In addition to authentic Japanese cuisine with a hibachi flair, customers can enjoy a tableside performance with egg-juggling, flame-throwing, and shrimp-tossing. Weekday happy hour 4 to 6 p.m. Show ID to get 50 percent off a grill entree on your birthday.