Food & Drink
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.
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’ newest restaurant 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.
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.
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.
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.
Blackwall Hitch, 52 Rehoboth Ave., 226-0550, theblackwallhitch.com. Blackwall Hitch offers “coastal-inspired cuisine,” including such items as its signature Blackwall shrimp, snapper Romano, wood-fired flatbreads, salmon BLT, flaming crab dip, and soups, salads, burgers and more. Patrons can enjoy music on Friday and Saturday during happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. along with a streetscape view right on Rehoboth Avenue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Woody’s Dewey Beach, 1904 Route 1, 260-9945, deweybeachbar.com. Best known for its large, meaty crab cakes, Woody’s also offers a wide-ranging full menu that includes such items as sesame-encrusted tuna, a “hippie-dip wrap,” pulled pork tacos, raw bar items, soups, salads and loads of appetizers. Kids menu and late-night menu also available.
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 lunch and 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.
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.
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, Selbyville, 436-3200. The Cove offers views of the lake and 18th green at the Bayside golf course and a menu that features traditional club fare with an emphasis on modern flavors. Traditional favorites include crab dip, calamari and fish-and-chips. Offers specials daily and Sunday brunch.