8 Options for Celebrating National Eat Outside Day

Today is the perfect excuse for an al fresco meal.


Aug. 31 is National Eat Outside Day. As summer comes to a close, why not relish the remaining warm weather and choose to dine with a view? Each of these restaurants throughout the state has its own unique outdoor space—head to one to celebrate!

Aqua Sol Restaurant and Bar

Dine on paella and fish tacos as you take in the beautiful Chesapeake & Delaware Canal and Summit North Marina at Lums Pond. | 3006 Summit Harbour Place, Bear, 365-6490

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Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront

Enjoy scenic views of the Christina River as you dine on fresh seafood, steaks and pastas. | 720 Justison St., Wilmington, 652-3474

The Crooked Hammock Brewery

A restaurant, brewery and backyard beer garden all rolled into one. The laidback vibe is perfect for hanging out with friends, drinking a few beers and noshing on a bunch of appetizers. | 16989 Kings Highway, Lewes, 644-7837

Fish On

Located in the Villages of Five Points in Lewes, this seafood bar and grill enhanced its 48-seat patio last summer to please customers who want to relax in a peaceful setting. Ornamental plants and herbs are spread throughout the space, thanks to Chris Wertz, a horticulturist with SoDel Concepts, which owns Fish On and seven other coastal restaurants. Other outdoor spaces include the decks of SoDel’s Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria in Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island, Catch 54’s decks (also in Fenwick Island), NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View and the deck at Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Bethany Beach. | 17300 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes, 645-9790

Harry’s Seafood Grill

Feast on fresh oysters, sashimi and ceviche as you relax on the patio and take in views of the Christina River and Wilmington Riverfront. | 101 S. Market St., Wilmington, 777-1500

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Enjoy a mug of White Iron Wit while sitting on the front patio of one of the best places to people-watch in Newark. Or visit Iron Hill’s Wilmington location and pick between their two outdoor dining options. | 147 E. Main St., Newark, 266-9000; 620 Justison St., Wilmington, 472-2739

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Que Pasa

People come to Que Pasa for the simple, delicious Mexican dishes, but also for the view. Grab a seat under the cantina, soak in the bay views and let your cares drift away. | 124 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, 226-1680

Rusty Rudder

Rusty Rudder has been serving its all-you-can-eat land and seafood buffet for more than 30 years, but it never gets old. Especially if you partake from the large outdoor deck that overlooks the bay. Throw in a few Orange Crushes, a sunset and some live music, and you’re golden. | 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, 227-3888

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