Delaware has been in the second phase of its economic reopening plan since June 15, giving locals months of experience dining out at restaurants in the new normal.
For those looking to enjoy a meal outside this season, Delaware Today compiled a list of some restaurants across the state with al fresco dining. And remember, Phase 2 of Delaware’s reopening has a list of rules and regulations the business and customer must follow. Read in-depth here.
The Backyard at Milton specializes in a mix of classic breakfast and lunch plates, including a wide array of sandwiches, burgers, and salads, plus a bakery and market for desserts. With its quaint, comfortable backyard patio, it’s a welcome break from the home kitchen table.
The Backyard is now operating at full service, open 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
211 Broadkill Road, Milton • 684-3440
Located adjacent to the Wilmington Riverwalk, Banks’ specializes in fresh seafood. The restaurant’s covered patio gives guests a spectacular view of the water—and the Kalmar Nyckel, when it’s in town.
101 S. Market St., Wilmington • 777-1500
Featuring neo-Italian fare, from pizza to pasta, this James Beard semifinalist offerings patio seating right on downtown Wilmington’s Market Street.
620 N. Market St., Wilmington • 426-2069
This neighborhood bar and grill, BBC Tavern offers soups and salads, sandwiches, and a variety of different entrees, from petite filet Mignon to homemade meatloaf. The restaurant also has a spacious outdoor area.
The outdoor patio, indoor bar and dining room are now open with social distancing. Call 655-3785 to make a reservation or visit the website to order online.
4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville • 655-3785
This oceanfront restaurant is nestled in Delaware Seashore State Park. The main dining area boasts a 200-seat rooftop deck and umbrella bar, complete with 360-degree views of the ocean, the Indian River Inlet and Inland Bays.
Advanced or walk-up reservations welcome, visit bigchillbeachclub.com/reservations for more information.
27099 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach • 402-5300
Just as its name suggests, Big Fish Riverfront will please any seafood lover with its variety of fresh dishes from the sea. It’s outdoor patio offers a view of the Christiana River.
720 Justison St., Wilmington • 652-3474
Customers far and wide come to Bluecoast for local seafood, great happy hour specials and an award-winning wine list. They stay for a stunning view that overlooks Bethany’s scenic salt pond. The Rehoboth location also has a large outdoor dining area (with a nice bar, too) that somehow disguises all the noise from busy Route 1.
30904 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach • 539-7111
300115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach • 278-7395
Enjoy a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, comfort food, seafood and steak on Buckley’s lovely outdoor terrace. Then head to the rooftop bar for an after dinner drink and stunning views of Centreville.
Offering indoor and outdoor seating by reservation only. Call in advance at 656-9776.
5812 Kennett Pike, Centreville • 656-9776
This eatery is known as a great spot to grab lunch on a busy workday. But now, it can be enjoyed for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Plus, with the Curbside Wilmington initiative, the restaurant’s outdoor seating is expanded through the rest of the summer.
703 N. Market St., Wilmington • 656-4067
This gastropub offers a wide selection of menu options including pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Plus, a hearty beer, wine and cocktail list. Thanks to the Curbside Wilmington initiative, the restaurant’s outdoor seating is expanded through the rest of the summer.
821 N. Market St., Wilmington • 482-3333
Grab lunch, dinner or brunch underneath twinkly lights on Columbus Inn’s covered patio, which overlooks the bustling Pennsylvania Avenue.
Columbus Inn is reopen at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays, for dine-in and carryout. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. Visit columbusinn.com for more information.
2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington • 571-1492
Constitution Yards is a staple spot on the Wilmington Riverfront during the summer months. A seasonal beer garden, it’s perfect for a socially distanced cocktail with a river view. And don’t forgot the pub-style fare.
Constitution Yards is open with mandated guidelines, including social distancing and food orders placed via the Toast Takeout app, to ensure the safety of employees and customers alike. Visit constitutionyards.com/covid19 for more information.
308 Justison St., Wilmington • 407-5192
Toes in the sand with a beer in hand. That’s the laidback vibe at this Lewes brewpub, which specializes in backyard brews and food. Relax around a fire pit during those chilly spring evenings or snag one of the hammocks when the weather warms up.
Reservations are not required, but accepted. Social distancing guidelines are in effect.
36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes • 644-7837
316 Auto Park Drive, Middletown • 601-7837
Gourmet Japanese and American cuisine is the star at this downtown Rehoboth restaurant. The iconic rooftop deck is a staple for tourists and locals, and is complete with a 5,000-gallon Koi pond.
Currently offering curbside pickup and dine-in seven days a week from 4-9:30 p.m.
301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-8493
With its specials fitting into Mexican cuisine, Del Pez allows for entire families to sit down and enjoy round after round of enchiladas, fajitas, and tacos, alongside variations of side dishes and cocktail drinks. The eatery has a spacious porch on the side of the restaurant where customers can enjoy a view of the busy riverfront.
Now accepting in-house dining reservations. Call to schedule.
400 Justison St., Wilmington • 691-7974
Offering a riverfront view, Docklands Riverfront provides visitors comfort food and cocktails. With a contained, outdoor porch, along with new arranged seating areas indoors, this eatery places trusts within customers to be safe, while still encouraging them to take in the scenery around them.
110 West St., Wilmington • 658-6626
Enjoy fast casual Tex Mex in the form of burritos, bowls, quesadillas and tacos. With a variety of locations, there’s a variety of different outdoor seating to choose from.
Simple coastal cuisine and a casual atmosphere define this SoDel Concepts restaurant. Head to the outdoor patio and relax in an Adirondack chair for the ultimate relaxed dining experience.
17300 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes • 645-9790
Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen has three spots in the First State with great outdoor seating options. On Newark’s Main Street, enjoy the outdoor patio and fire pit; the Bear location has stunning views of the C and D Canal, which can be reached by car, bike or boat. The newly-opened Grain on the Rocks at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal is now open and boasts stunning views of the Delaware Bay.
All locations are open for indoor and outdoor dining, no reservations required. visit meetatgrain.com for more information.
270 E. Main St., Newark • 444-8646
3006 Summit Harbour Lane, Bear • 440-4404
43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes • 291-3900
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This vegan spot is known for its breakfast items, bowls and smoothies. Thanks to the Curbside Wilmington initiative, the restaurant now has outdoor seating through the rest of the summer.
400 N. Market St., Wilmington • 274-2195
Evocative of a neighborhood cottage, Half Full brings to life classic dishes such as pizza, soups, and salads with their own little, unique touch of extra, all while providing wide indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy.
Offering takeout and covered outdoor patio seating, plus dine-in.
125 Second St., Lewes • 645-8877
The sunsets overlooking Rehoboth’s Indian River Marina at Hammerheads Dockside are just too pretty to pass up. Sip on a signature crush cocktail and enjoy oysters, tots, wings, tacos and more at the outdoor bar and seating areas.
No outside bars are open, and no live music is offered at this time. Visit hammerheadsde.com/dockside to read the restaurant’s COVID-19 guidelines.
39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach • 752-8010
With the everyday familiarity of your neighborhood house, Heirloom grants patrons the chance to dive into new and unknown dishes alike, all from the comfort of a space with enough room for all to have their own space, both in and outdoors.
212 Savannah Road, Lewes • 313-4065
This restaurant is a crowd pleaser with a variety of menu items for vegetarians, pescatarians and carnivores. The dining room, bar and deck are open, plus pick-up and delivery. On the nights of Main Street Alfresco, the restaurant will have additional outdoor dining. Check newarkde.gov for details.
126 E. Main St., Newark • 266-6993
Neighboring right next to the riverside, Irish Eyes Pub & Tavern brings to life an authentic Irish bar and meal menu to Delaware, while also bringing current favorites into the mix.
105 Union St.., Milton • 684-8889
With a brewery feel along the riverfront, Iron Hill Riverfront grants customers a voluminous abode for sitting down for a meal, ordering a drink or two and taking in the urbanite view seen right from outside. The menu features both beer-inspired and vegetarian options.
Iron Hill on the Riverfront is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, plus takeout and delivery. Visit ironhillbrewery.com/wilmington-de for more information.
620 Justison St., Wilmington • 472-2739
With modern twists to classic lunches, dinners, and everything in between, such as cheesesteak sandwiches, self-made omelets, and charcoal-grilled burgers, as well as an enclosed porch recollective of any neighborhood barbecue, Kid Shelleen’s grants customers the chance to reconnect with the familiar, while also becoming familiar with the new.
A Phase 2 dining guide is available at harryshospitalitygroup.com/kid-shelleens/.
1801 W. 14 St., Wilmington • 658-4600
A little bit of classic European cuisine brought to the First State, La Fia introduces Old World-style signatures, including handmade pasta and fresh vegetables, to those looking for an escape to simpler times. With outdoor seating along downtown Wilmington’s Market Street to set the mood, you’ll feel transported to a Parisian café.
La Fia’s dining room is open Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Weekend takeout specials are posted weekly on La Fia’s social media channels.
421 N. Market St., Wilmington • 543-5574
Makers Alley delivers a quaint, communal experience to all, matching the aura of a backyard gathering with family and friends. With a free, reaching space to move around, along with a variety of favorites from burgers to tacos crafted inside an Airstream converted to a kitchen, Makers Alley brings back a comfortability factor for those steadily becoming acquainted with the new way of dining out.
804 N. Orange St., Wilmington • 482-1299
The dining experience at Paradise Grill is hard to beat. Relax along the Indian River Bay at any of the outdoor seating areas including: the lagoon bar, beach bars, marina, Paradise Beach, kids playground and more.
Stay up-to-date on Phase 2 operations on the venue’s Facebook page.
27344 Bay Road, Long Neck • 945-4500
Bay views and live entertainment on the outdoor deck make this Dewey mainstay an open-air oasis.
113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach • 227-3888
Enjoy American fare and a rotating beer selection at this downtown Wilmington Market Street spot. Thanks to the Curbside Wilmington initiative, the restaurant’s outdoor seating is expanded through the rest of the summer.
829 N Market St., Wilmington • 250-4280
Matching their oceanside climate, Striper Bites grants a variety of seafood options for lunch and dinner, as well as an in-house bar for drinks to rival customers’ appetites. With an outdoor porch overlooking the nearby coastline, as well as an open indoor space to replicate that same outside vastness, Striper Bites promises a memorable experience.
Striper Bites temporarily suspended dine-in operations on June 30. Contact the restaurant directly for more information regarding operations.
107 Savannah Road, Lewes • 645-4667
On the site of the former music venue of the same name, this pub offers American fare with an expansive beer, wine and cocktail list. On the nights of Main Street Alfresco, the restaurant will have additional outdoor dining. Check newarkde.gov for details.
115 E. Main St., Newark • 266-8111
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Enjoy soul food dishes and this newly opened eatery. Thanks to the Curbside Wilmington initiative, the restaurant now has outdoor seating through the rest of the summer.
825 N Market St., Wilmington • 482-2584
Enjoy classic Italian dishes, pizzas and more at this eatery. On the nights of Main Street Alfresco, the restaurant will have additional outdoor dining. Check newarkde.gov for details.
121 E. Main St., Newark • 444-4334
Sit back on the patio and enjoy hand-rolled pastas, hearth-baked pizzas and more at this neighborhood Italian eatery.
1412 N. DuPont St., Wilmington • 654-8001
If you’re looking for fine dining with a side of oceanfront views, Victoria’s in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is a perfect match. Outdoor dining on the boardwalk patio is a solid option when things start to heat up.
The dining room and patio are open, reservations welcome. Also offering a limited menu for takeout and curbside pickup.
2 Olive Ave & the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach • 227-7169
Olivia Montes and Kaydee Jones contributed to this article.