Some of Our Favorite Seaside Spots for Special Occasions

Whether you want to honor grads, salute dads or mark an anniversary, here are 12 great beach restaurants worth a celebratory meal.


For date night

â–º Book a booth at Eden, where filmy drapes offer privacy. Share the lobster and crab tower and splurge on the venison or veal chop. | 23 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth • 227-3330

â–º Consider a table on the top deck at The Back Porch Cafe or a seat under an umbrella on the patio. There is a reason why this restaurant is in its 45th season. The food is as exceptional as the ambiance. If it’s on the menu, try the tuna loin with corn blini. | 59 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth • 227-3674

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For an anniversary with family

â–º Heirloom in Lewes has a private room with a farm table that can accommodate up to 12 guests. The menu is seasonal, and right now you’ll find such dishes as fried cornmeal-coated green tomatoes with whipped basil mascarpone, mushroom conserva and a saba drizzle. | 212 Savannah Rd., Lewes • 313-4065

â–º If you’re in the Fenwick area, try Nantucket’s, which receives praise for the crab cakes, the steaks and the cocktails. | 601 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island • 539-2607


For an outing with multiple generations

â–º You’ll find something for everyone at one of the Big Fish Grill restaurants, which are known for being family-friendly. Big Fish is also a good choice if someone in your group has dietary restrictions; there are special menus. | 20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 227-FISH | 30415 Cedar Neck Rd., Ocean View • 829-8163

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â–º In Bethany Beach, consider Bethany Boathouse, which was designed with the family in mind. The restaurant has live entertainment, a pirate ship for kids to play on and casual fare. | 39817 Hickman Plaza, Bethany Beach • 616-2594


For dad

â–º You can’t go wrong with the new Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery, which has a variety of beers to appease most preferences and a lengthy menu that includes standards and hearty fare. Plus you can make reservations. | 9815 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 260-8000

â–º If dad loves a good juicy steak with all the trimmings, take him to 1776, which has been wowing carnivores for decades. | 590 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 645-9355

â–º Because most dads love a good backyard barbecue and beer, check out Crooked Hammock Brewery, where the glass walls roll up for a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor dining areas. Small children can wander freely and play games on the enclosed lawn. | 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes • 644-7837

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Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar//Photo by Pamela Aquilani

For a rehearsal dinner

â–º Fish On in the Villages of Five Points has a sizeable banquet room that can seat 70. The kitchen here is also the home of Plate Catering. | 17300 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes • 645-9790

â–º Smaller groups can book the private library room at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar. | 30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth • 278-7395


For a wedding

â–º The Clubhouse at Baywood is just a few miles inland off Route 24. The 10-minute drive from Route 1 is worth it for the incredible gardens and one of the largest banquet venues—indoors and out—at the beach. | 32267 Clubhouse Way, Millsboro • 947-9225

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