Now that spring has finally sprung, getting outdoors is a top priority for many. But if you’re not ready to hop on Delaware’s many trails or outdoor attractions just yet, dining al fresco may be a great place to start getting that fresh air fix. Here are some restaurants in the state with great outdoor seating options that are bound to shake off the winter blues.
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
This oceanfront restaurant—which opens for the season on Friday, April 26—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.
27099 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach • 402-5300
There’s no shortage of food options at Big Fish Restaurant Group’s bustling Wilmington location. This large restaurant also has plenty of outdoor seating boasting scenic views of the Christina River to keep you full and happy.
720 Justison St., Wilmington • 652-FISH
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.
5812 Kennett Pike, Centreville • 656-9776
Grab lunch, dinner or brunch underneath twinkly lights on Columbus Inn’s covered patio, which overlooks busy Pennsylvania Avenue.
2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington • 571-1492
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.
36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes • 644-7837
Gourmet Japanese and American cuisine is the star at this downtown Rehoboth restaurant. Make reservations in order to get a coveted seat on the rooftop deck that is complete with a 5,000-gallon Koi pond.
301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-8493
Daily happy hour specials and live music on the expansive patio overlooking the Christina River makes Docklands a great option after work or for a night on the town.
110 West St., Wilmington • 658-6626
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 two 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.
270 E. Main St., Newark • 444-8646
3006 Summit Harbour Lane, Bear • 440-4404
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.
39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach • 752-8010
Not only does Iron Hill boast locally brewed beer and menus made from scratch, the brewery’s Wilmington, Newark and Rehoboth Beach locations have unique outdoor seating options perfect for grabbing a beer and a bite while enjoying a spring breeze. As a bonus, the Wilmington location just announced plans to expand and unite its indoor and outdoor dining options.
620 Justison St., Wilmington • 472-2739
147 East Main St., Newark • 266-9000
19815 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach • 260-8000
A relaxed and casual atmosphere complete with daily specials, an open grill and an outdoor patio make this Wilmington spot a great option for a low-key lunch or dinner.
1801 W. 14th St., Wilmington • 658-4600
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.
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
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.
2 Olive Ave & the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach • 227-7169