Best Restaurant by Town

Bethany Beach

Put the lime in the coconut, add a hint of lemongrass and a few chilies, fill it with heaps of fresh fish, then eat it all up. That’s the kind of fun, intriguing cuisine the cosmopolitan 14 Global has surprised us with for the past few seasons. Follow with a tapas portion of tandoori-seasoned octopus. Do yourself in with coconut-curry glazed mahi mahi hot off the grill. Return soon.
 (14 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 616-1035,


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With its stone walls, massive fireplace, vintage colors and meals served on fine china with classic stemware, the Colonial Fair Hill Inn harkens back to another time. Yet the menu stays thoroughly contemporary. An ever-evolving menu means constant surprises, such as salmon poached in court bouillon with pho in miso-ginger-shiitake broth and a concasse of sweet kumato tomato and lemon balm. (3370 Singerly Road, Elkton, 410-398-4187,



The signature seafood chowder and all-lump crab cakes never go out of style at The Buttery. Nor does the elegant, white-cloth dining room. Braised chicken with chanterelles and baby carrots in a reduction of Reisling and bouillon typify the approachable, perfectly executed fare. The wine list bridges the classic and contemporary, from La Célestière Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc. (102 Second St., Lewes, 645-7755,



Brick walls and barn planking create a casual, relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for enjoying the modern Italian fare at Taverna. From a starter such as grilled artichokes to delicious sandwiches of cured meats to hearty meals such as cannelloni filled with chicken, prosciutto, fontina and sautéed spinach in cream, every dish is a winner. (121 E. Main St., Newark, 444-4334,


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Rehoboth Beach

Photograph by Steve Legato

As if the regular menu at Nage Bistro and Wine Bar won’t keep you coming back—seafood a la Nage, anyone?—there is a regular schedule of specials: Meatless Mondays, Wine-Oh! Wednesdays, Farm Fresh Thursdays and Seafood Supper Sundays, with live music on Fridays. Cool, casual, always superb, Nage is beach dining at its best. (19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach,



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Bethany Beach

Bethany Blues
6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 537-1500



Jimmy’s Grille
18541 S. Main St., Bridgeville, 337-7575



Claymont Steak Shop
3526 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 798-0013


Dewey Beach

Woody’s Dewey Beach Bar & Grill
1904 Hwy. One, Dewey Beach, 260-9945



Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant
2463 S. State St., Dover, 698-1955


Fenwick Island

601 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-2607



The Brick Hotel
18 The Circle, Georgetown, 855-5800



Pizzas By Elizabeths
3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-4478



Bonz Restaurant & Lounge
15 W. Rider Road, Harrington, 398-5348



The House of William & Merry
1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 234-2255



Agave Mexican Restaurant
137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232



Chesapeake Inn
605 Second St., Chesapeake City, (410) 885-2040



1861 Restaurant
423 N. Broad St., Middletown, 376-7956



Abbott’s Grill
249 NE Front St., Milford, 491-6736



The Georgia House
119 Main St., Millsboro, 934-6737



Po’ Boys Creole & Fresh Catch
900 Palmer St., Milton, 684-0890



Caffé Gelato
90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811


North Wilmington

Harry’s Savoy Grill
2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-3000



Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
549 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 358-1005


Rehoboth Beach

Big Fish Grill
20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3474



Bon Appétit
​312 High St., Seaford, 629-3700


Smyrna (tie)

Odd Fellows Cafe
34 S. Main St., Smyrna, 514-9008

Trevi Ristorante
​53 E. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, 653-6800



La Fia Bakery + Bistro + Market
421 N. Market St., Wilmington, 543-5574


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