Best Restaurants in Sussex County: A restaurant guide for eating out around Rehoboth Beach

1776 Steakhouse  Steakhouse
6 Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth, 645-9355,
A classic Colonial steakhouse known for juicy, tender steak dishes. Beer list tops 50 and features Belgian ales.  $$$

The Back Porch Café American
59 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3674,
The restaurant that made Rehoboth a dining destination, with seasonal foods prepared exquisitely. The Victorian house offers indoor and outdoor dining.  $$$

Beijing Buffet Asian
18908 Rehoboth Mall Blvd., No. 19, Rehoboth, 644-7198
All-you-can-eat favorites from China and beyond.  $$

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Betty’s Pure and Simple American
18585 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 645-6160,
Matt Haley’s tribute to grandmas, aunts, neighbors and Bettys around the world, this restaurant features down-home style cuisine done right. (seasonal)  $$

Big Fish Grill and Seafood Market American
4117 Highway One, Rehoboth, 227-FISH,
Crab cakes served with imperial sauce, grilled salmon, pecan-crusted halibut, linguini with shrimp, scallops, and clams and mussels in lobster sauce.  $$

Blue American
122 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1000,
Seafood with a Southwestern flair. Also several fondue options, pastas and homemade desserts.  $$

Blue Moon American
35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6515,
A great place for those looking for an elegant experience.  $$$

Café Sole American
44 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7107
A cozy beach getaway with Key West decor. Favorites include the pork tenderloin and crab cakes.  $$

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Claws Seafood House Seafood
167 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-2529,
All-you-can-eat crab specials, fresh seafood dishes, plus chicken, ribs, pasta and steak. $$$

Cloud 9 American
234 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1999,
Bistro dining, contemporary decor. Full martini, after-dinner, and wine lists.  $$$

Conch Island Key West Bar and Grill Caribbean
207 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-9378,
A Key West inspired menu, a rocking atmosphere complete with live music and three full-service bars.  $$

Confucius Chinese
57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3848,
A sleek interior and beautiful plating make for upscale dining. Solid wine list.  $$

Crabby Dick’s American
4534 Highway One, Rehoboth, 645-9132,
Home cooking, casual dining of seafood, pasta, steaks, salads.  $$

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Crystal Restaurant American
37300 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-1088
Cozy, family-owned Crystal serves breakfast all day. Make your own omelet (try the filet mignon and shrimp) and order a Bloody Mary or a mimosa.  $

Cultured Pearl  Asian
301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-8493,
Japanese and American classics. Great sushi. Rooftop deck.  $$$

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats Brewpub
320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-BREW,
Beer rules, with 15 of Dogfish’s critically acclaimed brews on tap. Wood-grilled pizza and seafood draw foodies.  $$

Dos Locos Fajita & Stonegrill Mexican
208 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3353,
Unique interpretations of Tex-Mex fare, including crab enchiladas. Cook your steak and seafood on a stone grill at your table.  $$

Eden American
23 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3330,
Casually elegant, romantic spot with curtained booths. The cuisine changes with the season, and hinges on fresh seafood.  $$$

El Dorado Restaurant Mexican
18766 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth, 645-1596,
Specializes in fresh, crunchy, made-to-order Baja-style fish tacos. Shrimp, pork, beef tacos and burritos are great, too.  $$

Espuma Mediterranean
28 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-4199
Mediterranean fare with fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Warm and intimate. Cocktails are legendary, as are slow-roasted meats and delicious seafood.  $$$

Finbar’s Pub & Grill British
316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-1873,
The food blends the best of Britain and Ireland, plus sandwiches and seafood. Try the braised lamb or fish and chips with a Boddington’s or Smithwick’s.  $$$

Fins Fish House and Raw Bar American
243 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-3467,
Enjoy an impressive variety of fresh oysters and daily fish options. Seafood entrées are great. Daily raw bar, great craft and microbrew selection, unique bottled beer and wine list.  $$

Go Fish! British
24 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-1044,
This isn’t your typical fish and chips shop. The place does a great fried fish taco, beer-battered shrimp and tandoori chicken. Do not miss the sticky toffee pudding.  $$

Grotto Pizza Italian
4565 Highway One, Tanger Outlets, Rehoboth, 645-5880; 36 Rehoboth Ave., 227-3278; 15 Boardwalk at Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-4588; 17 Surf Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3601;
Pizzas use a unique blend of Wisconsin cheeses and California sauce to please.  $$

Henlopen City Oyster House American
50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 260-9193,
Henlopen City is serious about oysters and is committed to only fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  $$

Hobos New American
56 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 226-2226,
Hobos crafts global fusion cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients. The fresh menu changes daily.  $$$

Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant Pub
52 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-5758,
Diverse menu ranges from ribeye tacos to bangers and mash.  $$

Jake’s Seafood House American
Baltimore and First streets, Rehoboth, 227-6237; 19178 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 644-7711,
Choose either location for succulent dishes like lemon-butter scallops, steamed clams or whole Maine lobster. The crab cakes are legendary.  $$$

Jam Bistro American
20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 226-5266,
The casual counterpart from the owners of Eden, Jam specializes in affordable home cookin’ with uptown twists, and craft cocktails.  $$

La Tonalteca Mexican
4578 Highway One, Rehoboth, 644-3994,
Famous margaritas, pork, chicken, beef and seafood.  $

Lily Thai Cuisine Thai
10 N. First St., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3348
One of the state’s few authentic Thai restaurants serves noodle dishes such as pad Thai. The decor is modern and accented with flowers, linen napkins and tabletop lamps.   $$

Lupo di Mare Italian
247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-2240,
Classic coastal Italian cuisine emphasizes local ingredients. That means lots of fresh pasta and seafood dishes such as grilled swordfish and tender tuna steaks.  $$

Mariachi Restaurant Latin
114 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-0115,
Melding Spanish and Mexican influences in flavorful dishes.  $$

Mixx American
26 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 226-8700,
Innovative American cuisine and weekly specials are big at Mixx.  $$

Nage American
19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 226-2037,
Always inventive, Nage creates intimate dining around daily specials and classics like the prime rib burger.  $$$

Nicola Pizza Italian
8 N. First St., Rehoboth, 226-2654; 71 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1393;
This family-friendly spot features the famous Nic-o-boli (a baked calzone with cheese, ground beef, sauce and toppings).  $

The Pickled Pig Pub American
18756 Coastal Hwy., No. 3, Rehoboth, 654-5444,
Plenty of craft brews are on tap at this gastro-pub. Consider pairing your favorite with the build your own cheese board or try fried pickles or barbecue hog wings.  $

The Pig+Fish Restaurant Company American
236 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7770,
Try the pork tenderloin, barbecued ribs or select from the fresh fish board. Wash it down with the Twisted Pig cosmo.  $$

Planet X Café American
35 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1928,
The cuisine has a global feel but with a local, seasonal approach.  $$

Purple Parrot Grill Caribbean
134 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1139
Quesadillas, crab cakes and the one-pound burger reign in a relaxing, back porch-like setting.  $$

Rehoboth Ale House American
15 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-2337,
Sports bar at the beach. Great American food. Over 100 beers available.  $

Rigby’s Bar & Grill American
404 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-6080,
An eclectic bistro of American food and Mediterranean flavors combined with a French cooking style. The seasonal menu ranges from burgers and pasta dishes to duck and sweetbreads.  $$

Saketumi Asian
4298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 645-2818,
Cool and contemporary, Saketumi crafts cuisine of many Asian countries: curries, sushi, noodles and rice, woked entrées, tempuras, terikayis and hibachi dishes.  $$

Salt Air American
50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-2444,
Salt Air aims to define local fare. Fresh fish and shellfish, organic free-range chicken, as well as a great wine list.  $$

Stingray Asian
59 Lake Ave., Rehoboth, 227-6476,
Asian with Latin flavors, such as the Hairy Mexican sushi roll and grouper ceviche. Hand-blown glass jellyfish hang from the ceiling and Ultraman prints hang on the wall.  $$

Stoney Lonen Irish
208 Second St., Rehoboth, 227-2664,
This country-style pub does great seafood.  $$

Summer House American
228 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3895,
Burger nights and barbecue nights are big. Steaks and ribs are standards.  $$

Victoria’s Restaurant American
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Olive Avenue and the boardwalk, Rehoboth, 227-0615;
Oceanfront dining in an elegant Victorian setting. The Sunday brunch is legendary.  $$$

Zebra Ristorante Italian
32 Lake Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1160,
The zebra stripes on the facade may seem wacky, but Zebra is serious about great Italian cuisine.  $$$

Zogg’s Raw Bar and Grill American
1 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7660,
This Key West-inspired spot offers live steel drum music and fish tacos. The bar has more than 250 kinds of rum. $

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