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Restaurants in Newark, Delaware

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Ali Baba Middle Eastern Cuisine Moroccan
175 E. Main St., Newark, 738-1111, alibabacuisine.com Sit on comfy couches among plush pillows while you enjoy stuffed grape leaves and fare like pastille of chicken with raisins and cinnamon baked in puff pastry. L, D $

Bamboo House Asian
721 College Square, Newark, 368-9933, bamboohouserestaurant.net A great spot for group events or a romantic meal. Enjoy the freshest sushi and affordable pricing. L, D $

Brasserie Grille American
100 Continental Drive, Newark, 781-7000, brasserie grill.com In the Hilton Wilmington-Christiana Hotel, specializes in certified Angus beef and fresh seafood. The crab cakes are awesome. L, D $$$

Caffé Gelato American
90 E. Main St., Newark, 738-5811, caffegelato.net A great place to spend a romantic evening or to celebrate a special event. Features a 1,500-bottle wine cellar and sells 24 flavors of homemade gelato. Winner of The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. L, D, SB $$$

The Chicken House Charcoal Grill Peruvian
1224 Capitol Trail, Newark, 737-2426, thechickenhouserestaurant.com This unpretentious restaurant is the place for grilled chicken and outstanding ceviche. L, D $

Claymont Steak Shop American
57 S. Main St., Newark, 453-9500, claymontsteakshop.com A no-frills place famous for delicious cheesesteaks, plus subs. L, D $

Courtyard Café–Courtyard Newark American
400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, 737-0900, udel.edu/hotel Fine local cuisine. Dinner features famous fresh lump crab cakes and many other fine entrées. B, L, D $$

Deerfield American
507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, 368-6640, deerfieldgolfclub.com Icy drinks, hot sandwiches and burgers, and one of the best Sunday brunch buffets. (The buffet is offered October through May.) L, SB $

The Deer Park Tavern American
108 W. Main St., Newark, 369-9414, deerparktavern.com The college town classic offers something for everyone, whether lunch, dinner, cocktails or Sunday brunch. It’s famous for nachos. Its beer selection, including locally brewed Taylor’s Grog, won’t disappoint. L, D, SB $$

El Jefe Restaurant and Bar Mexican
110 Astro Shopping Center, Newark, 894-9000, fb Enjoy Old World Mexican cuisine. Best-known for its homemade salsas, tacos, molcajete, seafood, chicken and steak dishes, and a great selection of tequilas. L, D $

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill American
1225 Churchmans Road, Newark, 366-7577, firebirdsrestaurants.com Firebirds features well-seasoned steaks, ice cold martinis and wood-grilled specialties, plus seafood, burgers, salads and homemade desserts served in an Aspen-style room. Visit the Firebar for food and drink specials. L, D $$

Home Grown Café American
126 E. Main St., Newark, 266-6993, homegrowncafe.com The emphasis is on fresh, local and healthy. Find seasonal homemade soups and specialties, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and beers from around the world. L, D $$

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant Brew pub
147 E. Main St., Newark, 266-9000, ironhillbrewery.com Enjoy award-winning handcrafted ales and lagers with a creative sandwich, specialty pizza or delicious entrée. L, D $$

J.B. Dawson’s Restaurant and Bar American
Christiana Mall, 315 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, 369-4000, jbdawsons.com Grilled beef, chicken and seafood are delicious, but the barbecued ribs are outstanding. L, D $$

Kildare’s Pub Irish
45 E. Main St., Newark, 224-9330, kildaresirishpub.com This public house is decorated in various Irish styles. Enjoy traditional Celtic fare such as Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash, as well as American favorites. L, D $$

La Casa Pasta Italian
Four Seasons Shopping Plaza, Del. 896, Newark, 738-9935, martuscelliandsons.com Step into a charming environment with modern elegance. Signature dishes include the penne Santa Maria, with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat in a rosa sauce, and veal saltimbocca. L, D $$$

La Tonalteca Mexican
60 N. College Ave., Newark, 737-8220; 1237 Churchmans Road, Newark, 294-1108; lastoltecas.com Burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas and tamales are staples of the 200-dish menu, along with chilaquiles. The margaritas rule. Vegetarian friendly. L, D $

Michael’s Restaurant American
1000 Churchmans Road, Newark, 368-4230, michaelsde.com Brick oven pizza, wings, sliders, shrimp tacos, prime rib, fajitas, soups, sandwiches, seafood, martinis and coffee drinks. B, L, D, SB $$

Mizu Sushi Bar Japanese
132 E. Main St., Newark, 731-3104, mizusushibar.com Mizu specializes in preparing high-quality sushi and sashimi at affordable prices. You will find nigiri and maki, not complicated fusion dishes served entrée-style. D $

Morelia Mexican Restaurant & Bar Mexican
Del. 4 at Harmony Road, Newark, 369-6888, moreliade.com Enchiladas, fajitas, and chimichangas served in a casual family atmosphere. Full bar with specialty margaritas. L, D $$

Olé Tapas Lounge Latin
1126 Capitol Trail, Newark, 224-9378, oletapaslounge.com Modern Spanish decor with plenty of cozy booths is perfect for sharing authentic Spanish dishes with friends. Sample three kinds of sangria and classic wines. L, D $$

Paciugo Gelato & Caffé Café
470 Christiana Mall, Suite 1697, Newark, 266-7500, paciugo.com Authentic gelato is prepared by hand daily with fresh, natural ingredients. There are good coffee and espresso drinks, too.  $

Potstickers Asian Grill and Sushi Bar Asian
1247 Churchmans Road, Newark, 731-0188, potstickersasiangrill.com Warm, modern decor features a waterfall and wall of Buddhas. Gourmet fare includes Cantonese, Chinese and other styles prepared with European flair, as well as sushi. L, D $$$

Saigon Vietnam Restaurant Vietnamese
207 Newark Shopping Center, Newark, 737-1590, thesaigonrestaurant.com Authentic Vietnamese dishes designed by owner-chef Lan Chen show traditional French influence. Accompany your meal with exotic Saigon cocktails such as a sugarplum or lychee saketini. L, D $

Salvatore’s Italian Bistro Italian
4621 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, 737-9999, salvatoresbistro.com Italian Authentic Italian dining featuring fresh pasta, homemade sauces, veal, seafood and brick oven pizza. Dine in or on the patio. L, D $$

Santa Fé Mexican Grille Mexican
190 E. Main St., Newark, 369-2500, santafemexicangrill.net Choose from an assortment of seafood and Spanish platters, homemade margaritas, mojitos and sangria. B, L, D $$

Seasons Pizza American-Italian
4606 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, 366-1969; 203 E. Main St., Newark, 368-1515; 1460 Pulaski Hwy., Newark; seasonspizza.com The baked meat lasagna and crab cakes are hard to beat. Kid friendly. L, D $$

Soffritto Italian Grille Italian
1130 Old Capitol Trail, Newark, 455-1101, soffrittogrill.com Dine among a stunning water sculpture and fireplace. Soffritto is known for whole fish entrées and pasta. Signature dishes include homemade linguini and a generous helping of jumbo lump crabmeat in a light pomodoro sauce with a touch of white wine. L, D $$

The Stone Balloon Wine House American
115 E. Main St., Newark, 266-8111, stoneballoonwh.com Enjoy a relaxed, upbeat atmosphere reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. Delaware agriculture is central to the farm-to-table menu. Features a full bar and extensive wine list. D, SB $$

Sushi Sumo Japanese
2653 Kirkwood Hwy., Newark, 366-1188 Sumo has all the hallmarks of a great sushi spot: a nice variety of quality sushi at fair prices. L, D $

Taverna Italian
121 E. Main St., Newark, 444-4334, platinumdininggroup.com A warm, welcoming place that charms with rustic brick walls, paneling of barn siding and an open kitchen that displays a coal-burning pizza oven. Food includes pasta dishes, meats such as braised pork shank and chicken cacciatore, seafood and those pizzas. L, D $$

Timothy’s of Newark American
100 Creek View Road, Newark, 738-9915, timothysofnewark.com Daily specials, an award-winning happy hour and casual fare, including great burgers and ribs. L, D $$

Two Stones Pub American
2 Chesmar Plaza, Del. 4, Newark 294-1890, twostonespub.com Gastropub fare such as char-grilled Cuban pork with pepper-citrus slaw and extensive craft brews in bottles and rotating on the taps make it a local favorite. L, D $

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