Sussex County

Lula Brazil in Rehoboth Beach//Photo by Steve Legato.


*  2015 Best of Delaware winner

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Central Sussex

Baywood Greens Clubhouse Restaurant (American)

32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck, 947-9225

Enjoy cocktails or dinner in the dining room, in the lounge or on the veranda. All offer stunning views of the 18th green, with a seasonal menu and an extensive wine list to match. L, D, SB $$

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Blue Water Grill (American)

226 Main St., Millsboro, 934-5160

Blue Water features a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, daily specials, fresh fish, hand-cut steaks and homemade selections in a relaxing atmosphere. Comfort favorites include meatloaf in mushroom gravy and seafood gumbo. Children and large parties are welcome. L, D $$

* Brick Hotel Restaurant & Tavern (American)

18 The Circle, Georgetown, 855-5800

Classic fare includes delicious cream of crab soup and oyster stew, steamed clams and fried oysters, great burgers, and hearty meat and seafood entrées. L, D, SB $$$

* The Georgia House (American)

119 Main St., 934-6737, Millsboro

Good Southern cooking such as buttermilk-battered fried chicken and sweet potato casserole. L, D $$

* La Quetzalteca (Mexican)

26007 Pugs Crossing, Millsboro, 934-8077

The food so authentic, it attracts local immigrants. The menu features grilled beef and chicken, plus fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas and margaritas. L, D $$ 



* Agave (Mexican)

137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232, fb This popular spot features authentic, regional flavors of Mexico, favorites with a twist and a dizzying array of tequilas. Regulars love the homemade guacamole and chiles en nogada. (Closed in January.) L, D $$

* Bethany Blues of Lewes (American)

18385 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2500

Southern barbecue, good chili and crab dip, seafood, handcut steaks and St. Louis-style ribs with award-winning sauce, plus homemade birch beer and live music. L, D, SB $$ 

* The Buttery Restaurant and Pub (American)

102 Second St., Lewes, 645-7755

Inspired global cuisine is executed with a commitment to supporting local farmers. The fireplace and garden room of the former Victorian home are part of the allure. So is the list of boutique wines. L, D, SB $$$

Fish On (American)

Villages of Five Points, Lewes, 645-9790

The delicious food of the Chesapeake, including crab cakes and oysters, are prepared expertly, along with perfectly marbled steaks and fresh catch of the day. D $$$ 

The Gate House of Lewes (American)

109 W. Market St., Lewes, 313-5912

Owned and operated by a family of chefs, Gate House serves a seasonally varied menu of classics such as the Hudson Valley foie gras appetizer and entrees both creative and classic. L, D, $$$

Go Brit! (British)

18388 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2250

A classic fish-and-chips house with shepherd’s pie, sides like mushy peas and delicious sticky toffee pudding homemade from a family recipe. L, D $$

* Grotto Pizza Grand Slam (Italian)

17467 Shady Road and Del. 1, Lewes, 645-4900

Pizzas made with a signature blend of cheeses, plus pastas, subs and more. The bar carries all the big games on big TVs and serves big beers. There is a game room for families. L, D $$

Half Full (American)

125 Second St., Lewes, 645-8877

This cozy gem is dedicated to great wine and pizza handmade with whole-milk mozzarella. Check in often to keep up with the wine list. D $$

Honey’s Farm Fresh (American)

329 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-8400, fb

This family friendly place serves farm-fresh breakfast, lunch and desserts. B, L $

Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant (Pub)

213 Anglers Road, Lewes, 645-6888

The diverse menu ranges from rib-eye tacos to bangers and mash, with a deck on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. L, D $$

Jerry’s Seafood (American)

108 Second St., Lewes, 645-6611

Crab cakes—and the Crab Bomb—are joined by steamed clams, crispy calamari and steak. L, D $$$

Kick n’ Chicken (American)

1551 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-4151; 26098 John J. Williams Hwy., Long Neck, 947-1110

The folks here swear that they never, ever use frozen chicken at this takeout, and it’s evident. L, D $

* Kindle Restaurant & Lounge (American)

111 Bank St., Lewes, 645-7887

Regional, seasonal American cuisine gets a French slant in this cozy, candlelit spot. L, D $$$

Lazy Susan’s Hot Fat Crabs (Seafood)

18289 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 645-5115

A favorite for steamed crabs and other seaside fare for more than 30 years. L, D $$

Notting Hill Coffee Roastery

124 Second St., Lewes, 645-0733

The best coffee in town—and the best sticky buns—plus croissants and other baked goods. B, L $$

On the Rocks Bar and Grill (American)

43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, 644-6028

No place else offers such a view of the Delaware Bay as this spot at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. There is no better place for enjoying a pile of steamed clams, a burger, or fish and chips. B, L, D $ 

Rose & Crown (British)

142 Second St., Lewes, 827-4475

In the Hotel Rodney, R&C serves gastropub grub like short ribs cooked in 16 Mile Old Court Ale. The place also offers a heady list of microbrews. L, D $$

Striper Bites (American)

107 Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-4657

The menu changes three times a year, but some things at the cottage-style restaurant are constant: the nautical decor, great seafood and burgers. L, D $$$

Surf Bagel & Deli (American)

17382 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-1822

In addition to its bagels and spreads, Surf offers baked goods, freshly roasted coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, soups, tacos and seafood dishes. B, L $

Bangkok Thai Cuisine (Thai)

17644 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2223

The chefs keep it real, but they also ride the cutting edge by making unusual combinations with foods from cultures beyond Asia. L, D $$

Touch of Italy (Italian)

101 Second St., Lewes, 827-2730

Touch of Italy features both a sit-down restaurant and a deli offering classic cheeses and meats, antipasti items and delicious baked goods. L, D $$

Villa Sorrento (Italian)

1551 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-7052

Authentic Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere includes New York-style gourmet pizza, veal, seafood, homemade bread, pasta and sauces, plus a full wine list and cocktails. L, D $$



Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant (Pub)

105 Union St., Milton, 684-8889

The diverse tavern menu ranges from blackened fish tacos to bangers and mash. L, D $$

Miltonian Pizzeria & Wing House (American)

618 Mulberry St., Milton, 684-1805 The pizza is outstanding. Wings get creative sauces. Gyros also rate. L, D $$

* Po’ Boys Creole & Fresh Catch (Creole)

900 Palmer St., Milton, 684-0890

New Orleans-style home cookin’ features all the classics—po’ boys, gumbos and the like—plus innovative fresh fish specials. L, D, SB $


Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach

* 1776 Steakhouse (Steak house)

18585 Coastal Hwy., No. 6, Rehoboth, 645-9355

A classic Colonial steak house known for juicy, tender beef dishes. The beer list is impressive. L, D $$$ 

* a(MUSE.) (American)

44 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7107

Chef Hari Cameron’s creative cooking is reflected in farm-to-table dishes and a menu that changes daily to include the freshest ingredients. D $$

The Back Porch Café (American)

59 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3674

The restaurant that made Rehoboth a dining destination, it offers seasonal foods prepared exquisitely. The Victorian house offers indoor and outdoor dining. Seasonal. L, D, SB $$$

* Big Fish Grill (American)

20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 227-FISH

This beach favorite offers crab cakes, the freshest grilled salmon, pecan-crusted halibut and much more, such as linguini with shrimp, scallops, clams and mussels in lobster sauce. L, D $$

Blue Moon (American)

35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-6515

A pioneer that helped set the bar for exquisite dining at the beach, Blue Moon remains a great place for those looking for elegant cuisine and cutting-edge entertainment. D, SB $$$

Bramble & Brine (American)

315 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7702

Chef Joe Church is known for his deft and creative prepations of familiar and less-familiar meats. Bramble offers such dishes as rib-eye crown, smoked duck with gnocchi, porchetta, veal sweetbreads and a cured duck platter. D $$$ 

Café Azafran (Mediterranean)

18 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-8100,

This unique spot offers espresso and coffee in the morning, satsifying Mediterranean salads and sandwiches at lunch, and creative tapas in the evenings. B, L, D $$

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. L, D $$$ 

Conch Island Key West Bar and Grill (Caribbean)

207 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-9378

A Key West-inspired menu and a rocking atmosphere complete with live music in summer and three full-service bars make this the party place. D $$ 

Confucius (Chinese)

57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3848

A sleek interior and beautiful plating make for upscale dining on dishes like crispy whole sea bass. Solid wine list. D, SB $$

The Crab House (Seafood)

19598 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, 227-2019

Here’s a crab house that’s worthy of its name. Non-pickers will appreciate delicious entrées also found at its sister restaurant, Big Fish Grill. D $$$

Crabby Dick’s (American)

18831 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 645-9132

Home cooking, casual dining of seafood, pasta, steaks, salads and famous crab balls. L, D $$

* Crystal Restaurant (American)

37300 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-1088, fb

Cozy, family-owned Crystal is popular for breakfast all day. Make your own omelet and order a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. B, L $

The Cultured Pearl (Asian)

301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-8493

The place that introduced sushi to the beach offers Japanese and American classics. The rooftop deck features beautiful lagoons full of koi. D $$$ 

* DiFebo’s Restaurant (Italian)

12 N. First St., Rehoboth, 226-4550

Modern Italian seafood, meats, pasta and more are based on beloved family recipes. There is a full bar, martini and wine list. Open year-round. D $$ 

* Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats (Brew pub)

320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-BREW

Beer rules, with more than 20 of Dogfish’s critically acclaimed brews on tap. It also factors into the dough of the wood-grilled pizzas. Creative, mid-priced entrées draw droves of foodies to this beach favorite. L, D $$

Dos Locos Fajita & Stonegrill (Mexican)

208 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3353

Clever interpretations of Tex-Mex fare, including crab enchiladas, are served in a contemporary atmosphere. Cook your steak and seafood on a sizzling stone at your table. L, D $$

* Eden (American)

23 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3330

This casually elegant, romantic spot with curtained booths changes menus with the seasons, but always features creative fare and outstanding wines. D $$$

El Dorado Restaurant (Mexican)

18766 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth, 645-1596

Specializes in made-to-order Baja-style fish tacos. Shrimp, pork, beef tacos and burritos are also great. L, D $$

Espuma Restaurant & Martini Bar (Mediterranean)

28 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-4199

Uses local, seasonal ingredients. The cocktails are legendary. So are slow-roasted meats such as the famous three-day pork and delicious seafood. D $$$

* Fins Ale House & Raw Bar (American)

19269 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 227-3467

Enjoy a variety of fresh oysters and daily fish entrées served in a classic atmosphere. A wide selection of craft brews and a wine list. L, D, SB

Fins Fish House & Raw Bar (American)

243 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-3467

Enjoy an impressive variety of fresh oysters, daily fish entrées and craft brews served in a classic atmosphere. L, D $$

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. L, D $$

* GreenMan Juice Bar & Bistro (American)

12 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4909

The emphasis is on fresh and healthy breakfast foods, gourmet sandwiches, salads, fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies. B, L $

* 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 for dishes such as lobster macaroni and cheese and bouillabaisse. L, D $$

* Hobos Restaurant & Bar (Global eco fusion)

56 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 226-2226

From locally sourced ingredients, Hobos crafts cuisine based on foods from Mexico, the Mediterranean, the East and Europe. Ingredients such as quinoa, couscous and seaweed find their way to an ever-changing, ever-intriguing menu. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus available. L, D, SB $$$

Ivy (American)

Dagsworthy Street at the bay, Dewey, 227-9292

Creative cuisine served tapas style or à la carte on the beach. D $$$ 

Jake’s Seafood House (American)

29 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-6237; 19178 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 644-7711

Enjoy dishes such as blackened mahi mahi, steamed clams, and lobster mac and cheese. The crab cakes are legendary. Seasonal. L, D $$$

Jam Bistro (American)

21 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 226-5266

This casual counterpart to Eden offers affordable home cookin’ with uptown twists and craft cocktails. L, D $$

* Jimmy’s Grille (American)

1911 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, 260-9915

Open-air dining make this a seasonal favorite for good fried chicken, crab cakes and other down-home dishes. L, D, WB

Lily Thai Cuisine (Thai)

10 N. First St., Rehoboth, 227-3348

One of the state’s few authentic Thai restaurants serves noodle dishes such as pad Thai. The decor is modern, accented with flowers, linen napkins and tabletop lamps. L, D $$

Lori’s Oy-vey Café (American)

39 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-3066

Fun and eclectic fare includes chicken salad made with crumbled blue cheese, toasted almonds, apples and more. Vegetarians have plenty of options, like the oozy tomato-cheddar melt. Seasonal. B, L $

Lula Brazil (Brazilian)

234 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 212-2755

Lula draws on the many styles of Brazilian fare, with its African and Portuguese influences. Look for lots of fresh fish and traditional dishes such as the seafood stew known as moqueca. L, D $$$

Lupo Italian Kitchen (Italian)

247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-2240

Classic coastal Italian cuisine emphasizes local ingredients. That means lots of fresh pasta and seafood dishes served in a bright, airy room. D $$

Mama Maria Ristorante Italiano (Italian)

1608 Highway One, Dewey, 227-3242

Italian fare served in a cozy room. Seasonal. L, D, WB $$

Mariachi Restaurant & Bar (Latin)

14 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-0115

Mariachi melds Spanish and Mexican influences in flavorful dishes such as ceviche, fried plantains and fresh shellfish in a Peruvian sauce. L, D $$

Michy’s Relaxed Dining (American)

19287 Miller Road, No. 17, Rehoboth Beach, 227-0999

The innovative menu has included dishes such as roasted golden and red beet salad with baby spinach, pistachios, goat cheese, mint and lemon. D $$$

Mixx and Mingle (American)

26 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 226-8700

Mixx offers a fun menu of local seafood, creative entrees and retro dinner choices. Try the gourmet burgers and martinis. D $$

Nage (American)

19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 226-2037

Always inventive, Nage creates intimate dining around local ingredients. The signature Seafood à la Nage—shrimp, scallops, tuna, salmon, mussels and potato in a saffron broth—is a classic. L, D, SB $$$

Nalu Hawaiian Surf Bar & Grille (Hawaiian)

1308 Coastal Hwy., Dewey, 227-1449

A family friendly place that serves Hawaiian fare, plus burgers and Mexican faves. Seasonal. L, D $$

* Nicola Pizza (Italian)

8 N. First St., Rehoboth, 226-2654; 71 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth (800) 640-4906;

Family operated for 45 years, Nicola is famous for the Nic-o-Boli, made with ground beef, cheese and sauce that is rolled in homemade dough and baked untill golden brown. The pizza is great, too. L, D $

Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria (Mexican)

210 Second St., Rehoboth, 212-2409

This cool spot offers a wide-ranging menu of Latino cuisine, some with a twist, and tequilas of all kinds. L, D 

The Pickled Pig Pub (American)

18756 Coastal Hwy., No. 3, Rehoboth, 645-5444

Plenty of craft brews are on tap. Consider pairing your favorite with the build-your-own cheese board or try fried pickles and barbecue hot wings. L, D $

The Pig+Fish Restaurant Company (American)

236 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7770

Try the pork tenderloin or select from the fresh fish board. Wash it down with the Smoking Monk Manhattan. L, D $$

Purple Parrot Grill (Caribbean)

134 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1139

Quesadillas, crab cakes and the 1-pound burger reign in a relaxing, beach house with a hopping porch. L, D, WB $$

* Qué Pasa (Mexican)

124 Dickinson St., Dewey, 226-1680

Get yourself a house margarita and try the catch of the day in this open-air cantina on the bay. Seasonal. L, D, SB. $$

Rehoboth Ale House (American)

15 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-2337

This sports bar has plenty of beers and serves pub grub that’s a notch above, plus entrées featuring fresh seafood. L, D $

Rigby’s Bar & Grill (American)

404 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-6080

This eclectic bistro offers modern American cuisine with a fresh spin. The seasonal menu ranges from short ribs and seafood to duck and meatloaf. D, SB $$

Ristorante Zebra (Italian)

32 Lake Ave., Rehoboth, 226-1160

The zebra stripes on the walls of this cottage turned contemporary masterpiece may seem wacky, but Zebra is serious about great Italian cuisine. Seasonal. D $$$

Rusty Rudder (American)

113 Dickinson St., Dewey, 227-3888

This longtime favorite is best-known for night life, but the big buffet of seafood, ribs and chicken is a major draw. Specialty drinks and happy hour rule. Seasonal. L, D $$

Saketumi (Asian)

18814 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 645-2818

Saketumi crafts cuisine of many Asian countries: curries, sushi, noodles and rice, wok entrées, tempuras, teriyakis and hibachi dishes. L, D, SB $$

Salt Air (American)

50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3744

Salt Air emphasizes local ingredients from local growers, so the menu of fresh seafood and aged beef changes with the seasons. D $$

Semra’s Mediterranean (Mediterranean) 

19 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-4976

Diners will find gyros and kabobs of seasoned lamb and chicken, eastern Mediterranean staples such as falafel and shwarma, and traditional desserts such as halvah and baklavah. B, L, D $

The Starboard (American)

2009 Highway One, Dewey, 227-4600

Burgers, sandwiches, crab cakes and drinks galore. The famous Bloody Mary bar makes it a favorite for Sunday brunch. Seasonal. B, L, D, SB $

Stingray (Asian)

59 Lake Ave., Rehoboth, 227-6476

Asian fare gets Latin flavors in items such as the Hairy Mexican sushi roll and mahi mahi ceviche. L, D $$

Summer House (American)

228 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3895

Steaks, burgers, ribs and fresh seafood are popular at this casual favorite. L, D, SB $$

* Touch of Italy (Italian)

19724 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 227-3900

Find classic cheeses and cured meats, antipasta items and delicious baked goods. L, D $$ 

Victoria’s Restaurant (American)

Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, 2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7169

Oceanfront dining in a Victorian setting features classic fare. The Sunday brunch is legendary. B, L, D, SB $$$ 

Whiskey Beach Restaurant (American)

1306 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-3119

This cozy, laid-back spot is perfect for a cold drink and some steamed shrimp or clams. The pulled pork and brisket are popular. Seasonal. D $$

Woody’s Dewey Beach Bar & Grill (American)

1904 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 260-9945

This “locals bar” offers specialties like Maryland crab cakes, pit beef, burgers, salads and specialty sandwiches, along with homemade soups and chili. L, D $

Zoggs Raw Bar & Grill (Caribbean)

1 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7660

This Key West-inspired spot offers live steel-drum music and fish tacos. The bar stocks more than 250 kinds of rum. L, D $


Southeastern Sussex County

14 Global (Tapas)

14 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 616-1035

Stunning 14 Global offers a fresh approach to international fare, some game and its wide variety of handcrafted cocktails. D $$$

* Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks & Pizza (American)

535 Atlantic Ave., Millville, 539-5488, fb

Subs, cheesesteaks, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Beer and wine. L, D $

Baja Beach House Grill (Mexican)

109 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 537-9993

Burritos, omelets, salads and more. Seasonal. B, L, D $$

* Bethany Blues of Bethany (American)

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

Barbecue, seafood, steaks and St. Louis-style ribs. L, D, SB $$

* Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar (American)

1111 Highway One, Bethany, 539-7111

Modern seafood dishes, comfort classics with contemporary twists and fine wines. D $$$

The Blue Crab (American)

210 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 537-4700

This family place specializes in crab dishes and all-you-can-eat crabs. Seasonal. L, D $$$

Cactus Café (Mexican)

37. N. Dupont Hwy., Selbyville, 436-2750; No. 4, West Fenwick Station, Del. 54, Selbyville, 436-4492

A fun, colorful place to enjoy Mexican and Spanish cuisine, plus original dishes. D $$

Catch 54 Fish House (American)

38931 Madison Ave., Fenwick, 436-8600

Delicious seafood includes crab cakes and gumbo, plus classics like buttermilk fried shrimp. Great view. L, D $$$ 

The Cove Bar & Grille (American)

31806 Lakeview Drive, Selbyville, 436-3200

The Cove serves fresh, local food with flair. Find casual beach dining for a sophisticated taste. B, L, D $$

* David Twining’s Nantuckets Restaurant (American)

601 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick, 539-2607

This intimate restaurant is famous for quahog and scallop chowdah, crab cakes, lobster shepherd’s pie, other wonderful foods and fine wines. D $$$

The Den at Bear Trap Dunes (American)

7 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean View, 537-5600

A hip restaurant featuring innovative twists on classic pub fare. Great beer and wine selection. L, D $$

* DiFebo’s Restaurant (Italian)

789 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 539-4550

Modern Italian seafood, meats, pasta and more. Full bar, martini and wine list. Open year-round. L, D $$

Dirty Harry’s Restaurant (American)

100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-3020

A local favorite for breakfast, sticky buns and good home cooking. B, L, D $

Fat Tuna Grill (American)

35553 Atlantic Ave., Millville, 541-8200

Fine American fare from the land, diverse seafood entrees, plus pasta, sandwiches and more. L, D $$

Fenwick Crab House (American)

100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick, 539-2500

A local landmark, it is best known for crab cakes and steamed blue crabs, but its barbecued ribs are delicious. L, D $$ 

Harpoon Hannah’s (American)

Del. 54 and the bay, Fenwick, 539-3095

Steaks, seafood, ribs, pasta, burgers and sandwiches go great with frozen drinks. Drive, walk or boat in. L, D, SB $$$

High Stakes Bar & Grill (American)

5799 Lighthouse Cove, Del. 54, Fenwick Island, 537-6971

High Stakes originated near Philly, so it’s only natural that it should make an authentic cheesesteak. L, D $

Jimmy’s Kitchen (American)

1300 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 537-2423, fb 

Jimmy’s buzzes with guests on summer mornings. The food is straightforward. B $

Just Hooked (American)

1500 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick, 581-0098

Creative cuisine is based on a farm-ocean-table concept, all served in a cheerful atmosphere. L, D $$

Kool Bean Bistro (American)

111 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 541-5377

Charming Kool Bean offers great breakfast dishes and a bistro-style dinner. B, L, D $$ 

Magnolia’s Seafood Bar & Grill (American)

30415 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View, 539-5671

A family-friendly dining room with TVs and fish tanks as well as an elegant upstairs dining area. L, D $$$

Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Restaurant (Italian)

907 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick, 537-4224

Authentic Neapolitan pizza, plus pasta, Italian seafood and more in a classic trattoria atmosphere. D $$

Mango’s (Caribbean)

Garfield Parkway at the Boardwalk, Bethany, 537-6621

Enjoy West Indies-inspired fare in a family atmosphere on the boardwalk. L, D $$

Matt’s Fish Camp (Seafood)

28635 Coastal Hwy., Bethany, 539-2267

Casual, comfortable fish shack-style fare. L, D $$

McCabe’s Gourmet Market (American)

York Beach Mall, 34444 Coastal Hwy., South Bethany, 539-8550

Great salads, sandwiches, breads, croissants, cheeses, meats and specialty groceries. L $

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen (American)

29F N. Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 537-1785,

Unpretentious seafood with a local angle. Famous for fried Ipswich clams and broiled crab cakes. Great regional beers. D $$

Oceanside Pizzeria (American)

205 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick, 539-5388

This surf-themed eatery is the go-to place for subs, steaks and pizza. Seasonal. L, D $$

Off the Hook (American)

769 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 829-1424

Dedicated to great food made with local produce and locally caught fish. L, D $$

Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria (Mexican)

38929 Madison Ave., Fenwick Island, 436-PAPA

This cool spot offers a wide-ranging menu of Latino cuisine. Think a rice bowl of pork belly and fried egg with beans, local veggies, cabbage and guacamole. And there’s tequila of all kinds. L, D $$

The Parkway Restaurant (American)

114 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 537-7500

The rib-eye, rack of lamb and crab cakes stand out. D $$$

Patsy’s Restaurant (American)

121 Campbell Place, Bethany, 537-CHEF

Chef owned. Key West and Southern-inspired cuisine specializing in fresh seafood, all-natural beef and organic vegetables. D $$$

Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant (Italian)

35507 Atlantic Ave., Millville, 829-8727

Find authentic homemade dishes like scaloppini Marsala and Parmigiano, pasta carbonara, nine-layer lasagna and amazing desserts. D $$

Ropewalk (Seafood)

700 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 581-0153

Ropewalk has all the trappings of an old-time beach restaurant, but with touches of a Baltimore-style oyster house. Try the crab cakes. L, D $$

Sedona (American)

26 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany, 539-1200

Cutting-edge beef, seafood and poultry change seasonally. Entrées and tapas are served in a warm, modern room. D $$$

Smitty McGee’s Raw Bar & Restaurant (American)

37234 Lighthouse Road, West Fenwick, 436-4716

The menu packs more than 100 items—wings, burgers, chicken and fish—plus lots of games on TV. L, D $$

Turquoise (Mediterranean) 

116 Market Place, Bethany Beach, 616-1039, fb

The menu showcases seasonal local produce, a large wine list and weekly specials. L, D $$

Twining’s Lobster Shanty (American)

37310 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, 436-2305

On the bay with a view of the marsh, Twining’s serves New England fare like live lobsters, quahog and scallop chowdah, and lobster rolls. L, D $$

Warren’s Station (American)

1406 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick, 539-7156

Family dining inside a replicated lifesaving station. Sliced roast turkey is a specialty, as are the fresh scallops and crab cutlets. Seasonal. B, L, D $$

Zen Saigon Restaurant (Vietnamese)

776 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach, 616-1957, fb

Fresh, authentic Vietnamese dishes such as pho and lemongrass pork vermicelli. L, D, $$ 


Western Sussex County

* Bon Appetit (French)

312 High St., Seaford, 629-3700

White linen, candlelight and fresh flowers set the mood for classic continental cuisine. L, D $$

Jimmy’s Grille (American)

18541 S. Main St., Bridgeville, 337-7575

A local favorite for good fried chicken, crab cakes, other down-home dishes—and pie. B, L, D $

Old Mill Crab House (American)

Del. 54 and Waller Road, Delmar, 846-9000

Steaks, chicken, ribs, award-winning seafood and all-you-can-eat specials. Seasonal. D $$

Passwater’s Restaurant (American)

One Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville, 337-9927

Creative seasonal cuisine sourced with the freshest local ingredients and served in an expansive room with a beautiful golf-course view. L, D, SB $$



* Arena’s (American)

This local chain, which began in Rehoboth in 1990, now has seven locations. Arena’s offers casual dining, catering and in-house events. B, L, D $

* Brew Ha Ha! (Café)

Quality coffee and espresso drinks, gourmet sandwiches, and delicious pastries and desserts. Open early. $

Buffalo Wild Wings (American)

Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports bar with a wing menu featuring 16 signature sauces. L, D $

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (American)

The original shop of this iconic business still stands on North Union Street in Wilmington’s Little Italy, but there are many more located throughout Delaware and in other states. Capriotti’s is famous for The Bobbie—aka Thanksgiving on a roll. L, D $

Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille (American)

This regional chain features family friendly, casual dining with a focus on comfort food and local, regional and national sports. L, D $$

* Grotto Pizza (Italian)

Pizzas made with a signature blend of cheeses, plus pastas, subs and more. L, D $$ 

Jake’s Wayback Burgers (American)

Now a large multistate chain, Jake’soriginated in Newark, building its reputation on big grilled burgers made with fresh beef and all the toppings you could want, great milkshakes and fast service. L, D $

La Tonalteca (Mexican)

More than 200 authentic favorites, such as chimichangas, enchiladas and poblanos. Vegetarian friendly. Margaritas rule here. L, D $$ 

Nino’s Pizza (Italian)

Choose from award-winning pizzas, subs, salads and delicious Italian specialties, including veal, chicken, seafood and pasta dishes. L, D $

Seasons Pizza (American-Italian)

The official pizza of the Eagles and Phillies is the main attraction at this family restaurant. The baked meat lasagna and crab cakes are hard to beat. Kid friendly. L, D $$ 


Nearby Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Bayard House (American)

11 Bohemia Ave., Chesapeake City, Md., (410) 885-5040

A favorite for its view of the canal, gorgeous decor and elegant fare. L, D, SB $$$

* Big Fish Grill Glen Mills (Seafood)

981 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, Pa., (484) 842-1757

This familiar name features fresh seafood, along with sandwiches, salads and more. L, D $$

Brandywine Prime (American)

1617 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 388-8088

Specializes in barrel-cut rib-eye and Cowboy steaks, large chops and delicious sides, all served in a beautifully converted stone home. D, SB $$$ 

Byrsa Bistro (Mediterranean)

102 E. State St., Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 444-3277

This BYOB serves the cuisine of the western Mediterranean: hummus, baba ghanoush, chicken tagine, paella and more. L, D $$$

* Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina (Continental)

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

The waterfront inn has formal and casual dining, as well as a lively deck for warm-weather dining and partying. L, D, SB $$

* Dilworthtown Inn (American)

1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Pa., (610) 399-1390

Enjoy French-inspired cuisine and a menu that changes weekly, plus one of the best wine cellars in the region, all in an elegant country setting. D $$$

* The Fair Hill Inn (American)

3370 Singerly Road, Elkton, Md., (410) 398-4187

Historic restaurant and lounge offers elegant, real farmstead cuisine. D $$

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (American)

91 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa., (484) 785-6880

Features steaks and martinis, as well as seafood, burgers and salads. L, D $$

The Grille & Pub at Hartefeld National (American)

1 Hartefeld Drive, Avondale, Pa., (610) 268-8800

Upscale dining with daily specials, live music, a seasonal patio and a stunning golf course view. L, D, SB $$$

* Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar (American)

549 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, Pa., (610) 358-1005

A delicious, eco-friendly, farm-to-table approach to dining. L, D $$

Kitty Knight House (American)

14028 Augustine Herman Hwy., Georgetown, Md., (410) 648-5200

The building survived a British burning in 1813. Enjoy crab cakes or filet mignon. Lunch served in summer. D, SB $$$

Masamoto Gourmet Sushi & Asian Grill (Asian)

1810 Wilmington Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 358-5538

The most original omakase, sashimi and sushi in the area, traditional rice and noodle dishes, beef, poultry and seafood. L, D $$

McKenzie Brew House (American)

451 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 361-9800

Steaks, burgers and more mix with award-winning handcrafted beers. L, D, SB $$

Mendenhall Inn (American)

323 Kennett Pike, Mendenhall, Pa., (610) 388-1181

An elegant place to enjoy entrees such as lamb chops and roast duck. D, SB $$$

The Riverview Inn (American)

60 Main St., Pennsville, N.J., (856) 678-3700

Enjoy entrees such as baby lobster tails and flat-iron steak. Seasonal. L, D $$$

Ruby’s Diner (American)

919 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, Pa., (610) 358-1983

The ’50s-style diner serves classic American-style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. B, L, D $

Schaefer’s Restaurant & Canal Bar (American)

208 Bank St., Chesapeake City, Md., (410) 885-7200

Waterfront dining and entertainment, seafood like crab cakes and panko-breaded oysters, as well as pasta dishes. Banquet facilities available. L, D, SB $$

Sovana Bistro (American/European)

696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, (610) 444-5600

Sovana was among the first to adopt the farm-to-table concept, yet in its own way. The cuisine exists somewhere between American and European. There are plenty of pasta dishes, and the pizzas rock. L, D $$$ 

Two Stones Pub (American)

843 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 444-3940

Gastropub fare and extensive craft brews in bottles and rotating on the taps make it a local favorite. L, D, SB $ 

The Wellwood (American)

523 Water St., Charlestown, Md., (410) 287-6666

The historic Wellwood specializes in fresh seafood and other chef-inspired creations. Enjoy your meal fireside in the dining room, in the casual Club Room or at the River Shack. Water views. L, D $$$

Whole Foods (Market)

475 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, Pa., (610) 358-1133

Organic and fair-trade groceries, plus seating areas where you can enjoy dishes like brick-oven pizza, burgers and fries, mac and cheese, hot soups and bakery items. B, L, D $

Woody’s Crab House (American)

29 S. Main St., North East, Md., (410) 287-3541

Eastern Shore specialties like steamed crabs and crab cakes. L, D $$$  

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