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Coastal Delaware Area Features

Find Your Favorite Place to Eat

Along the Delaware coast, exquisite options for dining are around every corner. The food scene has been booming, thanks to the plenitude of fresh, local ingredients mixed with the imagination and talent of resident chefs. Of course, while you’re visiting the area, you should definitely try some of the expertly prepared seafood such as rockfish (striped bass), crab cakes or oysters. Local beers and wines are available at many restaurants, and trained staff can help you select a beverage that enhances the flavors of your meal.

And even though they say you eat with your eyes first, the food’s presentation is only one part of an enjoyable meal. Ambiance can make your first impression of the restaurant and the overall experience much more memorable. In southern Delaware, you not only have a large variety of different cuisines and types of food to choose from, but you also have the opportunity to pick your dining venue. Whether it’s on the water or strategically located in the center of town, you’ll be able to find the perfect setting for your preferred dining experience.

Water View Dining

The sunset views at Twining’s Lobster Shanty on Fenwick Island set the scene for a memorable dining experience.  And when you visit this restaurant, you’ll undoubtedly see a rainbow—though it may be on The Wizard of Oz collectables displayed throughout the restaurant. Sip on a “Shanty Libation” such as a Dark & Stormy or a Cucumber Lobster Bloody Mary while overlooking the waterways of the bay. The raw bar offers an assortment of fresh shellfish and (as expected) lobster. Go all out and treat yourself to entrées such as the Maine lobster stuffed with lobster Thermidor, the Shanty Feast, or the lobster pot pie. After all, Twining’s is known for amazing seafood!

99 Sea Level is located at the oceanfront in Bethany Beach. High-end and often unique ingredients are used in the chef’s recipes for an epicurean delight. Begin your meal with steak tartare topped with a quail egg before trying the seafood tower or their amazing fish tacos. Complement your entrée with an undoubtedly fabulous selection from their wine list. Many of the tables overlook the ocean for a gorgeous view that is only matched by the delectable cuisine. It’s the perfect place for a first date or an anniversary dinner before taking a romantic walk on the moonlit beach.

Boardwalk Food

Whether you’re in the mood for an ice cream cone or a lunch consisting of freshly cooked fish, the boardwalks at both Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach have a great variety of food. From ritzy dining to finger-licking snacks, the food along these walkways is sure to please.

On the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, Turtle Beach Cafe is conveniently located amid the interesting shops and just steps away from the sand. Venture inside the café for breakfast, lunch or dinner while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Even their coffee and tea selections are fantastic! Grab some takeout and enjoy a heaping crab cake sandwich made with lump meat while on the beach.

In Rehoboth, situated “front and center” of the beautiful ocean views at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, is Victoria’s Restaurant. On the veranda, patrons can order delicious entrées such as the filet au poivre or pasta tossed with an assortment of seafood. The charming interior is decorated with Victorian-era pieces. Come by this Rehoboth Beach restaurant in the afternoon for high tea or on Sundays for brunch!

The boardwalks in both Bethany and Rehoboth are also home to many places that have been resident businesses for decades—and for good reason—the crave-worthy food is delicious! Thrasher’s French Fries, Candy Kitchen, Dolle’s Candyland, and Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard are some of the most popular establishments where lines often form in front. These places are worth the wait for the treats that only add to the enjoyment of being at the beach and on vacation. Families have been introducing their kids and grandkids to the foods they loved as children for generations.

Dock Dining   

Those who have access to a boat will definitely want to grab some great food at Harpoon Hanna’s on Fenwick Island. It’s the perfect location to sail up to for a meal on their deck. Not only do they often have live music performing outside in the summer, but their menu options and fully stocked bar are certainly inviting as well. Share an appetizer of creamy crab dip before diving into a fish taco or Harpoon burger. Inside, a more extensive menu can be found that typically includes items such as Chicken Imperial or a “Whaler” cut of Prime Rib. Top off your meal with a slice of Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake or Key Lime Pie before embarking on a cruise into the sunset.

In Lewes during the summer season, you can sail your boat up to Irish Eyes Restaurant & Pub and dine dockside across from the Lightship Overfalls. In addition to hearty Irish favorites, seafood dishes containing crab, shrimp, fish and shellfish can be found on the menu. Try the crab pretzel to start off your meal! In the evenings, relax to live music as you watch the boats roll in. The patio is very dog friendly, so a well-behaved furry family member is welcome to join you as you dine.

Toes in the Sand

If you’re the kind of person who likes to go to the beach and stay there for the day, carryout might be your best bet. McCabe’s Gourmet Market allows everyone in the family to select their own meal or sandwich. For larger crowds, purchase a party platter to feed the masses on a budget. Getting an early start? Pick up a breakfast item such as a fresh-made croissant or a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. With the possibility of taking some delicious food with you from McCabe’s, a picnic on the beach should definitely be on the agenda!

About 15 miles away from Downtown Rehoboth is Long Neck, Delaware with an incredible waterfront dining experience—and a lot of sand. At Paradise Grill, sit at a picnic table between the swaying palm trees, sip a fruity cocktail and indulge in a pile of fried calamari or a crab-topped burger. The restaurant’s property is massive and often has live music and numerous bars open in the summer. Limited pier space along the Indian River Bay is available if you would like to arrive by boat.

Coastal Highway

On Route 1 (also named Coastal Highway), you’ll have a large selection of restaurants and stores on either side of the road that are easily accessible. This is fortunate since during the summer season, parking can be hard to find near the oceanfront.

Position yourself in the center of it all at the Cottage Cafe in Bethany Beach. This popular restaurant consistently gets rave reviews for its wonderful food and service. Whether you prefer to start with the unique (and very tasty) crab pizza or their signature dune fries, your meal will be off to a great start. A large selection of beef, seafood and chicken entrees will satisfy any craving, but their award-winning Crab Cake Abella is definitely recommended. And with online ordering, you can simply pick up your food for private dining wherever you like!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered at Warren’s Station restaurant on Fenwick Island. So whether you start your day here with buttery, light pancakes, or dine in the evening on fresh fish, a combo seafood platter or their Chicken Chesapeake, the food will certainly impress. This family-run establishment has been serving the community since 1960 and is known for its fresh, budget-friendly cuisine.

After a day of shopping at the Rehoboth outlets, stop into a nearby eatery, Touch of Italy, for a taste of the old country. This remarkably authentic Italian eatery has creative pizzas, perfectly al dente pasta classics, and sinfully good desserts. Plus, take some hard-to-find cheeses and meats or some pastries with you for a wonderful snack at a later time.

These are just a few of the many superb restaurants that can be found along the Delaware coast. Though the menu items may change, the food will certainly be delightful. Whether you want a romantic ambiance on the water or a family-friendly, easy-to-get-to destination, there’s something for you. Pick your favorite setting and enjoy your dining experience. Visit for links to these restaurants and more information. Bon Appetit!

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