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A fried cod sandwich from Thompson Island Brewing
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Where to Eat and Drink in Delaware Beach Towns

Where to find the freshest seafood, iconic pizza, and more in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and Lewes

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A fried cod sandwich from Thompson Island Brewing
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Dining options in sandy Delaware towns like Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach, and Bethany Beach have continued to expand as remote workers relocate to the Atlantic coast and an increasing number of tourists want to check out President Joe Biden’s summer digs. Along with a bounty of farm-sourcing, seasonal-cooking restaurants, there are new options for Italian food, Indian cuisine, and fried street snacks. Vacationers and day-trippers from D.C. can find standout sushi at the Cultured Pearl, made-to-order pasta at Dalmata, and local beers at Thompson Island Brewing. For grab-and-go options, consider Surf Bagel & Deli, the Station on Kings, and Touch of Italy. Egg in Rehoboth is among the area’s best brunch spots.

While this list includes a range of price points, most of the restaurants included lean unpretentious and casual. Before heading home and battling that infamous Bay Bridge traffic, check out these 19 restaurants.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

Lani Furbank contributed to this map

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Touch of Italy [Multiple Locations]

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101 2nd St
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 827-2730
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This traditional Italian deli and market originated in Lewes with a mix of homemade products and imported ingredients. Now there are locations in Rehoboth and Ocean City, Maryland. Stop in for a full meal or grab something to go from the counter.

2. Raas

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210 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-1747
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The chic Indian restaurant in downtown Lewes serves an assortment of Indo-Chinese dishes, seafood curries, and pan-Asian plates. Some of the standout menu items include the chili olive naan, smoked eggplant, and cauliflower Manchurian.

The dining room at Raas
The dining room at Raas
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3. Heirloom

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212 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 313-4065
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The farm-centric restaurant relies on a team effort from a group of cooks to dictate what lands on the frequently changing menu. Located in a 19th century Victorian home in the heart of downtown Lewes, the restaurant’s recent dishes have included a peach and cucumber gazpacho, a homemade burrata strewn with heirloom tomatoes, and a sweet corn and cheddar ravioli.

Dining review Rehoboth - Heirloom
Pan-seared scallops from Heirloom
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4. Surf Bagel Restaurant (Multiple locations)

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17382 Coastal Hwy
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-1822
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Chewy on the inside and served piping hot in the morning, these are some of the best New York-style bagels available outside of the Big Apple. The owners have a second location in Rehoboth.

5. Cafe Azafran

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18 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-8100
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This beachside Mediterranean cafe has been serving standout tapas for dinner for more than a decade. Its Lewes sibling, Olive & Oats by Azafran, opens for breakfast and lunch.

6. Grotto Pizza [Multiple Locations]

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36 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
(302) 227-3278
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Founded in 1960 in Rehoboth, the regional chain is a member of the Pizza Hall of Fame, at least according to trade publication PMQ Pizza Magazine. Order the original cheese pie to fully appreciate the signature swirl of melty cheese and tomato sauce. For comparison’s sake, it’s worth trying out Nicola Pizza and Louie’s Pizza on the same strip.

7. Federal Fritter & Bistro

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62A Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 727-5609
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Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray, the couple who run fine D.C. dining staple Equinox, expanded into Rehoboth with a takeout-friendly operation built around arancini and other fried finger foods. In addition to risotto balls, Federal Fritter sells Roman artichokes, tempura cauliflower, corn fritters, homemade pastas, and other soups, salads, and sandwiches that weave in peak produce.

A fried artichoke and gruyere panino from Federal Fritter
A fried artichoke and gruyere panino from Federal Fritter
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8. The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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301 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
(302) 227-8493
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This strip mall sushi spot with a huge rooftop deck full of gazebos is a Japanese-themed oasis overlooking Rehoboth Avenue. There are over-the-top maki and a variety of sashimi options.

9. Henlopen City Oyster House

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50 Wilmington Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE
(302) 260-9193
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Local favorite Henlopen City Oyster House boasts a raw bar selling assorted oysters on the half shell and shooters, as well as steamed, fried, and baked options. There’s plenty of other surf-and-turf fare available for lunch and dinner, too. Reservations aren’t accepted, so be prepared to wait or arrive promptly at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday. And check out sibling American restaurant the Blue Hen, which has a fire pit on the patio. 

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10. Confucius Chinese Cuisine

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57 Wilmington Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-3848
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Locals know that Confucius Chinese Cuisine makes some of the area’s tastiest fish dishes with ginger scallions or black bean sauce. An extensive menu includes American-Chinese favorites, tingling Sichuan-style shrimp, double-cooked Hunan pork belly, and more.

11. Dalmata

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28 Wilmington Ave Unit E
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 542-3748
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Dalmata serves salumi boards, fresh pasta, and pizzas that boast a nice char in a dining room full of old Italian movie posters. Megan Kee also owns steakhouse Houston White Co. and French bistro La Fable in Rehoboth. 

Spaghetti and meatballs from Dalmata
Bucatini and meatballs from Dalmata
Dalmata

12. Chesapeake & Maine

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316 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-3600
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It’s worth traveling to Milton, Delaware, to get a look at Dogfish Head’s main tasting room and production brewery. But in Rehoboth, the company’s seafood restaurant and cocktail bar offers some exclusive brews alongside dishes like Maryland crab dip or steak and lobster burritos.

Smoke-infused oysters at Chesapeake & Main.
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13. Egg

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510 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-3447
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Considered one of the best brunch spots in the area, Egg delivers generous portions of decadent dishes like lobster Benedict, croque monsieur, and biscuits and gravy every day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Biscuits and gravy from Egg
Biscuits and gravy from Egg
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14. Thompson Island Brewing Company

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30133 Veterans Way
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-4677
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SoDel Concepts, the hospitality group behind beach standbys like Bluecoast and Matt’s Fish Camp, operates a craft brewery producing IPAs, lagers and stouts that pair well with comfort foods like bratwurst meatloaf, slow-cooked pork ribs, a smoked bologna Reuben, and baked Alaska. Stop in for their daily afternoon happy hour (3 p.m. to 5p.m.) for $5 drafts.

Fried chicken from Thompson Island Brewing
Fried chicken from Thompson Island Brewing
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15. Big Chill Beach Club

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27099 Coastal Hwy
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
(302) 402-5300
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Located at the Delaware Seashore State Park, the sprawling deck at Big Chill is an ideal spot to sip crushes and enjoy views of the water. The menu has expanded beyond tacos to include seafood entrees and poke bowls.

16. Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar (Multiple locations)

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30904 Coastal Hwy
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
(302) 539-7111
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The late Matt Haley, who received the James Beard Humanitarian Award, built a culinary legacy that continues long past his death in a 2014 motorcycle accident. All of the restaurants in the SoDel Concepts hospitality group are a safe bet. But seafood lovers should head to Bluecoast in Rehoboth or Bethany; the latter offers a deck with great views of the water.

17. Off the Hook

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769 Garfield Pkwy
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
(302) 829-1424
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Serving scallops, crab cakes and other seafood specialties, Off the Hook is another Bethany Beach favorite for straightforward seafood dishes. 

18. Our Harvest

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1106 Coastal Hwy
Fenwick Island, DE 19944
(302) 581-0377
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The restaurant’s farmhouse chic look pairs well with a menu that highlights the Mid-Atlantic farms growing its vegetables. Groups can share assorted flatbreads or order a family-style meals built around paella pans, whole Amish chickens, or giant steaks. A vegan section of the menu offers grilled squash and “Kentucky fried cauliflower.” Our Harvest also has an extensive wine list and creative cocktails such as a verdant Chesterfield, with basil vodka, St. Germain, cucumber juice, lemon, cucumber peel, and basil leaf.

19. One Coastal

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101 Coastal Hwy
Fenwick Island, DE 19944
(302) 537-4790
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Make reservations for the dining room or the patio at this unassuming American restaurant and farm that grows its own berries and herbs for dishes and cocktails. One Coastal name-checks other nearby farms on a menu that includes options like blistered shishito peppers and whipped feta in a honey gastrique, Roseda farms ribeye in a veal reduction, and sorghum-rubbed pork chops.

1. Touch of Italy [Multiple Locations]

101 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958

This traditional Italian deli and market originated in Lewes with a mix of homemade products and imported ingredients. Now there are locations in Rehoboth and Ocean City, Maryland. Stop in for a full meal or grab something to go from the counter.

101 2nd St
Lewes, DE 19958

2. Raas

210 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
The dining room at Raas
The dining room at Raas
Raas [official]

The chic Indian restaurant in downtown Lewes serves an assortment of Indo-Chinese dishes, seafood curries, and pan-Asian plates. Some of the standout menu items include the chili olive naan, smoked eggplant, and cauliflower Manchurian.

210 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE 19958

3. Heirloom

212 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
Dining review Rehoboth - Heirloom
Pan-seared scallops from Heirloom
Deb Lindsey/for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The farm-centric restaurant relies on a team effort from a group of cooks to dictate what lands on the frequently changing menu. Located in a 19th century Victorian home in the heart of downtown Lewes, the restaurant’s recent dishes have included a peach and cucumber gazpacho, a homemade burrata strewn with heirloom tomatoes, and a sweet corn and cheddar ravioli.

212 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE 19958

4. Surf Bagel Restaurant (Multiple locations)

17382 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958

Chewy on the inside and served piping hot in the morning, these are some of the best New York-style bagels available outside of the Big Apple. The owners have a second location in Rehoboth.

17382 Coastal Hwy
Lewes, DE 19958

5. Cafe Azafran

18 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

This beachside Mediterranean cafe has been serving standout tapas for dinner for more than a decade. Its Lewes sibling, Olive & Oats by Azafran, opens for breakfast and lunch.

18 Baltimore Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

6. Grotto Pizza [Multiple Locations]

36 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Founded in 1960 in Rehoboth, the regional chain is a member of the Pizza Hall of Fame, at least according to trade publication PMQ Pizza Magazine. Order the original cheese pie to fully appreciate the signature swirl of melty cheese and tomato sauce. For comparison’s sake, it’s worth trying out Nicola Pizza and Louie’s Pizza on the same strip.

36 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE

7. Federal Fritter & Bistro

62A Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
A fried artichoke and gruyere panino from Federal Fritter
A fried artichoke and gruyere panino from Federal Fritter
Federal Fritter & Bistro/Facebook

Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray, the couple who run fine D.C. dining staple Equinox, expanded into Rehoboth with a takeout-friendly operation built around arancini and other fried finger foods. In addition to risotto balls, Federal Fritter sells Roman artichokes, tempura cauliflower, corn fritters, homemade pastas, and other soups, salads, and sandwiches that weave in peak produce.

62A Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

8. The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar

301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE

This strip mall sushi spot with a huge rooftop deck full of gazebos is a Japanese-themed oasis overlooking Rehoboth Avenue. There are over-the-top maki and a variety of sashimi options.

301 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE

9. Henlopen City Oyster House

50 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Photo: Henlopen City Oyster House

Local favorite Henlopen City Oyster House boasts a raw bar selling assorted oysters on the half shell and shooters, as well as steamed, fried, and baked options. There’s plenty of other surf-and-turf fare available for lunch and dinner, too. Reservations aren’t accepted, so be prepared to wait or arrive promptly at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday. And check out sibling American restaurant the Blue Hen, which has a fire pit on the patio. 

50 Wilmington Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE

10. Confucius Chinese Cuisine

57 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Locals know that Confucius Chinese Cuisine makes some of the area’s tastiest fish dishes with ginger scallions or black bean sauce. An extensive menu includes American-Chinese favorites, tingling Sichuan-style shrimp, double-cooked Hunan pork belly, and more.

57 Wilmington Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

11. Dalmata

28 Wilmington Ave Unit E, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Spaghetti and meatballs from Dalmata
Bucatini and meatballs from Dalmata
Dalmata

Dalmata serves salumi boards, fresh pasta, and pizzas that boast a nice char in a dining room full of old Italian movie posters. Megan Kee also owns steakhouse Houston White Co. and French bistro La Fable in Rehoboth. 

28 Wilmington Ave Unit E
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

12. Chesapeake & Maine

316 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Smoke-infused oysters at Chesapeake & Main.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

It’s worth traveling to Milton, Delaware, to get a look at Dogfish Head’s main tasting room and production brewery. But in Rehoboth, the company’s seafood restaurant and cocktail bar offers some exclusive brews alongside dishes like Maryland crab dip or steak and lobster burritos.

316 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

13. Egg

510 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Biscuits and gravy from Egg
Biscuits and gravy from Egg
Egg/Facebook

Considered one of the best brunch spots in the area, Egg delivers generous portions of decadent dishes like lobster Benedict, croque monsieur, and biscuits and gravy every day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

510 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

14. Thompson Island Brewing Company

30133 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Fried chicken from Thompson Island Brewing
Fried chicken from Thompson Island Brewing
Thompson Island Brewing/Facebook

SoDel Concepts, the hospitality group behind beach standbys like Bluecoast and Matt’s Fish Camp, operates a craft brewery producing IPAs, lagers and stouts that pair well with comfort foods like bratwurst meatloaf, slow-cooked pork ribs, a smoked bologna Reuben, and baked Alaska. Stop in for their daily afternoon happy hour (3 p.m. to 5p.m.) for $5 drafts.

30133 Veterans Way
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

15. Big Chill Beach Club

27099 Coastal Hwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Located at the Delaware Seashore State Park, the sprawling deck at Big Chill is an ideal spot to sip crushes and enjoy views of the water. The menu has expanded beyond tacos to include seafood entrees and poke bowls.

27099 Coastal Hwy
Bethany Beach, DE 19930

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16. Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar (Multiple locations)

30904 Coastal Hwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

The late Matt Haley, who received the James Beard Humanitarian Award, built a culinary legacy that continues long past his death in a 2014 motorcycle accident. All of the restaurants in the SoDel Concepts hospitality group are a safe bet. But seafood lovers should head to Bluecoast in Rehoboth or Bethany; the latter offers a deck with great views of the water.

30904 Coastal Hwy
Bethany Beach, DE 19930

17. Off the Hook

769 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Serving scallops, crab cakes and other seafood specialties, Off the Hook is another Bethany Beach favorite for straightforward seafood dishes. 

769 Garfield Pkwy
Bethany Beach, DE 19930

18. Our Harvest

1106 Coastal Hwy, Fenwick Island, DE 19944

The restaurant’s farmhouse chic look pairs well with a menu that highlights the Mid-Atlantic farms growing its vegetables. Groups can share assorted flatbreads or order a family-style meals built around paella pans, whole Amish chickens, or giant steaks. A vegan section of the menu offers grilled squash and “Kentucky fried cauliflower.” Our Harvest also has an extensive wine list and creative cocktails such as a verdant Chesterfield, with basil vodka, St. Germain, cucumber juice, lemon, cucumber peel, and basil leaf.

1106 Coastal Hwy
Fenwick Island, DE 19944

19. One Coastal

101 Coastal Hwy, Fenwick Island, DE 19944

Make reservations for the dining room or the patio at this unassuming American restaurant and farm that grows its own berries and herbs for dishes and cocktails. One Coastal name-checks other nearby farms on a menu that includes options like blistered shishito peppers and whipped feta in a honey gastrique, Roseda farms ribeye in a veal reduction, and sorghum-rubbed pork chops.

101 Coastal Hwy
Fenwick Island, DE 19944

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