5 Restaurants With Great Appetizers and Small Plates at the Delaware Beaches
Here are the coastal eateries to grab a quick bite when you need to refuel.
Oyster shooters from Fins Ale House.//Courtesy of Danielle Bouchat-Friedman
There’s something about being at the beach that instills a sense of grazing. A leisurely breakfast is often followed by a handful of potato chips and a sad little sandwich while catching some rays. If all that grazing has left you feeling a little unsatisfied, we’ve rounded up five restaurants that offer satisfying snacks that will tide you over until your next meal.
This hip eatery is hidden away inside the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel. The restaurant’s low tide happy hour—available every day from 3-6 p.m.—offers some tasty tapas that you won’t find anywhere else, like artichoke risotto and bresaola Asian pear flatbread. You can also build your own seafood tower, but please, try and save some seafood for the rest of us!
99 Hollywood St., Bethany Beach • 539-0299
Bluecoast is open for lunch and dinner every day, but it’s the starter menu that has us drooling. The Bluecoast fries—topped with crab, Old Bay-white-cheddar fondue and chives—will permanently change the way you look at beach fries. But no matter what, you must order the pimento goat cheese spread—a luscious bowl of creamy deliciousness that is served with crispy bread and a side of spicy pickles. Be sure to ask for a shovel when you order it, because that's how quickly you will want to devour it.
30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach • 278-7395
Pimento Goat Cheese Spread from Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar. Courtesy of Danielle Bouchat-Friedman
It’s almost impossible to miss happy hour at either Rehoboth location–downtown it’s offered every day and begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday-Sunday—and the Route 1 location offers it every day but Saturday. If you're craving oysters, this is the place to go—you can score half a dozen raw or steamed oysters for just $8. Be sure and end your visit with an oyster shooter—we love The Casanova, which is prepared with sparkling wine and cocktail sauce. Each of the five varieties of shooters are $5 a piece.
243 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 226-3467
19269 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach • 227-3467
You will feel transported to the islands when you visit Harpoon Hanna’s, which boasts brilliant bay views. The tiki menu offers a wide variety of seafood snacks, like the addictive crabby waffle fries, a basket of corn-battered, crosscut fries topped with the restaurant’s homemade crab dip, shredded cheddar jack cheese and Old Bay.
39064 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island • 539-3095
This laid-back Rehoboth Avenue staple has a large bar area with a generous happy hour menu that starts at 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is available all day on Sundays. Grab a pint or two and dig into an order of tacos for just $8. Two come in an order, which make them perfect for sharing.
$228 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-3895