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Deep Blue Bar and Grill

Map111 W. 11th St.
Wilmington, DE
  • Food and Drink


Best Raw Bar, 2014:
A wide selection of oysters from around the country keeps us going back to Deep Blue Bar & Grill. The accompanying mignonette is subtle and perfect. Though not a raw bar item, strictly speaking, the orange-ginger tuna tartare is one of our favorite appetizers nonetheless.

Best Salads, 2014:
When you can get it, the Niçoise at Deep Blue Bar & Grill is simply the best. We remain faithful fans of the peppery arugula, bacon, goat cheese and roasted tomatoes with sherry-thyme vinaigrette.

From 2012:
At Deep Blue Bar and Grill your mixologists take the time to make their own infusions—
tequila with jalapeños, vodka with kumquats—then they turn them into original creations
like the Jekyll & Hyde, blending that scorching tequila with blue agave nectar and lime
juice to make something hot and sweet. Isn’t that what we all look for at happy hour?

From 2010:
Plenty of restaurants have happy hours, but few combine quality and value like downtown Wilmington’s Deep Blue. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., $5 appetizers take an uptown twist in dishes such as duck spring rolls with ginger-jalapeño aïoli, and littleneck clams in steamed garlic-beer broth. Even draft beers (a low, low $3 a pint) include righteously sippable Stella Artois, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Twin Lakes Pale Ale. To get extra briny, grab any three oysters from the raw bar for $5.

From little Lady Chatterlys from Nova Scotia to slightly plumper Little Shemogues from New Brunswick, Deep Blue has oysters on the half-shell covered, especially if you like yours covered in fresh cucumber mignonette or American paddlefish caviar. The chic raw bar holds little neck clams and brawny Texas shrimp cocktail.

From 2009:
Staffers at Deep Blue Bar and Grill have revived the downtown happy hour scene, especially on Wednesdays, when Wilmington After Work draws the thirstiest customers and lovers of live music. But the Grays (critics Harold and Linda) award Deep Blue for its “central location with mingling space,” says Harold, as well as the “good appetizers, cocktails and bartenders.” On Thursdays, half-priced oysters are popular, and on Wednesdays, $3 tapas go great with $4 glasses of Wente Riesling. There’s a new tapas menu every week and some sort of entertainment. Bar food includes tuna tartare, steamed Mediterranean mussels, crispy beef wonton and fried oysters. In other words, it’s not your standard happy hour grub.

Best of Delaware History

2014 Best Raw Bar
2014 Best Salads
2012 Best Chef

2012 Best Cocktail Selection
2011 Hippest Bar
2010 Best Cocktail Selection (tie)

2010 Best Restaurant in Downtown Wilmington
2010 Best Raw Bar
2010 Best Happy Hour
2009 Best Happy Hour
2008 Best Bar
2007 Best Seafood
2007 Best Happy Hour
2006 Best Restaurant in Downtown Wilmington
2005 Best Upscale Restaurant
2005 Best Upscale Restaurant
2005 Best Downtown Wilmington Restaurant
2004 Best Seafood
2004 Best Place to See and Be Seen
2003 Best Upscale Bar
2001 Best Seafood Restaurant
2001 Best Raw Bar
2001 Best Power Lunch
2000 Best Seafood
2000 Best Bar
1999 Best Seafood
1999 Best Place to See and Be Seen
1999 Best New Restaurant
1999 Best Appetizers

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From the Delaware Today Archive: http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware...
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