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Deep Blue Bar and Grill

Map111 W. 11th St.
Wilmington, DE
  • Food and Drink
  • 2012: Best Cocktail Selection 2012: Best Chef 2011: Hippest Bar 2010: Best Restaurant in Downtown Wilmington 2010: Best Cocktail Selection 2010: Best Raw Bar 2010: Best Happy Hour 2009: Best Happy Hour 2008: Best Bar


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

2012 Best Chef, Readers, Upstate 
2012 Best Cocktail Selection, Editors, Upstate 
2010 Best Cocktail Selection, Upstate, Readers (tie)
2010 Best Restaurant in Downtown Wilmington,
2010 Best Raw Bar, Upstate, Critics
2010 Best Happy Hour, Upstate, Critics
2009 Best Happy Hour, Upstate, Critics
2008 Best Bar, Upstate, Critics
2007 Best Seafood, Upstate, Critics
2007 Best Happy Hour, Upstate, Critics
2006 Best Restaurant in Downtown Wilmington, Upstate, Readers
2005 Best Upscale Restaurant, Upstate, Readers
2005 Best Upscale Restaurant, Readers
2005 Best Downtown Wilmington Restaurant, Upstate, Readers
2004 Best Seafood, Upstate, Readers
2004 Best Place to See and Be Seen
2003 Best Upscale Bar
2001 Best Seafood Restaurant, Critics
2001 Best Raw Bar, Readers
2001 Best Power Lunch, Critics
2000 Best Seafood, Readers
2000 Best Bar, Critics
1999 Best Seafood
1999 Best Place to See and Be Seen, Critics
1999 Best New Restaurant
1999 Best Appetizers, Critics

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