32 Lake Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE
The safari theme—see the zebra stripes on the facade, giraffe and leopard prints inside—is cool without being (too) kitschy, and the bar is loaded, sleek and impressive, but for homemade pasta and people-watching, Zebra Ristorante is the place. “Count on it, every visit,” critic Phillip Livingston says. “Plus, it has the freshest fish and the best veal chop in town.” For proof, see the popular veal saltimbocca. And of course, what would Zebra be without black and white fettucine? Livingston also credits the lively staff and stocked bar with making Zebra a fine-dining destination. Friends call the new bar and holding space The Bucky Bar because it’s overseen by a fine local gentleman named Bucky. “He knows everybody in town and every drink in the book,” Livingston says. “Do yourself a favor: Order a martini.”