The next wave of Wilmington power people--think bankers, lawyers, etc.--head to the urbane, upscale Deep Blue. What makes it so snazzy? Credit the impressive wine list, specials on oysters (instead of wings) and the hip, upscale vibe. The open space allows everyone to see everyone else. On Wednesdays, $3 tapas go great with $4 glasses of Wente Riesling, and live music on Friday nights draws a bit younger crowd.
County: New Castle County
Contemporary American seafood, great tapas menu and the happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., are among the hippest downtown. This contemporary spot specializes in creative preparations of fish, though the menu also features steaks and vegetarian options, as well as a popular raw bar with exotic oysters. Upscale business casual. Reservations required. Lunch and dinner.