From crab houses to some of the top restaurants in the state, here's your guide to the resorts' diverse dining scene.
The dollar symbols included in each listing indicate how much you can expect to pay for an average dinner entrée.
$ Most entrées under $15
$$ Most entrées $15-$22
$$$ Most entrées over $22
B, L, D, SB:
2015 BEST OF DE Winner
AMERICAN / CONTINENTAL
A classic Colonial steakhouse known for juicy, tender beef dishes. The beer list tops 50 and features Belgian ales.
L, D, $$$, 6 Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth, 645-9355, www.1776steakhouse.net
Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks & Pizza
Fabulous subs, cheesesteaks, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Beer and wine served. Closed Sundays.
L, D, $, 535 Atlantic Ave., Millville, 539-5488, www.alcasapullassubs.com
Chef Hari Cameron’s creative, cooking makes a(MUSE.) one of the most exciting restaurants. One example is Cool Hand Fluke: fresh flounder crudo wrapped around golden and red beets interspersed with flakes of potato topped with sprinkles of watercress.
D, $$, 44 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7107, www.amuse-rehoboth.com
The Back Porch Café
The restaurant that made Rehoboth a dining destination, it offers seasonal foods prepared exquisitely. The Victorian house offers indoor and outdoor dining. Seasonal.
L, D, SB, $$$, 59 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3674, www.backporchcafe.com
Big Fish Grill and Seafood Market
Crab cakes served with imperial sauce, grilled salmon, pecan-crusted halibut, linguini with shrimp, scallops, and clams and mussels in lobster sauce make this a popular place.
L, D, $$, 4117 Highway One, Rehoboth, 227-FISH, www.bigfishgrill.com
A great place for those looking for an elegant experience, it remains one of the most cutting-edge places in the state.
D, $$$, 35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-6515, www.bluemoonrehoboth.com
Inspired global cuisine executed with a commitment to supporting local farmers. The fireplace and garden room of the former Victorian home are part of the allure. So is the list of boutique wines.
L, D, SB, $$$, 102 Second St., Lewes, 645-7755, www.butteryrestaurant.com
Catch 54 Fish House
Delicious seafood includes crab cakes and gumbos, plus classics like buttermilk-fried chicken. The dining rooms overlook the bay.
L, D, $$$, 38931 Madison Ave., Fenwick, 436-8600, www.catch54.com
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
Beer rules, with 15 of Dogfish’s critically acclaimed brews on tap. Wood-grilled pizzas and creative, mid-priced entrées lure foodies to this beach favorite.
L, D, $$, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-BREW, www.dogfish.com
The delicious food of the Chesapeake, including blue crabs and oysters, is prepared expertly, along with perfectly marbled steaks and succulent lobster.
D, $$$, Villages of Five Points, Lewes, 645-9790, www.fishon.bz
Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro
The emphasis is on fresh and healthy light bites, smoothies and more at this hip, cozy spot.
B, L, $, 12 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-4909, www.greenmanjuicebar.com
Seafood, steak, ribs and pasta. Frozen drinks go great with burgers and sandwiches.
L, D, SB, $$$, Del. 54, Fenwick, 539-3095, www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com
From locally sourced ingredients, Hobos crafts fusion cuisine based on foods from Mexico, the Mediterranean and Europe. Ingredients such as quinoa, couscous and seaweed find their way to an ever-changing, ever-intriguing menu.
L, D, $$$, 56 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 226-2226, www.myhobos.com
Honey’s Farm Fresh
This family friendly place serves everything from omelets to burgers. Try the natural juices and smoothies.
B, L, $, 329 Savannah Road, Lewes, 644-8400
Creative cuisine served tapas style or a la carte on the beach.
D, $$$, Dagsworthy Street at the Bay, Dewey, 227-9292, www.deweybeachlife.com
Matt’s Fish Camp
Casual, comfortable fish shack-style fare.
L, D, $$, 28635 Coastal Hwy., Bethany, 539-2267, www.mattsfishcamp.com
Nage creates intimate dining in an intimate room around local ingredients. Seafood a la Nage—shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, fennel and potato in tomato-saffron broth—is a classic.
L, D, SB, $$$, 19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, 226-2037, www.nagerestaurant.com
NorthEast Seafood Kitchen
Unpretentious seafood dishes with a local angle. Crab cakes are broiled. Fried oysters get the po’ boy treatment. Great regional beers.
D, $$, 29F N. Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 537-1785, www.northeastseafoodkitchen.com
The Pig+Fish Restaurant Company
Try the pork tenderloin, barbecued ribs or select from the fresh fish board. Wash it down with the Twisted Pig cosmo.
L, D, $$, 236 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-7770, www.thepigandfish.com
This classic is best-known for night life, but the big buffet of seafood, ribs and chicken is a major draw. Frozen drinks and happy hour rule.
L, D, $$, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey, 227-3888, www.deweybeachlife.com
Salt Air emphasizes local ingredients from local growers, so the menu of fresh seafood and aged beef changes with the seasons.
D, $$, 50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3744, www.saltairrestaurant.com
Burger nights and barbecue nights are big. Steaks and ribs are standards at this casual favorite.
L, D, SB, $$, 228 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3895, www.summerhousesaloon.com
Oceanfront dining in a Victorian setting features classic fare. The Sunday brunch is legendary.
B, L, D, SB, $$$, Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, 2 Olive Ave. and the boardwalk, Rehoboth, 227-7169, www.boardwalkplaza.com
Woody’s Dewey Beach Bar & Grill
A “locals bar” that offers specialties like Maryland crab cakes, pit beef, burgers, salads and specialty sandwiches, along with homemade soups and chili.
L, D, $, 1904 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 260-9945, www.deweybeachbar.com
ASIAN / INDIAN
A sleek interior and beautiful plating make for upscale dining on dishes like crispy whole sea bass and traditional hot-and-sour soup. Solid wine list.
D, SB, $$, 57 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3848, www.confuciusrehobothbeach.com
Japanese and American classics include great sushi. The rooftop deck features beautiful lagoons full of carp.
D, $$$, 301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-8493, www.culturedpearl.us
Lily Thai Cuisine
One of the state’s few authentic Thai restaurants serves noodle dishes such as pad Thai. The decor is modern, accented with flowers, linen napkins and tabletop lamps.
L, D, $$, 10 N. First St., Rehoboth, 227-3348
Espresso and coffee in the morning, Mediterranean salads and sandwiches at lunch, then tapas on summer evenings.
B, L, $$, 18 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth, 227-8100, www.cafeazafran.com
Employs local, seasonal ingredients. Cocktails are legendary. So are slow-roasted meats such as the famous three-day pork and delicious seafood.
D, $$$, 28 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth, 227-4199, www.espuma-restaurant.com
Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant Pub
The diverse tavern-style menu ranges from ribeye tacos to bangers and mash.
L, D, $$, 105 Union St., Milton, 684-888; 213 Anglers Road, Lewes, 645-6888, www.irisheyespub.com
Rose & Crown
R&C serves flavorful, carefully prepared pub grub like beef short ribs cooked in 16 Mile Old Court Ale. The place also offers a heady list of microbrews. Read our review: www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/July-2013/Lewes-Restaurant-Review-Rose-and-Crowns-British-Pub-Fare
L, D, $$, 142 Second St., Lewes, 827-4475, www.roseandcrownlewes.com
DiFebo’s Restaurant and Deli
Modern Italian seafood, meats, pasta and more served in a place where you’re treated like family. Full bar and wine list.
D, $$, 789 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 539-4550, www.difebos.com
Pizzas made with a unique blend of cheeses. Plus pastas, subs and more.
L, D, $$, 98 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 539-3398; York Beach Mall, Del. 1, Bethany, 537-6600; 793 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany, 537-3278; Del. 1 and Reed St., Dewey, 227-3407; 17467 Shady Road and Del. 1, Lewes, 645-4900, 26090 Shoppes at Long Neck, 945-6000; 4565 Highway One, Tanger Outlets, 645-5880; 36 Rehoboth Ave., 227-3278; 15 Boardwalk at Baltimore Ave., 227-4588; 17 Surf Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3601; 22925 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, 628-2800, www.grottopizza.com
Lupo Italian Kitchen
Classic coastal Italian cuisine emphasizes local ingredients. That means lots of fresh pasta and seafood dishes such as grilled swordfish and tender tuna steaks served in a bright, airy room.
D, $$, 247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 226-2240, www.lupodimarerehoboth.com
This popular spot features authentic, regional flavors of Mexico, plus a dizzying array of tequila. Regulars love the homemade guacamole and chiles enogado.
L, D, $$, 137 Second St., Lewes, 645-1232
Dos Locos Fajita & Stonegrill
Unique interpretations of Tex-Mex fare, including crab enchiladas. Cook your steak and seafood on a sizzling stone at your table.
L, D, $$, 208 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth, 227-3353, www.doslocos.com
Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria
Offers a wide-ranging menu of Latino cuisine. Think a rice bowl of shrimp and fried plantains with Serrano ham and zucchini. And there’s tequila of all kinds.
L, D, $$, 38929 Madison Ave., Fenwick Island, 436-PAPA, www.papagrandes.com
*Restaurants that advertise frequently are guaranteed a listing. Others are chosen by the editorial staff. Email suggestions to email@example.com. For an expanded restaurant list, visit www.delawaretoday.com.