Visiting Rehoboth Beach? Then get ready for some seriously good food. Thanks to its location on the Atlantic, it’s the perfect place to sample some of the finest fruits of the sea, whether it’s in the form of some golden beer-battered haddock, a juicy oyster po’boy, or some clam packed chowder. Squeeze in at least one trip to any of the establishments on our round-up of the 10 best seafood restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, and both you, and your appetite, will be very happy.
10. Shrimpy's Bar & Grill
Where: 18585 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Shrimpy's Bar & Grill boasts some of the freshest fish around, while its excellent menu of simple, flawlessly executed classics are sure-fire crowd-pleasers. The incredibly friendly, lively atmosphere, meanwhile, is an attraction in itself, as is the excellent entertainment. Although you’ll find it hard to go wrong with anything you order, some of the star attractions include the house beer-battered haddock severed with a gut-busting side of fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce, and an oyster Po’boy that’ll please even the most discerning of customers.
9. Chesapeake and Maine
Where: 316 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Innovative, intimate, and just the right side of quirky, Chesapeake and Maine is a little gem in Rehoboth’s restaurant scene. From the moment you walk in, you’ll be struck by the distinctively nautical theme, which features everything from porthole windows to oyster shell chandeliers. The menu, meanwhile, is a veritable smorgasbord of sustainably sourced, faultlessly fresh seafood sourced from Maine and the Chesapeake Bay. While you’re there, don’t miss sampling a few of the treats from the draft-cocktail menu – it’s focus on Whole Leaf Gin, Compelling Gin, and Analog Vodka has managed to earn it a James Beard nomination.
8. Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls
Where: 67 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Who can resist a juicy, mouthwatering lobster roll? Not anyone who’s ever visited Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls, that’s for sure. Featuring the perfect ratio of mayo to lobster, soft bread, hearty chunks of melt in the mouth lobster, and a generous side of perfectly seasoned fries, the only disappointment you’ll have is that you didn’t order two.
7. Go Fish!
Where: 24 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
You don’t have to be British to visit Go Fish!, but if you are, you’ll feel right at home. The UK-inspired menu features such classic British favorites as bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, mushy peas, sticky toffee pudding, and some of the best beer-battered fish and chips you’ll ever wrap your lips around. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to order a pint of cold beer to wash it all down.
6. Big Fish Grill - Rehoboth
Where: 20298 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
As casual dining spots go, you’ll find few in Rehoboth as good as Big Fish Grill. Established in 1997, it’s become a firm local favorite thanks to its hearty portions, tiny prices, unsurpassed hospitality, and superb seafood. The menu is diverse enough to please everyone, while the informal, relaxed atmosphere is never short of welcoming.
5. The Surfing Crab
Where: 16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958
Like crab? Then you’re going to love The Surfing Crab. Crab Dip, Snow Crabs, Crab Cakes, Steamed Blue Crabs, Cream of Crab… basically, if you can think of a way of cooking and serving a crab, you’ll find it here. If you’d rather opt for something a little less crabby, you’ll find plenty of choice, including Fish and Chips that rank as some of the best in town.
4. FINS Fish House and Raw Bar
Where: 243 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
With one of the best raw bars in Rehoboth (and not just in our opinion – it’s been voted Delaware Today Readers’ Choice For Best Downstate Raw Bar for 5 years running), a 5 star level of service, affordable prices, and a warm, inviting ambiance, FINS Fish House and Raw Bar is one of Rehoboth’s star attractions. If you’re looking for a real bargain, head there between 4-9 pm on Thursday’s when all fried fish dinners come with a very enticing 50% off.
3. Fork and Flask
Where: 19730 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Fork and Flask’s charmingly quaint setting (a beach-bungalow type set-up designed to be the perfect little hideaway) is matched by a flawless approach to food that’s driven by a commitment to fresh, local ingredients and a made-from-scratch ethic. With its extensive “small plate” collection, it makes the ideal spot to relax with friends over good conversation, good wine, and truly great food.
2. Henlopen City Oyster House
Where: 50 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Set in a charming little dining room tucked behind the Atlantis Hotel, the Henlopen City Oyster House has a great location and an even better reputation. Diners can expect a first-class level of service, a superb wine list, and some of the best seafood you’ll likely find in the whole of Delaware. All ingredients are fresh, locally sourced and used to their best advantage in standout dishes like Pan Seared Scallops served with pancetta roasted Brussel sprouts, maple-glazed acorn squash, and sage sabayon, Herb Grilled New York Steelhead Trout brushed with fresh herbs, and a New England Lobster Roll guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.
1. The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Where: 301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
A Rehoboth favorite ever since it first opened its doors in 1993, The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar is without question THE place to go for sushi. Delicate, flagrantly fresh, and presented with flair, it’s everything sushi should be. Even if you’re not a sushi lover, it’s still worth the trip: expect a menu packed with everything from Asian inspired dishes like traditional Japanese teriyakis and spicy Thai curries to good ole American classics. The ambiance is just as inviting as the food, while the opportunity to watch the masterful knife skills on display at the sushi bar is an experience not to be missed.
Written by Dana Hanson
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