Rehoboth Beach Restaurants: 7 Picks for Good Food and Welcoming Atmospheres

Known as one of the top beach destinations in the U.S. by Coastal Living magazine, Rehoboth Beach offers visitors friendly vibes and coastal charm. Part of this charm is showcased through the area’s restaurants that offer rich local flavors and variety. Food lovers will find everything from fine dining to brewpubs, all welcoming guests to try new things and feast on their favorites. Read more about the top Rehoboth Beach restaurants.

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Seafood: Henlopen City Oyster House

Those who love fresh, local seafood can’t miss Henlopen City Oyster House. This favorite Rehoboth Beach restaurant serves lunch and dinner and a raw bar full of oysters, clams, and more. All ingredients, including fruits, veggies and seafood, are locally sourced from Delaware and surrounding areas.

The lunch menu features steamers, sandwiches and plates. Some options include mahi mahi, lobster, shrimp and crawfish gumbo. For dinner, try king crab legs, fried oyster dinner or Maryland Rockfish. Henlopen City Oyster House also has a large selection of specialty drinks, beers and wines. Guests can even order oyster shooters, such as the champagne oyster with mignonette.

Dining tip: Reservations are not accepted, so arrive early or later than peak dining times.

Fine-Dining: Blue Moon Rehoboth

Enjoy fine dining and entertainment at Blue Moon Rehoboth. Housed in a restored Victorian house in downtown Rehoboth, Blue Moon offers visitors both a sophisticated and fun atmosphere. The restaurant opens for dinner seven days a week and serves Sunday brunch.

House chefs create a menu that changes to accommodate local and seasonal ingredients with a focus on seafood and steaks. Start the meal with house-made artisan cheese, oysters, octopus or Maine lobster soup. For dinner, select between several fish options, duck, beef or pork. This locally owned hot spot also showcases live entertainment and events throughout the week.

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Spanish/Mexican: Mariachi

Open for weekend brunch and weekdays for lunch and dinner, Mariachi features Spanish, Mexican and Latin American cuisines. Mariachi has several locations in Maryland, but its Rehoboth Beach spot is the only one in the Delaware Shores area.

Its vast menu includes favorite dips, soups and dishes, but chefs have picked more than a dozen must-trys. Among the top choices, guests enjoy carne asada a la mexicana (grilled fank steak); paella de mariscos (Spanish delight); and masitas de puerco (Cuban-style pork). Additionally, Spanish parillada ranks as a perfect dish for two and features chicken, steak, and pork served on a sizzling platter.

Asian/Sushi: The Cultured Pearl Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Cultured Pearl Restaurant and Sushi Bar has been voted among the best in Delaware for 20 consecutive years. With a focus on Japanese traditions and flavorful menus, this restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, shopping, and a stage with live entertainment.

Dinner guests can select from edamame, small plates, entrees, chef plates and sushi. Cultural Pearl even serves a children’s menu, and kids enjoy their own buffet on weekends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Other options include maki, chocolates shots, dessert martinis, and a huge selection of beers, wines and house cocktails.

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Nightlife: Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats

Make it a date or friend’s trip and visit Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats. The brewpub – located on Rehoboth Avenue – features ales, small-batch spirits, pizza, burgers and seafood.

Appetizers include dips, wings, soups and bites, such as cheeses and fried pickles. Visitors can then select entrees, homemade pizzas and specialty burgers. Those who love crab should try the crab-cake burger made with famous Maryland crab. This favorite among Rehoboth Beach restaurants also has a microbrewery located in Lewes, Delaware, and live music on weekends until midnight.

Italian: Lupo Italian Kitchen

Located in Hotel Rehoboth, Lupo Italian Kitchen serves coastal Italian cuisine in a hip setting. Visitors enjoy Mediterranean flavors paired with locally sourced seafood and pastas. In addition, the staff makes all pastas in-house from scratch.

For starters, try grilled artichokes, old-school meatballs or calamari. Then enjoy a house specialty, which includes royal bass and chicken Parmesan. Pasta entrees feature veal, shrimp and lobster, to name a few. To enhance the dining experience, order a glass wine.

Dessert: Kaisy’s Delights

Need something sweet? Head to Kaisy’s Delights for breakfast, pastries, fresh fruit and ice cream. Open for all meals, Kaisy’s delights visitors and was the first Kaiserschmarrn pastry maker in the U.S. The restaurant also ranks as a top spot for coffee and is perfect for families, kids, and even pets are welcome.

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