This part of the US is known for fresh Atlantic Seafood and Delaware is no exception. The small state is renowned for their crab cakes. If you think Delaware is small, consider one of its most popular beach towns, Rehoboth Beach. It has an off-season population of under 1,500 residents. Long treasured as a summer vacation spot for families, the town has no shortage of places to eat. Visitors will find that culinary choices go beyond their famous crab cakes. There are Italian, New American, French, Mediterranean, sushi, and of course, seafood restaurants. This list of 25 places to eat in Rehoboth Beach were hand-selected for their romantic ambience.
1.The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar
© The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar
In 1993, The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar first treated Rehoboth to an authentic Japanese culinary experience. This multi-level restaurant’s interior features wood floors and decorative wood walls that stay true to Japanese architecture, plus a stage for live entertainment. There is also rooftop seating with a wooden gazebo, views of downtown Rehoboth, and a relaxing 5,000-gallon koi pond, an ideal setting for a romantic dinner. Both the restaurant and the menu are family-friendly. The creative menu includes favorites Korean BBQ, sushi and sashimi, and Yellow Curry Shrimp, plus seafood and American dishes.
301 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-8493
2.Just in Thyme Restaurant
Just in Thyme Restaurant in Rehoboth is a laid back, comfortable restaurant that encourages patrons to make time for themselves, family, and friends. The restaurant’s coziness is enhanced by its low ceilings, hard-wood floors, and crisp linens. It also features acid-washed columns, candlelit tables, and a romantic fireplace in the main dining room – a perfect setting for a romantic dinner. They use only the finest locally sourced produce and seafood caught in the region. Entrées include selections like Grilled Rack of Lamb, Blackened Crab Cakes, and Veal Scallopine – veal medallions sautéed with bermuda onion, bell peppers, demi-glace, and marinara over fettuccine.
38163 Robinsons Drive, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-3100
3.Lupo Italian Kitchen
© Lupo Italian Kitchen
Located inside the Hotel Rehoboth, Lupo Italian Kitchen serves a mixture of Mid-Atlantic cuisine and coastal Italian cuisine. The interior décor of this restaurant is stylish with hard-wood floors, large pane windows, and white walls. It’s further enhanced with soft-colored banquette seating, an exposed ceiling, and a stone feature wall. The executive chef pairs locally sourced produce and fresh fish from this area with Mediterranean flavors. Guests will find menu selections like Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti, marinara, and mozzarella, Grilled Swordfish with soft polenta, spring onions, and sundried olive tapenade, and Linguine & Clams with pancetta, pan grattato, and tarragon gorgonzola butter.
247 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-226-2240
© Mariachi Restaurant
Mariachi Restaurant, with an upper deck overlooking the Atlantic, has been serving authentic Mexican/Latin cuisine in Rehoboth for over 10 years. This contemporary restaurant has bright cheery walls, Spanish tile floors, and exposed ceilings. Guests will find exquisite wood-framed art, track lighting, and a second-floor dining area with views of the ocean and downtown Rehoboth. Mariachi Restaurant sources local farms and ranches for the freshest ingredients. Menu selections include options like Seafood Enchilada – flour tortillas with shrimp and scallops, avocado, and seafood sauce, or Sacramento Platter – beef enchilada, chile cheese relleno, and a hard shell chicken taco.
14 Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-0115
Saketumi, located on scenic Highway One, leads the sushi culinary scene in Rehoboth. This restaurant’s interior design is stylish with open space, hardwood flooring, and recessed lighting. Other design elements include cushioned booths, a stone feature wall, and privacy curtains partitioning some dining spaces, which makes this a perfect place for a romantic dinner. Serving delicious Asian cuisine and sushi, dishes are prepared with only the finest ingredients and the freshest seafood. Saketumi serves an array of Asian style fare, with options like Crispy Whole Red Snapper, Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Orange Miso Sauce, and Lobster Tempura Roll.
18814 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-645-2818
© Blackwall Hitch
New to the Rehoboth restaurant scene, Blackwall Hitch opened its doors just three years ago, but quickly established themselves as a dining force to be reckoned with. This nautical-themed restaurant’s interior features hard-wood floors, a stone wall, vintage light bulbs, glittering chandeliers, acid-washed tabletops, and an eclectic array of decorative accents. Locally and seasonally sourced ingredients are sourced to create the culinary delights at Blackwall Hitch. Entrées include selections like Red Brick Chicken with chimichurri and chef’s vegetables, Maryland Crab Cakes with corn salsa, cherry pepper remoulade, and clove rice, and Rockfish – jumbo lump crab, lemon-butter sauce, roasted corn, and clove rice.
52 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-226-0550
© 1776 Restaurant
Opening in 2007, 1776 Restaurant is located between Rehoboth and Lewes, and is a staple of New American-style fine dining. The interior design of this restaurant features stylish white French doors separating dining areas, hardwood floors, wall sconce lighting, large pane windows, decorative woodwork, and brightly colored walls that add to the restaurant’s vibrant ambience. Meals are prepared using only the highest quality of produce, and the freshest seafood. This includes selections like Lobster & Crab Au Gratin sautéed in lobster cream sauce and baked with Swiss cheese and bread crumbs, or Risotto Cakes with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, sautéed spinach, and mushrooms.
18585 Coastal Highway Suite 6, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-645-9355
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a(MUSE.) restaurant serves up inspirational mid-Atlantic cuisine on Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth’s busiest street. The interior design features an open, airy dining space, a banquette along a short-partitioned wall, and hard-wood floors. This restaurant also has floor to ceiling windows, polished wood table-tops, and decorative tile ceiling – a great setting for a romantic dinner. Meals are prepared at a(MUSE) using high quality ingredients and fresh Atlantic seafood. Menu items include options like Local Fluke with collard greens, black eyed peas, and trumpet mushrooms; Hudson Valley Duck Breast with peas, carrots, radish, and hominy; or Crab Cake with celery root, carrot vinaigrette, and kohlrabi slaw.
44 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-7107
9.Back Porch Cafe
© Back Porch Café
For over 40 years, Back Porch Café has been serving the Rehoboth community with unmatched fine dining. This restaurant’s interior features hardwood floors, large pane windows, and an exposed beam ceiling. The restaurant also features decorative columns throughout the dining areas, wood framed art on the walls, and an actual porch out back. Serving New American cuisine, the chefs at Back Porch use the fresh ingredients that are locally sources whenever possible. Entrées include items such as, Grilled Octopus with chorizo and potato ragout and avocado puree; Roast Guinea Hen with morel, ramp, gnocchi a la roma, and jus; and Seared Atlantic Halibut with smoked ham hock, fennel peas, and radish.
59 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-3674
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10.Blue Moon Rehoboth
© Blue Moon Rehoboth
Blue Moon Rehoboth started off as a Craftsman-style house built in 1907. Today, it’s become a wildly popular dinner and entertainment venue. Guests will love the restaurant’s upbeat, fun vibe as much as the tasty food. The refurbished home turned restaurant has hardwood floors, decorative banquettes, a fireplace, and a stage for live performances that create the vibrant ambience of Blue Moon Rehoboth. Executive Chef, Lion Gardner is always tinkering with the menu in order to make the most of the area’s freshest ingredients. Entrées include items such as Chesapeake Rockfish, Tomahawk Veal Chop, and Vegetarian Degustation – made to order for specific dietary needs.
35 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-6515
© Jam Bistro
Since 2010, Jam Bistro on bustling Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth has been committed to serving the best cuisine in town. The interior design of the restaurant features hard-wood floors, dark wood tables and chairs, and crisp white linens. Track lighting, a beautiful lacquered cork bar, large pane windows, and an outside patio make this a great setting for a night out on the town. Sourcing from Sussex County’s finest purveyors to create their cuisine, the chefs at this restaurant prepare meals bursting with flavor. Menu items includes selections like Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs and Bistro Steak.
21 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-226-5266
© La Fable
Whimsical memories of the childhood book Eloise in Paris sparked Megan Kee, the owner of La Fable, to bring a touch of Paris to Rehoboth. The romantic ambience of her restaurant’s interior is expressed through its decorative tiled ceiling, wood flooring, neutral color palette, and beautiful wall art. Crisp linens on candlelit tables add to the allure. It’s the perfect setting for date night. From hors d’oeuvers like fromage, charcuterie, and seared foie gras to entrées that include chicken cordon bleu, seared duck breast, and boeuf bourguignon, La Fable delivers a decidedly traditional French bistro menu.
26 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-8510
© Cafe Azafran
Café Azafran, located a mere block off the boardwalk, is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine in downtown Rehoboth. This intimate restaurant has a comfortable vibe with hardwood flooring, large windows, a neutral color palette, and Mediterranean inspired artwork. Guests can also dine al fresco on an upstairs deck that’s kept comfortable on chilly evenings with outdoor heaters. Guests can expect flavorful menu items like Asiago Crusted Chicken Breast, Azafran Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, and Seafood Terragona – bouillabaisse of shrimp, scallops, clams, crab, fish, hazelnut and almond Romesco, and saffron shellfish broth. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner every day, and breakfast on weekends. There is live music.
18 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-8100
14.Chesapeake & Maine
© Chesapeake & Maine
This restaurant’s name, Chesapeake & Maine, represents the geographic locations from which they exclusively source ingredients for their seafood dishes and raw bar – from coastal Maine and throughout Chesapeake Bay. It’s owned by renowned brewer Dogfish Head. The restaurant has a laidback nautical vibe with hardwood floors, banquette seating, wood walls with portholes resembling the inside of a boat, and the artwork of local artist Jon Langford, Travis Louie, and Tony Millionaire. Entrées include selections such as Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes, Lime in the Coconut Scallops, and a Whole Maine Lobster. The hand-made cocktails begin with spirits from Dogfish Head Distilling Co., and craft beers from Dogfish Head.
316 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-226-3600
© Eden Restaurant
For 20 years, Eden Restaurant in Rehoboth has been the standard of fine dining. This restaurant’s truly romantic ambience features light colored wood flooring, a stone fireplace, decorative tiled ceiling with recessed lighting, gauzy curtains between booths for privacy, and crisp white linens. The executive chef at Eden prepares innovative American fare served with handcrafted cocktails and an award-winning wine list. Entrées include selections such as Braised Bison short ribs, Pan Roasted Center-Cut Filet, and Broken Arrow Ranch Venison Chop with root vegetables, bacon, Brussels sprouts and horseradish crema. Prix fixe menus are available on Wednesday nights, and the restaurant hosts a monthly wine with dinner series.
23 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-3330
16.Houston White Co
© Houston White Co
The Houston White Co is an elegant American steakhouse, whose name has been known around this part of the country for over 100 years. The interior design of this restaurant features a cushioned banquette, crisp linen tablecloths, and fresh flowers on each table. Design elements include large pane windows, exposed beam wood ceilings, and wood flooring creating an ideal space for a date night. The menu begins with appetizers, wood fired flatbreads, and salads before mains like a 16-ounce USDA Prime Delmonico rib eye, or a 32-ounce USDA Prime Porterhouse steak. Guests will want to leave room for something sweet from their decadent dessert menu.
315 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-8511
Just a stone’s throw away from the ocean, Indigo Indian Cuisine is undoubtedly Rehoboth’s trendiest new restaurant. The interior features a brightly lit dining area, decorative tin ceiling, and high back cushioned dining booths. Beautiful sconce lights, a banquette along one wall, and exquisite woodwork complete the vibe. Indigo brings authentic Indian fare to Rehoboth, something never done before in this little beach town. Entrée’s at Indigo include selections like Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chooza – tender chicken marinated in yogurt, spices, lemon juice, and barbequed in a tandoori oven, and Chicken Biryani with long grain Basmati rice, vegetables and saffron, sprinkled with raisins and nuts.
44 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-212-5220
18.Michy's Relaxed Dining
© Michy's Relaxed Dining
Since 2014, Michy’s Relaxed Dining has been a place where the locals come to hangout and enjoy good food and company. This restaurant’s eclectic interior features rustic farm tables, an old bathtub in the lounge, and soft lighting. With paintings by local artist on the walls, a banquette, and a brightly lit dining room, ensures that the ambience is always welcoming. This restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to prepare their cuisine and only the freshest seafoods. Menu selections include items such as Pan-Seared Chicken Milanese, Rigatoni Bolognese, and Seabass Barramundi – vine-ripe tomatoes, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives, capers, basil, balsamic, and jasmine rice.
19287 Miller Road #17. Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-0999
19.Salt Air Kitchen
© Salt Air Kitchen
Salt Air Kitchen is a busy, fun, and upbeat restaurant on Wilmington Avenue in downtown Rehoboth. The interior design boast multiple dining areas, wood flooring, and an open ceiling. This restaurant also has floor to ceiling windows, antique furnishing, and artfully designed wall pictures, making this an ideal setting for a date. With a menu that changes daily, Salt Air Kitchen sources seasonal produce, and uses only organic poultry and meats. Serving New American cuisine, entrées include items like Grilled Scottish Salmon, Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops, and “shadowed” blackened tuna – peppers, bok choy, Napa cabbage, carrots, rice noodles, wasabi peas, and teriyaki sauce.
50 Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-3744
© Stingray Restaurant
In the middle of Lake Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Stingray Restaurant is a must destination for the sushi aficionado. The elegant interior design of this restaurant features a tin ceiling, wood floors, and recessed lighting. With hi-top tables and low couches, a main dining room with black and orange as its main colors, and a romantic fireplace, makes for an ideal setting for a romantic dinner. The executive chefs use only the freshest of seafoods and source their other ingredients locally. Stingray Restaurant has menu items such as Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass, Grilled Salmon, and Pan Seared Blackened Ahi Tuna.
59 Lake Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-6476
© Victoria's Restaurant
Inside the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Victoria’s Restaurant offers intimate dining in a casual setting. The interior of this triple-tiered restaurant features tin ceiling fixtures, Tiffany lights, unique wood carvings around the windows and railings. With floor to ceiling windows, views overlooking the boardwalk and beach, and antique wall décor, it’s the epitome of the 19th century. Serving American cuisine, this restaurant sources their ingredients locally and uses the freshest seafoods. Menu items at Victoria’s Restaurant include options like Grilled Sirloin & Shrimp, Seafood with Lobster Sauce, and Crab Cakes – Eastern shore crab cakes, lump crab, red-skinned mashed potatoes, and broccoli.
2 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-0615
22.Red Square Caviar Bar
© Red Square Caviar Bar
Red Square Caviar Bar in Rehoboth is an elegant restaurant that serves authentic Russian cuisine. This restaurant’s interior makes customers feel as if they’ve walked into St. Petersburg with red seats and booths, gold decorative tin ceiling, and modern chandeliers. Other design elements include large pane windows, gold framed Russian paintings adorning the walls, and crisp table linens. Serving authentic Russian cuisine and seafood, guests can expect selections like their signature Red Square Smoked Duck Breast, Royal chicken Kiev, and Oysters Moscow – jumbo oysters served with crème fraiche, American sturgeon caviar, and vodka. Superb martinis and an array of vodka flights complement each meal.
162 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-226-7782
© Shorebreak Lodge
With Rehoboth Beach within walking distance, Shorebreak Lodge gastropub has been a favorite for locals and vacationer for years. This restaurant’s interior is casual, but sophisticated featuring sconce and track lighting, floor to ceiling windows, and banquette seating along an entire wall. The décor is predominantly blue and white with stylish cushioned booths, and an outside deck. It’s an ideal casual dining experience for a first date. The restaurant serves an array of seafood fusion fare. Menu items include options like char-grilled octopus, shrimp and grits, and pan seared duck breast – charred asparagus, roasted fingerling potatoes, cherry and red wine reduction.
10 Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-227-1007
24.Azzurro Italian Oven & Bar
© Azzurro Italian Oven & Bar
Azzurro Italian Oven & Bar on Second Street in Rehoboth is a modern and spacious restaurant housed in a renovated early 19th-century building. The interior design of this restaurant features a plush black leather banquette with tables and chairs against a wall of large paned windows that flood the room with light. Textured cut-stone walls with soft sconce lighting, and wood paneled ceilings with recessed lights complete the romantic ambience. A second floor outdoor deck offers another option for romantic dining. Serving delicious Italian seafood-centric cuisine, entrées include items like salt-crusted baked Mediterranean striped sea bass, or jumbo shrimp in seafood broth with zucchini strands, fresh parsley, and lemon zest.
210 2nd Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-212-2419
Vacationers and locals in Rehoboth Beach enjoy Palate’s unique chef-owned bistro. This casual eatery embodies relaxation with pendant lighting, decorative tapestries, antique furniture, a cork and copper wine bar, and an open kitchen concept. The owner/chef makes use of local organic produce for seasonally inspired dishes. Guests can expect fresh seafood, creative salads, local grass fed duck, lamb, and beef, and tantalizing homemade desserts. Menu items include Brandied Blackberry Duck Breast, Bourbon Brown Sugar Slow Braised Beef Brisket, and Baby Lamb Lollipop Chops with red eye gravy, roasted baby carrots, and Yukon potato gratin.
19266 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Phone: 302-249-8489
25 Best Romantic Restaurants in Rehoboth Beach
- The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Photo: The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar
- Just in Thyme Restaurant, Photo: svariophoto/stock.adobe.com
- Lupo Italian Kitchen, Photo: Lupo Italian Kitchen
- Mariachi Restaurant, Photo: Mariachi Restaurant
- Saketumi, Photo: Saketumi
- Blackwall Hitch, Photo: Blackwall Hitch
- 1776 Restaurant, Photo: 1776 Restaurant
- aMUSE., Photo: a(MUSE.)
- Back Porch Cafe, Photo: Back Porch Café
- Blue Moon Rehoboth, Photo: Blue Moon Rehoboth
- Jam Bistro, Photo: Jam Bistro
- La Fable, Photo: La Fable
- Cafe Azafran, Photo: Cafe Azafran
- Chesapeake & Maine, Photo: Chesapeake & Maine
- Eden Restaurant, Photo: Eden Restaurant
- Houston White Co, Photo: Houston White Co
- Indigo, Photo: Indigo
- Michy's Relaxed Dining, Photo: Michy's Relaxed Dining
- Salt Air Kitchen, Photo: Salt Air Kitchen
- Stingray Restaurant, Photo: Stingray Restaurant
- Victoria's Restaurant, Photo: Victoria's Restaurant
- Red Square Caviar Bar, Photo: Red Square Caviar Bar
- Shorebreak Lodge, Photo: Shorebreak Lodge
- Azzurro Italian Oven & Bar, Photo: Azzurro Italian Oven & Bar
- Palate, Photo: Palate
- Cover Photo: Kzenon/stock.adobe.com