Local “Top 10” dining roundups are frequently made up of the same “fine-dining” restaurants, year after year, on list after list. For travelers, it can be even more thrilling to discover restaurants that are the “hidden gems” of a particular region, delivering unique food and a fair price in a pleasant setting.

With that in mind, we have culled the collective consumer reviews of the popular Yelp ratings site and put together a list of the Delaware restaurants that really seem to get the readers raving, but which may be at risk of not appearing on your average travelers’ radar. For your convenience, the picks also have been broken down by city, including some of Delaware’s most popular foodie destinations, such as Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Wilmington and Newark.

We started out with the “Top 10” – then threw in a few more for the fun of it.

Some of these top Delaware restaurants are distinctly non-traditional. Others are those places that are revered by regulars because of their dependable, unpretentious food and cozy atmosphere. All of them are worth a trip next time you visit Delaware.


Agave Mexican Restaurant LewesAgave Mexican Restaurant
137 2nd St
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-1232
Yelp Reviews:
“We always order the shrimp and garlic guacamole. The bleu cheese and steak quesadilla is an excellent and somewhat interest riff on Mexican cuisine.”
“The sangria is fantastic and all of the entrees are delicious.”
“The rocket peppers are a must and the steak and blue cheese quesadilla were amazing.”

Rose & Crown (bar and grill)
142 2nd St
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 827-4475
Yelp Reviews:
“We started with the deviled eggs, which were the best I'd ever tasted. I followed up with the duck confit shepherd's pie. It was absolutely to DIE for. Amazing.”
“A true gastropub in the middle of Lewes, DE at its finest.”
“I had the crab cake sandwich which may have been the best I've ever had.”

The Surfing Crab (seafood)
16723 Coastal Hwy
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-4448
Yelp Reviews:
“Every time I'm in the area I try to eat here at least once.”
“The crabs come out fresh each batch as well as homemade sides of coleslaw and potato salad.”
“If I'm ever up that way again the Surfing Crab is my destination for awesome crab, cold beer and great wait staff!!”

Rehoboth Beach

Henlopen City Oyster House (seafood)
50 Wilmington Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 260-9193
Yelp Reviews:
“The lobster mac & cheese had very big chunks of lobster; they did not skimp at all.”
“Hot apps (razor clams, clams casino) were extraordinarily delicious.”
“The steamed shrimp are nicely seasoned and the clams are perfect every time.”

Big Fish Grill (seafood)
20298 Coastal Hwy
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-3474
Yelp Reviews:
“Served a terrific Ciopinno with garlic bread and pasta, the kind of fish stew you crave, with a broth so perfect, we are all still thinking about it.”
“Save room for dessert: the peanut butter pie is lovely!”
“One of the best parts of this place is their sauces - New Orleans, lobster sauce, mustard sauce.”

Wilmington area

Juliana’s Kitchen (Peruvian)
1828 W 11th St
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 888-1828
Yelp Reviews:
“I have never eaten Peruvian food before, but Juliana's Kitchen is nothing short of amazing!”
“We tried several dishes but the favorite with our family was the Bistec Apanado con TacuTacu.”
“I had a pork stew with mashed lima beans, omg, delicious.”

Eclipse Bistro Wilmington DelawareEclipse Bistro (American)
1020 N Union St
Ste B
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 658-1588
Yelp Reviews:
“The crab cakes were right up there with some of the best I've ever had.”
"I had the watermelon and tomato salad and a side of the fingerling potatoes. Jumping jehosephat! Who would have ever guessed that watermelon and tomatoes could taste so special?!"
“Even the organic chicken offered a really unique flavor.”

Kooma (sushi/Japanese)
400 Justison St
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 543-6732
Yelp Reviews:
“Drinks are great, happy hour specials are unbeatable.”
“Get their cooked dishes. I got the Kooma noodles and my friend the bibimbop and we loved our entrees!”
“First time trying sushi and it was amazing paired with a great martini. I've been hooked ever since.”

River Rock Kitchen (American)
818 Shipyard Dr
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 654-2900
Yelp Reviews:
“Some of my favorites are the salmon, filet mignon, brussel sprouts, and kale salad.”
“For the main, my go to is either the Steak Frittes or the Verlasso Salmon or the Pan Seared Scallops.”
“All in all, this was a stellar meal quietly tucked away inside the Westin Hotel.”


Restaurant 55Restaurant 55
2461 S State St
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 535-8102
Yelp Reviews:
“Great burgers and a large, rotating selection of craft beers, many of them local.”
"My British girlfriend says this was the best fish and chips she has had since moving to this country 10 years ago."
"Restaurant 55 features ingenious menu items, including fried artichoke hearts, stuffed meatloaf, and of course, burgers (veggie options included!)."


Two Stones Pub Newark DelawareTwo Stones Pub (brew pub)
2 Chesmar Plz
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 294-1890
Yelp Reviews:
“Went to one of their monthly beer dinners with a friend, AMAZING!”
“Chips were great, very crispy, but someone at the table should definitely get a fry pile to share - sweet potato cinnamon make an excellent dessert.”
“The fish tacos are absolutely to die for and the beer selection is the best I've seen in Delaware.”

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (steak house)
1225 Churchmans Rd
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 366-7577
Yelp Reviews:
"Had the pecan-custed trout with green beans and a margarita . All excellent."
"Half-price drinks and a great bar menu make for a time to unwind and relax! The patio is great when weather is permitting of course!"
"If you want a great steak at a reasonable price then this is the place for you!"

Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant (Spanish)
1126 Capitol Trl
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 224-9378
Yelp Reviews:
"Wines. Tapas. Service. Variety. These things all come together to make Olé one of my favorite places in Delaware."
"If you are looking for a nice idea for a date, you can't go wrong with sharing tapas, and Ole Tapas does an amazing job with them."
"Paella is THE BEST!!! I really made myself hungry before going here so my Paella cravings will be satisfied."