Where to Dine

The captivating destinations on the Delaware History Trail can leave you hungry for more – more experiences, more discoveries, and yes, more food. Here’s a roundup of historic restaurants in Delaware that have their own story to tell, and their own rich past to share.

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Cantwells Tavern
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Columbus Inn
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Victorias Restaurant
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Jessops Tavern

Stanley’s Tavern, North Wilmington
Serving hungry travelers since the 1920s, Stanley’s now holds a legendary local reputation for sports-pub delights.

Buckley’s Tavern, Centreville
The building in this historic hamlet dates to 1817, but the local gentry have been enjoying tasteful creations here since the 1930s.

Le Cavalier at the Green Room, Wilmington
For more than 100 years, this ornate and grand Hotel DuPont restaurant has set the city’s fine-dining standard with French-accented flair.

Columbus Inn, Wilmington
Built as a bakery in 1798, this landmark became a tavern in 1812, and now stands as a cozy, upscale refuge for fine food and cocktails.

Jessop’s Tavern, Old New Castle
The cobblestone streets of Old New Castle lead straight to this 300-year-old Colonial-era gem, where even the recipes have historic credentials.

Cantwell's Tavern, Odessa
End your stroll through the Colonial village with a stop at this 200-year-old “public house,” featuring seafood, sandwiches and chops.

Cobblestone Café, Dover
You’ll feel so cozy sitting down for a latte and tucking into all-day home-style breakfast (or lunch) at this cafe inside a vintage home, right in the heart of historic Dover.

Painted Stave Distilling, Smyrna
This vintage movie theatre was transformed into the state’s first stand-alone, small-batch distillery, and now stands as a must-see stop on the DE on Tap lineup of breweries, wineries and distilleries. Keep your eye out for the taco truck!

JP’s Wharf, Bowers Beach
Sit on the deck alongside the water, order some fabulously fresh fish, and soak in the nautical vibe of this historic bayside town.

Gus & Gus Place, Rehoboth Beach
Wander the Boardwalk until you’re famished, then see Gus & Gus for fried chicken or a burger, just as beachgoers have done for more than 60 years.

Victoria’s Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach
Victorian-era vibes and a long-time Boardwalk presence make this landmark in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel an elegant and cozy destination.

Heirloom, Lewes
You couldn’t pick a more picturesque town for a fine-dining delight like Heirloom, nestled in a 19th century home and devoted to the finest in seasonal products and local produce.