Rehoboth Beach

Waterfront Dining in Delaware

In the evening, just after the summer’s heat slides away, a gentle breeze begins to blow from across the bay. Silhouettes of shorebirds stand out against the sky as it dims into soft shades of crimson and gold.

Here at the Delaware beaches and long the riverfront, this may be the perfect place to be – by the waterside, at a table with friends, with an evening of good food, cold drinks and lively conversation stretching out before you like a happy daydream.

To truly appreciate Delaware’s coastal charms, travelers need to visit one (or more) of its top waterfront dining restaurants, which are naturally most numerous around the bays of Southern Delaware, but also pop up on the canal and the ocean.

Here are just a few top waterfront restaurants in Delaware, starting at the beaches and heading north:

Beach region:
Gilligan’s, Irish Eyes, The Wharf, On the Rocks Bar & Grill at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Rehoboth Beach: Obie’s by the Sea, Victoria's Restaurant, the Greene Turtle

Rusy Rudder Sunset in Dewey BeachDewey Beach: Ivy, Northbeach, Que Pasa, Rusty Rudder

Indian River Marina: Hammerheads Dockside

Bethany Beach: Bluecoast Seafood Grill, 99 Sea Level, Mango's

Fenwick Island: Catch 54, Harpoon Hanna’s

Central and Northern Delaware region:
On the Mispillion River: Arena's Deli

On the Murderkill River: JP's on the Wharf

On the Leipsic River: Sambo's Tavern (open seasonally)

On the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal: Aqua Sol

Wilmington Riverfront: Harry’s Seafood Grill, Iron Hill Brewery, Timothy’s, Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront

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