The best part of getting settled into a new area, has got to be finding your new favorite place to dine (or catch a drink!). Whether you’re looking for quick and casual, fine dining, live entertainment, or a place where you can share with a drink and move and groove with whom you choose, there’s an abundance of options along the coastal beaches of Ocean City MD, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Bethany Beach. There’s fantastic establishments for every taste, but where to start?! Here’s 14 treasure troves of treats & eats that locals and visitors alike enjoy, by style of dining.
Lewes, DE/Ocean City, MD/Rehoboth Beach, DE
A fantastic Bistro-styled restaurant (and deli!) featuring artisan craft pizza pies and other fine Italian dishes. Something more than your average pizzeria, with a range of less than typical signature pizzas featuring choice ingredients from dough to cheese. A restaurant born of true Italian heritage that’s not only cozy, but exceptional at delivering a delicious dining experience.
There’s plenty of easy to find commercial pizzerias in Rehoboth, but this lesser known gem is well worthdiscovering. Renowned for their NY style pizza and pasta, their dessert menu is also an authentic treat for Italian enthusiasts. Hosting a gathering? Casa Dileo caters, and with prompt service for you and your guests.
Without question there’s a much wider selection for your Pizza and Italian needs at the DE and MD beaches. But these are selections that have earned local recognition, and sometimes aren’t as easy to find as the more highly publicized locations.
You can’t really have a must-try dining list for the coastal Delmarva region without mentioning Big fish Grill. With a dedication to freshness and quality, they’ve launched themselves into the fore-front of dining at the beach, AND without emptying your pockets. AMAZING seafood, great prices, good atmosphere. What more could you want?
Bethany Beach, DE
Another reputable kitchen among locals and visitors alike. Fresh and interesting dishes have given Off the Hook a great name, and is highly recommended if you enjoy twists on popular favorites. An exciting menu from appetizers to one of-a-kind-drinks will be certain to give a pleasurable dining experience.
It goes without saying that seafood is a common feature at beach-locales. But These stand out from the crowd with their consistently good service, menus, and outstandingly fresh ingredients.
Rehoboth Beach, DE
You know you’re in for a good experience as soon as you arrive at the Pearl. Rich decor that isn’t too busy or crowding, the ambience here is phenomenal. If desired, you can even enjoy your expertly crafted rolls and other delectable yummies among the koi fish on their rooftop dining area. Live music, a long standing and well-known establishment for amazing food, and an atmosphere that’s a true experience in itself makes this an absolute must-try for the region.
Ocean City, MD
As a Relatively new addition to the OC dining scene, Blue Fish has gained a significant amount of traction as a go-to for Sushi. Classy yet welcoming decor and relaxing atmosphere make for a comfortable dining experience while you enjoy some of their sought after specialty rolls or classic Asian entrees. Want quality sushi around the OC area? You’ve found your destination.
Lewes, DE/Bethany Beach, DE
Hungry for authentic award winning BBQ? Want to quench your thirst from an array of various choice bourbons? How about some live music while you wine and dine? Bethany Blues has it all when it comes to american cuisine and fine spirits. With awards too numerous to mention, it’s safe to say whether you’re trying a pulled pork sandwich or a slow cooked brisket, they’ve take great pride in perfecting their meats and you’ll be greatly satisfied with their efforts.
Ocean City, MD
Defined and regarded by their elegant interior design and most notably a stunning view of the bay, the Hobbit Restaurant doesn’t let these lovely qualities overshadow their amazing and inventive menu. With American cuisine that’s centric on seafood, market fresh fish are always on the menu. Ensure to inquire about in-season specials, as they like to utilize fresh and local ingredients as often as possible. But, this is also a seasonal restaurant, opening in the spring and closing by autumn.
Ocean City, MD
Mother’s Cantina delivers everything you’d expect from Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, from hand-made queso-dips to hand rolled chimichangas, custom-ordered burritos and more. Not to mention they pride themselves on their margarita prowess. A definite local favorite, and likely yours as well if you so choose to drop in!
Rehoboth Beach, DE
A seemingly small restaurant on the Rehoboth strip, but with a HUGE menu variety. No brief description can do the availability of selections justice. But, Certified Angus steak, fresh seafood, and an expansive tequila bar are focal in many dishes and drinks. Some menu items come with a patented personal stonegrill, where you can cook your food fresh right on the table as you eat. A unique dining experience indeed!
Ocean City, MD
Quite possibly the #1 destination in Ocean City for live entertainment and nightlife. It has got it all; sprawling beach, exotic island-style decor, lounges and table directly in the bay water, live music, fresh local seafood and island-themed menus. Words can’t describe this famous destination as a whole. A must-experience for beach goers looking for an exciting night out.
Rehoboth Beach, DE/Lewes, DE/Ocean City, MD
Sports fan? Love great American food? The Green Turtle is a famed sports bar in the Delmarva region. A long-standing establishment, it’s everything you’d want for having a cold brew and catching your favorite game on any of the Hi-Def big screens located throughout the restaurant and bar.
Rehoboth Beach, DE/Ocean City, MD
Everyone gets a sweet tooth. What better way to satisfy that craving with always fresh, hand-made donuts? Fractured Prune comes to the rescue with classic selections and some new varieties as well. With Multiple locations, they’re never too awfully far away when you’re near the beach as well.
Ocean City, MD/Havre de Grace, MD
This is a serious sweets fix right here. Artisan cakes of all varieties, custom orders, or stop in and try a slice to get an idea of what you like. Catering to weddings, birthdays and other events, Desserts by Rita will be sure to handle any order you throw at them and ensure it’s exactly what you’re looking for and the quality you expect.
Consider this list a sampler of the lovely dining choices peppered throughout the region. Unquestionably there’s much more to discover in your local surroundings in the DE and MD coastal towns, and there’s no better way to discover exactly what you’re looking for than getting out there and finding it. There are bound to be plenty of friendly folks willing to share with you their very own favorite destinations. Perhaps even your Toback contractors and contacts may even have a few excellent suggestions!
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Nicole D., Tobacks Resident Blogger