Great beach towns don’t always mean great food. It is encouraging when you find the exceptions. In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, we found enough tasty options to make us want to go visit again and again.  And while seafood, funnel cake and frozen custard may all be expected in a boardwalk beach town, I didn’t expect to find the best carne asada I’ve ever had or Austrian-style Kaiserschmarrn delights. But I did…and much more. There are so many more options that we didn’t get to try on our recent trip, but here are my suggestions on where to eat in Rehoboth Beach and nearby towns in Southern Delaware. Of course, if you want to do more than just eat, be sure to check out my recommendations on what to do in Rehoboth Beach with kids.

Where to Eat in Rehoboth Beach

Breakfast

Fractured Prune — we first tried these hot cake donuts down in Ocean City, Maryland, and they were so good we needed to seek them out in Rehoboth Beach. When you step inside their outpost just off the Coastal Highway, you are greeted with a list of over 20 donut flavors, including the option to make your own from a selection of glazes, toppings and sugars. Each donut is hand dipped and comes out piping hot and dripping in sweet goodness. Purely in the interest of research, we tried multiple flavors — it was a tough job. I think my favorite is still the Rolo with caramel glaze and chocolate mini morsels….mmm, mmm, so good.

Fractured prune donuts in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Fractured Prune is located at 20214 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Kaisy’s Delights — The pink signs of Kaisy’s Delights on Rehoboth Avenue caught my eye, but it was after a follower on Instagram told me about their amazing pastries that we stopped in one morning. Boy am I glad that we did. The enthusiastic owner eagerly told us the story of the Austrian dish of Kaiserschmarnn (German for “Imperial Mess”), which tastes a bit like french toast in a bowl…but better. You can go sweet or savory, with options of homemade marmalade, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate, sausages or bacon toppings or sides. My recommendation is to go, and go often, but unless you are starving…get a kiddy size! The small was more than we could eat.

Kaisy Delight with mango

Kaisy’s Delight is located at 70 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Brunch/Lunch

Nectar Cafe — We fell in love with the sweet, shabby chic decor of Nectar Cafe in Lewes, Delaware, but even more, we fell in love with the food. This cafe and juice bar offers healthy, homemade food that you can feel good about. Hannah loved her grilled cheese with havarti, gouda and cheddar cheese and a side of tomato soup, and my avocado and poached egg on multi-grain toast was the perfect healthy lunch after a morning kayaking. I’m always a big fan of juice bars and Nectar’s Morning After, with lemon, ginger, apple, spinach, kale, and pineapple was delicious and energizing.  This is the sort of cafe that you wish you had in your home town.

Nectar Cafe in Lewes Delaware

Nectar Cafe is located at 111 Neils Alley in Lewes, Delaware.

Lunch/Dinner

Mariachi — If you get tired of seafood and boardwalk treats, step off the boardwalk and the main strip to Mariachi, an authentic Mexican restaurant just across from the Penny Lane shopping area. As it was just steps away from Atlantic Cycles, it made a perfect lunch after our morning bike ride through Cape Henlopen State Park. The lovely owner Yolanda recommended the carne asada, and I always liked to try the house specialties. She did not steer me wrong. The steak was so buttery-soft and tender and imbued with flavor — definitely the best I’d ever had. I had promised to split with Hannah’s chimichanga, which was also good, but I definitely hogged more than my share.

Mariachi carne asada in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Mariachi is located at 14 Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Crooked Hammock — Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes, Delaware is the perfect hangout place for families and others. This fresh-faced entry to the restaurant scene offers a large bar and soaring ceilings with a fun, beach-like feel. Outside is a slightly smaller bar menu, but this is where the fun happens. There is a playground, ping pong, corn hole, picnic tables and, of course, a number of relaxing hammocks. Inside, the menu goes beyond pub food to seafood, steak, salads and sandwiches. I couldn’t turn down a  soft-shell crab BLT and it did not disappoint and neither did the brews. The beer menu is always changing so try a few but I enjoyed the Suns Up, Suds Up beer.

Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes Delaware

Crooked Hammock Brewery is located at 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes DE.

Blue Crab — Down in Bethany Beach, we walked into the homey, family-friendly Blue Crab expecting an average beach seafood experience, but left with our bellies stuffed full of delicious food. Before we could even decide what we wanted, a bowl of homemade chips and dip were placed on the table, starting us off stuffing our faces even though we weren’t even hungry yet since we had an early reservation to beat the crowds. Since I wanted something light, I was considering oysters from their oyster bar next door. I’m not usually a fan of grilled oysters, but owner Tim Haley convinced me that their newly installed grill delivered the best around — and he was right. They were tender, sweet and just a bit smoky with a bite of cheese on top, not at all chewy. Hannah tried the Blue Crab Sauté, with lump blue crab and shrimp sautéed in butter. I think we could have both split this dish and still left full! Tim also set us up with an order of their Delaware fried chicken. I used to love fried chicken but the last time I had it over 10 years ago, I found it so greasy and heavily breaded. Not at the Blue Crab. The batter was very light and super crispy, while the chicken underneath was moist and tender without being greasy. We definitely wished we had a way to take home leftovers.

The Blue Crab in Bethany Beach Delaware

The Blue Crab is located at 210 Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE.

Pig + Fish — How can you not go to a place with a sign that says “Eat Like a Pig, Drink Like a Fish”? We were lucky to be in Rehoboth Beach during Restaurant Week, so we were able to try some wonderful dining options without spending a ton. At Pig + Fish, we started with their Fried Green Tomatoes with pork belly and roasted corn relish. It wasn’t as good as the fried green tomatoes I’ve had in Alabama, but it was quite tasty. For our main courses, Hannah tried the crab cakes while I went for the shrimp and grits. The crab was the star here, as to be expected in Delaware.

Pig and Fish in Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Pig + Fish is located at 236 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Chesapeake and Maine — Our intent was to walk into the casual dining Dogfish Head Pub, but we accidentally stumbled into its sister restaurant next door. The more upscale Chesapeake and Maine focuses on seafood from…you guessed it…the Chesapeake Bay and Maine…reflecting the story of the founding of Dogfish Head Brewery. The interior reflects these roots with beautifully designed nautical touches like the oyster shell chandelier. Once again taking advantage of the Restaurant Week menu, Hannah started off with the lobster bisque, with the unusual accompaniment of a white chocolate gelatin, a hat tip to Dogfish Head’s Choc Lobster beer. She followed that up with the beautifully presented and flavorful lobster basil risotto with tomato and asparagus. My mind was still set on pub food so I went for the crab cakes, but Hannah definitely picked the dish of the evening.

Chesapeake and Maine lobster risotto

Chesapeake and Maine is located at 316 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  

Do you have any recommendations to add on where to eat in Rehoboth Beach? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Where to eat in Rehoboth Beach Delaware -- great family-friendly options for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Lewes in Delaware

Note: My visit to Rehoboth Beach was hosted by Southern Delaware Tourism. Some of our meals were complimentary for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

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