Fishing has long been an essential activity along Delaware’s inland and coastal waterways. With that comes some seriously impressive seafood restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a casual beachfront grill or an upscale city restaurant, here are the 10 best places for tasty seafood in the state.
Established in 1997, Big Fish specializes in big platters, seafood specialties, and a large communal eating space with stuffed fish adorning the walls. Eric & Norman Sugrue opened their grill to spread the “big fish culture,” share great food, and offer warm and inviting hospitality to guests. Find all your favorite big-fish dishes like salmon, yellowfin, halibut, swordfish, and more.
Harry’s is a bit of an institution around Wilmington. With an impressive patio and riverfront vistas, the seafood at Harry’s has always been fresh, and the raw bar has always been stocked with ocean treats. It all started in 2003 when owner/chef Leo Banks wanted to open a place that not only sourced the freshest seafood around but also cooked it up on the spot. So between Harry’s Fish Market and Harry’s Grill, Wilmington gets just that.
Established in 1984 and “home of the Big Gold Propeller from the USS Shangri-La,” Meding’s is famous for its fresh seafood, snow crabs, live music, and weekly specials. Family owned and operated for over 30 years, find “All You Can Eat Snow Crab Legs” year-round, Oyster Night, and “In-and-Out-Crab-Slider” featuring soft shell or crab cake for folks on the go.
Established in 2004, the Reef is a family-friendly restaurant with weekly specials, live entertainment, a full bar, and “10-foot-wide projector screen TVs.” With specials like Burger Night, Taco Tuesdays, Steak Night and Football Sundays, there’s nowhere quite like the Reef. And don’t forget about Pint Night (all drafts $3), Alaskan snow crabs, lobster ravioli, and more.
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With classic nautical decor and all-you-can-eat crab nights, there’s something so comforting about Feby’s. Maybe it is that the place started out as a small locally-sourced fishery, or maybe that this now fishery/restaurant combo has a cozy, relaxed vibe. Whatever the case, if you’re looking for a unpretentious fish joint, come to Feby’s.
Established in 2001, Bluecoast serves fresh, simple, delicately flavored seafood. The restaurant is set overlooking an intensely-beautiful salt pond and boasts an award-winning wine list, as well as signature cocktails, and craft beers. Offering “Educational Wine Lunches,” a roomy deck, a raw bar, and menu items like lobster cavatappi, filet mignon, or crab carbonara, Bluecoast will keep you coming back.
Established in 1999, Cool Springs is an old-style seafood house run by chef/owner Dennis J. Forbes. With the addition of “award-winning house-made desserts,” casual dining, and a raw bar, Cool Springs is serving up some hot dishes. Check out the Shrimp Bombay (beer-battered shrimp rolled in coconut, deep fried, served with a sweet & sour sauce), stuffed rockfish (stuffed with crab imperial served with a delicate Newburg sauce), and more.
Established in 1988, Jake’s is “the Cheers of Rehoboth.” This no-reservations eatery is known for its big brick building, crab cakes, seafood bisque, and friendly service. Plus, “95% of their food is homemade and prepared to order.” Get dishes in the Old Baltimore-style like North Atlantic salmon, Atlantic fish n’ chips, and stuffed rockfish.
Established in 2011, this casual dining spot features locally-sourced seafood and a full bar. Making the idea “Sea to Table” a reality, the philosophy is in the name, Just Hooked. With a slew of local awards to back it up, Just Hooked offers starters like Buffalo oysters and short rib pot pie and entrees like prosciutto-wrapped monkfish, Shrimp N’ Grits, and oyster stew. Oyster stew—come on, man. It’s a no brainer.
Established in 2000, this small town, friendly seafood restaurant is big on flavor. Featuring fresh seafood, live lobsters, crabs, oysters on the half shell, and weekly specials, you will also find a full-service bar, wines, and local microbrews on tap. We are talking shrimp and grits, jambalaya, and snow crab.