We are not restaurant experts or critics and we have not been here nearly long enough to eat at all the hundreds of restaurants in this area. So what follows is a highly subjective, nowhere near inclusive, alphabetical list of some of our favorites, with a few notes on why they’re our favorites.
An Easy Walk:
The Back Porch (59 Rehoboth Ave): One of Rehoboth’s most romantic restaurants, especially on a pretty night.
Blue Hen (33 Wilmington Ave): A new, award-winning hit. Great fried chicken – in an actual take out bucket.
Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave): Good food and drag shows, two things that separate Rehoboth from Dewey and Bethany.
Cafe Azafran (18 Baltimore Ave): A popular healthy food spot that really hops on Thursday’s live-music nights.
The Cultured Pearl (301 Rehoboth Ave): Combine sushi, steak and a koi pond and what do you get? One of Rehoboth’s best, if maybe oddest, restaurants.
DiFebo’s (12 N. 1st St.): Our go-to Italian restaurant. There are three locations, so if you call for reservations, and they’re recommended in-season, make sure you’re calling the Rehoboth outlet.
La Fable (26 Baltimore Ave): Fine, thought not inexpensive, French country cooking.
Frank & Louie’s Italian Specialties (58 Baltimore Ave.): If you’re planning a picnic or you want to cook in, this is a great place to start.
Go Fish (24 Rehoboth Ave): A well-priced family favorite with very good fish and chips.
Grandpa Mac (33 Baltimore Ave): This tiny, mostly take-out downtown spot offers custom made-to-order fast food pasta and limited seating. They have a larger outlet on Rt. 1.
The Greene Turtle (101 S. Boardwalk): Rehoboth’s outlet of this local chain offers a good selection of local beers, decent food and one of the best views in town – particularly from the balcony.
Grotto Pizza (multiple locations): It’s not for everyone, but if you’ve never tried Grotto’s “swirled” pizza, you really should, if only because it’s one of the few distinctive local specialties.
Gus & Gus (15 S. Boardwalk): When I think of Rehoboth Beach, one of the first things that comes to mind is the smell of sausage, peppers and onions on the grill at Gus & Gus. Anyone with equally fond memories of Italian street festivals will know what I mean.
Henlopen City Oyster House (50 Wilmington Ave): From the same people who own Blue Hen, Henlopen has some of the best seafood in town. What it doesn’t have is reservations – so be prepared to wait.
The Ice Cream Store (6 Rehoboth Ave): Hundreds of flavors, and seemingly hundreds of people waiting in line to try them.
Kaisy’s Delights (70 Rehoboth Ave): Terrific coffee and terrific breakfast sandwiches. But the big draw is their twist on Kaiserschmarrn, a pancake-like Austrian dish that can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. (Free samples are cheerfully provided.) For us, Kaisy’s is the one must-go stop on any Rehoboth visit.
Kohr Brothers (multiple locations): Practically unavoidable frozen custard, so if there’s a long line at one place, move on to the next.
Mariachi Restaurant (14 Wilmington Ave): A very good choice for when you’re craving Mexican food.
Nicola Pizza (multiple locations): Everyone has their own favorite New York style pizza shop in Rehoboth. Ours is Nicola.
Rita’s (47 Rehoboth Ave): Yes it’s a chain, but it has great Italian ice. And even though it’s heresy, we like their custard better than Kohr’s.
Semra’s Mediterranean Grill (19 Rehoboth Ave): Another friendly spot, this one with very good Eastern Mediterranean/Turkish food.
Salt Air (50 Wilmington Ave): Maybe, possibly, some days, Rehoboth’s best restaurant. It takes reservations – and if we were you, we’d take them up on that.
Shrimpy’s Snack Shack (8 Rehoboth Ave): Because some days at the beach, you just want some fried clam strips to go.
Starkey’s (13 Wilmington Ave): There are lots of places to get soft serve in Rehoboth, but Starkey’s is one of the few that offers a take on the Dairy Queen Blizzard. And I love Blizzards. Note that there are two Starkey’s right next to each other on the boardwalk: one focussing on soft serve and ice cream, the other on funnel cakes and Italian ice.
Victoria’s Restaurant (2 Olive Ave, in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel): The decor inside is heavy on the Victoriana (which is great if you like Victoriana), but this is a good choice if you want to eat with a view of the boardwalk and the ocean.
Zogg’s Raw Bar & Grill (1 Wilmington Ave): A fun, lively, tiki-type bar with a great patio and good oysters.
A Short Drive:
1776 (18585 Coastal Highway/Rt. 1): The decor is a bit dated, but the steak and the service are both first-rate. In the same strip mall as the Movies at Midway.
The Point Coffee Shop and Bakery (37140 Rehoboth Ave): Right where Rehoboth Ave comes to a point with Route 1, hence the name. All those nice pastries at Boardwalk Plaza’s Victoria restaurant come from here, same owner.
Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli (18949 Coastal Highway/Rt. 1): Craving corned beef, knishes or matzo ball soup? Rosenfeld’s is the place for you.
Touch of Italy (19724 Coastal Highway/Rt. 1): Downtown has an abundance of fine restaurants – but if you want a good wood-fired pizza, you’re going to have to get in your car. Luckily at Star of the Sea, a parking spot will be waiting for you when you return.