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Caffe Gelato
Caffe Gelato

Caffe Gelato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caffegelato.net
  • Phone: (302) 738-5811
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Danny Profita
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Lunches delivered to your office for $10 per person. Choose any salad, any pasta or panini sandwiches and your favorite gelato. We deliver for small and large groups, dinners delivered starting at $15 per person.
    Caffe Gelato also offers full-service catering with passed hors d"oeuvres, buffet or table-side service, hand crafted desserts -- including decadent chocolate truffles -- and professionally trained bar tenders. Please call Ryan directly at 302-420-6301 or 302-738-5811.
  • Private Party Facilities: Request private "Cellar" room for parties up to 12.

    Request private "Library" room for meetings or parties up to 30. The library has multimedia projector and a drop-down screen.

    Request a table in the private "Wine" room for a party of up to 7.

    Request semi-private "New Dining" room for groups of up to 50.

    Reserve "Both Main Dining" rooms for a party of 100 people or more.

    Host a cocktail reception in the lobby or lounge. Reserve one of our private rooms for your next party, celebration or work-related function.
  • Private Party Contact: Ryan German (302) 738-5811
  • Entertainment: Andy Hetzler plays the classic violin Friday and Saturday evenings 6:30-8 p.m.

    Special wine dinners monthly with guests from the wineries and speakers, please check www.caffegelato.net for dates.

    Annual New Year"s Eve Wine Dinner and Celebration December 31 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Academy
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Use driveway next to restaurant and park in the lot out back, we will validate your entire parking tab. Meter parking also available on Main St. in Newark.
A word from Caffe Gelato
Relaxed atmosphere, vibrant bar, good wine cellar (Wine Spectator Award of Excellence), great food, delicious house-crafted gelato and house-crafted pasta. Guests may request a semi-circle booth for parties up to 8, or a nice table. Outdoor seating is available in season and large groups may request a private room.
Caffe Gelato celebrates its 13-year anniversary. For lunch, look forward to trying our panini sandwiches on fresh baked sea-salt and rosemary foccacia, the featured salads or a house crafted pasta. At dinner try the Roasted Rack of Lamb, Prosciutto wrapped Veal Chop, Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Pepper Seared Tuna, Maple Roasted Salmon or any of our 7 pastas. Brunch features omelets, crepes, poached eggs, and Creme Brulee French Toast. Favorite gelato flavors are "bacio" chocolate-hazlenut, mokka cappuccino, dark chocolate, creme brulee toffee and tiramisu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Caffe Gelato has everything! The food is delicious and the servers are excellent."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It's a great spot for a meeting. You have choices. If you want a bistro scene, they have it. If you want a spot for a quiet negotiation, it's there too. And if you enjoy a European flair for outside dining, all the better."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We went to Sunday brunch and were surprised to find an outside table in the shade. The food was outstanding. My wife had a salad with scallops. I had calamari and lentil chorizo soup. Both very tasty. Had wonderful service (mcKenzie), again. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Café Gelato rarely fails to make me feel good inside. The wines are nice. This time I ordered a salad which was very scrumptious, with yellow beets and some sort of marinated poached pears and marcona almonds-great flavors when all put together. My shrimp and lump crabmeat linguine is my favorite dish and (ordered as low sodium) was excellent. Jeff, our waiter, was impeccable as usual. He is the best waiter (and most handsome) at Gelato !"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Caffe Gelato is always a great restaurant. In the heart of the University of Delaware. Their menu changes often and offers some unique lunch & dinner entrees. They have a very extensive wine list. They also host many interesting events and do great catering. You can dine inside or outside. They have very good Gelato as their name implies. When we are in Newark, DE we always dine at Caffe Gelato."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Specials are always interesting and always good, as is all the food."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Ahh, the joys of summer! With the CIty of Newark back into a quiet urban mode for a few weeks, it was the right time to enjoy Cafe Gelato's patio and a great meal. Our wiater was very attentive, the food and beverages were properly served and a fine relaxing dining experince was enjoyed. Now, if only the City would relax its parking regulations! Even on Sunday, you need to keep your quarters handy or have acredit card at the ready. But, don't let that issue sway you from enjoying a nice meal and atmosphere at Cafe Gelato!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Gelato's used to be our go to location in Newark for a great meal on special occasions. Food and Service were unmatched in the area. Now unfortunately (4 visits in the past 3 months) both the food and the services has declined to the point that we will not go back. When the owner is present, the experience is better, but when he is not there, it is just another college town eatery."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great home made pasta dishes. The gelato doesn't have the richness of that in Italy, but it's very good nonetheless."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a very good waiter but it did seem to take quite a while to get served. Noticed that folks who came in after us were served before we were. When I got my Eggplant Parmesan It was just warm and a little on the dry side. I think that it might have been sitting out for a little while in the back before I got it. Sorry if I am sounding so negative but to the 3 of us at my table, we felt that the noise level was high and a bit distracting. Your restaurant was charming and everyone we dealt with was very professional and pleasant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant! Always a treat to eat here. A good value and delicious food (always). We shared the artisan cheese plate (yummy) and I had the diver scallop special with cous cous pilaf (perfectly cooked and beautifully presented). Contacted the restaurant ahead of time and they accommodated a custom dessert. Highly recommend this restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Great food, great staff!! Thanks"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The Saturday/Sunday brunch menu is wonderfully diverse and creative. It is really hard to decide what to eat. I would highly recommend the food here!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a small group and had dinner in their wine room. Was nice ambiance and service. Food was good. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food and service but expensive with entrees that can top $34. Nice if you have a coupon which they have special pricing often. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My family and I went there after my graduation and as a vegetarian it was nice that they had a whole separate menu for vegetarians with lots of options. The staff is very nice and the food is good. I would recommend this place to friends."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Rack of Lamb was outstanding. Nice broad menu. Friendly service. Expensive."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Second visit to this restaurant. Great food, attentive & professional service (which is remarkable given the servers' youth), broad and thoughtful wine list. Dined outside on a beautiful day. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We recently had a special graduation celebration dinner for my daughter. The staff worked with me to develop a customized pre-fixe menu for the event; this was a very nice feature. The day of the event was very quiet within the restuarant. We had a nice private table but it felt like we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. This was our first dining experience at Caffe Gelato. The food was amazing-especially the parmesan truffeled risotto-YUM. Some of our party ordered fillet mignon and some ordered salmon; both were well prepared and delicious. Several ordered pasta and thought it was good, but not special. Don't forget the gelato; I chose a scoop of creme brulee with toffee, and a scoop of caramel cashew crunch-Fab!!! Service was great."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great meal, great service. Never disappoints. From apps (lemon ravioli!!!) thru the main course (rack of lamb and veal chop were superb and plentiful!). Always a winner."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had lunch for 6 immediately following our sons graduation from the University of Delaware. Sat on the patio. Perfect setting and wonderful service and food. When we first toured UDel campus 5 years ago, we had lunch here. Loved it then, and loved it again this weekend. Only sorry we waited until graduation to try the gelatto. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were there for an early dinner to celebrate our son's graduation from University of Delaware, so the whole place, like the town itself, was packed. The food was very good, although pricy, but the service was a little chaotic. They'd obviously brought in extra staff for the weekend, but they seemed to be tripping over themselves, and frequently forgot things. They also have an excellent Gelato Station, so there were people coming in and out just to buy ice cream, hence the name of the restaurant. We all had gelato for dessert, and were not disappointed."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Very good quality dinner served by friendly staff, college students that don't know much about the wine, preparations or specials so be prepared to have them run back to the kitchen or bar to ask. Consistently good and rare quality among the casual bar places in the college town. The pastas are alway fresh and scallops got rave reviews from our guests."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Once a favorite, this restaurant is not so upscale as it used to be. We ordered a bottle of wine from the specials: there was none left at 7:30 pm. We asked for a comparable bottle and were told that the refrigerator was broken, none of the whites were cold. Our server was pleasant and apologetic, if not helpful. We each ordered pasta: beautifully presented, but received about 8oz pasta with less than 2 oz meat/fish/vegetables. The sauces were very good. We sat in a booth: the wall had dried food spots on it. We are sorry to see these lapses."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Caffe Gelato, surprising name for a surprising Restaurant! An excellent diverse menu. My Halibut was perfect, hot and cooked to translucent is only an example a chef who knows what is right! Mussels wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We were combining lunch with a business meeting. The staff recognized that and let us do our thing. (Talking) But, they were there every time we needed them. A very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Initially disappointed that it took the staff at least 10 minutes to acknowledge me and I had to speak up to tell them I arrived for my brunch reservation. The restaurant was not busy which made this scenario more frustrating. That aside, the service and food were good and the remainder of our experience was positive."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great menu selection. Everyone in our party was pleased with their choice. Have always had a great dining experience. Also had them cater an in home party and it was fabulous! Cannot say enough good things about Cafe Gelato..........you must try it. Lovely upscale yet welcoming ambiance. Don't leave without a gelato treat............."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice dinner and people watching on the outdoor patio. A reliable place with excellent pastas and gelato. Service inconsistent but expected for the area along with some of the intoxicated students walking by."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We often visit CG for Sunday brunch. Food is usually good and the management is quite attentive. Not sure what went wrong, but Mother's Day was a mess. Sure it is a busy time, but most restaurants know that and plan for it. Even though we at early -- about 10:30 we were pushed to the back of the restaurant sharing the back wall next to the servicing station. Throughout the meal we could hear their banter, as well as clanging of dishes into the dishwasher. Server was so harried that several of my requests for silverware, and condiments had to be made several times. Not what we were looking for. Oh, we'll be back, but not for a major holiday."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love this restaurant- either for business dining or pleasure. It is the GEM of Newark."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We went there for Sunday Brunch. I liked that they had some non traditional brunch items. For instance we got the Crème Brûlée French Toast and Crispy Polenta with Fried Poached Egg and Pulled Beef Short Rib. The food and service was great. I will be going back for brunch again. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had a 1:00 reservation for Mother's Day and was not seated until 1:30. Manager kept sending people to the bar to wait. However the bar was two deep and families with underage children do not want to wait at bar. Appetizer was delivered with meal so we did not see bite of food until after two. I dont know if they took too many reservations or accepted to many walk ins, but checking in with hostess was bedlam. It seemed they completely ignored reservation system. They took names as you approached hostess desk and seated you accordingly. The wait staff was very sweet and polite but clearly overbooked."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Food was really badly done. We ordered 5 different dishes and all of them tasted really bad. The only dish that was well made was the salad. I ordered pork and it was over cook plus the chief forgot to put the sauce on the top. My friend ordered the beef and it was burned from the outside. My other friends ordered Lamb Rack and it was the worse lamb rack she ever eaten she said. On the other hand, we didn't walk out because of our service person. I forgot his name, but he is the reason why we didn't send everything on the table back to the kitchen. I know this might sound very bad, but it is the truth from pour experience. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I won't recommend the restaurant for a quiet romantic evening or if you have elderly or people who have trouble hearing in a normal tone. If it were a get together 20-30 age group to party or if noise level is irrelevant, then yes I would recommend Caffe gelato. Ryan you need to address sound absorbing panels in the ceiling and possibly where its open with candles between sides. at least allow one area to have a romantic or semi quiet ambience. And you need follow up after the food delivered quickly to make sure things are okay And definitely addressed quickly if they are not. most of our party was done eating dinner entrees by the time one of the ladies finally received the properly cooked a replacement for her entre. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived we were treated very well. Our party was six and we were actually sat before our reserved time. Even though the resaurant was crowded for Mother's Day the service was quite good. We were actually sat by the owner and he also balanced one of the tables in our party. Lead by example!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been to Caffe Gelato twice before, and it never fails to impress me. The food was absolutely amazing, and the dessert was divine. I thoroughly enjoyed the time that I spent there. The wait staff impressed me by remaining calm and friendly on one of the most hectic days of the year for restaurants, Mother's Day. I had a wonderful time and a spectacular meal. I will definitely continue returning for more! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It may have been because it was the night before Mother's Day but the table was not set up when we were seated. The drink orders took 20 minutes to arrive (for each of the two rounds) and it took forever for the food to arrive. They may have been understaffed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our 3rd or 4th time to the restaurant in a month. It's one of our faves but it didn't measure up this time. We had a reservation, but it took 10 mins to seat us. They had to set up a table but then forgot napkins. When seated we reminded them about napkins but salads were on the table and we still had to get up and ask for them. They then brought only 1 when they finally remembered. My grouper special was excellent, but the lobster ravioli my wife ordered was bland and disappointing. For what ended up being a $100 dinner, this was a rare miss and made us reconsider whether to make reservations for a future wine dinner. We'll pause on this one for a bit. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food is good and the atmosphere is good. The service is generally good, but you have to wait to be seated even when you have a reservation"
    Dined on 5/10/2014