Chelsea Tavern
Chelsea Tavern

Chelsea Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chelseatavern.com/
  • Phone: 3024823333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - CLOSE,
    Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Carnevale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Chelsea Tavern is a full service caterer including corporate drop-offs, office buffets and full-service plated affairs. We accomodate upto 65 seated in our Private Dinig Room, as well as, providing our catering service to all spaces available at The Grand Opera House, located directly across Market Street, which accomodate up to 300.
  • Private Party Facilities: Chelsea Tavern offers two private options located on our lower level. The Cellar is perfect for intimate gatherings, family dinners or business functions up to ten guests. The Underground is ideal for larger seated groups up to 50 & cocktail parties to 65 guests. We will work with you to design the perfect menu for your special occassion. Both rooms are completely private, handicapped accessible & in close proximity to restrooms. A/V is available at a nominal fee in The Underground ONLY.
  • Private Party Contact: Joe Van Horn 302-482-3333
  • Entertainment: Occasional entertainment consists of Original local acts, playing on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening. Please visit website for updated schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between West 8th & West 9th
  • Public Transit: Chelsea Tavern is located at the heart of North Market Street 2 blocks from the Dart Bus Hub at Rodney Square & 8 blocks from the Wilmington Train Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. Excellent lot at the Doubletree Hotel recommended on weekends. Chelsea Tavern will deduct $3 from your bill for any City Parking Lot Voucher that is presented before paying check
A word from Chelsea Tavern
Chelsea Tavern is a high energy, upscale casual restaurant & bar located in the heart of Wilmington's downtown. Directly across from The Grand Opera House, one block from World LIVE Cage at The Queen Theater & 1 1/2 blocks from The Hotel DuPont, Chelsea Tavern is the perfect choice for pre & post show dining.
Chef Dom Fauser has assembled a talented team polished enough to deliver a slow-paced romantic dinner for two or a quality meal to be briskly enjoyed on the way to your favorite show. Service at Chelsea is attentive, knowledgeable, friendly & sincere. Our menu is casual, eclectic & accessible. Our beverage selection is dramatic, featuring 31 craft beers on tap, 160 more by the bottle & 21 wines by the glass!



So, stop by for a taste, a sip & some fun!



At Chelsea Tavern, we look forward to serving you soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Chelsea Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (18)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (10)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (9)special occasion (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (4)romantic (3)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love the restaurant: great location to both Grand and Playhouse. Good food w/nice variety. Love the beer choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Wilmington
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Whenever I am in Wilmington on business I prefer Chelsea Tavern. The food and service are always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great gastropub
    PeterDVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The beer and spirits selection was excellent, except the lack of rye whiskey. Not just your normal pub or bar food. The scallops and risotto were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always accomodating!
    CarlLaFangVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Consistently good food. The perfect place for a meal before a show at the Grand Opera House.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice surprise.
    rwm997s
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Decided to try Chelsea prior to a concert. Was not disappointed. Server asked if we were going to a show and said she would be sure we were not late. Nice selection of seasonal fare. Wine list is reasonable. Service was very good and pleasant. Would go again and try the bar-fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chelsea my love, never leave me
    redrumble
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    <3 nachos, hot wwaitresses, and beer. Love at first sip, sight, and bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reason to visit Market Street
    Kevin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good food. Great beer and cocktail selection. Very friendly and service-oriented staff. I'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grandoperahousefan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place before or after a show at the Grand. You can get great appys or a whole meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Beer
    Beerbabe
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our group of five ladies were celebrating one of ours birthday. Had heard great things about Chelsea Tavern, and wanted to give it a try. Fortunately we also were able to purchase a Groupon. Our waitress Melanie was awesome! So very knowlegable about all the menus, she made great recommendations. We had the pork nachos and pretzel appetizers. The nachos were delicious, lots of meat and fluffy tortilla chips. The cheese sauce for the pretzels was wonderful as well. Now for the entrees - mmmmmmm. The thyme seared scallops were out of this world. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the risotto was very tasty. I am definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner n a show...
    Bluefungus
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Nice place to relax and have a fine meal in a casual or dressed environment. With the World Cafe down the street, great for before or after show eats. The Grand across from it adds a touch of class if seeing a show there. All in all a fine place for food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect For Pre-Show Drinks & Eats
    DiningDianneVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Surprisingly good food and great service at this local spot across the street from the Grand Opera House.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pub with Great Grub
    foodieintraining
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Many choices on the menu (and on tap as well!!) Not your usual bar-fare. Fantastic burgers, and lots of other great choices on the menu. I can't wait to go back and try some more menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Two of us ordered from the special daily menu. Delicious!!! We all enjoyed our selections. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with a View
    MovieMarkVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Chelsea Tavern is a terrific spot for Sunday brunch. Market Street, which is bustling and noisy during the week, is serene and lovely on a Sunday morning. We ate outside and enjoyed a well-prepared and tasty brunch with the splendid Grand Opera House as a backdrop. Our party liked that the brunch combined both breakfast and lunch items. My only complaint was that the mimosa, served in a small flute, was not much to drink.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two kids
    Paleomomma
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went with children ages. 7 years. There was a great menu for us as well as them. Services was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pre-concert dinner
    J9NJ
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My husband and I both had the pulled pork sandwich, our friends had the pork belly tacos and the soft shell crab salad special. Everybody enjoyed their food. Especially the trio fries. We also really enjoyed the beer list. My friend and I each had the beer flight special. Service was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 551 reviews are from the Chelsea Tavern reviews archive.
  • A great find!
    Steve
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Picked Chelsea for Mother's Day lunch. Met our expectations all around and we'll be back. Kids and Mom loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • busy place on market street
    4concertgoers
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Booking the reservation the staff was friendly and gave us a time so that our group was done before the concert we had tickets to attend. Our group only had 4 people but we were pleased with all our food and the staff allowed a swap on the salad to accomodate a food allergy. The restaurant was buzzing with lots of friendly conversations but not noisy. We could still talk to each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Times
    Dave
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a really good experience. Service was great. I loved a sandwich called The Dirty. It's one of those everything but the kitchen sink types, but it worked! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had heard good things about the food here, and am sorry to report that the food was mediocre - crabcake sandwich not made w/lump crab which is the standard in this area. Even the fries were bad - greasy and mixed with onions and sweet potato fries - I got whatever was left at the bottom of the fryer. My friend said the ceasar salad was okay - overly dressed, but the chicken was tender. The tomato soup was okay but not great. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great before the DSO
    pmnz
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Really enjoyed the prompt service, the very nice trout for me, the salads with Ahi Tuna for the others; glad we came back after a number of years away pmnz
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine in Wilmington
    dineoutinwilmington
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Chelsea Tavern! Lots of choices on the menu...So many draft beers it was hard to pick just one. One of us had a black & white martini. YUM!! Our waiter, Dan, took very good care of us. Food was very good. Loved the fried pickles! We will absolutely be back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My dining partner and I agreed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    My dining partner and I agreed that although we enjoy this restaurant, the lunch menu does not appear to have changed in a few years and could use some new selections from which to choose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Mom
    Cheryl
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My Mother and I went before a show at the Grand. Dinner was wonderful and timely. They have great beer choices. The Beer menu seperates the beers by style. This is very helpful. I would recommend to try before a show at the Grand, the reataurant is across the street.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual restaurant
    Patm
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This is a great place to go before a show. They have good food great service. Check in with the foursquare app to get a great deal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Heather
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Service was great! The calamari was delicious. We ordered the pear salad and the caprese salad, which were decadent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although they are known for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Although they are known for their various beers we do not drink beer, the wine list could be a bit more extensive, but what I had I enjoyed. We were there for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved the food and the fact
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I loved the food and the fact that your vegetarian entree special was so fantastic, as was you pizza. Beer selection was good as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid food, perfect pre show venue
    lockestep
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Located directly across from Wilmington's Grand Opera House, and just a couple of blocks from World Cafe Live, Chelsea is a nice spot to dine pre-show. The food is solid, a step above tavern fare without really entering the fine dining category. Service was very good, with our waitress taking extra care of a problem we created, and checking with us at all the right times. Reservations required on show nights, but if you go after the start time there will be room for walk-ups.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there....
    LJC07020
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We made a reservation online the day before, which was very easy. When we realized that we were going to be late, we called the restaurant and they changed the time - no problem. The menu was perfect, the food was excellent, portions were generous and the service was great! I can't leave out their convenient hours. That may have been my first visit, but it won't be my last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Excellent food and service every time I've been in town on business.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opposite th Grand
    Herm
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great spot for a meal prior to an evening at the Grand. Everyone has the same idea and wants to dine and get out prior to the show. The menu and the kitchen work together to make it happen. Our server was absolutely on the ball. She had a full house to deal with and she never missed a beat. Food was very good, calamari, fish and chips, salads wings and drinks were all good, prices are about average. Very loud hen we were seated. As the crowd went from packed towards show time the level deminished to quite. A busy spot before the show. If your in Wilmington at night give it a try. If your going to a show, it is an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unhappy with Seating & Host
    Crispy
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was good & waitress accommodating. But were unhappy with the treatment received from the bartender who was serving as the host. We made reservations for dinner & upon arrival asked if we could sit at a booth but were told the boothes were for parties of 4 & we were 2 & were seated in the basement. We were unhappy & asked if could be moved upstairs. The host asked why we didn't like the basement. I told him it was dark & we wanted to be upstairs where we could see the daylight. He said he would see what he could do to move us. After several minutes, he moved us upstairs to a small table. During the time we dined, all the boothes except one had only two people seated at them. Terrible way to treat customers who pay $100 for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you have tickets for the
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    If you have tickets for the Grand Theatre in Wilmington, you can't beat the convenience of dining right across the street! The server was pleasant and efficient and I enjoyed my pizza. It's that simple -- it's a very unpretentious place and doesn't try to be something it's not. If you want some elegance and glitz, definitely go elsewhere! But, back to my pizza -- I had the cheesesteak pizza (serving is enough for two), and it was very tasty! I would order it again. I didn't try anyone else's dinner, so I can't judge the rest of the food. It's fine for a very casual night out, is reasonably priced, and after you are done you just cross the street and there's the Grand Opera House theatre.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible
    SteveC
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Terrible!! Had a reservation for two at 8 pm on a Friday. Was the only couple there, and did not get greeted by anyone for 10 min. So we decided to leave; staff observed us leave and didn't acknowledge the fact there was something wrong. Worst place I have been in awhile. Just go in for a beer and leave, is they type of place that is.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Concert Dinner
    PMD85Vette
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Are you going to a show at the Grand? Come 2 hours early and go across the street to Chelsea Tavern! Make a reservation, the place is very crowed on show night. They have one of the best beer selection, if not the best, in Wilmington. Food is pretty good, pizza is good, and did I mention the craft beer selection!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They have fun, modern food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    They have fun, modern food and the beer offerings are many. The booth we sat in was tight though. That was the only down side of our visit. The waitress was very nice and accommodating. They were fast too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service a lifftel iffy
    NadineGarrow
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Had the opportunity to eat/drink at the Chelsea Tavern before a concert at the Wilmington Opera House which is conveniently right across the street. Reading comments before I went I felt self assured that even when there is an event the service is great. I must disagree. Bar service took a long time as well as food service. Waiter offered little to no assistance when asked about Beer recommendations or food recommendations. Seem like he had to hurry to the next table. However, I have nothing but great things to say about the restaurant and food itself. When you have to ask the Manager to get a drink refill is pretty sad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tailgate
    Firsttimers
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Service and food were fabulous. Kate made us feel comfortable even though our reservations were not taken seriously. Mostly the Chelsea has the perfect combinations to entertain in preparation for a nice show at the Grand...We had a very nice time and would recommend the Chelsea for anyone at anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise!
    Marvin
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Was looking for something different from the usual suburban fare and this met the mark perfectly. We were a group of four, were seated quickly, had an engaging server and great food. I had a shrimp salad-- had great flavor. I found myself thinking about it a couple of times the following day. Would definitely go back next time in Wilmington.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.