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Chelsea Tavern
Chelsea Tavern

Chelsea Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chelseatavern.com
  • Email: smokinjvh@gmail.com
  • Phone: (302) 482-3333
  • 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: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Service was great! The calamari was delicious. We ordered the pear salad and the caprese salad, which were decadent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Excellent food and service every time I've been in town on business."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Excellent beer selection & very good food. The veal chop was excellent. The prix fix was a great deal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We chose Chelsea Tavern because it is right across the street from the Grand where we were going to see a show. The food was wonderful and our waiter, Daniel, was amazing!!! I can't wait to go back and would recommend this place to anyone. We had a wonderful meal, our drinks were great, and Daniel made sure we were out of there in time for the show."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "First time at Chelsea Tavern but not our last. We very much enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. Great place to unwind after work or before a show."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Directly across from the Opera House and never having been to Wilmington we were very happy with our experience! Kate our waitress was attentive and friendly, the food was delicious, the beers were fun. Would happily return. It was rather loud but this was the kind of venue one would expect that from."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Right across the street from The Grand. So convenient to grab a great dinner before the show! Service was great!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This place has great food. We were going to an event at the Grand, as were most people there, so it was pretty much slammed. We happened to be there on a Wednesday, which is half price wine night. We ordered a Pinot Noir. We mentioned to our server that if there was a Russian River product we would not be having trouble making a decision. We tried two wines before trying one that my husband deemed acceptable. When it was delivered, we discovered that it was cold!!! A red wine cold? I cradled it in my hands until it was a proper temperature, and it was great. We then saw on the bottle that it was Russian River."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We weren't familiar with Chelsea Tavern but chose it because of its convenience to the Grand. The menu included several tempting entrees. The fixed price menu offered a real value, although we did not take advantage of it. The tables for 2 are VERY close together, which could have been uncomfortable. Service was outstanding and our waiter had a way of appearing just as we were in need of his help. The courses were served at a good pace. My peppercorn crusted ahi tuna was delicious, prepared rare, as ordered. The sides were well-chosen and received as much attention from the chef as the entree. Amazing selection of wines and beer. The menu included a vegetarian selection that appeared to be gluten free, if this is a consideration for diners."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Chelsea offers above-average bar food, including brick oven pizzas to go with a tremendous beer selection (both tap and bottle)."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We chose the Chelsea because we were going to the Grand for a show. It is right across the street so we knew we could relax and get to our show on time. Our waiter asked if we were going and was conscious of our timing and bringing us the bill. The food was delicious and the restaurant and bar were full. They have a great beer selection too."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Nice restaurant to eat prior to checking out a show at the Grand in Wilmington DE or just hanging out for a bit in Summer."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "This restaurant is really great it is in a good spot if you are going to a show at the Grand! We ordered a buffalo chicken personal pizza and a bbq pork sandwich that was really wonderful. We split the sandwich and 3 types of wonderful tasting fries and had 1 slice of this huge pizza. We made a great decission to use open table to make a reservation for 5:45 since we had an 8 o'clock show across the street. We took home 5 slices of pizza and had it the next day had the left over pizza for lunch. next time i think we will have the cheesesteak pizza and the same bbq pork sandwich!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "With intuitive service and food that sparkles from a refined gastro-pub fare to the finer things, this is a solid restaurant stop that should be added to your Wilmo punch list. Popped in for a business lunch last week and had the decadent grilled cheese and tomato soup - wow. Make sure you try it for dinner too."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Had dinner at the Chelsea Tavern befors a performance at the Grand Opera. Good food, great service and a perfect choice for dinner before a show. Be sure to make a reservation if you plan to eat there before a show. The place was full."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was excellent and drinks were great. Service was extremely quick, even with a good size crowd. It was a bit loud but that was reduced when a couple of tables left."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "when I made the reservation I had no idea that there was a "room" in the cellar. and when I say cellar, I mean the WINE cellar. yes, IN the wine cellar. we were fairly shocked- at first. it's not exactly a room as it only seats 8 people max. it turned out all 8 of us were going to the same concert, all had a few things in common, and it was a pleasant experience. the food was so-so, but the server was terrific."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Service and food were Excellent! My only feedback is that my husband's pinot noir was warm and I myself hate warm red wine. Should be about 60 degrees. It tastes 1) better & 2) more expensive this way. Esp. when a glass is so pricey & selection good. Thanks! b."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our table of six tried a variety of menu items, and all where very good. Three standouts are the glazed pork belly tacos , the calamari and the Sea Scallops with wild mushroom risotto . Service was excellent and there is a great selection of craft beers on tap."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Nice tavern atmosphere with good food. Located right across the opera house. Had lunch and offering include everything from bar food (best wings I ever had) to salads, sandwiches and entrees. Nice choice of beers. Excllent choice for lunch if you are on business or pleasure in downtown Wilmingotn."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I've written reviews before, but we just went today for my birthday. Staff made me feel special even though I've been there numerous times before. I had to write a review again for how great the service is and because I simply can't get over how DELICIOUS the short rib Mac and cheese is. Sounds simple, but I can't describe the flavor of comfort and heaven they have put in this dish."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Went here for Sunday brunch and there was hardly anyone there. I was a bit worried that this was a bad sign, but the food was pretty good. I thought the waitress could have been more attentive, considering there was no one else for her to take care of. I know this is a busy place at lunchtime in Wilmington, but I'm not sure I'd go again on a Sunday. Seemed a bit bleak."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Could be a go to for lunch or dinner.. Always a great menu (even when the menu changes) and a vast selection of beers on tap. Don't like beer? Mixed drink and wine selection are still solid. Great flavor and good portions. Only disappointment was that I disappointed myself by not leaving room this time for the cookies and cream crem brulee. This time there was a table who seemed to have a bit to drink, not enough to bother me, but bothered another group that was there. The staff gladly relocated the people and the rowdier group seemed to quiet just a bit."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Great for eating before a show at the Grand Opera house. I eat a vegan diet and can always find something. Omnivores are happy too!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013