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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Delaware

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Delaware? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The House of William & Merry restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2221)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Hockessin
About the restaurant
The House of William and Merry serves contemporary American cuisine prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients procured from local farms, providing casual fine dining at a reasonable price. Chef-owned by the husband and wife team, Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman, who live on the property, the restaurant is a remodeled farmhouse on the edge of central Hockessin. Dine in a comfortable home atmosphere in one of the two dining rooms, the porch, or the bar. When you arrive, you can see right into the all new, modern kitchen. Full bar service is available including wines by the glass, microbrews on tap, and specialty drinks. Or, take a walk around back to see the herb and vegetable gardens.

Tuesday through Saturday we serve lunch and dinner. On Sunday, we serve brunch followed by a prix fix supper in the evening.
Top review
Endurancevip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Excellent cocktails, meal and presentation. Not inexpensive yet an excellent value for the quality.
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4.8
4.8 (1070)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Delaware
About the restaurant
Enjoy cozy but energetic dining at Eclipse Bistro. It offers a chic, small and intimate dining room with brick walls, soft lighting and wood furnishings, creating a warm and sophisticated ambiance, making it a great place for a first date or business luncheon. Its diverse menu offers something for most diners. Eclipse Bistro is open for both lunch and dinner during the week, and for dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.

**A NOTE FROM THE RESTAURANT**
Reservations are not required. We welcome walk-ins.
Please contact us directly at 302-658-1588, if desired reservation time is unavailable or a party size is larger than 6.
Top review
John
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Excellent waiter, but do not remember His name. Mushroom Risotto was great.
A photo of Vita Nova - University of Delaware restaurant
4.8
4.8 (611)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Newark
About the restaurant
Vita Nova is now closed for the summer session. We will reopen on September 3rd, 2024 for lunch and September 4th for dinner. We look forward to serving you again in the fall semester. Reservations can be made starting in the middle of August through OpenTable, by calling (302) 831-0500 or via email at vitanova@udel.edu. If booking for more than 4 guests, please call or email.

Our Bistro is available to rent for meetings or events year round with food and beverage service through UD Catering. Please call 302-831-0500 or email vitanova@udel.edu for more information.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
This was our third visit there and each time it was excellent.
A photo of Home Grown Café restaurant
4.8
4.8 (490)
$30 and under
American
Newark
About the restaurant
Home Grown Cafe is an independently owned, award-winning, downtown Newark, DE staple, residing centrally on Main St. for over 23 years under founding owner, Sasha Aber. Matt McConnell leads an incredible staff and day to day operations. Award winning Executive Chef Andrew Thorne is the chef de cuisine who constantly pushes the envelope with locally made from scratch dishes of his own creations, as well as mentoring and showcasing our staff's talent. Home Grown has been named Best of Delaware Upstate for over two decades by Delaware Today readers including awarding the honor of Best Chef Upstate to Andrew Thorne (2022) Guests enjoy incredible service and made from scratch food for all dietary lifestyles, including carnivorous, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-sensitive in a welcoming environment for all patrons. Colorful walls are adorned with local pop art. The bar features a large array of upscale spirits including house-crafted cocktails and mocktails, over 65 beers, and great wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and great service! I had the salmon avocado toast and it was delish.
A photo of La Fia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2014)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Travel down historic Market Street towards the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware and you will find La Fia Bistro. La Fia is an intimate dinner destination in a historic building located on the corner of 5th and Market. Chef Dwain Kalup's menu utlizes carefully sourced ingredients reflecting the seasons, local region and local farms. The menu at La Fia features small plates, pastas and creative entrees. Our cheese and charcuterie is one of a kind and not to be missed!

Due to the small size of our restaurant we allow 2 hours for guests to enjoy their dining experience. If you feel you need more time please reach out to us directly.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great experience as usual. Good was fantastic, always new things on the menu.
A photo of Merchant Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (117)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Merchant Bar is an elevated gastrobar that infuses a chef-driven menu with an original hand-crafted cocktail menu focused on high-quality ingredients, aiming to bring you a unique bar and dining experience. Both for intimate dining or for a large group, Merchant Bar's dynamic space is perfect for any occasion.

For parties of 7 or more, please call the restaurant at 302-502-3385.
Top review
Jennifer
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Best service, excellent food and drinks. Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Wilmington DE restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1872)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Wilmington
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & fabulous four-course dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to get-togethers with friends, meetings or large groups. The Melting Pot always hits the spot. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We went for our anniversary and everyone made it so special. Thank you to our waiter that brought us a special champagne toast and was very friendly and took care of all our wants and needs. Fabulous!
A photo of Valle Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (818)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Welcome to Valle Cucina, Delaware's best kept secret for over forty years! Our name suggests Italian, and it is the best around, but we are also known for our seven time "Best of Delaware" award winning 100% jumbo lump crab cakes, seafood dishes and the area's most amazing dry aged steaks. Valle also showcases a 100+ bottle wine list.

Come as your are or formal, everyone feels at home. We take pride in our friendly service.

Located in the Pike Creek Shopping Center, off Limestone Rd. Valle, opened in 1981 as a pizzeria and has become a must try. We are inviting you to experience what many have called their best dining experience.

For special requests we suggest you call us 302-998-9999 so we can best serve you
Top review
SheilaS
Dined 6 days ago
Always great food! Maisie is the best server! Great prices! The best crabcakes!
A photo of Cafe Mezzanotte restaurant
4.9
4.9 (528)
$31 to $50
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Located in Downtown Wilmington, Cafe Mezzanotte has built a reputation as Delaware's premier spot to enjoy classically prepared Pan-Mediterranean & Italian cuisine. We offer an intimate atmosphere with servers who attend to each diner with exceptional care. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening, hosting a large corporate gathering, or a casual night out, all of us at Cafe Mezzanotte will cater to your needs.
Top review
Kirkvip
Dined 6 days ago
Sergio puts out a fantastic meal every time. Best Italian food I’ve had outside of Italy. But he’s FROM Italy. Always the best experience!
A photo of Harry's Savoy Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4692)
$30 and under
American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Founded in 1988, Harry's Savoy Grill followed a line of restaurants that had been a focal point of the Brandywine Hundred community since the 1940s. Renowned as a chef-driven steakhouse, featuring aged rib-eye, filet, and prime rib, plus a variety of delicious seafood, Harry's Savoy Grill offers you traditional classics, prepared with imagination and the freshest quality ingredients. Harry's Savoy Grill is arguably the most celebrated restaurant in Delaware - selected by readers and critics over and over as 'Best of' for fine dining, steakhouse, date night, and the best restaurant in North Wilmington! Our warm and cozy atmosphere in fall and winter coupled with our delightful patio in spring and summer, an award-winning wine list and our creative cocktails promise you a fun experience any time of the year.
Top review
Dave
Dined 4 days ago
Our server Matthew did a wonderful job, and made us feel like we were the most important clients that night.
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