Chelsea Tavern

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1289 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub

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Chelsea Tavern is a local popular gastropub located in downtown Wilmington, directly across from the Grand Opera House. The kitchen prepares delicious comfort food consisting of locally grown and house made ingredients, that is complemented by our dynamic craft beer selection. Chelsea’s ever-changing inventory features 33 beers on tap, hundreds of large format bottles, cans, and single serving bottles of seasonal and local brews. Chelsea is a neighborhood favorite that is perfect for a quick lunch, weekend brunch with friends, pre-show dinner, or a group gathering. Join the energetic bar scene to watch the big game, or on our spacious patio for comfortable outdoor dining.









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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1289 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

This was our first time dining here. It was mediocre at best. Definitely would not eat here again. The waitress was very friendly, and the service was great. The food was mediocre. We started off with the brussels sprouts with bacon and cheese which actually were OK, the brussels sprouts were a little hard for our liking.I had the black and blue burger which was nothing special. My side Caesar salad was drenched in salad dressing and not edible. My husband had the turkey Reuben, which was just OK. We had the pumpkin pie cheesecake for dessert which was actually pretty good. My Tito’s and club soda was weak.Overpriced for what you get.I would try somewhere else.

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Ridley
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall it is a good place to eat. We have been here many times before. Good food and service. It was very crowded because there was a concert scheduled for later that evening at a venue across the street. The spacing between the tables was very close to accommodate the large crowd. Fortuantly the people beside us were very friendly, because we were so close it felt like we were all together.

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vipHerm
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Haven’t been there in a number of years. Looking for a place that was convenient to where I was in Chelsea Tavern who is it on a Sunday night. Places aging a bit and it was moderately busy. Service was pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit in just over a week. A great brunch menu. Food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was very bland. Service was bad.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The booths are a bit small. The server was good, on a few occasions she took a while to return to the table. Once she look in the direction of the table I was able to get her attention.

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tsteele3
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pre-theater brunch was delicious, generous, and peaceful. Highly recommended.

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BuddyW
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lower rating on value due to a 20% upcharge as of this writing due to COVID.

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ChrisE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners. My turkey wrap was fresh and tasty…coconut shrimp starter was excellent, crispy…pretzel cruller great with herb butter and cheese. Husband had mushroom soup…said it was excellent….it must be cuz he makes his own and he’s very picky. Service was wonderful. Will definitely return. 👍🏻

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good and the server herself was pleasant and attentive. Food was good and prices are reasonable. Plus the convenience of the location across from the Grand can’t be beat.

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vipHungrygirl
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Chelsea Tavern is ok. Standard pub food. Nothing special, but a good place to eat if you are going to a show across the street.

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Pamk
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

First post-pandemic return to what was for years a favored spot. Disappointing to say the least. Arrived for our 6:30 reservation to be told we were being seated outdoors. At no point was there any indication in the reservation process that even hinted at outdoor seating - it is October! That was unacceptable, especially since a member of our party was a senior with health issues. We were given an indoor table after I objected. We ordered within 5 minutes of being seated - 2 sandwiches, a burger and an order of fish and chips. 50 minutes later, our food finally showed up. However, the burger ordered medium, was nothing but a pile of raw meat! Not rare, but literally nothing but raw meat, not even warm thru. Our waitress did secure a replacement but as we had theatre tickets, our member barely had time to wolf down about half the burger. Management did remove the burger from our tab. Overall, a very unpleasant experience for which we were assessed an automatic 20% additional service charge on our bill. One would assume that if if an establishment feels justified in assessing a service charge, they should be providing at least acceptable service. We'll be eating elsewhere in the future.

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DebraM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Knowing how crowded the Chelsea gets when there is a show at the Opera House, I made a reservation for 6:15 since the show was at 8. Arrived a little after 6 and it was about 20 after before a hostess ever even appeared at the desk. She couldn't find our reservation even though I had a confirmation number. Had me spell our name again, then said it looked like they seated our party already and there were no other tables available. Luckily someone was just leaving so I asked to have their table. She was hesitant but let us sit there. Service was unusually slow. We got our food with only a half hour before showtime. Waiter never checked with us to see if we wanted drink refills. Got the check and they are automatically adding a 20% service fee to the checks! I normally tip over 20% anyway even when service is lousy but I was shocked to see that they added it to the bill. Next show we will most likely go somewhere else. It's so loud in there you can't have a conversation anyway.

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Donna15
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was not honored. Several other parties had reservations for the same time and no tables were available for any of us. We left and had dinner elsewhere. Never going back here!

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KimW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a convenient stop prior to attending a show at one of the venues in the street. Beer selection is great, cocktail program insured there’s always something you will like. The food is always good

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vipCarlLaFang
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was not as good as it has been. Waitress was not as attentive as previous waitstaff. Felt sorry for Joe - he was working harder than everyone else. Beer selection super, as always

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MAPe
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were going to a show and we wanted to have dinner
Food was good, service was great

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Cyndee
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a wonderful surprise. We were looking for an eatery near The Grand since we were seeing Thursdays show. The Tavern has wonderful unique Martini's and a very versatile menu. We dined on starters of Wings , Brussel Sprouts , Quesadilla , and then Caesar Salads, Quinoa w/shrimp and Turkey Reubens. The 4 of us shared and everything was excellent. We can't wait to go back again. And we will be requesting our server Q because she is excellent, checking on us just often enough .

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riley
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We’re visiting from out of town. Sometimes you walk into a place and it feels right. The waitress was helpful and her food suggestions were right on. The mushroom soup and short ribs were just what we needed. Hope to return

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BigBuck
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was OK but far from outstanding. It was a busy night and the staff was hustling but it made for pretty slow service. Doubt we’ll be back.

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Mavis
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our dinner here was delicious! This has become our go to place when seeing a show at the Opera House across the street. What started as a convienence, due to location, has become something to look forward to! We always love the food, drink selections and the service is always great! We enjoyed the special tator tot appetizer, my husband had a perfectly cooked steak, while I enjoyed the special pan seared scallops. We topped everything off with one of their desserts!

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Johnm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and enjoyed. Food was very good and so was service.

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had the coconut shrimp appetizer. Only 4 small shrimp and they tasted burnt. I had the Turkey wrap and is was good. Overall, ok but not fine dinning.

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SharonC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a pre-show meal. Our server was outstanding!

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Greygoose
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Maddie was a friendly & helpful server!

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MelindaSW
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was ok. I was expecting a little higher quality from the menu descriptions. The service was pretty good for being short-staffed. It was a little dark and loud for a comfortable brunch. Would probably be fine for dinner and bar time. The thing that put us off the most was the 20% additional "COVID FEE". I was trying to find out if that was a normal thing in Delaware, as we are from out of town. I am hoping that the restaurant utensils, tables, etc. were being cleaned thoroughly before the pandemic. So I'm not sure of the charge. I hope it doesn't cause people to tip the servers less. I know they are struggling right now.

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vipTina
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our go to place. Always good food and beer selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We arrived at 1230 and did not get our brunch order for an hour! Our drinks also took forever. The food was great and our server was nice but 2 hours for breakfast food and drinks is not acceptable.

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JacquelynJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Tip should be according to service not automatic, this allows a server to choose when to return to the table.

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DelawareDiner
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

CT continues to be a consistently good place to eat. Outdoor seating along the side of the building was very nice for a July evening with low humidity. Service was OK and I think the kitchen staff is a bit strained based on comments from our server. Meal was good but not quite as good as we have had previously. I had tuna and my husband had the seafood stew special. All fresh and cooked correctly. They are adding a 20% service charge to all checks which goes to the servers. It is called out on the menu so there is no surprise when the bill arrives. We were fine with that approach given the beating the food service industry has taken during COVID. Tip: Always order trio fries!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional

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vipMaggie
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

It was unbearably hot inside when it should have been well airconditioned. Food was less than average. Service was the only plus. 20% is included in the bill. No wonder.

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Alanvw
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Outdoor seating is a nice plus; recommend sticking with the basics here

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Definitely a Tavern experience! The server we had was absolutely lovely and attentive. The manager was really a nice guy and did his rounds to make sure everything was OK! The food selection were OK and everything we ordered came out hot a fast! You must try the pineapple up down cake martini!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Our experience at Chelsea Tavern was disappointing. We were seated for our 10am reservation and placed our drink and food order in a timely manner. Shortly after a very large group (30+) arrived at the restaurant. We didn’t see our waitress or any of the wait staff for the rest of our meal — my filet was rubber, our waters weren’t refilled and never had an opportunity to ask for condiments. Our waitress was kind but she was set up to fail. The Chelsea Tavern management team did not properly staff the restaurant to accommodate the reservation / walk-ins.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Waited well over an hour for a burger and fries and the fries were undercooked and burger tasted like it was a week old. First time ever going there and would not go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
54 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you guys! Can’t wait to see you again!

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Laura
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Crab omelette was no good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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vipTina
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our go to place. Always good food and great beer selections!

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You can order delivery directly from Chelsea Tavern using the Order Online button. Chelsea Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 482-3333.

Chelsea Tavern is rated 4 stars by 1289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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