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About 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 Nuwan Karunarathna 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, 200 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!

821 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:00am

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Between West 8th & West 9th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 482-3333

Website:
http://www.chelseatavern.com/

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.

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Carnevale

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Tue 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Wed 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Chelsea Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Happy Hour (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for a Date (14)
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Comfort Food (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Live Sports (4)
Authentic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We loved this place on our first visit. You will feel like a regular. They listened to special requests and made lovely suggestions. The duck was very good and we enjoyed the scallops.

We can't wait to recommend Chelsea Tavern to friends who are regulars at Wilmington theater events.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Perfect place to go before the theater or show at The Grand. Always great food & excellent service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a great meal and great service! Valentine's special was superb!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience. Our party of really enjoyed the food and our server was terrific

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Though we love to go to Chelsea Tavern and enjoyed our food it was disappointing not to be recognized for our 25 th wedding anniversary as noted in my Open Table reservation Was not expecting anything more then for our server or manager to have known the detail of our dinner and my wife be recognized for hanging in there with me

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great spot for a fast paced meal before a show at the Grand. The food and service is great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Dined in the wine room... very cool

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We visited Chelsea Tavern with friends for the special prix fix Valentine's day menu (offered all week). The choices were varied and, as always, the food was excellent! Also, the beer menu, both draft and bottles, is always filled with a large variety of beers.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Really enjoy the Chelsea experience! Great menu food selection and outstanding specials, appetizers through dessert! Outstanding beer selection and cocktails are excellent also!
Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We always have a good experience at Chelsea. Good food, good service, good beer selection and fair prices. It’s our go to place in Wilmington.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good as was the service. A bit on the pricey side.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food. Very busy but food quality was good

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and drinks were good. Great selection of beer, regular and craft.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We selected the Chelsea Tavern for dinner because we had tickets to a show at The Grand, which is right across the street. We only had an hour to eat, but the waitress helped us with what to order so we would make the show on time. The food was delicious (I had short ribs and my husband had shrimp and grits) and the beer selection was amazing. We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Loved sitting downstairs in the wine room. Never knew it existed! Very quiet, romantic and quaint.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Making reservations online was perfect! Food was good and so was the service. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Will be back! Both service and food were great. Pre- show dinner

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Sports, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Perfect location, especially prior to opera house event. Good food, great beer and wine selections. Victoria, our wait server was terrific! Look forward to returning.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Veggie burger too spicy. Service very good. Very convenient for Grand Opera House. Nice menu. Would return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We waited an hour for our food while everyone who came after was served. The waitress was semi attentive. We had tickets for the symphony with a pre-show discussion. We missed half the discussion due to poor service. Management acknowledged the mistake and paid for our dinners. Overall very disappointing.

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Always visits you prior to a show in town. Quick service and yummy food. Ty

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent place to dine before and drink after a show, be it at the Grand, the Queen, or the Rodney Square Playhouse.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Staff is friendly & casual and the food is delicious & flavorful. Definitely make a reservation when there’s an event at The Grand, as it gets very busy with the pre-show crowd.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wings were great! Ordered NY Strip and Duck, not so much ... but it is a "tavern", so shouldn't expect a steak house meal. Sitting at a table for 2 is more like a school cafe, you are literally eating with a party of 2 on each side. The setting itself is very relaxing but the service was below par. I'd go again but maybe for a burger and wing kinda night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I enjoy the Chelsea Tavern whenever I'm in town for a show at the Opera House or the Queen. I order the salads or a burger and its always tasty and plentiful. Beer selection is very good something for everyone.

The server staff has always been very friendly and generally very slow. Long periods between visits and longer than expected between drink orders and service.

Overall, a good experience which has added to memorable nights in Wilmington.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Got seated promptly food good service good overall nice night before the concert

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We go to Chelsea Tavern often. Liked the new brunch menu!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had an excellent dinner. From the appetizer to dessert everything was delicious! Our server Stacy was very attentive and had a great personality!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Live Sports, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Four of us stopped at Chelsea Tavern before a show at The Queen. We used a Groupon to save some money. No issues using the Groupon. Food and drinks were all good, as was the service. We didn't have any issues making it to the show as planned.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food and service great. This is also a great restaurant location!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I was part of a group of 10 and had to book a separate party of 2 as the maximum number of guests OpenTable accepts is 8. The Chelsea Tavern accommodated us and a table for 10 was waiting when we arrived. Also, we arrived about 40 minutes early and were seated immediately - so impressed that the reserved table was ready when we got there. The food choices, quantity, and quality were excellent. We will definitely be back for another meal!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a solid choice with good menu and kid-friendly for families

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was inconsistent. Beet salad was delicious. Pulled pork sandwich was fatty. Crab panini was great. Pizza tasted like a lunchable. If you know what to order is very convenient and fast service pre-theater

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Live Sports
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Wonderful experience before a show across the street. Food was excellent, service was good for a very busy night. The staff is pleasant and friendly.
The menu is diverse, with many, many beers on hand. Wine by the glass has plenty of options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

They were only serving brunch when we arrived; so, our menu options were limited. However, I loved our waitress, who was very attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great dinner before the show. They are sensitive to timing for theatre patrons. Yummy crab dip and mushroom pizza was incredible.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious, service excellent. Our food came out quickly. Waitress personable and efficient

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I went to the brunch with some friends on Sunday morning. The place was dark and empty. I tried the Bloody Mary bar and it was disgusting. They left food (ie celery, peppers, and olives) out for anyone to touch/grab without proper utensils or ice to keep it cold. As we were finishing up, they tried to lite what I am assuming was a brick oven but the whole place started to fill up with smoke. They didn’t open a door or a window to try and get the smell out of the air. Thankfully, we were done eating and waiting for our bill as this occurred. As we left, the waitress was laughing saying she was “sorry for smoking us out.” We left the restaurant smelling of liter fluid and smoke. I had to go home and and change and shower before I went about the rest of my day. I will not be returning or recommending this place to a friend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went to brunch. We were early and it was pretty cold so they let us in a little before opening. Breakfast nachos and Monkey Bread were awesome. Staff was great and we had a lot of fun.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Chelsea Tavern is the 'go-to' place in downtown Wilmington. Food is always excellent and servings are large. Staff has always been great. The draft beer selection is awesome and they offer flights of five 6 ounce pours. On Saturday, you can make your own flight.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer
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