Chelsea Tavern

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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, three blocks from The Queen Theater & 1 1/2 blocks from The Playhouse on Rodney Squre at The Hotel DuPont, Chelsea Tavern is the perfect choice for pre & post show dining.
Chef Dominic 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, 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!

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

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were seated in the basement and it was a very intimate environment

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Service was polite and quick, sensitive that we were going to a show after dinner. Problem was that we were seated in the basement which had an overwhelming musty smell of mold and mildew

PH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We often go to the Chelsea before a concert at the Grand or the Queen. And always go thru OpenTable for reservations. Made them a few weeks before the Squeeze show at the Grand. Got there at 6:30 and our friends were already there. Our server was great. Even after the wrong beers were dropped off at our table. We order appetizers and a usual we opted for the coconut shrimp. Usually they are very good but for some reason a few were not fully cooked. We mentioned this to our server and he took care of it. We order additional mac bites to make up for the shrimp. Good selection of beer and good appetizers. Service is always top notch.

LL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was outstanding, food was ok to good depending on what it was. Calamari was just ok and portion was very small. I had the pork wrapped in bacon which was delicious but the mashed sweet potatoes (which according to the menu were supposed to be perogies) were cold. We ate there mostly out of convenience since we had tickets to a show at the Grand right across the street.

S
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Pre-show meal, next time we’ll go to Jimmy Johns which would be considered gourmet as compared to the slop served at Chelsea. “Brisket” sandwich was rubbery lunch meat, burger was so loaded with salt you couldn’t taste the meat. Ordered a bottled beer that tasted foul, and when I checked the bottle it expired last August! When I pointed this out to server he offered to take half off the beer. Seriously?? I wasn’t looking for a discount I didn’t want to get sick from a beer that expired 6 months ago!

S
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food except the dessert special which was bland. Service was attentive and good.

AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, table service excellent. Front door reception was awful, but I think they were overwhelmed. No smiles from staff there, but our red headed waitress more than made up for it. Great place to eat before or after a show downtown. Will be back soon.

LA
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dinner was fabulous. Best meal I've had there. I had the pork tenderloin, friend had the duck and raved about it.

MH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved our waiter!!!!!

J
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

1) Waiter forgot us
2) Waiter didn't tell us about Valentine's Day special
3) Soup was lukewarm: steak was lukewarm; lobster was lukewarm (remarkably, consistently lukewarm)
4) Desserts were delicious
5) Seated at middle tables where patrons and employees alike continued to use the space between the tables as their thoroughfare. Literally had coats dragged across the top of our table as we were eating.

Will NOT recommend.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We arrived early and the host took the time to locate a table within 5 minutes. The waitress was made aware that we had tickets for the theater across the street and accomadated our time frame with asmile.

Great place to dine before a show.

DB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We often go to Chelseas and have had a few issues with the food in the past but the last 3 visits the food has been consistently very good. ON this trip, our food, wine were great, our server a little scattered. We finally ordered the wine from the bar after she had not done it for a good 15 min. We also ended up reminding her the beers ordered 15 min earlier were sitting on the bar for pick up. Generally our servers are much more attentive, the restaurant wasn’t packed, so maybe an off night? Even if we had the same server, we would not hesitate to go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful first experience at this downtown Wilmington establishment. A great place to share a meal before a show. It was Valentine’s Day and the menu was amazing. Will definitely be returning.

TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was a bit disappointed in the vegetable risotto. There were not many vegetables, but a lot of rice. I didn't think the dish was worth $19 at all.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

First time here with my party of 6 on Sunday February 9th, 2020. Had us standing for half an hour because they could not find the reservation. Mind you, I'm disabled. Finally a manager was summoned. He found the reservation, which was there all along. Took 15 minutes afterwards to seat us because they hadn't prepared the table. Needless to say, I was in severe pain at this point. I did not complain because we were going to see Sinbad across the street at the Grand Opera and I did not want to spoil the evening. After all the inconveniences, they comped us not one drink. That, to me, would have been a courteous offer, without having to ask.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Chelsea's Tavern was dilapidated and very disappointing. I could not bring myself to enjoy the food as I saw the dining room was empty yet the kitchen was stocked with food ready to be served. They have a very nice beer selection though. I would recommend stopping here for a beer then moving on to another location to order food.

MM
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Another good pre-show experience. The bacon wrapped pork tenderloin was very good as were the scallops my wife had. The service was very good.

SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very convenient to shows at the Grand. The food was good (did not understand the cheese on the Brussel sprouts, but hey - maybe someone would). Our server was fantastic and we were able to finish in time to make our show). Good pub food, reasonable price.

TO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was delicious, the bloody Mary bar was great but the service was very disappointing. We had to wait at every point, had to ask for our drink order twice; actually cancelled one of the drinks because it took so long. When we asked for coffee once of the party of three was served a half cup of coffee because there wasn't enough coffee brewed. For Sunday Brunch?? Seriously? And then when our coffee cups were filled again, she ran out once again. The food was very good, the service was terrible from start to finish, unfortunately. Luckily we arrived early and were seated 15 minutes early for our 12pm reservation or we would have been pressed to make our 2pm showtime. Would go back, for sure but will not have that waitress again.

d
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We stopped by between shows at the Grand Opera House for dinner. We showed up about 30 minutes early and the hostess was kind to seat us before our reservation time. There were many tables available. Unfortunately we were seated 1 table for two away from the door to the kitchen. So while the service was attentive and the food good, the experience was not what it could have been. Guess we should have complained, or not accepted the table, but as it was our first time here, we thought we would go with the flow. The pulled pork sandwich, chicken chili and beet salad were all very good. We chose not to stay for dessert.

PJ
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was OK, but not as good as in the past. The server, while friendly, was a bit short on attention to detail. He brought me the wrong meal. Additionally, the menu hasn't been updated for awhile.

l
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Blue and black burger-outstanding! French fries-outstanding,white and sweet potato and onions mixed together, awesome. Service was so quick and right! 5:45 reservations, early for a Friday but had an event at the Grand .

ML
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good pub food and nice service from Maddie. We were seated relatively close to the bar, which was fine, except when 1 guy would just yell loudly about the football game — really scream. Totally unnecessary and thoughtless on his part. Other than that, a nice visit.

A
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again we had amazing food and fantastic service. The waitress was very attentive and very understanding that we had to hangry child and quickly brought out toast allowing the moms to enjoy our Christmas brunch.

d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service! Perfect place to eat with friends before seeing a show at The Grand!

TW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great!! The good is amazing!!!

CK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were good but it was too noisy at the height of the dinner hour(s).

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was subpar. Dinner for 2 was almost 100 bucks. I would have expected more. We won’t be back.

P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Good food

DS
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place to grab a meal before heading to the theatre. Our food was very tasty & they have an amazing selection of beverages!

MM
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

W again dined at the Tavern before a show at The Grand and were again pleased. The server, Bruce, seemed new but was very attentive and as it got busier he kept up. The braised short rib was very good and it came with a potato lasagna that as excellent. My wife had the pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with sweet potato raviolis that she said was great. As usual, we'll be back.

w
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Took a little time to be seated even though we had reservation. I have eaten here before , and my overall experience has been very good .

A
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good. The brisket sandwich would have been better with the BBQ sauce on the side. The pumpkin cheesecake was ok. The cheesecake was not as thick as regular cheesecake. It was too soft and had an usual consistency. The topping on the cheesecake was too sweet with too much caramel sauce as well.

JC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and salad was delicious. We also had a very good appetizer

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It was originally supposed to be a birthday dinner. We ultimately went somewhere else.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints. We generally visit prior to a show at the Grand, but happened to be in town on a Thursday evening. A Sat the bar and enjoyed happy hour wine with a pizza. Great service from engaging young, (to us anyway) bartender. Slow night so nice change from the usual crush. Have never had a meal we didn't like.

DS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased with the Chelsea Tavern. Our reservation was honored promptly. Our waiter, Tommy, was pleasant and efficient. And the food...wow! Delicious! The crab dip tasted like homemade. We both had the daily specials (filet and swordfish). Do yourself a favor...if you are going to the Grand, be sure to include Chelsea as part of your evening. We even went back after the show for dessert. Yum!

A
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy a nice meal & drinks before we attend a show at The Grand. We were disappointed that they were out if the Brussel sprout appetizer but were very pleased with our entree’s. They’re draft selection is great too! Our server, Danielle, was very friendly and attentive. We’ll be back!

DD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking and the neighborhood environment could be better.

LD
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, beverages and food. Definitely will return!

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