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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DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was okay. The waitress was so busy but, there was barely anyone in there. I was expecting to like it more than I did. I don’t think we will return. Although the fries were very good.

CC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was delicious, service was great.

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The chicken breast on the sandwich I ordered was not thoroughly cooked.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food
19 year Anniversary

AJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great selection of beers and a very solid bar menu. Our large group was well taken care of and food was good.

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Large section of beers, outstanding service and good food.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Coffee was great. Our servers were very friendly and attentive. Omelet and egg pie were cold and not tasty. Crab cake sandwiches were ok. Sides (potatoes) were not edible-cold and chewy. Restrooms were awful.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food choices are unique and amazing. I would like to see more savory vegetarian options. Yum

j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, great value, but despite it being very empty on a Wednesday, night, there wasn't a lot of attention paid to our table by the server.

MT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Father’s Day

LW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Our table was ready, service was very good, menu options were adequate and everyone enjoyed their selections. There was a male team of 25-30 people that made the noise level a bit more than "energetic"

N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good place for a business meeting

AR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice brunch on the patio, which was secluded away from the street. The area is covered, and we enjoyed the classic rock music and still were able to have easy conversation. Everyone enjoyed cocktails or beer and the many brunch choices. It would have been nice to have more salad choices other than Caesar (especially the beer salad which is always great) and another vegetarian choice than the omelet that wasn’t a sandwich.

j
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

atmosphere is nice, food was good, service was friendly, but slow. We did have a larger party of 10, but the resturant was less than half full and it took a very long time for our meals to be served. Not the server's fault I realize.

SH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, beer and service as always!

RI
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent tavern choice. Good service. Fun enviornment.

AR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had excellent food and service at Chelsea Tavern. The prix fix dinner had generous portions of the charcuterie (wonderful smoked duck and other meats), pork loin with spinach and sweet potatoes, and snickers pie with Woodside Dairy ice cream. The pork was tender and moist (the best we have tried in past year +). The California Reuben was very good, and the beet salad was just as good as in the past. We would have liked a few browns, porters, or scotch ales on tap list.

b
Poconos
24 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

we go to Chelsea before performances of Delaware Symphony since it is across the street. it is convenient and food and service are good and reasonably priced.

FL
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chelsea Tavern is always a great experience. Great food, friendly staff and good service.

R
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for mother's day brunch, and everything was Fantastic! Parking is the only tough part about this place, but I heard that depending where you park, they can add a credit to your bill

DF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had two meals at Chelsea Tavern when visiting Wilmington. Dinner was a much better contender than brunch, but I'd recommend this spot for both meal-types.

At dinner, we had the pulled pork sandwich and Buffalo wings. Both were outstanding. Definitely splurge and have the trio fries - the aioli was absolutely delicious, with just enough kick. Our friends loved their entrees as well.

At brunch, we had to have a do-over on two of our entrees, but it was Mother's Day, so they were swamped. They were really nice about it. My husband's eggs benedict were overdone, and my omelette was missing ingredients. The coffee was terrible :) but we didn't complain, because the mimosas were delightful.

The real standout at this place is the fantastic service. The place has a chill vibe, and the staff were all really nice! Even though this is billed as a "gastropub", and the food really IS way better than your standard pub grub - there isn't any attitude about it. Highly recommended for a relaxed meal of delicious food.

C
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great place however the service was a little off. The fries were really oily; that may be by design though. My beer sat at the bar for almost twenty minutes while the staff was standing next to it. The server also spilled it on the way over without topping it off. If you’re a beer drinker, you know what I mean. Otherwise, I would still recommend this place. Seems like the staff was just having an off day.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the breakfast nachos! Brunch is always fantastic!

CF
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A perfect place for a pre-opera lunch. The mushroom bisque was delicious and the roasted beet salad outstanding.

SG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to grab a bite before our show at the Queen. Very close to the Grand also and downtown Wilmington. Nice server who knew her stuff and attended to us very nicely. Will definitely go again.

NW
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was not happy with Open Table. It let me book an 11am reservation when the restaurant did not open until 11:30am.

I also thought that the Jambalaya was too salty and the rice was a little soggy. It was perfect once I took it home and made Jasmine rice.

Overall, the restaurant had great service, the ambiance was cool, and the Calamari was great!

N
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice casual dining in a nice, somewhat dark, good restaurant with a downtown atmosphere. Cool nice people around, young and old. A good menu brunch. Overall we were pleased.

AL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was very nice and the food was good. The Tavern is located across the street from the The Grand Opera house so it was very convenient to attend the opera after lunch.

OL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Convenience to the Grand, Chelsea Tavern's food has always been disappointing to me. It sounds great on the menu, but execution is not up to snuff and service before an event is slow (the kitchen's fault, I think) -- so get a very early reservation. Drinks and bar snacks are the best way to go here.

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, waiter was very attentive.....
Made a reservation with no difficulty.
Will definitely return for another visit.

T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service. A great spot to eat dinner before a show at the Grand.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Pre show dinner and drinks

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Day or night vibe is always on point.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Our reservation was not recognized. The staff were cleaning up a "Party", abd the service was awkward.

K
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to Chelsea Tavern for Restaurant Week. We have been there a few times before (for lunch and dinner) and enjoyed great food and a large beer selection. For this visit, the service was pleasant but seemed a bit slow based on the few diners at the time. Beer flights were good. :) Clam Chowder was very good. Quinoa salad was good. Bacon-wrapped filet, green beans and mashed potatoes were great and cooked perfectly. Duck breast was good. Roasted Brussels sprouts were overcooked and WAY too salty. Server offered to remake them and the replacements were even more overcooked and looked boiled instead of roasted, with no seasoning at all. Bleh! The server offered another side or a salad, which was nice. The manager stopped at our table and gave us a small gift card towards a future visit, which was also nice. Although it was the first night of the special restaurant week menu, they were out of one of the desserts. They subbed a Snickers torte, that was very good. The bread pudding was more like a custard, but tasty. Overall, a decent meal and service, but we wont be racing back anytime soon. We will likely explore more of the places in the area before deciding to return.

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our dinner was great and so was our service. Our sever Danielle was very attentive and great service with a smile.

CT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We all had good meals - and a great beverage selection (it IS a tavern). The burger, salmon entree, and white bean chili were the best of the table. Convenient to the Opera House... of course.

B
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tuna and the rib eye steak and they were both delicious. The accompanying sauces and sides were yummy. Nice place!

HL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, went before a show in town on a Saturday night, service was excellent, food was incredible, will definitely be coming back!!

NT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Only one seafood entree on the menu .. should have a couple specials during Friday’s in Lent

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