Chelsea Tavern

4.1
1278 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub

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Pre/post Theatre
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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 1278 people are saying
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Cyndee
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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LindsayR
Washington DC
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional

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vipMaggie
New York Area
67 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
53 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

Graduation

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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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Lucy
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone at Chelsea Tavern went out of their way to make our Mother's Day Brunch special, from the person who took our reservation, to the waite staff, to the owner, who personally came to each table & gave every Mom a $25.00 gift card. The food was outstanding as well. This has become one of our new favorite restaurants!

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JoeJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant experience overall

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vipJohnP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's been awhile since we visited Chelsea Tavern and we should have visited sooner. The new menu and food was excellent and enjoyed the beer and wine selection. We will be visiting again soon.

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AngelC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT food, service, staff and setting. I will be coming more often

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vipFoodie82
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was my first time at Chelsea's and I enjoyed the food and we had an excellent server named Maddy. She was pleasant and informative when making drink and food selections. It was a beautiful day so me and my friend sat outside. The only down side was there were several people walking past asking for money. I know there is no way for the restaurant to stop this but it just kind of ruined the enjoyment of being outside and catching up with a friend. We will definitely be back but will definitely be sitting in another area.

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JamesH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious, the service was great! definitely would recommend for brunch

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tivo21
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I wanted brunch outside to enjoy the sun. I suggested Chelsea Tavern and she was game. She and I thoroughly enjoyed our food and the sun. We'll be back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quinoa salad (add the salmon) is my go-to favorite and the Kennett mushroom soup was Delicious! Always a solid spot for any meal or just a great hangout. Joe & his team are always on it, and they're incredible community team players.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good pub food, even better beer menu

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DQ13
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wanted to find a great place for Easter Brunch and Chelsea’s Tavern delivered.

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vipHunert
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just OK Easter Brunch. The pancakes were nearly tasteless and they don't use real maple syrup. The sausages and bacon were good however. My wife's eggs Benedict had rubbery eggs . We won't be back for Brunch but may stick to dinner which is usually good. That is when they lift the automatic 20% service charge "due to COVID 19". Service didn't rate a 20% tip and unless you read the fine print on the check you wouldn't know it was there.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipTina
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great service and food. It's our favorite go to place!

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vipTina
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite go to restaurants. Always great food and service. They always have a great beer selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far our top 3 place in Wilmington. Amazing selection of beers, every server knows the menu and upsells well when there’s a great deal going. Didn’t get pizza this trip but definitely a hidden gem for pizza!

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vipJackB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!! Eggs Benedict with filet straps. Great idea. We will be back.

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vipGinji
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I went into this place in what turned out to be a very dicey neighborhood (There were 4 police officers outside) while my husband parked. I left my mask in the car. The owner was at the bar of this very dark, ugly restaurant (not like photos on web). He immediately asked about my mask (never had that happen before) in a very hostile way. I explained I left it in car. I then remembered my husband didn't have his cell. The guy saiid I had to have it right away & he had them. That's typical of all restaurants I've been in for the last yr. Then, he made me pay $1.00. He walked away. I went to put on the mask, I'm 5ft 3in.
it didn't cover my face. Additionally, it didn't have any way to attach except for two little paper holes. I left.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chelsea Cheeseburger was outstanding. The 8oz. Hereford Beef Patty with Beer-Braised Onions and White Cheddar was served on Brioche Bun. It was delicious.

The Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites with q
Marinara Dipping Sauce was delicious.

The Cheese Pizza with Plum Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese was wonderful.

I definitely will go back soon.

FAQs

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 4.1 stars by 1278 OpenTable diners.

Chelsea Tavern does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/chelsea-tavern/.

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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