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Chelsea Tavern

961 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;

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

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(302) 482-3333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Carnevale
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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.
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Cross street
Between West 8th & West 9th
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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
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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.
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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What 961 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VeraW (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

Nik922 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Very busy but food quality was good

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  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.

vipPhylliefoodie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Rookie (Philadelphia)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  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.

Amycp6 (Philadelphia)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  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.

Zman (Philadelphia)
3.0  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.