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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!
Wilmington, DE 19801
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
Between West 8th & West 9th
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
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
Chelsea Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
My husband and I were in Wilmington for a concert. We had reservations which was a necessity as people were being turned away.
We were seated in a timely mammer amd had the fun of being seated in a small private dining room with 3 other couples who were all attending the show.
The server was pleasant and efficient. She explained the specials and promptly took our order.
The choices were interesting which made a decision difficult. I ended choosing the baked chicken. My husband had steak. Both were delicious.
Dinner arrived in a timely mannerand we even had time for dessert.
I loved this venue. The food was tasty, the prices were fair and it was an overall fun vibe. We will be back.
Mediocre at best. Had dinner with friends. Two of us got salads with no dressing. I ordered a margherita pizza that arrived with two separate layers of cheese and very little basil. Tasted okay but wasn't what I expected. A friend ordered risotto, an expensive entree. Plenty of seafood but otherwise tasteless. Won't go there again.
We arrived early and were seated immediately. The wine was great, the salad was very large, and it was a half salad, and the pizza was delicious. The service was a little slow, but it was to be expected since there was a show across the street at the Grand. We have dinner here every time we go to a show.
We reserved a table for 3 since it is close to the The Grande and we had tickets to see the ballet at 7pm. Our reservation was for 5:15, and we got our food in a very timely manner and had plenty of time to have dessert, and get our seats at the ballet without having to rush at all.
Very tasty meal.
We always dine at the Chelsea Tavern before attending a show across the street at The Grand. This was the first time that we were seated in the wine cellar. It was a great intimate setting. The food and service was very good. We shared the hot crab dip appetizer. My husband enjoyed the enormous buffalo chicken sandwich and I had the Asian salad with shrimp. We will be back!
This was a busy night, so the service was slow, which is understandable. Everyone was there before the show at The Grand. I was disappointed in my risotto, as was our guest. It was a very small portion, but not very tasty. I just won't order it again! We go here before every show, so we will be back! It is better on a non-show night, however.
We set the reservation for 8 through opentable a few weeks in advance. When we got there we were about 12 in our group, they made no effort to switch us to a bigger table as we all were chair to chair at a round table made for 6 comfortably. Mind you the place seemed deserted. overall the waitress was pleasant and accommodating when they ran out of the pastrami one guest ordered, however 5 people ordered the crab Panini and 3 got sick. I had a burger ordered medium well and came out perfect, ate everything but the bun which I think was buttered and I do not prefer that. The crab dip was piping hot, but the dipping selections consisted of out of the box crackers and a couple pieces of crostini, its 2017 lets be more inventive. With that being said, we will be back as a work group and individual's based off everyone's feedback it was an enjoyable experience.
Coming to the Grand from the downstate beach area, we weren't sure where to go for dinner before the show. Open Table was the perfect way to preview choices and boy did we get this right. Fabulous wine, fresh, surprisingly great salad and the best oven fired pizza....and that's saying a lot given the amazing pizzas around the beaches. I plan to make Chelsea Tavern a part of any Theater event I attend! If you try it, you won't be disappointed.
Quick dinner before seeing a concert at The Grande, across the street. We sat downstairs in the wine cellar. Service, food and beverages were all good.Appetizer, salads, entrees and dessert plus three beers were $75 - not bad. Brussel sprout appetizer was a bit salty for our taste everything else was very good.
My wife and I were in for dinner before a show at the Grand. Which by the way is directly across the street. We have dined at the Chelsea in the past and it was still up to snuff as a great diner spot. I had the NY strip steak which was fabulous, one of the best steaks I have had in a long time. Wifey had the roasted half chicken. She liked the chicken very much but was turned off by the mass of creamed carrots it was served over. A little much unless you really like carrots. Hey sometimes you miss. We both enjoyed the Brussel sprout appetizer as a start. We will definitely be back.
Made a reservation based on proximity to the Grand Opera House as we were going to a show there. Reservation was for 6, show was at 8, so we had plenty of time for a nice leisurely dinner. Or so we thought. Arrived on-time, was seated immediately, & within 2 minutes, Bob the waiter came over & took our drink order. UNFORTUNATELY, Bob was not our waiter for the evening. OUR, waitress finally appeared to take our food order about 20 minutes later. At this time we not only bagged ordering appetizers, but told her we attending the show at 8 across the street and were on a strict time frame. We never saw our waitress again, as runner's delivered our food. The tables on either side of us were seated long after us, had their drinks, appetizers, dinner, dessert, paid their bills, and left for the show LONG before we ever even saw her on the floor again. At 7:45, she finally appeared & we had to wave just to get her attention. She then asked if we wanted dessert. Biting my lip so as to not be extremely rude, I told her we no longer had the time, and could she please just bring our us our check immediately. Apparently she had no concern , as we did not get our check until 8:05.
Although what little bit of food we were able to try was indeed delicious, the overall experience was a nightmare. We not only should have been able to have appetizers, dinner, dessert and pay for our food within the two hour time frame we allotted but, due to our waitress' lack of respect for our time, we were only able to get entrees. Would have loved to try some of the yummy appetizers & desserts we saw on the menu. Needless to say we did not make it to the show till almost 8:30. Next time we'll save the money & time eating elsewhere
We stumbled across the Chelsea Tavern because my husband was looking on Groupon for someplace new to go. Our party consisted of our two children, my parents, and the two of us and we were ALL very happy! The crab dip appetizer was so good my parents wanted to take it home! The pretzel appetizer comes with a cheese to die for! Among the adults, our entrees included the risoto, steak, and duck and each of us was beyond pleased. Unique flavors, great portion sizes, and a cute and comfy restaurant. The day and time we went was slow and we nearly had the place to ourselves, but I can tell that it's hopping for the theater crowd and probably later in the evenings. Definitely worth checking out!! A little pricey for the regular menu prices, but with the Groupon deal it was a reasonable price for a nice, unique meal.
we eat at Chelsea Tavern on Friday nights when we have tickets for the Delaware Symphony which is right across the street. It is casual, reasonably priced and food is good. We ate for the first time in their wine cellar(literally) which was a nice quiet spot with 4 tables. The service was very good.
Great spot for pre or post Grand theater eats & drinks, but definitely make a reservation because they get very busy before the shows! The food was delicious and the portions were large. Service was good, though a bit slow due to how busy they were. The selection of draft beers, ciders & mixed drinks was impressive!
Hadn't eaten here in a while, and received a nice discount from Groupon, so thought we'd give it another try. My disappointment started with my cocktail, a dark and stormy. Tasted like a rum and coke with flat coke - not even a hint of ginger beer. I am not one to send food or drinks back, but at the urging of my husband after I couldn't take another sip, I sent it back and ordered a glass of wine instead. Our waitress was excellent, though, and I didn't detect even a hint of annoyance when she replaced my drink. The disappointment continued with the food. Everything was way over-salted, and this is coming from someone who loves salt. It was almost inedible and we didn't end up finishing one dish. The scallops were completely inconsistent and ranged in size from medium to super dinky. The duck was described as crispy, but came out fatty and very gamey. Normally, I love duck, but I couldn't finish one piece. We opted to take dessert home - cheesecake with a fresh blueberry compote. The dessert was outstanding.
Unfortunately, service and dessert are not enough to make me want to come back. Sorry, Chelsea Tavern - I really want to like you!
We had a light meal before going to a comedy show at The Grand. The kobe beef sliders were juicy, lean and cooked just right. The Asian Salad with grilled shrimp was really good too. We picked the tavern because it is literally across the street from The Grand. We were pleasantly surprised - really good food
We were looking for a restaurant Groupon in Wilmington this past Friday and came across Chelsea Tavern and I'm glad we did.. The staff was accommodating and friendly.. The food great... Our server, Tooba, was excellent!!!! Attentive, courteous, knowledgeable and extremely pleasant... we will definitely go back the next time we visit Wilmington
Food was good. Service was good, though if I was nit picking, they didn't clear the plates out until we went to pay (as a server in my previous life, that is poor etiquette as plates should be cleared when plate is empty).
They had no desserts which was a shame since we were there for a birthday celebration.
Beer selection was incredible. Great venue to dine in prior to show.
Bathrooms were a bit dirty and appeared to not have been cleaned that day.
Best customer service in town by far!!!!! Our waitress was beyond amazing! So attentive and the sweetest personality. I could go on for days about the service as it is very hard to find even mediocre service these days. I am so sorry i do not remember the name of our waitress but she was so sweet and amazing. The food.........WOW. COOKED TO PERFECTION. the burger and prime rib were ordered medium and came out just that. I was totally pleased with my experience and will definitely be back!
The place looked really nice inside and seemed very cozy. The candles really provided nice lighting. The booth was comfortable and large providing plenty of room for up to like 6 people. We were there on a double date and it went great. Great food and friendly service. Best pulled pork sandwich I've ever had.
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