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Permanently Closed - Espuma - Rehoboth Beach

4.0
278 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Espuma in Rehoboth Beach is a classy restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean and European-influenced cuisine. The restaurant's interior features a large full-service bar, a spacious dining area and modern décor and lighting. Espuma is a great place to catch up with friends or enjoy a relaxing meal with family.

Start off with a bowl of spring pea soup or an appetizer like fresh local asparagus with chicken liver mousse, Ahi tuna tartare and local strawberry salad with cucumber noodles, watercress, basil, pistachio butter and goat cheese. Main dishes at Espuma include options like herb crusted New England codfish, filet of grass-fed beef, mushroom and black truffle ravioli and duet of local chicken.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(302) 227-4199
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jay Caputo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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4.1
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3.8
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2.8
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vipYumm (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Showed up for our reservation and the restaurant was closed. Word around town is that it has gone out of business. Seeing as how I made the reservation a month ago, a phone call cancelling the reservation would have been nice. OpenTable: you really need to look into this so that a bunch of other users don't end up like we did.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Please remove this restaurant from opentable. They are permanently closed and yet still taking reservations- for months apparently. Absolutely ridiculous

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

The restaurant was closed when we arrived and yet still accepted our reservations.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

The restaurant was closed despite reservation. An IRS letter was taped on their front door. Are hey closed for good?

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Easterdelight (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

Espuma was closed. Several people had also booked reservations, but it had definitely closed.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

We used Open Table to make our reservation because we got no reply to a phone call. We tried calling Espuma to get an earlier reservation, again received no reply, then were confirmed by Open Table, never having spoken to anyone at Espuma. Uneasily, we went at the newly confirmed time and Espuma was locked. We returned at the original time of our first reservation--7:00pm--and the door was still locked. There was no indication on Espuma's phone message that they had closed, or would be closed temporarily. This was September 8, a Thursday night and our anniversary. We had a satisfactory meal elsewhere, but think that Open Table ought to be more aware of a restaurant's status.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

After a couple subpar meals, we stopped going to Espuma, but after a few years, we decided to give it another shot. We walked in and it was almost empty. As we were walking to our table, we noticed three other tables covered in dirty dishes. We sat down and were handed dirty menus and a crumpled wine/drink list. The hostess left and we waited and waited for our server. As time went by, we were getting so grossed out by the filth, that we left and went to Salt Air (which is consistently fantastic!). I tried to catch the hostess' eye to let her know we were leaving, but she never looked up at us, even as we waltzed out the door. I really can't believe they're still in business.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Hard to believe there wasn't a wine list? The bartender was dealing with the bachelorette party. By the time he came to tell us about the wines, dinner was being served. So we skipped the wine. The waitress had only worked 2 days and was just helping out. She did her best. The food was excellent, but very small portions for the price.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

Completely bizarre restaurant. We went as a party of 11 for an early dinner at 530p. Five people at our table ordered $35 tuna entre which was on the menu. Ten minutes later the bartender came out of the kitchen to tell us they were out (we were the first to show up at the restaurant that day for an early dinner, how were they already out?) but that the cook had rockfish (did they run to the store and buy some cheap rockfish in those ten minutes, who knows?). Bartender apologized and said they would take drinks off our bill for the inconvenience. Those who ended up getting the rockfish were very underwhelmed by the quality of the food. And they still charged us the $35 for the rockfish (a much cheaper fish), and didn't take off any drinks as promised.

Bartender and waitress were very nice but the restaurant was extremely understaffed. We were the only party there, 11 people (restaurant had plenty advanced warning) and they struggled to staff even our needs. God forbid there was a second table dining.

Against, completely bizarre experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
1.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

Very unprofessional establishment. Made reservations for 5pm. Received a call 5 minutes before our reservations was told they could not accommodate us until 5:30pm. This did not meet our plans for the evening. Was told the chef was stuck in traffic??? Definitely a red flag. We did get a reservation at Zebra an Italian restaurant about a 10 minute walk away which was excellent. So go to Zebra and forget about Espuma.

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RoseanneD (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

FOOD AND SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE, THE PAELLA WAS DRY WITH MUSSELS THAT WERE OVERCOOKED AND SHRUNK

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GRPDS (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

As always, Espuma serves unique combinations of food, excellently prepared and well served. We're never been disappointed, and they work extraordinarily hard to deal with my wife's food sensitivities (wheat, dairy, corn, tree nuts, shell fish). Always a special night of dining!

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vipKenny (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Don't k ow what is going on - place was empty at 7:30 pm on. Friday during peak season but it remains a great spot. Paella was very good as was the mushroom ravioli. Limited daily menu may prove a negative to some. Service was good. Hope the crowds rediscover Espuma.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Worst dinner experience of all time!!! Way too many unacceptable issues to talk about. I'd be writing this for much too long and this place isn't worth the time. I just wanted to let others know so they don't make the same mistake. The owner should be ashamed to open the doors to the public yet he is still opening new restaurants.. I have a feeling local people already know about this. Seems like they already have one foot out the door

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

Everything was great, part time Rehoboth residents, hadn't been here in years - excellent service, food and wine recommendations !!

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basha (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

It took an hour from the time we were seated until we were served, despite the fact that there were only two other tables occupied in the restaurant. I ordered a salad and requested a piece of grilled fish on the salad; I was charged full price for a tuna platter as well as full price for a salad--the food was very good, but not worth the wait and the pricing.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

There was a long hair in my food. The waiter was dismissively unapologetic. The selection was limited and the service was poor at best. Small portions were unappealing served I will never go back.

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vipNirz (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

We were promptly seated. The restaurant is cozy. There were not many diners in the restaurant.

It took a long time before someone took our drink order.

Our waiter seemed to not know how to be a waiter; did not take our food order or ask if we wanted desert at the end of the meal.

The menus were left at the table after we placed our order.

One appetizer order was incorrect; we were compensated with a glass of wine.

The risotto was undercooked.
The tuna had a scent reminiscent of old fish; we have raw / seared tuna all the time and this was the first time it did not seem fresh.

The only persons who worked there who did a great job were the hostess and a gentleman who knew about wines; perhaps the sommelier.

I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Test (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Waitstaff not very knowledgeable of dishes. Menues were dirty with water and wine stains. Restroom needed cleaning. Did not receive entrees till hour an a half from ordering. Food was mediocre and a limited wine list.

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SuzetteB (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The food here was surprisingly good. Apparently there was only one chef on duty - fortunately it was not a busy night. Considering he was working alone (and everyone else in the restaurant seemed to be doing at least double if not triple duty (plating, taking orders, front-of-house, maitre d'), he managed to turn out plates that looked pretty and tasted amazing.

However, many other aspects of the restaurant could do with some work. The service was so slow that they ended up giving us our desserts for free to make up for it, and we noticed other tables that arrived after us getting antsy that their food was taking so long to arrive. The menus and wine lists were laser-printed, which I don't have a problem with at all, especially if, as seemed to be the case, they change daily and reflect seasonal produce. But if you're going to print out the menus and wine lists on regular paper, then please create new ones each day, don't recycle old lists that are splattered with food, wine and grease!

Overall, the staff and management seem to be trying really hard and I hope they can continue to make a go of it. With more kitchen staff and a little attention to detail, this will be a great option for upscale beach dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

The staff didn't seem to know who was waiting on our table of 5. This confused the drink orders and required us to order the same thing multiple times with different people. The restaurant wasn't crowded even though it was a sat night. When we asked a question the person we asked (about the menu) didn't know the answer and disappeared. We were afraid to ask any questions after asking for bread so as to not divert the focus from bringing us bread since the service was so slow. They acknowledged that they were slow and gave us complimentary asparagus which was delicious. The drinks were really good - ordering the fresh fruit of the day as mojitos. The vegetarian 7 kind dish was a huge disappointment. It was the size of appetizer and didn't fill at all. It was little piles of side dishes- a pile of sautéed mushrooms, sautéed potatoes, warmed tomatoes, sautéed squash. The menu nor the waiter explained the dish when it was ordered or served, however it was pretty obvious what it was. No idea how they got so many stars rated before. After we left I went to get more food elsewhere. Ordering dinner took at least 45 min.

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vipFoodiefun (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Espuma is a well kept secret in Rehoboth....maybe because it is somewhat off the main drag. The food is "New York Gourmet" good-yes, that good!
I hope they stay around a long time...kudos to the chef for his superb dishes and waiter Jason for his outstanding service!

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vipPA7Traveler (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

Espuma is one of the best restaurants in Rehoboth Beach. It has a quiet ambiance and an excellent menu of Mediterranean choices. We always enjoy the Paella. Jason makes every effort to make your visit to Espuma special.

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vipMauibob (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

We hadn't dined at Espuma since 2014 and wow, what a fall from grace. We used to avoid it in season because it was so hard to get a reservation. Now, we would avoid it because the food is no longer great, and the service was marginal at best. Despite being nearly empty, it took too long for our salads, and way too long for our entrees. And when it came, my steak was ordered medium, but came out well. Never over cook. Undercook, because it can be sent back for a quick remedy, and save you on food cost. I didn't dare send it back because who knows how long it would take. The staff there is very friendly, but that doesn't make up for the drop off on the quality, or lack of timeliness. Very saddened to write this....

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

Cheers. The food selection was creative and the food was great sans the roasted artichoke w lobster (too much soy sauce in broth). Next time back, I have already decided to have the ravioli stuffed with mushroom cream. The martini prepared with blood orange infusion was very nice. The desert was a great combinations of fruit and herb flavored dollops on a bed of tree nut crunch with fresh fruit. Jason made our experience light and fun on our first night out in over a year (foster dog with separation anxiety). The owner would do a big service to customers with a decor update. With such a fun vibe, a little brighter surrounding would be a grand finale.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Everything was amazing and Jason provided incredible service...will definitely return!

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susea (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

We had a Rez and arrived on time . All tables were filled, which we thought was a good sign. Sat at the bar to wait for a table to open up. There were only 2 servers running around , taking care of all the tables, making drinks at the bar, and checking people in as they came in the door. Something was amiss... The bar area was a mess. Pledge polish cans on shelf next to liquor bottles. Balled up rag on another shelf . The 2 men serving were doing the best they could with all the things they had to do. Felt bad for them. My paella was as dry as a bone. Aweful. My husbands tuna was pretty good. There were more cleaning supplies on a shelf in the dining area. Won't be back . Heard from other diners that the restaurant had been closed down the weekend before , then reopened. Something must be going on business- wise.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

My daughter and I had a delicious meal together at Espuma. We were celebrating Mother's day a week early. We had the herb encrusted tuna. It was delicious. And our server did a great job

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Have eaten here a number of times in the off season for special occasions. Food is excellent but pricey. On this particular Saturday, our reservation was early enough that we got our drinks and food with no problem, but dining room quickly filled to capacity with only one waiter on staff. That meant we couldn't arrange for coffee after dinner and it took a while to get our check. Unfortunate as the waiter himself was very good but couldn't manage to serve every table. Also wasn't able to get leftovers as they seemed to be tossed by kitchen in confusion.

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vipLcarson (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

Wonderful meal , excellent service.

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