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.
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.
Please remove this restaurant from opentable. They are permanently closed and yet still taking reservations- for months apparently. Absolutely ridiculous
The restaurant was closed when we arrived and yet still accepted our reservations.
The restaurant was closed despite reservation. An IRS letter was taped on their front door. Are hey closed for good?
Espuma was closed. Several people had also booked reservations, but it had definitely closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOOD AND SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE, THE PAELLA WAS DRY WITH MUSSELS THAT WERE OVERCOOKED AND SHRUNK
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!
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.
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
Everything was great, part time Rehoboth residents, hadn't been here in years - excellent service, food and wine recommendations !!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.