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Home Grown Café, Newark, DE

Home Grown Café

4.7
4.7
459 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Home Grown Cafe is an independently owned, award-winning, downtown Newark, DE staple, residing centrally on Main St. for over 23 years under founding owner, Sasha Aber. Matt McConnell leads an incredible staff and day to day operations. Award winning Executive Chef Andrew Thorne is the chef de cuisine who constantly pushes the envelope with locally made from scratch dishes of his own creations, as well as mentoring and showcasing our staff's talent. Home Grown has been named Best of Delaware Upstate for over two decades by Delaware Today readers including awarding the honor of Best Chef Upstate to Andrew Thorne (2022) Guests enjoy incredible service and made from scratch food for all dietary lifestyles, including carnivorous, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-sensitive in a welcoming environment for all patrons. Colorful walls are adorned with local pop art. The bar features a large array of upscale spirits including house-crafted cocktails and mocktails, over 65 beers, and great wines.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Burgers
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (302) 266-6993
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Thorne
  • Catering
    Home Grown offers wrap platters for pick-up Monday through Friday. Minimum of two days order confirmation is required for smaller orders, larger orders may require more time.
  • Private party contact
    Sasha Aber, Owner: (302) 266-6993
  • Neighborhood
    Newark
  • Cross street
    Haines Street
  • Parking details
    A public parking lot is located directly behind Home Grown Cafe. <br />Street parking may be available
  • Public transit
    Dart bus system stops one block down on Main Street.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 459 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Best Service

  • Delaware

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Great for brunch

  • Delaware

    Kid-friendly

  • Delaware

    Innovative

  • Delaware

    Good for groups

  • Delaware

    Healthy

  • Delaware

    Lively

459 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch! Service and food was fantastic Will definitely return

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  2. CRMacDonald

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was friendly and attentive. My omelet was large (I took half home). Almost too loud to hear my friend with table of 6 right next to us. I would go again, but during a less busy time.

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  3. nativeDelawarean

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had brunch at Home Grown and it was delicious. Our server was friendly and attentive. We did not feel rushed and were able to enjoy our meal.

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  4. Gibs

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently met two friends at Home Grown for lunch & we had a great time there. We shared the Cauliflower wings with plum pepper sauce & it was delicious. I chose the lunch special which included a cup of soup, half sandwich & side salad. It was excellent & a very good value. One friend got the classic burger that was cooked perfectly. The other friend had the falafel sandwich which she said was delicious. Our server Claire was helpful with menu selections & attentive but not overbearing as she could see that we were busy talking & catching up with each other. There were a good number of people seated in our area but the noise level was low. It was a great lunch break & we plan to visit again soon.

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  5. JSSMD

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff and service was great. The presentation of the food was great. Our appetizer was good - hummas. The our main courses were the Cobb salads, french toast, and the burrito - all were okay. The restaurant serves large portions.

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  6. SteveC

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Did not like that our entrees were delivered whilst we were still eating our appetizers.

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  7. TaylorS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here and it was great! From the service to the food, everything was awesome. Our waitress, Becca, was on point and very friendly!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was amazing! The unlimited mimosas were exactly what we needed to close out date weekend. I had the country fried steak and gravy over biscuits, my husband had shrimp and grits. My meal was delicious. While I wish it would have had a bit more gravy (I would have loved to swirl my home fries in it) - it was still heavenly. My husband rarely eats seafood, and he couldn’t speak highly enough of his plate. Throughout the course of the day, he kept bringing up how much he loved brunch. That says a lot! Our waitress was phenomenal as well. She kept bringing us our champagne for mimosas, which was the shining star. Who knew pineapple juice in a mimosa was that good? The only part to the meal that made it a 9.5/10, and it wasn’t even the fault of Homegrown itself, was the persistent screeching of the child seated right next to us. I’m assuming our waitress knew that the noise wasn’t altogether pleasant, but she made it bearable with the flow of mimosas. 😂 We will absolutely return. Hopefully this time with a little less volume.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex was wonderful. Food was delicious as always.

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  10. Momof2

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for restaurant week. We had a great time. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Atmosphere was fun. Server was attentive. Will eat here again.

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  11. AlanD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have eaten here several times. The food is always very good.

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  12. MrsB1234

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, they offered brunch. I plan to return.

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  13. AmyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu, food, service and ambience were excellent. Would go again!

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  14. Projournalist

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent menu choices. Wish grilled cheese had not been removed from the menu… but we’ll have it another time. Outstanding mushroom soup! Thanks for taking reservations.

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  15. LMGee

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Morning Harvest Buddha Bowl was awesome, and so was the Tiramius French toast.

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  16. Sara

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and yummy food! Portions were a good size (which is nice because prices aren't cheap). Definitely worth it!

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  17. JodieV

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty food fast service friendly, overall a great place to be

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  18. Jenn

    New York City

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for the first time during UD's parent's weekend. What a great find! Food was outstanding, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was fun and comfortable. We will definitely be back when visiting our student.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome service and great food when we were celebrating a girlfriend’s birthday. French toast, delicious! The manager engaged us and offer a surprise gesture. I thought that was nice. I would return.

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  20. DanielleM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really had a great time here! The brunch options were delicious and I loved the different juice selections for the mimosas. Really good small café vibe with great flavors. I will be coming back for happy hour!

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  21. georgeA

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch spot. Always consistently good. Super service

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  22. LMGK

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always love to eat at Home Grown. The food is fantastic and the service is great. This is our first time sitting outside which is a fully covered porch which we enjoyed very much. Just a side note that for tables bigger than two people, they have small barstools which are less comfortable than chairs with no back support. A high back stool would be a nice addition.

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  23. AlanF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food, service, atmosphere. Something for everyone on the menu.

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  24. JevjL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waitress ! Great food. Ease of parking too..

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  25. KimberlyC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Home Grown! We have always enjoyed ourselves and had delicious food and drinks.

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  26. Hofbraumama

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay, nothing spectacular. Service okay, again nothing spectacular. The floor and tables were a bit sticky…like a bar.

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  27. AlanB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always delicious. Both vegan and non-vegans at the table were delighted with their food and the service

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  28. Kate

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always! Recommend the Nashville hot tenders, fries, and malt vinegar aioli

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  29. BartH

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Great as always. Just disappointing that we ordered apps and meals. Everything came out at the same time.

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  30. SisF

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex made our Mother’s Day brunch experience a great one! Thanks for the recommendations and for taking care of our 3 generations - grandmother, mother, daughter - day out. Our food was absolutely delish! So many choices… thank you!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was GREAT!!! Becca, our server, was very attentive and accommodating. My niece and I have been before so we took my mom for a pre Mother’s Day brunch and she was very pleased. For drinks we did Bellinis and I wound up switching over to the unlimited mimosas which were really good, but I think the Bellinis were better. We had the cauliflower with all the sauces on the side. We all wound up ordering the tuna and avocado toast and it was very very good. Home Grown is a vibe and we will def be back in the future!!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Experience. Vibe is chill. Employees are Nice

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  33. Luv2dine

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great. I really enjoyed the burgers, fries and chili.

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  34. DeniseG

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    April was our server and she was fantastic. Very attentive and friendly. The food was excellent. The nachos are next level fantastic.

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  35. AmandaL

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Made a reservation for outdoor seating through open table, the restaurant did not have any outdoor seating for us stating I didn’t include that in the notes. Informed them that the system prompted me to choose indoor or outdoor seating so I didn’t think a note was necessary.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing brunch menu and great options for gluten free. Thank you

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  37. Projournalist

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A fun place to enjoy good, cut-above pub food with a lot of excellent dietary options and a very flexible menu. Ambiance is loud, but there are a few quieter pockets if you get the right table (rear, en route to the back door). Food is prepared freshly (I doubt anything is cooked-from-frozen) and served hot directly from the kitchen. Service, including greeting at the door, is friendly. There’s music in the evenings. Glad they take reservations by Open Table, because this place often is busy.

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  38. KateT

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot for Brunch when visiting my daughter at school. Lots of variety on the menu, including vegetarian options.

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  39. tivo21

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's been a while since I'd visited HGC, but it was as great or better than I remember. My friend and I shared the hummus plate, which is terrific. Our individual meals were also fabulous. I don't think you can go wrong with any dish you choose. I won't wait as long between visits.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Was for a Birthday. Acoustics was horrible. Couldn’t even hear to have a conversation with person sitting across from you. We sat out on floor so maybe table by window are better. Asked for both but they said no that’s only for large groups. Dirty burger super greasy but wrap was good and of course mushroom soup amazing. Server was attentive.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Home Grown Café offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 266-6993.

Home Grown Café is rated 4.7 stars by 459 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Home Grown Café

126 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Haines Street
  • Neighborhood
    Newark
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    A public parking lot is located directly behind Home Grown Cafe. <br />Street parking may be available
  • Public transit
    Dart bus system stops one block down on Main Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Thorne
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (302) 266-6993
  • Catering
    Home Grown offers wrap platters for pick-up Monday through Friday. Minimum of two days order confirmation is required for smaller orders, larger orders may require more time.
  • Private party contact
    Sasha Aber, Owner: (302) 266-6993
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