Domaine Hudson

4.5
1606 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Described as “one of Delaware's premier destinations for truly appreciating and understanding the dynamics of upscale food and wine” by The News Journal food critic, Domaine Hudson was awarded 3.5 stars (of 4) and recognized as Closer to Perfection, and has consistently been providing a place for great wine and food since November 2005. Delaware’s first true wine bar, they offer almost 40 wines to taste in 3 and 5-oz pours. The award winning wines by the bottle list features a broad array of about 450 old and new world wines. Frequently changing menu items allow the chefs to be creative and focus on quality ingredients. Small plate options, provide a perfect opportunity for wine pairing, or guests can simply choose from full size entrees. Whether you are an experienced oenophile or just want to enjoy some great wine/beer, the servers, who all have a knowledge of what they are pouring, can guide you through a memorable dining experience in an inviting atmosphere.
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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!! A hidden gem in downtown Delaware!

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

DH is still THE place to eat in Wilmington. The food and ambiance was every bit as we had remembered; the service polite and efficient. We've been going there for years when visiting my sister in Wilmington, and after her recent passing we ate there in her memory...a VERY good idea.

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NM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice food and good wine list. Excellent service but it was a very slow night.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing cooked to perfection and the seasonings were unique. We enjoyed everything we had. The cheese plate, the charcuterie, grilled octopus, ceviche, pasta with chicken sausage, even the asparagus had an awesome seasoning on it. Everything was wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was very good and knowledgeable. Both wine choices were excellent - the Hudson Manhattan with the correct cherries was outstanding. My problem is I have an allergy to garlic and only 3 items were cooked w/o garlic - so my choices were few. We drove from NYC and were somewhat disappointed because of the few choices.

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C
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always wanted to try French cuisine. This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The suquet, seafood stew, is amazing!

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent especially the English pea soup for appetizer. My brother in law had the rabbit which he thought delicious especially how it was prepared. The service was very attentive but not rushed. We were there for about three and half hours sipping wine after dinner. Highly recommend.

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JD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was, as always, outstanding, and Javier's recommendations for dishes and wine pairings were outstanding.

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L
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Well attended staff. Great wine selection. Wish there were more entree selections.

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TM
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Got the Price Fixe menu x's 2. Each course was outstanding. Had a rookie server but she was cute and accommodating which makes up for inexperience every time. The server didn't know what to recommend with the oysters, needs to be trained up. Oysters were tasty, not overpriced. One glass of white with the bivalves and a bottle of Beaujolais. The wine price was reasonable ($45). Not full on a Saturday night , made me worry. Accommodated to my friend not being able to eat onions.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service outstanding, top notch!

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PT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience - very professional service and excellent food and wine choices

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to Domaine Hudson for Mother's Day Brunch buffet, towards the end of time frame. The food we had was great (especially the sausages, prime rib, risotto, pain perdu and raspberry shortbread cookies), but they ran out of several items listed including cured meats (almost all of the choices), chilled seafood (shrimp an crab), pastries (croissants). Some of the food was cold (blinis). I am sure we will be back but will probably go earlier in the day when the buffet is fully stocked with all of the choices.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 14, 2019

Kristine, thank you so much for taking the time to send us your thoughts we appreciate your time. We have been known for our attention to detail in both food and service and I regret that we fell short for you. My name is Beth Ross and I am the owner, if you'd like to discuss this issue further please contact me at 302-655-9463.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. I’ve been to this restaurant in the evening and service was on point. My party was there for Mother’s Day service was confused and amateurish. Our water was never refilled, they were never asked to refresh our drinks , and never offered coffee.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my second visit to Domaine Hudson. The first was over a year ago, and we recall that the menu then was French-themed. We had an excellent experience overall, and we were looking forward to our return visit. However, the menu has changed (perhaps the chef has also) and this visit was underwhelming. I would recommend the Tagliatelle in the second course, but our entrees were bland and largely tasteless. Dessert choices were also limited and not very good. Prices are high. Thus, unfortunately, we will not be back.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 14, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to send us your thoughts we appreciate your time. We have been known for our attention to detail in both food and service and I regret that we fell short for you. My name is Beth Ross and I am the owner, if you'd like to discuss this issue further please contact me at 302-655-9463.

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EM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were greeted immediately upon our arrival and led to our table by the hostess, which set the tone for a pleasant dining experience. The quality of the food, which was perfectly prepared and presented, was evident from our first course to desert. We also liked the extensive wine list which allowed us the match glasses of fine wines with each course. Our server was attentive but not intrusive. Each course arrived in a timely manner but not rushed. We were seated next to a table of business diners, which is always a risky proposition, but the excessive noise was emanating from another nearby table with two couples. The din grew louder as more alcohol was consumed and reached a crescendo with hysterical laughter from one of the female guests. This was the one drawback to an otherwise wonderful experience. Overall I would give this establishment five stars.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 14, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate you kind words about Domaine Hudson and your experience. I regret that you were seated near a loud table during your intimate meal. As the owner, I will ensure you are not seated near any large tables the next time that you visit. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon.

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FD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, extensive wine list, creative menu offerings, excellent service.

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ND
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We’ve been to DH a number of times, at least 6. This was our least enjoyable. Service was slow, it was not crowded, and I wasn’t impressed by the chicken dish. One of us had the fluke, it was just “ok”. We will, most likely go again in the future... I’m hoping that service and food improve.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 6, 2019

Nancy thank you so much for taking the time to send us your thoughts. We have been known for our attention to detail in both food and service and I regret that we fell short for you. My name is Beth Ross and I am the owner, if you'd like to discuss this issue further please contact me at 302-655-9463.

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DG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Menu was limited and too complex. Consider sauces with some of your dishes...fish and pasta dishes were dry

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 6, 2019

David thank you so much for taking the time to send us your thoughts we appreciate your time. We have been known for our attention to detail in both food and service and I regret that we fell short for you. My name is Beth Ross and I am the owner, if you'd like to discuss this issue further please contact me at 302-655-9463.

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GH
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Back up to snuff! Last time was a Thursday special and fell a bit short. My charred octopus was done perfectly, and the fluke had a slight crispiness top and bottom yet very moist. Rabbit cacciatore just YUM. Only because of a loud table next to us did I not give a higher ambience rating.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 6, 2019

Gordon, thank you so much for taking the time to send your review and I am so glad that you had a great experience at Domaine Hudson. In addition to Three Course Thursday we offer also have a bar only offer for specials on select Boheminan Bottles. I hope you can join us again soon and bring a few of your friends to enjoy a nice bottle of wine!

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w
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have not been to DH in a while because of a bizarre and rough experience last time. We are glad we went back. The service was awecome. The hostess was so welcoming when we arrived which was greatly appreciated as we came in out of the rain. Our servers were so good to us and truly made the visit worthwhile. Food was very good. Loved the tagliatelle with calabrian chiles and scallops, the strip steak with potato and demi-glace was perfect adn the duck with carrot puree, fennel and hints of cinnamon was so good. Dessert was good, loved the bread pudding. the affogato was ok, great tiramasu ice cream but the cake got so soggy with the espresso. So maybe it is supposed to be like that but just didn't enjoy that. Again overall it was a very nice night for us and we are looking forward to going back.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 6, 2019

Mr. Wilson thank you so much for taking the time to send your review. I am so glad that your experience at Domaine Hudson met your expectations. We know you have been a client for many years of our restaurant and we value the loyalty of diners like you! We hope to see you again soon.

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MF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

After going to Domaine Hudson for at least 5 years, it feels like they're trying to move more upscale. The prices reflect that, but the food isn't quite there yet. At $90 per person with one cocktail and one glass of wine each plus tip, the experience should be more memorable. They have upgraded the ambiance considerably over the last couple years.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 6, 2019

Michael, thank you so much for taking the time to review the restaurant. We are normally known for creating a memorable dining experience and regret that we missed the mark this time. My name is Beth Ross, I am the owner of the restaurant and if you'd like to discuss this further, please contact me 302-655-9463.

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CK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid. First time at Domaine Hudsin, went for a couples dinner. Small intimate setting, but we weren't closed in. Staff was excellent, Cindy the hostess was quite welcoming.
The menu was short, so I was a bit worried about the choices. Trying things outside my norm, I opted for the parsnip soup, 1/2 kimchee linguini & the strip steak. My spouse had the beet salad, shared the kimchee pasta & the strip steak.
Soup - nice flavor & texture, creamy. The walnuts & small apple bits worked well with the bisque. The kimchee linguini had seared scallops, broccoli & pasta. Flavor was amazing, it had a bite to it. Scallops were perfect. The steaks - it came sliced - I could cut with a fork. Literally. Probably one of the most tender beef steaks I have ever had. Chocolate truffles topped that off, they were tasty if not a bit sweet, topped with caramel glaze.
Very glad we went, it was a great meal.
We parked in the Christiana Care lot for free. There was plenty if street parking too

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 6, 2019

Cindy, thank you so much for sending your review. I am so glad your experience met all of your expectations! We pride ourselves on offering an intimate and memorable dining experience. I hope you will enroll in our VIP program that gives points for dining with us redeemable for wine purchases. You can find more information at our website. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JK
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DH continues to deliver an outstanding dining experience. The service and food are always impeccable, but this visit was something far and above. The grilled octopus might have been the absolute best ever. The octopus was perfectly prepared and as tender as octopus can ever be, but it was the preparation and the broth that made this dish the best ever. I asked for an additional slice of bread (an outstanding honey wheat that should not be skipped, even for those that try to avoid carbs) to ensure I scraped up every last drop of that wonderful broth.
We try to sit at the high top in the bar area because the bartenders have always been the best, this time it was Michael again and he never disappoints.
We will be back soon.

Domaine Hudson
Responded on May 6, 2019

John, thank you so much for taking the time to send your review. I am so glad you had such a good experience at Domaine Hudson. We strive to create a dining experience that you will remember. I hope that you are a member of our VIP program that gives you points for dining with us redeemable for wine purchases. You can find more information at our website. We hope to see you back again soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We both had digestive issues within an hour of getting home. It was not pleasant, you should look into it!

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BS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Some of the food we had was really good and of the quality I expected. My husband loved the Kimchi pasta with scallops. The entrees were acceptable. We had the lamb and the duck and they were good, but they weren't amazing. I was hoping for better flavors and something more unique for the price. I also was a little disappointed in the variety. For instance for the pastas, there were only three. Two had seafood in them which I am allergic to which left only the mushroom risotto. As not a huge fan of mushrooms, this was disappointing. Overall, the food was good. It's definitely higher quality as compared to a lot of the restaurants in the area. However, compared to the other restaurants in the same price range, it's sub par.

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RN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

a mixed bag of food, with some excellent dishes (Kimchi Linguini), and other dishes totally failing (whole fish, frozen)

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SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The second entry for the lunch special was two beef choices, duck and octopus. I don't eat beef and they didn't have any duck...they didn't run out...we were there at 12 noon and there just didn't have it availalbe.

I was disappointed without a different fish or poultry option.

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K
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual. I am never disappointed here!

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A
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a delight to dine here; the food and the service are outstanding, as is the wine list. A friend and I always meet for lunch during Restaurant Week -- I only wish that DH served lunch on a regular basis!

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service ! Our waiter identified a “bad” bottle of wine and exchanged it for another of the same...... BRAVO !!!!!!

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just one suggestion, don't let them seat you in the window.... Awkward, fish bowl-type moment.. Opt for a booth or table on the far side for a lititle more intimacy... Other than that, it was a great experience, yet again.

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A
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for our favorite pre-fix dinner, been many times, very disappointed in the the menu. 1 app choice, always had 2, 2 entre's, 1 dessert! Stuck with their choice for apps and dessert. Cheese board was ok, rice pudding was not good for either of us? 2courses of their choice, not ours, won't be back!

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SD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant traveling from NJ because of the great ratings. Such a beautiful restaurant and food is so good. A must to visit.

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s
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always an excellent experience. great food, service and wine.

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as well as service!
Highly recommended.

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JB
Philadelphia
539 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is simply no finer dining experience in the state of Delaware. The bride proclaimed her choice (Berkshire Pork Chop) the best dinner she had ever had … I had the hand crafted artisan pasta Beef Cheek ravioli - which were equally stellar. Our wine - a Spanish Grenache was in a word … decadent. If you haven't been, go. If you haven't been in a while, go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Wilmington!

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R
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had not been to Domaine for a few years. Our meal was good. We both had the fluke which was excellent. The wine list was not as extensive as we recalled it. We were surprised how empty it was for a Friday evening. Our server was helpful with the wine suggestions, but we almost felt rushed, particularly when it wasn’t very crowded.

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