Domaine Hudson

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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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Visited Domaine Hudson during restaurant week. For $35 you got to chose from a fixed menu, one appetizer, one entree and one dessert. There were only 3 entree options available for the special menu, lamb, squab or black sea bass. 5 members of our party ordered the black sea bass and the honestly came out looking the size of a fish stick. I understand they probably cut down the portions during restaurant week but honestly it was embarrassing at how small the entree portions were. Will NOT be going again, during restaurant week or any other time.

NL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Northern Delaware on a consistent basis. Great wine and cocktail list plus attentive service and knowledgeable staff. Always a pleasure to dine here!

PC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Overpriced undersized portions. No parking. Loud. Felt like the people to my left and right were at my table.

J
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This week was restaurant week a great way to try this restaurant for the first time. Food was outstanding. The lamb shank had to be the best we've ever had. Also got to try some new wines. The only issue was this parking. The lot suggested on the website was closed. It took some driving to find a parking garage.

LA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for restaurant week! The food was excellent.

LY
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was a little slower than usual . My entree , which was squab , was extremely difficult to eat . Very hard to cut through . It was restaurant week and I noticed another diner close to me with the same issue . Not my best meal at Domain Hudson . We have been here service times before and it was wonderful . A little disappointed this time .

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the wine list was fabulous. It was an exceptional dining experience with great service, I can't wait to come back.

MG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the greats in Wilmington. The Brandywine Valley Restaurant week menu was delicious. Two had the Sea Bass and I had the Lamb Shank which was deliciously prepared. The Fatoush Salad with Sassafras was nicely balanced and very enjoyable and the Shrimp was lovely. The third appetizer was the corn chowder which didn't last long.

TB
Philadelphia
182 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slow service but pleasant staff. Parking was an issue. Good food needs better description at times

OT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Are go too for fine dinning and wine list . Service is always outstanding as well !

a
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent food but not worth the price...I've had better experience in Philly in much less expensive places...this place is not worth the hype...average decor and ambiance...service was ok...

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Priced right.

a
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

While there were some flavorable parts of dinner--the octopus, for instance, was well-prepared, and the grilled squash was quite good--in general I'd have appreciated more finesse of preparation. There was too much thyme, for instance, in one dish, while the broth of Catalan seafood stew tasted salty and otherwise flat.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. Wine was great. Was not super crowded because it is the middle of August. Just a great night.

W
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Well, I don’t know where to start. We were served white wine in room temperature so we could not enjoy the starter with the wine we had to wait until it gets cool enough..they forgot to bring bread to the table, we had to ask for it when it arrived there were three sad pieces of baguette, they assume that you should share the third one!?the bread was not warm and was not cut at the moment of serving so it was dry. My husband’s portion of ribs was three times smaller than the same ribs ordered by the guest at the table next to us-there was a huge difference. The bar experience was not any better. The girl serving there seemed angry at everybody, no smile, she gave the impression of ‘ I want to be somewhere else and I hate my job’. We will not be back any time soon. We were at the Sullivan’s the next night and the difference in quality of service is enormous.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid food at a good price. Large wine list with many good choices. Service was excellent

S
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Domain Hudson and this past Friday was no exception. The food and service were exceptionable.

j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

E
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.

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.

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.

B
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.

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

Fantastic!

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!

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.

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.

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.

TM
Atlantic City
7 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.

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

Food and service outstanding, top notch!

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

K
Philadelphia
10 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
3 reviews
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.

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
13 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.

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
20 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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