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Chef-driven mid-Atlantic regional, seasonal fare - Federal Fritter & Bistro, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Federal Fritter & Bistro

4.8
4.8
183 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Federal Bistro & Fritter Shop, located 1 block from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, is a casual bistro and eat bar. The take-away menu features a variety of crisp, poppable & snackable rustic fritters.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 727-5609

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Todd Gray

  • Catering

    From a casual dinner drop-off to full service catering is offered

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for private events for groups of 7 - 35 people

  • Neighborhood

    Rehoboth Beach

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Local bus service stops out of the front of restaurant

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Overall

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Food

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Value

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Innovative

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Healthy

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. PG

    PamG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We visited during the off-season, so it might be louder in summer. It is small but mightly.
  2. ES

    EmilyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was our first time to the restaurant and we loved it. The food and drinks were wonderful and the service was attentive.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and prepared well. Perfect portion sizes for tasting menu with great wine pairings. First time and will definitely be back.
  4. KG

    KathleenG

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Music wonderful. Loved the Sunday supper choices. soup was our favorite.
  5. LL

    LeslieL

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has the best food in Rehoboth Beach. It is family run and the owners couldn’t be more inviting.
  6. TB

    TomB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Don't tell anyone, lest the restaurant get too popular, but if you are looking for an exceptional meal in a cozy, bistro atmosphere, with friendly, personalized service, Federal Bistro is a go-to choice.
  7. P

    Paula

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved this restaurant! The fritters were amazing and the other food excellent. The service was personable and efficient. The dessert of apple fritters with ice cream and caramel sauce was swoon-worthy. It may be the best dessert I have ever had. The number of entrees they offer is limited, and that was my husband's only complaint. He is neither a fish person nor a vegetable person, and the one meat option did not enthuse him, so he ordered two appetizers. I, on the other hand, loved my fish entree. Will, my husband go back? Absolutely. Did I mention the fritters were amazing?
  8. SO

    StephanieO

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was amazing and the food was very good!
  9. RS

    RobinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible, the service (the people) were fantastic, the music was great, highly recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 every time! We love the food, staff, everything about Federal.
  11. SG

    ShariG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dinner! We came for the vine and dine menu which is a tasting menu offered on Wednesday night. Did not do the wine pairing but had delicious cocktails Highly recommend the Smoked Tomahawk Old Fashion. Good value, Great food! The short ribs were so tender and the catfish delicious. The Gnocchi was also top notch. Can never go wrong with one of the homemade pasta offerings Todd and Ellen are always so welcoming and staff is top notch!
  12. AN

    ANCY

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in town. Every course and pairing were perfect.
  13. DK

    DebK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent bourbon pairing with a wonderful meal.
  14. RD

    RogerD

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best bourbon dinner I have attended. The drinks were creative and paired well with the excellent food courses.
  15. JZ

    JohnZ

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You just can't beat this hidden gem just up from the boardwalk. The spirit dinners have been absolutely amazing! Do make a reservation, this is a small venue.
  16. LV

    LowryV

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a Seacrets rum pairing. The restaurant is charming, the staff friendly. Each course was paired with a rum cocktail. The food was excellent and beautifully prepared and presented. We would definitely go back.
  17. MK

    MichaelK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is top notch every time we go. The food is always outstanding and only equaled by the service. Will return again and again!
  18. SH

    SloaneH

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing per usual! If you are a local on Delmarva or just visiting, you HAVE to see what Federal Fritter & Bistro has to offer!
  19. GJ

    GerriJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and great atmosphere. Enjoyed chatting with the gentleman sting next to us. Will be back again soon. All the food was outstanding
  20. J

    Jeff

    Philadelphia

    160 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Federal Fritter is a real gem and a great addition to Rehoboth Beach. Outstanding flavors (the artichoke fritters were to die for; as was the beef short ribs and gnocchi with seafood). Wonderful service just makes the whole experience memorable. We'll definitely be back!
  21. DF

    DonnaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique & clever setting with wonderful food and drinks. These NYC foodies were not disappointed!
  22. JW

    JohnW

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elllen and Todd Gray are the best. They create a welcoming environment and food that is off the charts!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Rehoboth!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal. Must try the fritter sampler with sauces.
  25. CC

    CeCe

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ellen never disappoints with her wonderful and charming greeting. New waitress Lindsey was delightful and the food, as always, was amazing.
  26. N

    Nancy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply excellent! The best meal I have had in a long time in the area. Wonderful welcoming waitstaff delicious food. I can’t wait to go back just for coffee and dessert.
  27. LS

    LenS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We didn’t know what to expect from this relatively new restaurant but we were very pleasantly surprised at how good the food and service is! Tiffany, our server was phenomenal with great recommendations! The food was outstanding! Can’t wait to return!
  28. TC

    TerriC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gnocchi with seafood was fabulous. My friend and I shared it as an appetizer. She had the duck as an entre and I selected the scallops with hen of the woods mushrooms. Yum. And then to top it off, the pastry chef had prepared a ginger cake with butter pecan ice cream. It was so delicious.
  29. CA

    CANMSM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always creative and delicious. Staff are cheerful and owners always visit the tables. Great experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing friendly people who work here, will do everything to make you feel as special guest. Appetizers, drinks, food and dessert were great
  31. DK

    DavidK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday meal of seafood gnocchi was fabulous. Claire’s service was excellent and Ellen is always a wonderful hostess.
  32. W

    Wineanddine

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FF had been highly recommended by good “foodie” friends and FF did not disappoint. The fritters were delicious and a unique starter to our meal. The entrees and desserts were also delicious. Loved the intimate setting too. We will be back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my son, daughter & my second time at Federal Fritter. The food is other worldly - fresh, unctuous, seasoned to perfection. We started out with an assortment of their fritters & oyster fritters. Our main entrée was the East Coast Seafood Gnocchi in a white wine tomato cream. The gnocchi were pillowy with scallops, jumbo lump crab meat & lobster. I have no words other than I wanted to slap the chef it was so incredible! The Red Curry Butternut Squash soup was pure, silky perfection. This is a wonderful bistro, with incredible owners - who remember you from 5 months ago, exceptional warm & friendly staff & a chef who truly has a passion & love for food - you MUST go to the Federal Fritter!
  34. KF

    KathleenF

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will be back. Although small in space the service and great meal made you feel like paradise. Thanks again
  35. MK

    MangoKiss

    Baltimore

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This place is a really good time and the folks there are super nice. The food is good and the experience pretty unique.
  36. AG

    AnnieGNYC

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service (thank you, Ellen!) and fantastic food. We can’t wait to go back.
  37. TG

    ThomasG

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started off with the parmesan risotto and crème fraiche followed by a fried oyster sandwich for my wife and a salmon w/a light BBQ sauce over the most amazing late summer vegetable and beurre blanc mix for me. We finished with churros and coffee. Ellen was a great hostess and her staff was excellent. Oh - they had a great Willamette Valley pinot that paired nicely with my salmon. Kudos all round!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Fritter specialty interesting but not something I’d order again. Fish (fluke encrusted w sesame seed) okay, a bit over cooked/dry- much better fish entrees at other restaurants. The fig/ arugula salad was excellent. Overall, there are other places I’d go to before returning here - Salt Air, Henlopen oyster House, Thomson Island Brewery.
  39. PS

    PaulaS

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined on the the patio with perfect weather. The service was exceptional. Everything we ate was absolutely delicious. We loved the corn and apple fritters. The squash soup was very tasty. The seafood entrées were great. We were too full to eat dessert. Would definitely return every time I am in Rehoboth!
  40. MR

    MargaretR

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very attentive staff. Food was good and different from the other restaurants in town. Only negative, did not like Old Bay seasoning on scallops

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Federal Fritter & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 727-5609.

Federal Fritter & Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 183 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 2 times today
Google Map for Federal Fritter & Bistro

62a Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Rehoboth Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Local bus service stops out of the front of restaurant

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Todd Gray

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (302) 727-5609

  • Catering

    From a casual dinner drop-off to full service catering is offered

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for private events for groups of 7 - 35 people

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