Federal Fritter

4.8
45 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.

Experiences

  • Uncle Nearest Bourbon Dinner

    $49.00 per person

    Dec 29, 2021 only

    ‘TIS THE SEASON’S SPIRIT A Historic Dinner DEC 29TH | 6:00 PM 4-COURSES WITH BOURBON TASTING $55+ GRATUITY Chef Todd Gray will pair an extraordinary 4-course meal with this legendary bourbon. Learn the once-hidden history of the true grandfather of Tennessee whiskey Nathan Green. Flash forward to 2021 and enjoy a taste from one of the greatest ladies of whiskey distilling today - Victoria Butler.

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
What 45 people are saying
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DanielleG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Federal Fritter is a new gem in Rehoboth! We sampled all of the fritters and several sauces! We were delighted by all of them. We also enjoyed great sandwiches and a seasonal soup for lunch. Plus the bartender mixed up a yummy fresh Bloody Mary for my friend. The owner is delightful and welcoming. She sees to every detail personally!

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vipBonGourmand
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every expectation exceeded at this cozy, almost hidden cafe just a short walk from the Rehoboth boardwalk. Chef Todd Gray was in the kitchen the night we ordered his $35 steal -- four delicious courses -- and its $20 wine/beer pairing. Chef Gray is a culinary rock star who has learned from and led some of the nation's best restaurants -- including a 7-year stint as chef de cuisine at the legendary Galileo when it won James Beard best Mid-Atlantic restaurant honors. You must go to Federal Fritters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful dining. How do you create a casual yet fine dining experience for a multitude of palettes? Federal Fritter has successfully achieved that goal. On one hand the fritters are casual and fun and great to accompany happy hour. Or they can be a fun main dish. At the same time FF offers a quality fine dining experience in its salads and main courses. Harrison’s cocktails are a mixologists dream and the friendliness of the owners and staff further add to the attentive experience. Owners also founded and operate Equinox near the White House which was fun to learn. Highly recommend for a casual Rehobeth dining experience for the foodie looking for sophisticated cuisine.

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vipJohnW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food are amazing as always. Incredibly accommodating and create a special environment.

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vipButtonDC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique space, fantastic menu and genuine service. Definitely a welcome addition to the Rehoboth dining scene.

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AnnK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal and enjoyed meeting the Chef and his wife. We highly recommend this wonderful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Lovely owners.

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vipPghkid
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Federal Fritter is awesome the food and service weee outstanding
I highly recommend going there ,you will enjoy the experience

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vipBetsyT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food served by Harrison . We will be back , for sure!

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vippickypatrick
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

and I thought they only served takeout fritters!!!what a joy to find out this is the most charming ,cozy bistro in town....a small menu but big enough.same with the wine list and it's priced right. the Energizer owner, Ellen is a delight. this is my go to place !!!!

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TIffpat
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal! We had a four course dinner paired with wine. Butternut squash soup the best I ever had. The next course was scallops, followed by duck That was repaired amazing. And then there was desert. Followed up by an espresso hazelnut martini. If you come to Rehobeth you definitely have to check out Federal Fritter

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vipCapsFan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service and the fritters are tasty little snacks! The chicken salad sandwich was excellent, and the apple fritters were a perfect ending to our lunch.

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Isabella
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my second time at Federal Fritter, and both times I have been super impressed. The ambience, food + drink, and service are all impeccable. I would highly recommend anything on the menu! The owners are always around to ensure everything is running smoothly and all parties are enjoying their experience. A must-try in Rehoboth. I look forward to returning soon and visiting their sister restaurant in Washington, DC as well!

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DavidK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So much more than fritters, with lovely entrees and personalized attention from one of the owners.

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vipbarrys
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was outstanding. some of the best in rehoboth. fritters really good to share to start. very cozy space!

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vipJohnW
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable. Ellen, Harrison and Chef Todd are outstanding. Fun environment. Delicious food.

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kareng
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this this fabulous restaurant and it didn't disappoint! Spectacular service and amazing food! We will definitely return when we are back in town! Looking forward to trying their chef tasting menu with wine pairings next time.

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vipScottFLL
Miami
84 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Rehoboth for two weeks and spent our first and last night having dinner at Federal Fritter. We love it. Food is great. Try lots of fritters, as they are all unique and quite tasty. The entrees are also great. Wonderful addition to Rehoboth! We'll be returning on our next visit.

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eclay3
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! Fritters great!
Fresh flowers on tables
Fast friendly service

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mitch
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Welcoming staff in charming, laid-back restaurant. We choose outdoor seating b/c of covid, so not as congenial an environment as inside the restaurant. Food is fun, well executed, and changes seasonally. We'll look forward to dining inside.

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vipJules
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Federal Fritter is a new restaurant on Rehoboth Avenue and was a pleasant surprise. Family run business, with emphasis on customer satisfaction. Nice offering of fritters as a starter. I hope this business lasts here. I will return when in town again.

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2Foodies
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish I could give it six stars. One of the finest all-round meals and restaurant experiences I've had in a long time.

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CANMSM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entres were spectacularly good. We so enjoyed the dinner and the warm hospitality!

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vipsusanson
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent chef, menus developed daily based on what is fresh and of course, delectable fritters. Highly recommend Chef Todd and his lovely wife Ellen for an outstanding dining experience.

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EatSomething
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted to try this restaurant after reading Tom Sietsema's review in the Washington Post. The food and service were great! We especially enjoyed starting things off with the amuse bouche delivered by chef Todd Gray: a delightful little cup of butternut squash soup garnished with green onion and toasted pecans. Next up were the signature fritters: we tried the crispy artichokes, the risotto w/parmesan, and corn varieties with different sauces, including Louisiana rémoulade and crème fraîche. Our entrees were equally delicious: the barbecued white shrimp; the grilled salmon; and the truffled mac 'n' cheese. We dined there on a weeknight in late September, and the chef, co-owner and their son (our server) were cheerfully attentive and made great recommendations. This is a great addition to Rehoboth Avenue!

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vipVictoriaB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and dining experience - chef’s 4 course menu with wine pairings were superb. New best restaurant in Rehoboth Beach - check it out! Todd and Ellen have brought their DC vibe, style and dining caliber to the beach! Check out Equinox in DC too!

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vipAndrewV
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing - the fritters and the dips were delish, and the mac and cheese was probably some of the best we’ve ever had. We also enjoyed the interesting, unique cocktails. The staff was warm and welcoming. Highly recommend.

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a treat to rub shoulders and talk at length with the Chef. A really different dining experience

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vipScottFLL
Miami
84 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a surprise. Fantastic food. We tried three different fritters, each unique and very tasty. The entrees -- swordfish and mac & cheese were both superb. The staff was very attentive and the chef/owner stopped by to welcome us to the restaurant. A great addition to the Rehoboth restaurant scene.

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vipDanM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique concept. Very flavorful. Service was great. Real treat to meet the chef. Also chef at Equinox in DC.

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vipHooper
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal while visiting the beach. Charming.

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WalterD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended!!

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PaulM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Was disappointing. Food was just okay but expensive. Portions were small and more of a tapas type to order multiple items to share. Narrow seating almost like sitting in a hallway. I did not care for this restaurant.

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TerriC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an early dinner last night at Federal Fritters. I started with a delicious watermellon mule. We tried 2 of the fritters - oyster and corn, both of which we all agreed would be ordered again. There were so many items we wanted to try so we decided to order 3 entrees and share. We couldn't decide which we loved best - they were all delicious and memorable: a homemade pasta Seafood Cannelloni, a grilled salmon and a BBQd shrimp. We could have licked all plates! A luscious Chocolate Lava cake with roasted hazelnuts and a pine nut Nona cake were consumed quickly in spite of being full! Yum! Chef Todd, Ellen and son Harrison are a friendly and welcoming trio in this fairly new and hip Bistro!

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vipMichaelP
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We almost didn't try it because I wasn't sold on the Fritter concept but changed our mind after seeing a very positive Washington Post review. I am glad we did. The food was very good, it offered a cozy atmosphere in a beach town and the service was excellent. I don't know if this was planned but the owners and their son worked the floor that night. It was fun to talk to them. It was a little pricey by Rehoboth standards but very high quality. You get what you pay for.

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Darwin
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fritters were simply amazing- we started off with the corn, risotto, and Roman artichoke fritters. Truly a must-try. We followed with the seafood cannelloni and a that night special short rib. And finished with Apple fritters with ice cream. The cocktails change frequently- we had nice drinks & wines by the glass were really good as well. And it was a great value.

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yank23
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Much anticipated dinner - felt somewhat let down - portion size/$ too small/too high.
ALL staff BEYOND nice - VERY customer friendly/knowledgeable.
Prob WILL return, but more so for appetizer.

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vipCeCe
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Federal Fritter is the top new restaurant in Rehoboth Beach in 2021! Outstanding!

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vipwildman
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good will go again

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vipMark
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A fan of Equinox in DC, we were looking forward to trying out Federal Fritter and it did not disappoint. Food was very good, as was the DC focused mural, enjoyed seeing the family working the tables. Harrison is quite enthusiastic. The food was different, unique in a good way, strongly recommend. Because they are small, the menu and offerings were relatively limited but all were very good.

FAQs

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

Federal Fritter is rated 4.8 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.