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One Coastal, Fenwick Island, DE

One Coastal

4.8
4.8
1251 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table

We are DEDICATED to supporting responsible agriculture and local waterman, and serving REALLY GOOD FOOD. James Beard Nominated CHEF, Matthew Kern, is chef/owner....uh, no big deal.
How it all began....
Matt worked as a line cook in many places including Pennsylvania, New York, and Philadelphia, years ago knowing that one day he wanted to own his own restaurant. After taking many twists and turns, he ended up in Dela-where? As he would say, his wife suckered him in. (and maybe I did or maybe he suckered me in, but it was all meant to be)
His passion and commitment to the farms and waterman that reside on our menu, and to fortify an edible identity for Delaware is what keeps him going everyday. He is dedicated to his staff and wouldn't be able to do this without them. He is the real deal. Come in, have a drink, eat a meal, and see for yourself what makes this place so special.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 537-4790

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Kern

  • Neighborhood

    Fenwick Island

  • Cross street

    Delaware Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Snacks & Greens

  • Baywater Farms Bibb Salad$17.00

    shaved watermelon radish, butter crumb, dill, smoked trout roe, pickled eggs, buttermilk dressing

    • Baywater Field Greens$16.00

      blood orange, shaved fennel, candied hazelnut, nice farms whole milk ricotta, blood orange vinaigrette

      • Trueth Farms Beef Tartare$19.00

        chili dressing, bone marrow aioli, eastview farms turnips, watermelon radish, toasted pistachio

        • Country Fried Hen of the Woods$18.00

          castle valley mills cornmeal, preserved Jimmy Nardello peppers, shaved baywater radish, hot honey, buttermilk

          • Baywater Farms Late Harvest Carrot Soup$15.00

            carrot fritter, pea tendril salad preserved carrot

            • Chicken and Biscuits$17.00

              persimmon preserves, pickled baywater carrots, mustard seed, parsley salad

              Mains

              • Story Hill Farms Red Waddle Pork Bolognese$37.00

                spent sourdough cavatelli, house whipped ricotta, eastview farms blistered turnips, fried onion

                • Chesapeake Rockfish$42.00

                  mushroom farrotto, porcini cream, eastview farm oyster mushrooms, winter arugula, bagna cauda

                  • Trueth Farms Beef Tenderloin$45.00

                    celery root rosti, chickories, purple radish, preserved cherries, beef fat dressing

                    • Duroc Heritage Breed Pork Chop$42.00

                      Baywater Farms murasaki sweet potato puree, eastview farms maitake mushroom, roasted brussels sprouts, chili maple dressing, chicharrones, bordelaise

                      • Corn Fried New Jersey Flounder$37.00

                        Eastview farms kale and white bean stew, sofrito, preserved pepper butter

                        • Chicken and Dumplings$39.00

                          Green Circle chicken, castle valley mills rye dumplings, preserved onion, baywater carrots, shaved watermelon radish

                          Sweets

                          • Grapefruit Tart

                            Shortbread crust, grapefruit curd, toasted coconut anglaise, puffed rice, rosemary dust

                            • Milk and Cookies

                              duck egg budino, white chocolate pistachio cookies, persimmon butter

                              Last updated: March 28, 2022

                              What 1,251 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
                              • 4.8Food
                              • 4.9Service
                              • 4.6Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

                              NoiseModerate

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                              1. j

                                juliem

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall4food2service5ambience4

                                I enjoy my visits to one coastal but was a little disappointed in my last visit recently. We had a 6:45 reservation on a Tuesday, the waiter took our orders and came back to the table to inform us they were out of the entrée we chose. With only 6 entrees on the menu , how do you run out of one for your 6:45 reservation?? Everything else about my visit was good, as usual.

                              2. LE

                                LindaE

                                Charleston

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall3food2service5ambience4

                                The only dish out of the 4 we ordered that was good was the scallops. 3 of us ordered fish. At 7:00 they only had 2 servings left. So I ordered skirt steak. Inedible. The fish was dry so I didn't mind. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We won't return.

                              3. PK

                                PKDiner

                                Washington DC

                                31 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                31 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                We were fortunate enough to snag the last reservation last night at 5 pm for this absolute foodies treasure! Our second visit, we were warmly welcomed by manager Laura, served expertly and enjoyed absolutely delicious hen in the woods mushroom appetizer and heritage duroc pork chop. So perfectly prepared and presented. We’ll be back many times!

                              4. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Baltimore

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fabulous!!

                              5. NF

                                NFoody

                                Washington DC

                                6 reviews

                                4.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                Food in general was very good,however 1 in group mentioned that soup was Luke warm and the flounder was a little overcooked. Steak was very good could cut with fork. Our server was great very engaging . Not shy with prices! Over all an enjoyable evening.

                              6. s

                                sochi

                                New Orleans

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Farm to table concept is excellent. Food was great and service was special

                              7. PL

                                PeterL

                                Baltimore

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Dinner was amazing. I had the berry salad and the flounder. WOW was cooked perfectly👍🏻 My Husband had the catfish also amazing. Keep up the great job.

                              8. PA

                                PAJS

                                Washington DC

                                44 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                44 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                The new chef has really made significant improvements to the menu which show depth of character and complexity in the dishes. A lightness to each dish which allows the diner to feel comfortable at the end of an appetizer and entrée. Definitely a place for people who love food and outstanding cocktails.

                              9. b

                                brad

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Missed the scallops and crab cake appetizers Tenderloin was great but could have been bigger portion....salad and potatoes were great wife enjoyed the flounder and the asparagus salad drink menu for cocktails not as extensive as previous IPAs are ok but would add some domestics for beer selection overall very good will be back hope the menu will expand a little

                              10. R

                                Rita514

                                Baltimore

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                One of my favorites. Great ambiance.

                              11. CC

                                ConnieC

                                Baltimore

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Interesting menu..ordered scallops amazingly tender loved the variances lettuce mushrooms delicious Salad with asparagus was fresh delicate & yummy Chocolate olive cake with marshmallows & peanuts was too die for !!! Small intimate restaurant surprisingly Very unique for Fenwick island Definitely return Love to see more fish entrées & not fried

                              12. LG

                                LorettaG

                                Baltimore

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                The food was exceptional. Surprise ingredients and flavors. Great service. Wine selection was a bit skimpy but once the season gets going it should improve.

                              13. JK

                                JohnK

                                Pittsburgh

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful night, great food. Good luck to new owners.

                              14. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Los Angeles

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Everything was very good except the dessert we ordered. It was Creme Valvo. It had no taste and flavor to it. Still love One Coastal but may not order another dessert when we go back.

                              15. TT

                                TrishT

                                Baltimore

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This was one of the BEST MEALS I have ever had, and we dine out a lot. I had the scallops meal and they were cooked to perfection. The other meal that received lots of compliments was the pork chop meal. YUMMMMMM We will definitely go back!!!

                              16. R

                                Rozee

                                Baltimore

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing seafood. As always. Creative cocktails. Very accommodating

                              17. D

                                Dave

                                Philadelphia

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                Prices have gone way up but quality has declined. My steak was over cooked and the dressing on the salad was not good.

                              18. LM

                                LMV126

                                Baltimore

                                126 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                126 reviews

                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I've always loved One Coastal, but was a little wary of how it would be with the new owners. It was fantastic!!! The food was outstanding, and the service was perfect. Can't wait to go again!

                              19. NF

                                NancyF

                                San Francisco

                                3 reviews

                                1.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                overall1food2service1ambience5

                                Server rushed us. Spilled wine while pouring. Food wasn’t anything fancy for the high cost.

                              20. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                3 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful experience with the new chef and owners, Matt and Karen Kern. They kept the best of the old but they expanded the menus and made it their own. This is our special “go-to” place!

                              21. j

                                jeffe

                                Washington DC

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                One of our favorite places in Fenwick! Great food and service

                              22. SG

                                StephanieG

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                Food is always excellent. The cavatelli was particularly great. The chicken and biscuits app is to die for. Highly recommend!

                              23. LG

                                LisaG

                                New York Area

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great cocktails to go along with a 5 star meal. Cooked in an open kitchen with a fabulous wait staff. We ordered 2 of the salads and other apps along with hearty dinners. The portions were good and I even had 2 pieces of steak left for the pups at home.

                              24. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Had dinner with my son - fabulous evening

                              25. PK

                                PKDiner

                                Washington DC

                                31 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                31 reviews

                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                We enjoyed a special fine-dining experience in the Delaware Beaches! We drove from our home in Rehoboth Beach to explore more of the area after living here one year, and we found a warm, wonderful, inviting hostess who led us to the perfect corner table! Then we were greeted by an enthusiastic (this is a compliment!) waiter who provided us the time to settle in, offer us craft cocktails and then described the menu and made wonderful recommendations. The food was extremely well-prepared, not the typical dining experience in the beach communities, rather something I would expect in a sophisticated urban setting. It was an absolutely delicious meal. This is a place we will reserve again and again -- the 1/2 hour drive is worth the prize at the other end!

                              26. M

                                Mimi

                                Baltimore

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Our meals were better than any other we’ve had at the beach. We will encourage our family to dine at One Coastal.

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Hands down the meal we’ve had in the Delaware beach area.

                              28. WR

                                WendyR

                                Washington DC

                                17 reviews

                                4.0

                                17 reviews

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Had a great meal… yummy cocktails and delicious food! Ambiance was quaint… the main dining room encompasses the entire restaurant space with an open kitchen. It got quite Smokey by the end of our visit. They need to figure out a better ventilation system for the kitchen… was tolerable until the end… I was definitely affected by the kitchen exhaust and smoke- like a haze hanging over the dining room. We will go back but hope the above issues are remedied next time.

                              29. BH

                                BHast

                                Las Vegas

                                8 reviews

                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Never fails to provide exceptional food and drinks, that's why it's one of my favorites. Innovative and artistic take on freshly prepared dishes, highly recommend.

                              30. AR

                                AlanR

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food and service was wonderful.

                              31. CG

                                CrystalG

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing! Delicious local sourced food made with intention and style! Great service and atmosphere!

                              32. RQ

                                RoseQ

                                Philadelphia

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This place is fantastic. Never has dissapointed us yet. We have been here several times. Food is delicious, cocktails are unique, staff is fabulous and awesomely friendly. We definitely recommend but also want to keep it a secret for ourselves selfishly if you know what I mean

                              33. W

                                Wlbne87

                                Washington DC

                                16 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                16 reviews

                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Pricey, but possibly best food in Bethany Beach/Fenwick Island area. Only down check is the restaurant was very smokey, but, perhaps, not a normal occurrence. Open kitchen is wonderful for viewing into the meal preparation but stronger kitchen fans may be needed.

                              34. x

                                xxxx

                                Washington DC

                                23 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                23 reviews

                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Will definitely go back!

                              35. c

                                cajintl

                                Washington DC

                                32 reviews

                                5.0

                                32 reviews

                                Dined on April 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Excellent food. Very impressed. Only problem is we were seated next to the kitchen and a blender was going and dishes were dropped - very noisy.

                              36. CL

                                CaitlinL

                                New York Area

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on April 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Solid date night, can’t wait to come again! Awesome creations and looking forward to what’s new next time!

                              37. CK

                                CindyK

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Loved the ambiance and the waiter was incredibly personable! Carrot soup was just delicious as was the presentation! The pork chop was the best I have ever tasted. Amazing herbs, freshness and seasoning! Beautiful presentation as well.

                              38. ES

                                EveS

                                Fort Lauderdale

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Exceptional Food & Service experience. Pasta dishes are delicious pricey considering costs (chicken & dumplings was the winning dish with a party of 4 taste testing all dishes. Pork chop came in 2nd). Contradictory internet info re: Sunday hours but we let them know.

                              39. KB

                                KellyB

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent experience. Chef Matt knows his way around the kitchen….totally reflected in the food he prepares.

                              40. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                32 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                32 reviews

                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                A foodies experience. Always delightful.

                              Safety precautions

                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                              • Screening

                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                              FAQs

                              One Coastal offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 537-4790.

                              One Coastal is rated 4.8 stars by 1251 OpenTable diners.

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

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                              Google Map for One Coastal

                              101 Coastal Hwy Fenwick Island, DE 19944

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Delaware Ave.

                              • Neighborhood

                                Fenwick Island

                              • Hours of operation

                                Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Farm-to-table, Contemporary American, Seafood

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress code

                                Casual Dress

                              • Parking details

                                Public Lot

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Matthew Kern

                              • Additional

                                Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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