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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Delaware

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Delaware? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Bardea Food & Drink restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2206)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Bardea, pronounced: bar-DAY-ah, is the Italian term for "the goddess of food and drink." The stunning, 120-seat restaurant utilizes ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and purveyors, and features modern interpretations of traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes. In 2019, Bardea Food & Drink received a semifinalist nomination in the James Beard Foundation's "Best New Restaurant" category.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
The ambience and food was top tier! We cannot wait to return! We also can’t forget about the amazing service from staff as well!
A photo of Crow Bar - Trolley Square restaurant
4.7
4.7 (35)
$30 and under
Global, International
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Global menu of chef inspired small plates, entrees and pizza. Inspired and creative cocktails, 12 beers on draught and a lively dining room in the Trolley Square neighborhood!
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Katevip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Food was good, service was GREAT. The cookie and ice cream desert was a perfect ending
A photo of Del Pez Mexican Gastropub-Wilmington restaurant
4.6
4.6 (668)
$30 and under
Mexican
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Del Pez is a Mexican gastropub that celebrates the power of food to feed friendship. By fusing the lightheartedness of a traditional pub with the heartiness of a robust food menu, we serve enticing Latin flavors while fanning the flames of both old and new connections. Our focus is local communities—the young professionals who work hard in the area. We are here for them from lunch through late-night
munch with craft drinks, gourmet comfort food, and an ambiance as warm as our welcome. We also host private events worth attending.
We offer standout seating—both indoors and out—where diners can experience the full range of magic that Del Pez has to offer! We hope to see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Good food, good service, and great outdoor dining on a Sunday afternoon. Thank you for sponsoring the fundraiser for MOT Charter School athletics. We came to support them and found a great place to eat as well!
A photo of The Bellefonte Cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (228)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Wilmington
About the restaurant
The Bellefonte Cafe: Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Music, since 2002!

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Mimi
Dined 4 days ago
I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening at Bellefonte Cafe. It's a super friendly atmosphere with excellent food! I sat on the porch on a lovely evening enjoying my wine and excellent entree of shrimp over grits!
A photo of Bardea Steak restaurant
4.6
4.6 (702)
$31 to $50
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
A restaurant and bar by James Beard-nominated chef Antimo DiMeo. We're serious about snacks and steak. Our collaboration with artisanal farmers brings you exceptional cuts from both familiar and rare breeds. Though, Chef Antimo DiMeo extends his creativity beyond meat. Indulge in snacks from both land and sea and embark on a captivating journey with our chef's tasting menu-an exploration of Chef DiMeo's globetrotting inspirations and childhood memories. Join us at the crossroads of tradition and innovation for a distinctive dining experience.
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LisaK
Dined 3 days ago
This was our first time at Bardea. The food was amazing. Our waiter, Jose was awesome. He was efficient, friendly and his recommendations were spot on! Enjoyed the apps. We will be back. It is pricey but worth it!
A photo of Lore restaurant
4.6
4.6 (76)
$31 to $50
Italian
Middletown
About the restaurant
Newly renovated restaurant is NOW OPEN! Stunning, (soon to be) award-winning, artisan Woodfire restaurant nestled within the St. Anne’s Club in Middletown, Delaware.
Italian and Mediterranean fusion wood fire-kitchen with craft cocktail bar that combines locally-inspired, fresh, and creative food with refined artisan cocktails derived from only the highest quality ingredients.
Expect high-quality food in a comfortable atmosphere, ambiance, and polished staff, striving to create a sense of ‘place’ and provide a great experience to all of our guests.

Top review
PhilipG
Dined on May 17, 2024
Wonderful new restaurant. Highly recommend. Went twice in a week!
A photo of Blue Crab Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (977)
$30 and under
Seafood
Newark
About the restaurant
Blue Crab Grill in Newark, Delaware is known for offering a giant menu filled with seafood options. Though much of it is seasonal, you can always count on some items at Blue Crab Grill. For example, there is the steak and cake. You get a grilled beef tenderloin and jumbo lump crab cakes. Another standby at Blue Crab Grill is the surf and turf. This includes a five-ounce beef tenderloin steak and a five-ounce lobster tail that is served stuffed with crab imperial. The crazy jambalaya is very popular as well. It comes with crab legs, crawfish, clams, mussels, scallops, chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Great good! Even better service.
A photo of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Wilmington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2995)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Newark
About the restaurant
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is an American Restaurant and Steakhouse serving authentic wood-fired steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails and select wines. Join us for Happy Hour at the FIREBAR® or on the patio for drink specials and bar bites. We offer top-notch service and upscale dining at a modest price. Reserve Your Table with us today.
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NadineL
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and great service! Will definitely be back!
A photo of Santa Fe Mexican Grill-Wilmington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (325)
$30 and under
Mexican
Wilmington
About the restaurant
We Welcome you to Santa Fe Mexican Grill. Our award winning casual Mexican restaurant brings traditional flavors in a modern, vibrant yet comfortable atmosphere. Since March 2003, our culinary team has offered creative and thoughtful dishes influenced by the regions of Oaxaca and Mexico city “El D.F.” alongside some family recipes from their home state like Puebla and Jalisco. Moles, Tlayudas, Chimichangas, Tacos al Pastor, and creative guacamoles made to order are at the center of the stage. Our cocktail list incorporates some trendy ingredients, relevant tequilas, and a very exciting Mezcal cocktail list.

Our mission is to exceed all of your expectations and become your number one choice to unwind after a long workday or celebrate a special occasion with friends or family.

We cannot wait to meet you!


Top review
SarahVvip
Dined 6 days ago
The food hear is absolutely delicious and fresh. Margaritas are outstanding as well.
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A photo of Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Bar - Newark restaurant
4.2
4.2 (198)
$30 and under
Mexican
Newark
About the restaurant
Located on the heart of Main Street Newark, Delaware, this casual yet stylish restaurant has been awarded with The Best of Delaware award as the Best Mexican Restaurant- Upstate 2011. Patrons choose from outdoor dining on the wrap around patio or the tropical indoor dinning. It also features a brand new bar with more than 100 different tequila options, including home infused tequilas with fresh fruit and Mexican spices. Also, Santa Fe specializes in margaritas and Mojitos which have been awarded as the best locally. Start off with freshly made guacamole tableside, move onto spiced crab quesadillas or our Chile Ancho rubbed Ribeye steak with chipotle butter. End the night with our homemade Flan or our signature crepas filled with coffee ice cream and strawberry salsa. Ask a local where to find the best Mexican food at a reasonable price, and you're likely to be pointed towards Santa Fe Mexican Grill.
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gerardc
Dined on Apr 23, 2024
Great food as always , good prices and we had Emily again as our server she is the best and knows the menu very well ! Love coming here .
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