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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Delaware

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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!

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4.8
4.8 (489)
$30 and under
American
Newark
About the restaurant
Home Grown Cafe is an independently owned, award-winning, downtown Newark, DE staple, residing centrally on Main St. for over 23 years under founding owner, Sasha Aber. Matt McConnell leads an incredible staff and day to day operations. Award winning Executive Chef Andrew Thorne is the chef de cuisine who constantly pushes the envelope with locally made from scratch dishes of his own creations, as well as mentoring and showcasing our staff's talent. Home Grown has been named Best of Delaware Upstate for over two decades by Delaware Today readers including awarding the honor of Best Chef Upstate to Andrew Thorne (2022) Guests enjoy incredible service and made from scratch food for all dietary lifestyles, including carnivorous, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-sensitive in a welcoming environment for all patrons. Colorful walls are adorned with local pop art. The bar features a large array of upscale spirits including house-crafted cocktails and mocktails, over 65 beers, and great wines.
Top review
GabriellaP
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Understated place with great food, great value and service. Only complaint was the A/C was set at freezing/super cold. Other than that it was awesome!
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4.8
4.8 (527)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Located in Downtown Wilmington, Cafe Mezzanotte has built a reputation as Delaware's premier spot to enjoy classically prepared Pan-Mediterranean & Italian cuisine. We offer an intimate atmosphere with servers who attend to each diner with exceptional care. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening, hosting a large corporate gathering, or a casual night out, all of us at Cafe Mezzanotte will cater to your needs.
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JamiesonTvip
Dined on May 2, 2024
Unique cocktails, Delicious, perfectly cooked pasta! Excellent gelato and wonderful service. It was a quiet Thursday night at the restaurant so I don’t know what the noise level would be if the restaurant was full.
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4.8
4.8 (816)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Welcome to Valle Cucina, Delaware's best kept secret for over forty years! Our name suggests Italian, and it is the best around, but we are also known for our seven time "Best of Delaware" award winning 100% jumbo lump crab cakes, seafood dishes and the area's most amazing dry aged steaks. Valle also showcases a 100+ bottle wine list.

Come as your are or formal, everyone feels at home. We take pride in our friendly service.

Located in the Pike Creek Shopping Center, off Limestone Rd. Valle, opened in 1981 as a pizzeria and has become a must try. We are inviting you to experience what many have called their best dining experience.

For special requests we suggest you call us 302-998-9999 so we can best serve you
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
great food and the staff is awesome very attentive
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4.8
4.8 (1070)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Enjoy cozy but energetic dining at Eclipse Bistro. It offers a chic, small and intimate dining room with brick walls, soft lighting and wood furnishings, creating a warm and sophisticated ambiance, making it a great place for a first date or business luncheon. Its diverse menu offers something for most diners. Eclipse Bistro is open for both lunch and dinner during the week, and for dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.

**A NOTE FROM THE RESTAURANT**
Reservations are not required. We welcome walk-ins.
Please contact us directly at 302-658-1588, if desired reservation time is unavailable or a party size is larger than 6.
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John
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Excellent waiter, but do not remember His name. Mushroom Risotto was great.
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4.7
4.7 (38)
$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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DelAlumvip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Thoroughly enjoyable neighborhood spot. Decor was very nice - lots of exposed brick. The food was sort of high end pub fare. Very high end. We shared a salad which was excellent. My wife had a pizza and I had shrimp tacos both were very good. Finally, the staff was attentive and professional.
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4.6
4.6 (230)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Wilmington
About the restaurant
The Bellefonte Cafe: Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Music, since 2002!
Top review
BoistyD
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
My favorite neighborhood hang. Especially the porch.
A photo of Ciro Food And Drink restaurant
4.6
4.6 (354)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Two chefs preparing worldly cuisine featuring share plates and tasting menus. Ciro features an intimate dining experience with 30 seats, an open kitchen, plenty of wines by the glass and can accommodate dietary restrictions.

Michael DiBianca is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and New Jersey native who has been a local star in the Wilmington food/dining scene for more than a decade. This local treasure comes to the area from the former Restaurant 821 in Wilmington, where he was owner Tobias Lawry’s sous chef and then chef de cuisine. He went on the launch the renowned Moro restaurant and Satsuma Asian Kitchen & Bar in the Trolley Square area.
Top review
OleGrowlerBoy
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food. Everything is farm to table. Atmosphere is minimalist/drab. Service could be improved.
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4.6
4.6 (77)
$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
Dinah
Dined 6 days ago
Service is outstanding, expresso martinis are the best and they have the best pizza in Middletown. Amanda always delivers great service even when the staff is slammed.
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4.5
4.5 (1386)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Piccolina Toscana is open Monday-Saturday for dinner at 5:00. We have ample socially distanced tables as well and a heated patio. The Lounge opens at 4 each day with Happy Hour from 4-6. Open late on the weekends. Toscana to Go is open from 10am-8pm every day. Online Ordering is available as is Home Delivery, Curbside Pickup. Toscana Catering is planning Covid compliant events as well as "post-Covid" 2021 events at all of our beautiful and unique Catering Venues.
Top review
Sassafras1971
Dined 7 days ago
Our server was delightful and the food was great. Cosy atmosphere.
A photo of Back Burner Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1543)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hockessin
About the restaurant
Over 40 years of Operation & Voted Best of Delaware several years in a row, our kitchen offers seasonal selections of contemporary American cuisine, interlaced with Italian and French influences that will please all who visit! Being located in historic Hockessin, DE, our cozy restaurant will make you feel right at home.; Whether you sit at the bar, in our fireplace room, or with a view of the kitchen!

• Our Signature dishes include:
- Pumpkin Mushroom Soup
- Shrimp Léjon
- Kennett Square Stuffed Mushrooms
- House-made Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
- Fresh Fish
- Featured Game
- Featured Steaks

• The Back Burner is the perfect choice for celebrating all occasions. We offer passion, perfection, and unsurpassed quality in everything we do.
Our private Fire Place Room can accommodate groups from 15-28 people.

• Featuring Nightly Specials & Daily Happy Hour!
Call For Larger Groups

• For additional info, please contact our Dining Room Manager at 302-239-2314 or email: event@backburner.com
Top review
JackV
Dined 2 days ago
One of my favorite places to gather with friends for an evening out.
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