Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Lewes Beach Restaurants

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From famous dive bars to quaint and charming eateries, there’s no shortage of great restaurants in Delaware’s Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Lewes Beach.

Here are some favorites from WTOP employees, known to visit the beaches often.

Chaps pit beef BBQ. (WTOP/John Domen)
Chaps Pit Beef
19791 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Pit beef is a well-known Maryland style of BBQ that’s been getting its due nationwide thanks to reality TV efforts from the likes of Guy Fieri and the guys at Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Most famous among them is Chaps Pit Beef, which started as a roadside stand in east Baltimore and is now franchised along Coastal Highway in Rehoboth. Those made-to-order, custom sandwiches that start over a hot charcoal grill are now available at the beach. And unlike most other Chaps locations, you can also wash it down with a beer at their bar. – John Domen (WTOP/John Domen)
This land-and-sea restaurant has everything from crab dip to a fried seafood feast on its menu, and local beer pours from the taps. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) 
Claws Seafood House
167 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware  This restaurant has everything from crab dip to a fried seafood feast on its menu, and local beer pours from the taps. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)   (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
MezCali
1205 Coastal Highway, Dewey, Delaware  This new-for-2018 restaurant sources its ingredients from nearby farms. Be on the lookout for plenty of tacos (pork belly, sweet potato, fish and Brussels sprout, to name a few), plus burgers, salads, and lots of mezcal. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
The Buttery
102 2nd St, Lewes
Bob Yesbeck of Rehobothfoodie.com tells WTOP’s Megan Cloherty that The Buttery is one of the best restaurants in the area. Menu items include oysters and crudo, charcuterie and cheese, and entrees such as organic half chicken, New Zealand rack of lamb and Atlantic salmon. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Mama Maria’s 
1608 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach WTOP’s Matt Ritter said, “The restaurant has always been a solid destination for rare, excellent Italian food on the Delmarva, and it continues to be.” Bonus? The bar isn’t too crowded. “A lot of the Dewey Beach regulars from yesteryear still hang in the bar area, but since it doesn’t get as packed as it used to get, you can get the great food there in a more comfortable space”. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
Half Full
125 2nd St, Lewes
Pizzas are the specialty at this Lewes spot. Try combinations such as artichoke goat cheese, Gouda chicken and BBQ chicken. There’s also a great wine and beer list. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Louie’s Pizza
11 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach
“For subs and pizza, everyone who lives there will tell you it’s one of their absolute favorite places.” — WTOP’s John Domen (Getty Images) (Getty Images/Joe Raedle)
The Starboard
2009 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach If you had a rough night out, the Starboard can fix you up in the morning. WTOP’s Reada Kessler says the Eggs Delmarva (basically a crab benedict) is a favorite, and the make-your-own bloody mary bar is legendary. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Crystal Restaurant
37300 Rehoboth Avenue Extension # 1 “It’s where the locals go for breakfast. Always busy, even in the offseason.” WTOP’s John Domen (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/genrecreative)
The Blue Hen
33 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach The Blue Hen, named for the owners’ University of Delaware mascot, is a new concept from the same team behind Henlopen Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Southern-inspired spot includes everything from biscuits to deviled eggs and fried Amish chicken. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Jake’s Seafood House
29 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach WTOP’s Julia Ziegler has high praise for this seafood spot. “This place came recommended to us while on vacation one year and it didn’t disappoint. It was so good we went back twice in one week. Great family atmosphere.” Her Must Order: Jake’s Famous Seafood Bisque — “If you love creamy seafood soups, you gotta try this soup. Go for the bowl size, not the cup!” (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Larry Crowe)
Nectar Cafe and Juice Bar
111 Neils Alley, Lewes  Feeling healthy? The juice menu is overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetable concoctions. Of course, there’s also pancakes, steak and eggs, and buttered pecan French toast at this Lewes breakfast spot. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Crooked Hammock Brewery
36707 Crooked Hammock Way For craft beer, wings, burgers and sandwiches, this Lewes hangout is the place to go. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 
320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach For a taste of Delaware’s most famous beer — and great food items — head to the Dogfish Head brewpub in downtown Rehoboth. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty) (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
The Pond Bar and Grill
3 S 1st St, Rehoboth Beach According to WTOP’s John Domen, The Pond is the best place to go for wings and beer. “Many years ago, a guy who went by Byrd was a bartender and manager there. After closing, it wasn’t uncommon for him to whip up some wings for the crew with a special sauce he came up with. They were so good management eventually made him put his Byrd Wings on the menu. The rest of the menu is good too. There’s often live music from some of Rehoboth’s best local artists and most popular cover bands during the week too.” (AP Images) (AP/Matthew Mead)
Cafe A Go-Go
102 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach
“For the occasional rainy day in Rehoboth, or late afternoon after the beach, the Cafe A Go-Go’s Mexican Hot Chocolate is a twist of the favorite. Plop down in the comfortable couches for a few minutes of ‘ahhhh.'” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/agcuesta)
Oysterman Chris Ludford opens one of his oysters after harvesting on some of his leased oyster beds on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Henlopen City Oyster House
50 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach As the name suggests, oysters are the specialty here. There’s also clams, calamari, lobster rolls and pan-seared scallops. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP/Steve Helber)
Hammerheads
1818 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach WTOP’s Colleen Kelleher recommends this Dewey Beach spot, which serves seafood, tacos, sandwiches and salads. (Courtesy Hammerheads Facebook)
Fins  You can find both Fins Fish House & Raw Bar (243 Rehoboth Ave.) and Fins Ale House and Raw Bar (19269 Coastal Highway) in Rehoboth. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
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Chaps pit beef BBQ. (WTOP/John Domen)
This land-and-sea restaurant has everything from crab dip to a fried seafood feast on its menu, and local beer pours from the taps. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) 
Oysterman Chris Ludford opens one of his oysters after harvesting on some of his leased oyster beds on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


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