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Salt Air and Good Fare

With stunning views and the scent of salt air, these waterfront eateries will make your meal truly unforgettable.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a delightful meal by the water, you’ll find the perfect spot to savor the flavors and soak in the serene atmosphere.

Above the Dunes 

Known for its delicious crab cakes, this Rehoboth Beach boardwalk restaurant is ideal for grabbing a post-beach lunch or low-key dinner with family and friends. Plan ahead to grab a spot on the patio with a beautiful ocean view! 

Obie’s by the Sea 

If you’re on the hunt for another Rehoboth Beach boardwalk spot with a pretty ocean backdrop, visit Obie’s by the Sea. Their fries are bound to have you coming back for more. Obie’s also offers weekly drink specials, including Crush It Thursdays and Sun Cruisin’ Sundays. 

The Lighthouse

Serving up tasty seafood and pub grub, this laid back Dewey Beach restaurant is one of the best places to catch a beautiful sunset. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm — make sure to try Dewey Beach’s Original Dewey Crush while you’re there! 

Irish Eyes 

Enjoy the flavors of Ireland and a fantastic view at this harborside Lewes tavern. Open for lunch and dinner, Irish Eyes is loved by guests for its affordable prices and upbeat ambiance. There are also vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options on the menu. 

Rusty Rudder

With a large deck that overlooks the Rehoboth Bay, Rusty Rudder is an iconic Dewey Beach staple. They have live music seven days a week, which means you can always count on a fun atmosphere and unforgettable experience. Kick things off with the crab and artichoke dip before diving into one of their mouthwatering burgers or sandwiches. 


Looking for an ocean-front restaurant with more of a fine dining feel? Check out Victoria’s during your next Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk visit. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can even stop in for a traditional afternoon tea experience!

Grain on the Rocks

Located at the Lewes Ferry Terminal, Grain on the Rocks offers a stunning landscape for brunch, lunch, and dinner. From seafood salads to smash burgers, the menu has something for everyone. Complimentary parking is available at the pedestrian entrance and boaters can dock for free. Plus, leashed dogs are welcome on the patio! 

Catch 54

Named best waterfront restaurant in Delaware by Coastal Style, this Fenwick Island spot offers a gorgeous view of the Assawoman Bay. Their extensive menu features a variety of high-quality seafood dishes — the Jumbo Shrimp & Parmesan Grits won’t disappoint. You can also rent out the upstairs dining room and bar for a special event or celebration! 


Treat yourself to waterfront dining on the Lewes Canal at Wheelhouse. Offering a Key West-inspired atmosphere with a raw bar and rum bar, their menu is filled with casual yet satisfying dishes. The Shrimp Po’Boy is a major crowd pleaser among visitors.

Big Chill Beach Club

Located in the Delaware Seashore State park at the Indian River Inlet, this beachfront restaurant offers an extra vibrant yet family-friendly atmosphere. Featuring a spacious roof deck with an umbrella bar, it’s the perfect place to experience golden hour. Beat the heat with a refreshing crush or opt for Cantina’s Famous Margarita.

Dockside Marina Bar + Grill 

Found on the North Side of the Indian River Inlet, Dockside is a great spot to unwind. Get there early for a breakfast sandwich and bloody mary, or head over later to indulge in their famous fish tacos. Plus, there’s live music every day from 5 to 8 pm all summer long. 

Harbour Restaurant 

Offering creative coastal cuisine and house-crafted cocktails, you’ll love the water view at Harbour Restaurant in Lewes. Public parking areas are located nearby for your convenience. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are strongly recommended to steer clear of longer waiting times during the busy summer season.

Paradise Grill 

Located right on the Indian River Bay in Long Neck, Paradise Grill delivers top-tier tropical vibes. With seven full-service bars, the menu features seafood staples, cheesesteaks, flatbreads, and more delicious options. If you have to park farther away, don’t sweat it — they offer free shuttle rides that bring you right to the front door!

38 Degrees Bayside 

Dine right on the bay at this fully outdoor local favorite in Selbyville. The menu offers a wide selection of refreshing cocktails and crushes — you can’t go wrong with the Pomegranate Lemonade. Make sure to walk out to the pier after dinner to take a scenic selfie. Also, feel free to bring your little ones along. There’s a kids menu and plenty of space for them to play! 

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