Delaware is a seafood state even though neighboring Maryland gets all the credit for its Old Bay and crab cakes. True Delawareans know that there are plenty of places in the state that top many Maryland crab houses and oyster bars. We know that the best seafood restaurants in Delaware can hold their own against the best seafood anywhere. It’s no secret that Delaware Bay oysters are some of the best in the world! With so much of the state bordering Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake just on the other side of the state, it’s no surprise that Delaware is a great place to find some amazing seafood restaurants.

Before continuing onto our list, please keep in mind that this is in no way an exhaustive collection of seafood spots in Delaware. We know there are so many local gems, and we’ve even featured some of them in our Delaware hole-in-the-wall articles. We also know that the best crab cake in Delaware is a hotly debated topic, so we voiced our opinions in an article on that subject, as well. This list was meant to be a great resource for anyone looking for a seafood experience that is going to be one of the best they’ve had – and we tried to include some from all corners of the state. Let us know which ones you’ve tried, and which Delaware seafood restaurants you’re going to add to your list, so you can try the best seafood in Delaware this summer!

Mmm… now I’m hungry! What’s your favorite seafood dish and what are some of the best seafood restaurants in Delaware that you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments!


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What foods is Delaware known for?

Every state has certain cuisine or food items it's known for. Aside from seafood, the First State is known for famous boardwalk French fries, Thrasher’s Fries. One taste and it will remind you of trips to the Delaware beaches during summertime. Saltwater taffy is another popular food item that is reminiscent of summer, salty air, and days at the beach. You can read more about the iconic foods of Delaware in our previous article.

Where can I go for fine dining in Delaware?

If you’re planning a date night or a special occasion, not any ol’ restaurant will do, How about a fine dining restaurant instead like the Candlelight Theatre. Not only can you enjoy a delectable meal here but a show as well. It’s the perfect place for a night out on the town. Here are some other fine dining options in Delaware.

  • The Capital Grille
  • Sullivan's Steakhouse
  • Harry's Savoy Grill
  • 1776 Steakhouse
  • The House of William and Merry


What are the best hidden gem restaurants in Delaware?

Head to Dover and you can discover the Grey Fox Grille and Public House, the very definition of a hidden gem restaurant. Occupying a historic building, enjoy dinner and drinks in a cozy atmosphere. If you’re in the mood for some Cajun cuisine, you may be surprised to find out that some of the best are hidden away in a middle-of-nowhere general store in Delaware. Saint Georges Country Store is the place to go for gumbo, jambalaya, and other Cajun favorites.

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