There are so many fine restaurants in Delaware, but oftentimes the old classics get overlooked for the newest, most hip places in town. Don’t forget about these historic Delaware restaurants, where fine food and great service have kept them in business for decades – or even centuries.
1. Kelly's Logan House
Kelly's Logan House is the oldest restaurant in Delaware - opened in 1864! Though nowadays it's known for being a rowdy Irish bar and is a favorite of locals looking to celebrate a night on the town, it has kept up its restaurant and hospitality roots, and they serve up some of the best wings in Delaware with a staff that will really make you feel at home.
1701 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE
2. Hotel DuPont
The elegant Green Room at the Hotel DuPont is the famous family's culinary legacy to Delaware. This internationally recognized restaurant serves up some of the most delicious gourmet food in the state, and it was constructed when the hotel expanded in 1918.
42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE
3. Jessop's Tavern
You'll find Jessop's Tavern in Old New Castle, where colonial history is all around you. Though the tavern itself is a newer creation, the building itself is nearly 300 years old, and the colonial theme will make you feel like you've stepped back in time.
114 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE
4. Cantwell's Tavern
Cantwell's Tavern was one of the very first restaurants in Delaware, back when Odessa was called Cantwell's Bridge. It has operated off and on as a tavern and public house for most of its 200 year history. Currently, it's a charming American bistro featuring fine foods and a fun atmosphere with outdoor dining as well as meals served in the historic former hotel.
109 Main St, Odessa, DE
5. The Back Burner
The Back Burner has been serving up high quality, trackside food for nearly 50 years. One of the coolest things you can do to experience this historic restaurant is take the Wilmington and Western Railroad's ride to dine train, where the conductor will drop you off for a fine meal at the Back Burner. Of course, you can also visit on your own, any time!
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, DE
6. Columbus Inn
The Columbus Inn started off as Schmalz's Bakery in 1798 - but by 1812, Schmalz decided to turn the landmark it into a tavern. It was called the Columbus Inn by 1849, and it was always crowded with locals and visitors who came to town for the popular harness racetracks.
2216 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilmington, DE
7. Mrs. Robino's Restaurant
Mrs. Robino's Restaurant has been serving up classic Italian dishes in Wilmington since the 1940s! Be sure to try the homemade lasagna.
520 N Union St Wilmington, DE
8. Gus and Gus Place
The nostalgic hamburger and fried chicken stand on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk has been a summer staple for over 60 years. Their dedication to quality service, food, and friendly staff have made Gus and Gus a timeless Delaware tradition.
15 S. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, DE
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