Fourteen Waterside Spots for Summer Dining

Clockwise from top left: Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Bethany Beach; On the Docks with great views of the Cape May ferry; Iron Hill Brewery at Wilmington’s Riverfront; Paradise Grill in Millsboro

There’s nothing like enjoying a meal – and/or a cocktail – overlooking the water as the sun sets on a beautiful summer’s eve.  So where to do it?  Here’s a list of waterfront dining spots from across the state (starting up north and working down to the beach) put together by our friends at the Delaware Tourism department.  They wouldn’t steer you wrong!

Big Fish Grill
This vibrant riverfront dining experience brings a little piece of the beach to New Castle County. Try their sushi options for a fresh and creative spin to your waterfront dining.

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant 
Iron Hill is a must try spot for discovering the most perfect pairings of indulgent food and refreshing craft beer. Try their newest burger they’ve grilled up or the latest beer on tap while appreciating their new modern chic patio design. 


Sambo’s Tavern 
Sambo’s Tavern is a must stop crab spot. Dive into the steamed crabs filled with flavor and catch a glowing sunset on the quaint riverside.

JP’s on the Wharf 
JP’s serves traditional meals that warm your heart and provides a home sweet home atmosphere. Serving steamed seafood, fresh catches of the day, and even ice cream this Bowers Beach spot is a sweet summer experience.

On the Rocks Dockside Grill 
Take a bite into one of the best burgers on the bay as you watch the Cape May-Lewes Ferry slice through the ocean waves. This laid back restaurant is the perfect place to satisfy your hunger on a long summer day.

Victoria’s Restaurant 
Rehoboth Beach
Enjoy a quiet morning by the boardwalk at Victoria’s Restaurant. The Victorian atmosphere is accompanied by mouth-watering brunch options including Cinnamon Bread French toast, and salmon croissants.

Obie’s by the Sea 
Rehoboth Beach
Eating beach fries, under a cabana, by the boardwalk. Can you picture a more relaxing scene? Obie’s by the Sea makes for a cool spot to simply hang out and enjoy the beach vibes.

Views from the deck at Bluecoast seafood grill and raw bar in Bethany Beach

Bluecoast Seafood Grill 
Rehoboth Beach
Winner of the 2018 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Bluecoast is a cozy and simple spot serving fresh seafood and indulgent meals. Their spiced seared tuna on a bed of fresh vegetables looks almost too good to eat!

Hammerheads Dockside 
Rehoboth Beach
Dock the boat and come chill at Hammerheads. Seeing the orange sun reflect off the pearly white rows of boats is a scene that can soothe the soul. Add in a sweet drink and a flavor-filled shrimp taco and you’ve got the necessary ingredients for an incredible day.


Rusty Rudder 
Dewey Beach
Grab your friends and dance the night away at a show at the Rusty Rudder. Nestled right against the bay this Dewey restaurant makes for a night you won’t forget

Paradise Grill is hidden in Long Neck, Delaware

Paradise Grill 
Paradise Grill takes you on a tropical getaway that is fun for all ages. Whether it’s dancing with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand or playing backyard games. Snacking on a warm bread bowl overflowing with a creamy crab dip or taking in the scenery while enjoying baked lobster mac & cheese. Everyone can find their piece of paradise here!

Dining on the beach at Paradise Grill

Big Chill Beach Club
North Bethany Beach
The bright colors and lights at Big Chill Beach Club make for a fun and picturesque evening.

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