The largest city in Delaware, Wilmington is also the state’s culinary hub, with numerous dining options dotted around its downtown and Brandywine River areas. From Italian fine dining to British-style gastropubs and classic American eats, here are 10 of the best restaurants in Wilmington.
Opening Moro, the much-feted Wilmington restaurant set in the historic district of Trolley Square, was a dream come true for head chef Michael DiBianca. As a boy working on market stalls in New Jersey, he grew up working with food and decided to take his passion to the next level after school, taking a degree at New York’s world famous Culinary Institute of America. Throughout his professional life, DiBianca has carved out a reputation for himself with specialities like truffle fries and maple-glazed salmon, and ever since it opened, Moro has been synonymous with haute cuisine in Wilmington. Set in a venerable red brick row house, Moro is a perfect setting either for a dinner for two or just a casual night out. Whatever the mood, you’ll fit right in at Moro. The focus here is, as it should be, on food not formality.
Pizza By Elizabeths is covered with images of famous Elizabeths from history, including Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Elizabeth II. The setting exudes elegance and sophistication just as much as its menu does. The menu boasts over 60 toppings, including fresh goat’s cheese, rosemary onion sautée and mushroom duxelles sauces.
Domaine Hudson has impeccable service, a classically inspired menu and excellent food and wine parings. If you don’t know your Beaujolais from your Chardonnay, your Brut from your Blanc des Blanc, let sommelier Roger Surpin take control and steer your choices with his extensive knowledge of fine wines and his matchless palate.
Set within Wilmington’s legal and financial quarter, and just moments from the city’s arts district, you really feel at the center of things at the Hotel Dupont. The hotel’s restaurant, The Green Room, has fumed oak panelling, coffered oak beam ceilings, oil paintings a-plenty and even Italian mosaics. The menu is classic yet contemporary.
Let Pochi introduce you to the drama that is Chilean national food. With flavor contrasts as dramatic as its landscape, Chilean food is otherworldly. Pochi’s culinary influences come from Arica, a town at the northern tip of the country in which the rich smoky flavors of the cuisine of nearby Peru collide with the salty freshness of seafood from Chile’s coast. Top off this thrilling contrast with the full-bodied power of wine from Santiago, and you’ve got a taste of the spirit of Chile.
Cool and casual, Corner Bistro is a great venue. The French-American menu offers a surprising take on some familiar classics, taking you on a flavor journey from New York to Paris and from Paris to New Orleans, all while you sit back and enjoy the restaurant’s bright, airy venue just on the edge of Wilmington.
Ulysses provides that much-needed cheer after a long, hard day’s grind. Taking after the classic British gastropub (a traditional pub that serves good food along with traditional ales), Ulysses is one of a kind in Wilmington. Think of it as fine dining meets a drink after work with friends.
Set in Wilmington’s busy restaurant district, Mikimotos is a lively, upbeat Japanese sushi bar. With an eclectic menu ranging from authentic Asian grills to sushi and sashimi classics, Mikimotos offers one of the best Japanese menus in Delaware. They’ve also started offering sushi making classes to restaurant goers so you can experience the thrill of the east in the comfort of your home.
A bakery, a bistro and a market, there’s no real reason why you shouldn’t do all your food shopping at La Fia. Only the finest, most authentic foods are used here, and they’re all typically locally sourced. Come here to enjoy an authentic meal out and stock up your cupboards.
William and Merry is Wilmington’s only farm-to-table restaurant. All the ingredients, from herbs to meat, are produced locally and prepared by the award-winning chefs in their colonial-style clapboard house. Located just outside of Wilmington in Hockessin, the award-winning William and Merry is the perfect place to escape to tranquil, rural bliss.