The Best Local Restaurants In Bethany Beach, Delaware

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9 February 2017

A relaxing, seaside resort destination, Bethany Beach is located in southern Delaware and offers many exciting adventures for the entire family, from shoppers to outdoor lovers to foodies. The dining scene is varied with farm to table restaurants showcasing the best bounty the area has to offer, to budget friendly places featuring tasty, quick eats. Here’s a list of some of the great culinary finds in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

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Restaurant, Bar, Tapas, Pub Grub, American, Peruvian
14 Global is a fantastic restaurant serving up a host of global delicacies along with handcrafted cocktails and rotating craft beers. In a chic interior space, guests can try a variety of soups, salads, snacks, small plates, and large plates that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. Enticing options are the coconut and lime seafood stew with lemongrass, sweet and hot chiles, kale, daikon radish, heirloom carrots, scallions, and pea shoots; the Peruvian potato gnocchi with duck bacon, aged cheese blend, Kennett Square mushrooms, haricot verts, and herb butter; and the flavorful farmer’s market roasted vegetable plate.

Beach Break Bakrie & Cafe

Cafe, Coffee, American
Beach Break Bakrie and Cafe is a charming establishment loved by locals and tourists. Open every day, this cozy café offers hungry guests a delightful selection of sweet and savory items. From pastries to muffins, including the popular caramel apple pecan muffin, to scones to croissants, the sweet selections are plentiful and will satisfy any sweet craving. For those guests wanting something savory, there are breakfast sandwiches, which include eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage on a bagel, along with lunch options such as soups, salads, wraps, and more.

Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar

Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar is a seafood lover’s paradise. The restaurant’s culinary team procures the freshest ingredients, including fish from local sources, for its delicious dishes. A great meal from Bluecoast might begin with the shaved Brussels sprouts with parmesan, almonds, and a sweet garlic-mustard vinaigrette followed by the seared New England cod with black truffle-lobster creamed corn and asparagus. Side dishes, such as parmesan grits, tater tots with salt and vinegar, and baby greens with almond butter, are also available. For a sweet treat try the warm bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch.

Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar, 1111 Highway One, Bethany Beach, DE, USA, +1 302 537 0100

The Blue Crab

Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
The Blue Crab is a family owned operation located in the heart of downtown, that offers a variety of dishes with an emphasis on seafood. Procuring the best ingredients available, the kitchen team creates a host of delicious meals plus all you can eat options, which the restaurant is known for and includes blue crab and shrimp. Other tempting dishes include the baked flounder stuffed with jumbo lump crab imperial and the jumbo lump crab cakes either broiled or fried.

DB's Fries

Restaurant, American
Anyone wanting to experience a true taste of the boardwalk while in Bethany Beach should make a point of stopping by DB’s Fries. Popular with both locals and tourists, this laid back, fast-causal restaurant offers up large portions of hand-cut fries cooked in peanut oil along with other tasty delights. Other American fare that guests will find on the menu include fried oyster sandwiches, crab cakes, clam strips, chicken strips, and lobster rolls. During the summer season there is often a wait, but it is definitely a wait worthwhile.


Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese
Misaki delights customers again and again with its Japanese cuisine and excellent service, specializing in colorful, artfully plated sushi. Highlights include the Shinsonic roll with lump crab, avocado, spicy mayo, and tempura bits wrapped with salmon, roasted garlic, and jalapeño and the decadent rock lobster roll with whole Maine lobster tail, avocado, tobiko, spicy mayo, and tempura soft shell with a sweet corn-mango-chile relish. The menu also has several appetizers, soups, salads, and other entrées, including chicken teriyaki and filet mignon.

Off the Hook

Restaurant, Seafood, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Off the Hook is a farm to table restaurant bringing the best of local flavors to hungry diners every day for lunch and dinner. Working with local farmers and other purveyors, the culinary team strives to procure the freshest, seasonal ingredients available. Guests can savor flavorful options such as fish and chips, which is buttermilk battered cod served with house fries, coleslaw, and remoulade, and the vegetarian dish with fried green tomato, fingerling potatoes, baby kale, whole grain mustard, garlic confit, grilled asparagus, and goat’s cheese. To complement the meal, the restaurant also offers a variety of wine, beer, and liquor.

Patsy's Restaurant

Restaurant, Bistro, Seafood, American, $$$
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Garden at Bethany Beach Nature Center | © Lee Cannon/Flickr
Patsy’s Restaurant is owned and operated by mother-daughter duo Patsy and Robin Rankin. This award winning restaurant specializes in Key West and Southern cuisine. In order to reflect the freshest ingredients, which often includes organics, the menu changes weekly with recent highlights being mahi on couscous with fennel salad and an orange reduction, soy marinated hangar steak on vegetable fried rice with grilled baby bok choy, and seared scallops on spring pea risotto topped with sweet potato spirals. Be sure to leave room for some dessert, especially for the Key Lime pie topped with whipped cream.


The award winning Sedona has been delighting customers for over 20 years with its delicious New American cuisine. Procuring the freshest, seasonal ingredients, the culinary team creates a selection of innovative tapas and entrées that will please both meat and seafood lovers. Within a welcoming atmosphere, guests can try dishes such as mushroom and pork gnocchi with leeks and whole grain mustard-truffle sauce, Asian short ribs, and the duck breast served over caramelized Brussels sprouts, sweet potato purée, and brandy demi-glace. An impressive wine list plus decadent home made desserts, including the cappuccino brownie with vanilla ice cream, are available as well.

Sedona, 26 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, DE, USA, +1 302 539 1200

Sunshine Crepes

Restaurant, Smoothie Bar, American
Sunshine Crepes is a locally owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of Bethany Beach. Using top quality ingredients along with making the batter each day, this café makes a variety of sweet and savory crepes. For those diners with a hankering for something sweet, the banana, Nutella, and almond crepe or the peach, sweet cream cheese, and Grand Marnier crepe are two satisfying options. Savory options include the Riviera with grilled diced chicken, fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto and the O’Brien with corn, green peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, plus a choice of cheese. There are daily specials as well.

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