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My family has been going to RB since 1977. I haven't been down in 3 years. What's new? What's gone? Any must trys? I am hoping and praying that Lingo's is open!

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  1. Lingo's did close down and sell but I have read that it will be back for the summer.
    Sarahbeth, I really don't know where to start. Rehoboth and Dewey have so much going on and many new restaurants. Things are always changing here. I suggest you do a search on this board. I have commented often since I live in Lewes so you can search my posts to find some good discussions.
    My family's favorite Rehoboth restaurant is The Cultured Pearl. For seafood we love Big Fish on the highway or Fish On in Lewes. For pizza, Louie's or Casa DiLeo. For steamed crabs, Lazy Susan's. For Happy Hour, Fin's. I adore Cafe Papillon in Penny Lane for crepes. Confucious for Chinese. Dogfish Head for craft beer and burgers.
    The Porcini House will probably be new to you. It is wonderful with a tree top lounge, specializing in flatbreads and risotto and lots of other interesting things. They are in the old Chez la Mer house. Lupo Di Mare is beautiful and new on the boardwalk, serving Italian food. Betty's is new in the Midway shopping center and is getting rave reviews. I am told the Greene Turtle is now open on the boardwalk but with ridiculous prices, unfortunately. Nicola's is in a nice new building on the avenue now but I think their old place is still running. In Dewey there is now a Jimmy's Grille and also Que Pasa, an open-air Mexican restaurant with a spectacular view of the bay.
    I am leaving out many great choices I am sure, so here is a resource that you might find helpful: http://www.localsonlyblog.com/
    Also, I always like to encourage vacationers to visit beautiful Second Street in Lewes where there are so many excellent restaurants.

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    Cafe Papillon
    42 Rehoboth Ave Ste 7, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

    The Cultured Pearl
    301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

    Porcini House
    210 2nd St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

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    1. re: Sensuous

      Lupo is not on the boardwalk. I meant to say it is on the avenue (Rehoboth Avenue.)

      1. re: Sensuous

        Thanks. I am really interested in checking out Que Pasa and Porcini House sounds like a good date night restaurant.

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        Porcini House
        210 2nd St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

        1. re: sarahbeth

          Sarahbeth, If you are a Facebooker you should friend the Porcini House. I like their page and they update it often with specials.

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          Porcini House
          210 2nd St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

        2. re: Sensuous

          Hey Sensuous, have you tried Betty's yet? As it's part of the Fish On! family (SoDel Concepts) we are really excited to try it. The menu looks great.

          1. re: Bob W

            Hi Bob W! How are you and how are the twins?
            We have not made it to Betty's yet but we will. Here is an article you might enjoy though: http://blogs.delawareonline.com/secon...
            They have just announced they will be opening for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It always sounded like a lunch place to me anyway. Do you realize Betty's is in the old Adriatico location? We have only the one Adriatico now in Rehoboth which is a shame since it is so small and always so crowded.
            We've been stuck on Big Fish these days and we've been enjoying calling in orders from Fish On too. Their kid's salmon entree is just wonderful with baby green beans and shoestring fries! Big Fish has a flash-fried softshell crab served with saffron rice and a side that I cannot get enough of. Once we have tired ourselves of those two places we'll probably get stuck on Betty's for awhile and I'll write all about it.

            1. re: Sensuous

              Hey Sensuous, thanks for the link. Betty's looks perfect for us. The twins will be six by the time we get down to the beach in August. That grilled mahi mahi shown in the picture looks really good and pretty healthy, which will be a must if I break down and order some of the mac and cheese.

              My daughter is a big fried shrimp fan now and I'm sure Betty's does a good rendition of that.

              We never made it to that Adriatico, but now I know exactly where Betty's is located. Thanks again!

              PS I just read in one of the links from the Betty's review that Cafe Azafran is opening a second location in Rehoboth. That is great news. We really enjoyed our tapas pig-out at Azafran last year.

              Definitely post a review of Betty's when you make it over there.

              1. re: Bob W

                I had the same thought about the photo of the grilled mahi.
                The Fish On! fried shrimp are delicious. Betty's will be good without a doubt.
                The Cultured Pearl's tempura shrimp are huge and absolutely delicious so keep that in mind for your chowhound daughter.
                Cafe Azafran will be on Baltimore Avenue, which is perfect.
                Take care.

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                Cafe Azafran
                109 W Market St, Lewes, DE 19958

                The Cultured Pearl
                301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

                1. re: Sensuous

                  Fish On, in the approach to Lewes served a great dinner, starting with an orange creamsicle martini that was not too sweet and a spinach salad with good quality blue cheese. Scallops on a bed of corn, shaved celery and fennel root in a beurre blanc were tasty and not overcooked. My daughter's seafood blackened pasta was generous with crabmeat lumps, and the flavors of each vegetable were distinct and clear. I'd go back.

                  The other place we have enjoyed a couple of times is Azafran. As another poster warned, be aware that some of the tapas are almost entree sized, and order accordingly.

        3. My wife and I are at Rehoboth Beach now and here's the restaurants we've gone to so far:

          Confucious (Chinese): Pretty good. The dumplings and fresh fish special were the best. Cold noodles was way spicier than we expected.

          Porcini House: Strictly mediocre. Very disappointing preparation. I had grilled crab and shrimp pasta (dull and soggy) and my wife had the mushroom risotto (eh).

          Fins: Absolutely rocked. Amazing beer selection, and my grilled red snapper was outrageous. No reservations, but worth it.

          Go Fish: We went here for lunch -- British-type fish and chips place, and thought they were very good. Not greasy. Better than you'd think.

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          Go Fish
          24 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

          Porcini House
          210 2nd St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

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          1. re: PlasticMoonRain

            PlasticMoonRain! I'm glad you took the time to write about your week here. It is nice to share this kind of information. I am sorry your Porcini House experience wasn't so good. I still have never been to Go Fish but will get there eventually.
            I do hope you have enjoyed yourselves this week.

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            Go Fish
            24 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

            Porcini House
            210 2nd St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

            1. re: Sensuous

              Sensuous -- Go Fish is one of our regular stops. Definitely check it out. I think we've always gotten takeout but the fish holds up well. I'm sure it's even better if you eat in.

              Also, we just got an e-mail from Betty's -- now open for lunch on the weekend.

              Thanks PMR!

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              Go Fish
              24 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

              1. re: Bob W

                Okay, Bob W. My husband took me to Happy Hour at Betty's yesterday. I never knew it, but he has been there already many times with his associates! He says all his experiences have been excellent on all levels.
                It is a classy looking, open space with a young, attractive, attentive staff. It puts the old Adriatico to shame. It did remind me of Fish On with the same sophisticated, simple style.
                We arrived around 4:30 and sat at the bar and watched golf on tv. The bar was especially nice for me because instead of stools they have upholstered chairs and more room than you usually find at a bar. It was actually early for Happy Hour prices but the bartender ignored that. I did not see a drink on their menu that I wanted so the bartender asked me a few questions then suggested a cocktail called Seabreeze. I enjoyed it and will ask for it again. It's not so sweet with grapefruit and cranberry juice mixed with vodka. My husband had Maker's Mark and Ginger Ale, easy.
                We ordered two appetizers. The fried fluke and chips was good but when I took a bite of the shrimp stew I started to hiccup and cough, then my husband took a bite and the same thing happened to him. This shrimp dish was so hot! The bartender came immediately and asked if we were doing okay and we both told him we were stunned by the heat level so he took it away and apologized. In the end, we noticed neither appetizer was on our bill.
                I wasn't very hungry so I ordered their house side salad as my entree and it was just perfect, like an old-school tossed salad but so fresh and clean tasting with a very light vinaigrette. My husband had the mahi mahi over vegetables! This entree was gorgeous to look at and was so light and fresh. He says he will order it again and I know that will be my choice every time I go back! Their "farm to table" efforts really did shine through in our entrees.
                Bob W! Take your family to Betty's in August! They are really trying.
                I hope you have a good day. We welcomed a wonderful rain here yesterday and last night. Take care.

                1. re: Sensuous

                  Thanks Sensuous! I want that mahi-mahi. We will definitely be hitting Betty's..at least once if not more.

                  I can taste that Seabreeze from here -- great beach drink. You should also try a Madras: vodka, cranberry juice, oj.

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                  Seabreeze Restaurant
                  334 Bendall Ln, Mathews, VA 23109

            2. re: PlasticMoonRain

              Completing my final two restaurants on our visit:

              Henlopen City Oyster House: Apparently run by people who left Fins. Very, very good. The raw oysters were terrific. Again, excellent seafood. More refined atmosphere than Fins. Since we were two people, we got in pretty quickly.

              Cultured Pearl: Boy, was this place hopping and it is quite big. The sushi was very good, although they have a rule you can order only two or four sushi pieces at a time! My only wish was that like so many Japanese restaurants, most of their special rolls tend to be more spicy than different and creative. Reservations recommended.

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              The Cultured Pearl
              301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

              1. re: PlasticMoonRain

                I never knew about that rule at The Cultured Pearl. How odd! I love their sushi but they serve a salad called Nuts and Berries that is amazing.
                Saketumi on the highway is nice for sushi too with a beautiful bar. Also, Tokyo in Lewes is nice. It is more traditional.
                I recently enjoyed a demonstration by the men from Henlopen City Oyster House at our farmer's market. They were so nice and full of interesting information and were generous on that morning with their free oysters. I am glad to know their new restaurant is doing so well. We will give them a try soon. Fin's could use some competition.
                Thanks, PlasticMoonRain.

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                The Cultured Pearl
                301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

                Saketumi
                18814 Highway One, Rehoboth, DE 19971

            3. Was in Rehoboth last week and really enjoyed Jam's Bistro which just opened mid June on Baltimore Ave. Same owners as Eden, great food & service, priced just right. Loved the "upscale" french fry apps, fish dishes good, brownie dessert w/peanut butter ice cream fantastic! Restaurant is on basement level, beautiful atmosphere inside. I recommend it!

              Also, a FANTASTIC deli- Touch of Italy on Baltimore, just past Jake's, just opened in Oct. so this is their 1st summer. Overhead some locals talking it up so went looking for it . Super nice people, outstanding sandwiches/cold cuts - my super picky Italian husband said this was the best sub he's had in 25 years. The rolls are to die for. Absolutely incredible, give them a try too!!

              The Cultured Pearl was a NIGHTMARE! They apparently seated us at a table with no server - asked the busboy twice if he could get our server, he twice replied nastily "He's coming" and gestured w/his hands for us to calm down (?)... Despite some glances by some busboys, server NEVER came so after 20 minutes we left and I politely let the front desk know that we'd been seated 20 min ago and had not seen a server. They looked surprised then suddenly a woman who I'd never seen before appeared to apologize that no one had our table - she tried to let us to go back upstairs with promise of new server & drinks on the house. No thanks, it was enough that we even gave them 20 min! We left and walked over to Pig & Fish where we were seated and greeted immediately by our cheery server - Pig and Fish was awesome too!

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              1. re: MARYCT

                Gosh, I am sorry to hear you had such a bad experience at The Cultured Pearl, MARYCT. That's a shame! I dined there recently with a friend and it was as great as ever but we got there very early on a weekday. I am really glad Pig and Fish was able to salvage your evening out in Rehoboth. The Pig and Fish people have a new restaurant on the highway called The PIckled Pig that is quite nice too.
                I think A Touch of Italy is about to open another location on Second Street here in Lewes. I have seen their sign in the window of a vacant store just across from The Buttery. I am so happy!

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                The Cultured Pearl
                301 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

                1. re: MARYCT

                  Maryct, thanks for the fresh reports. I hadn't even heard of several of the restaurants.
                  It is good to read some new suggestions, and new opinions.

                2. Henlopen City Oyster House at Rehoboth Beach is open daily for lunch and dinner. Evolution Pumpkin is spectacular! Cheers!!

                  1. Just came back from a 5-day trip to Rehoboth Beach, DE, our second time.

                    Fins is still outstanding. Yes, you may have to wait for 30 - 45 minutes, but they really do serve quality food with an excellent selection of beers and adept service. Grilled halibut was killer.

                    Dos Locos, right on Rehoboth Avenue, was pretty good (seafood enchildas was my dish), but I kept thinking in the back of my head that maybe I should have checked out the more Spanish Mexican place on Wilmington, Mariachi. Next time.

                    Big Fish Grill, right on Highway 1, was excellent. Seen a lot about it written up here on the boards and it definitely lived up to the hype. Excellent Caesar salad followed by seafood with a light tomato sauce over linguini.

                    Now the last place we went to for dinner was recommended by my masseuse at the hotel I was staying at. He grew up in the area and when I said, I'd like to take the family for Italian tonight, his highest recommendation went to Casa DiLeo, right down Rehoboth Avenue, in the strip mall just outside of Highway 1. When I mentioned the restaurant to the guest services people behind my hotel's counter, one of them said, "That's my go to place for pizza."

                    These guys were right on the money. Reasonably priced Italian place that seems more locals-focused and even has sort of that Old World red-sauce feel to it (bar in one room, dining in the other).

                    My family and I split up four slices of pizza first, and boy was it good. First thing you should know -- the pizza slice are huge. Not kidding on this one. They are 1.5 times the size of a normal slice. Thin crust, delicious sauce -- a solid light slice. My daughter and I split spaghetti, tomato sauce and grilled chicken and and we both loved it.

                    I highly recommend Case DiLeo if you are looking for something a little more homey and down to earth. OF NOTE: Great place to take the family. There were like 12 people sitting at the table across from us and it really was a perfect setting for that too.

                    SPECIAL MENTION: Case DiLeo takes reservations, and you can't say that about most Rehoboth Beach restaurants.

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                    Big Fish Grill Restaurant
                    Highway 1, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

                    DOS Locos
                    208 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

                    Casa Dileo Restaurant
                    721 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971