Chelsea Tavern

4.3
1258 reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub

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Pre/post Theatre
Chelsea Tavern is a high energy, upscale casual restaurant & bar located in the heart of Wilmington's downtown. Directly across from The Grand Opera House, three blocks from The Queen Theater & 1 1/2 blocks from The Playhouse on Rodney Squre at The Hotel DuPont, Chelsea Tavern is the perfect choice for pre & post show dining.
Chef Dominic Fauser has assembled a talented team polished enough to deliver a slow-paced romantic dinner for two or a quality meal to be briskly enjoyed on the way to your favorite show. Service at Chelsea is attentive, knowledgeable, friendly & sincere. Our menu is casual, eclectic & accessible. Our beverage selection is dramatic, featuring 31 craft beers on tap, 200 more by the bottle & 21 wines by the glass!



So, stop by for a taste, a sip & some fun!



At Chelsea Tavern, we look forward to serving you soon!

Support Chelsea Tavern during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1258 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Rebecca
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! Staff is super friendly and the pizza is my favorite in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for my daughters birthday and it was awesome. The staff was friendly, the food was delicious with generous portions, and the waitress was awesome and made sure we never had an empty glass .. she even surprised my daughter with a birthday surprise. We will be back for sure!

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vipCarlLaFang
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal! Hopefully things will become more normal this year and our trips to Chelsea Tavern more frequent

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MarineVet
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Some of the best Thai Chili Wings I have ever had. Overall, great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Thank you for letting me pre-order before arriving.

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CarrieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great beer selection. Food was great. Seated quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Would return

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EricT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was DELICIOUS, and if you love brownies, probably the best I’ve ever had

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cchic
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

First time visiting and we will plan to go back! We ate early so pretty much had the dining room to ourselves- so felt very safe with covid. Even when some other parties arrived they had the tables spaced out well.
The food exceeded our expectations. The menu has a wide selections of sandwiches, salads and full meals. I had a pizza with goat cheese, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes which was great. Split the crab dip which was plentiful- if I could change anything it would be to switch out the crustini and add carrots/celery to be a bit healthier and more attractive to a wider swath of people.
Beers were great- excellent variety.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVE Chelsea Tavern! Trio fries are amazing and so are their gameday specials. Never walked away unsatisfied.

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KirstenH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch on sunny deck. Appreciate your innovation with deck, fencing, lights. Food was creative & fabulous. Waitress may have been letting us linger a little but we had work to get back to. When known,- she was very pleasant & eased our transition ! THANK YOU Chelsea Tavern for doing so well!

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SadieD
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great place for brunch. They also have restaurant week menus available for lunch and dinner. The crepes are also amazing! Will definitely come back soon!

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RebeccaH
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was really nice and the outdoor seating was very cute!

JP
vipJayeP
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always good at Chelsea. I had the mushroom pizza, and it was absolutely delicious - best pizza I've had in some time. The service was attentive without making us feel rushed. COVID protocol was appropriate and we felt very safe eating inside the restaurant.

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for lunch outside and food, service and atmosphere nice. The outside dining is off street so not crowded or loud. The crab dip was delicious and crab nachos were a large size. Going to go again.

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SubtleSandy
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ate on the side patio and it felt really private, safe and fun. We had a great waiter who gave good recommendations and had a great sense of humor. We had the brussels sprouts as an appetizer. They are great. They have a beer and cheddar sauce instead of the normal balsamic and/or olive oil. Pizza my friend had was great; Kennett mushroom was delicious. I had the blackened rib eye. I enjoyed it but would try the brisket next time. Another friend had a fish special that she enjoyed. They also have a great drink menu; you want it; they got it. And they have stuff you haven't tried before if you are feeling adventurous. Reasonably priced and wish I had looked at the desserts!
Really enjoyed our visit and will be back.

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DanaB
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful outdoor brunch. Everyone was raving about the bananas foster french toast! Beautiful part of the city as well.

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frogpond
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Requested & obtained a table outside. Our waiter was attentive, reviewed the specials with us, provided good food & beverage recommendations, followed up several times to make sure we were enjoying our experience & to if there is anything else we needed. We really liked our dinner & would definitely go back.

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vipMarionP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food all overcooked. Drink not delivered.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Great atmosphere but the risotto that came with my meal was bland and I didn't eat it. I told the waitress and she knew exactly what I was talking about but didn't offer an alternative.

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vipTina
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service are always outstanding at Chelsea Tavern as is their craft beer menu. The bacon wrapped pork tenderloin is available again. I have had many pork tenderloin dinners and Chelsea's is the best by far. The other entrees were Chelsea's always outstanding burgers...try the Delaware Destroyer.

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Kristen
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were able to eat outside and it was a nice experience. The food was delicious and the beer selection was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place for awesome food and great drinks.

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vipMauriceE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. The staff works to make sure that everyone is served at a safe distance. Nachos are great and the beer is cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. My server Mazi was super cool, friendly, and made the vibe of the experience even better.

ME
vipMauriceE
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the first time we had been back since the beginning of the Pandemic. We were able to get outside seating. The service was great and the nachos were better than ever. Thanks Joe and crew.

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Kamille
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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PeterD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm glad that the place is reopened. I stopped in on Friday night. This time, I was at the bar. The place is popular, and most of the other seating--indoor and out--was taken. Sherry was the bartender. Johnnie Platinum and James were in attendance. Elvis Elvis was running around, managing.

Sherry was attentive. I still had to wait for a few walk-ins to place orders before I could, but not too long.

One of the dinner specials was a 12oz ribeye. I ordered that. Also, a burrata appetizer special. The appetizer was a big blob of cheese with four crostini and some fig(?) jam. Great stuff. The ribeye came with asparagus and potato wedges. The steak was very good. Done perfectly.

Drinks were drinks. Yards Summer Crush beer from the tap. A couple of PBRs. I am not fond of drinking something fancy out of a plastic cup, but a manhattan still turns out pretty well.

For the COVID compliance-minded: all of the staff were wearing masks, and the customers were wearing them when coming, going or moving around. Beverages were all in single-use plastic. Food was still on real dishes and accompanied with silverware and cloth napkins. The seats and tables were properly spaced. Everything was constantly being cleaned.

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BernisS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere is great. Had a good date night. I’ll recommend and come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. It’s right across the street from my apartment and always my go to spot.

The owner is the nicest guy and always super friendly.

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vipJTVH
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chelsea Tavern has great outdoor area for drinks and apps but also has great dinner menu. Service was Awesome and Fodd was very Good!!!

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vipAlexM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meg was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service Manuel and Danielle are great!!

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vipTina
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great to finally be able to sit in the restaurant for brunch again and eat a great meal! A special Eggs Benedict (Princess Benedict) was outstanding and the Pastrami Hash was awesome! Our server was personable, attentive and knowledgeable! Last but not least is that the meal was a great value.

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MaryannM
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The servers are awesome and the food is great!! It's our go to restaurant when we see a show!

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Dinah
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were in a party of 7. We were immediately seated. Everyone's food was delicious and freshly made.

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OraC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and enjoyed the atmosphere. Perfect location to go see a show at with the Grand Opera House or the Playhouse. Staff was friendly and able to accommodate our time, as we were a little late for our reservation and had a show to catch

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vipAveryhappydiner
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We’ve eaten at the Chelsea Tavern before, but the food was even better than we remember. The food arrived quickly, very hot, obviously just out of the kitchen. Serving sizes were just right, The service was perfectly timed. Our server was there when needed and responded quickly to every request. We will definitely be back.

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vipStephen
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

This was strike 3 Chelsea Tavern. Each time we’ve gone the food has been barely ok and the service slow, overworked and inattentive. I had a burger and fries and 1 beer and 1 glass of water. The burger was half the size of the bun, the fries soggy and half raw. After the initial glass of water it was never refilled and although it only took them 14 minutes the bring us our first beer we were only offered a second beer after we asked for the check a full 75 minutes after we were seated.

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DonR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We tried Chelsea Tavern before going to a show at The Grand across the street. It was convenient and bustling. Tables are packed close together and the place was full so it was very noisy.

The food was fine, except for the fact that I was looking forward to the pastrami Reuben from the online menu only to find that it was no longer on the Tavern menu at all. I elected to have a brisket sandwich. The brisket tasted like the traditional Texas fare. However, it was piled so high on the bun and dripping with BBQ sauce and melted cheese that it couldn’t be eaten as a sandwich but required the use of a knife and fork. This didn’t diminish the great flavors though. The steak fries were accompanied by a delicious horseradish aioli.

My wife had a good chicken caprese sandwich accompanied by “tri-color” fries which included sweet potatoes, white potatoes and what we decided were finely cut onion rings. All of these were crisp and flavorful.

Dessert for us was a unique Warm Granny Apple Caramel Cake that was unlike any apple dessert I’ve had at a restaurant in the way the combination of flavors played together. It was excellent!

Our server was kept busy by the crowd but she was helpful, efficient and pleasant during our entire meal.

Other than the noise level, Chelsea Tavern was an outstanding place for a before theater dinner. We’ll probably be back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Chelsea Tavern using the Order Online button. Chelsea Tavern also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 482-3333.

Chelsea Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 1258 OpenTable diners.

Chelsea Tavern does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/chelsea-tavern/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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