Chelsea Tavern

4.1
1291 reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Chelsea Tavern is a local popular gastropub located in downtown Wilmington, directly across from the Grand Opera House. The kitchen prepares delicious comfort food consisting of locally grown and house made ingredients, that is complemented by our dynamic craft beer selection. Chelsea’s ever-changing inventory features 33 beers on tap, hundreds of large format bottles, cans, and single serving bottles of seasonal and local brews. Chelsea is a neighborhood favorite that is perfect for a quick lunch, weekend brunch with friends, pre-show dinner, or a group gathering. Join the energetic bar scene to watch the big game, or on our spacious patio for comfortable outdoor dining.









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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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1291 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.0
Value
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DelawareDiner
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

CT continues to be a consistently good place to eat. Outdoor seating along the side of the building was very nice for a July evening with low humidity. Service was OK and I think the kitchen staff is a bit strained based on comments from our server. Meal was good but not quite as good as we have had previously. I had tuna and my husband had the seafood stew special. All fresh and cooked correctly. They are adding a 20% service charge to all checks which goes to the servers. It is called out on the menu so there is no surprise when the bill arrives. We were fine with that approach given the beating the food service industry has taken during COVID. Tip: Always order trio fries!!

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vipMaggie
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience1

It was unbearably hot inside when it should have been well airconditioned. Food was less than average. Service was the only plus. 20% is included in the bill. No wonder.

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Alanvw
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Outdoor seating is a nice plus; recommend sticking with the basics here

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Definitely a Tavern experience! The server we had was absolutely lovely and attentive. The manager was really a nice guy and did his rounds to make sure everything was OK! The food selection were OK and everything we ordered came out hot a fast! You must try the pineapple up down cake martini!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Our experience at Chelsea Tavern was disappointing. We were seated for our 10am reservation and placed our drink and food order in a timely manner. Shortly after a very large group (30+) arrived at the restaurant. We didn’t see our waitress or any of the wait staff for the rest of our meal — my filet was rubber, our waters weren’t refilled and never had an opportunity to ask for condiments. Our waitress was kind but she was set up to fail. The Chelsea Tavern management team did not properly staff the restaurant to accommodate the reservation / walk-ins.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Waited well over an hour for a burger and fries and the fries were undercooked and burger tasted like it was a week old. First time ever going there and would not go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
50 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you guys! Can’t wait to see you again!

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Laura
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Crab omelette was no good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Graduation

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vipTina
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our go to place. Always good food and great beer selections!

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Lucy
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everyone at Chelsea Tavern went out of their way to make our Mother's Day Brunch special, from the person who took our reservation, to the waite staff, to the owner, who personally came to each table & gave every Mom a $25.00 gift card. The food was outstanding as well. This has become one of our new favorite restaurants!

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JoeJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasant experience overall

JP
vipJohnP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It's been awhile since we visited Chelsea Tavern and we should have visited sooner. The new menu and food was excellent and enjoyed the beer and wine selection. We will be visiting again soon.

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AngelC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

GREAT food, service, staff and setting. I will be coming more often

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vipFoodie82
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

This was my first time at Chelsea's and I enjoyed the food and we had an excellent server named Maddy. She was pleasant and informative when making drink and food selections. It was a beautiful day so me and my friend sat outside. The only down side was there were several people walking past asking for money. I know there is no way for the restaurant to stop this but it just kind of ruined the enjoyment of being outside and catching up with a friend. We will definitely be back but will definitely be sitting in another area.

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JamesH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food was delicious, the service was great! definitely would recommend for brunch

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tivo21
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I wanted brunch outside to enjoy the sun. I suggested Chelsea Tavern and she was game. She and I thoroughly enjoyed our food and the sun. We'll be back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Quinoa salad (add the salmon) is my go-to favorite and the Kennett mushroom soup was Delicious! Always a solid spot for any meal or just a great hangout. Joe & his team are always on it, and they're incredible community team players.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good pub food, even better beer menu

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DQ13
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Wanted to find a great place for Easter Brunch and Chelsea’s Tavern delivered.

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vipHunert
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Just OK Easter Brunch. The pancakes were nearly tasteless and they don't use real maple syrup. The sausages and bacon were good however. My wife's eggs Benedict had rubbery eggs . We won't be back for Brunch but may stick to dinner which is usually good. That is when they lift the automatic 20% service charge "due to COVID 19". Service didn't rate a 20% tip and unless you read the fine print on the check you wouldn't know it was there.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipTina
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great service and food. It's our favorite go to place!

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vipTina
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our favorite go to restaurants. Always great food and service. They always have a great beer selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far our top 3 place in Wilmington. Amazing selection of beers, every server knows the menu and upsells well when there’s a great deal going. Didn’t get pizza this trip but definitely a hidden gem for pizza!

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vipJackB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch!! Eggs Benedict with filet straps. Great idea. We will be back.

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vipGinji
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I went into this place in what turned out to be a very dicey neighborhood (There were 4 police officers outside) while my husband parked. I left my mask in the car. The owner was at the bar of this very dark, ugly restaurant (not like photos on web). He immediately asked about my mask (never had that happen before) in a very hostile way. I explained I left it in car. I then remembered my husband didn't have his cell. The guy saiid I had to have it right away & he had them. That's typical of all restaurants I've been in for the last yr. Then, he made me pay $1.00. He walked away. I went to put on the mask, I'm 5ft 3in.
it didn't cover my face. Additionally, it didn't have any way to attach except for two little paper holes. I left.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Chelsea Cheeseburger was outstanding. The 8oz. Hereford Beef Patty with Beer-Braised Onions and White Cheddar was served on Brioche Bun. It was delicious.

The Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites with q
Marinara Dipping Sauce was delicious.

The Cheese Pizza with Plum Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese was wonderful.

I definitely will go back soon.

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AleeciaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such a great time. COVID 19 protocols were in place and we felt safe while dining out.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food! Blackened Ribeye sandwich was delicious! Highly recommend!

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ShanaH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything that this restaurant was impeccable from the waitresses to the chef

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vipTina
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Chelsea Tavern has always been outstanding and a great value for the price. Add to that the attentive and friendly service along with 30 craft beers on tap (with many more in bottles) and you might wonder why you aren't here more often. Also, Chelsea's dining room is one of the better Covid-19 dining set ups I have seen.

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vipCarlLaFang
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding, as usual. Could not beat the service. Wonderful valentine’s special!

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DavidW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The meal was a good size portion and had very good flavors. Would go again if in the area and there was a nice selection of drinks.

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vipJeffT
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there, my server was great...... food was better than I expected for a tavern.

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SimonJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good selection of diner style food available and decent portions / good value. Super friendly service a differentiator. Good option if you are in the downtown area.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 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
39 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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 4.1 stars by 1291 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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