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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Delaware

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Delaware? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The House of William & Merry restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2193)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Hockessin
About the restaurant
The House of William and Merry serves contemporary American cuisine prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients procured from local farms, providing casual fine dining at a reasonable price. Chef-owned by the husband and wife team, Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman, who live on the property, the restaurant is a remodeled farmhouse on the edge of central Hockessin. Dine in a comfortable home atmosphere in one of the two dining rooms, the porch, or the bar. When you arrive, you can see right into the all new, modern kitchen. Full bar service is available including wines by the glass, microbrews on tap, and specialty drinks. Or, take a walk around back to see the herb and vegetable gardens.

Tuesday through Saturday we serve lunch and dinner. On Sunday, we serve brunch followed by a prix fix supper in the evening.

Top review
swaltervip
Dined 4 days ago
we've been there 4 times. each time was outstanding.
A photo of Vita Nova - University of Delaware restaurant
4.8
4.8 (605)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Newark
About the restaurant
Vita Nova is the signature student-operated restaurant which is part of the Hospitality Business Management program at the University of Delaware.

Vita Nova features a "Best of Delaware" award-winning lunch buffet Mon-Fri and elegant fine dining Wed-Fri during the fall and spring semesters. For lunch, the students offer fresh, local dishes including gourmet salads, soups, pastas, entrees, fire-roasted flatbreads, cheese board and mini sweets. The five-course dinner begins with a fusion-inspired appetizer trio and choice of salad, followed by intermezzo and your choice of entrée. The evening ends on a sweet note with a decadent dessert.

Thank you for your support and being an important part of our unique student learning experience!

Top review
AmySvip
Dined 4 days ago
Always a wonderful experience! Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Crow Bar - Trolley Square restaurant
4.8
4.8 (30)
$30 and under
Global, International
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Global menu of chef inspired small plates, entrees and pizza. Inspired and creative cocktails, 12 beers on draught and a lively dining room in the Trolley Square neighborhood!
Top review
Dougvip
Dined on 6 Mar 2024
The atmosphere is always inviting and warm. The service (usually we have Bradley) is always excellent - attentive, friendly and personalized. The food is great. We have our favorites but there's usually something new and delicious to try. We've never had wine there but the beer selection always features quality craft selections and the cocktails are sophisticated and unique. We never feel rushed and the price is reasonable considering the quality. One of our "go-to's."
A photo of La Fia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1984)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Travel down historic Market Street towards the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware and you will find La Fia Bistro. La Fia is an intimate dinner destination in a historic building located on the corner of 5th and Market. Chef Dwain Kalup's menu utlizes carefully sourced ingredients reflecting the seasons, local region and local farms. The menu at La Fia features small plates, pastas and creative entrees. Our cheese and charcuterie is one of a kind and not to be missed!

Due to the small size of our restaurant we allow 2 hours for guests to enjoy their dining experience. If you feel you need more time please reach out to us directly.

Top review
emlp
Dined 3 days ago
Another phenomenal meal at La Fia, with the special Restaurant Week menu—a remarkable deal for the best food in town! Had the duck leg confit, always a remarkable dish, the steak—cooked perfectly!—and the yuzu olive oil cake with semifreddo. All of it was outstanding, as were the octopus and branzino my friend got. And, of course, Red Samurais—best cocktail anywhere. Service was attentive, welcoming, and on point, as always. Love La Fia!
A photo of Eclipse Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1042)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Enjoy cozy but energetic dining at Eclipse Bistro. It offers a chic, small and intimate dining room with brick walls, soft lighting and wood furnishings, creating a warm and sophisticated ambiance, making it a great place for a first date or business luncheon. Its diverse menu offers something for most diners. Eclipse Bistro is open for both lunch and dinner during the week, and for dinner only on Saturday and Sunday.

**A NOTE FROM THE RESTAURANT**
Reservations are not required. We welcome walk-ins.
Please contact us directly at 302-658-1588, if desired reservation time is unavailable or a party size is larger than 6.

Top review
Gigi
Dined 5 days ago
Enjoyed the atmosphere and my meal for restaurant week. The Clam Chowder was delicious! Keep that on your menu. We were warmly greeted and received our meal in a relatively quiet time. Lovely spot to checkout!
A photo of Pizza By Elizabeths restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1461)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Enjoy elegantly casual dining with deliciously healthy pizzas, gourmet salads, luscious desserts - all made fresh on the premises daily from the highest quality ingredients. Join us for a dining experience that's unforgettable - just like our favorite Elizabeths.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Always a great experience. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience here!!!!
A photo of Home Grown Café restaurant
4.8
4.8 (484)
$30 and under
American
Newark
About the restaurant
Home Grown Cafe is an independently owned, award-winning, downtown Newark, DE staple, residing centrally on Main St. for over 23 years under founding owner, Sasha Aber. Matt McConnell leads an incredible staff and day to day operations. Award winning Executive Chef Andrew Thorne is the chef de cuisine who constantly pushes the envelope with locally made from scratch dishes of his own creations, as well as mentoring and showcasing our staff's talent. Home Grown has been named Best of Delaware Upstate for over two decades by Delaware Today readers including awarding the honor of Best Chef Upstate to Andrew Thorne (2022) Guests enjoy incredible service and made from scratch food for all dietary lifestyles, including carnivorous, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-sensitive in a welcoming environment for all patrons. Colorful walls are adorned with local pop art. The bar features a large array of upscale spirits including house-crafted cocktails and mocktails, over 65 beers, and great wines.
Top review
Dionnedw48vip
Dined on 6 Apr 2024
Had some vegan friends visiting and they selection and taste was wonderful. The Seitan chicken wings are frankly tastier than actual chicken wings.
A photo of Lore restaurant
4.7
4.7 (74)
$31 to $50
Italian
Middletown
About the restaurant
Newly renovated restaurant is NOW OPEN! Stunning, (soon to be) award-winning, artisan Woodfire restaurant nestled within the St. Anne’s Club in Middletown, Delaware.
Italian and Mediterranean fusion wood fire-kitchen with craft cocktail bar that combines locally-inspired, fresh, and creative food with refined artisan cocktails derived from only the highest quality ingredients.
Expect high-quality food in a comfortable atmosphere, ambiance, and polished staff, striving to create a sense of ‘place’ and provide a great experience to all of our guests.

Top review
charlesm
Dined 7 days ago
Was happy to find this jewel. The food and service was excellent. Our waitress was a first timer . She was amazing. To top it off the acoustic music was icing on the cake. We will return on Buck a shuck night. Thank you Lore for a wonderful evening
A photo of Bardea Food & Drink restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2164)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Bardea, pronounced: bar-DAY-ah, is the Italian term for "the goddess of food and drink." The stunning, 120-seat restaurant utilizes ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and purveyors, and features modern interpretations of traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes. In 2019, Bardea Food & Drink received a semifinalist nomination in the James Beard Foundation's "Best New Restaurant" category.
Top review
MargaretH
Dined 2 days ago
The service is awesome; the staff make you feel welcome and are attentive; food is beautiful in its presentation and absolutely delicious! I plan to go back! Margaret Rose Henry
A photo of The Melting Pot - Wilmington DE restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1865)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Wilmington
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot offers an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines & fabulous four-course dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to get-togethers with friends, meetings or large groups. The Melting Pot always hits the spot. Make reservations today & come dip into something different.
Top review
LauraM
Dined on 4 Mar 2024
It is an experience and we treated it as such. Just had a great time!
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