Established in 1994, the Iron Hill brewery at Wilmington was one of the first to open in the series of this award-winning brewery restaurant chain. Beer enthusiasts need no introduction to their stellar array of handcrafted beers that have stood against some of the best in the region. From Belgian Ales to Lagers, each of their brews has a distinct flavor that is bound to please most tastes. Though beer is admittedly in focus here, the food to go with your brews is surprisingly well thought-of. Iron Hill offers a diverse menu of modern American specialties, and has everything from soups and salads to burgers, pizzas and sandwiches; perfect grub to match the beers on offer. The kitchen caters to dietary restrictions with a gluten free menu and also has a full menu for kids. The level of cooking is head and heels above the the average pub grub and blurs the lines between the brewery and the restaurant. The beautiful waterside location and spacious interiors make it a good choice for large groups and private functions as well. Check website for more.
Located within the Trolley Square, the popular Italian eatery inherits the admiration of a number of equally famous institutions that have evolved to become Piccolina Toscana. While essentially remaining an Italian restaurant, Piccolina's focus is on tapas-style small and sharing plates. The dining room has been thoughtfully laid out with contemporary accents. The huge murals featuring artwork by a local artist is the highlight of the room and a conversation starter. Rugged wall textures, lavish use of woods and thoughtful lighting choices give the place a sophisticated edge. While the seating plan is mostly open, a selection of booths ensure that intimate dinners remain intimate. There's also a private dining area if you're with a large group. The food menu featuring tapas style Italian dishes presents a delightful way to enjoy the specialties on offer; smaller portions ensuring a focus on flavor. Sunday brunches are a popular affair. The bar has a varied spirit selection to satisfy most tastes. Keep an eye out for the regular food and drink promotions. Check website for more.
With mentions dating back to the 18th Century, the space housing the Columbus Inn has a rich history. And with it's restoration and reopening in 2010, the owners have succeeded at not only updating it to a modern establishment that holds relevance today, but also bringing some of its glory back. A lesson in history, however, is not a requisite to having a good time at the Columbus Inn. On offer is a superb selection of contemporary American fare that changes with the seasons and a drinks list that shuffles flawlessly between the old world and new. From ancient concoctions and classics to modern takes, there's a fair bit of variety here and it won't hurt to try a little from every era. The interiors feature plenty of old-style wooden touches and some great lighting choices for a warm atmosphere. The contemporary seating choices provide a nice contrast. There is a choice of private rooms if you're looking for group dining or private parties. Check website for more.
Established in 1981, Valle had humble beginnings as a pizza and sandwich place and today, thanks to its popularity, has grown into one of the city's top Italian restaurants. The restaurant stands within the Pike Creek Shopping Center and offers a diverse menu of Italian specialties ranging from the perpetually favored pizzas and pastas to steaks and beef specialties. Seafood is a strong point here and the crab cakes have been raved about for quite some time now. There's a little selection of kids choices as ell. The wine list is huge and you should have no trouble pairing one with your food. While a meal here will certainly not be cheap, it's worth what you'll get. An excellent place for an honest Italian meal and seafood.
Back Burner Restaurant offers the perfect ambiance, whether its for an outing with your family or a special someone. The cozy and intimate atmosphere will sure make it an unforgettable experience. Some of the delicacies featured on the menu consists of the signature mushroom soup, bacon wraps, shrimps, crab cakes, duck ravioli, pork Delmonico and lots more on the list. Complement your meals with some of the unique cocktail creations or liquor. Do not make the mistake of missing out on the delectable desserts, no matter how stuffed you are. A great place to plan your special events, hire their catering services too. For reservations and more information, call ahead.
When it comes to great beer paired with excellent food, there's few who can come close to Iron Hill in the city. A recipient of numerous awards for its brews, Iron Hill does not rest on its drink laurels alone and sets the bar with a food menu comprising of an exceptional selection of American favorites. The diversity and the amount of choices available will prove to be a pleasant surprise for foodies who've always had a gripe about the attention given to food at proper places to drink. The full menu features great selection in everything from starters and entrees to pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and even desserts. There's a kids menu as well as a selection of healthy choices. It even caters to people with dietary restrictions with a gluten free menu. Iron Hill's award-winning beers form most of the drink selection with seasonal brews also making an appearance. An excellent place for a complete drinking and dining experience.
Ernest & Scott Taproom derives its name from the formidable relationship between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This place houses a selection of bottle-conditioned beer, American Craft Wines, Distilled Spirits to complement with the meticulously created menu. The evenings are buzzing with people enjoying a beer or cup of coffee. Overall, a great place to spend the evenings.
Chelsea Tavern is a restaurant and bar that is as vibrant and lively as its clientèle. Conveniently located at the center of a number of entertainment venues, this restaurant is a popular choice. Sophisticated and casual, Chelsea offers a varied menu that is perfectly suited for every occasion whether you are looking for a quick drink and bite at the bar or a relaxed meal with loved ones. Options like Short Rib Mac & Cheese, Applewood-Smoked Half Chicken, and the signature cheese burger are ever popular, each dish carefull created using locally sourced, fresh and seasonal produce. The bar features its own food menu, alongside a staggering selection of 31 craft beers, 160 bottled varieties and an impressive wine list. With the availability of catering, prix fixe menus, drink specials, a kids menu and decadent desserts, Chelsea Tavern has something to offer everyone.
Centrally located in Wilmington, Café Mezzanotte delights, if you're looking for some honest and authentic Italian fare in the city. The food menu spans the Mediterranean palate with classic Italian specialties getting the most representation. The wine list is quite extensive and won't disappoint most tastes. The bar has a fine selection of cocktails and martinis, and is a highlight of the place. The restaurant interiors are spacious and cozy, though with a typical standard layout of many other restaurants. The fantastic outdoor dining area however, compensates for this. The restaurant can accommodate large groups and is also available for private functions. Check website for more.
A sister concern of Harry's Savoy Grill, this place is known for its seafood and prompt service. The Oyster and Sashimi Bar, as well as the appetizers menu drop names like Colossal Crab Martini and Clams on the Half Shell. Naturally, Vegetable Risotto is the only vegetarian dish. The classic Fish and Chips, and Harry's fish Tacos are delightful. The soups and stews are also worth a try. Regulars throng to this place for Martini and Mojito Happy Hour on Mondays and concert nights on Fridays.
A restaurant chain found across the country, Joe's Crab Shack's Wilmington branch is located close to the Delaware Children’s Museum, making it quite popular amongst the visitors. Some of the popular recipes to try here are crabs, shrimp, mussels, lobsters, fish, and clams. Give this eatery a chance during your next visit to Wilmington.