When vacationing near the beach, you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible, which includes mealtimes. That’s why we put together this list of the 10 best restaurants with outdoor seating in Milton, Lewes, and Rehoboth, DE, just minutes from our Mansion Farm Inn. It includes a little bit of everything, from Mexican to seafood. Imagine the golden sun shining overhead, and sun-kissed skin, as you find a cozy spot on an outdoor patio or deck. Sit back and relax as you sip your favorite cocktail and nibble on guilt-free vacation foods at these top spots!
Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Milton, DE
When you’re on vacation, there are some days when you just don’t want to stray too far. Luckily for you, we have some delicious offerings right here in Milton, only a stone’s throw from our Mansion Farm Inn.
#1 – The Dough Bar
Enjoy a taste of New York as you sink your teeth into hand-tossed New York-style pizza. Build your own or choose from one of their specialty pizzas. They also offer starters, subs, sandwiches, sides, and steak. Entrees include seafood and pasta. Experience comfort food at its best at Dough Bar restaurant in Milton.
#2 – The Backyard
The name alone brings to mind a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The Backyard restaurant and bakery specializes in serving up local, seasonal foods in a comfortable farmhouse coastal atmosphere. Grab a quick bite if you’re in a hurry, or take your time for a leisurely meal on the cozy outdoor patio area where you can choose to sit in the sun or the shade. Surrounded by a privacy fence, enjoy your summertime meal without any distractions – just you, your company, and a delicious Fish Taco Bowl!
#3 – Irish Eyes
Located in the heart of Milton’s downtown historic district, Irish Eyes pub is a great spot to eat, drink, and have fun. Their large patio offers ample seating and overlooks the Broadkill River. If you’re a sports fan, you might prefer to sit on the covered deck with TV. You’ll still enjoy beautiful river views. This authentic Irish style bar serves up traditional Irish fare and local favorites, including juicy half-pound burgers and a delicious fried zucchini appetizer. They’re open 364 days a year for lunch, dinner, happy hour, live music, and late night fare. If you’ve brought Fido along on your beach vacation, bring him to Irish Eyes – they have pet-friendly designated seating.
#4 – Tequila Real
If you’re craving Mexican food, then you’ll love Tequila Real. In addition to great Tex-Mex food and a festive atmosphere, they have an outdoor patio that overlooks Wagamons Pond along with a gazebo for shade lovers. Grab a seat around 6pm, order a Modelo beer or margarita with some nachos, and enjoy the evening sun set as it dances on the ripples of the water. It’s fabulous!
Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Lewes, DE
#5 – Grain On the Rocks
Located at the Lewes Ferry Terminal, Grain On the Rocks is one of the coolest restaurants in the area. They feature a huge outdoor patio right on the bay in Lewes where you can watch the ships come in and go out. They also offer beautiful waterfront views, a full restaurant and bar with 16 taps, as well as live music. There are hundreds of free parking spots and bike racks, or arrive by boat and dock for free!
#6 – Kindle
Just as the name implies, Kindle is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two. In addition to an excellent wine selection and fantastic food, the outdoor dining area is shady and secluded offering a cozy and romantic spot to sip and savor with your special person. Try braised lamb shank followed by the decadent chocolate torte for the perfect evening meal outdoors!
#7 – Heirloom
The moment you pull up to this Victorian white house with red shutters, you’ll fall in love. Heirloom was nominated for the James Beard Mid-Atlantic Award in both 2019 and 2020, and for good reason. Featuring a seasonal menu of dishes inspired by the farm and garden, the options are always exciting. Doors open at 5pm for dinner and drinks every night. Head to the quaint outdoor patio, which looks like it was torn from a page of Better Homes and Gardens. Then try to narrow down your order from a variety of tantalizing menus: Dinner, Cheese & Charcuterie, Coffee, and Cocktails.
Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Rehoboth, DE
#8 – Bluecoast
Bluecoast sits outside the town limits of Rehoboth and doesn’t scrimp on outdoor amusement. A long gazebo nestles up against the outside wall of the restaurant with booth seating for those of you looking for shade. They also have Adirondack chairs surrounding a gas fire pit and a music stage. The sumptuous menu includes fresh fish and seafood, shaved brussel sprouts, roasted chicken, and steak, just to name a few. You’ll love the views of the Salt Pond from the back deck!
#9 – Lori’s Cafe
Lori’s Cafe is located in a supreme spot in downtown Rehoboth Beach, situated in a courtyard one block from the beach and just outside the noise and traffic of Rehoboth Avenue. They are well-known for their out-of-this-world chicken salad! They share the courtyard with Ward Ellinger Gallery, Camp Rehoboth, and Atlantique Gifts & Decor, so order that chicken salad, freckle your nose with a bit of sun, and then peruse the other courtyard occupants for fun!
#10 – Zoggs Raw bar & grill
Zoggs is a local favorite for those of us who frequent Rehoboth Beach. Located just steps from the beach, this ultra-Caribbean-themed restaurant can be fully open-air seating with an indoor and outdoor bar, palm trees, and Tiki garden statues. You’ll feel miles away from reality in this cozy spot with BIG energy. Choose from their 150+ rums and sip your way into bliss as the evening sun goes down.
Now that you’re internally basking in the sun, book your reservation with us at the Mansion Farm Inn online or via phone at 302-664-2540 to make this dream a reality. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!