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The Cottage Cafe Restaurant

Route 1, Bethany Beach, DE 19930
302-539-8710
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Ranked #18 of 66 Restaurants in Bethany Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was my first visit and when ordering I asked if I could substitute a side item. I was told that I could not. That totally got me started off on the wrong foot. Food was OK and service was not that good. Muffins were very good.

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Mark K, I am sorry about your experience at my restaurant. We do allow substitutions on most things. I will try to contact you to find out what happened. Please accept my sincere apologies! More

Perry Hall, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The frozen drinks were priced right at $5.99. I had the soft crabs..best I've had this year, two medium-sized pan fried crispy crabs. The service was timely and attentive. We hit this restaurant every summer when we go to the beach.

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Mstrboh, Thank you for the awesome review and the repeat business! More

Baltimore, Maryland
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Recommended by my wife. She had been there before and wanted me to try it. I had the meatloaf, garden salad, mac and cheese, and coleslaw. Meatloaf had a tomato base to it that over powered the meat. Mac and cheese was a bit runny for my taste. Wife had the scallops that she loved. Other people around us got... More

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

We are glad you found us also! I am sorry you didn't like the tomato glaze on the meat loaf. We do finish the meatloaf with a tomato glaze on top. The mac and cheese is usually not runny. I will make sure I go over your comments with the chef. We hope to see you again in the future More

Yorktown Heights, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

While visiting friends in Delaware, we had the opportunity to dine here. Food was good, generous portions, wait staff was friendly and efficient. Good to note that it is quite casual. We saw folks in shorts and beach coverups. All in all a pleasant experience.

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Grace O, Thank you for the kind words! More

Dublin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We went in for happy hour upon recommendation from my parents. Really good value and great customer service. We had the cheesy crap dip to start with a few drinks and each got burgers. Burgers were great and fries were amazing. The staff were very friendly and attentive. I'll be back to try the full menu!

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Mkats85, Thanks for the awesome review! More

Stowe, Vermont
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Don't be deceived by the lines of people awaiting seating at the Cottage Cafe in the evening. While the property looks nice on the outside, the inside is another story -- nothing but bare tables crammed together in two rooms with no atmosphere. My family actually ate at the property only once and then decided future meals would be carry... More

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Cap1953, I am sorry your last visit wasn't up to yours and ours expectations. I'm not sure if you have dined in the restaurant with us in the past few years based on your review. We have redone one of the dinning rooms with a wood floor and crown ceiling. In that dining room we have added 5 large... More

Martinsburg, West Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

After eating numerous places during the week at Ocean City, we decided to drive up to Bethany Beach to eat at the Cottage. We were seated and a young lady came around with a basket of homemade mini muffins and gave us ONE?? She didn't make much of an attempt to offer any more. I didn't go the to eat... More

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Tim01R, Thank you for the constructive criticism. We hire foreign students to give out the muffins in the summer to give them an opportunity to see the United States. We have been working with them on guest service and allowing guests to have multiple muffins. You are not the first to have this complaint. We still have more work... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

I come every time I get to Bethany. Dune fries, Poffen burger, their steaks. The best! Good service too. Went last night. Waiter with tattoos.......excellent and quick. I will keep coming back here! Love supporting a good restaurant too. You will love it also!

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello mm0160, Thank you for helping us spread the word! More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Every year we come for vacation and always make a point to come for the weekend buffet. The price is not bad. It is a little cramped but the food is good and there is a variety.

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Edward R! We have just moved the breakfast buffet into the south dining room to try to alleviate the problem of overcrowding. Thanks for the great review! More

Nottingham, Maryland, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a great dinner during our Bethany vacation! Laura was our server. She was friendly and very accommodating! Glad we took the recommendation of a family member to have dinner at this restaurant!!!

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DuneFries, Owner at The Cottage Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Elaine G! I will make sure Laura knows you gave her a shout out. :) More

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