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The Cottage Cafe Restaurant

Route 1, Bethany Beach, DE 19930
302-539-8710
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Ranked #20 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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Fort Myers, Florida
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Cottage Café was delightful starting with the wonderful, little muffins and the excellent dinner. The service was 5 star and although it's a bit noisy, the ambiance was still good. The food was definitely "outstanding" and while in Bethany Beach, don't miss dining at this great restaurant.

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4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stopped in for an early dinner. A quaint little restaurant off the towns major street. The service was good, no complaints. I ordered the NY strip, my boyfriend ordered the filet. They delivered mini muffins before the meal, they were honestly the highlight of the dining experience. As we were leaving we saw the "muffin girl"... More

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

Hello Chelsea576, I'm sorry we only achieved mediocrity on your visit to the Cottage Café. I have already taken your comments to the Chef about the steaks being under-seasoned. We are also working with our muffin servers to make sure they are returning to tables to offer more muffins without being intrusive. We are a year round restaurant that caters... More

PA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We enjoyed the food here so much we went twice during our week-long vacation. Good service. The sandwiches are a great value. Also a nice bar area.

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

Thank you blueberry girl! Thanks for helping us spread the word about our restaurant! More

Salt Lake City, Utah
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was my first visit to the Cottage Café. I was in town for a business meeting. I read the reviews on trip advisor before dining there with a client. It is clear that the management is paying attention to the reviews here. The muffin server was very friendly and made sure to offer multiple muffins and offer a good... More

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

Thank you K W, We appreciate your business! You are right. We do evaluate our business on a regular basis and listen to the feed back. Thank you for noticing! More

New Castle, Delaware
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We had dinner and were greeted with a hostess offering delicious mini muffins. We went for lunch the next time thinking we could get dinner entrees. We were prepared to come back later when our choices weren't on the lunch menu but the manager hooked us up with dinner entrees anyway. Special kudos to our waitress Vicky. She was great... More

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

Hello Mirinemama4, I am so glad you enjoyed both of your dining experiences with us. I will make sure Vicky knows you acknowledged her by name. We look forward to you dinning with us again. More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The food at The Cottage Cafe is ok, it's not stellar, but ok. It did have a nice atmosphere, and good service, and they gave you these freshly baked corn, cranberry or coconut mini muffins while you were waiting for the food to arrive, and they were warm and delicious. Desserts: the ice-cream sundae was huge and would have fed... More

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

Hello M_A_Foster, Thank you for your review. We are always evaluating our business and working on the areas we feel we are falling short on. I hope the next time we fall into the stellar category. More

Wilkesboro, NC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My family and I recently dined at The Cottage Café. Our waiter was very nice and most of the meals were good; however, one person in our party had a hair in the batter of his fried shrimp dinner. I understand things like this happen but the way it was handled was extremely unprofessional! When it was brought to our... More

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

I am sorry about the problem with the fried shrimp. It sounds as if the waiter try to make a joke and the manager didn't show her empathy for the situation in the right manor. The waiter should have immediately apologized and taken the dish away from the table and let the manager know about the problem. The manager should... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I used to make this restaurant our first and last place to dine on vacation. The food was always fresh and tasty. As of last week, we will not be returning ~ at least not for dinner. The menu is good, lots of variety but the quality has slipped in the past few years. The chowders are... More

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

Hello Janet G, I am sorry to hear about your dinning experience with us was not up to yours our ours expectations. We instituted the muffin servers last summer for the first time to help out the servers during the busy season and to make the muffins more readily available to the guests. We have had a lot of compliments... More

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 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

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