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1861

American, Contemporary
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423 North Broad Street, Middletown, DE 19709
302-376-7956
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delightful meal in a place you had to look to find

On a recent client trip, we were taken to this restaurant by our client host. We entered what looked like the basement of a building, only to find a really charming restaurant. My wife had the crabcakes, which she raved about, and our host had Divers Scallops, which he said were fabulous, as was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
Malchus W
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Boston, MA
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful ambiance, well-appointed menu, and outstanding food. Service varies, but mostly above average. Ideal place for date night, or for cocktails. Not easy to find, but well-worth the effort!

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Thank Bill B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Very cozy atmosphere. Awesome friendly staff. Spectacular wine selection. Can't wait to go back. $15 to try 6 different wines and they give you a nice portion to taste. Wine Wednesday see you there!

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Thank DanaRaeK
Boston, MA
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74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

On a recent client trip, we were taken to this restaurant by our client host. We entered what looked like the basement of a building, only to find a really charming restaurant. My wife had the crabcakes, which she raved about, and our host had Divers Scallops, which he said were fabulous, as was his main dish, the duck. Having... More 

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1 Thank Malchus W
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Went for dinner, using a Groupon. New to the area and had been looking forward to check it out. The atmosphere is nice. Food was only average. Had chicken and waffles. Chicken itself was too dry and overcooked.

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Thank Kathy W
Newark, Delaware
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

The restaurant is very dark. There is one small votive candle on the table so bring a flashlight to read the menu. Menu is eclectic with some unusual combinations. Caesar salad had a thick tasteless dressing; wings were hot but flavorless; pizza wasn't bad; burger was good. However, we had a $50 Groupon which they refused to honor. First they... More 

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Thank godmotherto3
Middletown, Delaware
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

Service just ok but food is good !i will come back to try again ! I hope they can do better . I give 1861 4 star today .good luck .

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Thank paulwoodde
Townsend, Delaware
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My wife and I had been contemplating trying 1861 for quite awhile, but the reviews were a bit spotty so we kept putting it off. We finally tried it out for a local mid-week anniversary dinner, and we were really pleased. The atmosphere was quiet and comfortable - while in the basement of a building, it feels cozy and secluded.... More 

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Thank Gritty51
Urbanna, Virginia
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84 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

The chef here is creative. A series of tasty tapas styled selections was sent out. The entrées were week done. Service is efficient and timeous.

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Thank MPNC1123
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

We called to order take out crab bisque & after being hung up on & having to call back & waiting a few minutes to order, we finally were able to place our order. We asked for crackers & were told that the restaurant no longer has crackers (who serves soup/bisque & doesn't offer their customers crackers with it?...we should... More 

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Thank jgilley27
Townsend, Delaware, United States
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100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The food was o.k. The restaurant was nice for a different place to go to. For a historical setting, with better food I still prefer Cantwell's Tavern.

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Thank Jodi W

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 423 North Broad Street, Middletown, DE 19709
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Middletown
  • Phone Number: 302-376-7956

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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