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1861

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423 North Broad Street, Middletown, DE 19709
302-376-7956
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Finally Tried It...and I'm a Fan

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Gritty51
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Townsend, Delaware
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Townsend, Delaware
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18 reviews
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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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Urbanna, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

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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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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Townsend, Delaware, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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Bear, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The place is hidden from any view and you have to park next to a smelling garage container, should have known from the start a place to avoid. It is like you are sitting in a cold and dark basement. When asked if there were any specials no response from the server, when asked about a certain drink they make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

What a great restaurant! Although a lite tough to find, tucked behind a street front business and downstairs, 1861 is worth searching for. An eclectic menu includes everything from oyster chowder to a pizza with every kind of heart-clogging pork product piled on it. Attentive service, good drinks, and ambiance - there isn't a bad table in the place. No... More 

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Washington, DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

A great little gastropub in the middle of Middletown with a brew list that rivals its changing menu! If you don't feel like eating at the usual chain restaurants nearby (Bob Evans, Ruby Tuesday, KFC, McD, Taco Bell, or Chick-fil-A), head across the tracks and into Old Town. The restaurant is in a row of residential properties, so if the... More 

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Middletown, Delaware, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

1861 is a basement restaurant on North Broad. You dine by candlelight . I always order the special of the day and am never disappointed. A glass of wine is pricey, but that seems to be the trend everywhere. 1861 attracts a later dinner crowd and the bar is quite popular.

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Middletown, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

1861 is a cool place with great food and a great atmosphere. Nice fireplace too! Highly recommend it for dinner. We throughly enjoyed the crab cakes with a nice bottle of wine.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere was very cool. The servers were polite and very accommodating. That's all the good I have to say. Small plates, scallops were good but nothing my friend could make better. The duck confit had very little duck and was a deep fried rice ball. Not worth the money or experience. Our filets came out. We both ordered medium.... More 

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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: 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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