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“Good Food, GREAT view, FREE mini-golf & kid's playground” 4 of 5 stars
Review of On the Rocks Bar & Grill

On the Rocks Bar & Grill
43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes Ferry Terminal, Lewes, DE
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Ranked #20 of 79 Restaurants in Lewes
Cuisines: American
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Delaware
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“Good Food, GREAT view, FREE mini-golf & kid's playground”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped by here for some lunch after a day on the beach. Outside it smelled heavenly. You could smell the grill at work! We took a seat at one of the patio table sets outside & were given menus by the waitress. She was back in a few minutes for our drink orders. After looking over the menu, we decided on the "best burger on the bay", fish & chips and the kids chicken tender meal. Our meals were out to us within about 15-20 minutes. The service was kind of slow, especially since it was not that crowded when we were there. It seemed like there was only one waitress on duty at the time as well.

We all thought the food was pretty good. My husband loved his fish & chips. He said it was really good. I thought the burger was good. It is not the "best burger" I have ever had, but it was decent. One plus is that it was still juicy even though I ordered it well done! It was cooked perfectly. The kids chicken tenders were OK. Everyone enjoyed the fries. They were really delicious. Prices were a tad high, but the portion sizes were pretty large.

While we dined, we had a great view of the bay, lighthouses (Delaware Breakwater & Harbor of Refuge) and the ferry going in & out of port. It really is a pretty view. Plus the dining area was decorated really nicely with big pots of colorful seasonal flowers & lots of shade producing umbrellas.

After dinner we decided to try our hand at a round of FREE mini-golf offered behind the Bar & Grill. It is part of the Lewes Ferry terminal & free to all visitors. They provide the golf balls, golf clubs and scorecards in exchange for a driver's license. It is a cute nautical themed 18-hole course. They ask that you do not putt the final hole, but return the ball to the front information desk instead along with your putters. When you return your supplies, they give you back your license. It is not the most elaborate putt-putt course, but it is worthwhile....AND you can't beat FREE!

In addition to mini-golf there is a kid's playground on location (right beside the mini-golf). I believe it had a few slides & some monkey bars. We did not get to take advantage of it while we were there since it was being re-painted. However, just know that it is there in case you want to let the kids burn of some energy before bed/nap-time. There is also a kids arcade inside the ferry terminal.

Overall, we had a good dining experience with On the Rocks. The food was all pretty good. The portion sizes were large and filling. Service was a tad slow, but not terrible. Most of the prices were average for the area, but could be a little cheaper. I think the hot dogs were way overpriced at $7.50, but they were selling A LOT of them that day (maybe since it is the cheapest "entrée" on the menu?). I am not going to complain considering the FREE mini-golf & playground that are available at NO additional charge. PLUS, You can't beat the view. Whether at the terminal for the purpose of riding the ferry OR just visiting the towns of Lewes/Rehoboth, I would recommend On the Rocks. I would eat here again...and I rarely ride the ferry! I think it is a great option for those seeking outdoor dining with a view. Would be pretty at sunset.

Note: Indoor climate-controlled dining available inside the ferry terminal at the cafeteria/bar. Restrooms are inside the ferry terminal. FREE parking.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lewes, Delaware
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“Go anythime but do go when there is a happy hour with music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

On a summer evening, this is a wonderful place to go and have a drink and a snack. The outside bar has tables, You can watch the ferry come and go. or simply stare at the water. The snacks are good as are the drinks. On some evenings there is live music and that is always loads of fun!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ocean City, Md
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“Nicely Redone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is a great place to enjoy your favorite beverage and a sandwich. The setting is hard to beat. You can watch all the activity as the ferry arrives and leaves.
The food is very good. I love the french fries! Sometimes I simply order a drink and a basket of French Fries which is quite a large portion. The sandwiches are all delicious. The drinks are generous although pricey. Happy Hour is the time to visit for great prices on drinks. They have a good selection of beer including on tap. A nice selection of wines and mixed drinks are available as well. They make the best Bloody Marys I have ever had. There is a lot of seating at the bar and dockside tables. There is inside seating for those who prefer that.
The staff is friendly and provide fast service. There is lots of parking. Nightly entertainment is a possibility in the near future.
When in the area, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“They figured it out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We've been coming to "On the Rocks" for years because of the view and the putt putt golf and playground. But now they have figured out the food and beverage. All around great place for a beer and burger on the water! The crab dip on the burger is off the chain!! Well done. It will now become a locals "new" favorite :-)

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Wilmington, Delaware
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“Great burgers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Delaware Dock Burger ($13).........Heavy fresh pressed burger with Crab Dip, Onion Ring, house-made Chips and a Dill Pickle.......Gigantic and Tasty! Worth every penny! Never expected such quality. If we had more time, they have a beautiful outdoor waterfront bar too!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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