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“I couldn't wait to leave. High prices for decent food. Horrible atmosphere.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Henlopen City Oyster House

Henlopen City Oyster House
50 Wilmington Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-260-9193
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Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Hedgesville, WV
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7 restaurant reviews
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“I couldn't wait to leave. High prices for decent food. Horrible atmosphere.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Ok, based on all the glowing reviews, we went to Henlopen. The food was 3 star, prices 5 star. $9 for 1 scallop. I wouldn't have minded if it was outstanding, but it was only good. The oysters Rockefeller were sub-par. Swimming in bacon fat. The entrees were good and almost worth the price. But, the place was loud. Miserably loud. I actually said to my partner "this is physically painful". It's all glass and cement, with a few acoustic tiles on one wall. We asked for our check before we were done eating so we could get out of there faster. There was no music playing, it was the cacophony of too many patrons crammed into a sterile space. I mean no malice here, but it was truly a terrible experience.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Quality service and unique dishes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Delicious food and very friendly and thorough service. There is a reason this place was an hour-long wait in February. Be sure to try some of the creative drinks from the bar.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lewes, Delaware
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109 reviews 109 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Overrated - Underdelivered on flavor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Wife and I ate at Henlopen City Oyster House for dinner. This was our second trip to the restaurant - very disappointed. I had the rockfish and she had the scallop entree. Both entrees were average at best and lacking in flavor. The house salads that accompanied both meals were the same - average and bland. Maybe we hit the place on an off-night, but we both find it hard to believe that this is the #2 restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. Our bill was $70 for two. Not a good value. I waited for the server to ask us how we enjoyed our meal, but she never asked. I would recommend looking at other dinning options at the beach.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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York, pA
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“amazingly fresh seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Beer list offers really rare items. Oysters were so fresh and delicious. Fried clams were just ok. Lobster mac and cheese was very good, wish it was baked though. The old bay shrimp were cooked to perfection. This is a great place to eat.

Visited February 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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31 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“AMAZING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Went to Henlopen City Oyster House for lunch with my husband. We sat at the bar and talked to some great people. I had the Cowboy oysters and my husband had the crawfish gumbo for appetizers. Amazing!!! For lunch I had a mahi mahi sandwich and my husband had the oyster po boy. Both were fantastic. The atmosphere was great and the food was excellent. I would suggest getting there early as the place gets packed even on the off season!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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