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“Very unshore like dining experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nage

19730 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302- 226-2037
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Ranked #57 of 228 restaurants in Rehoboth Beach
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bistro
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Located in Shore Plaza, across from the Tanger Outlets - Seaside
Description: "Worth The Trip!" writes the Washington Post about this foodie Bistro.... Numerous 'Best of Delaware' awards winner for best restaurant, best chef, best wine list, best burger, best cocktail menu and more in recent years. The beach locals have been loving this off-the-beaten path foodie spot for 9 years and it is consistently friendly and delicious! Daily Happenings!Happy Hour Daily 4:00 to 6:00pm drink and food specialsSunday nights thru the summer is Seafood SupperMonday nights is Meatless Monday a treat for Vegetarians and VegansWednesday is ladies night in our Wine Bar Thursday all summer is our Farm to Table focus: Weekly featured farmer -- "You traveled farther than your food did"
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very unshore like dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

Unique and inventive fair. Tried soft shell crab here for the first time and really enjoyed it as an appetizer. I had the crab cake for dinner, and my wife the seafood a la Nage. The dishes were excellent, though my wife was a little disappointed in the portion size.

Location is strange for this nice a restaurant, but in a way refreshing considering how crowded downtown Rehobeth is.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington, DC
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Inventive, Fresh Food in a Surprising Location-Happy Hour is a Bargain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2009

We were surprised by the high quality of most of the food at Nage, which we simply stumbled onto. We stopped at Nage, to be honest, because it is next door to the best wine store on the Delaware shore; we were starving and thought we'd give it a try even though it's in a strip mall off Highway 1. We arrived early, in time for the Happy Hour (I believe it's 5:00 to 6:30 every day) and decided to try the small plates from the bar menu, and some of the wines and martinis ($5.00 specials on tapas plates, martinis, and house wines during happy hour). The wine selection is strong, but the standout was some of the food and the martinis. While you may be surprised to hear this, the so-called "mac and cheese" is astoundingly good--nothing like Kraft orange fake powdered junk. It is pasta shells alfredo with an extraordinary mix of cheeses and a creamy buttery sauce that will transport you to your mom's kitchen--but are a dash more elegant. The chilled cucumber and avacado soup was a welcome refreshment. The local tomatoes, mozzerella, and basil were very good (not buffalo mozzerella I'm guessing, but the tomatoes were fresh and sweet), and the fried green tomatoes were tasty, if a bit thickly battered. Overally, for a very reasonable price, we were quite pleased, and would definitely return.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Maybe it was a really off night but...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2009

4 of us went to the restaurant on 7/22/09. That was a Wednesday which was Ladies night ($5 drinks and appetizers at the bar). We decided to take advantage of the offer prior to our dinner reservation. We arrived at 6p, were lucky to find a table and that is where the luck ended. We ordered 4 of the specialty cocktails and 3 appetizers: mozzarella tomato salad, french fried fingerling potatoes and friend green tomatoes.
First one of the drinks was really interesting but another was really off - so much that I couldn't drink it and returned it to the bar. The bartender took a sniff and responded that he had forgotten a major ingredient. After he added it, there was still no pleasure in it for me so I offered to pay for the drink and pay for another - the really interesting one. The second drink didn't taste like the first but was reasonably good. During this our appetizers arrived and were all not anywhere like the food described in the other reviews. The mozzarella was of ordinary quality to the point that one of the group had thought is was tofu, the potatoes were visually done but not cooked through and the fried green tomatoes were thickly covered in crumbs and greasy. I will say that the sauces on each were very good. I want to know how the interesting drink was made and ordered another (the third for the table). It was again not the same drink as either of the first two.
The next part of the evening was even more problematic. We were seated at 7pm. By 7:20 we hadn't received bread or the wine we had ordered. Tasteless bread arrived - Challah with salt - finally but we waited until after 8 for our salads. At 8:45 our entrees were not in sight. After another conference with the waiter - who was extremely courteous we were told that there was a private party and some unexpected staff absences, hence the highly unusual wait. They offered us free cocktails and we ordered a 4th of the interesting one I mentioned above. It took 15 minutes to arrive and was yet again a different drink that all the others - this one full of mint flavor that was hinted at in the others. Our dinners did arrive but the fries with the hamburger were not hot, greasy and limp, the crab cake needed less filler to reduce the gumminess. Deserts were offered for free but we declined simply wanting to leave.

It was not a good evening, maybe it was unique but it so bad it would seem a good restaurant would never let this happen.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Annapolis, MD
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Hidden Little Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

The strip mall location should not scare you away from this great little find. We tried lunch and it was awesome. The asparagas soup was delicious and had a hint of spice to it. The burger was one of the best I've ever had...absolutely mouth watering flavor after each bite. The falafel pita was just as tasty especially since we have tasted many while living in the Middle East. The bearded mustache server (Jason) was attentive and had a great personality. Overall - WONDERFUL dining experience. We will return in the future.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pennsylvania, US
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Try this place for lunch if you're unsure about its strip mall location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

Nage was so good that we ate there twice during our three day business trip. We went for lunch both times, but will be sure to try it for dinner this summer. The quirky location is hip and casual on the inside. They had some interesting beer selections, even though their focus is on wine. The soups were TO DIE FOR. To make a simple soup out of a fresh vegetable and some herbs is the sign of a quality chef, in my opinion. The specials were very good. My knuckle sandwich was okay and contained lots of lobster, but the dill was a little strong for my taste. I will be back, and have recommended it to my parents.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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