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Cottage Cafe


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

Location and contact


Sandpile $8.0
Dune $12.0
Dune Fries
Our signature appetizer! Fresh hand-cut and seasoned fries piled high and smothered with melted cheeses, bacon and scallions. Served with ranch dressing for dipping.
Coconut Shrimp
Five large shrimp lightly breaded with our coconut blend and fried to perfection. Served with Thai chili sauce.
Crab Pizza
Baked flat bread pizza topped with a Boursin cheese mix, marinated grape tomatoes, spinach and lump crab. Finished with a sweet balsamic drizzle.
Small $6.0
Large $9.0
Cafe Chicken Fingers
Fresh chicken tenders, hand-dusted and deep fried. Served with honey mustard sauce for dipping.
Small $7.0
Large $10.0
Fiery Fingers
Our famous cafe fingers coated with our homemade spicy buffalo sauce. Served with bleu cheese dipping sauce.
Half Pound $9.0
One Pound $17.0
Old Bay Steamed Shrimp
Served spicy and piping hot with cocktail sauce.
Eastern Shore Crabby Pretzel
Hot cheesy crab dip over pretzel logs topped with melted cheese, green onions, and old bay
Yuengling Beer Cheese Dip
Cheddar Cheese and Yuengling make this a velvety smooth dip. Served with soft Philadelphia pretzel logs for dipping
Salads served with croutons and your choice of dressings: honey mustard, ranch, bleu cheese, balsamic vinaigrette or our fat free sun dried tomato basil vinaigrette.
Bowl $7.0
Cup $5.0
Black Beans & Rice Soup
Vegetarian, not too spicy, just right.
Bowl $8.0
Cup $6.0
Cream Of Crab Soup
Our most popular soup, creamy and crabby with a hint of sherry.
Bowl $8.0
Cup $6.0
Maryland Crab Soup
Loads of blue crab in a spicy tomato base with lots of vegetables.
Sue's Soup of the Day
Ask your server what Sue has cooked up for you today!
Blushing Crab Soup
A mixture of our Cream of Crab and MD Crab soups. A local favorite!
Dressing choices: honey mustard, ranch, bleu cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, raspberry walnut vinaigrette, pineapple mango vinaigrette or our fat free sun dried tomato basil vinaigrette. Add a cup of Black Bean Soup for $4. Add a cup of MD Crab or Cream of Crab Soup for $5. Please, no sharing.
Classic Caesar Salad
Chopped and crisp hearts of romaine tossed with our homemade Caesar dressing, croutons, and shaved parmesan
Cobb Salad
Avocado, chicken­, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, crumbled bleu cheese and bacon served atop a bed of romaine & chopped salad greens. Served with honey mustard dressing.
Nutty Berry Salad
A field of greens topped with frosted walnuts, fresh strawberries, dried cranberries, apple wedges and goat cheese. Served with raspberry walnut vinaigrette.
Fire & Ice Salad
Our famous cafe chicken fingers atop baby iceberg lettuce wedges with chopped bacon and bleu cheese crumbles. Drizzled with our homemade fiery sauce and ranch dressing.
Chicken Caesar Salad
Marinated and char-grilled chicken atop crisp romaine greens tossed with our homemade Caesar dressing, croutons and shaved parmesan cheese.
Jamaican Jerk Salad
Char-grilled marinated spicy chicken atop our famous garden salad. We recommend our homemade honey mustard dressing.
Key West Scallop Salad
Key West broiled scallops on top of chopped romaine with pineapple, mango, grape tomatoes and pineapple-mango vinaigrette. finished with grated coconut.
Large Garden Salad
Mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, and onions. Served with croutons and your choice of dressings: honey mustard, ranch, bleu cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, raspberry walnut vinaigrette, or pineapple mango vinaigrette.
All hot sandwiches are served with fresh hand cut fries and homemade cole slaw, except where noted. Dune style your fries for an additional $2.50. Substitute your fries for a small garden salad for only $2.00 extra. Available toppings include: bacon, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms and your choice of cheese. Only $0.75 each. Add a cup of Black Bean Soup for $4 Add a cup of MD Crab or Cream of Crab Soup for $5 Please, no sharing.
"Poffen" Burger
(Our Cottage Classic Burger) Half pound of seasoned fresh ground beef cooked the way you like it.
Tom's Chicken Sandwich
Tom's special marinade keeps this char-grilled chicken breast juicy.
Bodacious Barbecue Sandwich
Tender pulled beef barbecue piled high on a toasted kaiser roll and topped with fried onion rings.
Award Winning Crab Cake Sandwich
Made with local jumbo lump blue crab, broiled and served on a toasted roll with tartar sauce.
Crabby Burger
Where the land meats the sea (pun intended). Our famous Poffenburger chargrilled to your liking & topped with a petite crab cake. Finished with rich imperial sauce.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Sandwich
"Mon it's Tasti" Chicken breast rubbed with jerk seasoning and char-grilled. Served with our famous honey mustard sauce and black beans & rice instead of fries and cole slaw.
Add Bacon Extra1.0
Ultimate Grilled Cheese
The best grilled cheese you can get with American, Provolone, Cheddar Jack, and Swiss inside then topped with crusted Parmesan cheese on wheat bread
New Orleans Po' Boy Sandwich
Deep fried oysters and shrimp topped with andouille sausage, melted Swiss cheese and tomato on a toasted sub roll. Served with black beans and rice.
A Fish Story
Freshly breaded filet of flounder lightly fried and served with tartar sauce.
Cottage Pot Roast Sandwich
Served piping hot over Texas toast with brown gravy, so tender you can cut it with a fork!
All cool choices are served with a field of greens with your choice of dressing. Add a cup of Black Bean Soup for $4 Add a cup of Crab Soup for $5 Please, no sharing.
Cheesy Crab Melt
Loads of crab meat with triple cheeses (cheddar,monterey jack and cream cheese) on English muffins topped with grilled tomatoes.
Shrimp Salad Sandwich
Cottage Shrimp Salad with a fresh new look on wheat bread with lettuce and tomatoes.
Soup and Salad
A cup of any of our soups and a small garden salad with choice of dressing.
Vegetable Lasagna
Pasta sheets layered with fresh zucchini squash, spinach, marinara, basil, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses then baked to perfection.
Cali Sandwich
Avocado, tomatoes, pesto mayo, topped with turkey and baby spinach on whole wheat bread.
Fresh sliced tomatoes, hickory smoked bacon and lettuce served on Texas toast with mayonnaise.
Add Seafood Based Soups $1.0
Plate & Cup
Pair a cup of soup with a half portion of one of the following items: Cali Sandwich, Shrimp Salad Roll or Cheesy Crab Melt.
It is the Cottage Cafe's promise to bring you extra-ordinary service and high quality food in a pleasant dining atmosphere. As the old beach cottage of yesteryear bring back many pleasant memories of sharing food, spirits and great times with family and friends. It is our hope that you will have a great experience in our "Cottage" and want to come back and dine again.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Bar, Seafood
Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We sat in the pub. I rarely deviate from the Poffen Burger and Dune Fries and she always gets the fried oysters. Besides the pizza places in Bethany Beach. This is one of the best places to eat in Bethany...

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Ray Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wrote a review in 2017 saying how wonderful everything was and just visited again this past week. Everything was still fantastic. My husband and I tried quite a few items on the menu from burgers to fish and there was not one item we...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank booklover942
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

can not begin to tell you how many times we've eaten here. Always a fabulous meal at a VERY fair price. Service great! Little muffins,yum! Mrs had the cof/flounder fried special. Took half home. I had salmon special,YUM to both! Make this a MUST stop!!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank HonestGuyDelaware
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here was great and reasonably priced. The service was good and pretty quick. I would recommend this restaurant if you are in Bethany especially for lunch.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Normagi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner on Friday evening it was delicious, so good we went back on Saturday for lunch

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Essential12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with friends for lunch. Chilly in the bar dining area. Had the fiery chicken fingers which were delicious. Perfectly cooked and beautifully tender. Sauce was a little bit spicy so I would recommend this for sharing unless you like really hot sauce. I had...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank BarbJG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we visit Bethany Beach the Cottage Cafe is one of our destinations for dinner. The food is very good and the servers always friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank amrobinson1820
Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

On a quick overnight visit to Bethany we dined at Cottage Cafe. We both had the stuffed flounder dinner. It was delicious as usual. Can’t wait to go back!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MaryDotJ
Reviewed January 31, 2019

The Cottage has been a fixture in Bethany for years and I can honestly say it's the most consistent restaurant on DELMARVA. You can go there and always find top quality food and exceptional service. The Beef Stew, Meat Loaf, Hamburgers and fresh fish are...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank grndpierre
Reviewed January 18, 2019

Very disappointed. Just moved here from the NY area, and I must say if this restaurant was in the NY area it would have been out of business long ago. My wife had the salmon, mediocre at best. I had the rib eye steak, which...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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March 31, 2017|
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Response from MayMar | Reviewed this property |
There is a ramp, however you may wish to contact them to ensure that both wheel chairs may be accommodated: 302-539-8710 or email them.
March 3, 2017|
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Response from DuneFries | Property representative |
Hello, We don't take reservations but we do offer call ahead seating. How that works is you call within a half hour of your arrival and if there is a wait, your name would be put on the list at that point so when you arrive... More
Sharron G
December 25, 2016|
Response from DuneFries | Property representative |
No, we aren't. sorry.
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