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The Beach's Premier Boutique Restaurant. Serving Fresh Local Seasonal Cuisine. Indoor and Outdoor Dining. Reservations Only. Takeout Available. 7 Nominations for 2022 for Best of Costal Style. 2020 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Award, 4 Nominations 2018 for Best Chef, Best Romantic Restaurant, Best American Restaurant, Best in Bethany Beach/Ocean View. Winner of 2017 Best of Delaware Delaware Today Magazine Readers Choice - Best American Restaurant, 2015 Winner - Battle at the Beach Chef Cook-Off, 2015 Winner - Culinary Genius Award for the Northeast Region. Executive Chef Jason Bostaph, 4 Awards - 2013 Best of Awards from Coastal Style Magazine - Best Chef Sussex County, Best Appetizers, Best
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $56
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Steakhouse
FEATURES
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

We reserved a New Years Eve dinner table for 8 very good friends at 8 PM for the second year in a row! We were immediately greeted at the front entrance, invited into the lobby, and ordered drinks. Our table was ready 10 minutes early...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Maria F, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2019

Ed, Thank you so much for telling others about your New Year's Eve dinner here at the Cafe on 26. We are always grateful you bring a group for NYE and throughout the year. We had a lot of fun this year with the waiting...More

Reviewed December 26, 2018

Christmas Day we decided to eat out. We've had some less than satisfying meals on this holiday over the years and we were cautiously hopeful that our selection would be a good one. It was not just a good one as it turned out. It...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Maria F, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2018

John, You're Very Welcome! We want to make all our diners feel this way Always, and especially on Christmas Day! It is one of our busiest days of the year and we thank you so very much for all the wonderful detailed compliments! Remember we...More

Reviewed December 25, 2018

This is a perfect place to celebrate an important occasion. The service rates a 10 as well as their menu. Chicken salad is outsatanding. The crab cake is great too.

Date of visit: January 2018
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thecafeon26, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2018

Thank you so much for your 5 star review! Congratulations on your Vow Renewals and Cheers to a Happy New Year!!!! Maria

Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit to Cafe on 26. I really enjoyed one of the specials, the Fisherman's Stew. It was packed with mussels, clams, shrimp and mahi mahi along with potatoes, corn and lima beans in a delicious tomato-based broth. My wife and one...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Maria F, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Dan, Thank you for those great compliments! Thank you also for sharing on Trip Advisor! Keep in mind we change up our menu daily for those specials and post our menu daily on Facebook for everyone to see our ever changing menu. Hope to see...More

Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

Excellent food in the area! Had the swordfish which was amazing! Would definitely return. Service was great!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Maria F, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Dear IndigoBoyo, Thanks for taking the time to stop in and try us out and most of all, letting others know of your 5 star review of us! We always get that fresh delivery daily for Seafood, Beef, Veggies, etc and prepare everything in house....More

Reviewed October 31, 2018

Cafe on 26 has been a solid choice for my family for many years. Lately I've been disappointed at the change in menu and loss of my two favorite side dishes. Also they've stopped (or never started - don't remember) serving bread - it is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Catherine C Thank you for the great review and taking the time to let others know. If you can tell me what 2 favorite side dishes you are speaking of I would greatly appreciate it and perhaps add them back on if I'm forgetting something....More

Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

A heartfelt welcome delicious food comfortable atmosphere! Made a big deal for a birthday dinner we had to reschedule.Very nice thank you!

Date of visit: October 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Spunky63, Your Welcome! We Love you Loved your dining experience here. This is what we are all about :) Fresh homemade seasonal local cuisine with a great staff! Hope you get a chance to come back and dine with us again. Cheers, Maria

Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Potato-Romano Encrusted Salmon topped with fresh jumbo lump crab and dill cream reduction was love at first bite. With the entree, you can select two homemade sides. I chose sauteed zucchini and squash and homemade applesauce. The zucchini and squash were cut like thin rpple...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2018

Carla, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and letting others know about Cafe 26. We love the WOW factor, especially for those trying us out the first time. Our Signature Salmon Dish "Potato Parmesan Encrusted Salmon", with jumbo lump crab and...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

The food is excellent and service is courteous and friendly. The restaurant is nicely decorated and provides a comfortable setting for an enjoyable meal.

Date of visit: October 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Thank you so much for such an excellent review and letting the public know of your dining experience. Everything is home made prepared fresh daily in house. Cheers....Maria

Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed another fabulous dinner with our next door neighbors! Some of us had soup or Caeser salad followed by either their signature dish “potatoes encrusted salmon” or flounder with lump crab cake. Deserts were chocolate mouse or Mexican cheese cake. All were amazing and a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Ed, Thank you once again for bringing in new friends. We are so glad you and your friends enjoyed your dining experience and it's always great to see you and Diane for dinner. Next time book a dinner in our Wine Room as it is...More

Reviewed September 12, 2018

My wife and I had dinner at Cafe on 26 on a recent visit to Bethany Beach. Reservations were easy to make. It's easy to find with ample parking. This is a quaint little restaurant in what looks to have been a large house. We...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Sandro M, Thank you very much for letting the public know about your recent dining experience here at Cafe 26. We do highly recommend reservations as we are a small restaurant in a quaint house setting. We do want all to change it up and...More

Reviewed August 23, 2018

Despite strong pluses of delicious food, cozy and reasonably quiet atmosphere, and ability to make reservations I would not go back. I have always thought that the bread a restaurant serves tells the customer their concern for their dining experience. Not only don't they serve...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Vivian, We thank you for taking the time to post your review about your dining experience at the Cafe on 26. Thank you for acknowledging that your food was delicious, the atmosphere was cozy and quiet and I'm not sure why the service was slow...More

Reviewed August 22, 2018

Loved this cozy place, away from the hubbub of Bethany Beach. Good service and delicious food. I had the crab cake - nothing but jumbo lump crab meat and some seasoning. No filler. I’d have to say it might be the best crab cake I’ve...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Betsy, Thank you so much for your compliments. We pride ourselves on our "No Filler" Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes! And they're Gluten Free too! Hope you stop in again when you are in the area to try our other dishes. Cheers...Maria

Reviewed August 19, 2018

We have vacationed in Bethany Beach for years, and eaten between there and Ocean City, but this year we decided to go inland, and were not disappointed. The setting is inn-like. Peter, our server, welcomed us warmly and was most helpful. We had the cheese...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

JMFPEDS, We thank you so much for the wonderful description of your entire dining experience here. Thank you too for posting for others to read! We want all to feel relaxed in our "home", while enjoying each and every course. Peter is a great server...More

Reviewed August 11, 2018

We dined at Cafe on 26 with a couple of regular diners at the restaurant. We were greeted warmly as though we were part of the restaurant family. Special care was taken by the waitress who remembered her client, a vegan. After speaking with the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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MariaF84AA, Owner at The Cafe on 26, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Your Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to post a review regarding your dining experience here at Cafe 26 and we hope to see you back in when you're back in the area. Cheers, Maria

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Jimd3011
November 19, 2018|
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Response from Maria F | Property representative |
We have our very private Wine Room to enjoy your Anniversary dinner. Our Wine Room can seat from 2 - 6 people and is upstairs off of our Chef's Dining Room. Reservations Call 302-539-CAFE(2233) Cheers, Maria
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There is no Brunch on Sundays. Dinner starts at 4pm. Reservations are always highly recommended. Thank You!!
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