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“Hidden Gem”

Two Seas Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 45 Restaurants in Dewey Beach
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

I'm a Dewey Beach - Rehoboth Beach - and even Bethany Beach "regular," having come from the DC area for many years to spend time in beach houses and now to purchase my own home there. The restaurants are important to the region with some of the best eating in downtown Rehoboth. But Two Seas is a special place - one of the oldest, in a building designed by the architect husband of Emily, the owner, who at a spry 76 still makes up batches of the best crabcakes on the Eastern Seaboard. And it is truly the ONLY fine restaurant in all of Dewey - you really don't want to eat that stuff from the buffet across the street anyway.

You could miss this place because of its location -- it almost looks like a beach house set back against the residential properties across from Ruddertown. So look hard and go inside - at least for a drink. because what's coolest about this place is it's rooftop view - where you can see the "two seas" - the bay over Ruddertown and the ocean to the back. We always go to the roof and order drinks - and if the weather is just right and we have watched an awesome sunset, we sometimes order dinner.

Many of the locals know about this place and on any Saturday night in the summer, you will see the Delaware gentry out in force after a day at some club somewhere. Their pinks and greens and navy blazers harken back to a bygone era, and when the food service starts, you get the idea of a retro feel that Emily will maintain for a long time to come. The meal prices are slightly higher than some comparable places in Rehoboth, but the salad always comes WITH the meal, like in an old-fashioned establishment, and the salad is just big enough to start your meal, rather than consume it. There are hot rolls and foiled butter and plenty of vegetables on the side of your meal. There's also usually enough to take home and enjoy the next day if you want. When you order desert, feel free to share because they come in big portions.

You won't find twisted chemical contortions or fushion mixed food like some of the newer types of places in Rehoboth, but you will find local dishes like Rockfish and some of the heavier meals like lamb shanks. If you need advice on wine, ask Emily's co-owner - her daughter Jill, who knows plenty about the subject and is happy to share her knowledge with you.

Sit upstairs and enjoy the view if you can or on the porch downstairs if there's a spot available. My experience is that Sunday nights are really slow and a great time to grab a bite even in the height of the season.

  • Visited October 2011
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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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9 reviews
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“So so. Not for kids”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

This is not a place for kids. There is no kids menu- kids have to eat off the apps menu. The service was glacial slow and inept. The back waiter was shopping the entrees, and our first waitress disappeared entirely- never to be seen again. The roof is fun, but you have to know the owner to get a table up there. The food was good, but not a good value.

  • Visited September 2011
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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“Nice people ......”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

Great people and food ...little slow and the higher end on price. Good food...

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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Don't go here...”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

Honestly, I think the reviews giving this more than two stars might be fake.

This was one of the worst dining experiences anyone in our group has had in the last year. Extremely overpriced food... $30-40 entrees that should be priced in the $15-24 range, at best. The food took forever... embarrassingly, awkward - forever to get our food. We were the only ones left...waited well over an hour after ordering and they were totally unapologetic.

Do not go here.

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank Dale222
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upstate NY
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12 reviews
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“Best Crab Cakes EVER! Great Deck and Friendly People”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

The great experience starts when you are greeted at the door by the very friendly owner Emily (also the crab cake maker). Our party of five had a drink on the top of the building. The view was amazing the ocean to the east and the bay to the west and the bartender, Hope, made excellent drinks. We then ate in the main dining room in a cozy setting of a sun porch with views of the bay. The entrees are a little pricey but well worth it. The entrees come with a salad and vegetables. The salad was amazing--the plate was ice cold and the carrots were even shaved to look like waffle fries. The crab cakes were the best ever, there was sooo much crab meat in the them...they weren't the fake deep fried cakes that I get in upstate NY. You get two good sized crab cakes that were light and very tasty and not deep fried. They were the best. We will go back there every time when we are on vacation in DE--Russell from Upstate NY

  • Visited August 2011
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