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“Consistent "that's consistently excellent"”

Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 197 Restaurants in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
Bethany Beach, Delaware
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Consistent "that's consistently excellent"”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

My wife and I journeyed back to Cool Springs knowing we'd have a satisfying high quality experience. Our preference is to sit at the exhibition counter near the cooking battery and visit with Dennis, the chef/owner. The pan fried rockfish with fresh seasonal vegetables and a potato croquette was moist, delicate and delicious, with a delightful thin crust.
the seared salmon in a Dijon mustard and cream sauce was a perfect midrare, moist and very tasty. My grilled shrimp appetizer was light and very tasty accompanied by a fresh tomato salsa. The seafood bisque was rich and creamy with more shrimp than one should expect. Wine list was representational with some lovely fair priced selections and some clunkers. If you have some familiarity with wine there are plenty to enjoy.
Two minor criticism, that should be seriously considered to continue to be the strongest and best
restaurant in the area. First, do away with diner packets of butter. Purchase butter in bulk and make wonderful compound butters served with artesenal breads it will create great anticipation for the food that follows. Second, have the restaurant create two wonderful house salad dressings and bag the others. Toss the salads rather than the self service "pour your own". Don't be concerned with costs, they're meaningless in the grand skeem of striving to present the best product that you can.
Prospective patrons who read this review remember that chef Dennis is damn talented at preparing fresh, local fare at a very modest price. Don't miss the chance.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worst service ever, will not patronize again.”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Food was great as always. The management obviously did NOT recognize a fish crowd on Ash Wednesday. We had to wait for table (not unreasonable), waited even longer for salad and had to ask about our meal before it was served. When inquired about the our meal, the Maitre d was extremely rude and curt. Because of her rudeness, I will not recommend this business to any of associates or friends. We will definately NOT patronize Cool Springs again. So much for customer service and attention to detail again.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Urasleep
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Ridgeley WV
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94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Another wonderful meal!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

While visiting my BFF in Dover, we had dinner at Cool Spring. The place is always crowded, so we were prepared to wait. Surprisingly we were seated in 5 minutes. I had the Mahi Mahi crusted in macadamia nuts (a special) which was absolutely wonderful. BFF had crab imperial which was also very good. Try their house salad dressing, a creamy dill, very tasty. I've eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. My only quibble this trip was in the vegetable du jour - Brussels sprouts. Yuck - but that's my personal taste and no reflection on the chef. The servers are efficient and friendly, and the bartenders attentive. Yes, it is more expensive than Red Lobster - but it is worth every penny.

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1 Thank blueheninwv
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Carneys Point, New Jersey
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Tasty”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Great service, delicous food and a wonderful dining experience. I was not dissappointed by a long shot. Great to go out with friends and family.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Redkoolayde
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Dover, De
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best Local Seafood Restaurant”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Excellent food - always well prepared. Efficient and friendly staff. They were crowded last time we went, so we had to sit at the bar. Turned out to be more fun - watching the food preparation and sitting in the comfortable seats - with instant drink service!

Visited June 2012
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Thank smallwoodgardens
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