The most romantic day of the year is nearly here, and that means going all out for that special someone in your life. You can express yourself in many ways during this heart-filled holiday, and there’s really no bad way of telling the person you love how you truly feel about him or her.
So buy the flowers, write a special poem, bring home those delicious gourmet chocolates. But once all of that is finished, what your sweetheart probably really wants is a night out at one of our great local restaurants here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
And when you combine this most romantic of all days with Delaware’s exceptional “Culinary Coast,” you have the makings for a memorable evening the two of you will never forget.
The great selection of locally owned and operated restaurants in the coastal region are on par with any beach community in the United States, made even more popular in recent years through extensive marketing efforts conducted by area tourism agencies.
It’s truly impossible to tell you about every romantic restaurant at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, but we are going to give you a few of our favorites that you can choose from this Valentine’s Day.
You can select one from our list or choose one of your own. And wherever you decide to go, we here at the Oldfather Group wish you and your special someone a memorable evening here in the coastal region.
And if you’re on your own this year, don’t despair. Check out the ninth spot on our list for a special Valentine’s Day event just for you.
Now let’s take a look at a few local restaurants that would make great spots for spending your special day. These are in no particular order.
Fork + Flask (Rehoboth Beach). The Fork + Flask on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach is offering some fantastic dining specials on Valentine’s Day, from 4 to 10 p.m. Entrees include your choice of hazelnut crusted halibut, a slow roasted ribeye or creamy champagne lobster and prawn pasta. Meals also include your choice of appetizer and dessert for set prices that will run you in the neighborhood of $50 a person. Call 302-226-2037 for reservations or more information.
Chesapeake & Maine (Rehoboth Beach). Leave it to the folks at Dogfish Head to come up with a memorable Valentine’s Day menu for their signature Rehoboth Avenue restaurant. And these selections are actually good anytime between February 13 and February 16, but reservations are required by calling 302-226-3600. For a set price of $55, or a few dollars more if you choose Dogfish’s beer or cocktail pairings, sweetheart couples will enjoy a three course meal at this well-known coastal culinary location. Main entrees are you choice of either lobster ravioli or filet mignon.
Blackwall Hitch (Rehoboth Beach). For $65 a person, Blackwall Hitch on Rehoboth Avenue will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu from Monday, February 11, through Saturday, February 16. The meal will consist of four courses, including your choice of two salads or the restaurant’s popular lobster bisque, a choice of three appetizers, main course selections that include surf & turf, herb-roasted halibut and roasted rack of lamb, and a dessert. Call 302-226-0550 for reservations or more information.
Eden (Rehoboth Beach). Considered one of the most romantic restaurants at the Delaware beaches, Eden is a great choice any time of the year. Located on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, the eatery is known for romance and boasts an impressive menu, and even more impressive wine list. We’re not aware of any specials for Valentine’s Day, but you won’t find a better spot at the beach when you’re in the mood for romance.
Victoria’s (Rehoboth Beach). Victoria’s Restaurant, located in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel and featuring spectacular views of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean, will again be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu this year. The cost is $49.95 per person, but that doesn’t include a beverage or your gratuity so be sure to plan accordingly. Relax in this Victorian themed restaurant and enjoy from entrees that include seared beef tenderloin, lobster risotto & sauteed shrimp, grilled chilean seabass and veal oscar. You’ll also be treated to flatbread, your choice of soup or salad and a delicious dessert. For reservations, call 302-227-7169.
The Salted Rim (Ocean View). For something a little different this Valentine’s Day, the Salted Rim in Ocean View is offering a special romantic dinner on board an authentic Victorian train dining car. Located on Atlantic Avenue, the special offering is available from Tuesday, February 14, through Sunday, February 17, beginning at 4 p.m. each evening. Meals will consist of four courses, with entrees that include Chicken Chesapeake, crab cakes, surf and turf and others. Prices vary depending on menu choices. Call 302-537-7373 or click here for reservations.
Kindle (Lewes). Located on Bank Street in historic Lewes, Kindle will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu for 2019. Featuring a “four roses” cocktail, beer and wine choices, appetizers, entrees that include veal chops and lobster spaghetti, and a strawberry cupcake for dessert, this special menu is available for one night only. Call 302-645-7887 for reservations.
Fager’s Island (Ocean City). The fabulous Fager’s Island, on the bay in Ocean City, is offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner for two on either Friday or Saturday night. The cost is $199 per couple and the meal features your choice of caesar salad or roasted beet salad as an appetizer, and either lobster fettuccine, lobster tail and tenderloin fillet, lobster tail and scallops or a tenderloin fillet. Call 410-524-5400 for reservations or more information.
Big Chill Surf Cantina (Rehoboth Beach). Are you alone this Valentine’s Day? If so, there’s no reason to stay home and watch movies while all your committed friends have all the fun. The Big Chill Surf Cantina on Route 1 has you covered. Designed with singles in mind, Big Chill’s annual “Love Stinks Let’s Drink Party” is advertised as a “time to celebrate all that’s great about being single” on a day when couples are out being romantic. The party runs from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. and will include special cocktails, food and live music. Call 302-227-5568 for more information.
Bon Appetit (Seaford). If you’d like a nice romantic dinner a short drive away from the beaches, Bon Appetit in Seaford is just the place. Located downtown on High Street, Bon Appetit features French cuisine and is the perfect place for a nice romantic evening on Valentine’s Day. Call 302-629-3700 for reservations or more information.
Now before we start receiving a lot of emails and phone calls because we didn’t include your favorite restaurant, keep in mind that this is not intended to be a comprehensive list of our fantastic local restaurants.
There are literally dozens of eateries in the coastal region that are offering specials for Valentine’s Day. So if you have your favorite, by all means see what they have going on for this day of romance.
These are merely some of our favorites here at the Oldfather Group. But whatever you decide to do this Thursday, or over the weekend, have a great time with your special someone!