Chelsea Tavern

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1170 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub

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About

Chelsea Tavern is a high energy, upscale casual restaurant & bar located in the heart of Wilmington's downtown. Directly across from The Grand Opera House, three blocks from The Queen Theater & 1 1/2 blocks from The Playhouse on Rodney Squre at The Hotel DuPont, Chelsea Tavern is the perfect choice for pre & post show dining.
Chef Dominic Fauser has assembled a talented team polished enough to deliver a slow-paced romantic dinner for two or a quality meal to be briskly enjoyed on the way to your favorite show. Service at Chelsea is attentive, knowledgeable, friendly & sincere. Our menu is casual, eclectic & accessible. Our beverage selection is dramatic, featuring 31 craft beers on tap, 200 more by the bottle & 21 wines by the glass!



So, stop by for a taste, a sip & some fun!



At Chelsea Tavern, we look forward to serving you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00–14:00
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30–16:00
Dinner
Daily 16:00–01:00
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Phone number
(302) 482-3333
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Dominic Fauser
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Catering
Chelsea Tavern is a full service caterer including corporate drop-offs, office buffets and full-service plated affairs. We accomodate upto 65 seated in our Private Dinig Room, as well as, providing our catering service to all spaces available at The Grand Opera House, located directly across Market Street, which accomodate up to 300.
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Cross Street
Between West 8th & West 9th
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Parking Details
Street parking is available. New Mid-town Parking Garage located directly behind Chelsea Tavern, but must be accessed from Orange Street. Another lot at the Doubletree Hotel recommended on weekends & show nights. Chelsea Tavern will deduct $3 from your bill for any City Parking Lot Voucher that is presented before paying check
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Public Transit
Chelsea Tavern is located at the heart of North Market Street 2 blocks from the Dart Bus Hub at Rodney Square & 8 blocks from the Wilmington Train Station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1170 People Are Saying
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LJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Convenient to the Grand Opera House. Would eat there again.

K
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was one of the few things open in the area.

TW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a meal at Chelsea's prior to a show at The Grand. The food was good. Not a ton of options if you are a vegan, but I got the Beyond burger and it was good. My husband really enjoyed his brisket sandwich. Service was a little slow, but it really was only because it was jam packed. We weren't the only people stopping in before the show. Our server was really nice. I highly recommend making reservations for weekend nights. They have a huge beer menu! There were several sour options. That made me really happy. I'll definitely have dinner there again.

CK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good selection of draft beer, huge selection of bottled. Wings were terrific, jumbo size & meaty. The buffalo was very tasty, not burning hot just for flavor, nicely spiced. Pizza was okay - wished the crust had more taste. Service was excellent, Amber was busy but we were well attended.

MM
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As I wrote last week, Chelsea Tavern is a great place for a pre-shoe meal and right across the street from The Grand. We were seated promptly and our server, Ayesha, was very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good. We had the crab dip and a margarita pizza, both were yummy.

Had a Moscow mule which was very good.

DP
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very crowded with a HIGH noise level. Conversation was difficult. The wait staff tried to keep up but was unable to meet the demand. Drink server ended up taking our order, delivering the order, and giving the check. Food was good, given the circumstances. We will definitely try again since it's very convenient to the Grand Theater.

S
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve only been when there’s something at the Grand and being across the street it’s always packed with people going to a show. I say that because I give them a pass of the minor things be us of being slammed all at once.
Anyway it wasn’t too noisy and the waitress was friendly and trying hard. However, the beers were always to the rim so that she couldn’t carry them without making a mess. That’s just bad bartending. The menu is good and the prices fine. The honey chipotle wings were fabulous! However, the blacked ribeye medium rare was tougher than leather and the roll was way too much bread. All I could taste was bread and leather.

MM
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had reservations before a show at the Grand and were seated right away. It got very busy and servers were moving fast. Amber provided very good service and we finished with time to spare. The food here is always good and beer selection is excellent. We plan to attend for another pre-show dinner next week.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat before the going to the Grsnd

BM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Slow, indifferent service. Food is just ok. I only go when attending a concert across the street at the Grand.

F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Location was great. We were going to the Wilmington Opera House for a show and had dinner at The Chelsea which is directly across the street. The service was exceptional - personal and professional. We had two of the specials for the evening - crab cakes with butternut risotto and stuffed chicken breasts. Delicious!!!! Would hightly recommend dining at the Chelsea Tavern.

SZ
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the breakfast steak with potatoes. My son had the Pastromi hash. Both were excellent. We also had the $5.00 Bloody Mary bar.

e
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whenever we see a show at the Queen or the Grand, we have dinner and cocktails at Chelsea Tavern. Great place!

DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was okay. The waitress was so busy but, there was barely anyone in there. I was expecting to like it more than I did. I don’t think we will return. Although the fries were very good.

CC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was delicious, service was great.

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The chicken breast on the sandwich I ordered was not thoroughly cooked.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food
19 year Anniversary

AJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great selection of beers and a very solid bar menu. Our large group was well taken care of and food was good.

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Large section of beers, outstanding service and good food.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Coffee was great. Our servers were very friendly and attentive. Omelet and egg pie were cold and not tasty. Crab cake sandwiches were ok. Sides (potatoes) were not edible-cold and chewy. Restrooms were awful.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food choices are unique and amazing. I would like to see more savory vegetarian options. Yum

j
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, great value, but despite it being very empty on a Wednesday, night, there wasn't a lot of attention paid to our table by the server.

MT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Father’s Day

LW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Our table was ready, service was very good, menu options were adequate and everyone enjoyed their selections. There was a male team of 25-30 people that made the noise level a bit more than "energetic"

N
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good place for a business meeting

AR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice brunch on the patio, which was secluded away from the street. The area is covered, and we enjoyed the classic rock music and still were able to have easy conversation. Everyone enjoyed cocktails or beer and the many brunch choices. It would have been nice to have more salad choices other than Caesar (especially the beer salad which is always great) and another vegetarian choice than the omelet that wasn’t a sandwich.

j
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

atmosphere is nice, food was good, service was friendly, but slow. We did have a larger party of 10, but the resturant was less than half full and it took a very long time for our meals to be served. Not the server's fault I realize.

SH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, beer and service as always!

RI
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent tavern choice. Good service. Fun enviornment.

AR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had excellent food and service at Chelsea Tavern. The prix fix dinner had generous portions of the charcuterie (wonderful smoked duck and other meats), pork loin with spinach and sweet potatoes, and snickers pie with Woodside Dairy ice cream. The pork was tender and moist (the best we have tried in past year +). The California Reuben was very good, and the beet salad was just as good as in the past. We would have liked a few browns, porters, or scotch ales on tap list.

b
Poconos
24 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

we go to Chelsea before performances of Delaware Symphony since it is across the street. it is convenient and food and service are good and reasonably priced.

FL
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chelsea Tavern is always a great experience. Great food, friendly staff and good service.

R
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for mother's day brunch, and everything was Fantastic! Parking is the only tough part about this place, but I heard that depending where you park, they can add a credit to your bill

DF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had two meals at Chelsea Tavern when visiting Wilmington. Dinner was a much better contender than brunch, but I'd recommend this spot for both meal-types.

At dinner, we had the pulled pork sandwich and Buffalo wings. Both were outstanding. Definitely splurge and have the trio fries - the aioli was absolutely delicious, with just enough kick. Our friends loved their entrees as well.

At brunch, we had to have a do-over on two of our entrees, but it was Mother's Day, so they were swamped. They were really nice about it. My husband's eggs benedict were overdone, and my omelette was missing ingredients. The coffee was terrible :) but we didn't complain, because the mimosas were delightful.

The real standout at this place is the fantastic service. The place has a chill vibe, and the staff were all really nice! Even though this is billed as a "gastropub", and the food really IS way better than your standard pub grub - there isn't any attitude about it. Highly recommended for a relaxed meal of delicious food.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great place however the service was a little off. The fries were really oily; that may be by design though. My beer sat at the bar for almost twenty minutes while the staff was standing next to it. The server also spilled it on the way over without topping it off. If you’re a beer drinker, you know what I mean. Otherwise, I would still recommend this place. Seems like the staff was just having an off day.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the breakfast nachos! Brunch is always fantastic!

SG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to grab a bite before our show at the Queen. Very close to the Grand also and downtown Wilmington. Nice server who knew her stuff and attended to us very nicely. Will definitely go again.

CF
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A perfect place for a pre-opera lunch. The mushroom bisque was delicious and the roasted beet salad outstanding.

NW
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was not happy with Open Table. It let me book an 11am reservation when the restaurant did not open until 11:30am.

I also thought that the Jambalaya was too salty and the rice was a little soggy. It was perfect once I took it home and made Jasmine rice.

Overall, the restaurant had great service, the ambiance was cool, and the Calamari was great!

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