Chelsea Tavern

4.6
1267 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Chelsea Tavern is a local popular gastropub located in downtown Wilmington, directly across from the Grand Opera House. The kitchen prepares delicious comfort food consisting of locally grown and house made ingredients, that is complemented by our dynamic craft beer selection. Chelsea’s ever-changing inventory features 33 beers on tap, hundreds of large format bottles, cans, and single serving bottles of seasonal and local brews. Chelsea is a neighborhood favorite that is perfect for a quick lunch, weekend brunch with friends, pre-show dinner, or a group gathering. Join the energetic bar scene to watch the big game, or on our spacious patio for comfortable outdoor dining.









At Chelsea Tavern, we look forward to serving you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1267 people are saying
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Susan
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chelsea Cheeseburger was outstanding. The 8oz. Hereford Beef Patty with Beer-Braised Onions and White Cheddar was served on Brioche Bun. It was delicious.

The Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites with q
Marinara Dipping Sauce was delicious.

The Cheese Pizza with Plum Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese was wonderful.

I definitely will go back soon.

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AleeciaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time. COVID 19 protocols were in place and we felt safe while dining out.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Blackened Ribeye sandwich was delicious! Highly recommend!

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ShanaH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that this restaurant was impeccable from the waitresses to the chef

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vipTina
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Chelsea Tavern has always been outstanding and a great value for the price. Add to that the attentive and friendly service along with 30 craft beers on tap (with many more in bottles) and you might wonder why you aren't here more often. Also, Chelsea's dining room is one of the better Covid-19 dining set ups I have seen.

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vipCarlLaFang
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, as usual. Could not beat the service. Wonderful valentine’s special!

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DavidW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was a good size portion and had very good flavors. Would go again if in the area and there was a nice selection of drinks.

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vipJeffT
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, my server was great...... food was better than I expected for a tavern.

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SimonJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good selection of diner style food available and decent portions / good value. Super friendly service a differentiator. Good option if you are in the downtown area.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Staff is super friendly and the pizza is my favorite in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my daughters birthday and it was awesome. The staff was friendly, the food was delicious with generous portions, and the waitress was awesome and made sure we never had an empty glass .. she even surprised my daughter with a birthday surprise. We will be back for sure!

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vipCarlLaFang
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Hopefully things will become more normal this year and our trips to Chelsea Tavern more frequent

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MarineVet
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Some of the best Thai Chili Wings I have ever had. Overall, great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thank you for letting me pre-order before arriving.

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CarrieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beer selection. Food was great. Seated quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Would return

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EricT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was DELICIOUS, and if you love brownies, probably the best I’ve ever had

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cchic
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time visiting and we will plan to go back! We ate early so pretty much had the dining room to ourselves- so felt very safe with covid. Even when some other parties arrived they had the tables spaced out well.
The food exceeded our expectations. The menu has a wide selections of sandwiches, salads and full meals. I had a pizza with goat cheese, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes which was great. Split the crab dip which was plentiful- if I could change anything it would be to switch out the crustini and add carrots/celery to be a bit healthier and more attractive to a wider swath of people.
Beers were great- excellent variety.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Chelsea Tavern! Trio fries are amazing and so are their gameday specials. Never walked away unsatisfied.

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KirstenH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch on sunny deck. Appreciate your innovation with deck, fencing, lights. Food was creative & fabulous. Waitress may have been letting us linger a little but we had work to get back to. When known,- she was very pleasant & eased our transition ! THANK YOU Chelsea Tavern for doing so well!

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SadieD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place for brunch. They also have restaurant week menus available for lunch and dinner. The crepes are also amazing! Will definitely come back soon!

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RebeccaH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was really nice and the outdoor seating was very cute!

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vipJayeP
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good at Chelsea. I had the mushroom pizza, and it was absolutely delicious - best pizza I've had in some time. The service was attentive without making us feel rushed. COVID protocol was appropriate and we felt very safe eating inside the restaurant.

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch outside and food, service and atmosphere nice. The outside dining is off street so not crowded or loud. The crab dip was delicious and crab nachos were a large size. Going to go again.

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SubtleSandy
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the side patio and it felt really private, safe and fun. We had a great waiter who gave good recommendations and had a great sense of humor. We had the brussels sprouts as an appetizer. They are great. They have a beer and cheddar sauce instead of the normal balsamic and/or olive oil. Pizza my friend had was great; Kennett mushroom was delicious. I had the blackened rib eye. I enjoyed it but would try the brisket next time. Another friend had a fish special that she enjoyed. They also have a great drink menu; you want it; they got it. And they have stuff you haven't tried before if you are feeling adventurous. Reasonably priced and wish I had looked at the desserts!
Really enjoyed our visit and will be back.

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DanaB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a wonderful outdoor brunch. Everyone was raving about the bananas foster french toast! Beautiful part of the city as well.

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frogpond
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Requested & obtained a table outside. Our waiter was attentive, reviewed the specials with us, provided good food & beverage recommendations, followed up several times to make sure we were enjoying our experience & to if there is anything else we needed. We really liked our dinner & would definitely go back.

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vipMarionP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food all overcooked. Drink not delivered.

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vipGuest
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great atmosphere but the risotto that came with my meal was bland and I didn't eat it. I told the waitress and she knew exactly what I was talking about but didn't offer an alternative.

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vipTina
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always outstanding at Chelsea Tavern as is their craft beer menu. The bacon wrapped pork tenderloin is available again. I have had many pork tenderloin dinners and Chelsea's is the best by far. The other entrees were Chelsea's always outstanding burgers...try the Delaware Destroyer.

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Kristen
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were able to eat outside and it was a nice experience. The food was delicious and the beer selection was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for awesome food and great drinks.

ME
vipMauriceE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The staff works to make sure that everyone is served at a safe distance. Nachos are great and the beer is cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. My server Mazi was super cool, friendly, and made the vibe of the experience even better.

ME
vipMauriceE
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we had been back since the beginning of the Pandemic. We were able to get outside seating. The service was great and the nachos were better than ever. Thanks Joe and crew.

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Kamille
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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PeterD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm glad that the place is reopened. I stopped in on Friday night. This time, I was at the bar. The place is popular, and most of the other seating--indoor and out--was taken. Sherry was the bartender. Johnnie Platinum and James were in attendance. Elvis Elvis was running around, managing.

Sherry was attentive. I still had to wait for a few walk-ins to place orders before I could, but not too long.

One of the dinner specials was a 12oz ribeye. I ordered that. Also, a burrata appetizer special. The appetizer was a big blob of cheese with four crostini and some fig(?) jam. Great stuff. The ribeye came with asparagus and potato wedges. The steak was very good. Done perfectly.

Drinks were drinks. Yards Summer Crush beer from the tap. A couple of PBRs. I am not fond of drinking something fancy out of a plastic cup, but a manhattan still turns out pretty well.

For the COVID compliance-minded: all of the staff were wearing masks, and the customers were wearing them when coming, going or moving around. Beverages were all in single-use plastic. Food was still on real dishes and accompanied with silverware and cloth napkins. The seats and tables were properly spaced. Everything was constantly being cleaned.

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BernisS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere is great. Had a good date night. I’ll recommend and come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It’s right across the street from my apartment and always my go to spot.

The owner is the nicest guy and always super friendly.

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vipJTVH
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chelsea Tavern has great outdoor area for drinks and apps but also has great dinner menu. Service was Awesome and Fodd was very Good!!!

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You can order delivery directly from Chelsea Tavern using the Order Online button. Chelsea Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 482-3333.

Chelsea Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1267 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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