Known as the First State of the Federal Union for being the first to ratify the United States Constitution back in 1787, Delaware is rich in heritage and culture. Aside from historical buildings and museums, this Mid-Atlantic state also offers more than 150 miles of trails for hiking and biking. After a day of exploring the area, guests who are looking to share a candlelit dinner with their partners will find several romantic restaurants here.
Situated in the historic town of Lewes, Buttery is popular for its rich, warm and inviting atmosphere as well as its beachside location. Its year-round lunch and dinner offerings served on the veranda amid lush garden scenery provide a romantic ambience for couples who wish to share an intimate dining experience. Whether its Sunday brunch by the beach, a cozy sunset dinner, a demitasse on the porch overlooking the garden or a bottle of wine shared in front of the fireplace, guests will enjoy more than the usual romantic candlelit dinner in this restaurant. Known for its seafood, steak and extensive wine selection through its full service bar, this Victorian mansion turned restaurant also serves delectable desserts like its tiramisu, which is a Rehoboth Chocolate Festival First Place Award Winner. After a filling meal, diners can take leisurely strolls on the shorefront or go on a short cruise along the bay. Buttery 102 2nd St. Lewes, DE 19958-1324 302-645-7755 butteryrestaurant.com
Located within the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, an oceanfront property featuring elegantly appointed accommodations furnished with reproductions and authentic Victorian antiques, this fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and traditional afternoon tea. Ideal for guests on a romantic dinner date, the three-tiered dining room offers a view of the Atlantic and provides an intimate setting overlooking the beach and boardwalk. Couples who prefer outdoor seating can enjoy their meals at the boardwalk patio during the warmer months. For cocktails and after-dinner drinks, the oceanfront lounge has a cozy walnut bar with a warm gas fireplace and comfy leather chairs where couples can enjoy their wine and spirits. To complete the ambience, Victoria's restaurant has a local pianist that performs every week on Friday and Saturday evenings and during Sunday Brunch. For a relaxing and scenic stroll, guests can head over to the Delaware Bay boardwalk or to Cranberry Park and Surfside Park, which are all less than two blocks from the restaurant. Victoria's Restaurant 2 Olive Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2806 302-227-7169 boardwalkplaza.com
Established in 2003, Cafe Mezzanotte is centrally located in Wilmington and has built a reputation for its classically prepared Pan-Mediterranean cuisine. An ideal place for a romantic dinner for two, this fine-dining restaurant offers a cozy intimate atmosphere with dim lighting and contemporary furnishings. After sampling the restaurant's authentic Italian fare, diners can choose from a selection of imported and domestic wines to complement their dishes. They can also head over to the full martini bar to order cocktail mixes as they listen to live music. From spring to autumn, couples may opt for outdoor dining at the patio and enjoy a quiet candlelit dinner under the stars. Just a few blocks from the Grand Opera House, Theatre N at Nemours and First State Ballet Theatre, couples can watch shows and performances after their meals. Cafe Mezzanotte 1007 N. Orange St. Wilmington, DE 19801 302-658-7050 cafemezzanotte.net