5 Wilmington Restaurants You Should Try Right Now

From modern Italian bistros to French bistros, where to eat the next time you visit the Bidens.

Steak fries from Le Cavalier restaurant at Wilmington’s Hotel DuPont / Photograph by Neal Santos

These five Wilmington restaurants will make you a real fan of Delaware cuisine.

The Cavalier

When Philadelphia chef/restaurateur Tyler Akin took over the legendary Green Room restaurant at the DuPont Hotel, he transformed it into Le Cavalier, a French brasserie. High ceilings with quirky chandeliers, velvet banquettes, and marble mosaic and terrazzo flooring make this a space that invites you to linger over steak frites, French onion soup, Parisian gnocchi, and cocktails from a 13-seat bar.
42 West 11th Street, Wilmington.

The FIA

One of the restaurants that put Wilmington on the restaurant map, La Fia is this warm and welcoming bistro that every neighborhood could use. The menu leans French, with influences from around the world: Think crispy and tender duck confit with yuzu, pomegranate, sesame and miso. A fine wine list, with Old World and New World bottles, accompanies dinner here.
421 North Market Street, Wilmington.

Bardea

Now a two-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, Bardea draws diners from all over the East Coast. Come for a good pizza or a plate of pasta; stick around for chef Antimo DiMeo’s surprisingly modern Italian dishes, like burrata pop tart with fennel and sweet onion jam. By the time you read this, Bardea Steak, what the owners call a “kingdom of meat,” should be open next door.
620 North Market Street, Wilmington.

William & Merry’s house

Head just outside of Wilmington to Hockessin for artful dishes and fine dining at a quaint 100-year-old farmhouse. The House of William and Merry is named after its owners, Merry Catanuto and Bill Hoffman, professional chefs who have cooked from near and far. Seasonality guides their menu, which combines rich, rustic ingredients with modern technique to create plates that are almost too pretty to eat.
1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin.

snuff mill

You wouldn’t expect an intimate 28-seat steakhouse in a strip mall. Snuff Mill runs it with one of the area’s top chefs, Robert Lhulier, in food and wine curated by Dave Govatos, owner of the nearby bottle shop. Lhulier’s use of local ingredients, including veal, seafood, cheese and produce, is all the more reason to visit.
1601 Concord Pike, Wilmington.

Published as “Taste the First State” in the May 2022 issue of philadelphia cream magazine.


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