The Eating Lewes tour also includes visits to historic sites in the downtown area -- all within easy walking distance of the restaurants. As you stroll through the charming colonial-style streets, our seasoned guides will bring you up-to-date on local history and restaurant lore. The combined experiences add up to a delicious lunch, great memories and some new friends.
During this 3-hour, 21 and older only tour, you will visit foodie destinations such as:
- Touch of Italy: a little bit of the Bronx's Arthur Avenue right here on Second St. in Lewes! You never know what they'll whip up just for you, but it will often include fresh, house-made mozzarella!
- Rose & Crown: James Beard-nominated Chef Jay Caputo's homage to Lewes' Rose & Crown of yesteryear. Relive the memories in the delightful lobby of the Hotel Rodney with tasty bites and upscale bar noshes.
- Half-Full: This 500 sq.ft. hidden gem will be totally full when we arrive! But it will be worth it when you taste the delicious gourmet pizzas served on cedar planks.
A sip, a bite, and a chance to meet an owner or a chef, all add up to a great lunch and lots of fun. And ... you're now free to return to your favorite place knowing what to expect and what to order!
What Is Not Included?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay with cash?
- Advance purchase is required, since tours can often sell out. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Zerve with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Cash is not accepted. Book in advance to maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer. Tickets are non-refundable and can only be used for the stated date and time you selected. If your desired date/time is unavailable, another tour might still be available on another day.
- Is there an age requirement for the tour?
- Alcohol is served at some of our stops, so our age minimum is 21. If there is a question, we will ask for proper government issued ID.
- What if it rains?
- The tour is held rain or shine. But don’t worry! Some of our best tours have taken place in less-than-perfect weather! And we will provide umbrellas for your use during the tour.
- Can I get a refund if I can't make the tour?
- Your space is guaranteed, so tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled. No partial credit or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no-shows or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to join us at the right location and at the right time. Tours depart promptly.
- How much food will I eat on the tour?
- There are typically 6 stops where you will be served small specialty tastes. Most participants will not find it necessary to eat afterwards. But you will probably have room for a late evening bite– preferably at one of the restaurants you visited!
- What types of food are served on the tour?
- The chefs decide what you will be sampling. Sometimes it’s a surprise! Typically it will be a seasonal item, from soups to an appetizer, a small salad or a taste of the restaurant’s specialty.
- Are beverages served on the tour?
- Water is supplied at all restaurants. Some also provide small samples of specialty cocktails, beers or wine. Please do not bring any outside food or alcohol to the tour.
- How long is the tour?
- Approximately 3 hours. However, in the summer when the meters are in effect, we strongly recommend arranging to park for at least 4 hours.
- Is there a lot of walking on the tour? What about wheelchairs?
- The tour covers about 1.5 miles (10-30 minutes total walking.) We walk at a leisurely pace and include several stops. While many of the stops on our tour are wheelchair-accessible, some may not be. Please click on the "Contact EatRehoboth" link to the left of the page if you have additional questions about wheelchair accessibility.
- What if I have dietary restrictions?
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions at this time.
- Are there vegetarian options on the tour?
- Unfortunately we do not offer vegetarian options at this time. However, we are planning vegetarian tours for the future.
- Does the tour have anything to offer to locals?
- Absolutely! You will learn more of the area’s history and have the opportunity to meet behind-the-scenes owners and managers from the area's restaurants.
- How many people will there be on the tour?
- The maximum number of people per tour guide is 16.
- Do we just walk around and sample food?
- Eating Lewes combines a culinary tour with a narrative of the history of the first town in the first state. Along with a tasty progressive lunch, you'll gain insight into historic downtown Lewes. Tours also include opportunities to interact with chefs, proprietors and/or restaurant staff.
- Are restrooms available during the tour?
- Yes. Bathrooms are available at each of the restaurant stops.
- Where does the tour finish?
- Tours end within easy walking distance of our starting point.
- Can I shop on the tour?
- In deference to other participants and our restaurants’ schedules, we ask that you wait until after the tour to shop so we can ensure an enjoyable experience for all.
- Can I bring my dog (or cat, parrot, gecko, etc.)?
- Health department regulations prohibit all animals in restaurants, other than service animals.
- What should I wear?
- Casual and comfortable is the order of the day. But please, no swimsuits. You will be visiting some of the finer restaurants in town, so “No shirt, no shoes, no service” definitely applies.
- Is parking available near the meeting location?
- Parking can be challenging in the downtown area. Participants should arrive with plenty of time and patience to find parking. Detailed meeting location and parking details will be provided immediately upon ticket purchase. During the summer when the meters are in effect, we strongly recommend parking for at least 4 hours.
- What about gratuities?
- Gratuities for the restaurants are included in your ticket price. Tips for your tour guides are not necessary, but they are always appreciated.
- Do you offer private tours?
- Yes! To learn more about Private Group Packages, please click on the "Contact EatRehoboth" link on the left of the page to send an inquiry. Please include your preferred date, time and party size.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Absolutely! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Contact EatRehoboth" link to the left of the page to send an inquiry. One of our staff members will respond to your request as soon as possible.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- Dietary restrictions
- We are sorry, but EatingLewes tours are unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions, allergies or food substitutions.
- All participants must be age 21 or over with valid ID.
- Each attendee must be age 21 or older and have proper government-issued ID (US or International drivers' licenses, passports, or other government issued ID). Refunds will not be provided for those under age 21 or without sufficient ID.
Deb Griffin, Paul Cullen and the Rehoboth Foodie want you to experience the dining delights of Lewes, the first town in the first state.
Eating Lewes lets you sample some of the best eateries in town during the ultimate Lewes food tour.
The Rehoboth Foodie is a restaurant reviewer and columnist, published up and down the Delaware and Maryland coasts. He maintains RehobothFoodie.com, the definitive restaurant review and commentary website, and is the author of the popular travel app, Rehoboth In My Pocket. If it's in Rehoboth or Lewes and it involves a restaurant, he'll know about it!
Deb Griffin is a real estate agent by day and Lewes explorer by night! In 2006 Deb got her Real Estate license and loves exploring all that Delaware has to offer. She uses that info to publish The Local Buzz, a newsletter that keeps everyone in the know about what’s new in Coastal Delaware.
Paul Cullen is the former bass guitarist for the rock band Bad Company and now follows his passion for guitar, wine and food! He recently released 3 CDs that feature cool, Latin jazz. His Cullen-ary skills shine as he pairs the perfect wines with the perfect foods. Explore Lewes and find Paul playing in a posh eatery, performing a cooking demo and pourin' delicious wines.