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Arena’s Deli and Bar

/ Updated on July 19, 2015
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Arena’s original location is in the Village by the Sea shopping center (sort of a big alleyway that connects the second blocks of Rehoboth and Baltimore avenues). They have a huge list of sandwiches, appetizers, main courses and a ton of interesting beers, some of which you won’t find anywhere else in town.

When they are busy, things are tight in there and service can be a little distracted and off-handed. But once they make it to the table and everybody warms to one another, all is well. Especially if you are on your second Abita Turbodog. Speaking of delivery, they do. They also have live music on the weekends.

I order the California Club Dude (it’s a sandwich, ladies). With all that turkey, avocado, jack cheese, alfalfa sprouts and tomatoes, it may seem dangerously healthy…so, I do what any self-respecting foodie would do: Add bacon! It really rounds it out (if I’m not careful, it’s going to round ME out). I also like their nachos (served in various forms). You also can’t beat their mountainous BLT served on their always-fresh toasted whole wheat (gotta be healthy, y’know!). Another sleeper is the Cheesesteak.

You can build your own sandwich, choosing the meats, bread, veggies, etc., etc. So there’s always something for everyone. Note that they also have half-price nights during the week, featuring various specials on sandwiches, tacos, etc. Check the Cheap Eats/Specials List on this site for up-to-date info.

Arena’s has five locations. The original one is described above at 149 Rehoboth Avenue (don’t bother looking for the address. Just look for the “Village by the Sea” center. It’s all brick. 302-227-1272).

The next closest location is out on Highway One, just north of the canal bridge, next door to Big Fish Grill (302-226-2233). Interestingly, I continue to receive spotty service at this location, often sitting for several minutes while servers converse amongst themselves and generally ignore customers. Management? Probably. But not to worry – if you feel like your are invisible in there, just walk next door to Big Fish Grill’s Tiki Room that’s open for lunch and has a great menu.

Arena’s also has a location in Lewes at Villages of Five Points where Rt. 9/404 intersects with Highway One (15134 North Main Village in Five Points. 302-644-0370).

If you are trekking out to Long Neck, Arena’s is also in that big shopping center near the Giant Food store on Rt. 24 near Long Neck Road. Arena’s location at the Georgetown Airport is a lot of fun, and replaces the nasty restaurant that used to inhabit that poor food-deprived aerodrome. Arena’s is just what this place needed.

The very latest downstate location is in Milford, just a block west of Abbott’s Grill at 200 NE Front St. Their number is 302-422-3354.

Click here to see Arena’s menu. ( L., D., Bar) Price Range: Inexpensive +.

Off-season Specials & Hours

Specials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.

pp = per person.
BOGO = buy one, get one.
Bloody = bloody mary.
domestics = American-made beers (e.g., Bud).
imports = foreign beers (e.g., Heineken).
Rails = non call-brand alcohol.
Prix Fixe = one set price.
Mains = entrees.
Margs = margaritas.
Chix = chicken.
AYCE = all you can eat.
Lite = Miller Lite
drafts = draught beer.
Early Birds = arrive before a certain time.
Apps = Appetizers.
bottles = beer in a bottle.
à la carte = order off the menu (no prix fixe).
crafts = micro/artisanal brews (e.g., Old Leghumper Lager)

31553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown
Sussex County Airport Terminal
302-856-3297

Sunday
Open 9-9
AYCE Breakfast Buffet : 9-1
All Day Bloody Marys & Orange Crushes $5
Customer Appreciation Day
Earn Double Points (20%) on Your Arena’s Loyalty Card
(Ask server for details)
Monday
Open 11-9
All Day Backyard BBQ: $8.99
$1 OFF new HOF beer selection!

Happy Hour Specials during Game
Tuesday
Open 11-9
Wings Night: 5-Close
10 Wings $6.99
Side Fries $1.
Wednesday
Open 11-9
1/2 Price Sandwich Night: 5- Close
(Excluding seafood & burgers)
Thursday
Open 11-9
First Responders Burger Night! DIY burgers $9.99 inc. fries and soda
Friday
Open 11-12
Beer & Shrimp 5-9
$2.50 1/4lb. Steamed Shrimp, $2.50 Coors Light Pints
$7 Coors Light Pitchers

Saturday
Open 9-12
AYCE breakfast- 9-1
Beer & Shrimp: 5-9
$2.50 1/4lb. Steamed Shrimp, $2.50 Miller Lite Pints, $7 Miller Lite Pitchers
Let’s Do Trivia! Starts at 8.30 pm
The Rehoboth Foodie

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  1. Ralph B says:

    I normally am a fan of Arenas but the last 3-4 visits to the airport location has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The soup always comes out cold and has to be sent back and I have also sent my chicken cheese steak back for the same reason and it wasn’t the normally full sandwich. Big time quality issues! IF I return to Arena’s it won’t be at the airport location until they get their act together.

  2. barbara says:

    Arenas is consistently good. Highway 1 location has a$9 Buffet Sunday brunch with an Omelet station. $4 bloodys and Mimosas. Always specials running. Good service and a very generous rewards card—be sure to sign up for one!

  3. Frank says:

    We have heard good things about Arena’s so we decided to go to the Five Point location for lunch. When you walk in the front door you are on your own so you figure out you seat yourself. Service was slow. Food was good. BUT when you see a baby getting their diaper changed on the bench seat next to you it grosses you out!!!!! Management didn’t, say a word and Didn’t clean the seat. Would you eat there again???????

  4. locallover says:

    2 words Death Fries. if your in the mood to overindulge this is the place to go. Chicken and dumpling soup is amazing and always check out their dessert menu theres always something there to fit your taste buds.

  5. Rob M says:

    I am a regular at Arenas and for good reason. The people are always great and the sandwiches are the best in town. Like the other commentor state, you wont go away hungry. Oh, and the nachos – a meal for two. Great specials, especially the $5 cheese steaks on sundays.

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