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 & HoursSpecials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.
Kids Night 5-Close I 1/2 Price kids meal, and Free Ice
Cream Sandwich, with each purchase of an adult meal
(for ages 12-Under off the Kids Menu)
Add: All Day BeerBeque I $8.99 for 2 Homemade Pulled
Pork Sandwiches I $1 Off all Delaware brewed Beers
Mexican Night 5-close | $7 Nachos | $9 Beef or Chicken Nachos | $1.49 Chicken or Beef Taco
$3 Dos XX | $3 Corona I $3 Corona Light bottles | $4 Cuervo Margaritas
Half Priced Sandwich Night 5-close (excludes seafood & burgers) | All Day $3.50 Yuengling Pints
Triple Play Burger Night 5-Close I BYO 8oz. Burger w/ F. Fries & Soda $9.99 (additional toppings may be extra)
Happy Hour All Night 3-Close I In Entire Restaurant!
Let’s Do Trivia Starts at 7pm
Beer & Shrimp 5-9
$2.50 1/4lb. Steamed Shrimp, $2.50 Coors Light Pints
$7 Coors Light Pitchers
Beer & Shrimp 5-9 | $3 ¼ lb. Steamed Shrimp | $3 Coors Light Pints | $9 Coors Light Pitchers