The Swell Tiki Bar

/ Updated on December 26, 2015

In the early morning of 9/4, The Swell was severely damaged by fire. We will keep you updated. Owners of Rehoboth In My Pocket have also had their posting updated to reflect this unfortunate incident. Our sympathies to Helen and her crew.

After being open for just a few months, The Swell founder Woody Voelker has left the business to return to Rigby’s, where he cooked for many years. Woody was a pretty good cook, so we are not sure exactly what will happen at The Swell. We will keep you informed.


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)

37385 Rehoboth Avenue Ext.


Open 3 - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 3 - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 3 - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 3 - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 3 - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 3 - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 3 - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6
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  1. Junior Barer says:

    We walk in the atmosphere was confusing Tiki Bar don t hang a surf board and call it a tiki bar, loud and very noisy with nobody in the place. Got wings under cooked and little, burgers came out burnt more like a hockey puck!

  2. yummy bear says:

    Friends in for the weekend, took a carload in for casual eating and drinks. Seated immediately, drinks ordered, they peppered me for menu highlights. Shared my hits and misses(the fries,always wilted) everyone raved about the tomatoe soup. Three of us wanted to order a take out serving, it’s the best. The Cobb salad was a heaping plate of fresh ingrediants,perfectly dressed, and lovingly shared. Another raved about his sliders and wasn’t sharing at all…I guess hungry and too good? One person went off resevation and ordered fries despite my advice, she just had a taste for fries. Heaping basket arrives and within minutes she couldn’t give them away. Told you so was muttered but not by me. I am still bewildered why so many things good come out of that kitchen(like fried Chicken) but fries are not ever one of them? Is there something magical about making french fries that are light, crunchy, and flavorful?
    Will continue to patronize along with friends by choosing wisely.

  3. merrijane pierce says:

    After hearing rave reviews from friends we decided to try it out last week on shrimp night. There were several at the bar but the dining room was practically empty and the service was dreadful. We waited for out order to be taken and then waited and waited for our food. When it arrived, the shrimp had been left way too long in the fryer and the fries were so salty we couldn’t eat them. The waiter dumped and ran and we couldn’t find him for a long time to request ketchup and cocktail sauce. The food, not good. The service abysmal. Is there another Big Sissies somewhere? Won’t go back.

  4. Johnny G says:

    @ yummy bear…maybe it would be best if you go somewhere else. All you have done is bitch about everything.

  5. yummy bear says:

    A few nights ago stopped in for a after meeting beer and munchie with a few buds, Big Sissies always a fav between us.With best intentions was going to order the ceasar salad but looking over at buddies chicken tenders I collasped into ‘me too ism’. They had just come out when I sat down and looked really great with a very light flaky breading. By the time my order arrived, there was grumbling about needing some cocktail sauce and salt and pepper. My friend was correct, they had little to no taste even with the mayo based white sauce they were served with. More importantly then lack of taste was the chewy,gummy texture inside. Rut rho, a bad example of a frozen appy supplier?

    Perhaps a change in vendor or more caution in ordering certain items in what had been a consistent,enjoyable eatery and bar. Next time will stick with the salad,nice and fresh. See you next time.

  6. Shelly b says:

    I have visited Big sissies 4 times now and every time was a great experience only issue their prime rib is so good I havent tried any other entree I make sure I get there on fridays for the prime rib special On every visit it has been busy service has been good food good the tomato basil soup a must have i have been with both my spouse and friends and we all love it originally tried it because of the name love it. Its a shame its not bigger to accomodate more people. The boys , if you will, are very welcoming to all looking forward to this being a success and my new go to restaurant

  7. Susan says:

    Tonight was my first visit and I was delighted. Every table was full and the bar area SRO, but in spite of the crowd, we had fairly quick service. Two of us ordered the nightly special, prime rib and at the waiter’s suggestion, had the meat grilled. It was great! Our third dinner guest ordered the meatloaf and loved it. Very pleased and will return.

  8. Johnny G says:

    Have been there several times. Food is always fresh and good. However, the bartender that works Happy Hour on Saturdays can’t make a drink to save his life. He is so shaky that you only get a half a drink.

  9. Yummy bear says:

    Rolled into a this season fav with a bud and rolled out with a few head scratching moments. I ordered the meatloaf sandwhich which was just fine but not as good as I had heard before. Subsituted sauted mushrooms which were excellent because the fries were not up to par according to nearby diners. This issue seems to be far too long in correcting(soggy,greasy) and should not be continuing if fries are on the menu in so many dishes. Given the quality of other foods, this must be a $$ issue if a new fryer is still not justified. The fix is easy,just do it or remove the fries. My buddy did not get to enjoy the prime rib he wanted because it’s now roast beef on white bread. It was a soggy, salty,gravy mess in minutes, a total fail he did not finish. Who puts white bread under dark gravy, the cafeteria maybe?

    Sorry to say this visit was full of rough spots. Hope for better next time, I’d love to continue to return and try the fried chicken I hear is great. Go early.

  10. Philip Chao says:

    what night is burger night? I think we ALL need to know

  11. mike a. says:

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    I agree with you that initially there were some service issues on the dining side. The service has improved as time passsed although there is still room for improvement. Also, in the begining there were some consistency issues and I brought them to Joey’s attention. Remebmber, this was a brand new place opening on June 6(?). However, my initial comment was about the food and the atmosphere. As for the gay community supporting the place, it appears that it is because the dining room is frequently busy even on some weeknights. My big complaint is that they rarely make Jimmy’s cheesecake!

  12. Yummy bear says:

    We entered Big Sissies on opening night to simply have a quick look and cocktail(have returned 4-5 times). A clink of cold beer bottles behind us, we requested the menu and found it as friendly as the ambience.There are no shortage of beach bars with bar menus,most offering the same items and often filled with frozen/fryer foods.It struck me as a great beginnng that among the appy’s were a healthy listing of homemade fries,onion rings,pickles and chicken strips. A sign of a diligent chef perhaps?

    There was much praise for the turkey burger and prime beef sandwhich and the beef burger on later visits even better tasting and perfectly charred. Another visit I found my fav salads the chopped cobb or the BBQ rib eye and either were meal sized. Across the table were raves for the meatloaf,just good food done well.

    I continue to reccomend, often find it crowded so something good is going on.

  13. Libby Stiff says:

    Big Sissies is a lot more than described. Good, unpretensious food and good company. It’s a local and we needed one.

  14. Pete G says:

    Wow, not sure how much sissies paid for this review but its about as far from the truth of my experience as it gets. Horriffic service (90 minutes) awful food, the meatloaf was still mooing when it arrived drenched in scalding hot gravy, which I assume was the kitchens effort to complete the cooking process prior to arrival at the table. Suffice to say, I wouldn’t feed that slop to a starving animal let alone eat it myself. The other three meals ordered by my dining companions were equally dreadful. It’s a good thing for sissies that straights are dining there because the gay community wont tolerate the substandard fare and horrible service.

  15. mike a. says:

    we patronize sissie’s regularly and really enjoy the bar and the food. you are absolutely correct, this is not fine dining. And I am not saying that as a put-down. This is just regular food nicely done and very fairly priced. Sometimes you just want some good, basic cooking with nary a coulis or reduction in sight; or for that matter the whole free-range/shade-grown/fair-trade/berkishire/kobe nomenclature for every menu item to justify higher menu prices….(kobe hot dogs anyone?). Try Sissies. It’s good food and it’s a fun place. If you are lucky theyll have Little Old Jimmy’s Cheesecake for dessert. It is to die for.

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