Seemed time for an update to this article – the first was several years ago when they first opened. So many restaurants, but only one of me! Big Oyster Brewery on Kings Highway in Lewes is a major go-to spot. The brewery/restaurant has a nice-sized pub area with a full kitchen reminiscent of the other Fins restaurants. The inside is huge — one of the largest brewery pubs I've seen, next to Dogfish Head in Rehoboth. And the decor is very clever – check out the boat motors. And I won't give away the secret, but when you go into the bathrooms … listen.
The newest addition (as of 2021) is the huge outdoor seating area. It sports an entertainment stage and also a tented area to protect from the weather. The new brewery has expanded Big Oyster's reach as a brewery, and many other restaurants – both in and outside Delaware – are serving their popular brews.
Over the last couple of years we have had the crab corn chowder, the grilled romaine and the wedge salad. All were quite good. Most recently we enjoyed two surprises: The Fried Oyster Po'Boy (a favorite at Fins – add bacon and it's the Peacemaker) and also longtime Cape Region server Chippers. We first met him at the long-gone Pig & Fish in downtown Rehoboth. Super nice guy and never without a joke or funny comment. The flatbread pizza was quite good, and we also had the burger and the mac & cheese. We WILL be back.
The brewery has a nice-sized pub area with a full kitchen reminiscent of the other Fins restaurants. On a recent visit we had the duck breast/scallop special. We had to look into the brewery area to remind ourselves that this was actually a brewpub – this dish could have stood on its own at any number of fine-dining joints in town. Of course we had to start with the chili/cheese fries – it was cold and rainy outside and we all know that stuff like that has no calories when it's cold and rainy outside. Another must-get is the burger. And it comes with an egg on it. It was quite good, and the roll was exceptional.
Duck breast & scallop special1/22 Big Oyster Brewery2/22 Lovin' the back yard3/22 Big Oyster Brewery4/22 Panoramic view from the bathroom….5/22 Really cool bathroom sink6/22 Big Oyster Brewery7/22 Motors. Boat.8/22 Open Plan ceiling on steroids9/22 Big Oyster Brewery10/22 crab corn soup11/22 grilled romaine salad12/22 the tanks13/22 The Wedge with attitude14/22 Pic courtesy Catherine Hester15/22 Pic courtesy Catherine Hester16/22 Big Oyster Brewery17/22 That burger with the egg.18/22 Chili cheese fries of course19/22 Big Oyster Brewery20/22 Big Oyster Brewery21/22 Big Oyster Brewery22/22
When you go to the new Big Oyster Brewery, try to get one of the coveted stools at the window (the window is the opening where the kitchen passes food through to the servers). Though that particular window is not often employed for that express purpose, it's still a lot of fun to watch the kitchen crew do their stuff. I like the place and have been back three times since the media party, in addition to playing there in my band 2nd Time Around. Big Oyster Brewery and pub is at 1007 Kings Highway in Lewes, almost directly across from Mr. P's Pizzeria.