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/ Updated on September 9, 2015

Executive Chef Pete McMahon has brought in the big guns at Ivy, marking the 2015 season with a brand new menu. Chef Aileen Delario can be credited with the new lineup of goodies. Her experience includes the Cultured Pearl and the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, and her affinity for cooking stems from her mother and grandmother, and she has garnered a number of accolades, including a Chef of the Year award and first place at several Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festivals.

The decor and lighting at Ivy are just as good as ever, and as the sun dips below the horizon, the visual experience ramps up appropriately. Hundreds of snow-white books are illuminated in deep colors that either change slowly over time or move in rhythm with the music. (It depends on what time it is.)

The DJ booth in the middle of the room is flanked by VIP seating with low couches and spacious tables (bottle service is available there). The food lends itself to this sort of seating, as much of it can be easily negotiated with your fingers. The separated couch/table areas also occupy the two front corners of the room on the bay side. The bar is huge and faces the tiny beach filled with tables and an inviting gazebo). And pretty much everything is wired into the lighting system. A dress code exists, but it's pretty much common sense. No wet bathing suits, no PJs and no big ol' schmatas.  So there. Now let's get down to business.

Of course, by sunset we can only hope you're on your second martini – check out some of the good sunset photos in the gallery.

I was the first to break the news of Ivy's opening in spring 2012, and there's a brand new menu for 2015. The “tiny plates” tapas have morphed into slightly bigger appetizer selections, and they kept about half of the original offerings. Entrees are now front and center. But the new goodies are quickly becoming favorites, so we're doing a few visits to bring you more photos and news of what's on the menu at the newly reinvented Ivy.

For those of you who are concerned about these things, Ivy in fact represents a good value for what you get. There you are, watching the Rehoboth Bay lap up onto your own sandy shore as the sun slowly dips below Thompson Island. A multi-thousand dollar lighting and sound system gently pulses around you (and slowly increases in aforementioned pulsation as the evening progresses). Enjoy the generous cocktails, and you can make an evening of this place. Stay long enough, and you can even enjoy the newest craze, Silent Disco. Nope, you'll have to figure that one out for yourself. I can't reveal all the surprises….

By the way, half-price martini night is Wednesdays! Ivy is in the old Venus on the Half Shell/Coconuts location at 136 Dagsworthy Ave. You can't miss the place. If you pass it, you'll get wet. There's tons of free parking.

See the menu here. (D., Bar, Late nite) Price Range: Moderate.

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  1. Avatar Nancy Hoffman says:

    I don’t care about cheap~~just want good value for my money, and at $4.50 for the 2 bites, I can find a better value. The waiter told us there were 3 (wow!) cocktail crab claws in that order. Tapas are indeed supposed to be small plates; however, I consider 3 to be a joke. The risotto cake under my scallop was about the thickness and diameter of a quarter and with no garnish whatsoever. (A sprig of Thai basil or even parsley would have been a nice touch.) Also didn’t care for their ambiance, as it seemed all they were doing while we were there was tweeking the mike and getting the sound set up for the music later. Think I’ll stick with Matt Haley’s restaurants~~ fresh food at reasonable fine dining prices~~not cheap but consistently good.

  2. Avatar Tom in Lewes says:

    “For the prices they’re charging?” Really? No disrepect meant, but the prices are $3 to about $4. How cheap do you want it to be? Just wondering.

  3. Avatar Yummy bear says:

    Went for happy hour with a 4some of budds and ordered the grand poohbah of the 16 items.The HH drinks were half priced at $6 so be careful otherwise.Consensus of the 16 were big likeys for, the Lamb Pop,Kobe Beef slider,Glazed Pork shank,open face Lobster sammy,Grilled grilled cheese,Sage Blue cheese truffle fries,Seared Angus tenderloin, and baby Arugala rolls. Many of the items are one bite servings so if sharing, getting the rolls,fries,lobster,kobe slider,pork shank are plausibly big enough to share, even if yu want to eat it yourself.lol The same can be said for the mini eggplant tower but was mehh tastewise.

    When almost done, all happy faces around but it was the fastest $50 we had gone thru as a mini meal. I wanted to reorder some favs but peer pressure won out. Of the 4 diff cocktails, the Amelia declared the fav.

    A setting sun, great ambience, and very friendly staff, which we all agreed would bring us back for revisit and tell friends. Enjoy.

  4. Avatar T&T says:

    Ok, one more thing: We’ve been back twice. servers Ryan and Dana are great. We suspect they all are, but Ryan and Dana are the ones who waited on us so far. They all seem so happy to be there.

  5. Avatar Tom in Lewes says:

    We also believed the cover charge articles too. Glad they changed that. Wife and & are both over 60, we met in a “disco”, so we tried Ivy last weekend and ended up closing the place. All the young people made us feel the same way. Can’t get enough sliders, teriaki pork and the little summer rolls. What a deal for such a spectacle. Servers were all wonderful, by the way.

  6. Avatar Barry & Linda says:

    Well, Mr. RF you hit the nail on the head again. We tried Ivy last night and loved it. watched the sun set, loved the music and lights. So much better than stuffy venus. tried different bites all night. we were there 4 hours! we’re going back with out of town friends next week.

  7. Avatar Always Hungry says:

    Ivy has it all. The food is fantastic, and you can eat as little or as much as you like. The drink choices are wonderful. It’s a bargain for the high quality you get. The lighting combined with the view of the bay is just fabulous. What a great idea to have the bar face the water. This place deserves success all year long and I hope we see it around for a long time.

  8. Avatar T&T says:

    Mom…so you go to a dance bar with a DJ and say they should keep the music down? No offense meant but if you eat there late when the music is running, that’s what they do. And thats probably why they will be successful -it gets crowded and loud in there around 9. You should dine there at 4:30 – 5. The music is barly audible at that time.
    And yes, my wife and i adore the food too.

  9. Avatar Lucky mom says:

    We adored the food, the view and the overall ambiance. Ivy will be successful as long as they keep the music volume down. We went at 7 and sat outside to get away from the music. Luckily the weather was comfortable. The sampler was perfect dining for 4, but we had to each get one more plate, the grilled cheese. It was that good!

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