On The Rocks

/ Updated on June 16, 2017

A new review is on the way, as the menu, management and servers lineup has been changed. There is also a new web address for On The Rocks. Click here to visit the new website.

There aren’t many better views of the Delaware Bay than from the Lewes Teminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. It always seemed sort of wasted, because there wasn’t much to do out on the dock other than to get yourself onto the ferry or order something yukky that was sure to be (re)heated in a microwave. The Ferry Powers-That-Be have changed all that with the addition of On The Rocks, a fun little bar and entertainment venue right smack on the dock, facing  the Cape and the expanse of the bay.

This is not fine dining. It’s straight-ahead bar food (with a few notable high points). Everything is cooked fresh when you order it (even if it’s frozen) so nothing’s sitting under those nasty lights or being electronically irradiated-to-order.

But they do serve alcohol, and the place is open until the last boat leaves Lewes (around 9 p.m. on weeknights and around 10 p.m. on weekends, in-season).

Don’t enter the parking lot through the main Ferry Terminal entrance where they sell tickets. The booth dwellers will act annoyed. (Though there is no sign directing you to the “foot passengers'” entrance further down the road where there is, in fact, a sign. Oh, and bring that up, and they will act even more annoyed. Don’t let it ruin your day. Imagine yourself slowly marinating in that little booth for hours at a time. You’d be annoyed too.)

The view and the activity with the boats is endlessly captivating.

NOTE that the inside restaurant is NOT affiliated with On The Rocks. The inside restaurant is very terminal-like and surely employs a bank of microwave ovens. Go outside and get your stuff grilled, at least. (L., D., Bar) Price range: Moderate+.

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)

43 Cape Henlopen Drive
(the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes)

Open 10:30a 'til the last boat pulls out.
Open 10:30a 'til the last boat pulls out.
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 10:30a 'til the last boat pulls out.
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 10:30a 'til the last boat pulls out.
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 10:30a 'til the last boat pulls out.
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 10:30a 'til the last boat pulls out.
Happy Hour 3-6
Open 10:30a 'til the last boat pulls out.
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  1. Avatar Ron says:

    Having read positive comments about On The Rocks, we decided to get a light bite after our Kalmar Myckel ride yesteday. My one friend ordered a beer which was promptly served and he had no complaints. My other friend and I ordered the salsa, guacomole and chips. Not good. The chips were stale and tasteless. The salsa was also tasteless and the guacomole was like wall paper paste. My friend and I aren’t one to make a scene of anyone uncomfortable by returning food so we just threw it away. However , I would like to warn others not to expect restaurant quality salsa, chips and guacomole. I was very disappointed. With the beer the total bill cale to $24 without the tip. Too expensive for what we received.

  2. Avatar demattman says:

    New for 2013! $18 for a burger with fries and a 16 Mile draft! Last year this was our ‘go to’ place for outdoor pub dining. This year,we just can’t bring ourselfs to go back and know were getting wacked.
    Let the locals know if the prices come down to a more reasonable level. TY

  3. Avatar george says:

    what a great idea you have here, will be using it from now on , nice to see so many people using this. i live in lewes and now will try more than my usual eating establishments.

  4. Rehoboth Foodie Rehoboth Foodie says:

    Hi, Philip. TKS for your comment.
    Actually, I rated the food a 7.5. Basically above-average. The 10 was awarded “overall” because of the view, the surroundings, the very friendly service and the activity of the boats. I agree the announcements are loud, but it is a ferry terminal after all. Another value-added (at least at the moment) is the presence of DE’s Tall Ship, the Kalmar Nyckel. What can be better than looking at that cool schooner and munching a fried pickle?

  5. Avatar Philip Chao says:

    well I ate there and the finger food was good as was the dogfish head brewery beer but I am not sure this place is a 10. thats my 2 cents

    I think it is 8.5 but not a 10

    the terminal is nearby and it is quite LOUD when they make announcements. It is loud enough to hurt your ears

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