The view is still there, but the Greene Turtle that occupied the upper floor above Thrashers on the Rehoboth Boardwalk is gone. The same owners have replaced it with Above the Dunes. The menu is decidedly upscale from the sports-bar ambiance of Greene Turtle, and in fact there are some very interesting dishes and creations – especially at the bar. Flanked only by the iconic Gus & Gus' Place and Thrasher's, it's been revitalized by a complete remodel to complement the amazing view – probably the best in town for a full-time commercial restaurant. Though Bill Frankis has moved on, Bob Frankis and Mike Venanzi revitalized the 280-seat family restaurant–with a spectacular view rivaled only by the Salero event space at the top of the Henlopen Hotel/Condos. And if the crowds are any indication, it's paying off. Kudos, gentlemen, for spiffing up the south boardwalk a bit.
Meet Mike Veranzi on his Beach Eats radio show appearance on 5/14/22. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
The new menu boasts a tempting starters section, with the star of the show probably being the perfectly breaded calamari. It's served with little pepper rings mixed in, with a brightly spiced Thai dipping sauce on the side (THANK YOU for not slathering the sauce on the calamari, thus converting all the crispiness to mush!). They are also proud of their Poke Bowl, loaded with a colorful mix of sushi-grade tuna, ginger, brown rice, carrots, edamame, avocado and cucumber. Quite a change from Greene Turtle fare! We don't add ratings to a restaurant without visiting three times, so stay tuned for the ratings.
Of course, you can't be on the Boardwalk and that close to the beach without keeping sandwiches on the menu, so the popular GT burger remains, as well as lobster salad rolls and lightly broiled crab cakes. By the way, don't miss the seasoned waffle fries!
Above the Dunes is at 101 S. Boardwalk (drive east on Wilmington Ave. If you hear a big splash, you've gone too far). The entrance is on the Wilmington Ave. side. They are open year-round, but give 'em a call if it's snowing (302) 226-2000.
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101 S. Boardwalk @ Wilmington Ave.