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Shorebreak Lodge

/ Updated on January 4, 2020

The original review of this restaurant was written in August, 2011. A lot has happened since then.

How many of you remember Mimi’s Fruit Bowl? The little health-food stand opened almost 35 years ago on the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue near Louie’s. The owners’ son, Rob Stitt (now sadly passed away), commuted from Pennsylvania to help his mom and dad on the weekends. They eventually moved across the street where Cilantro restaurant now stands, naming the modest snack bar Eden Garden Café. Around that same time, Betsy LeRoy’s Pizza by Elizabeths was churning out Wilmington-style pies next door to the Middle-Eastern-flavored Camel’s Hump (now home to JAM Bistro) over on Baltimore Avenue. After the Rehoboth location morphed into the upscale and jazzy Ocean Club, the now full-fledged restaurateur Rob moved into that space – the home of today’s Eden. By year three, Rob had had it. It sold in two weeks. Washington, D.C. entrepreneurs Jeff McCracken and Mark Hunker not only kept Eden successful, but also spawned JAM Bistro.

Meet Kate Wall and Sean Pusateri, the owners of Shorebreak Lodge. They appeared on the Sip & Bite Show shortly after taking over the restaurant in late 2017. You'll LOVE their story! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

After a rather long hiatus, Rob resurfaced by taking over the instantly failed Cosmopolitan Restaurant on Wilmington Avenue and turned it into Shorebreak Lodge. In spite of the fact that he never advertised, the restaurant's consistently good food and service qhickly had it filled virtually every night. Yet again, Rob got tired of the daily grind, and Shorebreak Lodge was purchased in mid-2017 by business partners Kate Wall and Sean Pusateri.

Kate and Sean very wisely kept several of Rob's “core” menu items, so the regular crowd still found the menu and the restaurant familiar and inviting. Even after going through several chefs, the dishes at the restaurant are still very much like what put the restaurant on the map to begin with. The menu is still divided into “Gather,” “Hunt,” “Fish,” and “Eat.” Some of the stars in Gather include the hummus dip, the wild mushroom bruschetta and the brie & naan. Hunt contains one of the stars of the show at Shorebreak Lodge: The Thai Chili Chicken Wings. Yes, we have lots of good wings around here, but before you send me an email, go to Shorebreak Lodge and try these! They are delicious.

By the way, Sean is a true oenophile. On any busy evening, you will encounter him walking the room, wine bottles in hand, enticing his guests to try something new. (Click the link above to listen to him talk about wine on the Sip & Bite Show a couple of years ago.) Though both of out local wine bars have gone the way of all flesh, Sean has managed to make his restaurant a center for wine experimentation and enjoyment.

The Seared Duck Breast and the LaFrieda Burger (assembled with 3 types of beef by LaFrieda Butcher Shop in the Bronx and sold fresh nationally) are a couple of the stars in the Hunt section of the menu.

Fish is home to some of the best charred octopus here at the beach. Another core item that will not go away, it was this dish that converted me into an octopus lover. On our last visit in late fall 2019, we had the shrimp & grits and of course the dayboat scallops. Scroll through the gallery to see the latest incarnations of some of these great dishes.

Shorebreak Lodge is at 10 Wilmington Avenue, next door to Mariachi Mexican Restaurant and across from Penny Lane. Call for reservations at 302-227-1007. See their hours & off-season specials in the Cheap Eats section.

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)

10 Wilmington Ave.
(302) 227-1007

Off- Season 2019-20 specials and hours up and running!

New Year's Eve 4-course Dinner & Music! Call for reservs.

Open 4-9 - Happy Hour 4-6
Early birds 4-5pm get 15% off!
Closed 'til 2020
Closed 'til 2020
Open 4-9 - Happy Hour 4-6
Early Bird Dinner Special 20% OFF Check with purchase of entree p/p .4-5:30pm
20%OFF Bottles of Wine and 15% OFF Entrees All Night
Fall 5 Course Tasting Menu $35.00 5 Course Wine Pairings starting at $18.
Open 4-9 - Happy Hour 4-6
Dinner For Two Buy One Entree Get Second Entree Half Off, Buy a glass of wine get Second Half Off All Night.
Early Bird Dinner 20%off 4-5:30 with purchase of entree p/p.
Fall 5 Course Tasting Menu $35.00 5 Course Wine Pairings starting at $18.
Open 4-9 - Happy Hour 4-6 Bar and Patio $5 Spirits, $5 Wine, $3 Beer $5 -$7 Plates
Early Bird Dinner Special 15% OFF Entire Check with purchase of Entree p/p.
Open 4-9 - Happy Hour 4-6
Early birds 4-5pm get 15% off!
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  1. Avatar Woody Barnett says:

    I had the Surf&Turf last night and it was delicious. 2 nice sized scallops with 2 generous cuts of Short Rib. I could cut the Short Rib with a fork. Great taste and great value. Friday Night buy one entree get second half off. I will definitely go back.

  2. Avatar Karen Euceda says:

    New Chef! Chef Vlad! Great food.

  3. Avatar Bob says:

    Had a great table for two in the corner at the window. The bar was packed at 530. Grapefruit Martinis, octopus, scallops, and shrimp appetizers and we were in heaven. Service was exceptional. We love this place.

  4. Avatar Regina says:

    By far my favorite place at the beach these days! The pork belly and egg ? Breakfast for dinner! The scallops are plump and perfectly cooked every time (my hubby us a fan of their surf and turf). I had an amazing piece of amberjack on Valentine’s Day. And the last time we were in we nibbled off the happy hour menu: nothing disappointed!

  5. Avatar Rachel Eats Rehoboth says:

    My husband, friend, and I just ate at Shorebreak tonight for the first time. How have we missed this fantastic gem of a restaurant? Before I mention the food, I must give praise to the capable waitstaff – as professional as any in a high end restaurant, but with a casual and friendly (but not in a TGIFriday’s way) attitude. This is a restaurant for adults for sure, which makes it quite a lovely oasis. Even parents need a break! Now, on to the food – the shrimp and grits, yes! The mashed potatoes with kim chi, of course! The octopus – more please! The dayboat scallops appetizer – seconds! Beets and chèvre – meh, they can’t all be winners. Pumpkin pie cheesecake could have used a sprinkle more sugar, but the chocolate pie with pecans was spot on. Our drinks were strong, the prices relatively reasonable, and a good time was had by all. Will we return? Like waves to a beach.

  6. Avatar Teresa says:

    Have always loved Shorebreak Lodge, since they opened. The menu is different from anything else you can get in Rehoboth, and for me, the cocktails are the best in town. For some reason, the eastern shore seems to have been swept by a mania for sweet cocktails that taste like dessert. At Shorebreak I can the perfect Manhattan, or ask the bartender to make me something special. I love that. The octopus is to die for, I get it every time. The re-decoration is an amazing change, it’s gorgeous. I love eating at the bar, it’s so cozy.

  7. Avatar Steve C. says:

    Anniversary dinner on May 24, 2013 was absolutely fantastic. We order steamed clams, mushroom bruchetta, strip steak, and the halibut. Every item was a “10”! Great service + great food = a winning combo!

    We been recommending ShoreBreak to our guests and they all have been raving. Keep up the great work!

  8. Avatar Kathleen says:

    I took my husband to here for his birthday dinner last night where we met up with some of our other friends. I’ve been wanting to try it based on the reviews I’ve read on here and Trip Advisor. It definitely lived up to everything I read! We started out with some appetizers….the one we tried, the wild mushroom bruschetta was good, but I wasn’t a fan of the huge (almost calamari like) wild shrooms! What I was amazed by (and am eating the leftovers as I type) was my main course – the surf and turf of 2 large sea scallops, an amazing pesto risotto and braised melt-in-your-mouth beef! My husband had the Salmon, two of our other dining companions had the meatloaf over a bed of wow those are amazing mashed potatoes (our friend MADE us try them, they were that good!), someone else had the whole chicken and the last friend had the fresh fish. My husband said, “Have we found our new favorite restaurant?” It was that good! We will definitely return!

  9. Avatar Jane Blong says:

    I went back to this restaurant for dinner after reading your review. My friend and I had an excellent meal. I had the short ribs and the roasted beet salad. My friend had the swordfish and arugula salad. We had an excellent server who answered all of our questions and her recommendation for wine was right on. I had been to this location last year when it was Cosmopolitan and I had the worst meal there.
    My only suggestion for improvement would be the decor and the dishes. Perhaps someone could help them with that,but the food is superb.

  10. Avatar T&J says:

    Foodie… we’ve been following you since you started this site. We love your writing. We just wanted to tell you that your article about shorbreak lodge is one of the best you have ever written. We know the restaurant is good, but we’re talking about the quality of your writing in this one.
    Despite all the other writing you are doing for other papers and things, you haven’t lost it.
    THanks for doing this. We really needed it around here.

  11. Avatar Palma Salerno says:

    I simply LOVE the new menu, look, and staff. 5 stars, One of the BEST resturants in Rehoboth.

  12. Avatar Andy says:

    I am in love with Shorebreak Lodge. The very best food I’ve had in Rehoboth since the early days of Salt Air. Rob is a very talented Chef. The Watermelon Gazpacho and Crab and Lentil soups were probably the best bowls of soup I’ve ever had. Mussels with avocado were delicious and so unique. Skate in brown butter with dried cherries was wonderful and such a large portion for an appetizer. Also sampled some sides- the savory tomato bread pudding and cheesy risotto both stood out. On our second visit we had the Monkfish over Panzanella Salad and the Artic Char with cauliflower almond puree, mushrooms and asparagus- both fantastic. Looking forward to many quiet relaxing meals here this fall because I guarantee there will be a line out the door next summer.

  13. Avatar Susan R says:

    6 of us had a great dinner last night at Shorebreak. Food was tasty and interesting. Service was knowledgeable, fun, and efficient. Standouts amongst the 6 of us included short ribs and scallops with risotto (“surf and turf”),watermelon salad, kale and leeks, and watermelon gazpacho. Mussels might have been a tad overcooked but were flavorful and the broth was yummy!! We think Shorebreak is a winner and look for a long and successful stint on the RB restaurant scene!!!

  14. Avatar John says:

    My wife, KeKe, and I went there [last week].
    We like food out of the ordinary and ordered a very good skate in brown butter sauce and a new twist on Surf and Turf.
    Braised short ribs and huge grilled scallops. The ribs were seasoned just so and the scallops quickly seared like tuna. Grilled outside, cool center.

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