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So many changes over the last few years at Fish On finally require a new (or at least edited) writeup. It's no secret that Fish On struggled somewhat with food and service several years ago. But a complete revamping of the menu, and the installation of Chef Maurice Catlett (Maurice is now at the new Matt's Fish Camp, also in Lewes), has the bright and inviting place batting a thousand. Need proof? Try to get a seat at happy hour on pretty much ANY day. See what I mean?

“We aspire to be a cutting-edge, aggressive restaurant group,” said the late chef and entrepreneur Matt Haley. “We want to be known for bringing great food, service and value.” That was back in 2007, and Fish On! is now one of 9 Delaware eateries operating as a part of the ever-expanding SoDelConcepts restaurant group. The place is unmistakably Haley: bright, with high ceilings, starkly decorated white walls, little surprises scattered about, and friendly service in an informal atmosphere. One of the highlights of any Matt Haley restaurant is the bread. They bake it themselves, and it is simply delicious. And I actually mean simple and delicious. If you appreciate good bread, it would be easy to make an entire meal of that soft, yeasty, ever-so-slightly sweet loaf — butter ‘n' all. Fortunately, we didn't make an entire meal of it, or this article would have ended right here.

Chef Raul Rodriguez has stepped into Maurice Catlett's shoes, and the changeover was deliciously seamless. Raul continues to serve many of Maurice's go-to dishes, but this talented chef has also added a few of his own favorites. Hope that the Smoked Trout Dip is on the menu! Chunks of smoky fish made bite-size whoopee with mildly pickled onions, capers and horseradish cream, resulting in a tasty schmear on dark, crackly crostini. The Foodie cannot go to a SoDelConcepts outpost without getting the Calamari. Darkly crunchy and not at all greasy, it's simply presented with warm marinara. (The menu offers tartar sauce–yuck–get the marinara. What were they thinking?) Pleasantly al dente Shrimp and Scallop Dumplings are steamed and paired with chopsticks and an Orange Soy Dipping Sauce. Sadly, the promise of orange was unfulfilled. If it was in there, the saltiness of the soy masked it.

In that same vein, the happy hour menu will occasionally feature Vietnamese-style buns. “Speak to me of buns,” you say? A bun is a little pod of steamed bread that is wrapped around something amazing (like fried chicken chunks or crispy pork belly) with herbs (usually cilantro, but not always) and a nice fish-sauce style topping. You WILL NOT want to miss these. Scroll through the gallery for a look.

I try to make this as clear as I can throughout this web site: Menus change like the tides here at the beach! A dish I ordered last week that I'm writing about today might not be on the menu tomorrow. This is not quite as much of an issue with Matt Haley's restaurants as it is with some others, but it still happens, usually at the change of the seasons. So use the article as a guideline, then check out the menu to see what's happening.

OK. Back to business: A must-get in the Starter column is the Baked Crab Stuffed Oysters Rockefeller. This ain't yo' mamma's Rockefeller, feller: Bright green spinach cavorts with the licorice edge of Sambuca, the bite of chilis and the soft sweetness of orange zest. It's a party in your mouth if there ever was one. By the way, having tasted Matt's White Bean concoctions at his other installations, I can't imagine that the Hot Mashed White Beans with garlic and whole-grain mustard could be a bad thing. Try it there.

The Roasted Beets are the star of the Salad show. A wedge of blue-speckled Rosenborg blue lounges atop crimson cubes of cool beets. The nutty tone of spiced pecans is offset by a bracing mustard vinaigrette. This is a truly interesting dish and I urge beet lovers to order it immediately. In her enthusiasm, my Favorite Foodette besmirched her pretty white blouse with the impossible-to-remove beet juice. It was a small price to pay. Dear, next time you go, wear a red shirt. And maybe cut back a little on the martinis….

On subsequent visits we enjoyed the Blue Cheese Salad (…a Wedge by any other name…). The particularly sharp cheese and those pickled onions placed a nice exclamation point on the otherwise standard presentation. The Spinach Salad is also pretty typical (just how much can you do with a spinach salad!?) but the fresh ingredients and the addition of walnuts make it everything it could have possibly aspired to be.

The Foodie loves to perch by the floor-to-ceiling windows at the Hudson Cafeteria (not a cafeteria at all) high above W. 58th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan's Hudson Hotel. He sips a Cosmo while noshing languidly on their $26 Lobster BLT. It's difficult to get much closer to Foodie Nirvana than that, but I have to tell you that Fish On!'s Lobster BLT (piled high with claw meat and what had to be a half-pound of bacon) is right up there with the Big City version. Sadly, I haven't seen it on the menu for a while, but a boy can hope. It's served on grilled slices of that delicious bread I raved about earlier, and cozies up to a stack of hot, crispy fries. Sadly, the Lobster BLT appears and disappears depending on who knows what, so I hope they have it when you go.

Accompanying Foodies-in-Waiting ordered the Pan Roasted Salmon with Roasted Pumpkin, shaved Brussels Sprouts and bacon. The fish was glazed with a Sherry Maple sauce. It was way too sweet for me personally, but I have to tell you that they loved it. That's the thing about sweet and proteins: You either like 'em or you don't. The accompanying Roasted Pumpkin was delicious, as was the chiffonade of sprouts. Lupo Italian Kitchen (SoDel Concepts' Rehoboth Avenue Italian joint) Shrimp on Grits (with Chorizo and Chili Grits) is close to perfect, and the same entree at Fish On! lives up to that reputation. It doesn't look like a lot when it arrives, but it is buttery, rich and happily filling. The Ancho BBQ Flank Steak was well received along with the Southwestern bent of the yellow rice, black beans and sweet corn nuggets. Again, will these things grace the menu upon your arrival? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. But I guarantee that you will find something to make you happy.

Off-season at Fish On is a mecca for locals. We dream of the moment that Chef Raul returns the short rib stroganoff returns to the menu, but in the meantime you will NOT be sorry that you ordered the impossibly crunchy (and totally NOT greasy) fried oysters and fish ‘n' chips. By the way, if you are not particularly enamored by our seagoing, finny friends, the double-decker short rib burger with the house-made tomato jam will make your little carnivorous heart leap for joy. It's on a soft bun with those nice fries and a bunch of pickles. Frankly, it's one of the best burgers around.

Fish On! is in the Villages of Five Points in the second building as you drive away from Savannah Road/Rt. 9. They are open year-round, but always call (302) 645-9790 to check. They also have an upbeat and busy happy hour. Click here to see a representative menu. (D., Bar) Price range: Moderate +. notes the sad passing of chef, award-winning restaurateur and SoDelConcepts founder Matt Haley, who passed away on August 19th, 2014 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash while on a humanitarian trip in the mountains of India. Matt is still missed by many, many people.

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)


Open 5-9
Happy Hour 5-7 at the bar


Open 5-9
Happy Hour 5-7 at the bar


Open 5-9
Happy Hour 5-7 at the bar


Open 5-9
Happy Hour 5-7 at the bar


Open 5-9
Happy Hour 5-7 at the bar

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Favorite Fishing Spots in Rehoboth Beach

Fishing in Rehoboth BeachLove to fish, and planning a trip to Rehoboth Beach? You’re in luck! The Delaware beach area is a prime spot to catch trophy fish. Here are some of our favorite fishing spots in and near Rehoboth Beach:

Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier

No matter what time of day you want to cast your line, come on down to this pier. It’s open 24-7! It’s an ideal spot for catching bluefish, stripers, croaker and flounder. You can also rent a kayak to fish for flounder around the pilings at the end of the pier.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Located 20 minutes away in Lewes, Delaware, this is our favorite jumping-off point to charter a boat for fishing trips in the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Charter boats will provide tackle and bait; bring your own beverages, lunch and sunscreen. Half-day and full-day trips are available, as well as private charters. Keep in mind that the charter boats at Fisherman’s Wharf are seasonal. For up-to-date information, visit the Fisherman’s Wharf Facebook page. They may be closed between late December and March.

Indian River Inlet

At this fishing spot, you have the option of fishing from the charter boats in the marina, surf fishing from the beach or fishing the rocks on the jetty. You’re likely to catch some bluefish, striped bass, flounder or sea trout. Fishing with kids? Try casting your lines along the railings on the north and south sides of the inlet. The variety of fish that can end up on a hook at the Inlet always makes for an exciting fishing experience.

For those who love flounder, fish at Bubblegum Beach next to the Coast Guard Station at the Indian River Inlet. Rockfish are also common in the area; saltwater flies are a great choice if you want to catch some rockfish there. Bubblegum Beach is also a launch point for many fishing charters that dock at the Indian River Inlet. This presents a great opportunity to have a memorable day sport fishing further into Delaware waters.

3R’s Beach

Just South of the Indian Rover Inlet, is 3R’s Beach, which is easily accessible from Route 1. There is plenty of parking space for newcomers unfamiliar with the area. For those with a permit you can bring your vehicle right onto the beach. The current Delaware striper record of 52 pounds was caught in the area, so it’s an excellent spot to fish striper. There is a quick drop-off at this beach, but with a surf pole in the 8-12 foot range one should have no problem getting their bait to the fish. It is recommended to use a 15-20 pound test during the summer months.

Whichever fishing spot you choose, just remember to purchase a fishing license before heading out.

Fishing in DE Stay at Avenue Inn & Spa

The Avenue Inn is a fantastic home base for fishing in the Rehoboth Beach area. When you’re not reelin ‘em in, enjoy our luxurious spa, swim in our indoor pool or just relax in your comfortable room. Book your stay today for a fishing vacation to remember!

* Always contact a business ahead of time to confirm hours and up to date information. Content revised on March 1, 2021.

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The Pig & Fish Restaurant

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The Pig & Fish Restaurant is a must when visiting the sunny shores of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. This impressive establishment features beautiful dishes, bountiful portion sizes, and amazing flavors that have happy patrons returning again and again. With so many amazing items on The Pig & Fish Restaurant's extensive menu, it is highly recommended to try a variety of their offerings.For seafood, the seared scallops are a crowd favorite, while the crab stuffed pretzel is unique and full of cheesy flavor. Those who love fish will want to try the seared ahi tuna when available, or the wonderful red snapper. The Pig & Fish Restaurant's bread pudding and ice cream dessert is a fantastic way to end the meal with a sweet touch. This eatery does not disappoint!

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Matt’s Fish Camp is a relaxed seafood spot featuring classic east coast dishes and sussex county, delaware, favorites, including oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, ipswich clams, lobster rolls, fried chicken and the famous lobster cobb salad.

located between lewes and rehoboth beach -- and convenient to the cape may-lewes ferry terminal -- Matt's fish camp sports a casual, beachy vibe.  belly up to the oyster bar or relax in a cozy booth.  make yourself at home, and enjoy some of the freshest seafood on the culinary coast.  Open daily for lunch and dinner AT 11:30 a.m.

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Matt's Fish Camp is a great seafood restaurant located on Route One in Lewes, Delaware. Serving fresh Produce, locally sourced when available, and fresh local seafood, the menu reflects both the bounty of Southern Delaware and the unique style of the chef. Matt's fish Camp also features a full bar, great for enjoying lunch or dinner, and a full raw bar, always carrying a selection of local and regional fresh oysters. Once a house on the highway, Matt's Fish Camp was transformed into a great Lewes restaurant serving fresh fish, crab cakes, the famous Matt's Fish Camp Lobster Cobb, and a selection of comfort foods, like the crowd favorite fried chicken. Serving lunch and dinner every day year round, Matt's Fish Camp Lewes is the place for a great meal with friends and family. 


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