modern restaurant With its convenient location near Newark and Wilmington, family-friendly feel, and influx of new residential properties popping up, it’s easy to see why Middletown, DE, is currently the fastest-growing area in the state.

On top of all that, Middletown’s revitalization has brought a handful of highly rated restaurants that offer foodies everything they’re dreaming of and more.

If you’re out and about in Middletown and trying to narrow down your restaurant itinerary, the following guide is for you! Get a closer look at the offerings and atmospheres at Middletown’s restaurant elite below. Bon appetite!

1861 Restaurant & Bar

A contemporary dining experience and influence from Middletown’s history collide at 1861 Restaurant & Bar. Named after the year Middletown was founded, 1861 is a polished gastropub serving straightforward-yet-delicious dishes that have both sustenance and style.

Locals and visitors alike appreciate how versatile 1861’s elegant atmosphere is. It can be dressed up for date night or down for drinks and apps with friends. They also love the many flavorful choices on the 1861 menu, like the upscale pizzas, buttery seared scallops, and succulent burgers. Pair that with an extensive list of craft brews, local wine, and creative cocktails and you have the makings of a perfect evening out.

La Piazza Italian Restaurant & Grill

salmon When you’re in the mood for authentic Italian, bruschetta to handmade pasta, straight through to tiramisu, La Piazza Italian Restaurant & Grill is the place to go. Everything whipped up in the La Piazza kitchen comes from high-quality ingredients, and the care and technique level is evident in every bite.

Favorites include La Piazza’s Penne Alla Vodka served in a blush cream sauce, their many standout seafood dishes like Lobster Ravioli, and from-scratch desserts that will have you over the moon, like their Peanut Butter Torte.

Sushi Yama

If you’re a major sushi fan, check out Sushi Yama, a restaurant that re-creates Japanese colors, culture, and cuisine in a cozy spot in Middletown, DE. Aside from the personality of your server and the artful accents that line the walls, a huge source of color at Sushi Yama happens on your plate.

That’s because Sushi Yama’s chefs are renowned for creating specialty sushi roll spreads that elicit oohs and ahs when they hit the table. Fellow sushi art appreciators recommend ordering the Monster or Mexican Rolls. Take a moment to marvel at your plate’s vibrant sauce illustrations and unique roll stacking before devouring it one textured bite at a time.

Tequila’s Restaurante

Genuine Mexican eats that strike the right heat balance can be hard to find. Luckily, Middletown has Tequila’s Restaurante, a Mexican grill and cantina that excels when it comes to their bright and flavorful Mexican cuisine and attentive service.

Fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, and more, Tequila’s menu features deliciously marinated and grilled meats, chicken, or seafood served under melt-inclined cheeses, delectable salsas, and all the fixings you crave. Stop by this casual dining spot with friends for a killer House Margarita during happy hour and addictive chips and pico de gallo.

Tom Foolery’s Restaurant & Bar

If you’re on the lookout for a spacious and accommodating spot for catching the game or just getting together with friends for a pint and some good eats, a trip to Tom Foolery’s Restaurant & Bar is just what you need.

Like its name suggests, Tom Foolery’s specializes in playful food and atmosphere. But their super satisfying, generously portioned bar eats that are sold at petite prices are no joke! Daily specials are offered till 9 pm and highlight some of the Foolery’s best menu items for just 5 bucks, like $5 burger night. Their Stuffed Crab Burger that’s seasoned with Old Bay and topped with crab bisque has been deemed a Middletown must-have!

Thanks for reading this post! We hope you have a great time at the eatery you picked from our best of Middletown list and that you eventually try them all! For more posts like this, check out our blog, where you can find information about local businesses and upcoming events in Delaware and Maryland.