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September 6th, 2011

1776 Steakhouse, Rehoboth Beach, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches



Definitely, this post is not for Vegans or Vegetarians.  You really have to love beef when you decide to have dinner at a steakhouse.  It is not that you could not find something else, besides beef, to eat there; vegetables, salads, soups and seafood.  It is just that if it is not your thing, then don’t bother.

1776 Steakhouse has been in existence at the Delaware Beaches for many years.  But, since 2007 they have been under new ownership.  And, it is a good thing.  This restaurant was so popular for many years.  It was the place to go if you wanted a good solid steak.  I had not been since they changed ownership.  The truth?  Last time I did not have a good meal.  That simple


So, the other night when the family decided that it was going to be a steak night, we chose 1776.  I was curious and so were they. 

1776 is located on Highway One (Rt.1) at the Midway Center.  Right in the same shopping center as the movie theater.  Tel. 302-645-9355.  Website?

The decor of a steakhouse is a little more formal with subdued lighting.  Someone said “they are manly”.  Who knows?  But, they all follow the same decor.  1776 was no different.


Two entrances; one directly to the bar and a more casual atmosphere.  The other, being the main entrance, went into the dinning room.

1776 has plenty of parking available.  People enjoy eating at the bar before or after catching a movie.

Our waiter was John Purple.  He has been working at 1776 for many years and knows the menu well.  He was attentive and very friendly.

Warm bread with two types of butter suddenly appeared.  One was a whipped butter and the other a honey and basil butter.  I love it when the bread is served warm. 


Michael decided to have the Baked Brie as an appetizer.  The Brie was wrapped in puff pastry and served with sliced apples and grapes and a raspberry champagne reduction.  This appetizer was delicious, but, very filling.  The combination of fruit, reduction, cheese and pastry was perfect.  Good for sharing.  Or, even as a meal with a salad. 


I decided to order their Mixed Field of Greens.  It had apple smoked bacon, dried cherries, walnuts, crumbled gorgonzola with a maple vinaigrette.  It was light and fresh, which was good because a steak is a heavier meal.


We had ample time to enjoy a drink and the appetizers before making our entree choices.   The entrees at 1776 come with a starch and a vegetable.  The steaks are cooked to the preference of the diner.

For his main meal Michael decided to have the Delmonico.  He chose it to be blackened.  Temperature?  Medium rare.


Delmonico steaks are delicately marbled.  It is a boneless sirloin.  Usually, a Delmonico is about 2 inches thick.  The sirloin is a cut from the rear back portion of the animal.  The top sirloin is the best.

My husband eyes were set on a filet mignon.  He chose a 6 ounce filet, rare.  The filet mignon is a steak cut from the tenderloin.  It is the most tender cut of beef; also the most expensive.


I decided on the New York Strip, medium rare.  The strip steak is known internationally as a club steak.  It is cut from the short loin.  Particularly tender but not as much as the ribe eye or tenderloin.  Can be sold with our without the bone.


All of us decided that the three steaks were delicious; tender, juicy with excellent taste.  Happy to have come back to 1776  on that night when we all wanted a solid, good steak. 

Too full to enjoy dessert, we decided to get our bill, pay, and take off with our doggie bags. 

Note:  Even though 1776 Steakhouse is a traditional steakhouse, it does have very good seafood, as well.  I have heard that the scallops are very good.  Maybe next time.  They open for lunch and dinner.

Sharing a meal…best if it is with family…priceless!!

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6 Responses to “1776 Steakhouse, Rehoboth Beach, Restaurant, Review, Delaware Beaches”

  1. Joyce Assurian says:

    Wow! My family and I frequented 1776 in Rehoboth
    for many years under the old ownership when the staff wore “Williamsburg like” attire and the menu was old fashioned and somewhat historical, as in colonial times. Then we had not gone there in years — for whatever reason. Two or three years ago my husband and I went there to dinner and our experience was totally opposite of yours.
    I had the world’s worst Beef Wellington on the planet. It was really awful; my husband’s steak was unremarkable at best. Waitstaff attention was lackluster. We have never been back. Talk about two directly opposite experiences!!

  2. admin says:

    The restaurant has been under new ownership since 2007 and we thought it would have been nice to check it out again. My experience was good but it is like anything, we all can have different experiences and expectations. It is a restaurant I would more in the fall and winter. If I can eat outdoors then I do that in the summer. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Jessica says:

    I have been eating at 1776 for more than ten years. When the original owners had it, it was very dramatic but the food was just O.K. since the new owners took it over in 2007 the food has been consistantly great! We eat there probably twice a month and always find something new to add to our favorites list. The service is exceptional and the atmosphere is subdued. I would highly recommend 1776 Steakhouse. By the way in reference to Joyce’s comment 1776 hasn’t had beef wellington for about 5 or 6 years. Plus in reference to the main review by website journalist. 1776 seafood choices put the local seafood restuarants to shame! Trust me i have been to every restaurant in Lewes, Rehoboth, Bethany & Fenwick.

  4. admin says:

    It is so nice to hear feeback from readers. It can get a little tricky when you write about a restaurant and express your experience. I stand that the last time I did not have a good meal. It could have been towards the end of the original owners. Having lived in the area for so many years it is great to have so many choices in our restaurant selections. I am glad I went back to 1776 because I can now recommend it based on our family’s dinner the other night. And, I will certainly be back.

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