In a beach town filled with fresh fish and crab cakes, oysters and mussels, pizza shops on every corner (we’re looking at you, Grotto) and a service industry that doesn’t entirely understand being vegan, it’s not easy to find options relating to vegan dining in Rehoboth Beach.
Even Happy Cow has a tiny little one page listing of restaurants with vegan food in Rehoboth Beach, but we’ve been doing some investigating over the past few years and have good news. Well, sort of. Vegan dining in Rehoboth Beach does exist. But, not a lot of it.
We’ve done the digging for you so you can avoid the same frustrations we’ve had when asked “how vegan we are” or looking at a menu with zero vegan options and a paltry one salad that needs to be modified.
VEGAN DINING IN REHOBOTH BEACH
Twist Juice Bar
Thank goodness for juice bars in Rehoboth that add some more color to the vegan dining in Rehoboth. Seriously. Without them, we’d be forced to eat Thrashers or pizza without cheese, because that’s basically what exist near the boardwalk (other than the Mediterranean we are going to mention below). Twist Juice Bar, a tiny spot tucked into the back of a shopping center, offers not only a large selection of cold-pressed juices and smoothies with non-dairy milk, but a pretty extensive vegan menu. For breakfast, try an acai bowl or steel-cut oats made with almond milk. When lunch rolls around, basically everything is vegan, like the Cobb and Caesar salads, wraps and even a gorgeous Moroccan stew.
Located in First Street Station on Wilmington Ave. and 1st St., Rehoboth | 302.212.2605
Open daily: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you’re right up on the beach and need a healthy juice or bowl, Dreamer is your go-to. Here, drinks are the main attraction … and they do it oh-so-well. Classic smoothies. Breakfast smoothies. Green smoothies. Shakes. Matcha. Chai Lattes. Coffee. Lemonades. Teas. Wellness shots. Cold-pressed juices. In case you want to chew (’cause you never know, right?), Dreamer also offers a build-your-own breakfast bowl with steel-cut oats and a variety of acai bowls.
70 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth | 302.278.7038
Open daily: 7 a.m. – noon
There are a couple of options for Mediterranean eats in Rehoboth, but Semra’s is our favorite. This family-owned restaurant creates dishes brought from Turkey and their family to the beach. Using traditional ingredients, Semra’s serves up our favorite renditions of dolma, falafel (gluten-free deep fried and made with bulgur and baked), cous cous, babaganoush and tabouleh. Plus, we love their service.
19 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth | 302.226.4976
Open daily: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Flavors come alive at Indigo, the new (and only!) Indian restaurant in Rehoboth. What we love about this family-owned restaurant isn’t just the delicious eats, but how knowledgeable the staff are about being vegan and what dishes on the menu are and are not options. The impeccable service roped us in, but the dishes themselves made us fall in love. Order up some wheat roti and then try the chick pea masala to fill you up. Ed. Note: we took photos, but the lighting was no good and didn’t do it justice. So, just imagine some yummy Indian food instead.
44 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth | 302.212.5220
Open daily: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Cilantro Cocina de Mexico
What vegan dining guide can be complete without a Mexican restaurant? Like Mediterranean, there are a few Mexican options in and around Rehoboth, but the family-owned Cilantro is our top pick. The ingredients here are super fresh and flavorful, and their staff understand vegan dining. Start with the traditional Mexican lentil soup in a tomato-based broth and then devour the Delicia de Portabella, fajitas with portobello mushroom and other veggies (hold the cheese on the beans and skip the sour cream). Most of the vegetarian menu they offer can be tweaked to be vegan, too, and typically require just holding the cheese and sour cream.
120 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth | 302.226.1000
Open daily: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Other Vegan Options in Rehoboth
Cafe Azafran, Mediterranean
Falafel Hut, Mediterranean
Jam Bistro, American organic bistro, large variety of vegan sides to make a meal
TCBY, Silk almond milk option
Need a little Asian fix in your beach experience. Head off the beach and onto Route 1 for some Saketumi. While our server had to ask about the vegan options, he was really helpful and accommodating. Plus, it turns out the restaurant has a few vegan eats to enjoy which are really good! Start with a cucumber salad and then move on to their vegetarian menu (most of which can be made vegan by simply holding the fish sauce). We opted for the Japanese eggplant in black bean sauce (delicious) and the pad thai (hold the egg, hold the fish sauce) with fried tofu, along with some vegan sushi which aren’t creative in terms of components, but still get the job done.
18814 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth | 302.645.2818
Open daily: Monday – Saturday: noon – 10:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
If you’re heading inland to explore historic cities like Lewes (first town in the first state, mind you), Nectar Cafe is your vegan spot. This juice bar/restaurant fills up on the summer weekends when everyone hits the historic streets to do a little shopping, but it’s worth the wait. The healthiest eats we’ve come across in the Rehoboth area, Nectar has dishes like apple cinnamon oatmeal to start the day, and even more for lunch and early (and we mean early) dinner. Salads like the Big Veggie and Quinoa (hold the cheese!) or a hummus sandwich (no cheese) can fill you up, or opt for the main vegan attraction, a cauliflower steak served over rice pilaf in a romesco sauce.
111 Neils Alley, Lewes | 302.645.5842
Open daily: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This cozy and beach-y spot in the resort town of Bethany Beach is a bit of a drive from Rehoboth, but 14 Global is worth mentioning for its creative options and stellar change of beach scenery. While there aren’t a ton of vegan options, the eats they have are pretty good and many of the vegetarian dishes they have can be made vegan by simply holding the cheese. Focusing on tapas, here you can chow down on eats like caramelized cauliflower, edamame and arugula dip, hand-cut french fries, and grilled eggplant dip and then move on to veggie tacos or the massive (share this!) Garden and Grain, a plate of veggies and quinoa with a balsamic beet puree.
14 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach | 302.616.1035
Open daily: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Looking for other destinations with vegan eats? Be sure to check out our ever-expanding vegan dining guides.
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism. She is a public speaker who has appeared at SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more, a journalist and entrepreneur. Diana is also behind the Vegas Vegan Dinners at James Beard Foundation’s James Beard House.