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Chef-driven mid-Atlantic regional, seasonal fare  - Federal Fritter, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Federal Fritter

4.9
4.9
84 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro

Federal Bistro & Fritter Shop, located 1 block from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, is a casual bistro and eat bar. The take-away menu features a variety of crisp, poppable & snackable rustic fritters.

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Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 727-5609

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Todd Gray

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for private events for groups of 7 - 35 people

  • Neighborhood

    Rehoboth Beach

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Fritters

$9/6pc. | $15/12pc.

  • Parmesan Risotto

    arborio rice, panko breadcrumbs & parmesan reggiano

    • Roman Style Artichokes*

      golden crisp marinated artichoke hearts

      • BBQ "Rub" Cauliflower*

        florets in golden tempura with chili powder & brown sugar

        • Corn Fritters

          fresh shucked corn, thyme, buttermilk

          • Apple Pie*

            granny smith apple cake dusted with cinnamon & sugar

            & Sauce

            Addl' sauces $1

            • Chive Creme Fraiche

              sour cream, lemon & parsley

              • Louisiana Style Remoulade

                tomato, capers & Dukes mayo

                • Classic Creamy Ranch*

                  dairy-free mayo, garlic & paprika

                  • Lemon Horseradish Aiolí

                    house made

                    • Sesame Tahini*

                      lemon, cumin & olive oil

                      • Vanilla Caramel*

                        caramelized sugar, margarine & almond milk

                        Starters

                        • Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho*$12.00

                          pineapple, shaved scallion, English cucumber

                          • Arugula & Sweet Melon Salad*$12.00

                            local cantaloupe, pickled red onions, lemon vinagrette

                            • Artisanal Cheese Selection$15.00

                              Chefs selection of Boxcar Cottonbell, Smoked Fontina, Sapore del Piave & the perfect accompaniments

                              • Parmesan Truffle Fries$6.00

                                sea salt, & reggiano

                                • Mozzarella & Roasted Pepper Salad$11.00

                                  sweet yellow & red peppers, crostini, crispy basil

                                  & Mains

                                  • Fri' Nini Sandwich$16.00

                                    grilled rye with artichoke fritters, gruyere & remoulade

                                    • Carolina Shrimp Salad Sandwich$16.00

                                      yellow tomato, butter lettuce, brioche bun

                                      • Sesame Crusted Jail Island Salmon Filet$28.00

                                        stir fry green beans, red peppers & maple soy broth

                                        • Hand Rolled Spinach Fusilli Pasta*$19.00

                                          with basil pesto, cherry tomato, toasted pinenuts

                                          • Baked Seafood Canneloni$27.00

                                            sea scallops, shrimp, tomato, garlic breadcrumb

                                            Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                            What 84 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                                            4.9
                                            4.9 based on recent ratings
                                            • 4.9Food
                                            • 4.9Service
                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                            • 4.7Value

                                            NoiseModerate

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                                            1. M

                                              Mikadillo

                                              Washington DC

                                              9 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Fantastic meal, great servers, couldn't have been happier with the experience.

                                            2. g

                                              glover

                                              Washington DC

                                              94 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              94 reviews

                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This was our second lovely dinner at Fritters. Love the welcoming friendly vibe here. Owners are very hands on. We had a beautiful and tasty spring panzanella salad, delicious made in house pasta, and a selection of fritters. Recommend sitting in small bar area in back.

                                            3. CG

                                              CapitalGrilleFan

                                              Philadelphia

                                              70 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              70 reviews

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had a wonderful Mother's Day dinner. The fixed menu was delicious! We really enjoyed the experience.

                                            4. LL

                                              LeslieL

                                              Washington DC

                                              44 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              44 reviews

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Best food in Rehoboth Beach

                                            5. MJ

                                              MichaelJ

                                              Washington DC

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The staff and owner were very attentive, friendly, and excellent resources for recommendations on menu options. The food is outstanding and fresh. Don't be fooled by the name of the restaurant. Yes, they serve excellent fritters, but the main fare is just as good, not to mention the desserts as well!

                                            6. LC

                                              LynnC

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food, love the fritters! Nice decor and ambiance, friendly service, we will certainly return for another tasty meal.

                                            7. RD

                                              RogerD

                                              Baltimore

                                              20 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              20 reviews

                                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                                              overall4food5service3ambience4

                                              Surprisingly good food. There is more than fritters, although the risotto fritters were outstanding. Definitely will visit again.

                                            8. B

                                              Bruce

                                              Richmond

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had a relaxing time with fantastic food. We are semi locals as we have been coming to Rehoboth for over 30 years and have owned a home here for more than 15 years. While I follow changes in the Rehoboth restaurant scene, we did not know that Federal Fritter had relaxed fine dining in addition to their fritters until we read Friday’s Tom Seitsema’s Washtington Post Q&A article. So we had to try it. We were greeted by the owner who later also explained many of the menu selections and wine pairings. Our waitress was excellent, friendly, knowledgeable and cheerful. We had a very relaxing, no pressure meal, in an environment where we could have a conversation while enjoying the fantastic food preparations. I would highly recommend Federal Fritter to my friends. I know we will be back!

                                            9. B

                                              Beachy

                                              Baltimore

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The Gin dinner had perfectly paired Gin cocktails and courses. Chef Todd's creatively is outstanding. I look forward to future pairing's dinners. The wait staff team was friendly and proficient, making the dining experience over all fantastic.

                                            10. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Jacksonville

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Everything was amazing!

                                            11. DA

                                              DavidA

                                              Philadelphia

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We loved our time at Federal Fritter. The food is interesting. The fritters are exquisite and delicious. The menu is diverse. As someone who cannot tolerate dairy, there was plenty to choose from. As someone who loves critters from the water, I can say that the oyster fritters were dynamite. I will be rekindling my relationship with them every chance I get!

                                            12. MK

                                              MichaelK

                                              Chicago

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              First visit. The food was excellent. If you go you need to try the fritters. As a main course, I had the rockfish and my wife had the pappardelle. Outstanding. My wife loved the peanut butter ice cream. And the service could not have been better.

                                            13. GE

                                              GEats

                                              Baltimore

                                              39 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              39 reviews

                                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Our first visit to Federal Fritter was an unqualified success! From the tasty and superbly fried appetizers to the wonderful fish of the day every taste bud was energized. Ellen, co-owner, and our new best friend was a wonderful host and server! This is certainly the first of many visits to this soon to be open secret in Rehoboth dining. Congrats and many happy years in Rehoboth!

                                            14. SM

                                              SandyM

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                              Amazing rum dinner - 4 courses paired with a cocktail compliment. Everything we’ve eaten here is outstanding, truly an experience ! The chef is incredibly talented as is the pastry chef. Creative, complex flavors, really great food versus over done works of art. My husband ~ so not a foodie really enjoys as well. We also appreciate the love given to locals who will support them year round. A great addition to the Rehoboth restaurant scene.

                                            15. L

                                              Loreli

                                              Washington DC

                                              17 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                              Excellent evening with their Rum and Dinner pairing. Everything was awesome albeit very noisy because of the confined space.

                                            16. DM

                                              DanM

                                              Washington DC

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Dinner was lovely, as it always is. Thanks to Ellen and Todd for staying open during the winter.

                                            17. BK

                                              BethK

                                              Washington DC

                                              11 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful Dining Experience. Great people and great food. The Fritters were absolutely amazing.

                                            18. C

                                              Cakewalk

                                              Washington DC

                                              139 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              139 reviews

                                              Dined on March 3, 2022

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              Ellen is the owner and server and maybe even the bartender/chef! She is a treasure and made our evening delightful. Could only give give food a 4 star rating and the dessert felt as it was frozen and hadn’t been de thawed long enough. But, we will return and want to support a new business in downtown RB

                                            19. EJ

                                              EJLBK

                                              Philadelphia

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on February 26, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              It was awesome! The owners/chef/staff were incredible and so welcoming. We were there for a vodka/food pairing dinner. We will be back!

                                            20. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 25, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The Sunday and Thursday prix fixe meals with wine pairings are great. Will definitely go back!

                                            21. g

                                              glover

                                              Washington DC

                                              95 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              95 reviews

                                              Dined on February 20, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Small friendly spot with great food. Enjoyed conversation with very hands on owner who is super welcoming. Small menu, but well thought out so there is something for everyone. We’ll be back!

                                            22. RC

                                              RichC

                                              Cincinnati

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on February 19, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Once again, a wonderful meal and evening with Ellen and her crew!

                                            23. DC

                                              DCMLS

                                              Washington DC

                                              15 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              15 reviews

                                              Dined on February 19, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Todd and Ellen are great hosts. The food, service and atmosphere were all too notch. Loved the Arctic Char!

                                            24. D

                                              Dustin

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 17, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent food, service, atmosphere and music. Will definitely return.

                                            25. c

                                              chrise

                                              New York Area

                                              10 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on February 15, 2022

                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                              Todd and Ellen make you feel like you are visiting their home for a dinner party, and the smallish venue adds to that charm. Darn good food also helps!

                                            26. SB

                                              StanleyB

                                              Baltimore

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on February 14, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This is as close to a gastronomical delight as it gets in Delaware. Chef put together foods that I would never have tried, but his skills made for delectable pairings. The service team never hurried you, but were there when needed. This is not my first visit. This is the only restaurant, in Delaware, that has consistently quality foods and service.

                                            27. B

                                              Beachy

                                              Baltimore

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on January 29, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Wow. The food was awesome. The pairing of the tequila drinks and food courses were spot on. The chef is five star! I cannot wait to go back!

                                            28. MB

                                              MichelleB

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 29, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We went to Rehoboth for a 3-day getaway and got hit by a blizzrard. Federal Fritters coud not thave been any more accomodating, friendly, or just overall good! We had dinner there the night before the snow started - it was excellent - and they assured us they wold be open the next day. And the next day they were only one of two restuarants open in Rehoboth and the meal was fabulous. Thanks for taking such great care of us AND for the wonderful good, ambience, and all else.

                                            29. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              9 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on January 29, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The Tequila Truffle dinner was amazing! The service and food are some of the best in Rehoboth!! Cheers to Federal Fritter!!!

                                            30. CC

                                              CeCe

                                              Washington DC

                                              8 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on January 21, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Fantastic meal - tried the new chili and it was delicious!

                                            31. FS

                                              FranS

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 1, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Awesome dinner and great host for NYE Event Would recommend

                                            32. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New England

                                              1 review

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 31, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              New Year’s Eve dinner was amazing!

                                            33. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Philadelphia

                                              16 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on December 31, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Very nice experience. We made a reservation for the advertised Amalfi Coast Dinner with wine pairings. At first upon arrival - were a bit disappointed that the restaurant owners decided not to follow through with this. However .. what we were offered as an alternative was fabulous - so all in our party were very pleased. Food was delicious and our server - Harrison - the best! The owner - Ellen - spent time talking to us as well - very nice. Thank you ☺️

                                            34. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Philadelphia

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on December 29, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful evening, can’t wait to see you again! Thank you, we are telling everyone we know!!

                                            35. B

                                              Beachy

                                              Baltimore

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on December 29, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              The food and service was outstanding. We cannot wait to go back again.

                                            36. F

                                              Foodies

                                              Washington DC

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on December 29, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent whiskey dinner. The chef is incredible.

                                            37. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Washington DC

                                              4 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on December 19, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food is amazing and everyone is so friendly. One of our new favorite places and a real gem!!

                                            38. EW

                                              ElizabethW

                                              New York Area

                                              11 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on December 9, 2021

                                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                                              Excellent food and service. The tasting menu and wine paring was delicious and an exceptionally good value.

                                            39. p

                                              pickypatrick

                                              Baltimore

                                              38 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              38 reviews

                                              Dined on December 5, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              2nd time around @ F F . promised myself to have only fritters but once again I was too tempted by their amazing entrees. had the best rockfish ever, a bit small but scrumptious. the wine list is priced just right. saw some tempting cocktails served...next time for cocktail & fritters only

                                            40. DG

                                              DanielleG

                                              San Francisco

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on November 20, 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Federal Fritter is a new gem in Rehoboth! We sampled all of the fritters and several sauces! We were delighted by all of them. We also enjoyed great sandwiches and a seasonal soup for lunch. Plus the bartender mixed up a yummy fresh Bloody Mary for my friend. The owner is delightful and welcoming. She sees to every detail personally!

                                            Safety precautions

                                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                              • Contactless payment available
                                            • Physical distancing

                                              • Limited number of seated diners
                                            • Screening

                                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                            FAQs

                                            Federal Fritter offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 727-5609.

                                            Federal Fritter is rated 4.9 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                            Booked 2 times today
                                            Google Map for Federal Fritter

                                            62a Rehoboth Ave Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

                                            Dining areas

                                            Additional information

                                            • Cross street

                                              2nd Ave

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              Rehoboth Beach

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Lunch
                                              Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
                                              Dinner
                                              Thu–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Bistro

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Dining

                                            • Dress code

                                              Casual Dress

                                            • Parking details

                                              Public Lot

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Executive chef

                                              Chef Todd Gray

                                            • Additional

                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                            • Phone number

                                              (302) 727-5609

                                            • Private party facilities

                                              Please contact us for private events for groups of 7 - 35 people

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