Permanently Closed - Bramble & Brine
The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Blackwall Hitch - Rehoboth
In Rehoboth Beach, Bramble & Brine is a small upscale restaurant set inside an old cottage style home that has been transformed into an urban oasis set up with warm wood accents and white tablecloths. Large windows, dedicated service and multiple rooms create smaller spaces for guests to dine in small groups for an intimate meal or occupy a whole room for a homelike family meal at Bramble & Brine.
The meal choices are distinct at Bramble & Brine with three main options. The most popular choice is the tasting menu with either five or seven courses with specific wine pairings. The charcuterie and a la carte options include meats, cheeses, and dishes of varying size for individual meals or table sharing potential.
It's is permanently closed. Should not in your system.
On a busy Saturday night, we got to the restaurant at the time of our reservation and though all the tables were set the restaurant was locked and dark. They had not bothered to let us know that they would be closed and that we should look elsewhere.
Permanently closed, sadly. Try Eden for an alternative -- although there are plenty of great dining options in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. A(muse) is interesting, Cafe Azafran's small plates make for great meal compositions, Blue Moon is define (although a bit pricey and timeliness for being seated can be an issue), Rigby's for comfort and value (especially Sunday brunch), Papa Grande's for upscale Mexican (amazingly fresh Margarita's and the Short Rib burrito can't be beat) and a new French place La Fable gave me a great first time experience (although they were 86 on the escargot). And that's just a sampling of what this part of the DE shore has to offer.
I never write reviews but I have to say, our dinner Saturday night with six close friends to celebrate my husband's birthday, was exquisite on all fronts. We have had a house here in Rehoboth for 12 years and eat out all the time and I can say with certainty that it was the best meal we've had in and around Rehoboth ever! Thank you Brine and Bramble. You really are exceptional and we're fortunate to have a restaurant of your exceptional caliber here in Rehoboth! Hats off to you and your extraordinary chef!
Great new spot in Rehoboth. the fried oysters were a great take on buffalo wings. Loved the blue cheese sauce and the hot sauce. The frisbee salad was delicious. The whole branzino was beautifully seven and delicious. Dessert was a take on bananas Foster. All of the portions were large and beautifully platted. Wine by the glass was a generous pour. Cocktails were creative and good. Strongly recommend.
The menu is too "frou, frou" for me. I went with a foodie who loves it but I won't go back on my dime.
This is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants and bar
Out for my wife's birthday dinner having heard great reviews from others. On a Thursday night only a handful of others in the retaurant but we have made reservations and were seated quickly. Set in a converted house the ambience was comfortable however there was a slight but not overpowering musty odor - it did not detract from the experience to come. Menu has ala carte items however we chose the wine pairing menu - selecting the 5 course. We were both asked our allergies and foods that we would not eat - like sweetbreads, organ meats, fish etc.. From that point on we left it to the chef to create and we were not disappointed. First up A foam cheese and blood orange sorbet paired with champagne; second Apple, radicchio, walnut granola salad with apple cider viagrette paired with Tangent Savignon Blanc; third a Seward ahi Tuna paired with a rose; fourth a beautifully cooked deckle (rib eye crown) with carmalized cartots and cauliflower purée served on a slate tile with a Block Nine Pinoit Noir ( that was intense and wonderful); and finally fifth a hazelnut sorbet served alongside the lightest of ice creams divided into white chocolate, light chocolate, milk chocolate and the dark on a plate withh dark chocolate swirled sauce paired with a tawny port (delightful and without the pungent raisin taste often with a port). Staff were attentive and efficient and friendly. Our only albeit slight negative were the cocktails ordered - which if we had known the number of wines we would be served would have unnecessary - were both a disappointment. Our Dirty Martini was too heavily infused with olive brine and overwhelmed rather than complimented. Simlarly the St. Germaine infused martini also was too heavy handed. But the latter did not detract from a wonderful evening. Though pricing was below $150 it is still a value and well worth taking time to sample.
Admittedly we were there on a fall Sunday night and there were only a few other couples. However, the menu was extraordinary in its wide variety of gourmet offerings, and at a competitive price. The food was all delicious, recommend the tasting menu for $65 dollars paired with wine tasting. Friendly & attentive service
A great restaurant, with a pleasant ambiance, where the chef is very creative with his dishes. An increased number of menu options would be an improvement. Prices are very much on the high end for the area.
how did we miss this place? I am only sorry we have not been here sooner. Great food, service and ambiance
I say everyday dining because you should go whatever "occasion" you can. First time in Rehoboth and my impression is that it's a little dressier but you won't be turned away.
Everything was great, and the other "site's" rating is off, read the reviews for the 1*s.
Thoroughly recommend. Great staff and delicious food for such a deal. You can't go wrong. (Tasting menu)
We really enjoyed our meal at Bramble & Brine. We went to celebrate our wedding over the weekend. We had the 7 course tasting menu which came with wine pairings - the food was fantastic! The service was also exceptional - the staff wrote us a really nice card congratulating us and they all signed it. It was a really nice gesture. I couldn't recommend this place more and we'll definitely be going back.
Wonderful food and perfect service. This is a wonderful restaurant. Loved the bread, soft shell crab and duck were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Service could not have been better.
We always enjoy our dinners, but are especially fond of the chicken-fried oysters and the Maryland Crab toast. Great bartender(s), lovely atmosphere, chef is both creative and good at the same time...
These folks have really upgraded their menu and decor. Now one of the best choices in rehoboth by far.!
This restaurant was recommended to us and based on the good reviews we decided to go last evening. It was freezing when we arrived. They did eventually cover up two of the vents which helped, but not enough. How about just turning the AC down? The menu has small, medium and large plates. We shared the crab toast (small plate) which was excellent. I had the soft-shell crab (large plate) which was very good, however, for $30 you got one crab, and not a very large one at that. The 3 others ordered the duck (also large plate). It was presented in a sort of half-moon shape, and two thirds of the plate was empty. No starch with it and none was recommended by the waitress. The duck was accompanied by radishes, beets, and butterscotch drops, none of which helped the flavor of the flavorless duck. In addition, it was almost raw. One of the diners sent his back, it came back better cooked but did not improve the flavor. The wait staff was friendly but not that familiar with the menu. Desserts were "okay". We all agreed that Heirloom in Lewes, which has the same concept, is much better!
The staff was not on point that night. Very disappointing!
Uneven. Imaginative food. Pleasant surroundings. Kind servers. On the other hand, service was very slow during our visit. It took so long for drink orders to be taken, our table considered going elsewhere. After appetizers, our entrees arrived with a flourish ... but without silverware. I had to get up and find a server to alert them of the error. It seems that they're trying, but maybe not hard enough.
They changed the menu between when I made the reservation and dined. I heard the woman at the next table rave that everything she's had there was fantastic. There was nothing i wanted to order and found what I did order only ok. They are clearly attentive to presentation.
Tough one to write. Highly rated resort restaurant. Both of us ordered 5 course chef's tasting menu, touted for its wine pairings. In fact, server told us that only the chef knew from moment to moment what each course would be, but it would be "perfectly matched" with the wines (which, oddly, WERE printed on the menu). In fact, the food was superb and each course was very well matched with the advertised wine. And the price of the tasting menu included all 5 wines, so value was quite good. That's a big win in the "food" category. However, the service was awful.Wines appeared almost at random, out of sync with the foods to which they were so carefully matched -- even after we BEGGED the server to bring each wine with its assigned course. An obviously busted steak knife (rivet was missing and blade wobbled badly) was grudgingly replaced only after server snorted that the knife was "supposed to be like that." Maybe end-of-season staffing at these places is sketchy but it's a small room that wasn't exactly packed. Some measure of managerial oversight seems to be in order so the truly great cooking doesn't get obscured by thoughtless service.
It is a shame that good food and a very nice atmosphere had to be ruined by less than competent service. Everything was going quite well until one of our party was not quite ready to order when the server came by having previously served our wine which order was taken promptly. After answering her questions about a menu item he left us sitting for a full half hour before returning. We had closed our menus but he didn't seem to adjust his busy activities to accommodate us. Now the blame may be partially laid at 'up front' management as they could have stepped in but no one seemed to care.
Once we had our food, which was nicely plated with very good flavor, we again were ignored for the trivial stuff such as keeping water glasses full. Only once were they filled and that was when we were getting our check. This is supposed to be one of the top four restaurants in Rehoboth Beach. If 'four' is to be the definitive number I can assure you that others are very capable of sub-planting this one in the very near future.
Couldn't believe that this restaurant exists in Rehoboth Beach. It is a gem for people who love food and aren't afraid to go outside their comfort zone. The modern décor sets the mood for the food. They have a five course and seven course tasting menu that they pair with wines. There is great value is the tasting menu. The menu consists of small plates, medium plates and regular size dinners. The wait staff is helpful, but not overbearing. I went solo and didn't feel alone. The wait staff recommended the octopus terrine. I have never had such tender octopus. I wish I had ordered two portions it was that good. I also ordered the soft shell crab. It was fabulous. They have a Russian red kale salad that I intend to order when I next visit. The dinning experience rivals that found in major metropolitan areas. Bravo to the chef and the entire wait staff. This is not a place for children, but a great place for any adult celebration.
We had an exceptional experience. Food was all excellent, from street corn to Duck to Swordfish, and both desserts (I had chocolate but can't remember what my wife had but she loved it). Quality, flavor and presentation all showed skill and care. Affordable, but still acceptable with such good food, wine was a plus. We will make this our new go-to in Rehoboth. Highly recommended.
Excellent food. Not our first visit. Service was poor this time
Solid restaurant. Fairly limited ala carte menu; they are known for their tasting/wine pairings which are very good meals. It was fairly loud (although it was pretty early -- 7ish) because their were a number of free range children. That is unusual in our experience. Service was a bit slow in starting beverage service, but nothing ridiculous.
Came back for another try after several disappointing visits. Much better (except for raw potatoes!). The small and medium plates were excellent, less pleased with our large plates. Definitely felt rushed (?we were dining late, several open tables) - apps arrived before cocktails, followed quickly by entrees.
I would recommend this place highly. My wife's fish tasted a little off, so the staff really bent over to make sure they were concerned about our dining experience. They comped our dessert and didn't make us feel guilty for sending the entree back...quite the opposite.
Love the location, atmosphere and the very inventive menu. Crab toast small plate was AMAZING! Next time will order several small plates rather than a shared small plate and two large plates.
Bramble & Brine is a higher-end restuaruant in Rehoboth Beach. We've dined here before and enjoyed our meal, as we did this time. The food is always good, made with interesting flair, and plated beautifully.
My only disappointment is that we hadn't eatten there in over a year, and unfortunately the menu really hadn't changed.
outstanding food and service. Ever course was unbelievably good. dessert too
Cuisine was very good, limited fresh menu using local sources, unique preparation and presentation. Only mis-step was they sat us next to cabinet containing glass and silverware while there were ample other tables open. In a historic home, view the kitchen.
Food was very good, although a tad overpriced (with the wine pairing the prix fix is a very very good deal; but if you cannot or do not drink, the price is cut by only $10, which is NOT enough of a price reduction). Portions for the five course could have been a bit larger - I left hungry, although I was six months pregnant when there. My husband got the wine, and absolutely loved the meal as a whole.
We did the 5 course tasting menu and only 2 out of the 5 courses were good. First course was raspberry sorbet (I find to be a little strange since generally raspberry sorbet is an intermediate course to cleanse the pallet). The 2nd course was a couple of cherry tomatoes and a slice of anchovy. The cherry tomatoes were tasteless. The 3rd course (swordfish) and 4th course (duck) was very good. The 5th course was a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream, a couple of berries and a sliver of pound cake. The server was nice but he did smell like smoke.
I was a little cautious about the menu; very unusual ingredients, some of which I had never heard of. But forging ahead, we had a delicious meal and a lovely experience. A must order is the crab toast; yum! I had the brisket which was very good, and my husband had the duck breast (they recommend it medium rare which I thought was a little too rare). Delicious, seemingly homemade bread was wonderful; I could have eaten a whole loaf! Wine list is very nice; glasses are $10, not over priced, and bottle prices were not too crazy. Service was excellent; not rushed, but very efficient. The dining room is lovely; noise level was fine. Prices are similar to other fine restaurants in the area. They have 2 tasting menus, a charcuterie and cheese menu, and unusual desserts. The menu is divided into small, medium and large plates. Not a place for children. They take reservations which is rare in seashore resorts. I would recommend to people who are adventurous; not a steak and potato eater. Enjoy!
Great from start to finish. We opted not to get the tasting menu, and we enjoyed grazing our way through small plates, appetizers, mains, and delicious desserts. Service was excellent.
This was our fourth visit this summer, and the first time we didn't get the tasting menu (which is a true bargain). The food, as always, was outstanding. The service was rushed, tho, which detracted from an otherwise pleasant experience.
Wonderfully creative meal, enjoyed in a lovely setting. The service was top notch too!
Service was first-rate and we enjoyed a leisurely dinner with friends. Food was very good but the chef was so intent on being inventive and adventuresome that it seemed to some in our party that the taste result was a little disappointing. The kale salad with preserved lemon was too salty; the tomato with burrata was very good. The duck breast was excellent, the beef brisket not so much so.
We'll try again sometime if I can twist my "anti-foodie" husband's arm!
Bramble and Brine was beyond great! The experience of the seven course dinner was the best I have ever had. Additionally, the price of the wine paired dinner was made it a tremendous value. I look forward to the next opportunity to dine at Bramble and Brine.