4.5 Rating

🙂 = Parking is easy, changing table in women’s room, kiddie menu w/crayons, high chairs and boosters.

🙁 = Wishing some of the portions were a bit bigger, and in an ideal world, it would be easily accessible with a beach chair on your back! While we came for an early lunch, we heard it gets busy later, so consider calling ahead (if you’re making the drive) to make sure there’s room for you!

Notes: They are open Monday through Friday from 11:30AM-3:30PM, 4:30PM-9:00PM. Saturdays and Sundays, they are open from 11:30AM-3:30PM, 4:30PM-10:00PM

As it was highly rated on Tripadvisor, we decided to have our beach day lunch at Off the Hook, and we even got to bring a toddler friend along. While it is not walkable from the beach (a 5 minute drive away, maybe less), it worked out great for us because it gave us a chance to cool our bodies down from the beach before taking a nap! When we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed they had both indoor and outdoor seating. They even had an adult bench right outside with a toddler sized bench right next to it!  It was quite hot, so we opted for the indoor seating. The outdoor seating looked very cute, but it is set up in the parking lot, which isn’t ideal for potentially wandering toddlers.

The indoor portion of the restaurant with an open kitchen, and us enjoying our calamari and crab cake sandwich

The indoor portion of the restaurant with an open kitchen, and us enjoying our calamari and crab cake sandwich

High chairs came quickly (and boosters were available as well). As soon as we sat down, we got special kids cups, kid menus, and crayons. Since the idea of coloring within the lines is foreign to us, we were super excited by the idea that we could also draw as much as wanted on the paper that was under our plates, on top of the more formal tablecloth. We were quite surprised that a place that looked semi-upscale was THIS kid friendly!!

We took a look at the kiddie menu (also known as “Little Fish Entrees”), and it included items like chicken tenders, fried fish, mac n’ cheese, and grilled shrimp. They each came with a side, except for the mac n’ cheese, such as french fries, tater tots, peas, and grapefruit sections. The regular lunch menu was divided into appetizers, salads, lunch plates, and tacos. In true foodie fashion, we helped our parents choose an item from each section that we would consider sharing. For appetizers, we got the buttermilk battered calamari with spicy mayo on the side. For the main meal, we ordered a salad with arugula and a grapefruit salad with crispy chickpeas and prosciutto (we knew that once it came, we would only like the chickpeas in it), and lastly, we ordered the crab cake sandwich on a brioche bun from the lunch plates menu, and the blackened fish tacos from the tacos selection.

The entrance off the parking lot, with the outdoor seating. Note the benches out front.

The entrance off the parking lot, with the outdoor seating. Note the benches out front.

We loved the calamari. Crispy and flavorful. The spicy mayo wasn’t even that spicy. We didn’t try the salad – too green. It wasn’t a huge portion, so mommy and daddy ate it up quickly. The crabcake was a little small considering how big the bun was but very crabby. The tacos were yummy for mommy and daddy, as they were filled with tons of veggies and pickled onions, and we tried some of the fish inside and that was very good, but if they ordered just the tacos as our lunch plate, we would have left cranky! We also brought a toddler friend with us, and she got a burger with fries (really crispy fries!). Both were yummy, and we shared those with her.

The salad, fish tacos, and crab cake sandwich

The salad, fish tacos, and crab cake sandwich

Another cool part of Off the Hook was that the kitchen was visible. We love open kitchens when we can see how the chefs work. For dinner, the appetizer and salad items looked similar with some fancier options like scallops and paella for the entrees and grilled asparagus and fried green tomatoes for the sides. Had we not had plans to go eat ice cream on the beach later, we would have opted for the key lime pie or the cheesecake with fresh berries. Alas, we will have to return on our next beach trip to test out the desserts!

769 Garfield Pkwy

Bethany Beach, DE 19930

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