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by Michelle B. on Just Hooked

Food was amazing! We are big foodies and we're looking for some where different to try this year. We had the Buttermilk lobster appetizer for starter. Halibut and Mahi were incredible as mains. Key lime pie & peach cobblers yummy! Great place & worth a try!

by John D. on Just Hooked

I recommend the Tuna and the baked oysters. Great service and amazing food!

by leahd259 on Just Hooked

My friend and I went to Off the Hook for dinner in mid-June. We sat outside so I can't comment on the indoor ambiance. But what I can comment on is the delicious food! We weren't that hungry so we each ordered a salad with grilled shrimp added. The salads were interesting and used very fresh ingredients. The shrimp were huge and cooked perfectly. We each had one of the day's specialty cocktails. So good! And again made with an interesting mix of fresh ingredients. We'll definitely go back!

by StacyPH on Just Hooked

We loved this restaurant last year when we read about it on Trip Advisor and we knew we had to return again this year while here on vacation. The food is delicious with a great presentation and the service is excellent. They accommodated our special request to substitute halibut for salmon for the special of the day. The salted caramel martini was outstanding. We will be back again.

by Kristin H. on Just Hooked

I cannot stop thinking about our meal there- 2 nights ago!!!!. the gnocchi appetizer is unbelievably delicious. even the focaccia bread is unforgettable. Go! Eat here!

by Jennifer L. on Just Hooked

I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. The food was amazing. I am still thinking about the tuna dish I had for dinner. Calamari was so good we fought over the last one. We were there in August of 2016. Now it's a year later and we are going back. I forgot the name of the restaurant and did a search to find it. I figured I had to write a review. My daughter had a hot dog that they cut to look like an octopus and she still talks about it.

by Maria D. on Just Hooked

Hats off to Chef Constantino. The cioppino was superb, tastefully presented and very aromatic. The tuna with "red rice " was also excellent. It is a restaurant where we consistently are impressed with the quality of the food and service. Robert, you did a nice job as well!

by Jim H. on Just Hooked

Great food, I would recommend this place to anyone. Service was quick and a very pleasant and happy staff

by jdemczyk on Just Hooked

9 adults and 3 kids in our party. Very good food (swordfish, scallops, mahi, crab cakes, steak), friendly staff, something for everyone! We will be back!

by Bruce W. on Just Hooked

Great meal! I decided on the Pea Salad with scallops added. Lite and super tastey. My wife had the cioppino and loved it. Focaccia bread in olive oil and herbs was dense and to die for! Robert was an excellent server! Highly recommended!

by Mark B. on Just Hooked

My wife and I get to Bethany Beach once a year, and we make a point of dining here. We've never been disappointed. It might be small, but you get a lot of attention from the staff. Food is excellent. Wines, although not numerous, make tasteful pairings at a fair price. We'll be back, as usual.

by Laura S. on Just Hooked

After visiting numerous restaurants in the Bethany Beach area, this place definitely won us over! We are a family of three, and was pleasantly surprised they offer a children's menu. Our waitress was pleasant, and very attentive. We had the buttermilk fried calamari for an appetizer. Wonderful! Calamari was cooked perfectly, and the spicy mayo was a great addition. I had their crab cake special. Everything was seasoned & cooked to my liking. My husband had the "butchers choice", which was a NY strip this evening. It was also cooked perfectly, and the sides really brought out a savory flavor in the meat. Definitely give this establishment a try! Really not any more expensive then local chains.

by Karen C. on Just Hooked

Took the whole family to Off the Hook our last night in Bethany. The food was great and plated very well. All the ingredients blended giving the food a superb flavor. I will be going to Off the Hook the next time I am in Bethany. Fantastic way to end a great vacation.

by Connie C. on Just Hooked

We had great waiter very attentive to our needs. The food was good. I tried seared tuna it was good.

by Derek I. on Just Hooked

Had a soft shell crab sandwich and my Mrs had the fish tacos, both were excellent and the staff professional. Will definitely be back!

by Alexia M. on Just Hooked

Absolutely fabulous, my husband claims it was the best meal he ever had, I quite agree! Great service also.

by grndpierre on Just Hooked

Had swordfish steak blackened and smothered with spicy sausage, egg plant, chopped broccoli, and who knows what else. I can honestly say It was the best I've ever had. I told the chef I was on a low carb diet and he said no problem just leave it up to me. WOW! guess I will be going back very soon and often. The Chef's name is Christian. thanks for a great meal.

by Kristina M. on Just Hooked

This is the best seafood meal I have ever had. I ordered the sea scallops and the veggies it came with was just as amazing. The scallops were cooked to perfection!!!!! Everything had heart and soul in it.... flavors all around. I'm really impressed and will definitely be going back to try everything else on the menu!!! Thank you for a really delicious meal on my birthday.

by Carrie M. on Just Hooked

We went to this restaurant while on vacation based on their reviews. We happened to visit on taco Tuesday and it was pretty busy understandably. So we had to wait a bit but the hostess was so friendly and awesome we really didn't even care about the wait. And when we did get seated it was well worth the wait. We tried the gnocchi and it was amazing. Then we had both the shrimp and fish tacos. They were delicious. My daughter had the burger which also looked good! I have to say that when you are in a touristy area it pays to explore a bit and eat like the locals do! This place was great!

by Ray K. on Just Hooked

Absolutely delicious! The swordfish plate was the best. The grilled shrimp and steaks were phenomenal, staff was excellent.

by Williams C. on Just Hooked

The food is always excellent. THeir scallops are simply mouth watering delectable pearls of the sea! their tacos are always spicy without being firey. The staff is amazingly precise without being snooty or irritable. Always always great experience. We've lived here 26 years and love this restaurant!

by Heidi M. on Just Hooked

The resturant is small. The food is very fresh and creative. The staff is friendly and competent.

by Abigail B. on Just Hooked

Absolute perfection !!!!!! The crab jalepeno and corn bisque was incredible as was the Tuna and the filet my husband got.. dessert and service were amazing as well

by Helen S. on Just Hooked

Best Shrimp Taco I ever tasted and my husband, who knows his hamburgers, said it was the best. Hospitality, Awesome!!! And did I say that the fries were also tops!!

by Warren A. on Just Hooked

Had the swordfish sandwich for lunch and it was brilliant. Fish was spot on done and the broccolini , sausage and red pepper combination on the sandwich was also outstanding. I've caught, ate and cooked a lot fish over the years and this tasted very fresh. Liked the fries with the skin on too. A tasty but not over large meal for a fair price.

by Bob S. on Just Hooked

In the summer we reside in North Bethany Beach. And for as long as Off the Hook has been here we have taken many a meal at the restaurant. In fact, its our "go to" restaurant throughout the entire summer. The food is excellent, perhaps the best in the area and we know the competition is strong having been to all of the best local eateries through the years. We recommend sitting at the bar and watching the meals being prepared. They pump a great deal of food out of the small kitchen and its fun to watch the chiefs complete the orders. When seated at the bar the bartenders are welcoming as are all of the staff--many of which are regulars as are we. Fish dishes are a big part of the menu and the grilled tuna is the best in town. From appetizer to dessert, you can't go wrong. The off season specials are so well priced that we feel guilty eating the delicious 3 course meal, but we gladly make up for it by eating at Off the Hook in season as many times as possible.

by Marisa on Just Hooked

We are here for the second time, as visitors on vacation. We will come back every year! The food is so thoughtfully and expertly prepared and served beautifully, it was like a dream!

by Shannon K. on Just Hooked

Let me start off by saying, my fiancé and I are huge foodies, we love to go out to dinner and we have tried many many amazing restaurants. We live in West Chester, Pennsylvania but often frequent the great restaurants of Philadelphia and I have to say this was one of our best dining experiences we've ever had. We started off with the wild mushroom frisée salad as a shared app which blew us away. The mushrooms, pancetta and dressing were on point, and the fried goat cheese ball topped it off! He ordered the bacon and egg special (pork belly) which they may not have every time on the menu and I ordered the mahi special as well but both were absolutely delicious. Both entrées were so unique and had so much technique that made them truly stand out. The chef Christian was extremely admirable not only because of his young age but because of his confidence and skill he demanded in the kitchen. We luckily were able to observe this since we got two seats at the bar which I highly recommend not only for the view and amazing vibe, but for the authentic conversation with the bartender named Julianne. She helped us with our decisions every step of the way which I feel was a true testament to the great experience we had. Her martinis were impeccable and the personal touch she provided to each person at the bar was extremely memorable. I can't say enough great things about this restaurant and the experience that my fiancé and I had, all I can hope is to visit again soon!!

by susandmaPA on Just Hooked

I've had 3 delicious dinners at Off the Hook in the past year, and each has been a special meal. The food is fresh and the recipes unique. Who would expect scallops over short rib stroganoff? The entrees are wonderful, but leave room for dessert. The chocolate Terrine is a work of art.

by edkrause2 on Just Hooked

We have dined here 2 times and each time the food & service was excellent. When you are in the Bethany Beach area go to "Off The Hook"

by William M. on Just Hooked

Really good soup,salads and seafood for four of us at a recent lunch. Service was really good and our waiter was able to create a Long Island Ice Tea without any trouble. The beet salad, oysters, cauliflower bisque and roasted broccoli were all excellent. The restaurant is easy to miss since it is in an unassuming strip mall, at first we thought it was closed for the season. Fortunately we persevered and were treated to a great meal.

by McCall S. on Just Hooked

This place is off the hook! Been looking for a place like this around the beaches since I moved here a year and a half ago. Nice but affordable and personal. And delicious! Love!

by Thomas C. on Just Hooked

At each visit I was served at least a great meal, but at many times exceptional!

by David H. on Just Hooked

Awesome atmosphere, great service, and incredible food. Enough said??? I love this place. The food is outstanding. Some of the best calamari I've ever eaten, an amazing cheese steak, and a fresh oyster selection. In addition, they have an incredible beer slection. An added bonus, Happy Hour specials are great with shrimp, wings, nachos, burgers, etc all at really good prices. We go here at least twice a week and simply love the place!

by beachcouple3 on Just Hooked

My wife and I have been visiting the Bethany Beach area for years but this year we decided to give Off The Hook a try after reading their menu in a local paper. We cannot believe we passed this place by so many times before. We have tried it twice for both lunch and dinner and both times the food has been terrific. This place is definitely going to be our "go to" place for seafood, although my wife had one of their specials which was quail and she loved it. Do not pass this place by, the food is great! One thing to also note is that their dishes are very unique, inventive and tasty.

by Cathy R. on Just Hooked

Based on reviews on Trip Advisor we decided to have dinner at Off the Hook. It was excellent. We visited on a Wednesday evening which turned out to be Ladies Night which meant my dinner was half price. I chose the surf and turf which was shrimp and filet. It was outstanding. My husband had the swordfish and was very happy with his dinner. For dessert my husband chose the Key Lime Pie and I had the French Toast Bread Pudding. Key Lime pie was terrific but I must say my French Toast Bread Pudding was so delicious. If you love french toast and bread pudding...this was the perfect combination. It was served with a side of cinnamon ice cream which was the perfect compliment. Our waiter was attentive and helpful but allowed us to relax and enjoy our time at the restaurant. Would definitely go back again.

by Cindy M. on Just Hooked

I love this restaurant. I spent a week at a tennis resort close-by and went here everyday. The food is healthy, creative and fresh...delicious. The staff is excellent and friendly. Miss this place now that I'm home!!

by Jane933997 on Just Hooked

You can't beat this restaurant for seafood. The best is Mondays for $2 Tacos!! They are wonderful. Also the mussels are out of this world. Try all of their restaurants.

by Nancy H. on Just Hooked

Amazing food. I love the small atmosphere. I can't wait to come back!

by AMKirmil on Just Hooked

The food is fresh and delicious, the atmosphere is charming (and in a stripe mall yet!) and the service, even on those super crowded summer nights, is warm, friendly and efficient. Everything that we have ordered there is good but the calamari is super delicious and so incredibly tender.
And then there's $3.00 fish/shrimp taco night in the off season. It's also $5 burger and fries (pesto fries, yum!) That's all delicious too.
If it's crowded the wait is worth it or you could drive down to Fenwick to the larger Just Hooked (same owners - same food). Of course there may be a wait there too.
I had to put a date in "when did you travel?" but we're local and go to one of the "hooked restaurants" at least once a month. And in addition to whatever else we order, our appetizer is always the calamari!

by 09876eat on Just Hooked

Though a small restaurant, it's always worth the wait. Food is fresh and seasonal. Service is most always good.. nice little bar too.

by Kathy J. on Just Hooked

The food is always fresh, and they always listen to customer requests. The menu changes with the seasons and is a great farm to table restaurant.

by Ellen B. on Just Hooked

We had dinner at this excellent restaurant at the end of a trip to Delaware to house hunt. It's quite small and has a first class menu. I had the paella, which was delicious -- a dish that I have loved since travels to Spain -- and I definitely was not disappointed. For desert, my husband and I shared a bread pudding -- another favorite of mine -- and again I wasn't disappointed. It would almost be worth moving near there to be able to eat at Off the Hook on a regular basis. Or to have lunch (again) at one of the other restaurants owned by the same people, Hooked Up, which has a wonderful bar and where I can see us hanging out 5 nights a week!

by PhilBethany on Just Hooked

Year round a great place to eat as well as their sister restaurant Off the Hook. Fresh fish, great calamari. Off season, each night has a special.

by Jordan L. on Just Hooked

This was an excellent choice.

This is my first time taking a long weekend in Bethany and I was looking for a night out with my lady as far away from Boardwalk food as possible.

We were impressed with the menu online and our expectations were exceeded once we arrived at the restaurant. Our server, Marina, was very friendly, knowledgeable and ready to describe the specials in detail without trying to dictate our choices.

Our cocktails arrived promptly and the Strawberry Basil Martini was well balanced between both flavors and my Sazerac was not only on the menu at all, but also well made and strong. The Red Curry Mussels arrived shortly after. The portion was generous with plump mussels in a piquant and savory broth that we kept sipping even after the mussels were gone.

Soon after we finished, our entrees arrived, and marina was quick to follow with the wine. The scallops were rich and buttery, properly seared and complimented by the sweetness of the local corn and smokiness on the braised bacon broth. The local rockfish special came with crispy skin over eggplant stewed with tomatoes olives and capers. It was full of flavor and obviously made with care.

Finally, we were spoiled for choice between several dessert options. Without hesitating she suggested the chocolate tureen. We were not disappointed.

I worked through college in restaurants and bars and I am super critical when it comes to restaurants and value for money. I feel the value of the food and service exceeded what I paid for it. I know when I find something worth supporting, and this is it.


by Krista F. on Just Hooked

We thought we would give this local place a try for our (rare!) date night and we are glad we did! The decor is fresh and fun, with fresh flowers at every table. Everything looks clean and cozy. They have packed a LOT of tables into a small space, but not uncomfortably so. Fun, light music played the whole time. You can see into the kitchen, which was fun. All the smells coming from the kitchen added to the pleasure of the meal, though we did leave with our clothes smelling of the fried and grilled foods.

I ordered an Arugula & melons salad with a filet add-on. The steak was delicious; perfectly done, wonderfully flavorful! The salad was interesting combination of flavors. The bitter flavor of the arugula paired with crispy prosciutto, sweet melon, citrus dressing, topped off with creamy goat cheese was amazing!

My husband had 2 appetizers: calamari and mussels. The calamari was a great portion for the price and delicious. The mussels were Thai infused cooked with coconut milk, and bathed in a ginger sauce with bok choy. He loved it!

Our waitress was as sweet and attentive as could be. In all we had a wonderful night out at Off The Hook!

by Sam L. on Just Hooked

Off the Hook serves up seafood of a quality that is simply unmatched in the Bethany Beach area. If you're looking a nice meal to close out your beach week trip or just a great dinner out, Off the Hook is a great choice.

There's something to be said for the ambiance of this place. Cozy, intimate, inviting, all those adjectives work well to describe the setting here. We loved the white tablecloths and candles at all the tables. Paintings-softer kinds of paintings-line the walls and contribute even further to the mood of the establishment.

Start with the buttermilk calamari. Fried in the leanest sense of the word, this dish is creamy, tender, and just a little spicy.

The table ordered a few different entrées-I went with the crab cake. Expectations weren't through the roof, often the crab cakes on the shore are at least a third Old Bay seasoning, and far too salty as a result. Much to my surprise, this dish relied on the crab and breading alone for the flavor. It was excellent, and I wish more restaurants would do their crab cakes in such a way.

Table entrees included the fish and chips, (solid if not special) fried scallops, (technically perfect with a taste to match) and seared tuna (prepared well, but I'm not a sushi grade guy). I feel safe in recommending anything on the menu here.

No dessert or drinks for us, but they have a small offering of desserts and a larger and more unique drink list if you're so inclined. A note on the service-I love seeing a waiter/waitress that actually knows a thing or two about the menu. Our waiter offered us great suggestions, brought out our food quickly, and was all around great.

Off the Hook offers serves up the kind of seafood you wish you could find at the beach. Highly, highly recommended.

by Samantha G. on Just Hooked

Wonderful food in Bethany. Service was quick even though it was packed. So nice to get something fresh and healthy in the world of pizza, soft serve, and taffy! The kale caesar really hit the spot and my fiance loved his scallops on risotto. Great cocktails, great service, and their oil-soaked bread is to die for.

I recommend going on the earlier side to avoid a wait!

by Gordons on Just Hooked

Lovely lunch with excellent service. Our server offered suggestions when asked. The food was superb. We already have the meals for our next visit planned! Small space so go when it isn't likely to be busy.

by BmoreStyle on Just Hooked

Really glad we stumbled upon this place-- will definitely be returning. The service was excellent, thanks Kimberly, dinner last night made for a very pleasant outing with friends.

For appetizers we had the fried buttermilk batter oysters with crumbled blue cheese, and they were so tasty we considered placing another order.
From the Daily Specials, we had the grouper crusted with bacon, and the delicately flavored skate entrees. On the regular menu, the scallops were perfectly browned, and had a complimentary bacon taste on the hominy they were served over. The vegetarian entree had all 4 of us coveting the artichokes in their creamy lemony sauce. Dessert was the creme brulee, and it was as good as any in a much more expensive restaurant.

Perhaps the highest compliment paid was by our extremely picky friend who declared "Service was excellent, food was awesome, place is not too noisy and the atmosphere was pretty cool"

by Perry Hall Paul on Just Hooked

We ate there last night -- party of ten. We took Mom and her sister, two of the best Italian cooks in the world. Everyone -- yes everyone enjoyed the appetizers (best calamari ever), salads, entrees and desserts. We had swordfish, surf and turf, shrimp, scallops and steak. No one was disappointed. Hats off to the chef, kitchen, waitstaff and management! BTW, you will not find a smoother or more delicious Key Lime Pie! Thanks.

by Annette S. on Just Hooked

Friendly service. Good, fresh, quality local food. Excellent flavors...very good place to eat lunch or dinner.

by Hilary on Just Hooked

Going to Off The Hook is always a pleasure! The food is out of this world—so creative and fresh. The servers couldn’t be nicer and I love that the chef walks around the dinning area. It is so welcoming and always a must when we have out of town guests.

by Mike I. on Just Hooked

Great menu, a small place always packed, but go at the off times for a superb experience. Fresh seafood, done perfectly, and all their dishes are good quality. The service is terrific too -- especially Marina. They will do anything for you, and the locals here know where to go -- to Off the Hook.

by Zoodocent on Just Hooked

Off the Hook does not take reservations, so we were advised to arrive early. It was full by 6:30 on Friday, and there is no room to wait inside. The excellent local server brought us warm bread, drizzled with oil, and helped us choose a wine. We were lucky to be there on the last night for the $25 3 course meal special. Look on their website or call for other special offers. This may have been the most delicious butternut soup I've tasted, accompanied by a chestnut bacon dumpling. The sauces are complex and flavorful. Our table can recommend the shrimp & creamy grits, roasted spaghetti squash salad (who knew?), seared scallops on a bed of sweet potato puree, and perfectly tart key lime pie. It's a bit noisy and crowded to linger, so get there early, leave the kids at home, and look forward to a fresh, delicious meal.

by MakerOfDreams on Just Hooked

Off the Hook cooks it's food.... from 'farm to table'. Homemade, delicious food! It was wonderful! We were seated close to the back where we could watch them cooking...they are clean and professional. The food was not only healthy and good for us, but so much flavor. Yum!! If you have a sweet must try the Key Lime Pie. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, baby!!! Yes, next time, I'll start with the Key Lime Pie...homemade and I thought I was in heaven. Enjoy!

by AuntJojo54 on Just Hooked

Had a wonderful dinner last saturday in Bethany Beach at a cute little place, of course I found it on tripadvisor and the review were right. Great location, plenty of parking, great servers too. The food was fantastic too. And the bread, very good! we had two servings.

by SouthportTravelers on Just Hooked

I "discovered" Off the Hook through an ad they'd placed in "Coastal Point," one of the area's free weeklies. I was in town for a mid-week stay to explore the area. The restaurant offered a number of winter specials; I had the $2 fish tacos and the $3 craft beers on a Monday. The exterior of the place in a strip mall is very deceiving; inside it's nicely appointed with white tablecloths, nice furniture, subdued lighting and good service. (Parking was a little tricky, though. There are 15-minute parking signs in the lot for a nearby pizza place and I wound up parking around the back.) The other special for that Monday was a $5 burger with fries, which also looked great! Good for them...they were very busy for a Monday night in off-season. When I left people were waiting to be seated. Wednesday was half-price ladies night and I was a little sorry I didn't go back (they have a beef short ribs dish that really sounded good) but wanted to check out someplace different. (I went to the Cottage Cafe, which was also very good, although the ambience left something to be desired.)

by DeBeachBumm on Just Hooked

Interesting menu, fresh and local! The best cioppino I have ever had. It is a gem!

by RDW49 on Just Hooked

I have been to this restaurant a few times and have never had a bad meal. Even though space is limited as it is a very small place, I still enjoy it. The food is creative, fresh and enough variety that you can find something you like. I love what they do vegetables. It isn't your usual baked potato and corn sort of place. I have come to love vegetables that I thought I disliked or had never tried before. I have had the scallops which is still my favorite but also have tried the chicken and Atlantic salmon and have been impressed with it all. Theri crab and corn bisque is very, very good and don't like the jalopeno reference of the bisque scare you off. It is not that hot or spicy. You just get a hint of the jalopeno flavor. It can get crowded fast so best to go early or you can also visit their sister restaurant called Just Hooked in Fenwick Island, DE. Food is just as good there and it is larger place. I am hoping this place is around a very long time so I can continue to refer people here and hear their rave reviews as well. Prices are also very reasonable and don't forget to check out their off season specials too.

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