The Cottage Cafe has been a dream come true for Brent Poffenberger and Tom Neville. Brent and Tom went to Shepherd College in West Virginia and majored in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Brent did his food service externship at a restaurant in Ocean City between his junior and senior years in college and immediately knew it was his goal to own a restaurant at the beach.

After graduating from college, Brent started working for a family restaurant chain, trying to learn all he could about restaurant management. At the same time, he was talking to his good friend and fraternity brother Tom, who was still in college, about the possibility of going into business together. Their dream was realized in June of 1993 when The Cottage Cafe opened for business.

The Cottage Cafe’s success can be attributed to a great group of hard-working team members and wonderful appreciative guests. It is the Cottage Cafe’s promise to bring you extraordinary service and high-quality food in a pleasant dining atmosphere. As the old beach cottages of yesteryear bring back many pleasant memories of sharing food, spirits, and good times with family and friends, it is our hope that you will have a great experience in our “Cottage” and want to come back and dine again.

Questions or comments? Contact the Cottage Cafe Restaurant and Pub via email or contact form and someone from our friendly staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Or call us during business hours.

The Cottage Cafe Restaurant
33034 Coastal Highway
Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930

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Family affordable place. Very good good, wonderful staff. You can eat everyday there and try something new. Wonderful option when traveling with kids. Nice portions and very good flavor.

A visit to the Cottage Cafe for dinner is always one of the high points of our yearly Bethany Beach trips, and this year was no different. We and our girls (and a number of friends) had a terrific meal at the Cottage Cafe.

Have been a visitor for years! We come down 3 times a year and NEVER miss a chance to stop! FOOD/STAFF/QUALITY/VALUE are here in spades....!

While on vacation in Bethany last week, we ate at this restaurant twice because the food was so good. The shrimp and crab were wonderful and my husband said the pot roast was the best he ever had. You can't make reservations, but you can call ahead a half hour so your name is on the list, which can cut down on your wait time. Servers were on the ball and friendly.

This place is a definite come back. The food was awesome. Service excellent and nice atmosphere. Didn't take too long to get a seat although the place was bopping. The prices were totally reasonable. Nice gem.

Charming restaurant with excellent service and great food. The salmon and the scallops were delicious. Nice bar area or choice of tables and booths.

Absolutely amazing food and perfect service. Go there, you won't be disappointed!

This place is simply awesome. Great food and super awesome service. This was our first time there but it won't be out last.

We decided to have out anniversary dinner at Cottage Cafe, but had never been there before. My husband had the oyster special and I had the scallops, which we shared. Our dinners were delicious!! To top off the great meal, we had the BEST waiter Laric!! Thank you!! Highly recommend!

Haven't been for a while. Has been renovated. Booths very comfortable. Stopped by for lunch. Great cream of broccoli and potato soup. Had a great prime rib cheese steak sub. We also had a chicken sandwich...huge chicken breast. All very good. And last but not least, the server was very friendly and efficient.

April 2019

My wife & I enjoyed a great lunch at the Cottage Cafe. Great Food, Friendly staff Food reasonably priced. I recommend that you drop by and enjoy the food there if you are in Bethany Beach

April 2019

We went to this restaurant around Christmas time. They have remodeled and put in large, very comfortable booths. The booths afford a lot of privacy for the patrons. Before the reno, it was kind of a fish bowl affect. Lovely now. We both ordered the steamed shrimp. Always excellent, very well done and delicious. I got a cup of crab soup and my daughter ordered the dune fries. Everything was very tasty. Too full for dessert. Will visit again soon. Thanks Cottage!!

December 2018

We loved our dinner at the Cottage Cafe. I enjoyed the fried chicken with creamed spinach & black beans and rice (so good!). My husband enjoyed the ribs & fries. Our server, Ellen, was attentive & friendly. All in all, a great night!

November 2018

We were there on their Monday night special. We tried Smoked bacon wrapped scallops and it was delicious. Our server , Sachin was very helpful and took good care of us throughout our meal. would happily recommend to other.

October 2018