The Walsh Building—named for former Lewes Mayor William Walsh—was built in the 1930s. Rich in history and natural charm, many of the original details can be seen in this newly renovated Tavern by the Sea.


Our first floor restaurant space features a neutral color palette and earthy tones, exposed brick walls, cozy banquets, and mixed materials like rich leathers and weathered woods. Lighting was carefully curated featuring oyster pearl lighting and vintage brass fixtures that evoke a feeling of beach nostalgia.

Lewes Oyster House features four unique spaces: Oyster Bar, Main Bar, Tap Room and the Walsh Room. We also offer three very popular sidewalk tables, weather permitting.

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THE Oyster Bar

Stationed along Second Street’s bay of windows, the Oyster Bar is one of our most popular spots in the restaurant. Whether for lunch or dinner, guests will always find someone shucking from the daily featured Oyster menu behind the bar. Guests can pull up a seat at the bar or snag the coveted Pearl Table in the window. Although reservations are not accepted in the Oyster Bar, walk-ins are always welcome on a first come first serve basis.

THE Main Bar

Our Main bar is the perfect spot for a drink while you wait for a table or dinner at one of our many bar seats. Overlooking the Oyster Bar and the Tap Room, there’s not a bad seat at the bar! So grab a seat and order one of our Signature Cocktails or a beer and our Pickle Powder and Ranch Boardwalk Fries that are meant for sharing!

The Tap Room

Enter the Tap Room from the main “family entrance” from within the Walsh Building or from the Main Bar. The heart of the restaurant is lined with cozy leather booth seating and loads of nostalgic Tavern by the Sea charm. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner. Don’t forget to request the Chef’s Table (our classic table for up to 8 guests) or the Founders Table where one lucky guest found a pearl in his oyster!

The Walsh Room

Named after our building’s namesake, the Walsh Room is our most intimate dining space offering a warm and cozy vibe. Adjacent to the Tap Room, glass pane walls allow the right amount of buzz to filter in. Guests in the Tap Room can admire the Walsh Room’s stain glass wall features via the private entrance flanked by warm celadon green velvet draperies. Offering our most flexible seating options accommodating reservations for parties of two to eight guests as well as private parties upon request. The just-like-home banquette seating is so comfortable it keeps guests lingering for a well deserved nightcap. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner.