CLOSED: Hobos Restaurant and Bar

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 21 reviews )



56 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA, 19971

Serves meat, vegan options available. Menu includes vegan food, and the chef/owner will sometimes make vegan items which are not on the menu - ask about it. Uses local farmers market produce. Kitchenware is cleaned before preparing vegan items. Try the veg meatloaf sandwich made from cracked wheat, tvp, and vegannaise. Pleasant atmosphere. CONFIRMED CLOSED, OCT 2016. Open Mon-Sun 12:00am-1:00am, Mon-Sun 7:00am-12:00am.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (21)

First Review by LSDlocal

Okay - Edit

A few vegan options.
Had vegan quesadilla, was medium.

If you are paying by card... the server brings their phone out for you to swipe and sign on... and you have to give your tip while they are standing there...

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Odd service

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Waited 1.5 hours for food - Edit

Was excited for our vegan family to go to a place that accommodated vegans and those with food allergies. Made a reservation for 7:45 Saturday night and were greeted by pleasant hostess and seated right away. We were delighted when our friendly server seemed knowledgable and eager to serve us some yummy vegan nut free food. Although the delicious sounding menu seemed expensive we felt it would be worth the splurge.
We then waited 1.5 hours
We know this exactly because we re-filled our 30 min meter three times. My husband and I and our three hungry children 9,6 and 3 waited patiently all that time and finally had to say something. My husband told our server that we were leaving if we had to wait more than five more minutes.
She brought us a tiny tiny bowl of crustini and said she was sorry but it would probably be another 10-15 minutes. That would be waiting a total of nearly two hours for some French fries and veggies burgers....
We walked out well past bed time for our hungry kiddos
Fortunately grandpa Mac down the same street hooked us up with some prompt vegan Mac and cheese.
The only take away was not paying $20 for a veggi burger. At least we saved the money
We are always happy to support vegan/veg restaurants as we have owned in the past but I simply had to write this review.
I hope they can get it together and expand their kitchen to accommodate their seating.

Pros: Mostly friendly staff

Cons: Waiting nearly two hours for food

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Owner is a Vegan and the lunch was scrumptious! - Edit

Really this place is so charming and just a delight to come to. It's my third time here and the menu changes a bit BUT everything we get it really fresh and delicious. They have meat items too but so many selections for vegans and gluten free as well! The quesadillas were HUGE and so flavorful. Our favorite sandwich was the rehobeth girlfriend, and we orders a vegan Mac n "cheese" it was so creamy and rich WOW! Come to Hobos for sure it WILL NOT disappoint!

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Outrageously Delicious Food Tailored to Dietary Needs - Edit

We eat vegan food with no added oil but our children (adults) eat a more typical American diet. We chose Hobos seeking a dinner we'd all love. It was awesome! There were plenty of vegan & vegetarian choices on the menu. When we asked our server about a no-oil preparation, she assured us it would be no problem, & the chef came to our table to consult our preferences & to offer a number of suggestions. We left happy & filled with delicious food!

Pros: lots of vegan & vegetarian options. great food. a

Cons: none

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Delicious But Expensive - Edit

Delicious... Vegan mac and chz (which ive never liked any place else), tempah blt (messy but .... oh yeah), and egg plant neopolatin with cous cous (best of all). Food is so favorable and satisfying. However, not cheap.

Pros: Quality

Cons: Cost

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Friendly, Funky place with Vegan options - Edit

Of the places I've been on the peninsula (only Salisbury, MD, Ocean City, MD, Bethany Beach, DE and Rehoboth Beach, DE), Rehoboth was my favorite area, as it has the beach town staples (beach, boardwalk, thrasher's fries) but also some funky, artsy and queer-friendly parts. Hobos Restaurant exemplifies the character of Rehoboth, with some artsy touches (weird mannequin art), friendly, easy-going staff, some unique cocktails and an anything-goes menu.

The omnivorous menu contains a number of vegan and veganizable items, more than are obvious at first glance (e.g., the philly "cheese" steak) and I suspect one of the owners may be vegan or vegetarian. All but one of the desserts were vegan by default.

I enjoyed my cocktails and my taste of my sister's Vegan Mac (pasta & cheezy sauce w/ vegetables on the side), but I did not enjoy my meal; however, I am going to chalk that up as an anomaly because it was a special for VegFest (it was day-old tamales containing nothing but corn and spices, left over from their vegan buffet the night before) and because my sister has been there a number of times and enjoyed other vegan items. So I'm giving it a 4 because if I were nearby, I'd happily go again and get something off the regular menu.

The owner had an adorable new baby puppy which she was carrying around (& everyone was fawning over) - it's that kind of relaxed place.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday June 18, 2014

Pros: artsy, relaxed atmosphere, vegan options, friendly staff

Cons: be skeptical of specials

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  Contributions +109

Delicious - Edit

The food was delicious. Their menu changes, but if they offer their wild mushroom quesadilla, grab it! The service is very friendly. The cost will be around $30/person or more, but it's everything you would expect for that money.

And nice art on the wall. The atmosphere is certainly informal, but classy.

Pros: delicious food, friendly service

Cons: Pricey

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Best Meal on Vacation - Edit

Hobos is a must see. There were delicious entrees for all, including vegans. I had a Beyond Chix vegan chickenless salad that was delicious and my son had vegan mac and cheese with a side of perfectly cooked mixed vegetables. We make sure to make it to Hobos every time we are in town.

Pros: many vegan/vegetarian options available

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Excellent food... Lots of vegan choices - Edit

The food is a little pricey but def worth it. The portion sizes are huge and the food tasted great. They have a vegan chef and can make any dish vegan.

Pros: Great food, Great selection, Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive

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EXCELLENT Menu for ALL types of HEALTHY Dining! - Edit

My diet is Raw/Vegan..before going to Rehoboth early April for a get away I searched for a restaurant that served Raw . Hobos looked like a possibility, so I called and spoke w/owner chef Gretchen. She didn't hesitate on preparing Raw for me. She is totally knowledgeable about all types of diet and her menu reflects that. All food is clean, non GMO and organic as possible...vegetables, fish and meats too. My fish and meat eating friends had delicious dinners and the portions were generous. So at our table we had one extreme (Raw) to the other (grass fed Filet Mignon)...with wild caught Salmon and organic stuffed hugh pork chops in-between. Her menu also offers Gluten Free options. Truly a place for all of us! Did I mention I ate dinner there every night! :)

Pros: Healthy Clean Whole Food, Delicious generous portions, Accommodating to different diets

Cons: None

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Yummy Vegan Mac & Cheese - Edit

On a recent visit to Rehobeth, my husband and I ate at Hobo's 4 times. Three of those times I had the mac & cheese-it was the best I've had in years! Everything we had was delicious and fresh. The servers asked about veg/vegan/allergies before going over the menu, and understand each. The servers were professional and friendly. The portions were just the right size.

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Just don't get your hopes up... - Edit

I really want to love Hobos, but they're making it hard. I appreciate having many vegan choices, Daiya cheese, and Vegannaise. What I don't appreciate is the grossly inflated prices and inconsistent food quality. We've been to Hobos 4 times now, and 2 of those 4 times the food was either bland or else not as stated on the menu. This most recent time, we ordered the veggie burger with all the fancy fixins' and it was under-seasoned--down right bland, really. The fries were good. My partner ordered her usual favorite, the vegan chicken hoagie. Besides not even being on a hoagie roll, there was a tiny amount of seitan and grilled onions, way too much vegannaise, and a whole HEAP of lettuce and tomatoes. It looked like a salad with a vegannaise-soaked burger bun underneath. With two iced teas and the tip, we paid almost $50 for this lunch!!!!! We'll probably give them another chance, but if you go, keep in mind that you have a 50% chance of being very disappointed.

Pros: Daiya, Vegannaise, Lots of vegan choices

Cons: Inconsistent food quality, OVERPRICED!

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Slightly Disappointing - Edit

I was there over Memorial Day Weekend 2011. I was very excited to find a vegan-friendly restaurant. The menu seemed promising, but I was taken aback with the smothering nature of the staff. They almost seem to swarm around the table. I inquired about one particular item that I thought I would like and asked if I could have it without onions...the waitress was very stand-off-ish over the request and said she's ask. She returned and said the cook said no....NO? I told her I was willing to try it as long as the cook tried to use as few onions as possible and make it a bit more well-done that normally. When I received the entree, it was nothing at all as it was described in the menu, and the cook did nothing to accomodate my onion request. I tasted one small portion, and it was awful. The waitress never I threw enough money on the table to pay for my coffee and side salad and walked out without eating the entree or paying for it. I might be willing to entertain returning and giving it another try, but as they say, "only one chance to make a first impression...."

Pros: At least it's vegan.

Cons: smothering staff, unaccomodating cook, misleading menu

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Dissapointing - Edit

My husband and I went for dinner to Hobos and were excited about the vegan/vegetarian/organic menu.A lovely waitress helped explaining the menu choices and we decided to go for the Chilies Rellenos and the Porcini Tamale...and save some room for dessert instead of going for an appetizer.After a while the chef/owner? came to out table,with the menu in her hand,putting it on the table saying,that she forgot to take the Chilies Rellenos off the menu,and they were out of them since yesterday,and she would give us a minute to pick something else.
We picked the Buddha bowl and ordered it after she came back a long while later.
When the food arrived,we looked at the plates and the Tamale looked dark brown,sprinkled with dark brown mushrooms,not even the slightest hint of decoration.It tasted very bland and oily and my teeth were crunching on the sand in it.My husband tried his Buddha bowl and declared it okay.We switched our plates and I was disappointed about the unspectacular flavor,the heavy oiliness and the avocado that looked more brown then green in the bowl.We were both quite hungry and did not even finish what we had on our plates.The waitress did not ask us again,when we hurriedly asked for the check,if everything was okay,or if we changed our minds about the dessert,which we decided not to dare to try after being so disappointed about the food.Compared to an excellent and reasonably priced dinner at Saketumi(Japanese restaurant in the area)the food was way over prized.
We will not go back, as this restaurant lacks creative,flavorful,lovingly created food.

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BrucePgh 17 Jun 2011 - Wow, could you make it anymore obvious that you either work at or own that Japanese restaurant??  

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Best place in town - Edit

We came here initially because we heard a share of the profit from our lunch would benefit the local animal shelter. I was first impressed by the funky yet elegant decor and the extensive menu. There were tons of creative vegan options for me and some meat options for my family. Once the very friendly waitor found out I was vegan he brought out Gretchan the chef and introduced me. She greeted me with a big hug, told us about he menu and how she got started and said I could order anything from the lunch or dinner menu(because I was so impressed with the vegan section). I had the Chile Rellenos with Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Daiya "Cheddar" and started with "Cream" of Artichoke soup made with cashew cream. It was DELICIOUS! One of the best vegan meals I have ever enjoyed (and I've lived in NYC). Not exactly cheap but not too expensive for local organic, gourmet food. I highly recommend Hobos, it's worth travelling for the ambiance, warm staff and amazing animal friendly food.

Pros: Excellent food, Very friendly staff, Local organic produce

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"Hobos": strange name, great eatery - Edit

With two carnivore friends, I went to Hobos due to its listing on Happy Cow, and I wasn't disappointed. This spot is not for those on an economy budget, as the appetizers ran in the $9-12 range. We ordered a vegan red wine (yes, they exist) that was tasty (a merlot), and fairly priced at $30 per bottle. Nonetheless, my 15-layer vegetable tart that looked to be too small was tasty, and it turned out to be quite filling. My friends had filet mignon and fish, respectively, and loved their meals. The $3 charge for bread ought to be removed--it made a place that seeks to draw an enlightened dining crowd appear to be "cheap."

Pros: Excellent food, helpful staff, pleasant live singert

Cons: no gnoshes

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So delicious!!! - Edit

On our second visit to Rehoboth, my partner and I passed Hobos on a long bike ride and thought it looked like a place we would love with its fascinating mannequin art outside. We went there for dinner, and everything we put into our mouths was so delicious. We are locavores/pescatarians, so the menu fit our wants & needs. We did the 3 courses for $30 (quite a bargain for the amount of food and the lobster!), and I started with the Crab, Artichoke, and Brie Dip. The dip was divine; however, it came with bite size pieces of toasted baguette, which were very oily. They were delicious, but I would have preferred simple bread because it seemed too rich after a few bites. Next, I had the Lobster Arugula salad, which had giant pieces of perfectly seasoned lobster - well complimented by the nutty greens and creamy (but light) dressing. For dessert, I had some sort of chocolate cake that was like warm pudding. My partner ate the hummus, a vegan pot pie, and bread pudding if I recall correctly. All equally delicious to my choices. We cannot wait to go back! We will make a stop here each weekend away in Rehoboth!

Pros: excellent food , atmosphere, friendly/knowledgable staff

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AMAZING vegan cuisine!!! - Edit

My vegan bandmates and I (Blue Hippopotamus) had dinner here and the food was absolutely amazing! The chef is vegan and she is So talented. The atmosphere was really wonderful, elegant and fun. They had very nice live music the night we were there. They even make their own organic vodka which was very good in the fresh cucumber martinis we tried. The asparagus that was with my 15 layer vegetable tart (incredible!) had been picked the day before, talk about fresh and delicious! We can't wait to go back to this place! I recommend checking out their website too. The chef is going to have a blog on there soon and she really has a gift. I'm hoping to learn her trick for making the best collard greens I've ever tasted :) The chef told me she hopes their place becomes more popular the the veg beach crowd so that one day she can make it 100% vegan.

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