Domaine Hudson

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Domaine HudsonDomaine Hudson

Type: Bar, Eatery

1314 N Washington St
Wilmington, Delaware, 19801-1098
United States

(302) 655-9463 | map

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Added by jwjon1 on 02-05-2010

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Not typically the first place you think of when in search for good beer in Wilmington. In fact, the thought probably doesn't even cross your mind at all. Different story for wine, or for top notch food. But for beer? Gotta say, it's worth checking out. Sadly, no drafts to speak of at this point. The bottle list is more than sufficient, however, with numerous well selected beers from the best producers around the world served in high quality, style appropriate glass and stem ware. Even more impressive, the beers are served at appropriate temperatures--many of which are poured straight from the wine cellar. Don't see that often. Prices could be better, but they aren't out of whack for this caliber of a restaurant. For example, Black Ops is sold for about $8 above local retail pricing, if you could even find it on retail shelves in the area. Add some taps, and the selection rating goes up. Without question, you can't find a better meal in the area. The food paired with both a well crafted beer list and a great wine lists makes this a return visit for my wife and I.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pwoody11
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

So, I've been eyeing this place for awhile now. It caught my attention one day while trying to find a new place to go to dinner and I found their beer menu on their website and was pretty impressed. My wife and I wanted to check out some new places this week for the Delaware Dines Out thing.

Location was very easy to get to from I-95. Domaine Hudson is about a block down from popular sushi spot Mikimotos and about 2 blocks down from Washington St. Ale House (Nice for a few pints after dinner at DH). Parking was no problem. Street parking is free after 5, which we got, and they also have a lot available for free about 50 yards from the restaurant.

I'd have to say this place would be somewhere in between upscale and upscale casual. No need for a shirt and tie, but I wouldn't come in sweatpants (though I doubt they'd kick you out if you did). I would say most of the male crowd was wearing a dress shirt with the collars unbuttoned. The atmosphere was nice. Quiet. Relaxing. There was a bar that would seat 10 or so. No TV's. Light music playing. I'd estimate 20 tables, so it might be a good idea to make reservations or call ahead.

The service was excellent. Our waiter was Kip. Very attentive to our needs. We didn't get wine, but I am confident he was pretty knowledgeable in that area since he said he could answer any questions about the wines and pairing them, and would TRY to answer any questions about beer, but if he didn't know he would have the beer guy come out and answer them. Well, he was able to answer all of my beer questions, so that should tell you what he knows about the wine. From the host to the food runner, I have nothing but high praises for the service.

The focus of the beverage selection at DH is definitely the wine, but they didn't leave the beer hanging. Their menu consists of approximately 80 bottles of beer, all craft, many from Belgium. The beer menu is divided up by flavor profiles. Hops, Malts, Fruity, Crisp, and Sour (IIRC) and then Reserves. I have never seen a place sort their selection like this, and although I disagreed with the placement of some of the beers, I think it is great for pairing and great for someone who may be a novice to craft beer. Eventually, as the interest in craft beer grows, it would be nice to see the beers sorted by style with a short description of the style under the heading followed by the listing. I think this would increase education in fine beers. I did not see any taps going, which was kind of a downer, but the bottle selection was stellar. I enjoyed a bottle of Cantillon Classic with my meal. How many places have you seen that? First in Delaware for me.

We decided to take advantage of the Delaware Dines Out menu. It was a 3 course meal for $30 a person. We did check out the regular menu. It had roughly 10 starters 7 Entrees, and a few desserts. I assume the menu changes weekly or so. It included things such as monkfish and prime rib. I had the Pan Fried Skate Wing, roasted garlic purée, sage, potato gnocchi, lemon-clam buerre blanc which was awesome, and my wife had the Braised Pork Osso Buco, polenta cake, bacon, Brussels sprouts, celery root, natural jus, which she said the pork melted in her mouth. We also had a cheese plate to share. The plate we chose had Chimay Biere, Isores, and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar. All of it was wonderful.

I thought a few of the beers were priced dead on for a normal bar and some seemed a little high. I paid $26 for a 750 of the Cantillon, which I found reasonable. I also found things such as Beer Geek Breakfast ($15) very reasonable. Total for the wife and I, including tip was $123.

Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Wilmington, or living in Northern DE.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Was in town on business with a group. I admit I did not drink beer while here as the leader was ordering pricey bottles of wine and I had to try the wine, however I did spend time looking over what is an impressive list of beers (majority in bottles). The list was broken up by taste: hops, malt, tart, sour, etc. Prices varied widely and were on the pricey side. I ordered the filet medium-rare and was underwhelmed. It was cooked ok but was not as tender and flavorable as I expected. I hope to get a chance to come back again in the future and try some beers.

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Domaine Hudson in Wilmington, DE
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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