Green Room

Enter the Green Room, the signature restaurant at Hotel du Pont, and you’ll feel as though you stepped back into a Downton Abbey-esque era, a time when fine dining meant white table linens accented by floral centerpieces and meals were delivered by servers with impeccable manners.

The 100-year-old hotel is located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Delaware, which has been dubbed the nation’s “corporate capital” for its business-friendly taxes and laws. Movers and shakers meet in the corner table that overlooks Rodney Square.

Despite its stately history (fun fact: actress Rosalind Russell performed Auntie Mame at the DuPont Theatre, located in the hotel, and she received a standing ovation when entering the restaurant), the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is hardly staid. Red, gold and black-rimmed Versace china decorates the tables while stunning, 2,500-poud chandeliers dangle from above.
Our Inspector's Highlights
•Brunch here, which features salad and dessert buffets and your choice of an entrée, is a tradition among Wilmington blue bloods. So is the afternoon tea in the Green Room Bar and Lobby Lounge.

•The ambiance at Hotel du Pont’s Green Room is nothing short of sumptuous. The intimate entryway, lined with Italian mosaic tile, opens into the dramatic two-and-half-story dining room. Arched windows soar toward the deeply coffered ceiling.

•Even in this traditional setting — the hotel is owned by the DuPont Company — executive chef Keith Miller is unafraid to take chances. See his boldness in dishes like a fillet of Verlasso salmon, served atop colorful ribbons of yellow and red peppers, is accompanied by seared scallops and purple fingerling potatoes.
Things to Know
•Veteran pastry chef Michele Mitchell tweaks the traditional with her treats. Take her “reconstructed” strawberry shortcake, for instance; it’s made with olive oil shortcake, balsamic-roasted strawberries and white chocolate ice cream, all artfully arranged to leave white space on the plate.

•You receive complimentary melt-in-your-mouth macarons at the meal’s end.

•The official dress code is business casual. You’ll often spot business suits or sport jackets on men, particularly at lunch or during a special diner. Women have more leeway with their attire at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star French restaurant: Skirts, slacks and dresses are appropriate, and denim can pass muster if paired with a dressy top and heels.

•To make a reservation, call Hotel du Pont at 302-594-3154, or book through OpenTable. You can also call the restaurant directly at 800-338-3404. Plan ahead — if there’s a show at either the hotel’s DuPont Theatre or the nearby Grand Opera House, the dining room might fill up before 8 p.m.

•When making your reservation, request a table near the colossal, richly draped windows. But on pleasant afternoons, opt for a seat overlooking the statue of Caesar Rodney on his horse, a Wilmington landmark.
Getting There
11th & Market Streets, Wilmington, Delaware 19801
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