Cuvée Ray: A true wine and dine experience in Rehoboth Beach

September 27, 2019

Cuvée Ray Wine Bar & Restaurant opened in July 2018 and has since established itself as one of the top-rated restaurants in Rehoboth. Indeed, Cuvée Ray just won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, being one of only nine restaurants in all of Delaware to win that prestigious award and probably the only restaurant in Delaware, and perhaps anywhere, that offers over 170 wines by the glass!

But Cuvée Ray is more than just a wine bar. It has justifiably become a go-to destination for those seeking a true dining experience. According to Cuvée Ray’s owner, “Rehoboth has a number of really nice restaurants, so in opening Cuvée Ray, we set out to do something different. We wanted to create an overall wining and dining experience. We call it the Cuvée Ray Experience.”

So what is the Cuvée Ray Experience? Ray answered by noting that, “All of our senses are intertwined and affect how we perceive things. So, I wanted to create an experience where our guests can not only enjoy great food and wine but do it in an environment that is visually appealing and where music, a natural partner to a great wine experience, also plays a central role. In fact, Ray was so obsessed with creating this Cuvée Ray Experience that, with the help of acoustic consultants, Ray installed a large array of sound absorbing panels on the ceilings and walls throughout the restaurant to get the acoustics as effective as they could be.

Perhaps the hallmark of the experience Cuvée Ray is trying to create is what Ray considers to be the centerpiece of his restaurant: the private dining & wine room where up to 14 guests can enjoy a wine tasting experience or a meal in a beautifully decorated glass-enclosed room. The centerpiece of that room is the temperature-controlled Wine Wall where most of Cuvée Ray’s red wines are stored. There is no upcharge for the wine room. Larger parties can reserve it any time it is available.

Cuvée Ray is open 7 days a week with happy hour every day from 4 ‘til 6 featuring $5 flatbreads, $5 glasses of wine and $15 flights along with a variety of free live music. Check out or visit the Cuvée Ray Facebook page for the music schedule.