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Cape May Dining Recommendations

The New York Times has called Cape May the culinary capital of New Jersey and many fine dining experiences await you here. Seafood is a particularly good choice in many of the area restaurants, as Cape May ranks first on the east coast in commercial seafood landings. We keep current menus of many of the local restaurants in Cape May for your perusal. We also encourage our guests to write their own comments in our restaurant review book. Many Cape May restaurants encourage guests to bring their own wine, beer or cocktails.

Doug & Anna Marie's List of Selected Restaurants

Please check the opening schedule also! Reservations are recommended.

Listed below are a variety of restaurants Doug, Anna Marie and our guests enjoy. This list is not all inclusive, but the way these restaurants treat our guests shapes our opinions. We have also listed some casual or "tavern fare" places for your consideration. We recommend reservations at all times, but especially for Saturday night dinner reservations!

Cape May Classics

410 Bank Street

410 Bank Street Phone: (609) 884-2127

This is one of Cape May's finest and a real favorite of ours. The French Creole cuisine is a wonderful explosion of flavor. The menu features a lot of seafood with some wonderful steaks as well. The portions are large and nobody ever goes home hungry from 410 Bank.

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The Black Duck on Sunset

The Black Duck on Sunset Phone: (609) 898-0100

About a 15 minute walk from the inn, this is one of the most distinctive restaurants in Cape May with an airy atmosphere and creative menu and great raw bar choices! The Black Duck is owned by Chris Hubert, a renowned local chef who also owns the restaurant "Godmothers".

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Cape May Fish Market

Cape May Fish Market

If you're looking for a nice casual place to get a great seafood dinner, check out the Cape May Fish Market. It is conveniently located in the heart of the Washington Street mall, a short walk from The Queen Victoria. The prices are reasonable and the food is good. This is a great alternative to driving to the Lobster House and waiting in line for an hour. Bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy a relaxed, casual dinner.

Cucina Rosa Phone: (609) 898-9800

Mall and Perry Streets, located at the west end of the Washington Street Mall, this is our favorite Italian restaurant. Prices are reasonable, the service is great, and the expansion upstairs has opened up their table spacing. Cucina Rosa features wine from the Cape May Winery (but we like to bring our own).

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Freda's Cafe

Freda's Cafe Phone: (609) 884-7887

Freda's is one of our favorite restaurants in Cape May.. It is a reasonably priced, charming neighborhood bistro on Ocean street, just one block from the inn. Continental flavor with a hint of soul. Home of the best Crab Cakes in Cape May (maybe the world)!

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Fresco's

Fresco's Phone: (609) 884-0366

Fresco's is owned by the same folks that own 410 Bank Street, which is located right next door.   They refer to themselves as a "Seafood Tratoria", which should give you a pretty good idea what to expect.

It features an interesting Northern Italian a-la-carte menu. The service is attentive, the setting is pleasant, and the food is great. We always enjoy Frescos.  Try the Swordfish Picatta or the Veal Osso Bucco!

Like 410 Bank Street, Fescos opens in mid to late April and closes for the season in October. 

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George's Place

George's Place Phone: (609) 884-6088

George's is unbelievable. If you like incredibly good food at tremendous value pricing, you need to visit George's for at least one dinner the next time you are in Cape May. Georges is a Greek restaurant, but most of the really Greek dishes are on the appetizer menu. All dinner entrees come with a very generous Greek or Caesar salad at an average price of about $12.

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La Verandah Phone: (609) 884-5868

107 Grant Street | La Verandah is located in the Hotel Alcott on Grant street, about 10 minutes walk from the inn. La Verandah offers southern elegance with dining both inside and on the romantic verandah. The food is unbeatable and the service is wonderful. Another one of our favorite restaurants in Cape May!

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Lobster House

This is a big tourist restaurant located 1 mile from the inn at a major fishing dock. We recommend it as a fun lunch excursion (poke around the docks as well). Except for winter weekdays, we do not suggest it for dinner - no reservations and long waits.

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Mad Batter

On Jackson street, just steps from The Queen Victoria, the Mad Batter is a Cape May landmark. Though our guests don't often try their famous brunches, the Mad Batter is a good destination for either Lunch or Dinner. We particularly enjoy dining on the front porch, watching folks stroll down scenic Jackson street and savoring any of the fine entrees offered. The Mad Batter was awarded the 2006 New Jersey Tourism "Diamond" award in recognition of the role it plays in making Cape May the restaurant capital of New Jersey.

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The Pier House Phone: (609) 898-0300

The Pier House is a contemporary restaurant located in the building formerly occupied by "The Water's Edge". That is to say that it is about 1 mile away from The Queen Victoria ® . a long walk. It is a wonderful restaurant with a creative menu and the food is excellent. It features a two indoor dining rooms (one in the bar) and outside dining as well. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (though we recommend our breakfast!)

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Tisha's

Tisha's Phone: (609) 884-9119

Tisha's is conveniently located in the heart of the Washington Street mall. The service is great and accommodating. The menu has an Italian Flair and the food is excellent. This restaurant is definitely a favorite of ours and many of our guests.

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Union Park

Union Park Phone: (609) 884-8811

Union Park is located in the Hotel Macomber, just a few blocks from the inn. Union Park offers elegant dining, great service, delicious food. We have chosen to have many of our holiday dinners here and we've never been disappointed. Union Park is probably the prettiest dining room in town. They've also started serving on the porch for an outside, ocean view dining option.

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The Merion Inn

The Merion Inn Phone: (609) 884-8363

On Decatur street, the Merion Inn is a Cape May classic and certainly a favorite. The Merion is a wonderful traditional dinner house located almost across the street from The Queen Victoria. The generous menu, great food, and wonderful atmosphere of the piano bar make the Merion Inn an experience you won't want to miss. Anna Marie and I really love the Merion Inn and you will too.

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Pano

Pano

This is one of Anna Marie and my new favorites.  Pano is a great choice if you're looking for a lighter dining experience during your visit to Cape May.

Pano specializes in Salads and small plates, offering a wonderful, creative variety of both.  The portions are generous and prices are low.  Everything tastes great every time.

The setting is very casual and interesting, with some cool music playing in the background and a birds-eye view of the folks strolling through the mall below (Pano is located upstairs in the brick building with an escalator in it).

Remember to bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beer, because Pano is a BYOB restaurant.

Washington Inn

Washington Inn Phone: (609) 884-5697

One of the best of the best restaurants in Cape May, advance reservations needed for popular times. Excellent service, sophisticated menu, one of the best wine lists in NJ.

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Casual Tavern Fare

Cabanas

Cabanas

Located right across the street from the beach on the corner of Beach Ave and Decatur Street.  This is Doug's "go-to" place for a burger and a beer.  It is a great spot to watch a game on TV, if there is a special event or game you don't want to miss.  Cabanas is also one of the better live music venues in town, featuring local and regional bands throughout the year.

The front wall of Cabanas opens up and lets the cool breeze in all summer long, which is  cool indoor/outdoor seating option.

Carney's Phone: (609) 884-5648

Carney's is actually two restaurants and bars, both of which are popular evening haunts. The food at Carneys is better than Anna Marie and I usually expect from a Pub/Tavern, and would be our first choice of pub-style restaurants in Cape May.

The Ugly Mug

On the Washington Street Walking Mall at Decatur Street. The Ugly Mug is a famous Cape May tradition. Nothing fancy here, but a great place to get a drink and some better than average tavern fare. Try the lobster roll!

About BYO

For those of you not familiar

According to some regulatory pundits in Trenton, who have never heard of tourism, the State's second largest industry, Cape May, with 5,000 permanent residents, should only have 2 liquor licenses. Luckily we were grandfathered in with more, but not enough. Thus it is popular and acceptable to Bring Your Own Bottle of wine or beer. Without a doubt, one of the most popular places in town (and, appropriately, on the highest ground) is:

Collier's Liquor Store Phone: (609) 884-8488

Near many of the restaurants, at Jackson and Lafayette, they have an excellent selection of wines and micro-beers. Many restaurants in Cape May are rated by stars - trust them. They deliver to the inn, making it great for a special gift.

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Feel free to call our Cape May bed and breakfast with any questions you may have!