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Local Restaurants

The Queen Victoria is pleased to recommend the following Cape May Restaurants. The New York Times has called Cape May the culinary capital of New Jersey. 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!

410 Bank Street

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. 410 Bank Street is a BYOB restaurant.

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The Black Duck on Sunset

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”. The Black Duck is a BYOB restaurant.

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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.

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Phone609-770-3790

Freda’s Cafe

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)! Don’t forget to bring a bottle of your favorite wine, as Freda’s is a BYOB restaurant.

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George’s Place

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, with prices between $15-20. Bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner at this BYOB restaurant. Also be sure you bring some cash, as George’s Place does not accept credit cards.

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La Verandah

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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Louisas

Louisa’s is a charming, fun and funky little place.  The food is delicious and fresh, and simply prepared, for the most part.  Louisa’s claims to be Cape May’s first “Farm to Table” restaurant, which they’ve been doing long before it was chic.  It truly does seem like the ingredients are just a little fresher than just about anyplace else.  Louisas is the kind of place where the menu is on the blackboard on the wall.  We think of Louisa’s as fairly light dining, not because of small portions, but because of the nature of the food. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine and some cash, as Louisas is a BYOB restaurant and they don’t accept credit cards.

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Phone(609) 884-5882

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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Phone(609) 884-5970

McGlade’s

McGlade’s is Cape May’s only truly ocean front restaurant. Anna Marie and I love McGlades for both lunch and dinner during the summer. In fact it is the first lunch restaurant that we recommend to guests just arriving in town. McGlades is very casual, but the open air setting right on the beach behind the convention center makes it a special experience every time. The food is good, and the menu is large so there is something for everyone. Be sure to bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beer to McGlade’s, as it is a BYOB restaurant.

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PSI (Peter Shields Inn)

Peter Shields (PSI) has always been one of Cape May’s finest restaurants.  If you’re looking for place to celebrate a special occasion, or you just want to be pampered and enjoy a wonderful meal, then PSI is an excellent choice.  The menu is always interesting and the food is always wonderful.  There are several dining rooms at PSI, each with their own special feeling, several of which offer views of the beach across the street.  In the summer, the outdoor front porch seating is a great option.  Don’t forget to bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beer, as PSI is a BYOB restaurant.

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Sapore Italiano

Sapore Italiano is definitely our favorite Italian restaurant in Cape May.  I think it is everyone’s favorite, as they are very busy even in the quiet seasons (we highly recommend you make your reservations well in advance).  Sapore Italiano is located about 1/2 mile from the inn, on the border of Cape May and West Cape May (on Broadway, which is on the way to the lighthouse or Sunset Beach).  Everything is wonderful, the menu is huge, the portions generous, and the prices are reasonable.  For a special touch, they always serve a complimentary anti-pasta platter before dinner.  We dine at Sapore quite frequently, and many of our frequent guests do to.  If you enjoy wine or beer with dinner, be sure to bring your own, as they don’t have a liquor license.

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Tisha’s

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 is located in the Hotel Macomber, just a few blocks from the inn. Union Park offers elegant dining, great service, and 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, most elegant dining room in town. They’ve also started serving on the porch for an outside, ocean view dining option.  Union Park has also created a special package exclusively for guests of The Queen Victoria called “Touch of Elegance”, which is a 3 course dinner for two for $100, tax & gratuity included.  This incredible deal must be purchased at The Queen Victoria.  We’ll make your reservations for you.

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The Merion Inn

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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Washington Inn

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.  The Washington Inn is an excellent choice for the celebration of a birthday or anniversary.  Insider Tip … Sunday night is “Wine Appreciation” night, where you are allowed to bring your own wine and enjoy it with dinner (with no corkage fee).  Don’t try this at any other restaurant with a bar!

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YB

YB is one of the coolest places to eat in town.  If you like a to be a little bit adventurous when dining, and are looking for something different, then YB would be a great choice.  The food is delicious and the presentation is always interesting.  YB is on Beach Ave, just a couple of blocks from The Queen Victoria, so it is easy to carry your own wine or beer there to enjoy with your dinner (yes, they’re BYOB).

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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 a cool indoor/outdoor seating option.

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Carney’s

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.

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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!

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About BYO

What is with all of these BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants, anyway?

To start off, let me say that I LOVE BYOB restaurants. I love to enjoy wine with dinner, and I hate paying the typical restaurant markup on it. Bringing my own (without a corkage fee) is perfect for me.

According to New Jersey state law, Cape May, with only 3,800 permanent residents, should only have 2 liquor licenses. Luckily we were grandfathered in with more, but not enough to go around for all of the wonderful restaurants in Cape May. Since new restaurants can’t get a license, you are allowed to bring your own.

Some BYOB restaurants in town act as “retail” outlets for one of the local wineries. These establishments can sell you a bottle of wine from that winery. They can’t sell you a glass of wine, just a bottle, and technically they are not serving you wine, they are simply selling it to you.

Collier’s Liquor Store

Near many of the restaurants, at Jackson and Lafayette, they have an excellent selection of wines and micro-beers. Collier’s has its own wine rating system, which I completely trust. If they say it is a super value, it probably is. If they say it is 6 “starts”, go with it. They deliver to the inn, making it great for a special gift.

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