613 Columbia Avenue  | Cape May, New Jersey 08204 | 1-609-884-4948

Cape May Restaurants

There is an impressive range of Cape May, NJ restaurants with exceptional cuisine, impeccable service, and memorable atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a restaurant with a view, romance, a quaint victorian setting, or a particular type of cuisine, Cape May will make it difficult for you to choose.

Many of the restaurants change their hours depending upon the season so please call before you go. We strongly recommend that you make a reservation whenever possible, especially in the Summer months.  Our Innkeepers will be more than happy to make a reservation for you.

We have listed several restaurants below but you can find a more comprehensive list in your Guest Information folder that can be found in your room.


Merion Inn

The Merion Inn’s traditional regional seafood specialties, sizzling steaks and classic cocktails have kept generations of Cape May locals and visitors returning again and again. Enjoy a cocktail and listen to live music in our beautiful turn-of-the-century bar — the oldest in Cape May! We look forward to serving you in keeping with the tradition of hospitality and excellence begun over a century ago.


Location: 106 Decatur St., Cape May, NJ
Reservations: (609) 884-8363

Lobster House

Relaxed Dining – Located overlooking Cape May Harbor in historic Cape May, NJ, The Lobster House has proudly provided guests a variety of dining experiences for over four generations.

Location: Fisherman’s Wharf, Cape May, NJ 08204 Phone: (609) 884-8296
The Lobster House does not accept reservations.

410 Bank Street

410 Bank Street Restaurant is the consistent winner of the New Jersey Monthly’s “Best Restaurant” award for over 20 years. ZAGAT gives 410 the ranking of one the top ten restaurants in New Jersey and ‘top restaurants in America.’

LOCATION- 410 Bank Street, Cape May, NJ
Reservations – 609-884-2127

The Washington Inn

Rated one of the top 100 restaurants in the country, The Washington Inn is one of best, if not the best restaurant in Cape May.  Built in 1840 as a Plantation home, The Washington Inn is truly romantic with impeccable service and exquisite cuisine.  

Location: 801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: 609-884-5697


Dine in a lovely 1880 Victorian cottage, featuring modern coastal Italian cuisine by Chef Ido Shapira,  Frescos Ristorante is repeatedly voted “Best Fine Italian Dining” by the readers of New Jersey Monthly.

You may dine on the front porch or in the Tuscan styled dining rooms.  If you are in the mood for seafood visit Frescos sister restaurant 410 Bank Street which is equally wonderful.

Location: 412 Bank St., Cape May, NJ 08204
Reservations: (609) 884-0366

Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall

Signature American fare – nostalgic, simple and fresh – featuring local seafood and produce in a warm, relaxing atmosphere.

Location: At Congress Hall Hotel, 251 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: (609) 884-8422

Oyster Bay

When you sit down in a restaurant and realize that most of the patrons are “locals” you know there’s a good reason.  Oyster Bay is a wonderful steak and seafood restaurant with raw bar.  You can either dine in the Main Dining room or in the wonderful large bar.

Location: 615 Lafayette St., Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: (609) 884-2111

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille

Old-fashioned homestyle recipes, more than 30 draught and bottled beers, Cape May’s most extensive wine selection, all on our sun-drenched oceanfront patio.

Location: Beach & Madison Avenues, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: 609-88-HARRY

Harpoon's on the Bay

“Paradise Found!” Situated directly on the Delaware Bay with sunsets to die for, at Harpoon’s on the Bay, you’ll have to agree you’ve found paradise!

Location: Beach Drive & Browning, North Cape May, NJ 08204
Harpoon’s on the Bay does not take accept reservations 609-886-5529

Cabanas Beach Bar & Grill

Family Friendly with open air, ocean front dining. Kids 4 and under always eat free!

Location: 429 Beach Ave at Decatur St, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: (609) 884-4800 Call Ahead for Seating.

Island Grill

Come and try our Caribbean-influenced cuisine in a casual, relaxed setting at our Island Grill restaurant. For lunch the Island Grill is the perfect alternative to waiting in line on the mall. You’ll find a wide array of unique sandwiches from a Fried Oyster BLT(!!) to the grilled-to-perfection Cuban. For dinner, the Island Grill is again a great alternative to the other fine restaurants in Cape May. Island Fresh Fish is prepared to your liking and Meat lovers will enjoy a Grilled Flat Iron Steak or the Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Breast with a coconut curry sauce.

Location: 311 Mansion St, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: (609) 884-0200

The Blue Rose

Rated #1 restaurant in Cape May by Trip Advisor, The Blue Rose has a lovely quaint victorian setting with wonderful service and fine dining.  The Blue Rose uses makes everything from “scratch” using only the best ingredients. 

653 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 435-5458

Black Duck on Sunset

Fresh seafood from local waters and around the world; an extensive appetizer selection; and slow-roasted, honey-glazed duck to char grilled steaks will satisfy any discerning palate.

Location: 1 Sunset Blvd, Cape May, NJ 08204
Reservations: (609) 898-0100

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