If you tire of the sun and waves take a tour through Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes and then sample some of the finest restaurants in New Jersey or enjoy the Wildwood’s and Cape May’s summer long weekend events.
By now we’ve eaten in most of the popular Cape May restaurants. So we feel that my wife, a health conscious nut, and me a picky wannabe chef, qualify as good Cape May restaurant advisors.
We’ll give you the rundown on fine dining as well as budget dining. There are Cape May restaurants that
- the locals (that’s us) frequent
- Cape May restaurants that say they are the restaurants locals frequent (we’ll tell who they are)
- cater to families
- cater to couples
- offer buffet style dining
Many fine dining experiences await you here.
The New York Times has called Cape May the culinary capital of New Jersey. We agree. Cape May is the 2nd largest commercial fishery on the east coast so seafood is a particularly good choice in many of the area restaurants.
One Cape May restaurant feature my wife and I love is that many Cape May restaurants encourage you to bring your own wine, beer or cocktails. Let’s get to the restaurants.
One of the most memorable romantic experiences for us during our yearly anniversary trips was dining at the Ebbit Room located at 25 Jackson St., Cape May, NJ (609) 884-5700.
Best High End Restaurants
The Ebbit Room
Lori and I frequent the Ebbitt Room whenever we get the chance. Their service guarantees a perfect evening. Many consider the Ebbitt Room a yardstick by which to measure culinary excellence and service. The chefs have been so good that the reviews consistently name The Ebbitt Room as the best of the best.
The floral arrangements provide a romantic setting. The Ebbitt Room is perfect for anniversaries (we should know) or birthdays for that special someone. Dining at the Ebbitt Room is a pure delight. Named in honor of the original owners, the Ebbitt Room has a romantic and intimate atmosphere.
Many Cape Mayers consider it the town’s most sophisticated eatery. The New York Times agrees. It calls the Ebbitt Room “Superb”, “Creatively prepared dishes” and “Memorable”. The past several years has seen the Ebbitt Room receive awards for “Best Hotel Dining”, “Best Atmosphere”, “Best Romantic Dining”, “Best Hotel Restaurant”.
Housed in the Virginia Hotel the Ebbitt Room provides piano entertainment weekends throughout the winter months, with an expanded entertainment schedule in the Spring and Fall. The Virginia Hotel’s Ebbitt Room offers a sophisticated atmosphere and an ever changing menu to match. Enjoy your meal while listening to live entertainment.
They have a full-service lounge and bar so you cannot bring your own wine. The Ebbitt Room costs a bit more but it’s truly worth a visit.
25 Jackson Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
Telephone: 609-884-5700 Fax: 609-884-1236
Superb BYOBs abound in Cape May. Try Frescos. Italian food at its best. Voted the “Best Italian Restaurant in Southern Jersey”. by the NJ Monthly magazine. Lori and I have eaten more than one anniversary dinner here but be warned. Show up early or you’ll be waiting a long time. The food is that good.
Frescos has always been one of our go to places when we want good Italian food.
412 Bank Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
The Lobster House
The Lobster House at Fisherman’s Wharf combine a seafood restaurant with a raw bar and take out fish market. The restaurants sits in a lovely marina. Super fresh seafood can also be bought at the restaurant’s fish market. We’ve tried both and still frequent the “raw bar”. If the lines are long (and they usually are) no problem. Relax outside on their expansive deck with a drink and enjoy the view.
Lori and I have eaten (on the cheap-no tipping needed) on this deck many times. Beautiful view, no wait and great food!
FISHERMENS WHARF, CAPE MAY, NJ (609) 884-8296 RESTAURANTS