Cape May has some great dining options. Our top picks include:
Blue Pig Tavern at the Congress Hall Hotel: This is the more casual dining restaurant at this historic hotel. 200 Congress Place. A great place for lunch or brunch!
Peter Shields Inn: This is a most elegant restaurant located in the Inn. It is the perfect spot for fine dining or a special occasion. 1301 Beach Ave.
The Red Store: One of my favorite finds in Cape May. In a residential neighborhood near the Cape May Lighthouse, this is a restored general store from the 1930’s. It is perfect for a Sunday brunch with both indoor and outdoor seating on the patio. 500 Cape Avenue at Pavilion Circle in Cape May Point.
A Ca Mia Ristorante: Located on Washington St. at #524, this fine dining restaurant has a small Bakery and Cafe featuring breads, pastries and coffee drinks. It is a perfect place to hang out on the porch in the morning or take your coffee and explore the historic homes of Cape May.
The Lobster House: For dining on the docks, overlooking Cape May Harbor, this is the place. This large restaurant has several dining options including The Restaurant, The Raw Bar, The Fish Market, and The Lobster House Take-Out. There is also the Schooner American which offers lunch, drinks and appetizers in the evening on an historic sailing vessel. 906 Schellengers Landing Rd.
While on the Washington Street Mall, make sure to buy some of Fralinger’s Original Salt Water Taffy at 326 Washington Street. Since 1885, it is the best on the Shore. Also you must visit Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard, another Jersey Shore tradition, at 512 Washington St.
Other Restaurants to consider include:
Magic Brain Cyber Café: A fun cafe at 3100 Perry St.
The Magnolia Room at the Chalfonte Hotel: A fine dining restaurant in an historic hotel. Offering Southern cooking, it also offers daily grilled fish specials and vegetarian options, a morning breakfast buffet and Sunday dinner buffet. The veranda on a summer evening is a great dinner location in Cape May. 301 Howard St.
The Ugly Mug Restaurant & Bar at 426 Washington St.
Cape May Fish Market at 408 Washington St.
Gecko’s for Southwestern cuisine. 479 W. Perry St.
Mad Batter: At 19 Jackson St., this is a well-known restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Margie D’s Soda Fountain: A vintage soda fountain on the Washington St. Mall at 501-503 in the Della B’s 5 & 10.
Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel: Newly renovated and re-imagined restaurant located in the heart of historic Cape May. 25 Jackson St.
For casual dining on the beach, don’t miss The Grille at Sunset Beach in Cape May Point for great ocean views.