Cape May has become a culinary capital of New Jersey, offering a wide variety of restaurants to enjoy during your stay. Whatever type of food you’re looking for, Cape May has something for you. Here are some of our personal favorites. If you are looking for a specific type of dining experience, just ask – we’ve done a lot of “research” and are happy to help!

Summer 2020 Note: Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the fact that New Jersey is only allowing outdoor dining, we have updated our list of restaurant recommendations based on quality of food, comfortable outdoor spaces, and safety practices, including social distancing and cleaning protocols. 

Fine Dining

Peter Shields Inn continues to be one of our guests' favorites. They are currently offering very limited outdoor dining with advanced reservations - you can book through Open Table. If you'd prefer to dine al fresco on our veranda, they are also offering PSI@Home for nightly takeout. 

Located just a block and half from The Mission Inn and right on the ocean, this upscale restaurant combines fine dining with superb service for a truly memorable experience. A guest favorite for special celebration dinners. BYOB.

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Tisha's is a great option for those guests who did not make dinner reservations before their Cape May getaway. They are currently open with limited outside seating and only take same-day reservations by phone ((609-884-9119) starting at 11 am. 

Located right in the heart of downtown Cape May, this restaurant offers delicious lunch and dinner menus. And since it's downtown, you can walk around after dinner and enjoy some shopping, live music, or people watching. BYOB.

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The Washington Inn combines its tradition of incredible food, impeccable service, and an amazing wine and cocktail list, with a new outdoor garden seating area. Advanced reservations are a must - they are currently booking through Open Table.

This iconic Cape May restaurant has incredible food and great service with five unique dining rooms. It also has an extensive wine selection, so no BYOB.

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The Black Duck has created an outdoor dining area that provides picnic tables for guests. They are serving their full menu nightly and advanced reservations are required - call 609-898-0100. BYOB.

Located on Sunset Boulevard, this gourmet bistro features fresh, local seafood, slow roasted honey glazed duck, and char-grilled steaks. And if you still have room, their homemade deserts are worth every calorie!

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Vintage is the runaway hit of the summer! Our guests have really enjoyed their creative dishes and outdoor setting which includes tables under a tent in case of a little rain. Advanced reservations for dinner are strongly suggested. They are currently taking reservations over the phone at 609-224-6064. 

Located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, Vintage offers a delicious menu from the Kara Group, the same people behind George's Place, the Y.B., and Shamone. It also boasts a beautiful outdoor venue and free parking, along with the benefits of being a BYOB. 

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Sapore Italiano has transformed it's lawn and parking lot into an outdoor bistro area. They are currently taking advanced reservations on Open Table. BYOB.

Their dishes combines Italian classics with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. Located in West Cape May, their indoor dining spaces (not currently available) offer an elegant dining experience in an historic Victorian home. 

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Casual Dining

Mayer's Tavern is still going strong on its third season as one of Cape May's hidden secrets. And this summer they've turned their parking area into an outdoor bistro with tables and umbrellas for dining. No reservations required - we suggest that you plan to go before 6:15 pm or after 7:30 pm to avoid a wait. 

Located on the wharf, this refurbished fishermen's bar is a waterfront joint serving fresh seafood (and a great burger!) with a local vibe. Full bar, no reservations. Open every night except Tuesday.

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Congress Hall has transformed it's ocean-front lawn into a summer garden party complete with wicker chairs, live music, and farm-fresh food and drink. The Grand Lawn & Veranda dining experience includes menu items from the Boiler Room and the Blue Pig restaurants. Advanced reservations through Resy are required.

Delicious wood-fired pizza and fresh seafood top the list of this combined menu served al fresco at Congress Hall. 

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Oyster Bay is currently serving dinner in their new outdoor bistro area. Located just outside of the main downtown area on Lafayette Street, they are taking advanced reservations by phone - call 609-884-2111.  

With a classic menu of steak and seafood dinner options, Oyster Bay offers a casual environment with a full bar. Their inside seating (not currently available) provides guests the option of a sit-down dinner service or a bar area with high-top tables. 

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C-View Inn is a local staple for great bar food. This summer they put up tents in their parking lot to provide outdoor dining in a casual environment. Beware of crowds that may gather during prime dinner hours as they do not take reservations. 

Known for the best chicken wings in Cape May, there slogan is "Good Food. Cold Beer." And they are one of the oldest taverns in town. Go early or plan to wait for a table. 

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Lucky Bones has adapted to this summer's challenges with a large outdoor tent overlooking the harbor. They do not take reservations so plan on waiting for a table if you go during the prime dinner hours. If you don't want to wait, consider ordering takeout from here and bringing it back to the inn to eat on our veranda. 

Casual lunch or dinner spot with great food and cold beer. Located right when you come into town. Full bar, no reservations.

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George's Place is currently only doing takeout as they do not have any outdoor seating available. Consider ordering dinner to pick up and bring back to the inn. The food is delicious and they have been doing "BOGO" specials most of the summer. Cash only.

Delicious Greek restaurant downtown. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they only take same day dinner reservations starting at 5 pm. Cash and BYOB.

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Louisa's Cafe is currently only doing takeout as they do not have any outdoor seating available. Consider ordering dinner to pick up and bring back to the inn. Open 4 pm - 8:30 pm every night except Monday. Click here to see their takeout menu and place your order. 

One of Cape May's original farm-to-table restaurants, Louisa's Cafe features local seafood and fresh veggies from Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May. They offer a ever-changing chalkboard menu with daily specials in a cozy downtown location. 

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H & H Seafood is open air and super casual - both appreciated by our guests right now! No reservations and BYOB. Enjoy fresh steamed seafood on the water. 

It doesn't get any more casual than H & H Seafood. Located right on the water along Ocean Drive between Cape May and Wildwood, this place has outdoor picnic table seating under a large pavilion. Place your order for crabs, clams, lobster, oysters, shrimp, or scallops at the window and it comes out on a tray with paper towels on the table. And don't forget to pack a small cooler as it is BYOB.

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The Red Store is currently open for breakfast and brunch from 7:30 am to 3 pm, Wednesday through Monday, on their outdoor patio. It's a great option for guests looking to grab a delicious meal before check-in. 

This farm-to-table restaurant features a creative menu from Chef Lucas Manteca. Reservations definitely required! BYOB and Cash Only. Open for dinner Thursday - Sunday nights. 

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