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Cape May, NJ recommendations please

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Looking for recommendations in Cape May for these two dinner situations:
1. Fine dining experience
2. Traditional seafood fare: fried or broiled with lemon with good atmosphere and alcohol served.

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  1. Fine Dining I suggest The Washington Inn...Peter Shields...Union Cafe....Ebbit Room. Just to name a few....

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    1. re: RayP

      I'm heading there this weekend. Any ideas for good, cheap, casual food? My wife is not into "fine dining". We're staying at a B&B so I don't need breakfast recs. Would like to do one nice dinner somewhere... maybe I can twist her arm. Anywhere interesting and reasonable for lunch? Thanks!

    2. +1 The Washington Inn .....one of NJ's finest restaurants. Plus try 410 Bank Street if time and finances allow.

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      410 Bank Street
      410 Bank Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

      Washington Inn
      801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

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      1. re: maryanne06

        Got reservations for tonight at Washington Inn. Staying at The Virginia hotel. Is the restaurant at the Virginia any good?

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        Washington Inn
        801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

        1. re: takk

          I loved The Virginia hotel when I stayed there. Really liked it. :-)
          The Ebbitt Room (restaurant at The Virginia) was pretty good when I ate there, IIRC, but that was some years ago. Fine dining prices.

          ETA: I see from further down you did eat there.

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          Ebbitt Room
          25 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

      2. Louisa's on Jackson Street is also excellent.....very fresh food, BYOB and more affordable than many of the other places in town.

        1. For a less expensive meal, try Mad Batter.

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          Mad Batter
          19 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204

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          1. re: Picnicchef

            Also very affordable and very good are the burgers at The Ugly Mug.....get the Ocean Burger and a beer...you won't be disappointed.

            1. re: maryanne06

              Indeed, the Ugly Mug has been around forever! And, if you get a chance, I love having cocktails and raw treats on the sailboat at the Lobster House.

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              Ugly Mug Bar & Restaurant
              426 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204

              The Lobster House
              906 Schellengers Landing Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204

              1. re: maryanne06

                Ugly Mug is terrible. $13 for a Tuna Wrap? I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich a few weeks back and it had no taste and was $11.

                There is nothing worth pursuing via 'casual' dining in CM that provides value and is good food.

                The white table cloth scene via the above cited restaurants ER, PS, etc are top notch.

                But please, I will never ever return to the UM again. Terrible.

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                Ugly Mug Bar & Restaurant
                426 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204

              2. re: Picnicchef

                Mad Batter is one of our favorite stays and restaurants in Cape May even after all these years and countless BnB visits. The food at the Viriginia Hotel is quite good and Louisa's, if you can score a res last min, is exceptional.

              3. I have always enjoyed the Black Duck on Sunset , The Washington Inn & Louisa's for dinner....Ugly Mug for pub grub....Mad Batter for breakfast...

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                Washington Inn
                801 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

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                1. re: Pam in NJ

                  The Black Duck on SUnset is very good and has a prix fixe menu Friday nights - - around $20 for a very nice meal. When we drove down to Cape May on a Friday last November, the B&B owner pushed us to try it for dinner, even though we told him we were tired, wanted something casual, and were saving our "nice" meal for Saturday night. We gave in to his recomendation when he said it was a short block away and we did not feel like driving anywhere. Very glad we listened to his recommendation. Prix fixe included an excellant salad (I had the panko goat cheese and wife had the orange almond salad - both delicious), a nice though smallish entree (I had, if I recall correctly, scallops over a whole wheat linguine which was excellant and wife had a chicken dish that she thought was OK, but nothing special) and desert (home made sorbet). It is not the same level as some of the other restaurants mentioned by RayP at the start of this thread, but it is an inexpensive way to fit a second nice meal into a weekend away.