Where to Eat in West Cape May: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Harland Bartelt

West Cape May is a Walsh Act borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,024, reflecting a decline of 71 (-6.5%) from the 1,095 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 69 (+6.7%) from the 1,026 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in West Cape May

1. Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

1301 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-2726 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 85 +1 609-884-9090
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 947 reviews

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

The Peter Shields Inn quality cuisine bursts with freshness and creativity. The Peter Shields offers a la carte dining along with a four course chef’s tasting menu. Also expect to find weekly menu additions that incorporate fresh and innovative ingredients. The magnificent ocean views are the perfect scenery to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a memorable dining experience. In the summer months, outdoor dining is available on porches overlooking the ocean. The Inn also specializes in both casual & elegant ocean front weddings. For the absolute finest local and seasonal fare, Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant is a favorite of residents and visitors to Cape May alike. Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room.

Reviewed By GGWD - Tampa, Florida

We had the 3 course pref-fix menu celebrating St. Patricks days. The food was absolutely stunning both visually and taste. We loved everything. Service was exceptional, I'd say world class. Fast, professional, always available without being over bearing. This is BYOB for wine/beer. We bought a nice bottle of wine that was $20 in the store, it would have been 65-100 with the standard wine markups most restaurants use so we enjoyed good wine at a great price, and NO Corkage fees either. There is a good reason this restaurant is the #1 spot in Cape May - it earned it and you will not be disappointed.

2. Westside Market

517 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204-1209 Takeout American, Delicatessen Breakfast, Lunch +1 609-884-3061
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

Westside Market

Reviewed By Carole S - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

A must visit.
Our family has shopped here for over 28 years. Convenient and courteous.
Always remembers our family, even by name, when we shop. Their fresh chicken and meat is cut to order. Their filets are to die for and their subs are great size and very filling.

3. Coffee Tyme At The Beach

315 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1407 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe Breakfast +1 609-435-5647
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Coffee Tyme At The Beach

#1 Coffee Shop on TripAdvisor Cape May. Voted Best Coffee of Cape May in 2015 and 2016 by Cape May Magazine. We offer fresh baked goods and locally roasted coffee! Don't forget to ask about our gluten-free options!

Reviewed By collmc45 - Mullica Hill, New Jersey

This place has good coffee and lots of choices. I like flavored coffees (which a lot of places don't have) so I was happy.

4. Chill

301 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1407 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +1 609-770-2707
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 118 reviews

Chill

Reviewed By Lily R

I love to go here after a couple hours on the beach to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. I always get a crepe and recently I tried the Pina Colada smoothie, which is definitely the best smoothie in the Cape May area. Chill inspired me to start making crepes at home!

5. Union Park Dining Room

727 Beach Ave, Hotel Macomber, Cape May, NJ 08204-2464 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards French, Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 609-884-8811
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 915 reviews

Union Park Dining Room

Across from the ocean, this elegant dining room serves classic American food with a special touch. Union Park Dining Room received New Jersey Monthly Magazine's 2005 thru 2016 Critics Choice Award as one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. Working his magic behind the scenes, chef John Schatz has overseen the kitchens of some sophisticated eateries in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, including the former Maureen's in Cape May. The large, spacious dining rooms with their fireplaces, cherry & mahogany furniture & antique fixtures are romance personified. Settle in for a memorable meal. Private dining rooms available from 8 to 42 guests. Banquet Facilities: Located in the historic Hotel Macomber, union park dining room is available for both casual & elegant parties, receptions, special occasion dinners or complete weddings. Our facility can host groups up to 130 people, depending on the type of reception you desire.

Reviewed By Kyle S

We enjoyed a fine dining in the spacious dining room with a cozy fireplace, mahogany furniture and antique fixtures, Vegetarian and gluten free options are available. My husband and I shared a romantic dinner. We started with the bay scallops ceviche and oysters. Moved on to the main corse of lobster for me, crab cakes for him. Ended with delicious orange cake and whiskey ganache. The service was quiet and knowledgeable. aAl in all , a lovely evening.

6. Black Duck on Sunset

1 Sunset Blvd, West Cape May, NJ 08204 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 609-898-0100
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 439 reviews

Black Duck on Sunset

Reviewed By betsy u - Brick, New Jersey

1st...food was very good, had early bird, crab cake and salmon...server and hostess friendly...early bird is 5 to 530, left at 615 and only ppl were the bones for early bird.....now, issue is online menu has been changed, and went there specifically for item on menu, also soup of day was changed, which is item my husband wanted...waitress sasud online menu is at least 2 years old...??? Dessert was pudding or creme broiler, although it was good should have 2 different types...again, good good, wont be back cuz of menu glitch

7. Magic Brain Cafe

31 Perry St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1485 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Magic Brain Cafe

Cape May's Premium Cafe located at 31 Perry St. Open daily 7am-10pm March 1st-Dec 31st. We specialize in freshly baked pastries and premium espresso based beverages.

Reviewed By greenvegeez - Denver, Colorado

Stopped by late morning for iced chai latte. Nice vibe & good retreat from touristy walking mall area. Baristas were friendly & efficient. Chai was a little weak, but added pepper & cinnamon on the side bar helped to bolden the flavor.

8. Cape May Peanut Butter Co.

516 Carpenter Ln, Cape May, NJ 08204-2302 Takeout, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options SGD 7 - SGD 14 +1 609-898-4444
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 377 reviews

Cape May Peanut Butter Co.

We sell 10 varieties of delicious fresh ground nut butters along with jellies, jams, preserves, candy, baked goods, snacks and a lot more.

Reviewed By Jack K - Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Wow, if you like peanut butter cookies, cake, spreads, etc., you've GOT to visit this place. The prices aren't cheap, but that's because it's all quality stuff.

9. Hot Dog Tommy's

319 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1407 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 609-884-8388
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Hot Dog Tommy's

Reviewed By kperfilio - South Plainfield, New Jersey

I am really picky about hot dogs, but my husband and younger daughter love them, so we decided to try Hot dog Tommy's. Not only was Bruce, the owner, friendly, but they had something on the menu for everyone. I really enjoyed the Potato Tornado, and my older daughter gobbled up her tuna sandwich. My husband and younger daughter thoroughly enjoyed their hot dogs.

10. The Original Fudge Kitchen

513 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1427 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 609-884-2834
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

The Original Fudge Kitchen

Reviewed By Bunky13 - Phoenix

I don't even like fudge but after trying one of their samples - well ok...a couple of their samples, I was hooked. My mom loves fudge and so we went in and she spent a good amount of time picking and choosing 2 lbs of fudge. They even give you a coupon for your next visit that never expires. My favorite was the vanilla coconut - to die!!!

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