The Blue Pig Tavern, the Ebbitt Room, the Rusty Nail, Brown Room and Boiler Room are some of the signature Cape Resorts’ bars and restaurants and the best of Cape May dining. Locals and hotel guests alike can come and enjoy a great meal sourced with local ingredients from our own 62-acre Beach Plum Farm. Each of our establishments has an eye toward local seasonality and serves a variety of cuisines ranging from American beach comfort food to local farm-to-table fare. Both the Blue Pig Tavern and Ebbitt Room take reservations directly by phone and via OpenTable.
The Blue Pig Tavern is a cozy family restaurant with a familiar bill-of-fare of American comfort food. The ambiance is casual, with a stylishly sweet and charming setting, complete with a wood-burning fireplace, gingham window valances, old leather banquettes, and repurposed wooden slats from a historic building. The servers are engaging, and the menu is popular with family members young and old. Big Pig Tavern takes the time to serve fresh, responsibly sourced, seasonal foods, and prepares them well. If you’re the brunching type, the crowds can attest to exceptional mimosas and bloody marys, impeccable but unfussy dishes, like the Cape May Seaside Omelet (made with fresh, free-range eggs), and a delicious menu of homey salads, soups, pizzas and sides. For dinner, look for classics like baked macaroni and cheese, and crab cakes with grilled New York strip steak. In the warmer months, dine at our secluded 42-seat porch, or al fresco in our popular outdoor section. Kids especially love the Blue Pig decor, with matching mugs, lunch bags, plush animals and souvenirs available for purchase. The Blue Pig Tavern is a proud Winner of the 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award.
The Ebbitt Room is a AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurant in the Virginia Hotel. It is the best of farm-to-table dining in Cape May: a true romantic affair with upscale service and an innovative American menu influenced by our seaside location. Dishes are constantly rotated on and off the menu to showcase what’s in season at our Beach Plum Farm and from local purveyors. The locally sourced menu is relaxed yet inspiring, such as the Long Island Duck Breast and 24-hour Braised Short Ribs, along with our famous Sticky Toffee Pudding for the perfect Cape May dinner. While using the freshest ingredients, the chefs manage to produce flavors that are finessed, the combinations unpredictable, and the presentations delightful. The chef also features a daily list of chalkboard specials and an impressive cocktail and wine list. Enjoy small plates and wine from the relaxing front porch or at the intimate Ebbitt Room lounge, where pianist Paul Sottile plays every Saturday night. The Ebbitt Room also hosts a Dining Series each year, with a gourmet five-course menu for $65-$75 per person.
The Rusty Nail has the distinction of being one of Travel & Leisure’s Pick for America’s Top 10 Beach Bars. “The Nail,” as locals call it, is a low-key restaurant with the longest bar in Cape May, and a convenient location right across from the beach. The no-reservations policy encourages spontaneity and that doesn’t deter the crowds—a mix of surfers, locals, and visitors—from lining up for cold beers, grilled fish tacos, and best of American food in Cape May. Pull up to the communal picnic tables and chat with your neighbors while you wait for your food, or find a seat around the cozy outdoor fire pit while your kids play in the sand bar, or join in a game of shuffleboard. Besides the many beers on tap here (both local and international), add the Conch Fritters and a bucket of steamed Clams and Mussels to the list of dishes you should not miss. Not only are dogs welcome at the Rusty Nail, but special dog-friendly menus are available, including Doggy Beer, our Doggie Bowl and Wrangler Roundup and All-Natural Pup Treats. There’s no better place to enjoy the breezy summer evenings—especially for those of us who love to linger by the fire pit late at night: Rusty Nail is open for drinks until 1 a.m.
The Boiler Room is a popular underground lounge and bar with live music located inside Congress Hall. Guests are invited to dance along to the band while enjoying beer and wine or to find a seat by the bar and simply watch the action on one of the 10 TV monitors. Order a cocktail and chat with a friendly bartender. The vibrant crowds will continue to congregate, lingering over beers from the moment the doors open until long after they’ve shuttered for the night.
The Brown Room is an intimate cocktail lounge occupying the same spot as Congress Hall’s first legal post-Prohibition cocktail bar. It’s often called Cape May’s living room because of its cozy wood-burning fireplace and the vibrant atmosphere with Darin MacDonald playing on the piano. The Brown Room is a true shining star for those who love the lounge experience and the cocktail list is a true standout—both imaginative and concise. Order from an impressive tome of drinks that pays homage to our farm-fresh ingredients and pre-Prohibition cocktails: from the Congressional Cosmo to the Watermelon Charisma. As the local folks huddled at the bar can attest, this is truly a place for privacy and relaxation. Don’t forget to people-watch: The Brown Room buzzes with a lively, good-looking crowd.
During the day, enjoy the views of the lush garden and the Atlantic Ocean while ordering fresh juices from Congress Hall’s Veranda Bar. At night, the veranda picks up convivial steam as people pour into the long row of rocking chairs, where they sit with friends and family sipping cocktails or a fruity drink after a day at the beach.
Tommy’s Folly Coffee Shop is the perfect place to start your day. Guests and locals come for the croissants, fresh pastries, panini, and cappuccinos all day long. Sandwiches, soups and salads are also popular for those who long for a quick lunch.
The Star Coffee Shop not only brews fresh La Columbe coffee but also has an assortment of juices, yogurts and fresh baked bakery items.