205 BEACH AVENUE, CAPE MAY, NJ 08204(609) 884-0017

Cape May's Iconic Surfer Bar & Restaurant

“The Nail,” as it’s known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the ‘70s. Back in the day lifeguards, surfers and beautiful beach bunnies gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it’s your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In the summer gather around the fire pit for a cold drink. When the weather starts to cool down, come on in and sit by the indoor fireplace. Kids’ meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail’s beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go.

Open Daily

Sunday - Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Bar Open Daily
Sunday - Thursday: until 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: until Midnight

No Reservations Required

The Rusty Nail is open for walk-ins this season. Please note that we do not take reservations. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Dining Specials

Pig and Pigskin at the Rusty Nail

Sundays 1:00pm - 9:00pm

Score big on Sundays at the Rusty Nail with Jimmy’s Smokin’ Pig Roast while watching the game on any of our nine TVs. Kick back with your favorite team, and stay toasty warm with inside seating near the fireplace that’s roaring all weekend long.


Chef Jimmy's Smokin' Pig Roast Piggy Platter - $34
Pulled Pork, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Coleslaw & Corn Bread

$2 off Wings, Nachos, Zucchini Sticks, Clam Strips, Peel & Eat Shrimp

$10 Bucket of (6) Miller Lite Ponies

Military Discount

Available with Valid Military ID

15% Off Food

Bring family and friends! Enjoy a 15% discount for your entire party seated at the table.

Must present a Valid Military ID in order to receive the discount. Discount is applicable to food items only. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

The Rusty Nail is proud to be a Travel & Leisure Pick for One of America's Top 10 Beach Bars.

The Rusty Nail
205 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204

it’s easy to find us

Cape May is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The Rusty Nail is located on Beach Avenue at the Beach Shack Hotel.

Parking is available in the spaces directly in front of the restaurant.
Parking is first-come, first-serve. Metered parking is available along Beach Avenue.

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From Specific Points

From The Garden State Parkway | From The Cape May Lewes Ferry | From New York | From Washington/Baltimore | From Philadelphia