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.

Rusty Nail Hours

Open Friday - Monday

11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Please Note: The Rusty Nail will close for the season on Tuesday, October 11 & is closed on Monday, October 3.
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Walk Ins & Reservations

The Rusty Nail will take reservations this season, and welcome walk-ins on a first come, first serve basis.

Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, we'll do our best to accommodate guests with outdoor reservations inside—but please note that indoor seating cannot be guaranteed in all cases.

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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