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.
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Reservations Suggested

We’ve spaced tables to give our guests the room they need to be safe and comfortable. While we’ll still accommodate walk-ups if there’s seating available, we highly recommend you reserve your table in advance.

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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Friday & Saturday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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cheeseburger and french frieschicken quesadilla with a pickle fried chicken in a beach pail

Rusty Nail To-Go

Cape May's iconic surfer bar and restaurant is serving up delicious beach blanket take-out! Drive up and grab favorites like Chef Jimmy's famous fried chicken, fish tacos, boardwalk fries and much more.
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Dining Specials

Chef Jimmy's Smokin' Pig Roasts

Every Monday at 4:00pm

Head to the Nail on Mondays this summer for Chef Jimmy's famous Smokin' Pig Roasts. We'll cook up a Berkshire Hog raised locally at Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May. Featuring fire-grilled piggy platters with sides and cornbread, our Pig Roasts are a BBQ highlight of the summer season.

Pig Roast Menu

Pulled pork, corn on the cob, baked beans, Cole slaw & corn bread

Porkwich Platter 21
Pulled pork sandwich on a brioche bun, baked beans and coleslaw

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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