205 BEACH AVENUE, CAPE MAY, NJ 08204(877) SHACK-07

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. It's right here at the Beach Shack, just steps away from your room. 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. Now that the Beach Shack is open from May-December, so is The Nail, with the same great live entertainment and classic seaside menu.
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 new 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.
learn more Call: (609) 884-0017


Open Friday - Sunday
through November 24th


1:00 pm - 12:00 am


8:00 am - 12:00 am


8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving Week:
November 27th through December 1st


1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


8:00 am - 10:00 pm


8:00 am - 10:00 pm


8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Dining Specials

Down-Home Thanksgiving Dinner

Bring the whole family back to the beach to kick off the Holidays in Cape May as you gather ‘round the table for a relaxing and laidback Thanksgiving at the Rusty Nail. Thanksgiving dinner includes three courses, with Jimmy's down-home Deep Fried Turkey and all the fixin’s, like mashed potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese and more. Save room for dessert-delicious apple cobbler, pumpkin cheesecake, or sweet potato pie.


Adults $40
(ages 4-12) $15
Children 3 and younger are free.

*Prices are non-inclusive of tax, gratuity, and alcohol.

Stay Overnight

Stay overnight at the Beach Shack! Book our 'Down-Home Thanksgiving' package and enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations along with your Thanksgiving feast.


Reserve Your Tickets

Down-Home Thanksgiving Dinner reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are first-come, first-serve.

Call to Reserve: (609) 884-6542

Please call the Concierge Desk at (609) 884-6542 to reserve your tickets for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Down-Home Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Three Course Prix Fixe

First Course

Cream of Butternut Squash

Farm Salad

Second Course

Chef Jimmy's Deep Fried Turkey
served family-style with Mashed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens and Cabbage, Glazed Carrots, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy

Grilled Salmon
served with two sides

Pasta Primavera
served complete

Third Course

Apple Cobbler
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Sweet Potato Pie

Rusty Nail Football Specials

Available during games on Saturdays & Sundays

Head to the ‘Nail this football season for our Football Specials! Grab a cold beer or cocktail at the bar and watch the big game on one of our nine HDTVs. On College and NFL game days we’ll serve up delicious Bar Menu specials.

Bar Menu Specials

Available at the Bar

$5 Mac & Cheese Balls (3)

$1 Wings
Dry, Hot or BBQ

$5 Beach Plum Farm Zucchini Sticks (3)
with Marinara Sauce

$5 Chips and Salsa

$5 Pork Tacos (2)

$6 Loaded Fries

Beer Specials

Available at the Bar




See your bartender for details

Chef Jimmy's Fall Dining Specials

Available Fridays & Saturdays during Dinner service

Join us at the Nail for Chef Jimmy's Fall Specials, featuring his famous Southern Fried Chicken on Fridays and a delicious Angus Prime Rib on Saturdays.


with mac & cheese, cornbread
and collard greens mixed with cabbage


served with two sides
add baked or fried crab cake 12

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.

Entertainment Lineup

at the Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail is proud to host a regular lineup of talented local musicians.
Acoustic acts take the stage during sunny afternoons outdoors by the sandpit, followed by full bands and DJs that keep the party going indoors when night comes around. Unwind to sunny tunes and beachy jams that blend perfectly with our laid-back vibe.

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.

From Google Maps:

View Google Map & Enter Your Starting Point

From Specific Points

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