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Outdoor Dining & Take-Out

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Chef Jimmy's Pig Roasts

Every Monday at the Nail

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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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Open Daily

Takeout & Outdoor Dining
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Dining at the Nail

food on table at the rusty nail

Outdoor Dining at

The Rusty Nail

Summer is here, and the Nail is ready for a season of tasty bites, cold cocktails and plenty of sun! Kick back at one of our outdoor picnic tables and enjoy our classic beach-inspired menu, plus plenty of new specials and twists from Chef Jimmy.
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cheeseburger and french frieschicken quesadilla with a pickle fried chicken in a beach pail

Rusty Nail To-Go

Available Daily

Cape May's iconic surfer bar and restaurant is serving up delicious beach blanket take-out every night of the week. Drive up and grab favorites like Chef Jimmy's famous fried chicken, fish tacos, boardwalk fries and much more. Plus, don't miss our daily specials!
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Reservations Required

In order to give everyone the space they need, dining reservations will be required this season at the Rusty Nail. Guests can make reservations up to 30 days in advance.
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Dining Specials

Rusty Nail Pig Roasts

Every Monday at 4:00pm

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

Pig Roast Menu

Pulled pork sandwich served with baked beans and Cole Slaw

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

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