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Louisa's Cafe

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104 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1440
+1 609-884-5882
17:00 - 21:00
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144 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

The restaurant was bought by an employee and expanded considerably so getting in was easier. A few additions have been added to the menu, but the feel is much as before only fresher and cheerier. The salads, fish and deserts (especially the bread pudding) are as good as ever. BYOB is a plus.

1 Thank skibeach19
Management response:

Thank you for your review! I am so happy you are happy with the new dining room (6 tables is a lot in our little dining room!) I am so lucky and greatful that I was able to keep Louisa's alive. My goal is to continue to serve fresh and happy food to all of our awesome customers. Hope to... More 

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30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

The food is excellent ... Always fresh. Each entree is simple, usually served with a light cabbage slaw and a dill sauce - Nice. Deserts are good. Bread.- Limited .... Pasta - fresh and simple. All that said, these entrees are not worth the 20+ price. The portions are small. BYOW It's always packed ... so people don't care about... More 

Thank Dinerscout
Management response:

Hello and thank you for your review. Thank you also for continuing to eat at our sweet little restaurant. I am sorry it is too expensive for you. We hope you are enjoying these end of summer days. They are our favorite days. All the best to you. More 

Mahwah, New Jersey
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We visit Cape May several times each year. We have our favorite restaurants we need to visit each time. But, we always like to find at least 1 new place to try. I am so happy we found Louisa's! Adorable and quaint cafe with a rotating menu that is written with chalk on their wall. Everything is fresh, with many... More 

2 Thank WDWfan80
Management response:

Hello and thank you for your nice review. It makes us so happy when people enjoy their time in our little dining room. We hope you enjoy these beautiful last days of summer. Please come back again soon! Fall is so beautiful in Cape May and we get such a beautiful fall harvest from Beach Plum Farm that we love... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

My friends always like to go to Louisa's when they're in Cape May. It is very small and intimate and the expansion has been an improvement. I have never shared their enthusiasm because sometimes we are smooched into a really small spot. This year we had a nice table, atmosphere was great as always and waitstaff was excellent. However, none... More 

Thank 128Mary
Management response:

Hello. I am happy you liked our atmosphere. Sounds like our food is not for you. We are so lucky in Cape May to have such a wide range of restaurants to suit everyone's different tastes. At Louisa's we are so blessed to have so many happy customers who absolutely love our food and return year after year. All the... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2015

There is NOTHING to dislike about this little chocolate store! They have every kind of artisan chocolate imaginable. Their chocolate stars, bacon chocolate bars, and lavender sea salt caramels are among my favorites!

1 Thank Heather B
Wayne, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2015

Terrific food, great service , my go to place when in a Cape May! Fresh fish, great deserts. Love the small intimate atmosphere.

2 Thank Jan B
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

sustainability. simplicity. family. community. romance - this lovingly crafted little place has it all. every detail is formed out of love, comfort, beauty and purity. fresh caught fish, veggies farmed that DAY from down the road, ease, and fun service make this.... pretty perfect. if you like fussiness, a huge menu, lots of choice, and lots of space, this isn't... More 

2 Thank holly s
Baltimore, Maryland
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136 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

We stumbled upon this gem on the way to a restaurant that is closed so we came back and glad we did. Chalkboard menu based on fresh ingredients available that day. Fish was amazing and good portions. The BYOB was also welcomed with a liquor store just around the corner. They even has a vegan dish for my wife. Service... More 

2 Thank MrandmrsT84
Frederick, Maryland
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105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2015

The less than enthusiastic reviews I see from DC and NYC folks don't worry me. We have been coming back to Louisa's for a decade, to enjoy fresh fish cooked properly, served with a smile in a small room where conversation is possible. You can even talk to the neighboring table if you wish. I will confess to some apprehension... More 

3 Thank skyJim
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

My companion wanted fresh fish...something you think would be easy to find in a seaside resort area. It wasn't. We spotted Louisa's and decided to give it a try. Fortunately, when we called for reservations, they informed us of the BYOB and no credit card limitations. These 2 are always a red flag and quite unwelcome. Strike 1. On the... More 

1 Thank NoStoppinUs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1440
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-5882
Serving fresh simple seafood dishes here on Jackson Street since 1980. All our desserts are made right here each morning. Stop by the Chocolate Bar where we have the most delicious Artisan chocolate being made in the beautiful USA! Call for current hours. Our hostess is here at 4. We do not seat any children after 7pm - that is when we begin adult swim.

Have fun in Cape May and thanks for stopping by!

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