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The Mad Batter

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19 Jackson St, The Carroll Villa Hotel, Cape May, NJ 08204-1417 (Formerly Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa) (Lafayette Street)
+1 609-884-5970
08:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sun 08:00 - 21:30
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is another "MUST GO" for Breakfast place in Cape May.. Stay within walking distance of town and you will find neat little shops on your way to eat.

1 Thank Patti H
Forked River, New Jersey
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I had dinner Valentines Day at The Mad Batter. Lets just start by saying. I'm a vegetarian and my husband isn't. There was absolutely no problem with that because the chef there is so........ creative. I had the BEST!!! vegetable wellington I have ever had, Totally DELICIOUS... LOVED IT. My husband just loved his shrimp scamp. They... More 

1 Thank YandM98
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Came in for dinner and enjoyed the clam chowder (awesome!) for a starter. My wife had the filet and crab cake and I enjoyed the double filet with the junk fries. In the next room and Irish band was playing. We left stuffed and the staff was very attentive. We WILL be back

1 Thank tMichae
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Could not wait for the next time to visit and here it is! Once again enjoyed your visit. Mad Batter: check-happy hour, dinner and breakfast the next morning. Stayed two nights for the second time so we could really enjoy Cape May. Christmas shopping at the Mall.

1 Thank GSP6367
Skippack, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been coming to the Mad Batter for 30 years and both my and my wife's meals were awful. This wasn't just a fluke, the Tuscan Fettuccini and the Stir-fry were both just plain bad. What made it even worse was that with a beer and one glass of wine dinner including tip was $92. So sad to say... More 

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply the best for lunch as we've been coming to the MB for over 20 years. Although service is a lame duck with less than happy servers hence 4 stars the new England clam chowder soup rocks the house with its take on a light yet savoury broth made with yes lots of butter cream bacon clams and pinchnof saffron.... More 

Thank Kbaldo
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place should be on your list if you're looking for a good happy hour spot, but otherwise, everything is mediocre. The service isn't remarkable, the food is average at best, and the decor is drab, especially around the bar area. When I'm down the shore, I want to be around as much sunlight and ocean views as possible. This... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited last week on a recommendation from a friend. Hands down, the best breakfast in Cape May. Our server was friendly and very attentive. The food was incredible.

1 Thank 1955lovetotravel
North Cape May, New Jersey
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42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Take all the guess work Out of your stay in Cape May ! Friendly clean and fabulous foods . You can't beat the breakfast . Food for every palate . The porch is under construction winter of 2017 . It's quaint , clean and prices are fair . I take all my friends from out of town here and it's... More 

1 Thank Capemaybeachlover
Ocean City, Maryland
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207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

What a neat and cozy Place to spend some quality time! The place is well maintained as part of the exciting history of Cape May. It is very clean and inviting. The bar area is attractive and relaxing. Often difficult to get a seat at the bar, however, Dining areas are varied and attractive. One can choose to dine in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
Soups, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Jackson St, The Carroll Villa Hotel, Cape May, NJ 08204-1417 (Formerly Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa)
    (Lafayette Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-5970
A Cape May tradition for over 30 years! The nationally acclaimed Mad Batter Restaurant is located at the Carroll Villa Hotel in the heart of the historic district. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and cocktails are served on the European-style front porch, garden terrace, and sky-lit dining room. Breakfast offerings include fresh squeezed juices, homemade fruit breads, and entrees such as crab benedict, oatmeal pancakes, or orange & almond french toast. Lunch entrees include the Maryland crab cake sandwich, fish & chips, and Waldorf chicken, as well as an assortment of salads. Dinner options are always inventive and the seafood is extraordinary. Entrees include award-winning jumbo lump crab cakes, juicy steaks, chicken and fresh fish specials daily. A sumptuous selection of desserts is made daily. The Mad Batter Bar features Happy Hour, 19 beers on tap, a reasonably priced wine list, and a martini list sure to please. Live music and special events are planned throughout the year.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?