Mad Batter Restaurant
Mad Batter Restaurant

Mad Batter Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://madbatter.com/
  • Phone: 6098845970x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast & Lunch: Every Day 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Dinner: from 5 PM

    ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE ACCEPTED FOR DINNER ONLY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lisa Erdley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Make the Carroll Villa Hotel and Mad Batter Restaurant your choice for special occasions, family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, and rehearsal dinners.
    All the wonders and charm of seaside Cape May, plus memorable accommodations and dining, combine to make your party a very special occasion. The Garden Terrace can be enclosed with French doors for heat or air conditioning, or fully opened to the outside garden. The room seats up to 70 guests, or can be divided into 2 smaller areas, each accommodating 35 guests. It is a unique and colorful light-filled retreat with a special charm.
  • Private Party Contact: Pam Huber 6098845970x309
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour daily 4 - 6 PM.

    Live Music every night in season, never a cover charge. Winter schedule live music weekends. Open Mic Night every Sunday night

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mad Batter Restaurant
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 made daily. The Mad Batter Bar features Happy Hour, twelve 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Mad Batter Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (63)neighborhood gem (59)kid-friendly (49)fit for foodies (34)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (29)special occasion (26)good for groups (24)romantic (20)vibrant bar scene (20)scenic view (18)hot spot (13)late-night find (12)notable wine list (9)Show More
  • Great as Usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Every year we go to Cape May we make sure that Mad Batter is one of the restaurants we go to for dinner....I have to say the Mahi Mahi with Mango, etc.. was one of the best meal combinations I have had in a long time....PLEASE do not discontinue it! :) I like that you can get great food in a nice atmosphere, but not over the top quiet and romantic, so perfect for the entire family...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greg DEMANDED Increased Tip
    Mayberry
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Server demanded a larger tip, yelled at us, then yelled at me. Avoid Greg. Kay, the Manager, was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kcdaylight
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We always go to the Mad Batter when in Cape May ... We also stay at the Hotel many times... But this night something was missing... My son didn't like his crab cakes and the 4 cheese Mac/cheese was bland.. My wives salad was drenched in dressing.. Our appitizers were off also.. Bay berry wings are usually sweet and spicy .. Also had little flavor... The Brie pastry was about half the size it a few years ago .. My meal pasta in cream sauce was really good... My Long Island iced tea .. Was poor... I love this place but on this night it just seemed to miss on all accounts
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to work on their chef
    jeno
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Ambiance, service and beverages were great. We felt the food was not comparable for the quality of the food. The crab cakes were more full than crab, the lobster ravioli and seafood dish was swimming in red sauce. I think it is overrated and pricey. Compare to other area restaurants with outside seating and not as much ambiance, the others had much better crab cakes, substantial seafood on the plate and were much more flavorful .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-So
    TonyD
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Two of our four dinners were bland. Having been there before for lunch, the dinner was a bit disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chris
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great food, live music and a wonderful atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great restaurant that meets all the families needs. Great childrens menu great adult menu and quality made cocktails. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre expensive food
    Cadelo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had our only bad meal at the Mad Batter, but fortunately we at least paid a high price for the experience. My wife was actually ill that evening and the next morning from eating her Alfredo which was more sauce than pasta, and also served room temperature. My 23 year old son who usually eats not only his meal, but samples everyone else's, ate only half of his crabcake sandwich and fries. Amazing! I wanted to swap fries that came with my $33 steak out for any vegetable or salad, and they "upcharged" me $2.50 for that. That is patently ridiculous. And to round out the foursome, my youngest daughter picked the meat off her chicken wings to find something that didn't have the bad flavor of the Thai BBQ sauce on the outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - poor service
    KMC2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We first had drinks at the bar - the bartenders were friendly and quick. The friendliness ended there. Our server could have cared less about our table. We waited 15 minutes for our order to be taken and had to ask another server to find them. They stopped at 2 other tables made eye contact but never bothered to come over. Other tables food, drinks, and appetizers (and servers) were around. Fortunately, the food was outstanding - the soft shell crab was delicious! We greatly enjoyed the shrimp and scallops.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food and service - will be going back!!! Good for kids and adults alike - great place at the Jersey shore!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Scooter
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Interesting food. I'd like more vegetarian though Veg Wellington outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Terrific fresh food with a wonderful waitstaff. Kid friendly with delicious food for adults. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This restaurant is very popular and for good reason. At breakfast time, a line forms to get in almost as soon as the restaurant opens. The bacon for breakfast was the best bacon I ever had. The Chilean Sea Bass as a dinner entree was scrumptious. Even though I love to try a different restaurant every time I eat out, I can't wait to go back here. I wish it was in my hometown.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!!
    Suzzels
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Excellent restaurant , the Sea Bass was amazing , great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peaceful, delightful!
    Jdspi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Was pressed to find a place that fits our casual attire and was open late. We were happy to find the Mad Batter and were very pleased with the restaurant and the food and while the service was slightly slow it was still very enjoyable evening I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • must visit in Cape May
    lisa
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Glad I finally went - this is considered the first "good" restaurant in Cape May in modern times (late 20th Century to current) - and that may be, they have plenty of competition these days. The feed is fine if not remarkable, based on the few things we tried. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and could accomodate everything from romantic for two to boisterous - and it's right by the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • July 2014 birthday dinner
    Jrzgpa
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was the third consecutive year we went here and were looking forward to a repeat of the experiences we had in the past. While the service was fine, something has changed in the kitchen and not for the better. Previously the food was great, e.g. crab cakes, steaks, deserts. This time two of us ordered a filet mignon and a skirt steak both medium rare. both came out well done and the cut of skirt steak was nothing like I have seen before. The filet came with a side of mac n cheese which had a consistency and taste like there was some kind of filler in the cheese. It remained uneaten. Really, how can a kitchen screw up mac n cheese? We received credit for the steak and mac n cheese but we will be trying a different restaurant next year.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional service!
    Luvnlife
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our family wanted a special celebration for our daughter's 40th birthday and thought it would be fun to recreate her favorite birthday memory which was Cinderella themed when she was 4. The staff was incredible! They worked with me before the event to pull it together and the result was perfect! From Cinderella balloons tied to her chair when we arrived to a cake complete with tiara and wand, the details could not have been more thoughtfully managed. And in between we enjoyed a meal that we will remember as one of our best ever! Truly a celebration we will never forget! If we could have given it more stars, we would!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Colorful...Cozy...a Cape May Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The atmosphere matched the menu...colorful and quite satisfying...server was outgoing and kind...music at bar was an added bonus...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland bland bland
    Fosters3
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The more senior greeter barely said hello to us, and answered a question with a look, not a word. But we went there for the food not the greeter, so we grinned and bested the rudeness. However the food was even more disappointing. We tried 3 entrees and 2 appetizers. None had any flavor to speak of. Very disappointing. On the way out a different greeter was very friendly, but it was too late. We were so underwhelmed by this restaurant. Our server MiMi was the only good part about it. Spend a little more and eat next door at the Ebbitt Room.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eci107
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A fun place to bring the family - good food (especially the dinner specials), great drinks, and music. Meal was not rushed and server was both pleasant and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tres Bon!!!!!
    LuvDining
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Excellent food an service. I plan to go again when we return to cape May
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerseygirl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Nice outdoor dining spot on historic Jackson St. Had a good blackened fish sandwich-refreshing to have a fish sandwich on the menu that isn't fried.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner
    hungry
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First the hostess did not have our reservations, or another couples through your OPEN TABLE system. the food was alright not worth the price even for a shore location. My wife had the filet and crab cakes. they say that they have the best crab cakes. They were bad, had a funky taste. The filet was not seasoned and was fatty. It also came with mac and bad cheese. I had scollops and shrimp in a water red broth with no taste could of used some seasonings was just bland. The dipping seasoning were too salty. Would not recommend this location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My family has been visiting Cape May for 15 years. We always make it a point to dine at The Mad Batter. Their food and dining experience have been consistently excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly very good
    Jules714
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our server was very energetic and attentive. Taste of Paris Martini was delicious and strong. Calamari appetizer was good, but not super crunchy, and the marinara dipping sauce tasted as if it was poured from a can. The fresh bread and dip was delicious and warm, however. The Ahi tuna special was delicious, as was the sweet potato mash and asparagus. The crab cakes were the biggest disappointment of the night. I'm from Maryland, so I know what a crab cake should taste like. These were 75% filler, and had very little crab or seasoning, so they tasted very bland. So, a mixed bag, but I've been here before and enjoyed it, so give it a shot. And make sure you make reservations during summer months.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Expensive/Chili's level food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Menu and execution pretty mediocre, and tailored to tourist audience. Too expensive even for Cape May. Good range of food for all types of eaters (especially children). Very nice space with covered garden dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for all Meals
    chinakids2
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Loved the 8-3 time for breakfast. Great selections for all meals. Service was prompt and servers were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This was my first visit to Cape May and the Mad Batter was highly recommended. It did not disappoint! Outstanding food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • capemayfan
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My family loves the Mad Batter and when we are in Cape May it is a must. There is something for everyone on the menu. If you are a vegetarian like me you must try the veggie Wellington. They also have a wonderful bar which is always friendly and fun. They make a mean mojito.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great happy hour!
    lb362
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were a party of six, with one of us a child. The sea bass and salmon were raved about. And the senior licked her fingers while devouring her fish & chips. I ordered from the Specials, and was disappointed. It was the grizzly steak du jour. It was tedious to cut around all the fat, so I left unfulfilled. I spoke to my waitress about it and was told that this cut of meat always has this much fat. A sirloin? I left it at that. It was a long day and I wasn't going to debate it. But next time...I'm going to get a pizza.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY
    reservationqueen
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    great drink menu- pizza appetizers big enough for a one person meal. Crab cakes were delicious as was the tuna special. Our waitress Sue was great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Our food was superb - I loved the seafood bisque. The wine list offered a terrific variety and our main courses were very good. We had an attentive waitress as well. I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a nice time
    njdevs
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food is good with a nice selection of items for everyone. The cocktails are great. Pleasurable dining experience inside and outside on the patio
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beachnick
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This restaurant was just OK. The food was OK; with a few really good dishes---the Chilean Sea Bass, the Loaded Fries and a Mozzarella appetizer--- but most of the rest just average. The ambience is a bit strange starting with one really dark bar room, a "sunroom" that was like a meat freezer with the air conditioning blasted, and lastly a garden room that overlooked a charming garden; but the interior of the room was so-so. There were annoying flies in the place. The service was very good. Too pricey for what it is. A disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    atoz3P
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I loved eating outside. The ambiance was very nice. And the service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Good
    Elle
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Good Food all around! Fun times!! House wine could be better selection for price. Was not good. We got a bottle of KJ and was happy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Kate
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Just looking at the restaurant I knew it was gonna be great. From the first drink I tasted it was nothing short of spectacular. I am a vegetarian and they had multiple dishes I could choose from which is very hard to come by in the Cape May area! I can not wait to go back again and will definitely be telling everyone to come here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Have always been satisfied with the experience! Food, service and entertainment are always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive for bad food
    ALLR
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We went for dinner, family of 4. We sat outside, nice table and view of houses on Jackson Street. Service was good, food was terrible for the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate