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Union Park

Union Park Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://unionparkdiningroom.com
  • Phone: (609) 884-8811
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Global, International, American
  • Executive Chef: John Schatz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Private dining rooms available from 8 to 42 guests.
    Please call (609) 884-8811 for details.

  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining available for groups of 8 to 45 persons in one of our three intimate private dining rooms or the outside verandah. Special menus available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Dimitrov (609) 884-8811
  • Entertainment: n/a
  • Special Events & Promotions: Dear Guests,

    Thank you for your interest in the Union Park Dining Room as a host for your special event. We look forward to help you make this day pleasant and memorable.
    Located in the historic hotel Macomber, Union Park Dining Room is available for both casual and elegant parties, receptions, special occasion dinners and complete weddings. Our facility can host groups up to 125 people, depending on the type of reception you desire. The Hotel Macomber with its 36 guest rooms will be happy to provide accommodations for your guest. Our events generally include one and a half hour of buttered Hors d`oeuvres, followed by a sit-down dinner. We also offer a wide variety of extras to satisfy everyone’s specific needs. Chef Schatz could create a custom menu upon request. No liquor license, local wine available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Howard Street
  • Public Transit: n/a
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: on street only
A word from Union Park
Across from the ocean, this elegant dining room serves classic American food with a special touch. Union Park Dining Room received New Jersey Monthly Magazine's 2005 thru 2014 Critics Choice Award as one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. Working his magic behind the scenes, chef John Schatz has overseen the kitchens of some sophisticated eateries in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, including the former Maureen's in Cape May. The large, spacious dining rooms with their fireplaces, cherry & mahogany furniture & antique fixtures are romance personified. Settle in for a memorable meal.

Private dining rooms available from 8 to 42 guests.
Banquet Facilities: Located in the historic Hotel Macomber, union park dining room is available for both casual & elegant parties, receptions, special occasion dinners or complete weddings. Our facility can host groups up to 130 people, depending on the type of reception you desire.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We stayed at the Hotel Macomber directly upstairs from the restaurant, so if you're staying there, eating here is a must. There is a wrap-around veranda overlooking Beach Ave and the ocean -- amazing views! Service was quick yet attentive. Food was beyond our expectations -- we had the tuna tartare and crabcake to start. The crabcake was easily the best I've ever had -- the jalapeno aoli was excellent and added a slight kick. Our mains were the scallops and the halibut (one of the specials that night). The chef came out to present our food -- what a nice touch! It is BYOB, but there is a small selection of wines from a local Cape May winery to choose from."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food is great Everyone enjoy his meal I would like to know at the time of the reservation that the restaurant does not sell alcool We can bring our bottle but it is too late when we are sitting at the table However, we can buy local wine We bought the Cabernet-Sauvignon and it was correct"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been coming to Cape May for a long time and Union Park is consistently one of the best restaurants we go to. Food is always excellent and the atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy or snobby."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The restaurant is amazing, the food, the service and the ambiance. It is a "special occasion" type of restaurant. Whether the "special occasion" is a get together with friends and/or family, a quiet night out for two or a celebration, it fits it all. You won't be disappointed with this choice."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Union Park. The service was great, the waiter catered well to our 3 year old. Food was fantastic, maybe a little overpriced vs. portions, but I find most places are in Cape May. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I dined there the evening of July 16. Service was vert attentive. Good knowledge of menu items by staff. Food very good and presented well. I had crab cakes for entree, which were the best I have had in quite sometime. My wife had the scallops which were also well presented and tasty. Thanks for a great dining experience in Cape May."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed Union Park last year and returned again this year. The meals were consistently good. Staff was attentive to diners' needs at all times. All of this comes with a pricey tab, however."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed our early bird dinner. We both ordered the salmon which was delicious. Started with the crab bisque soup & ended with a fruit tart & a chocolate puff type dessert. Both were very good. It's bring your own bottle which worked out well. I would return here again for dinner"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We've been coming to Cape May for 15 years. We always make it a point to do at least one dinner at Union Park. I would consider it one of Cape May's higher end restaurants. The food and service is consistently excellent. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great dining experience. My wife had the short ribs and I had the lobster tails. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "we have been coming to Union Park for years and always come away happy. This is a very special place."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Every year for the past 25 we have been coming to Cape May. We have our usual restaurants and Union Park got onto our list perhaps 8 or 10 years ago. To us the food is most important and Union Park did not fail to deliver on that score. Both of our appetizers and main courses were very good. Union Park stays on our list."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Everything from the appetizers through dessert was great. The rack of lamb was the best I've had in years and the scallop entree also was enjoyed by everyone in our party. I would not hesitate recommending Union Park to anyone that is looking for an upscale dining experience while visiting Cape May."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious dinner! I would go back any time."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our group varying from 8-12 people has dined at Union Park each year for the last 4 or 5 years during our annual Cape May vacation. If possible it only gets better each year. Food - not a big menu - and not inexpensive - but it is all delicious, perfectly prepared, beautifully presented - always a real treat. Cost are kept down by the BYO policy. Service is friendly and on the ball. The dining room is beautiful - like sitting in a beautiful dining room in someone's home; very comfortable and elegant - but not at all stuffy. For smaller parties there are tables on the porch of of the Hotel Macomber, where the restaurant is located. Some with views of the beach."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A go-to place. Fresh salads, appetizers, and seafood. Bring good wine - it's worth it."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Overall, we liked Union Park. We knew that it was going to be overpriced, paying for the location etc. But, we did not expect a 45 dollar appetizer that listed oysters, mussels, lobster, crab to only have 3 small (smaller than a crayon) slivers of a crab leg and a lobster that could have been mistaken for a crawfish!! The steak was ok (cooked nicely, good size, but had marbled fat in a sirloin). Overall, the location and the excellent service (Gentleman named Miles from Bulgaria) was what made us enjoy our experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Excellent location, service and atmosphere. Above all and more importantly the food is amazing, especially the crab cakes. Best restaurant in Cape May hands down!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As usual the food and service here were nothing short of wonderful. We recently discovered our daughter is allergic to gluten, corn, dairy, and beef. A pretty tall order to get great tasting food when dining out. She's also 22 so she's been eating without those restrictions for a long time and knows what she's missing. The staff at union park produced a delicious meal for her after choosing from several options. We all had a wonderful meal and couldn't have been more pleased!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "$250 for 3 adults, one young child... this BYOB place is NYC priced without quality, portion size, creativity and lacks food flavor. We seriously don't understand how an in-season beach restaurant offers Farm raised salmon and at a cost of almost $30. From appetizers through to dessert all of our meals were utterly disappointing. Take your money and dine elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Union Park is simply gorgeous in every way. Elegance without the stuffiness. Attentive service yet unobtrusive. The food is always delicious and plentiful. I ordered a NY Strip steak that was on the specials menu and it was as good as any place that bills itself as a steakhouse. We saw couples, families , and one small group gathering for a special occasion. Union Park works for everyone and I recommend it with complete confidence."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Union Park two years ago and enjoyed it. That meal was delicious, but this meal was absolutely fabulous! As self-proclaimed foodies, we agree that this is one of the best start to finish meals we have ever eaten. His Cape May salts were delicate and tasty. We shared the burrata bruschetta, then moved onto the entrees. We declared it a tie: his braised short ribs with bacon marmalade (yup, you read that right), and my lobster tail over mascarpone risotto with pancetta. We would have skipped dessert, but it was my birthday, so...profiteroles with espresso chocolate chip ice cream. The food and service (thank you, Miles) were top notch. Next year: no discussion about where to go for my birthday, Union Park!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Went with a picky group everyone loved it, two chefs in attendance."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "it was always a destination place for food. It was always a BYOB place which is fine with me. They now offers wines and splits. What they don't tell you is they are all local wines. The split we had was like the mother of vinegar and although they called in meritage it was not drinkable. Companions dinner was ok.Mine however, was not edible the scallops were spoiled! They were completely overcooked and smelled like ammonia. The waitress took it back immediately and asked if I wanted this again. I was surprised she as that but then she quickly asked if I wanted something else. i had lamb it came out faster than I thought. Which sounds great but it was tough, and the demi glace was fortified with the same bad wine."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was cooked to spec. The tuna tartare was the best I've had in a while with flavors being perfectly balanced. Food came out very quickly and if the appetizers weren't rare I would have questioned the speed (but instead, was impressed). Two service errors include: wrong appetizer came out, wrong bottle of wine was brought out"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Out waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful and the good was fantastic. We will be back again soon!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband, my in-laws and myself have spent a significant amount of time in Cape May over the past ten years. However, we dined together for the first time at Union Park this past Saturday. And we were delighted! The food was delicious--classic seaside ingredients prepared in an inventive, well-balanced fashion; the service was appropriately attentive; and the ambience was upscale without being stuffy. We will definitely add Union Park to our rotation of favorite places to dine."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Booked bc of kid friendly advertising. Ok if you have older children, but felt my two and four year old were a bit disruptive in the environment. Restaurant very nice, however not that great for young children."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "With a group of 11 that included 2 children 6 & 8, we chose to go early enough to partake of the fixed priced menu. It was fantastic food all around and everyone was able to find something they enjoyed. The food was beautifully presented, perfectly prepared and just the right portion sizes. It was a celebration dinner for 50 years of marriage and a great beginning for the next 50!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We went to Union Park for our anniversary. The service was great. We ate outside wtih an ocean view. The food was good but be prepared that the portions are small. It is a BYOB. Would go again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We always have a great experience whenever we dine here, and this time was no exception. The food is always cooked perfectly and offers some wonderful flavor combinations. The atmosphere is elegant and the service is friendly to a t. One of my favorite Cape May eateries and one we will continue to visit in the future."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went to Union Park for my Birthday party with a group of 6 people including two children 6 and 9 years old. Our reservation was at 6:30 on a Saturday. The place was not crowded. More people arrived around 8pm. Food is excellent, service is great, atmosphere is relaxing. Children menses were available. The only downside (or upside?) is that you have to bring your own wine. Will definitely come back and will recommend it to anybody."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here on June 21. We had the prix fixe menu and the food was delicious! i would have done 5 stars for food and service, but my husband felt that some of the food was "pre-made" in the sense that it didn't feel to him that each individual portion of the menu was made as we ordered it, but a bit too pre-prepared."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "everything we ordered was great but the short ribs were amazing! definitely recommend"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Love the place. They remember your name when you come back. The manager Bob are so nice. Don't forget the Food. They are So Good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Union Park, as always, amazes with the quality of its food. Everything is done to your request, and virtually flawless in both preparation and presentation. The service is efficient and friendly without being obtrusive. I consider Union Park to be one of the two or three best restaurants in Cape May, and this most recent visit has only further entrenched it as in the running for the title of "Best"."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We tried Union Park Dining Room during Cape May restaurant week and ordered from the $35 price fixed menu. The tomato bisque soup with lump crabmeat was out of this world, as were the Atlantic salmon with goat cheese potato au gratin and the Bourbon Demi-glacé short ribs. They literally melted in your mouth! The service was excellent and the view of the ocean from the veranda made it the perfect evening! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Classy without any pretense. Fresh salads and seafood on the outside deck with a perfectly chilled Sauvignon Blanc (BYOB) is a great way to spend an evening."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in Cape May. Everything is cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. Eating on the patio is nice, but eating inside is great too. I like the quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Come often for restaurant week. Like to try a different restaurant each night. Union Park does not disappoint. Food and service consistently good. So good we went twice this week!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Both food and service was great. Waitress was very friendly and knew the menu and was able to answer our questions. An enjoyable night. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014