Back Bay Bistro

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$30 and under
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New American Menu serving cut to order Prime Rib, NY Strip Steaks and Flat Iron Steaks. Fresh local seafood, veal, chicken and pasta dishes. Entrees are served with choice of fresh sautéed vegetables and a baked potato or garlic mashed. Plus you will enjoy a family style salad and our own homemade focaccia bread and dipping oil. Come discover for your self why we were voted #1 New American and caterer by PHL 17 Jersey Shore Hot List. BYOB
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RZ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO BACK BAY BISTRO SINCE IT'S OPENING IN JULY OF 2011. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL. THIS WEEKEND WAS NO EXCEPTION. THE SHRIMP CARBONARO WAS OUTSTANDING. MY WIFE HAD FLOUNDER FLORENTINE. THIS IS THE BEST BARGAIN IN THE CAPE MAY AREA BY FAR.

DM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great meal at Backbay Bistro! We love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the eggplant stacker! This place is a great find!

w
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday breakfast. Good variety of menu items. Food could have been quicker but was delicious. They accommodated my wife's dietary restrictions. Quaint & comfortable local place away from the fast paced shore population.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to backbayl for awhile now
Always take my company

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The appetizers were amazing. The bread was very good too. The entrées were very good except for the stuff shrimp. The stuffing was just ok.

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, highly recommended

Y
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

This unassuming front has top flight largely northern Italian food.

We have eaten there several times with friends. Everything is good and in the realm of world class is the eggplant stacker which is technically an appetizer can serve as main entree.

Chicken piccata is total 5 stars with large serving of quality pasta.

Salmon excellent but would not recommend putting crab on top which was not quite up to par with the rest of the menu.

The garlic mashed potatoes are a big YES!

Steamed mussels were perfect and the marinara sauce was the best. The sauce was so generous even after dipping with bread we sheepishly asked for a container to bring back with us the leftover and they said that ask happens all the time.

There homemade bread is so good with their olive oil dip that there is a danger of eating too much before the main course.

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place!! Food was excellent! Service was great! Would recommend for big groups and it’s a BYO!

BL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Nice neighborhood eatery, but no where near the bay. Very friendly staff. The food was decidedly mediocre. The bacon wrapped shrimp was tasty. Shrimp were frozen and rubbery. Several of us enjoyed shrimp cocktail, 4 per serving and similarly frozen. Three of our group ordered specialty meals. The shrimp and scallop over pasta was over-endowed with pasta. It was extremely hot -- obviously microwaved to reheat before serving -- and was too hot to eat, but was edible. The shrimp and scallop were chewy, but the sauce was pleasant and not overpowering. The filet mignon was not filet mignon -- fatty cuts from a sirloin or thick ribeye. Each came in a mushroom demi sauce. They were cooked correctly -- my medium rare cut was pick throughout and hot center. But there was no char under the demigalze and the beef was more steamed than pan seared. The service was excellent -- friendly, attentive server, hostess and wait staff. Maybe we caught them on an off night, but the food was unimpressive. Also, the noise level was very high. I could not hear my table mate seated next to me throughout the meal. Finding a restaurant on Saturday night is a challenge and we settled on the Back Bay Bistro. We had a pleasant evening.

DB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had reservations and seated promptly. The food was absolutely delicious!

KS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Back Bay Bistro is a phenomenal place for a casual but excellent dinner. Their menu options are great, their prices are extremely reasonable, and their portions are incredible. Definitely give it a try!

W
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and value. Service nice but a little slow. Great place.

CI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. We found out upon arrival that it was a BYOB but fortunately there was a liquor store about 1/2 block away. The crab cakes for appetizer were loaded with crab meat and very tasty. The honey dipped fried chicken was cooked to perfection and the other guest really enjoyed the open face turkey and the salmon entrees. The portions were big so no room for desserts. Glad we took the bread pudding to go. Had it later that evening and it was delicious! Will definitely keep this one on the list for my next visit to Cape May.

JM
Birmingham
54 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was excellent, but the ambiance is not anything to talk about. The flounder stuffed with crab was suburb, and the scallops were equally delicious. Top the meal off with the fabulous desserts and you will have a meal that is as good as any in South Jersey.

WS
Atlantic City
35 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We usually have great service here. Last night the service was a little slow.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fresh tasting fish.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Excellent service. Our server was extremely personable and attentive. Good size portions for the money.

JA
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here about 5 times in the last 4 years. We have never been disappointed and with have our guests.
Went here after a stop at the local winery which was a perfect end to our day. Don't skip this Gem!

r
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

could not be better, excellent, service, food, excellent

KS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back Bay Bistro provided a great atmosphere coupled with amazing food in generous portions at a great value! We had our first visit on Sat. July 6th, and despite it being a holiday weekend, we were seated within minutes of our reservation time; I definitely DO recommend making a reservation, though, if you're able, or there may be a bit of a wait. Everything we had was delicious, the service was impeccable, and it made for a great dining experience; we will definitely be returning!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible service

PG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Do not go to this restaurant if you have a time constraint. They seated us 15 mins after our reservation time. The server took 10 mins to even come to our table. We told her we had a hard stop (which was 75 mins after our Rez time BTW). We ordered immediately (no appetizers, just entrees ). Our food arrived 10 minutes before we had to leave. Server was very nice but I think they overbook causing a back up in seating and overwhelming the kitchen.

JL
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We may have hit an off night as this place gets great reviews. Service was slow and food was ok but not great. But the BIG Advice: if you are BYOB, make that clear. I'm fine with byob but make it clear when making a booking.

G
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bay bay never disappoints. Good sevice, great food and value.

K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing food.

L
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, prices are reasonable. The restaurant is very clean and the servers are very nice.

SQ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was the best - very attentive and always smiling. The food was fabulous!

KN
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is consistently good and the pizza is the best around. The prices are great too. Always a hit!

m
Atlantic City
82 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Husbands birthday.

A
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was good and my Eggs
Benedict were cooked perfectly.
We will be back again for Sunday brunch .

WS
Atlantic City
35 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there a few times each year. The food is great. The portions are large. The price is very reasonable. There is s lot of parking. The service is nice. It is s nice looking place but very noisy.

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. It has become a favorite of ours while visiting the Jersey Shore. My flounder was the best I can remember. Keep up the good work and I’m looking forward to our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Location was good, place was cute. Our food was not good- my prime rib I ordered medium but got it well. I’m not one to complain so I ate it but did not enjoy it. The table next to us refused to eat theirs and were complaining of the same thing. The service was goos at first but then tapered off and we waited a very long time to get our meals and pay (probably bc they were over cooking the meat!!!). Based upon the limited number of options in cape May I would go again but will stick to pasta.

C
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Was disappointed with this visit, service was really slow and backed up and the food was not up to snuff. Our table was the last served and we were last to leave despite having a much earlier reservation. We're not sure if we will return without an explanation.

h
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a great price

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious

MG
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed. Excellent food and service. Our waitress was called in to work last minute and she was awesome. A real hometown experience every time. We will definitely be regulars.

BU
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we eat there breakfast or dinner always good meals. Recommend as a place to eat.

NJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience. Staff was excellent