Ebbitt Room

4.5
2309 reviews
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The award winning Ebbitt Room restaurant is nestled within the stylish Virginia Hotel on Jackson Street in the heart of Cape May's historic district. One of Cape May's most popular and famous restaurants, The Ebbitt Room serves inventive contemporary American cuisine with a focus on farm-to-table dining with ingredients grown from our very own Beach Plum Farm. In addition to its regular a la carte menu, The Ebbitt Room offers nightly pre fixe menu's showcasing the best of what each season has to offer. The bar serves small plates nightly. Their wine list, the recipient of numerous Wine Spectator awards features selections from all the major wine regions of the world with an emphasis on boutique & cult producers.
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N
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a very nice dinner this past Sunday evening at the Ebbitt Room. The food, drinks and service were top notch. My only complaint is that we were not told about the prix fixe dinner being offered at the time we were dining. We only learned about it halfway through our meal when the couple sitting next to us was offered the additional menu. I’m very disappointed that the hostess nor the waiter mentioned it as it was a great value and we certainly would have ordered off that menu.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful hotel, wonderful restaurant, excellent wait staff and food that is just amazing. Worth every penny!

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RN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service were both very good. My only complaint was it was a very loud room.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the Ebbitt Room is always extra special on Valentine’s Day. The food and service is always perfect.

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KL
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table for two but met up with some friends so they were able to give us a table for 4!

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w
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

They should try cooking the food before serving. Super loud, tables on top of each other to cram in as many people as possible. Third strike for the ebbitt, last two times bad food and loud. No more

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been to several high end restaurants in cape may and the one thing I take with me every time I go is it will probably be overpriced and don’t expect any leftovers! But I have to say we ordered a 14$ deviled egg appetizer that had only 3 ! 1/2 eggs on the dish.. wow. So I bought an egg and a half for 14$ !!! The food was alright but for 40$ a plate I expected more. I got scallops and I can make them better at home. The portions were so small I actually wanted to eat dinner again down the street at one of the pubs. Beautiful place, service was fine. I was just taken back by having a huge bill and even satisfied. I will pass on the ebbitt room next time in town!! Please give me more to eat for the money I spend , wow

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TR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had an exceptionally wonderful experience on every level. We will be back with friends.

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

Food, drinks, atmosphere, and service were all amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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RR
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always love going to the Ebbit Room when we have our date night opportunities. Living here we have the opportunity year round and have never been disappointed. Whether for dinner or just happy hour, it’s always an enjoyable time with friendly and professional staff and bartenders.

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S
Philadelphia
290 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Ebbitt room is a finer dining option in Cape May and uses ingredients from its local farm, which is about 5 minutes away. I had the deviled egg selection which was delicious. We both had the chicken option from the weekday early bird, pre-fix option (ask about it if you dine early) and totally enjoyed it. The portions were more than reasonable and the preparation was nicely done. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and a congenial and talented bar-keeper in Leo. We dine here occasionally throughout the year and recommend you try the Ebbitt Room.

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b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I went to the Ebbitt Room for their $35 prix-fixe menu. It's a deal! First of all,the atmosphere at the Ebbitt Room is always lovely. The staff is friendly,welcoming,and accommodating-from the valet who greeted us to the hostess,the waiter (Jordan),the servers-all were very professional. Our meals were delicious: We both had the deviled eggs for our appetizer. I'd had them before and they were so delicious that I'd come back for them! I had the chicken for my main course; my friend had the flat-iron steak. Again,delicious! That steak was cooked perfectly as well. For dessert,I tried the fruit crumble-which I'm sorry to say I couldn't finish because I was so full-and my friend had the home-made vanilla ice ream. He loved it. And,the wines by the glass were reasonably-priced for their quality.
I have to say that the Ebbitt Room can be a splurge,but you can't beat the $35 prix-fixe. Try it.

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z
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

celebrated my 65th birthday in cape may! so cozy to relax near the fire and enjoy a cocktail before dinner. dinner was perfect-we were able to take our time and enjoy a bottle of wine. food was delicious. service was great! i loved it-great birthday celebration with my husband.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The exceptional service and quality as expected! Celebrated husbands birthday in CAPE May and chose The Ebbit Room for the birthday dinner. Perfect choice!

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M
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We last ate here 20 years ago and it has changed quite a bit. It used to be serene. It's now anything but. We had a 7:45 reservation. We arrived on time but were forced to wait 30 minutes. Drinks, cheese plate, and my chicken dinner were all excellent. My wife's salmon was OK. Even in the dead of winter, the high noise level in the restaurant was unpleasant. We figure 2 factors contributed to the noise. It was a Saturday, and the Brown room in Congress Hall was closed.

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V
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been to Cape May for over 30 years and never dined at the Ebbitt Room. Our loss! The food and service were great, ambience was very good. Look forward to dining there again next time

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

it was very crowded, our waiter wasn't very good, he didn't even tell us about the specials or offer us any bread. food was ok, it was very noisy, we were right by the bar. don't know if I'd go back.

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F
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have to admit that we picked this restaurant because it was in our hotel. The great bar, great food and great service was a pleasant surprise. The prices were a surprise at first, but recognized quickly that we were getting what we paid for and more.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the $35 prix fixe dinner offered form 5 PM to 6:30 PM it was fantastic. Choose one of three starters and one of three entrees and dessert. The portions were ample and delicious. The Ebbitt room is a Cape May gem to enjoy as a special occasion or just a night out for drinks and a meal.

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GS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The Red wine we requested was cold. RED WINE IS NOT served cold. And for being on the Wine Spectator list and known for their wine list, the $95 bottle we ordered was not that good. (We have a sophisticated yet modest expectation on restaurant wine.).

The braised short rib was mostly fat. The menu price was $40 yet we were charged $43. The filet came out medium when medium rare was ordered and even the waiter noted so.

Calamari was outstanding. It was light and crispy and the pepper, onion and sauce was scrumptious.

The Champagne that was a free gift was thoughtful but flat and flavorless.

These items were discussed with the wait staff, and they said they would be replaced. We told them that we didn’t want to wait for more of maybe the same.

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N
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was fantastic! A bit pricy but I’d go back!

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JR
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

one of the best nights ! Fun & festive full of people

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CO
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, but 7:15 reservation became a 7:55 seating. That may seem a short wait to some, but one cocktail and no bar snacks left our hungry party cranky. Staff seemed overwhelmed with no obvious chain of command. Very lively for a Saturday night with excellent pianist, but it was very loud.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too loud. Wife’s food was great. Mine was so so. Our waitress was great.

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D
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went out to celebrate our anniversary and the Ebbitt Room is a perfect spot for such an occasion. My husband had potato leek soup for an appetizer and the scallops for an entrée. Both were delicious. I enjoyed the short ribs which was prepared differently then I have had elsewhere and i don’t think I had it any better. The service was impeccable even though it was very busy. I highly recommend.

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ME
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The winter early seating is an exceptional dining experience and a real value. The food was delicious and perfectly portioned. Service was attentive and pleasant. Highly recommend.

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BT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A business contractor who works for me and I (we both live locally ) thought we would give The Ebbitt Room a try for a business meeting as neither of us had been in several years . We were seated promptly by an attentive hostess. We were attended promptly by the wait staff. Both of us ordered cocktails and they were both very good as were the biscuits and bread served right away. We ordered from the prix fixe menu, both of us ordering the mixed salad. It was soggy and overdressed. My guest ordered a roast chicken dish and I ordered the salmon dish. Both were subpar - the salmon was charred which tainted the rest of the flavors; the chicken was bony and flavorless. Dessert was a fruit crumble that was soggy (maybe microwaved?) and served with a tiny portion of ice cream. Coffee was cold. We asked for a warm up which was also cold. The server finally waited for a fresh pot and served that, which was good.

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HV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful restaurant! Excellent service and great ambiance. I noted on our open table reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary and the moment we sat down our server brought us two glasses of champagne and wished us a Happy Anniversary. It was totally unexpected! The food was delicious, great portions and excellent quality. We will absolutely make this our special place to dine next time we're in town.

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OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not up to usual standards, this was my third visit in 6 months somewhat disappointed.

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DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful dining room with excellent service and food... my fiancé and I first went there after meeting 3 years ago... I’ll never forget our first dinner there and e keep going back

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j
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables very close. Floorboards weak. My chair moved every time people walked behind me. Became annoying.

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection.

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The menu is quite limited, the quality of the food was way below par. My wife and I both got ill that night.

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e
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious and a real treat. It was delicious and prepared with imagination and care. We plan to eat there whenever we are in Cape May.

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TP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and service. Our waitress April was terrific! Everyone working there was very nice and helpful. We enjoyed talking with Jeremy the bartender. We went on a Monday night and pretty much had the dining room to ourselves, that doesn't happen often.

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ZB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience at the Ebbitt room. The food was spectacular, the pianist was great and the cocktails were top notch. We will definitely be returning again.

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E
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A wonderful evening at every level. The food was excellent and the service was even better. Special thanks to our server, April, who helped make our wedding anniversary celebration special!

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Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here on several occasions and this was as perfect as our other adventures. Service is always spotless, food is always good although somewhat pricey. Highly recommend the grilled calamari which cannot be beat. Brown butter sage pasta was off the charts and our short ribs were excellent. Salad was well done. Leo and Helen are terrific barkeeps. Vibrant crowd, cozy surroundings. A best bet in Cape May.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

food was superb, service quite satisfactory for the number of guests, fabulous decorations - a grand way to welcome 2019!

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F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Special Holiday menu couldn't accommodate specific food allergy. They were gracious enough to call over to sister restaurant to accommodate us

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