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Mad Batter Restaurant

4.2
4.2
1537 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A Cape May tradition since 1976! 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, nineteen beers on tap, a reasonably priced wine list, and a martini list sure to please. Live music nightly and special events are planned throughout the year.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-5970

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lisa Erdley

  • 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: (609) 884-5970 ext. 309

  • Neighborhood

    Cape May

  • Cross street

    Lafayette Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,537 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. KR

    KathyR

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delightful dinner with both meals being perfect. The atmosphere was the best and we enjoyed listening to the violin and guitar as we dined. Definitely a to go to place every year!
  2. DC

    DonnaC

    Atlantic City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently divine.
  3. S

    Susie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had the Chilean sea bass and hubby had crab filet everything was perfect pear salad was fantastic
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, our favorite spot as there is something for everyone! Vegan and vegetarian menu is best around!
  5. G

    Gregg

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I choose this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. We enjoyed our dining experience very much. The food was outstanding and the service was very good. One small piece of advice to future diners would be to not sit near the window if you are prone to getting cold. Highest recommendation!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love The Mad Batter, but since it was a Friday during Lent (no meat) we couldn’t go wrong! Nacho’s with no meat, salads, creamy basil pasta and hummus and pita made for a delicious meatless Friday!
  7. JH

    JohnH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and very happy crowd, but quite loud if you are looking for some private conversation.
  8. MB

    MicheleB

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You will love this home town atmosphere and the menu selections.
  9. SB

    SteveB

    Jackson Hole

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Even though we were seated in the rear dinning room, the noise level from the bar was distracting. Service was very good, but the food was mediocre and considering the relative high price, we left disappointed. Nice people, but we won't go back.
  10. RM

    RalphM

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice informal restaurant. Would go again. Decent value.
  11. BP

    BarbaraP

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Have enjoyed breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the Mad Batter for many years. The food is always delicious and expertly prepared and presented.
  12. DJ

    DawnJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent! According to my receipt her name is Jen, 18. She obviously is a seasoned pro and gave us the best service and made it so much fun. We can wait to come back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the vegan options! Best Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Ever!!!

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on February 24, 2020Thank you for your review. We just added another vegan dish, a vegan crabcake and vegan steak to the menu. And I'll be sure to tell our pastry chef about the vegan chocolate hazelnut cake!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a good meal
  15. EG

    EricG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    We have enjoyed many delicious meals at the Mad Batter. This time my red snapper was a bit overcooked and I was a little disappointed. Still tasted very good. We were seated on the enclosed front porch and it was a bit drafty but the seat warmers pretty much took care of us (we dined on a Saturday in February).

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on February 16, 2020Thank you for your review. We're sorry that your fish was a bit overcooked, hope you'll give us another chance to get it perfect!

  16. CB

    CherylB

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The porch was very warm when we arrived. Almost stifling, then it cooled off. Our waitress was ok, she didn’t clear dishes and glasses. The food runner was more attentive than anyone else.
  17. R

    Rowan00

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love dining here during trips to Cape May. The food and service are exceptional and as an added bonus they brought dessert out with a candle in it for my wife’s birthday and ended up comping the dessert, which was a nice gesture.

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on February 16, 2020Thank you for your review and for choosing to celebrate with us. We hope your wife brings you back for your birthday!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual! My daughter tried the vegan tostados this time and loved them! There are so many vegetarian and vegan options for her!!
  19. V

    Viennacouple

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We dined here in early February so it was very quiet. But the space was very nice in an old hotel and the dinning area can be opened to the outside during good weather. The food was very good. The server misunderstood the order and only brought one entree to share between the two of us. But after the large salads, we were not that hungry and had plenty of room for dessert so it turned out OK. We will definitely go back when in Cape May again.
  20. CM

    CarolM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious!!! Love the salmon and the crabcakes!!!

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on February 7, 2020Thank you for your review. We appreciate your patronage. Hope you will return soon.

  21. CE

    CindraE

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We decided to take an overnight getaway in Cape May and I'd heard about the Mad Batter for years, I think the catchy name makes it memorable. I love using Open Table so reservations were easy. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helped me make my selection and was quite patient while I decided on my drink order. My entree was amazing, I never expected the portion of lobster salad to be that large and I was glad I listened to my server. My husband enjoyed his meal, we both loved the calamari app special, no chewy pieces, all tender! I'll be recommending the restaurant for sure. The only drawback to the evening was that it was a cold night and my back was to the door and I got a cold draft every time someone came in or went out.

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on February 16, 2020Thank you for your review. I will pass your review of the calamari special on to the chef, it's always nice to know when a special is a big hit! It sounds like this was your first visit to the Batter - we hope you'll be back again soon.

  22. GL

    GaryL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent, the service was excellent, the price was excellent, the drinks were excellent, just a little chilly at our seats

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on February 7, 2020Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your meal at the Batter. We do have inside seating available, but we are working on getting a little more heat on the front porch. Hope you'll be back again soon.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at “the Batter”! Whether I’m with friends or like tonight, with my family, everything is great! They have something for everyone! We love it because one of my daughters is a vegetarian and she has many options! The staff is always friendly and accommodating!

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thanks for being a loyal guest! We've added some new vegetarian and vegan items to the menu, so I hope that your daughter was pleased with the selections. Hope to see you again soon!

  24. S

    Stan

    New York Area

    283 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    283 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    What a great restaurant -we liked very much the atmosphere as well as having incredible dinners.Highly recommend this restaurant .

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thank you for your review. We have great nightly additions to the dinner menu so there's always something new to try. We hope to see you again soon.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Food was excellent, service poor. Noise level for dinner conversation was too loud. That level of sound for the bar area is fine, but not for dining room.

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thank you for your review. I'm sorry that our level of service was not up to par that night, I'll be sure to remind the staff about the importance of great service. Hope you'll give us another try.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food & service!
  27. MM

    MarkM

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We visited on a winter Sunday night not having dined here in quite a few years. The crab bisque was very good but the seafood risotto special and Chilean sea bass main courses were very average. The service by Raquel was slow. It turned out to be open mike night and it was very loud, maybe not the usual. Overall I can't recommend the Mad Batter and believe there are better options even in the off season (having dined at The Ebbitt Room the evening before.)

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thank you for your review. We do have live music every night, but you are right, open mic night is the most boisterous. I'll be sure to mention to Raquel about the slow service. Hope you'll give us another try - the front porch is quieter than inside the restaurant on open mic night.

  28. C

    Chloe

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love the Mad Batter and try to eat there every time we are in the area.

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thanks for being a loyal guest! As a family owned restaurant, that means a lot to us. Cheers!

  29. D

    Doct1

    Atlantic City

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed when going to the Batter. Great staff and good selection for food. Also love their brunch

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thank you for your review and for being a loyal guest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour - hope you've tried them all. Cheers!

  30. S

    Stepsite

    Philadelphia

    352 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    352 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It is great that this establishment stays open year-round. We dined on a Friday night in mid-January with live music in the bar as back drop and a very full house of diners - we thought it would be empty. It offers a good array of wines and beers at different price points, has interesting vegetarian options on the menu if you are into that, and have made the porch a nice toasty place to dine during the winter. We had appetizers and entrees and everything exceeded our expectations. This place is well known for brunch, but we’ve learned it’s very good for dinner too. Just a block off the mall, it is easy to get to.

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thank you for your review. We have live music every night, glad you enjoyed. Our renovated porch is now cozy in the winter and been a favorite dining spot. Hope you'll be back soon!

  31. w

    williamb

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Went for New Years (special menu) the service was great. The food was not as good as it would be off the regular menu.
  32. P

    Paul

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We had made plans to have dinner here on New Years Eve. Looking at the menu, there were many choices I would have enjoyed. About 2-3 weeks before NYE, I received a phone call saying that the menu for NYE is going to be Prix Fixe. I had to look that up, but basically, for $75, I was getting a 4 course meal, and I had fewer choices to select from. I am not a foodie, not do I eat seafood. We decided to keep our reservation. Our server was amazing, and I enjoyed the experience itself, however, I was not happy with my available food choices. I would have been happy with a burger or hot wings, not all this fancy stuff.
  33. LM

    LisaM

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    New Years! Very good food— table a bit large for two people.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! We always love the Mad Batter!
  35. TW

    TomWe0407

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent especially our waitress Jenny MAC.

    Mad Batter RestaurantResponded on January 31, 2020Thanks for your review. I will be sure to pass on your review to Jenny, as one of our new servers, I'm sure that will mean a lot to her. Our staff takes pride in their service, and recognition goes a long way. Thank you, and we hope to see you again soon.

  36. M

    Missy

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening! Great service and very good food
  37. L

    Linda

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We hardly saw our waitress. When the waitress brought our drinks, I told her it was my daughters 21st birthday and she said nothing. It took a long time to get our food and after dinner I asked the waitress if they did anything for birthdays and she said no. I was very disappointed. My husband said when he went to use the restroom, two employees were having a conversation in the middle of the isle and waited a few seconds for them to move out of his way. Very disappointed! It wasn’t worth the money
  38. K

    Kelly

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated 45th birthday with some amazing food and great company
  39. GC

    GretC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us each ordered a different meal and each one was very good. We were very happy with the service and seating. Plan to go back again.
  40. CB

    datenightCB

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, service and music. A must go to restaurant when in Cape May. Breakfast, lunch and dinner amazing!

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Mad Batter Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 884-5970.

Mad Batter Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 1537 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lafayette Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cape May

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lisa Erdley

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-5970

  • 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: (609) 884-5970 ext. 309

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