Mad Batter Restaurant

4.3
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1585 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.3
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vipDonnaC
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently divine.

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Susie
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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Gregg
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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MicheleB
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SteveB
1 review
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.

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RalphM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice informal restaurant. Would go again. Decent value.

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BarbaraP
Philadelphia
2 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.

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DawnJ
New York Area
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the vegan options!

Best Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Ever!!!

Mad Batter Restaurant
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a good meal

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vipEricG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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 Restaurant
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank 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!

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vipCherylB
Philadelphia
13 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.

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Rowan00
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 Restaurant
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you for your review and for choosing to celebrate with us. We hope your wife brings you back for your birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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!!

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Viennacouple
Washington DC
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.

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CarolM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Mad Batter Restaurant
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your patronage. Hope you will return soon.

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CindraE
New York Area
20 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 Restaurant
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank 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.

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GaryL
Philadelphia
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 Restaurant
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
7 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 Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thanks 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!

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vipStan
New York Area
221 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

Mad Batter Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 25, 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 Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service!

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vipMarkM
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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 Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank 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.

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Chloe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Mad Batter Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thanks for being a loyal guest! As a family owned restaurant, that means a lot to us. Cheers!

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vipDoct1
Atlantic City
22 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 Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you for your review and for being a loyal guest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour - hope you've tried them all. Cheers!

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vipStepsite
Philadelphia
332 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 Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank 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!

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vipwilliamb
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
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.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
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.

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vipLisaM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

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vipTomWe0407
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent especially our waitress Jenny MAC.

Mad Batter Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thanks 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.

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Missy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening! Great service and very good food

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Linda
Philadelphia
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

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Kelly
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 45th birthday with some amazing food and great company

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GretC
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.

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vipdatenightCB
Philadelphia
58 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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DarleenT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great vegan pizza at the Mad Batter. I love they have so many choices for vegetarians and vegans. We sat on the enclosed front porch which was nice and warm with the freezing temperatures outside. Waitress was very friendly and did a good job. Can’t wait to go back next trip to Cape May.

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PhilipP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come every June and December our server we ask for is Raquel she was excellent and very professional A True Pleasure with every time .
Thank You Phil and Annette

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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 4.3 stars by 1585 OpenTable diners.

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