Mad Batter Restaurant

4.3
1295 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute place. Servers tried to be polite but seemed forced into fee

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ME
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes ever, would love the recipe for them and sauce.

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FJ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is THE place to eat in Cape May. Location is great, it's very clean, food is very good and a lot of choices, service is great and it's a wonderful quaint place - the quintessential Cape May restaurant.

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F
Portland
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They have a good selection of vegan options and it was a treat to have a vegan dessert on the menu! It was devoured by all 3 of us!

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We sat in restaurant area, very non-descript decor, but pleasant and casual. Bar area looked to be more festive.
Waiter was friendly but wouldn't say over-concerned about our dining experience.
Food was delicious, although expensive.
Good beer and wine selection.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The place looks beautiful on the inside and the food was amazing but feel like we were forgotten about once we were seated it took almost 20 minutes to get our drinks and our drinks never got refilled. Would I come back yes the food was that good but the service could have been better.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food! Great waiter. Even had breakfast earlier that day too. Can’t go wrong.

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T
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was good. Food was creative.

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KH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Loved the atmosphere! The service was rushed, the entree arrived before the appetizer was finished. Request extra time between courses. The food does arrive to the table hot so having the timing right would make for a fabulous meal.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out with kids (ages 6,4,3 and 18 mon) and it was fabulous. Service was quick, they put us on the enclosed patio as to not bother people in the front of restaurant and food was delicious. Our waiter was very attentive as well. Great experience

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p
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was excellent!

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PH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

We had been looking forward to dining here, but perhaps The Mad Batter is known only for its breakfasts. The arugula salad had a lot of yellowed and wilted leaves and I had to send it back. The fish and chips were soggy. Both were taken off the bill. It was a poor dining experience, and we left hungry and disappointed. I wouldn’t trust the kitchen here again.

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SL
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Not like it used to be. Food just not very good. Won’t go back

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LS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mad Batter has been our favorite place in Cape May for a long time. They did not disappoint :)

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great; service great; seating area a little uncomfortable - tight, low chairs, chilly

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l
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both Food and dessert (made on premises by a wonderful pastry chef, we were told by our server) were delicious. Our server (sorry I forgot her name) a young woman only working at the restaurant one week, I believe she said she was originally from Guatemala, was outstanding. She was attentive, sweet and caring. The wine list was also very good. Will definitely return.

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FW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the Carroll villa B&B, which included discounts for the Mad Batter. We enjoyed our first nights dinner so much, we ate their the second night.
We also had breakfast both mornings. The food was outstanding, along with the service. I wish I had everyone’s name, to mention them. We were their for my wife’s birthday, and I can honestly say it was one of our best weekends away in a long time.
After dinner each night we went to the pub which had live music... there was no reason to leave the property. No jacket required.
We did have a great server who had a great personality, she seemed to be their all weekend. I want to thank her. SUE made our weekend special, along with all the other employees from the front desk to the bartenders.
We have already planned another visit, I think Cape May is best during the off season. Free parking and not as crowded.
Fred W.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Breakfast and lunch are great and very reasonably priced. Dinner is quite expensive if you order a standard entree. There are less expensive offerings burgers and pizza, but not so for dinner entrees. The food was good, but not worth the price. Stick with wonderful breakfasts and very good lunches here.

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JJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After you get over the fact that the restaurant is the front porch of the hotel, you find yourself in a quaint and charming place. The beer choices were outstanding - never saw so many top choice IPAs in one spot (and I drank as many of them as I reasonably could). The food choices were limited, but each of them looked special. I had the crab cakes - they were very good. My wife loved the shrimp and scallops with ravioli. The service was excellent - friendly and efficient. We really enjoyed the whole experience and will return again soon.

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had heard so many raves, but we were disappointed. The noise and heat were both high. The food was lacking in flavor. Not an inexpensive evening either.

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g
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, great selection of craft beers. There was live music at the bar.

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JH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for an anniversary dinner and stated so on Open Table. We were seated right by a table at the front door where people wait for their table to be ready. There was a very loud couple waiting and were within 5 feet of our table. Surprised that the hostess didn’t initially say anything to them, but when we mentioned it to waiter- he said they would work on it. I would suggest that they get rid of the first table by hostess station.
Food was good and served promptly.
If you go- suggest not being seated at the first table by the door

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DM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. Noise level was high; a very loud young man was shouting across the table to diners at another table.

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VI
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Both the service and food were a disappointment for the cost. Also the Happy Hour and the following entertainment were only in the Bar area and not part of the main restaurant area.

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P
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner very good. More than you can eat. Wife had Tuscany linguine. I had ravioli with shrimp. All very good. Brie appetizer. Excellent. Then breakfast - also very good. Lots of choices. Especially recommend breakfast. As usual parking is a hassle.

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SH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual atmosphere with excellent service and entrees.

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

They reported me to OpenTable as a no-show even though I arrived right on time and ate as scheduled. So I emailed them to ask them how they could have made such a mistake, and they never bothered to respond. A restaurant this disorganized shouldn't even be using the OpenTable app.

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FF
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Rainy Thursday night. We specifically chose the restaurant because of their participation with Open Table. We followed the meticulous directions for redeeming our very first gift certificate. The food was uneventful except for my filet mignon which was served raw and needed to returned to cook longer. The music was pleasant as was our sever. When I presented my Open Table gift card (basically a master card gift card) I was treated as though I was crazy! The waiter even called his manager wHo told him in all of her relationship with Open Table, there was no such program. We paid in full, despite our utter embarrassment and disappointment.

We will not return as the treatment was that stern and unreasonable.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love the Batter!

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience. However the noise level from the band in the bar was way toooooooo loud!
If they sat us in there, we would of asked to be moved or have left!

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M
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was just okay but the food was superb. I had a 5 oz filet mignon and crabcake with 4 cheese macaroni and fresh asparagus. The filet was cooked perfectly and everything was delicious!

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C
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Busy St Patrick’s Day, the the restaurant sat us right away. Food and service were very good. Best lobster bisque ever and the boneless whole bronzino was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is wonderful, especially if you are vegan or gluten-free. The food is delicious and visually attractive! Our server Carol was knowledgeable and assisted in making sure everything was perfect!

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MV
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun location. Great options for rooms in which dinner is served. Loved the drinks and dinner and the staff was great. Actually ate there two nights in a row.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite of ours to return to again and again. Live music and good food - a great combination

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OT
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

We we're sat on the porch which is closed in for the season but had a cold draft on us the whole time. Tables are sat very close together. Best part of the meal was the bottle of wine we got! Food was varying degrees. Steak came out rare, instead of medium. Instead of serving new steak, they fried that one further which made it we'll done. Wasn't worth expressing concern a second time. Overpriced for the quality we received. ;(

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JG
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been eating here for many years. I have an allergy to anything with wine, even if it’s cooked out. This was the first time that I had some issues but they were able to make some modifications.

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C
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & delicious meals all around for our party of 5.

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CB
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food great music in the heart of Cape May!

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