Mad Batter Restaurant

4.3
1318 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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HM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

food was ok but below quality esp for the price. pretty place, nice location but we sat right next to the room with the bar in it and there was live music that was loud enough for us to not be able to hear ourselves easily. I was looking for romantic dinner and it wasn't that.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Did not recognize our anniversary

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OT
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice casual eatery with excellent variety, everything from wings to seafood risotto. Sizable portions and great value

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MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate out on the porch where it was fairly quiet. One of my favorite burgers in the cape may area and the fries are the best too!

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would absolutely recommend ...loved the happy hour, had some super appetizers and then had a delicious dinner! The garden is gorgeous such a pretty serene spot. Only stayed one night planning to go back, ty for such great service. The entire staff was friendly and accommodating. Hope you all have a great summer!

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AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The personnel (from the host to the servers) was excellent. It is located in a beautiful street and it has an interesting set up. The place is divided into three areas, the front set of tables is located in an indoor porch (white and colorful modern booths), the second area is in the old bar and restaurant with dark paneling and a charming old bar (live music too!) and the third area is in the back, in a terrace that could be open in the summer. The menu was interesting, it contains many vegetarian options, the food was very good. The desserts were great, and the cocktails were excellent. It was a bit loud, but it was nice to have the music in the background.

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c
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was a very busy evening and service was not up to it....very pleasant but folks were getting appetizers before drink orders were filled-I believe that there were not enough service folks on duty as the bar and interior dining room was ver full.

Food excellent as always as would recommend highly.

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JW
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a great dinner on a busy night. My paella was delicious and everyone in my party was happy

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SB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a shockingly good vegan menu. Great tasting vegan fare and a wonderful craft beer menu

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S
Philadelphia
300 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience. Professional management and service. Friendly bar that poured good drinks. Lots of vegetarian options that can bee tweaked to your preference based on numerous protein options. We will try it again, suggest you try it too.

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s
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Mad Batter is a restaurant I have been to several times over the years. It is pretty standard and, as I have indicated with the ratings, it is a "good" restaurant, but doesn't raise to the level of great or above, especially with all of the "great" and "outstanding" competition surrounding it. Nice for a casual lunch or dinner.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Was seated on the porch, facing a window. Was blinded by the sun the entire time. Other than that, it was pleasant.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughters 13th birthday and she chose the Mad Batter. It is one of her favorite places to eat! Everything was great! And they treated to her bday dessert we love the Batter, it never disappoints!!

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P
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The waitress was slow and not very upbeat. Didn’t feel like she was interested in pleasing us in anyway. Had to ask for drink refills instead of them asking us. The clam chowder was amazing!

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KR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was very disappointing, but the service was excellent.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time going for dinner. Lots of creative vegan options!! The seitan wings we're exceptional. Cocktails we're also delicious, my girlfriend loved the aviator.

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AL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience with a diverse menu. I highly recommend it.

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f
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mad Batter is a quaint restaurant & bar in a beautiful Victorian gem that offers magnificent freshly prepared menu items and beverages for all ages. Had the pleasure of enjoying their delicious breakfast foods as well as recent dinner experience. Truly a great spot for great food and service. Liked that they also offer options for vegans as well. The porch seating is my favorite.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the entire experience there. Everything was exceptional and we highly recommend it for anyone visiting Cape May!

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

We were in town for a wedding and had not been to Cape May in 20 years. Friends had told us about your restaurant and it was close to our hotel. We arrived on a Thursday night @ 5:15 pm. The minute we arrived we received top notch service with a smile. The host/hostess were friendly and accommodating, the server was on point, and the entrees and drinks/selection were amazing. Large portions were a welcome surprise. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and accommodating per our diet. The next time in Cape May we will definitely return.

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SC
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner. Large portions. Delicious desserts!

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DF
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mad Batter is our “ go to” place in Cape May. Their menu offers Gluten free and vegan options in addition to a typical diet menu. Everything we have ordered is always beyond delicious. The portion sizes are perfect. Wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Our waitress Raquel was super sweet! I highly recommend this place.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
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 on April 21, 2019
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 on April 21, 2019
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 on April 20, 2019
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 on April 20, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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 on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was good. Food was creative.

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I came here to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We enjoyed our meals and the service was very good as well! However, when you think of the name mad batter you think of the mad hatter and I didn’t really see anything “Alice in wonderland”...so I don’t know why it’s called the mad batter. Still, very nice to go too.

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