Mad Batter Restaurant

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1385 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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JH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at Mad Batter every time we visit Cape May, it’s by far my favorite; from the drinks to the amazing bread/spices/oil to the dinners. We love this place!

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Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Made reservations online and again they could not find us. 95 degrees and they wanted to seat us out in the front porch area which was ventilated by ceiling fans. Asked to be seated inside because it was too hot, and was told they had to see if they had a table. They walked us through to the back where there was air conditioning- btw we passed through about 10 maybe more open tables before we were seated. There were many flies in the dining room. The only great part of our dinner was our waitress. She was very nice, efficient and made a bad experience better. Couldn’t be upset because she was that good. We’ve eaten here many times before had overall ice times. I’m not sure what happened this time.

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

Overall great experience!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed going to the Mad Batter for many, many years and look forward to our next visit next summer. Service is excellent and the menu and the dinners are excellent from start to finish. Thank you.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! The vegan Wellington was outstanding. Great vegan options.

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BD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family of seven had breakfast here twice. The food was awesome. Then my husband & I had dinner at and my GF pasta was fabulous & husbands steak & crab cake were equally as good. We enjoy the live music during our dinner

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CD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Not impressed. Server walked past me several times before coming to my table. Macaroni and cheese was oily and looked like it had been sitting out for awhile. Crab cakes lacked any flavor. Wouldn’t recommend.

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f
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

service was excellent , fish was overcooked but edible, drinks were well made.

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New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Lines around the block for breakfast, but also a worthy place to have dinner. Tasty, nicely presented, nothing crazy, just nice beach restaurant fare. Pleasant and friendly.

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GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, delicious, delicious! The food is always amazing!!!

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JO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal to celebrate me daughter’s 10th birthday. We sat in front of the garden which was a beautiful view and everyone loved their food. There were plenty of vegetarian and vegan options which I loved because that is rare for a restaurant and didn’t have to sacrifice or adjust my diet and it was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!

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CK
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Even though the Mad Batter has been around for a long time, they still continue to provide a high-quality meal in a nice atmosphere. (We were seated on the porch) The wife has a scallop dish and I had seafood risotto. Both were quite good. We will return.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, both indoors and outside, was simply beautiful. The staff were courteous and welcoming. Last, and most certainly not least, the food and cocktails were AMAZING. Cannot wait for our next visit!!

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DT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was solid, but not great. After reading reviews and hearing about how good this place was, I was disappointed that the food wasn’t better. Service was fantastic. Drinks were delicious.

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R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem of a place! We visited the Mad Batter twice during our stay in Cape May. Our waitress was amazing during our first visit. The bar tenders were fantastic during our second visit. The food and drinks were perfect both visits! Definitely a must!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The soft shell crab tempora was terrible.
I love soft shell crabs but this was a horrendous way to prepare It! Thumbs down!

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent

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LV
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a very varied menu with many choices,especially for my vegan granddaughter. Food was well prepared and service was good. We even returned a cocktail that one in our party after one tast did not care for it and we were not charged for it, which was very generous.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing food and great service!!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, good service and beautiful ambiance!

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

One of my favorite places in Cape May

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ND
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Although the ambiance and setting was unique, the food was underwhelming. I did not think the food was worth the prices. Our steak was undercooked and poorly seasoned. My macaroni was like warm. It also took us longer to get our drinks then it did to get our appetizers. If you wanted a drink with your meal, you had to order it 20 minutes prior to ordering your food. Overall, for the price you are paying - the food was not worth it.

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c
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was full of families with small, screaming young children/babies. At $35 an entree this is not the environment I would return to as a couple. This was much different than previous experiences at the Mad Batter, but our waitress said this was actually less noisy with children than usual.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the filet and crab cake and it was really good. I had a really nice night. Thank you

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Left a note on the reservation to have a table away from the main entrance, they seated me at the table closet to the main entrance, bread came out the same time as the appetizer, we left to use the restroom and our clothe napkins were taken, only to be replaced by bar paper napkins.... also left a note it was a birthday dinner, nothing was done or acknowledged for this. Overall, the staff was not trained correctly and are not operating effectively. Food was good.

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lots of great vegetarian options.

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EH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have special needs child staff was extremely accommodating to us

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location- love the decor & bar area. Our server Patti was awesome as were the other staff we encountered. Our food and specialty drinks were fab too! Even caught some live music after dinner with a local craft beer.

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R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very much a Cape May institution (I was told), this delightful restaurant was fun and a terrific choice for a family dinner location. Vegan- friendly menu for some of our group. Plenty of choices and an innovative drink list as well. Highly recommend.

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DC
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Mad Batter. The food, the service, Happy Hour all good!

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San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Highly recommended!

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly attentive server

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Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great crab cakes and salads!

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MM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our second time at the Mad Batter....food is very consistent and delish and the staff is always pleasant. The extra plus is the music...open mic nights...solo acoustics....all sorts of music which makes for an extra enjoyable experience

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here while on vacation in Cape May. This was our second visit, the first being 2 years ago. It was me and my two teenage daughters. We are always struggling to find restaurants that will accommodate vegans, since one of my daughters is a vegan, but no one else is.

This fit the bill perfectly. There were several good vegan dishes for her to choose from, and not just a veggie burger. She enjoyed the white bean ravioli, my other daughter had theshrimp scampi, and I had a grouper special. Nice cocktails and wine. Attentive service. Everyone was happy, which is rare in our group.

I highly recommend.

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T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely seat on the front porch. I love the high backs of the booths as they give a little more privacy. Our waitress was adorable. Very friendly and efficient and aimed to please us. Our food was very good. I had the twin filets which were done just right. Hubby had the Seafood Couscous and enjoyed it. They had a wonderful cocktail that is extremely refreshing called Mr. Fuzzy Fingers - I think? Highly recommend

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GM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Ambience was good, the service was a little slow, we did not like our drinks and they kindly replaced it. The food was good but low on seasoning, seafood was well cook.

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RF
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They don’t have provide the meals is what my wife desired. There are not lots of lists of menu. Foods was good but little overcooked. Service is good.

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RC
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great environment. Very diverse menu, meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options means everyone has a great meal. Great drinks too!

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RZ
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The ambiance of the restaurant was casual and pleasant as expected. The staff was courteous and attentive. The food, however, fell short of expectations. My order of filet mignon and crab cake was substandard. The crab cake was average but the filet was so over cooked that the edges were charred and hardened. A requested medium was over well done. For this, I give a below average rating.

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