Mad Batter Restaurant

4.4
1224 reviews
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Contemporary American
A Cape May tradition for over 30 years! 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, eighteen beers on tap, a reasonably priced wine list, and a martini list sure to please. Live music and special events are planned throughout the year.
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LL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, service and the vibe so much, we returned for lunch and dinner the next day! We NEVER do that! The best part is we were not disappointed, each meal was truly great! And the service and staff were super efficient and friendly. Great place!

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

Music is always a plus! Food and service was fabulous. The place was hopping!

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N
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The hostess was friendly and seated us very quickly! Food was good and we were served pretty quickly. We will go back!

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l
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We had a 6:30 reservation. At 6:45 we were told we could sit in bar area or wait another 15 minutes for table. We sat in bar area. Very very loud , we could talk to other people at our table. Then a musician started. Food was very good but not the night we were expecting.

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

Great food selections, great service and great atmosphere. Music in the bar area was quite nice. Cozy fireplace in the main dining room and the décor make this place special. Don't forget to order a Manmosa!

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LM
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites in Cape May. Consistent food and friendly service. Wonderful ambiance. This visit I had the grilled salmon off the menu. Comes with lobster salad and sweet mashed. Delicious! My daughters are always happy with the children's petite filet. Comes with fries and veggie of day. Cooked exactly how we asked. We passed on desert but know from past experience they always have something yummy for everyone! Mad Batter is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Crab cake sandwich is a must try!

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TO
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at the Mad batter many times in past, for both breakfast & dinner. This was our 1st time there for New Year's Eve & , once again, it did not fail to disappoint! The fixed-price menu was great with a variety of options to choose from. Service was exceptional, as usual. The entertainment...live music with a guitarist/singer/harmonica-player...was fantastic. My husband & I had a fun time & would definitely return!!!

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RT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived for an early New Years Eve dinner which was listed on the menu as a 4 course fixed price meal. We were not very hungry, so they let us split one meal- which gave us just the right amount of food with no leftovers. The price was reasonable for NYE and the food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My filet was overdone, mashed potatoes and asparagus lukewarm. After sending it back, steak was cooked properly but veggies still not hot.

Usual restaurant etiquette called for comp dessert or drink, but none offered.

I’d eaten at Mad Batter before and was satisfied. New Year’s Eve fixed price meal was disappointing.

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JG
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for their NYE Special. Prefix 4 course menu. One price. Service was great and no rush to finish your meal. We were there close to 2 hours.

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SF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was over cooked. We normally love coming here but this wasn’t our best meal there. Steak over cooked and shrimp hard and chewy.

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TB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed with the quality of the food - not what I remembered from my previous visits. The shrimp/scallop/ravioli meal was a joke - the waitress - Sue - told me there were 6 of each - my bowl contained 3 of each - very disappointing - especially for the price. My girlfriends twin filet meal was sub-standard. She said the filets tasted more like a bad strip steak so I tried it - if it was filet it was the worst I’ve ever had - and I’ve had many filets over the years. I won’t be coming back - there are plenty of other great restaurants in Cape May to patronize. You need to elevate your quality of food and level of service. p.s - the glass of cab I ordered tasted like a weak Pinot. Mis Pour?

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DB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great!

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LF
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the live music and art! Food is delish and the bartenders are amazing!

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MO
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. I eat there every time I’m in Cape May.

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KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet mignon I had was the best I've ever had!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent at the Mad Batter! I definitely would recommend it for fun night out!

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For the price it’s just meh. The ambiance is a choice between bar like or a bright colored diner-like front area.

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VH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carol is awesome! And we were early for our reservation and technically, the kitchen wasn’t even open yet, but we were seated and made to feel very welcome. The food is always super fresh and delicious! Service, incredible!!

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R
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Compliments to the chef. The steak and cake was excellent. Lots of flavors exploding in your mouth. Also was pleasantly suprised how nice and warm it was dining on the porch in the winter

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Mediocre food at a ridiculous price. It was so loud I nearly strained my voice trying to carry on a conversation across the table. After reading all the reviews I never thought we’d have such a terrible experience. We were very disappointed.

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BR
Atlantic City
29 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Server great, host, Kay, always welcoming. Whether stopping in for a drink, dinner or just a dessert, Mad Batter always a sure thing.

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A
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

I erroneously forgot my own reservation time showing up 40
late! The Host & Hostess were gracious and accommodating seating up within minutes! Been going to Mad Batter for brunch for 20+years, Ist time for dinner in ages, very pleased!

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KK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed my gluten free ravioli and scallops. Our server was knowledgable and answered any questions I had.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Food was great

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KJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

You never know what reviews to believe. Unfortunately, I have to confirm other reviews of the "championship crab cakes". Advertised as "jumbo lump", it was difficult to find ANY detectable crab meat. There were probably some tiny shreds of crab meat mixed into the mostly filler cakes. Admittedly it was off season, but if you can't deliver jumbo lump crab cakes, don't offer them. The mac and cheese was ample and tasty, as was the asparagus. There was a nice selection of craft beers, including many local, and all were pints. We were seated in the patio area, and although the plastic "window" did not insulate very well, there was enough warm air blowing into the room. Service was good, with no complaints. Overall it was disappointing, and I would not return for dinner.

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HC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal for a special occasion. We wanted our out of town family to experience the best of Cape May, they were not disappointed! Live music, great service and the crab cakes were so good. It’s worth the trip.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the hotel and had both breakfast and dinner at the mad batter. Both the service and food were excellent . Sat in the back dining room for dinner and was able to enjoy the music from the bar without it being to loud . I think it was a great value for the quality of food.

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NK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Made reservations in advance at least 6 days prior. Arrived early and had a beverage. Waited to be seated by Host and was going to seat us in the front ,brightly lit Formica tables. After much pleading and effort we were seated in the back. First timers, be sure to request the bar or dining room . The Host was rude and did not handle a simple situation and fix with a pleasant attitude. The hostess helped but attitude needs improvement as well . These 2 need better people skills and even some manners when dealing with people that are spending a decent amount of money for Dinner Our server was great however( From Mexico City ) and the food was exceptionally good. Great local place with all the vibes. Will go back.

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J
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very delicious but was served to us at room temperature/cold. Service was very slow and it was obvious our food sat under the warmer for quite some time. First time to Cape May and read great reviews. Drinks and dessert were great!!

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H
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent dinner last night at the Mad Badder. Our server was very good and very attentive.
We really enjoyed our dinner. Will be back again!

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FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect The food and service were wonderful.

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Diner atmosphere at fine restaurant prices. Obnoxious, loud diners. Staff could not move us to a better table because they said the main restaurant was taken by a private party. Looked mostly empty to us. Should have left. My filet and crab cake entree was very good; wife’s vegetable Wellington and an unusual clam soup were only passable.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Overpriced for mediocre food. The special was supposed to be seafood risotto but it consisted of 3 shrimp, two scallops, very little crab meat and was mostly very bland and lumpy rice and was $34.00.

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C
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely phenomenal. The entertainment is exceptional. The food glorious. The service perfect.

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. It is amazing for breakfast as well as dinner. Very comfortable environment. Outstanding seafood risotto and crab cakes.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mad Batter is always good, breakfast or dinner. Never disappoints

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed in our dining experience. I ordered the beet and goat cheese salad and the beets were canned beets. The chicken wings were the highlight of the apps. I wasn't even done eating my salad when our main course came and my son and husband had just finished their apps. The butternut squash ravioli was under cooked as was the ravioli in my son's dish.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner was excellent.

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KZ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mad Batter never disappoints! No matter what entree or dessert is chosen it is phenomenal. We went twice while visiting Cape May this weekend. Dan was our waiter the first night and Chris the next. Both very personable, professional and made my husband and I feel like we were the only guests. Highly recommend. We have been coming here for about 9 years.

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