Mad Batter Restaurant

4.3
1055 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast & Lunch: Every Day 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dinner: from 5 PM

ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE ACCEPTED FOR DINNER ONLY
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Phone number
(609) 884-5970
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lisa Erdley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lafayette Street
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Entertainment
Happy Hour daily 4 - 6 PM.

Live Music every night in season, never a cover charge. Winter schedule live music weekends. Open Mic Night every Sunday night
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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PK
New York Area
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

Located on a charming street in Cape May. We were seated on the Porch with a good view of the Victorian Houses.Our server was most attentive, brought back a too rare filet perfectly done.The cocktails were inventive and perhaps the best Tiramisu ever.

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OT
3.0
Dined 4 days ago

Everytime we asked the waitress for something for our kids she would basically roll her eyes. Not sure why?

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OT
San Francisco
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

I have been a regular customer at Mad Batter for almost 30 years and love almost everything about it!
Very disappointed when I brought a friend to dinner last Tuesday night and we both ordered a fish dish and both were ridiculously over cooked. Our fish was difficult to even cut with a knife! Since we had a play to see at Cape May Stage, we did not have the time to send our meals back. .. our almost full plates just went back to the kitchen.

The restaurant is still charming, especially sitting on the remodeled front porch.

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OT
Atlantic City
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

They were very kid friendly, great service and very nice greeters.

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RP
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Second time back to the Mad Batter. Sat on front porch for eating which was a nice spot. Food was outstanding and so was the service. Having a dedicated gluten free menu with a real variety for my wife to choose from is a real plus. Definitely going to be a regular stop on our trips to Cape May.

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

As usual good food with portions at decent sizes. Always like the live music when it’s around

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Twin fillet mignons and crab cakes were delicious! I would definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
2.0
Dined 7 days ago

Food was mediocre. Nice setting.

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GC
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

The food was delicious! I always love eating there!

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WM
Orlando
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Great meal and service, enjoyed our first visit here!

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S
Philadelphia
3.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Not good, not bad. Very touristy. Host was a bit much!!!

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LV
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Had a very good meal with very nice menu choices. Our server was excellent and kept checking if we needed anything and if everything was ok. Always one of our choices when in Cape May. Very good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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EK
New York Area
1.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Service was good. However, after the appetizer it all went downhill.
Steak was tough, corn on the cob was cold & the baked potato lukewarm.
Extremely disappointing, will not return.

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

One of my favorite places to dine when I visit cape May

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D
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Food is always on par - always a favorite stop in cape May- please never discontinue your wings they are the best dish on the menu

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a
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

odd start, good finish.
we had to be a bit aggressive for the host to get us a table in the Garden room, thinking that the best place for dinner. When we realized it was an enclosed garden with several noisy (loud) kids we went back and asked for another location. The very accommodating Host very nicely found a table on the lovely porch which was perfect and conversation-friendly.
Service was excellent, available, friendly.
The two salads starters were excellent, expecially my watermelon/strawberries/blueberries. WIfes pasta with shrimp was full of flavor. Unfortunately my Snapper was somewhat overcooked.
Note: Mains were huge, the Snapper came with a couple shrimp, mashed red potatoes, asparagus, roasted corn 'salsa' - all well done but the fish!
Good cocktails, small wine selection, very fairly proced
In fact, when looking at the food prices you may think high, but not after seeing the portions. Sharing is surely possible.
Hopping bar scene, even on a Tuesday.

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PM
New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

It had been awhile since I had been at the Mad Batter. A friend is vegan so I thought they would have some good options. She ordered the vegan ravioli for her entree and I ordered the snapper and shrimp dinner from their regular menu. Both dishes were presented very nicely. My biggest disappointment of the night was looking at a beautiful piece of red snapper that was so over cooked and dry, it was a shame. The rest of the dish however was delicious. Our server recommended the vegan carrot cake for dessert, and that was outstanding. While some parts of our meal were very good, I might be hesitant to give it another try.

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DA
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

We went here upon recommendation of a fellow hotel guest. So glad we did! From the moment you walk up you feel the magic of this place. We were fortunate enough to sit on the open air porch with a beautiful view of neighborhood Victorian homes. My son is vegan and we were delighted to see the abundance of vegan options available to him! I enjoyed a vegetable panini while my husband's barbecued skirt steak was out of this world! My son was able to enjoy a bountiful delicious vegan meal of vegetable ravioli including vegan cheese in a delicious tomato sauce.
Don't miss this place while in Cape May. It truly is the definition of a Neighborhood Gem!

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BM
Philadelphia
3.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

It was okay. We came on the recommendation of a friend but overall felt like our experience fell short. We had outdoor seats, which were really great, the porch definitely feels cozy in the summer with its cushioned benches, and string lights! My fiance got the snapper and I got the paella with mussels. The paella had good flavor; unfortunately, several of the mussel shells were broken and the shards were mixed in throughout my food, so I had to be careful to pull the shards out before taking a bite. My fiance was disappointed that his snapper was tough to chew, but the accompanying battered shrimp were great. Service was good, our beers were great, and we additionally enjoyed the bread and oil that was served. Maybe it was an off night? We might come again.

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VK
Atlantic City
3.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

This is the second time I have been to the Mad Batter. My first experience was outstanding. This last experience, not so much. My fish was cold in the middle. Maybe it was an off night. I liked it so much the first time I may give it another try

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Great time

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MR
4.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

The restaurant was comfortable temperature wise noise level was good, food was yummy just one dish, the red snapper was over done .

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R
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

An amazing place with an amazing view. My lady picked it out and was one of the greatest restaurants we’ve ever been to. Take a shot with the special steak and it was amazing can’t wait to go back no complaints

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G
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Great service..very friendly! The Chilean Seabass was very moist and flavorful. Highly recommend it.

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LL
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Great place to dine if visiting Cape May. It’s located in the downtown historic district in a Victorian house on a very Victorian Street. Worth visiting not only for its cuisine but for the architecture as well. Had dinner and the crab cakes and New England clam chowder were delicious. They have a bar and drink menu so no BYOB. Heard the breakfast was great as well but didn’t get to try it since we stayed at a B&B. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Service is outstanding, however my seafood risotto was a bit under seasoned. I am not a salt person at all but this had none. Other than that everything else was great.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Always a stop for us when we come to Cape May. Great food, wide selection and top notch service. Never disappoi ts.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Always a good meal!!

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JK
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was outstanding from the appetizers, salad, to the main course. Alcohol was inexpensive. The Ambiance was very good and the service was fantastic

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PN
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Great service provided by host, bus person and server! Food was delicious and live entertainment was great, but not intrusive. We enjoyed our evening celebrating my father’s birthday in this beautiful setting.

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CL
New York Area
1.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Food was not good at all. Overpriced and tasted like a cheap restaurant. Setting was very nice though and the beer selection was good.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Fun, casual, amazing menu for all! Very eclectic and service great! Had a yummy dinner but wouid love to try it for breakfast!

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AB
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Our first time here and did not disappoint! Anna was our server and she was amazing. She answered all of our ridiculous questions. Drew, the host, was very welcoming and checked on us continuously. Very energetic and friendly, made the experience even better. Food was delicious and we did not leave hungry!!!! Definitely recommend, great food, great service.

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EV
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

You absolutely must visit here when going to Cape May. Kid friendly in a beautiful part of town. Full of energy and very nest looking. Food was amazing and the staff were all so polite and fun, the Matradi Drew was so sweet, professional and looks to be such a fun personality!

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Baltimore
2.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

We asked for outdoor seating as part of our reservation and once we got there we were told that was not available. We then waited a long period of time while no food was brought our way. Our waitress was nowhere to be seen. One member of our party asked for a Porkchop which was brought to him raw in the middle. When he asked for one that was more well done we waited an extra 20 minutes and another one was brought to him, however this one was also raw in the middle. I asked for a vegan nachos with seitan on top as listed in the menu, and what was brought to me were the nachos with nothing on top and setan as a separate dish. None of the food that we had was well prepared. The final straw was when we asked for our check and was given a check that wasn’t ours. Overall the service wasn’t good, the food mediocre to in edible and the kitchen and wait staff seemed very unorganized. We were there for a very special event, and anniversary party, and we’re completely disappointed.

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m
Philadelphia
2.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Ok food with OK service. Much better in Cape May.

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MM
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Had a great time at the Mad Batter. Came on a Sunday night while they had an "Open Mic" night which was lots of fun listening to everyone sing. The service was wonderful....staff was great and the food was delish...what more could you ask for!

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DL
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

We had eaten here several years ago and remembered having a great meal, so knowing we wanted bring our daughter and family to Cape May to celebrate her 40th birthday we knew the Mad Batter was where we wanted to go. The crab cakes were especially delicious as were all our meals. The combo of crab cake and filet mignon was a good choice as well. We had a bottle of reisling that was also great.

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OT
Chicago
3.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Dinner food was ok, but overpriced. Poor presentation. No dinner ambiance. Suggest they stick to their strengths; breakfast!

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RW
New Orleans
3.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

We were seated promptly and our drink orders were taken. We were brought delicious ciabatta rolls with oil and seasonings. Our appetizer arrived quickly and was delicious, giving us high hopes for the entree. two of us ordered the "famous, jumbo lump meat crabcake". Total disappointment. Not a lump to be found, just a lot of filler with some visible shreds of crab. The third entree was a vegetable ravioli which was good. Pleasant decor, quiet because we were eating early, but a $30+ crab entree at a shore restaurant should be MUCH better than the flavorless cakes we received.

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