A CA Mia-Cape May

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$30 and under
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Italian
Ristorante A CA MIA is open every April and closes at the end of Fall.

We are located across from the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on the Washington Street Mall. We are available for Private Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, and Christmas Parties.

The historical building that now houses Ristorante A CA MIA was built in 1872. William Essen operated a bakery and ice cream parlor until 1914 when he sold it to his niece and her husband, Carl and Margaret Kokes. The business remained in his family for over 60 Years. The bakery is one of the oldest bakeries in continuous operation in the country. By the mid 1930s, the ice cream parlor had become the dining room and the business was operated as a restaurant as it is to this day. Our kitchen is under the direction of Chef Todor Videv. We are available for private parties. We offer early seating dinner selections. We accommodate well behaved children.
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EC
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Ca Mia is our “go to” restaurant when town is busy. 6 of us went and everyone was happy with the food and the service. The summer salad is really delicious. Everyone in our party ordered it and there was nary a lettuce leaf left on the plates! “Osobuco” (sp?) is to die for and ravioli sampler is also great. I was happy to learn that the surly waiter is no longer there. Everyone else is delightful!

EM
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was delighted with my meal. I began with the stuffed mushroom on polenta and wilted greens. Then the braised pork shank which was perfection. Finished the meal with A Ca Mia Napoleon. A perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

MK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual! Will be taking advantage of off season to visit until they close!

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Awesome experience great food !!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We arrived for our reservation on time, a tiny table outside was available but we asked to sit inside. We waited about 15 minutes and were seated. The service was decent, but the food mediocre at best. I would not return.

EC
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We rarely have a complaint about ACa Mia. The food is good for a more than reasonable price and they generally treat us very well as we are frequent diners. This night, it happened to be extremely busy and the people at the table behind us were obnoxiously loud. However, this aside, our waiter whom we had never dealt with before seemed miffed when my husband asked for a smaller box for his leftovers so that we could fit it in our bike basket to take it home. He never asked us if we wanted dessert and abruptly proffered our bill. Everyone else was very nice so I will ask not to have this particular waiter again.

HK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated immediately and service was fast and friendly. The only reason for everything not being 5 stars is the noise level which was very loud.

a
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Ca Mia is amazing but even better in the off season when it’s quiet. The food is always delicious and servers are very attentive. Even in the busy summer season the dishes do not take long to arrive. Fast kitchen, quality food, nice atmosphere. Bakery next door is fully stocked, however I have not tried anything there yet. Just what is served in the restaurant, coffee and desserts.

BH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, a very good experience at A Ca Mia-Cape May. We were seated only with about a minute wait. Tables and chairs tight but comfortable enough. Somewhat noisey but able to talk without too much of raising voices. Service was very good along with our meals, with everything ordered coming out in a timely fashion. Will definitely dine there again and always enjoy going to the bakery.

B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was clean food good wait staff attentive, a few very strange things I liked was , the curtains at the windows very so very crisp and clean and also soup was served with a paper doily under it! It is the little touches that mean and say a lot about a restaurant!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Overpriced. Worse than mediocre food. We were rushed through dinner. Appetizers and entrees arrived at the same time. They tried taking plates away before we were finished eating. Will not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pretty good

MI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent food was fantastic

LV
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had dinner outside in front of the bakery entrance at a small table for two. The only downside, although it was a very nice evening, was the constant foot traffic in and out of the bakery which was very distracting.

The dinners were good and the service was ok.

N
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. Will definitely return when we visit the area again.

B
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tio is a great waiter! Braised Pork Shank was fabulous and the lasagna was too. Nice arugula salad with very good dressing. Yummy all the way around.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our reservation for 8 was honored on time...the food was tasty and served well (looked good on the plate). I would recommend this restaurant to whomever may be traveling to Cape May.

JE
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was freshly made and cooked to order. The service was also great. Would recommend

RV
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average Italian cuisine in a touristy area.Overall, perfuctory -- the ambience was better than the actual food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all around.

h
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent and atmosphere very nice. We sat outside for dinner and enjoyed sightseeing. Server lacking energy/enthusiasm and personality. He knew there was a member of our party missing (my husband in bathroom) yet he ran through the specials anyway even after me telling him. He then forgot to bring food item which was part of my sons dinner (the meatball which was part of the “penne and meatball” kids menu option) and then blamed it on me(?). When he handed us the check we immediately gave him our card (as we had to go to meet friends) and he refused to take it saying he first needed to drop off the check to another table (?). The hostess witnessed the scene so she swooped in and grabbed on our behalf. I would definitely go back but would ask to be seated at table with new server.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located in the heart of the Washington Mall area of Cape May, A Ca Mia is a charming restaurant with an inviting atmosphere and quaint seating. The food was explained well in the menu and in the specials, all of which sounded superb. Our orders were taken promptly and professionally by the courteous staff. The food was served equally well and prompt. Our appetizers and entrees were delicious and I must confess that I had to break some bread to sop up every last morsel and bite. It was a beautiful breezy night and even though there were many people around, it was most civilized and harmonious. Cape May is one of my favorite places and A Ca Mia only gave me further reason to love this little slice of paradise.

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was great but the food was average at best. It Is possible that it was just an off night for the restaurant. I don’t think I would ever go again and I probably would not recommend to family and friends.

TT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We cannot wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

One of the worst dining experiences we’ve had in a long time. Waiter was not happy to be answering any questions. BYOB so few choices on menu. Wine was god awful. Bruschetta app was bland. The tomato and mozzarella app had no flavor ! Asked for the balsamic glaze; he throws balsamic vinegar on the table. My $37 filet was rare.. asked for medium. The owner was standing at the hostess stand and I called him over and he sent back to kitchen. I replaced the mashed potatoes w angel hair and it came on the plate in a bowl w no sauce. Nothing ! I asked the waiter for some sauce and they brought the bowl back w a dab of Marinara. Spent $127 on crappy wine, bland app and awful filet ! Keep on walking

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner!

KS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A CA Mia is a favorite of ours. We eat there almost every time we visit Cape May. The food is excellent!

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal and ambiance was great - The weather was very nice that evening. Wine and food were great. If I could propose to ensure the tables for 2 should have a bit more space between, especially from chair to chair since it was very tight - the table was very small. We are for sure recommending this restaurant and will be back again in 2020. Thanks.

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Got one of the specials, a tortellini dish which was amazing. The lasagna was very good.

SS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place - would have rated higher except a couple of shrimp in shrimp cocktail were not properly deveined

a
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dined here on our last night of vacation and will make it a tradition! Courteous and knowledgeable wait staff with great food recommendations. Looking forward to returning next summer!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had to wait 20 min past reservation time. They were very busy. Service was good overall but had to wait for water refills, ice bucket, etc

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was very good, attentive without being pesky. Our meal was delicious. Romantic and fit for foodies.

MK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual! We always find ourselves back at A Ca Mia after trying other restaurants in Cape May. Food and service are excellent! Can't stay away and wish they were open year round. The best in Cape May!

CD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice Italian place right in mall in Cape May

m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On vacation and knew nothing about this restaurant. GlD we chose it!

p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Good for people watching on the mall. Service was prompt and professional. Food was ok not a “dining experience” we sat outside and enjoyed the parade of people

NO
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

There are so many amazing restaurants in cape may but they all had waits so we tried A CA Mia. The service was okay - waiter didn't seem thrilled to be there. The food was decent - crab cakes had alot of filler and shells - but the restaurant is cute. It's in a great location with perfect people watching if you sit outside.

AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The noise level made it almost impossible to hear each other so would not say it was a pleasant or relaxed dinner. However our waiter was very good and was very sweet to our elderly mother.

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