Merion Inn

4.5
1504 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Landmark 1885 Cape May dining establishment serving dinner and classic cocktails from 5 pm Thursday through Sunday. Last reservation is 9 pm. Online reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance. We will have indoor dining only after October 24. We also have canopied patio with climate control. Our historic bar is open, with live piano music from 5:30 pm. Please note that a credit card will be required to make online reservations for parties of 5 or more. Our last day of the season is Monday, November 15 -- half price day when all menu items are 50% off, while they last! (Note: on half-price day a gratuity will be added to your check in the amount of 15% of you bill before the discount is applied.)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1504 people are saying
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PhilipM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious. Upon arrival, the noise level was way too loud. It was very difficult to get a drink at the bar due to the crowd.

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vipRoeg
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. Great food.

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paulc
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience3

Food was good. The waitress had a negative attitude. She acted like we were bothering her.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Great food. See you next year!

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FrankL
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good, food and service was excellent. Had a reservation and was seated on time.
The noise level is very loud. The combination of the din of the crowd, and the piano music made it very hard to hold a conversation.

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WildwoodJim
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our dinner was excellent. Great service and atmosphere. See you next year.

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SanibelSue
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started dining at the Merion Inn when we were dating, and have now been married 51 years. The food is even better than 50 years ago. The fried shrimp & scallops were large, tender and very crisp. Coleslaw and potato cup delicious. My husband's steak cooked perfectly and very tender. Lobster and crabmeat in sauce was too rich for our taste, but still delicious. Our waitress was attentive and pleasant.
Tables well spaced such that we felt comfortable even with covid. Interior decor charmingly victorian.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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Rocco
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience! We love everything about Merion Inn. Bartender Mark is the best! Our favorite restaurant in Cape May

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vipBobS811
Atlantic City
28 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal again at The Merion Inn.

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shukokaicowboy
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merino Inn has upped its game on food. I always loved the place for its ambiance, but now I find it on a par with the other top restaurants in Cape May including the Ebbit Room and PSI! Good work. Can’t wait until you reopen next season.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night!

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vipJudy
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food seated immediately and good service
Enjoyable evening
Also good drinks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an an amazing dinner!

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jessicat
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food, drinks. Hidden gem in Cape May! Friendly staff

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sharonidohair
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The waitress was really unfriendly. The food made up for it. I get it, the service industry had really taken a hit with rude demanding customers. I know this from experience. But if we were kind and patient with the waitress, that should have been her hint to be a bit more pleasant. Food and liveliness was fabulous!

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LCCAPE
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place. Always great food & a great time. Sorry it’s closing earlier than usual - help and supply really hurt. Looking forward to next year.

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RobbyJim
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good. Amy was our server and she was excellent. My husband is on a low sodium diet and she made certain the kitchen prepared his meal accordingly. My only concern is my husband is in a wheelchair and the ramp leading from the patio is almost impossible to push a person up -- and then there's a step at the end. If a person cannot get out of the chair you definitely need muscle to get access.

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was unbelievably inferior.

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jerseyjamm
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was well presented and everyone enjoyed their meals. The service was quite attentive and it was a relaxed atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a favorite when in Cape May. Adorable place, great to go with family. Can’t wait to come back

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PeggyO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a reliably delicious meal in a classy setting.

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Love
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was terrible. We ordered our food. Received it quickly. Big up charge for a potato instead of fries. We were there 1 hr. Waitress never came over once to see how our food was. The short rib entree was dry and small portion. My express short ribs never came with the horseradish sauce but waitress zoomed back and
Forth to other tables and was never able to even ask for salt. My dish came with a mini dessert which she never told us what it was. We felt because our meals might not be as large as any other table she did not care. We always order dessert or coffee we just wanted to leave. It was so crowded And noisy from people hanging at bar before being seated. Could not hear the piano player. We come to cape May 4 times a year. Always wanted to eat here but now was disappointed.

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vipMaddieH
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend here who was visiting from out of town. Everything was MAGNIFICENT. From the atmosphere, the food, drink, and service- superb! Kathy waited on us and was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. I highly recommend the merion cup, and the chicken francaise!

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Shore02
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Appetizers and drinks were very good, We both had the Prime Rib. Although it was cooked correctly, the meat was very tough. Very disappointing.

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Elvis
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hostess unengaging, complaining about either the Inn or Restaurant being sold

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DeniseK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The restaurant was understaffed. Our waitress (who was good) was bussing tables, taking orders, delivering the food. The restaurant was packed. Reservations were 1/2 hour to 45 minutes behind.

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Noeeeee
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, try he best meal we have had in Cape May recently

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Beja
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Flounder is great any way. They make the best martinis in Cape May at the Marriott inn.

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PattyE
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charming dining! Old Cape May. Food was excellent and the atmosphere perfect. Very enjoyable night.

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HopeF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I’ve had better experiences at the Merion before. Reservation for 6:45 became 7:15 with empty tables a plenty. Bartender didn’t acknowledge our presence. Dinner was rushed and fish not cooked through.

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Hans
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinners and desert! Service was attentive and responsive. Liked getting carafe of water, allowing us to focus on conversations. We’re in room adjacent to piano so could hear it while still understanding each other. Looking forward to leftovers

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SherryM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner. My shrimp were perfectly cooked, and the live piano at the bar is always fun.

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LarryH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful upscale atmosphere with piano bar. Great for special evening. Fine food and service.

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vipWilliamS
Atlantic City
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four had a great time at the Merion Inn. We have been there three times this summer. It is one of our favorite places in Cape May.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved the service by our bartender Mark. I had two grey goose martinis and my husband had a wonderful Chardonnay. We started with the escargot wrapped in a filo crust with mushroom in cream sauce and fried oysters. Dinner was clam chowder and crab cakes. Everything was delish.

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Freddi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good service, quaint/romantic/old world atmosphere. It was a great night spent at a wonderful restaurant! Loved the piano playing in the background!

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PamP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great drinks! The prime rib was perfectly prepared,juicy and delicious. Server very attentive and pleasant.
Dessert selection tough to make a choice!

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JamieS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed our evening dinner! Loved the live piano music and ambiance. Food was great. Drinks were tasty and not weak. Will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
74 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pianist was fantastic along with the food, service & ambiance

FAQs

Merion Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 884-8363.

Merion Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 1504 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.