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Union Park

4.6
2608 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Across from the ocean, this elegant dining room serves classic American food with a special touch. Union Park Dining Room received New Jersey Monthly Magazine 2005 thru 2018 Critics Choice Award as one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. Working his magic behind the scenes, chef John Schatz has overseen the kitchens of some sophisticated eateries in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, including the former Maureen's in Cape May. The large, spacious dining rooms with their fireplaces, cherry & mahogany furniture & antique fixtures are romance personified. Settle in for a memorable meal. Open Table Diner's Choice Award 2010-2020
Private dining rooms available from 8 to 80 guests.
Banquet Facilities: Located in the historic Hotel Macomber, union park dining room is available for both casual & elegant parties, receptions, special occasion dinners or complete weddings. Our facility can host groups up to 130 people, depending on the type of reception you des

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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Starting May 9, 2021

$60+ prix fixe 3 course menu in our elegant dining room or an ocean front patio.

What 2608 people are saying
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AndreaZ
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner out! Loved the prix-fixe, although I know that is not everyone's cup of tea. Portions were great, flavors incredible, and service was friendly and attentive.

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GardenGal
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday; a sweet candle in dessert

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AdamD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a fine time there, and the food can be counted upon to be good. Usually dine there a few times a year, and will continue to do so!

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vipJenn
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!

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vip2eaty
Philadelphia
171 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here often. Love the food the service and ambiance.

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vipRONB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come down to southern Jersey once a year and Union Park is the only thing on the "must do" list.
We always ask for Shirley to be our server and she just adds that special something to the occasion.

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JaniceS
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a 70th Birthday there on April 3rd, 2021. Very pleased that they reopened as the food was such good quality. We chose the scallops for the appetizer, lobster tails and duck. The creme brûlée and fruit tart were both excellent choices. There were many servers, bus boys & girls to take away plates and refill water glasses. We would return if back in Cape May again in the future.

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VincentM
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The finest restaurant I've had the pleasure to dine in in Cape May. Expensive, but the food is worth it.

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vipEpicurian
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are repeat customers, and always enjoy UP. The scaled back Covid menu provided more than enough choices. Chicken and petit tender were top shelf. Beet salad appetizer was a huge hit. BYO (if you don't want local wined), so you don't get gouged by the alcohol markup. Shirley our server was definitely value added. We are probably over reacting to sitting in a room with other people, but heartedly recommend UP.

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Bill
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had our great service, great food, best table in our minds in the house. Best place to dine in Cape May, reiterates our repeat dining there.

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JeanW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was beautifully presented and prepared. Service was excellent. We opted for four courses. We both started with the Foie Gras, which was outstanding! My husband followed with the Tuna Tartare and I with the Bay Scallops, again both where excellent. For our main courses, my husband had the Duck Trio and I had the Rare Tuna with Saffron cream, delicious! We both finished with the Fruit Tart that had the most delicate pasty, just perfect. This was only our second dinner out during covid. We both felt Very comfortable, it was very apparent that Union Park prioritized customer safety. We will definitely be back.

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vipPaulaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really expensive yet lovely as treat

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viplola
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make a habit out of dining at Union Park whenever we are in Cape May. They are consistently one of the best restaurants in the area. The menu is not pretentious, yet sophisticated. The flavors, portion size and presentation are always on point. The staff is friendly and attentive, and while the decor may be a bit dated, that is par for the course in Cape May. During Covid, the tables were nicely spaced apart and all safety protocols were followed. Definitely one to try when in Cape May.

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MartinT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food choices were excellent in all 3
Courses. Our waitress Shirley was very attentive and pleasant which made our dining experience memorable,

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vipMarkW
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

had a 3-course tasting menu and added a higher-priced entree
Food was very good as well as the service. Just wist a few more entrees were on the "regular" list
Possible since it was the end of season

Recommend to others

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HelenC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a whim and caught one of the best end of season dining experiences, ever. Social distancing offered us an intimate but romantic open air porch table for two. It was cool but comfortable and offered a perfect view of beach side Cape May. The meal was prefix and delicious. 3 courses with tempting options. We opted to upgrade our entrees and wasn't disappointed. Not our first time here and wont be the last. The chef and his impeccable staff are absolutely 5 stars out of 5!

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AnnD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience. We love dinner on the covered front porch with views of the ocean across the street.

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vipRichardS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at this restaurant at least once a month during the summer and it never disappoints. Great service and great food. Very well run!!

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vipJack
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

too bad they are closing for rest of year.
this is a great dinning experience.
God bless the during these un precedented times.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My Husband and I decided to try out Union Park for the first time while on vacation. The dining room was gorgeous and the service was outstanding. We loved that we could bring our own wine. Food was very good but very small portions (he had the tuna tartar for an appetizer & I had the scallop ceviche..both of which were VERY small) Dinner portions weren’t that much better. For the amount of money spent there, the portion should be a little bigger.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Reasons I give the experience 1 star - I would have given less than 1 if that was possible as this has been the worst dining experience we have had in a long time:

- Insufficient precautions under covid-19: Servers only wear face shields. As of today, the CDC does not recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for masks. Other guests are allowed to move around the restaurant without masks.
- Appearance of restroom less than optimal and close to disgusting for a restaurant that pretends to provide high quality standards.
- $60/person fixed price menu that was short in quality and quantity.
- Poor service: Our server was very close to be considered rude.
- After we were 45 minutes at the table, we were approached by the restaurant manager and asked to leave as they had othe people waiting to dine. Literally.

I would not recommend Union Park at all. They do not deliver the upscale service they advertise they do.

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vipKathryn
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so disappointed our favorite place closed this last weekend due to COVID.... we have told so many people about our favorite place.... thank you to the waitstaff, the owners, the managers and the chef for never being disappointed, even in the face of a pandemic.... April can’t get here soon enough....

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annamariea
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The portions were extremely small, the Caesar salad did not even have one crouton or black pepper. The lobster was a small as eating shrimp. I’m so disappointed it was my mother’s 80 bday dinner and no one even acknowledged it.

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BrianR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've lived in Cape May for almost 5 years now, and thought I had it all figured out, somehow Union Park never hit my radar, on a mission to try something new we settled on Union Park, and man, am I more than happy that I did. We hit it the last night before they close for the season, and due to the limited indoor seating and limited reservations we grabbed a 5 o'clock reservation, several hours earlier than our norm. We sat on the out door porch which overlooks beach ave and the Atlantic on the far side, very nice. Service was spectacular, its BYOB so keep that in mind, and at this particular time, pandemic time, they were running a limited 3 course prix fixe menu, app, main and desert. They had add ons, which we took advantage of by ordering oysters for a starter while we enjoyed a glass of wine and took in the view and people watched. Dinner, I had Bay Scallop civeche for my app, twin lobster tails for a main and Creme Brulee for desert, my wife had Tuna Tartar for an App, scallops for a main and a fruit tart for a desert. All I can say is WOW, I do not have one single thing I can even nit pick, the service was stellar, view and company were spectacular, and the food, oh man, the food, I said it that night to my wife, it was well in my top five meals ever, like maybe top one or two. I am not even slightly exaggerating, it was that good. Funny part of this was that I had made reservations about a week earlier, I had originally thought I made them for Saturday night, and on Saturday morning, I realized that I had made them for the night before, Friday and I inadvertently skipped my resy!!! Something I NEVER do. I was able to get the 5 pm for Saturday and I professed my sincerest apologies for standing them up the night before which they accepted graciously. Bonus points, since we had such an early res, were were able to take the mostly full second bottle of wine and walk on the beach to see the sunset. It was a perfect evening. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! I will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Britt
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and fantastic food!

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vipJosephL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ditto, nice job

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We will go monthly :)

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Fastiduous
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband for dinner on his birthday. We were seated promptly though we were a few minutes early. Wait staff was courteous and pleasant and appropriately covered for the pandemic. The food was excellent. Prix fixe menu was varied with something for everyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was great, but that’s about it. Food was very mediocre. Presentation made it look great, but not a lot of flavor unfortunately. Another place that only serves New Jersey wine, why?

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MimiG13
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is very cute and quaint. The service was amazing. We had the foie gras, tuna tartare and crab cake for appetizers, they were outstanding! The short rib was fenomenal, so was the lamb loin! Again, if you are looking for a dinner experience that will wow you, this is the place to be.

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Kalena2748
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner with social distancing in the dining room. Food was very good . Service was great. The menu was only a Prix Fixed at $60 pp. Would like to return if you can order off the menu rather than required 3 courses.

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MarMik
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The wait staff were properly protected with clear face shields & gloves. We were seated inside, even though we were suppose to be outside- but it was windy and that made it perfect. Food was very good as always. The pre fixe menu was the only option and was almost twice as much as they usually charge. But considering all the new restrictions we understood. The add on were over priced, but it was customer's choice.

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Kathy
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, romantic atmosphere

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RichardM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! I had scallops and crab cake and my husband had short ribs! We ate on the porch. Our server was Jennifer. She was very professional and knowledgeable. It was a prix menu, which was perfect! We were happy to be able to make reservation at open table.

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vipNJLivingston
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Most courses the food was very good. I did have to send the lamb back as I ordered it MR, and was clear I definitely wanted it pink, it came back well done. I never send food back but I can’t eat well done lamb. By the time I got mine, my husband was done. Also, for a 20th anniversary, I thought they would’ve acknowledged it. In the booking we indicated what we were celebrating. I’m used to Napa...they always make you feel special when celebrating...the Foie Gras and Oysters were amazing!!! As was the duck trio!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Say outside on the porch. Nice calm experience, food was great and service was exceptional for the end of the season. Definitely going back when they reopen Spring 2021.

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RJS985
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Thanks well done

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vipBrianO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Thought the restaurant was very overpriced. Pre-Fix menu was fine however the additional options pushed the overall per plate price over $80. Definitely not worth the price. Restaurant needs a refresh. Very dated.

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Union Park is rated 4.6 stars by 2608 OpenTable diners.

Union Park does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.unionparkdiningroom.com/shop.

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.