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Magnolia Room Restaurant

301 Howard St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2430
+1 609-884-8409
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good19%
  • Average17%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible23%
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18:00 - 21:00All hours
$$ - $$$
301 Howard St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2430
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I see the reviews from last summer saying the food was terrible - we were there this past week and really enjoyed it. One person got steak, one got ribs, one crab cake, and I got the fish special. All came with the same sides...More

Thank LetsGoCapitals
Reviewed 10 September 2016

My wife and I were looking forward to eating here but ended up just leaving after recieving our main course. Fried chicken was not good and other dinner was just plan bad. I have never posted a review before but did not want someone else...More

1  Thank gundyone
Reviewed 29 August 2016

For years we heard this was a great traditional southern fare, prepared by two of the descendants of the original cook. With the hotel beine sold to new owners the two chefs have either retI red or been replaced. What was once the considered the...More

1  Thank JerseyGirl715
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The Magnolia Room at the Chalfonte Hotel was featured in August by a Philadelphia TV station for its famous southern cooking by three generations of women. We drove two hours for a visit and were first shocked by the antique state of the hotel with...More

2  Thank Steven E
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Located in an elegant old hotel, the restaurant is very attractive. While it is air conditioned (unlike the hotel's lobby), the large screen door to the outside tables decreases the impact. The $36 fixed price menu (mandatory with certain entrees) includes appetizer, salad and main...More

Thank 78chevy
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We were on a European Plan. We were duped into the Prix Fixe dinner. Tasteless and lousy would be the best description..And, let,me add, very expensive for bad food.

Thank missdivine62
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Sunday all you can eat buffet is full of things you'll want to try. All basic but flavorful and worth a try. Fresh salad choices, vegetables,fish, meat and desserts.

Thank harriettsosson
Reviewed 12 July 2016

We spotted an ad for a Civil War dinner package at the Magnolia Room. The evening starts off with the owner of the Chalfonte telling a nice history story of the civil war and how the Chalfonte came to be. This lasts about an hour...More

2  Thank Ken M
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I went to the Magnolia Room as a result of seeing a show on Food Network some years ago about these ladies who cook really good fried chicken in Cape May. When I found out that the ladies were at the Magnolia Room, I decided...More

1  Thank Marie S
Reviewed 19 June 2016

An excellent choice of beautifully prepared items, some original and eccentric, good service, nice atmosphere and very reasonable. We were staying in the hotel but it is probably worth going over if you're nearby. Note that it doesn't start until 0830 but goes until 1100.

Thank Sushimaker4
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$34
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
08:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 10:00
18:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 10:00
18:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 10:00
18:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 10:00
18:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 10:00
18:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 Howard St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2430
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-8409
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This restaurant is located in the historic Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. This past weekend I hosted a rehearsal dinner there.
The price fixed dinner of 4 courses was extremely good and I would like to write a review. My guests really enjoyed the atmosphere and great food and I would highly recommend it.
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