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Louisa's Cafe

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104 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1440
+1 609-884-5882
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Binghamton, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Louisa's is everything that's going right about US small businesses. Will took great care to tell us about the store's history, the chocolates, and himself. He shared our giddy excitement over the chocolates, as if it was his first time there, too. It wasn't until half way through our conversation that we realized he is the owner. My friends and... More 

1 Thank cmuscat1
Port republic
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I often go to Cape Msg for fabulous dinners but this one was a little disappointing. Service was great and the place is adorable but the soup and entrees were average. The leek and Gorgonzola bruschetta was fabulous but the blue fish was only ok snd the scallops were something I could have easily made at home.... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eight tables, cash only and farm to table offering not bad at all. Had the best potato and leek soup ever! A nice portion and so hot on a chilly Friday night! Excellent crab cakes. All crab and pretty sure no bread crumbs. So tasty for sure. Husband had a homemade fettuccini dish. A smaller portion but to his liking.... More 

1 Thank Lisa W
Vernon, New Jersey, United States
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The food here is farm to table and it is very good. Mostly seafood throughout the menu. The dessert items are terrific but filling; you need to share.

1 Thank Ed D
Phoenix, Arizona
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130 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

A group of us had an early dinner here in September. The outside facade is darling with flowers climbing up over the yellow house with blue and white accent. Inside, the rooms are small but tables can be grouped together to accommodate a group. The decor is fun - fish on the walls. The food was very good, the service... More 

1 Thank Mudge2011
Northampton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had a limited time in Cape May but were fortunate enough to get a last minute reservation at Louisa's, a special place that we really enjoyed more than twenty years ago when we regularly frequented Cape May. Excellent sea food dishes with perfectly complimentary salads and sides. Desserts to die for! Can't recommend Louise's Cafe more!!

1 Thank paf50
Millville, New Jersey
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We recently had dinner at Louisa's midweek. It was far busier than we expected for late September with only a few reservation slots available. We were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation time. The service was very good and so was the food. It is a small place and they pack you in. It's also pretty loud. We both... More 

2 Thank chuckb1951
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Cash is a necessity in Cape May at many of the restaurants so come prepared. However, this is a BYOB, so you don't have to cover the wine or beer on the menu. Food was very good and all the seafood dishes were well prepared. Side slaw and rice was very nice accompaniments. Didn't have reservations and had to wait... More 

2 Thank Cheryl G
Tuckerton, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Very fresh original food, in a pretty atmosphere. Much of food is locally grown at the Beach Plum Farm nearby. Small dining room so can be noisy if crowded.

1 Thank Sallyarogers
Edison, NJ
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I come to Cape May once a year, always the first week in September. There are many places to dine in this quaint little town, but none in my opinion can "top" Louisa's. The staff and the quality of the food is superb and if I could dine there every night, I would! I recommend this wonderful hidden gem to... More 

2 Thank KaggieCarr5

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1440
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-5882
Serving fresh simple seafood dishes here on Jackson Street since 1980. All our desserts are made right here each morning. Stop by the Chocolate Bar where we have the most delicious Artisan chocolate being made in the beautiful USA! Call for current hours. Our hostess is here at 4. We do not seat any children after 7pm - that is when we begin adult swim.

Have fun in Cape May and thanks for stopping by!

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