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The Rusty Nail

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
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205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383 (Formerly Rusty Nail Bar & Grill)
+1 609-884-0220
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 22:00
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Chantilly, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is terrific but service can be suspect. There have been at least 2 time when we nearly left without receiving our food. 4 years ago on our first trip this wasn't a problem. The last 2 years (2015 and 2016) we have had repeated issues. We stay at the Beach Shack (on the same property) so it is... More 

Thank kenperkinsvt
Glendale, California
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Every Rusty Nail employee I have encountered was very polite and knowledgeable about the town. Gave me great tips on other places to eat and activities to do. The food was great as well. We were in a large group, so there was a lot of different options I was able to choose from. I was NOT disappointing. Hope to... More 

Thank bayernbabe
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This place is friendly, comfortable, and has a perfect location right across the street from the beach. Here, you'll always friendly conversations, a relaxing environment, consistent food and drinks, and a nice ocean breeze.

Thank Diana_Gashef
Bloomsburg, PA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We went here for dinner since it was pet friendly and we brought along our pooch for our little getaway. The food was kinda pricey and very average, if not poor. They brought us a dog dish and water for our dog, and the water was visibly yellow. I wouldn't return.

Thank Soon2BMrsWolfe
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We came to Rusty Nail a couple of times during our mini vacation in September. The food is only okay, but the atmosphere here is great. There's live entertainment on the patio and the place is kid friendly. Great place to have a drink and not get frowned upon for bringing your kid along. My son danced to the music... More 

Thank vnessa808
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

The birding festival held a get together here with a dinner buffet. I don't know if this is a normal offering of the restaurant but the food was amazing! The staff for the event was attentive with drinks and friendly with their service. I did not have time to revisit on my own, but certainly will the next time in... More 

Thank SWTraveler898
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorite spots in Cape May & never disappoints! Food, service & atmosphere were great!

Thank Jason C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Very popular spot right on Beach Avenue along the ocean. It was very crowded but we were seated within 20 minutes. Nice selection on their menu and the food was good. Priced reasonably. Casual, lively and fun place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Thank Patricia Y
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I went there on a Thursday night in early October so it wasn't very busy. I had their special for the night - salmon cakes and macaroni and cheese. Awesome! Not very expensive either.

Thank Melinda M
pittsburgh, pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We recently visited the Rusty Nail while in town for a wedding. Since it was mid-October and a chilly nite we weren't sure what to expect. However the food was awesome. We had crab cakes but the vegetables were the standout. They come from the local farm and the kitchen took extra care to make sure they were properly prepared.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$38
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383 (Formerly Rusty Nail Bar & Grill)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-0220
"The Nail," as it's known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the '70s. And it's right here at the Beach Shack, just steps away from your room. From lifeguards and surfers to beautiful beach bunnies, they all gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it's your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch, dinner or its famed happy hour. Kids' meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail's beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?