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Magnolia Room Restaurant

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301 Howard St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2430
+1 609-884-8409
08:30 - 10:30
18:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 10:00
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Tuxedo Park, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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 to be completely disappointed.

1 Thank gundyone
Brick, New Jersey
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196 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
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 beet fried chicken in Cape May is now a dried out mess. The fried chicken... More 

1 Thank JerseyGirl715
Bryn Mawr PA
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 creaking and sinking floors and little air conditioning. The dining room had historic molding and... More 

2 Thank Steven E
Nassau, New York
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 course. Appetizers (pulled pork sliders & cajun clams ) were flavorful. Salads were fresh and... More 

Thank 78chevy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 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
Cape May, New Jersey
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

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 and it is a very interesting story. You are then taken in to the Magnolia... More 

2 Thank Ken M
Newark, Delaware
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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 to try it out. I read (and write) a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor and... More 

1 Thank Marie S
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85 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Breakfast Buffet ia execelent and very savory. Fried chicken dinner was tough and dry. A real dissapointment. This menu item was why I returned here after may years-Nostalgia! Unfortunatley the FC never kept pace. Howeve, the breakfast buffet showcases some very good homefries and spoonbread.

1 Thank jknows

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 34
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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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
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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