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The Mad Batter

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19 Jackson St, The Carroll Villa Hotel, Cape May, NJ 08204-1417 (Formerly Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa) (Lafayette Street)
+1 609-884-5970
08:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 08:00 - 21:30
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New Providence, NJ
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149 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe this was impressive 20 years ago, but not now. Very blah menu that needs updating. Even our town diner has updated their menu to include fun/specialty items like stuffed French toast, Nutella pancakes, etc. Nothing special. Food was not good and very over priced. Would not go back.

Thank santaluvsme
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Portions are generous and the food was fantastic - we ate there for both dinner and breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed both.

1 Thank Lori M
New Jersey
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104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the Carroll Villa Hotel. A nice menu priced right. Wonderful bar featuring a nice cocktail selection. Live music and a friendly staff. It is quite popular and tends to get crowded. Reservations are a must. Also good for breakfast, lunch or a mid- afternoon snack.

1 Thank JL51
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112 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

on a previous visit to cape may we just passed by this establishment but really wanted to eat here. This time we went to another resto but told that wait time was 1/2 hr so decided to go here already. They were having happy hour at the Mediterranean bar and we were led toward the back dining area, place was... More 

1 Thank NQuoryo
West Cape May, New Jersey
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living down here only was there once, up until the last year, now 3 or so times .. It was all breakfast except for a friends get together for dinner.. The food was very delicious , On last visit we were waiting for some one , I changed my mind so many times because everything on menu sounded so good,... More 

1 Thank kikki c
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first time we have had breakfast here, as we had dinner here in the past.They are doing renovations to the restaurant to add more space. Husband had the Blueberry pancakes which were as large as the plate. I had scrambled eggs with bacon. They use multi-grain toast which was good. Coffee was refilled without asking. In season,... More 

1 Thank Barbara S
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71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are staying at the attached hotel and got a 30 pct discount on food. Let me start by saying the happy hour was very good. Once the happy hour was over we went to dinner. My wife ordered the scallops and shrimp. I got the crab cakes served with mac n cheese. The crab cakes were very good but... More 

Thank francissp
Jersey City, New Jersey
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are frequent guests at The Carroll Villa.. we often have breakfast and dinner at the Mad Batter.. the menu is amazing and the food is delicious.. everything is fresh and the service is great.. it is a fun and warm place to relax and have dinner.. Always a great stop..

1 Thank boopie2015
New York City, New York
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Carroll Villa and had both dinner and breakfast here. The dinner menu is great and reasonably priced for the quality. The breakfast is amazing. Service was great as well.

1 Thank amalance
madbattermanager, General Manager at The Mad Batter, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and for dining with us also. We hope that you also had a chance to enjoy happy hour and some of the music at the bar. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fun atmosphere, great food selection. Wide variety on menu from unique breakfast choices to tasty lunch options. Two Thumbs up!

1 Thank Beth S
madbattermanager, General Manager at The Mad Batter, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Nothing makes us happier than hearing "two thumbs up" ! Our menu will be expanding for the summer season, hope you'll be back again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 30
Soups, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Jackson St, The Carroll Villa Hotel, Cape May, NJ 08204-1417 (Formerly Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa)
    (Lafayette Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-5970
A Cape May tradition for over 30 years! The nationally acclaimed Mad Batter Restaurant is located at the Carroll Villa Hotel in the heart of the historic district. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and cocktails are served on the European-style front porch, garden terrace, and sky-lit dining room. Breakfast offerings include fresh squeezed juices, homemade fruit breads, and entrees such as crab benedict, oatmeal pancakes, or orange & almond french toast. Lunch entrees include the Maryland crab cake sandwich, fish & chips, and Waldorf chicken, as well as an assortment of salads. Dinner options are always inventive and the seafood is extraordinary. Entrees include award-winning jumbo lump crab cakes, juicy steaks, chicken and fresh fish specials daily. A sumptuous selection of desserts is made daily. The Mad Batter Bar features Happy Hour, 19 beers on tap, a reasonably priced wine list, and a martini list sure to please. Live music and special events are planned throughout the year.

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