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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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Fri - Sun 08:00 - 21:30
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

Food was good but not as good as I remember from a couple of years ago. Got the eggs Benedict here which doesn't hold a candle to Aleathea's around the corner. Friend had a tasty but pretty forgettable French toast. If you sit outside on the porch be prepared to be given the hairy eyeball by the dozens of hungry... More 

Thank T S
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

This has always been great for brunch. Pancakes, fruit and chese plates, etc. It even has a gluten free menu. In the "old days" the dinners were mediocre, but now they are fine. They don't compete with the many five star restaurants in Cape May, but the dinners are more than OK.

1 Thank Richard K
Brick, New Jersey
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

I had their french toast and it was very good. It's worth the wait. Very good breakfast and good service.Reasonable prices.

1 Thank rpstrobel
martinsville, nj
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282 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Ate breakfast there since you get a voucher from hotel on the same property You get a voucher for $30 which is adequate for breakfast for two. My omelette was good. Essentially it was a good place to have breakfast.. however the coffee was mediocre.

1 Thank robertmaster123
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

I went to the mad batter last week . Luckily I booked , there was a huge que outside when I arrived . The staff were friendly and I was served quite quickly . The food was nice but nothing amazing and I certainly wouldn't be queuing just for something decent . I will return again as long I book... More 

1 Thank Izaak R
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

This place is a gem in Cape May. Every time we visit this is the only place we eat and never disapointed. Food and service are top notch. This is not a typical restaurant and every time we like to try something new. This is by far one of the best places to eat in town! You should also try... More 

1 Thank Bradley S
Blairstown, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

The Mad Batter is a Cape May staple. We had breakfast over the Labor Day Weekend. Charming atmosphere, very good food, delightful waitress. However, when we arrived the hostess had the warmth and charm of Vlad the Impaler. If I were to go again, and saw that she was on duty, I would likely just leave. It really set the... More 

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Long Island, New York
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

Known for their breakfast. Worth waiting an hour? Not so sure. Yes, the eggs were good. The bloody mary good. Still not so sure about waiting an hour for breakfast when the beach is calling.

2 Thank 4Sons2dogs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

Been coming for years, cute restaurant and great breakfast options! Located in a beautiful Victorian b&b right in the heart of cape may.

Thank Kathleen C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

Our server was unable to handle our large party. She was annoyed when the five kids at the table did not stop talking when she Said hello. It was down hill from there. We had three people with dietary issues and was flustered by it rather than kind. At one point when taking our drink order a kid at the... 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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