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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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Middletown, New Jersey
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

I came here with friends after roaming the area for awhile. At first we were told we needed a reservation, but were then sat inside. We ordered the nachos for an appetizer and they were delicious. They tasted fresher than what you get at most places. We ordered sandwiches from the lighter menu which were also very good. Our waitress... More 

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New City, NY
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

We were two couples, stopping in for a drink and appetizers and the bar was so crowded we decided to get a table and have dinner. So glad we did.... the food was fantastic... we all got different things and each one was more delicious than the next. We all shared the mussels first... yummy. I had the shrimp and... More 

1 Thank MacKanes
Howell, New Jersey
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Great spot for breakfast. You have to try the french toast, it was awesome. Service was good and will try lunch there next time we go back.

1 Thank 230jimt
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

I have eaten at this restaurant many times over many seasons but this was the first time I had a bad experience. The food is very good and would have rated this higher except for the service. Our server, Maria, was very rude. As soon as we sat down she wanted to know what we wanted to drink. We barely... More 

2 Thank 804Sue
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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287 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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
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
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 30
International, Soups, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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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