In my opinion what makes an excellent restaurant is well-prepared and tasty food; an attractive and comfortable atmosphere; friendly and eficient service; and value for money spent. Oyster Bay has all of those, and for my wife and me, it is one of the better restaurants in Cape May. We visit several times a year, and after each visit we say that we should remember to go there more often.
The couple that own the restaurant are very hands-on which no doubt accounts for the consistent quality. The wife greets diners as they arrive and leads them to their table. The husband is the executive chef. They care and it is obvious.
There restaurant consists of three moderately-sized rooms, so there is no barn-like atmosphere and the noise level does not become annoying. There is a club-like bar that is separated from the dining rooms. The focus of the bar is a wide selection of martinis but drinks of all kinds are available, including a nice selection of wines, some available by the glass, and craft beers.
The menu could be described as contemporary American: Angus beef, veal, seafood, duck, chicken, some pastas. All good. Recently I have had sliced rare duck breast, London Broil (flank steak) with a red wine sauce, shrimp and scallops, grouper, veal medallions...all very good.
The prices are quite fair; with the exception of lobster tail, and filet of beef with crabmeat, the entrees are priced in the twenties. The restaurant is a very good value and we will return.
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