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The Rusty Nail

) #32 of 86 Restaurants in Cape May €€ - €€€ American, , Seafood
205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383
+1 609-884-0017
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good37%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
€€ - €€€
205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited here twice on our first time trip to Cape May. Very nice Outdoor area for eating and listening to live music. Great location on the Ocean. Friendly staff and servers. Good Food and Drink!! We had our new puppy Kevin with us and...More

Thank summer2060
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Drinks and food were great but our server, Rylee, was the highlight of our visit! Great personality and so funny! Will definitely return because of her!

Thank Sara T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I recently visited Cape May for a bachelorette party. We spent a good portion of our time at the Rusty Nail! They have seats in the sand, outside tables, indoor and outdoor bars and live entertainment day and night. Great drinks and...More

Thank KellyKaz821
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great casual place to enjoy happy hour or dinner. It is dog friendly if you sit outside. Lots of outdoor seating with table service and an outdoor bar. There's sand outside and a ping pong table for kids. The menu is tacos, burgers, salads etc......More

Thank nlmartelli24
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Wilmington, Delaware
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Rusty Nail is a great casual place for dinner in Cape May, NJ. The food is very good . The atmosphere is awesome. You have a choice of dining inside or outside. Outside is like being on a beach . There is a fire...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here with family/friends. They were able to accommodate our party of 12 with three young kids. The service was great and they were very accommodating. It was very kid friendly and convenient for our group. Did I mention the food was good too?...More

Thank Greek2m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went here for lunch yesterday with our two dogs. Staff was very welcoming to our two dogs. The first thing they did was they brought a bowl of iced water to our pups. The food was yummy and service was very...More

1  Thank BeagleLover12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best. Bloody Mary's. EVER. We've been here 4 years in a row and it's consistently awesome. Live music. Low key vibe. Amazing concoctions. Family friendly. We look forward to coming here every year!

Thank Sarah G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate at The Rusty Nail twice for dinner and twice for breakfast on my most recent vacation. It happened to be very close to my hotel, so it got the award for convenience. First, the food was great. At breakfast, we tried pancakes, french...More

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this restaurant because of its great location across from the beach and the outdoor seating on the sand with firepits. Its like eating right on the beach. I did enjoy my visit more last year, however. This year, we ate there twice and...More

Thank Morgan K
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Barbara S
23 January 2017|
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Response from elle m | Reviewed this property |
I think it would fit that many and it has a great view so it would be a nice evening for all. Call and see if they will take the reservation.
Betty S
12 September 2016|
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Response from rkarmels | Reviewed this property |
I think so. They have the room for it. Enjoy !
Betty S
9 September 2016|
Response from dfc9258 | Reviewed this property |
They probably could, just call far ahead!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$38
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383 (Formerly Rusty Nail Bar & Grill)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-0017
"The Nail," as it's known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the '70s. And it's right here at the Beach Shack, just steps away from your room. From lifeguards and surfers to beautiful beach bunnies, they all gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it's your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch, dinner or its famed happy hour. Kids' meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail's beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go.
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