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 ... More
Mad Batter Restaurant
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, eight 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.
Took it off my list of places to go in Cape May. The menu looks good but the food is below standard and overpriced. Pear salad- served chopped romaine lettuce with brown edges piled high on a huge plate. It had finely grated cheese sprinkled on top, a little dressing somewhere and two so-so pear slices hiding on the side. There were a couple of candied pecan halves to be found.. Not what I expected.
Fruit,cheese and muffin platter..Served large platter with sliced fruit in the middle,most were not ripe..yuck..It had two slices of American cheese ! yes i am not exaggerating on top and one slice of a soft white cheese with the wax coating still on it! Then on the side were four thin slices of breakfast bread which were tasty but not for $12.95..
The Mad Batter use to be wonderful when it opened many years ago. Then I remember ordering a cold raspberry soup that had a swirl of sour cream and a Nasturium in the center. Those days are gone but the prices are not...Don't be fooled by the lovely porch and decor..so somewhere else for a good meal in Cape May.
Loved the breakfast menu, especially the orange/almond french toast!! Pancakes were the best I have had and believe me I have eaten at all those high end restaurants in Manhatten, LA, Chicago, Paris, London, Hong Kong etc.................... Who would have thought this would be my favorite Breakfast spot! Service was great and staff very friendly, note I went just last week(off season)
Way overpriced for the level of service and quality of food we received. I hope our experience was not typical. We were a group of 11, seated in back room. It was 15 minutes before server took our drink order, another 10 before drinks came; another 15 til food order was taken. Only one item on the only 2-page menu our usually not picky young teens found appealing-the hamburger. After another 30 minutes (we were hot & hungry, which did lead to some impatience, so yes I really was timing this), we finally received our meals; hamburgers ordered medium-well came nicely browned on outside, but bright red on inside. 3 smaller tables had been seated after us, eaten, and left before we got our food. Our server kindly offered to refill our drinks several times without informing us we were being charged for each refill. Just our portion of the bill for our 5 (2 adults, 3 kids) was $81.00, for lunch. Of course, since we were a large group, a generous gratuitity was automatically added to our bill.
As a long-time summer (and now year-round) resident of Jackson Street, I've been dining at the Mad Batter for years and continue to find new items to enjoy. They keep the menu interesting with seasonal items, but the classics -- like the crab cake sandwich and Victorian Brunch -- remain.
I prefer to stop by for a late lunch or late dinner, when there are fewer diners and service tends to be better. During the warm seasons, nothing tops sitting on their front porch and enjoying historic Jackson Street while tempting your palate with their fabulous dessert tray or the baked brie en croute.
Even coming from Chicago, I find it on the pricy side, but most dishes pay off in taste to make it a worthy splurge once in a while.
The Carrol Villa is a lovely place to stay, reasonably priced, and the gourmet breakfast at the Mad Batter is incredible! My favorite was the orange almond French Toast, but there are also salmon and cheese omelets, and crab meat and gruyere omelets, and several other items I didn't get to try. Dinner came with a 30% discount if you stayed at the B&B - and that was also gourmet! Loved the filet mignon with delectable crab cake, and the white chocolate mousse and Irish Creme Broulee were to die for! The clam chowder, containing bacon, is very flavorful. Staff is very friendly and helpful. I want to go back just for another meal on the canopied veranda, with the breeze blowing.
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