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The Merion Inn

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106 Decatur St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1415
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Old Fashioned Christmas

Throw back to the turn of the century... Mahogany Bar, Victorian Christmas theme... A must-do in December.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Marlton, New Jersey
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to have a nice meal during my stay in Cape May, made a reservation, and I will say it was exceptional. Be prepared for spending money, but you definitely get quality for what you pay for. The atmosphere is elegant, a live pianist, food and wine were exceptional, and would definitely do it again.

Thank Ghostrider2011
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanksgiving was a disappointment. Having made reservations I was looking forward to a great meal. The ambiance of the place, the bar and the setting were perfect. The meal was a disappointment for me. THe traditional meal lacked white meal turkey. Chunks of dark meal and white meal didn't constitute a meal. However, my spouse had both quantity and quality.... More 

Thank Susan D
Cape May, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We've been going to this restaurant for 30 years. I love the food,stuffed Lobster and potatoe cup is my favorite! the exceptional service and piano music and beautiful old Victorian ambiance! Love this Cape May restaurant!

Thank GailM101
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy my New Year's Eve having a delicious dinner at the Merion Inn complete with complimentary hor d'oeurves. The dinner choices were exquisite and each plating was unique and delicious. The service was impeccable and the ambiance very festive complete with live piano music. This my second time dining at this restaurant... More 

Thank Donna V
Hawthorne, New Jersey
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

had a reservation for new years evening. called a week before to confirm and was told thay had no reservation nor anything open, but, could take us at 5pm (seriously??) but it was an $85 price fixe menu. another (seriously??) said we'd call back, when we met another couple who'd gone their the evening before and had many problems as... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

we have been going there for 30 years. we LOVE the Merion Inn. the express dinner is wonderful and does not break the bank. Unfortunately on the last visit we did not have a good experience with our bar bill and next time we will know better. the piano music is delightful and on Tuesday night there is a jazz... More 

Thank floss757
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Throw back to the turn of the century... Mahogany Bar, Victorian Christmas theme... A must-do in December.

Thank BeautifulLadyT
New Jersey
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Wonderful food at the Merion Inn. Had butternut squash soup and crab cakes. My fiance had the lobster and crab imperial which was amazing! Adorable Victorian interior. Piano playing Christmas music while we ate. Overall great experience.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This was our third time at this restaurant. We eat here prior to the Candlelight Tour. We chose the pre-tour 3 course option on 12/12/15. We both ha the apple/cranberry salad. My husband had the ginger glazed salmon and I had the lemon salmon. for desert I had the chocolate pot and my husband had the apple/pear cake. The food... More 

Thank Lisa S
Toms River, New Jersey
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Be sure to plan a visit around the holidays, as the decorations contribute to the ambiance and intimacy of this historic building. The prix fixe menu offers many options. My husband raved about his pork cassoulet, and my Cape May scallops were melt-in-my-mouth delicious! Topped it off with chocolate pot de creme, a Beaujolais. Bliss!

Thank Foodie G

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 106 Decatur St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1415
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: 609-884-8363

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?