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Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant

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991 Ocean Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-5878
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Start with your favorite cocktail and half-price raw bar items nightly...
Start with your favorite cocktail and half-price raw bar items nightly from 5-6pm in the cherrywood Pub. For light bites, sample the pub menu. In the dining rooms, enjoy early dinner specials from 5-6pm. The renowned Prussian Pearls and Softshell Crabs, in season, are the ultimate favorites. There are three dining rooms and the bar. In cooler months, two fireplaces are lit. The ambiance is comfortable and unpretentious, in addition to a caring, friendly staff.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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and last time it wasn't great. This time was much better..first, the spring roll sampler ...the sauce that comes with it is (ornage, ginger and whatever) one of the more addicting flavors we've had. The pecan salmon was a nice twist and my wife thought the chicken Matthew was superb. Our server... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
TheAprilFools89
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Glenwood, NJ
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Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

One of our neighbors told us about Axelsson's Blue Claw and frankly we were disappointed. Now they do have an early bird special at reduced rates, but that should make no difference in the quality of the food. Clams casino was good, bread was good. I had salmon which was overcooked, but when I complained the waitress was nice enough... More 

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Glenwood, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

and last time it wasn't great. This time was much better..first, the spring roll sampler ...the sauce that comes with it is (ornage, ginger and whatever) one of the more addicting flavors we've had. The pecan salmon was a nice twist and my wife thought the chicken Matthew was superb. Our server, Mary Ellen was great and extremely keen eyed... More 

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Cold Spring, NJ
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217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

After eating a couple of times in the restaurant, and thoroughly enjoying it, we got several friends together to try Axelssons's Clipper Ship Pub. The attraction for two of the men was the early bird special from the Raw Bar: oysters at $1 apiece. This special and the rest of the Pub's menu has been so popular, Axellsson's has extended... More 

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Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Up scale dining with great views and goos atmosphere. Drinks a bit pricey but it is a higher end restaurant so that didn't shock me. Good portions and both our meals full of flavor. This was our first time here and it wont be our last.

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Newburgh, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Axelsson's serves a fabulous meal. I always love going there. But the real WOW is their happy hour in the bar...in which they serve up Prussian Pearls at half price. Prussian Peals are oysters on the half shell topped with a drop of pepper vodka followed by a dollop of sour cream and chopped red onion and caviar. Pure heaven!!... More 

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Smithville, New Jersey
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We came here by recommendation. After being seated at a table with a nice view of the marina we met our server Steven who was delightful. He knew the menu very well and wax happy to make suggestions. We got the Imperial trio and the sea bass. The foid was good but nothing to write home about. We will probably... More 

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

First time at the restaurant after driving by it for many years. We went with our neighbors who regularly go. Food and service was great. Being in Cape May you would expect some view but there is none. Nevertheless the food is very good and the bar is a great place to grab a drink beforehand. All our food was... More 

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South Seaville, New Jersey
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My husband and another couple were headed out to dinner. At the last moment I changed our restaurant destination to Axelsson's Blue Crab! So glad I did. We sat in the "Pub" area since it was not yet 5 PM. We were greeted by our server Julie and ordered a round of drinks. We loved the "Pub" and decided to... More 

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Hamilton Square, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My sister-in-law made the reservation and requested a table for 4 in the window section facing the boats. She was told that the seats could not be reserved. WHY HAVE RESERVATION! When we arrived 15 minutes early, were escorted to a table in the middle of the upper floor and right out side the rest room and not in the... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

As the name implies this place serves fresh crab. In fact, I rate their crab cakes the best in New Jersey! Everyone says their crab cakes have little filler; this place uses almost none. Their menu features a wide range of seafood. I had the grouper and it was perfect. Their wine list is moderately priced and their service is... More 

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Additional Information about Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant

Address: 991 Ocean Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone Number: (609) 884-5878
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May
Cuisine: American, Bar, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 991 Ocean Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: (609) 884-5878

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Start with your favorite cocktail and half-price raw bar items nightly from 5-6pm in the cherrywood Pub. For light bites, sample the pub menu. In the dining rooms, enjoy early dinner specials from 5-6pm. The renowned Prussian Pearls and Softshell Crabs, in season, are the ultimate favorites. There are three dining rooms and the bar. In cooler months, two fireplaces are lit. The ambiance is comfortable and unpretentious, in addition to a caring, friendly staff.

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