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Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant

991 Ocean Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-5878
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Ranked #40 of 110 Restaurants in Cape May
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
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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Smithville, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were sitting in the pool of our home at 4:45 P M. When Art said to me, "you know what I could eat right now--some Cape May Salts." I asked if he wanted to go to one of a few spots close by that served them, but in response he said they are all too expensive and not always... More

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37 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Ate here years ago and had a good time so I am not sure why I didn't go back until now. Perhaps it is because though it is located in Cape May it isn't actually in town. It is between the Cape May bridge and Cape May. That is actually a good thing because they have a parking lot which... More

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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My wife and I went for our annual sojourn to Axelsson's Blue Claw and once again were wowed. We started out in their spectacular bar where we had a drink and split a 1/2 dozen Delaware Bay oysters which were excellent. (we tend to like smaller cold water oysters from Cape Cod and north) Then we were seated and proceeded... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We loved it so much we went back our last night. Our waiters Brendan and John were wonderful, everything from start to finish was delicious and the atmosphere was so relaxing. It's a bit deceiving from the outside. We had first thought it would be more of a pub but was pleasently surprised once we got inside. Oh and If... More

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Cold Spring, NJ
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255 reviews 255 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Axelsson's website claims that "Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant is a handsome, waterfront dining spot with luxurious European ambiance." As the saying goes, "It ain't bragging, if it's true". And it is true. Even though we have lived not far from Axelsson's for years, we had never tried it because it was somewhat out of the way in terms of Cape... More

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