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Axelsson's Blue Claw Restaurant

991 Ocean Dr, Cape May, NJ 08204-1855
+1 609-884-5878
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Ranked #33 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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76% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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135 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 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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Somers Point, NJ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I chose Axelsson’s for Cape May Restaurant week because I felt the menu was the best of those advertised. Upon informing my family, they told me to call first as the restaurant looks overrun by weeds and they thought perhaps they had closed. Axelsson’s is indeed open and the dining areas are quite nice (quite surprising considering their outside image).... More

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new jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My husband and I selected this restaurant as part of Cape May's Restaurant Week. I have lived in this County for almost 60 years and sadly had never eaten here. We had a reservation, but found we could arrive earlier than expected - it was no problem to change the time. The maître-d' was very pleasant and accommodating. Once inside... More

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United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Stopped in as soon as they opened for the 1/2 price prussian pearls, the best darn oyster appetizer this side of Prussia. Plumb, cold, fresh as can be oysters, a touch of vodka, an artistic swirl of cream cheese, a dollop of red caviar, and a small rectangle of red onion to crown this king of appetizers. If you love... More

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Albany, NY
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240 restaurant reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We were traveling between Wildwood Crest and Cape May to head back to our hotel and decided, due to the time, to stop into Axelsson's for dinner. It would have been too late to go back to the hotel, get ready for dinner and then head back out as most places would have a long wait by then. We pulled... More

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East Granby, Connecticut
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Upon entering the restaurant you are made to feel welcome. The staff strives to provide you with 1st class service. The menu offers a nice variety from Appetizers through Desserts. The food is well prepared and presented. We were pleased to find a new appetizer, pulled pork wonton, being offered. It was delicious!

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Islamorada, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This pas Saturday, October 18th we had another great meal. Our server, Cathy was both pleasant and very professional. Our appetizers consisted of 3 delicious shrimp lejun for me and my wife had 4 tasty pulled pork wontons. For an entre my wife had the Fisherman's Kettle which contained lobster, scallops, shrimp, clams and mussels all on a bed of... More

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Miami, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

On the outside, the Blue Claw is a plain little building in a gravel parking lot, next to commercial fishing docks. But inside, it is lovely, quiet, cozy and romantic! A very elegant dining experience, located between Wildwood Crest and Cape May. The food is wonderful, especially the crab cakes and crab imperial Dewey. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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