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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 #37 of 109 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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75% Recommend
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English first
Somers Point, NJ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
28 helpful votes 28 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
53 helpful votes 53 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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320 reviews 320 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Cape May, New Jersey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Have eaten here many time. The owner and staff are very nice and the food is tasty. I recommend you ask for the main dining room rather than the area close to the bar. It feels like two different restaurants. If you want a loud bar with lots of young crowds, go elsewhere. This is a classy quiet place, sometimes... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We hadn't eaten here the last time we were in the area so decided to go this time. I always order their chilean sea bass; it is excellent. Hubby had a seafood pasta dish which he said was good. Ordered bananas foster for dessert to split,it needed more bananas. There server appeared like he wanted to leave, althougth it was... More

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Parsippany, New Jersey
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Every year my wife and I go to Cape May NJ the third week in September as we will this year. Are first night we will go again to Axeiesson's Blue Claw Restaurant. My favorite is the crab dewey me wife loves the sea bass. The food is out of this world. the interior has a warm feeling. the service... More

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