“Great show! Good food. Very relaxing, fun and entertaining!”
There are 2 parts to visiting Elaine's Famous Dinner Theater. The food and the show, so I'll talk about them separately. Also, its important too keep in mind that you're at a relaxed and fun dinner theater, not Phantom on Broadway in NYC.
The facility - To the credit of Elaine's, they have their own parking lot. In a busy place like Cape May, the fact that you can park there is wonderful. I do recommend getting there early. We came for a 50% filled theater, and the parking lot seemed pretty packed. So I cant vouch for a sold out night. The place was comfortable, historic, and classy. Before the shows, you're welcome to drink at the bar. This area is a bit of a tight squeeze, but we were able to get 2 reasonably priced drinks. This was a welcome change from most places.
The dinner - The dinner was pretty good. I had few real small qualms. The lack of a physical menu. It is verbal, which can be challenging with accents, noise, and mentally parsing the options. It's hard to see if an entree is pasta based, or just a crab cake standalone. My other qualm was the small salad serving. Even for this type of venue, I think the salad could have had a bit more substance. I had cod which came with some lump lobster, which was very good. I was pleasantly surprised, since I'm not a big fish eater. My wife had the salmon, which she enjoyed. Finally, the desserts were good as well.
All in all, the food was very good.
The entertainment - We saw the show "16 Candelabras," which was a take on the John Hughes and other classic movies of the 80s. What a GREAT show. The cast was funny, personal, talented, and incredibly entertaining. They inserted the right amount of audience interaction and 'breaking of character' to keep it upbeat, fun, and hilarious. Well done! For anyone who remember the 80s, this will be a great amount of fun.
My only qualm with the show was that there were young children permitted. There are other shows at Elaine's which are targeted at young kids, or at least kid friendly. Children would not be entertained by this show, and subsequently spend the entire show talking loudly, with parents hushing them in the background. And I know everyone loves the sight of a cell phone/tablet glowing in the dark during a show. I would highly advise management to restrict the ages of this show to 10+, purely for the benefit of other guests and the show.
I would love to come back and see other shows at Elaine's. Definitely on my to do list for my next trip to Cape May!
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September 4, 2012
We are very happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time here at Elaine's Famous Dinner Theater. We appreciate your input and will consider all of the suggestions that you offered. We apologize that there were noisy children in the Theater during the show. We do try to steer parents towards attending the Haunted Mansion Restaurant if they have smaller children. Our annual Halloween Vampire Bash is coming up this October 27 and our Holiday show, Scrooge, begins playing this November. We hope to see you again soon!
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