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“By far one of the best restaurants in Cape May...........” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Freda's Cafe

Freda's Cafe
210 Ocean St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2350
609-884-7887
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Ranked #19 of 95 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, International, Delicatessen
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Reservations
New Jersey
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“By far one of the best restaurants in Cape May...........”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

We just ate at Freda's for the 2nd time. The food is delicious. It is a BYO so it keeps the cost down. The food is goumet and full of flavor. The atmosphere is cozy. There aren't that many tables. The service is great and accomodating. Be sure to sample their homemade bread and I highly recommend the Scallops Dolly and my husband rates their crab cakes as the best he has ever had!!!! It is our new fav place in beautiful Cape May.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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18 restaurant reviews
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“great dining option in Cape May”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

I've been coming down to Cape May every summer for the past 20 years, but I just never noticed Freda's Cafe, right next to the Washington Mall. Since in the past we've had bad experiences at some other Cape May establishments, I decided to take a look at TripAdvisor and chose Freda's. We got there around 8 and luckily there was space for a table of 4 no reservation. There is a main menu and then a specials menu, the latter looking much better. We ordered a goat cheese salad with pecans which was great. We forgot it was BYOB but the key lime raspberry lemonade was delicious! I got the sesame ahi tun, which was a bit dry but very passable. However, my brother and mom got the crab cakes and THEY WERE TO DIE FOR! I agree with the other reviewer who said that Freda's had the best crab cake in Cape May. Jumbo crab mean with a mango sauce and delicious whipped potatoes and green beans; a far cry from bread-crumb-filled crabcakes! We were too full to order dessert, but they looked good. The one thing about Freda's is that it is on the expensive side. The average entree hovered around $28-30, although that did include salad. Overall, I'd definitely recommend Freda's Cafe!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denver
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“Our new Favorite in Cape May”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

We "rediscovered" Freda's on our trip over July 4th week. The food was so outstanding that we went back there for dinner three times and lunch twice. Never realized how great the lunch is. If you look at the outside of the building and check out the regular menu, you might not be too impressed. It's the daily specials that are the reason you keep going back. Not to say the regular menu is not up to snuff, not at all. The restauarnt just needs better "curb appeal" to bring in folks who have never been there. They do have, hands down, the BEST CRAB CAKE in Cape May. I just ask for the mango sauce on the side. We love, love, love Freda's. Can't wait to go back.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“DISSAPOINTED”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

We had been to Fredas 2 years ago and it was outstanding, however, my wife and I just visited again this past week and were truly disspointed. The appetizer was good (mussels) but the entrees were terrible. I had the lobster/shrimp/scallop stuffed into an artichoke, my wife a fried fish. My dish was just way overdone with cream sauce and cheese fish was good but I had to work for my dinner with the artichoke. The waitress said "you know you must take off the leaves and use your teeth to get out the softer part" then the real "heart" of the choke was the size of a pea. Certainly not worth the time spent chewing or pulling with my teeth. My wife's dish was heavily breaded. Again, very dissapointing. They need to stop "inventing" dishes that just don't work and also stop with the overly heavy creamy sauces. Oh, and the garlic mashed? It was basically heavy cream with some potatoes.

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Philly
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“Nice atmosphere and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

We ate here for the first time this year - it was recommended by a friend. The food was very good. We all different fish specials of the day. The atmosphere was very nice as well. I felt the server was not the greatest though. She seemed to be very annoyed by my two boys who are not little - 16 and 12.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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