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The Rusty Nail

205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383
+1 609-884-0017
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good38%
  • Average19%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

Finishing the beach day can often require cold beers and a great lobster roll. The Rusty Nail does not accept reservations and gets packed quick so plan to be there before 6 if you want a seat.

Thank Edp_middlesex_NJ
Reviewed August 29, 2015

We had a great time at the Rusty Nail. The food and drinks were great. We will definitely eat here again.

Thank Netstraveling
Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Our bar tender Mary is awesome she does the job of 4 men she is the best she cleans all the mugs glasses makes mixed drinks for the tables and handles the huge bar all at the same time awesome job young lady

2  Thank Richard L
Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately we will never go back. They told us an hour wait and 2 1/2 hrs later our buzzer went off. We were a big party with 4 adults 6 kids. The kids were all melting down and starving. I asked for the manager several...More

2  Thank Rachel G
Reviewed August 27, 2015

A meat market that serves poor quality food is an accurate snapshot description of this establishment. My wife and I went for dinner on August 16 and it was the worst. The calamari and zucchini sticks appetizers were incredibly greasy and not even remotely warm....More

1  Thank Travelers1212
Reviewed August 26, 2015

We really enjoyed having the Rusty Nail right on premises when we stayed at the beach shack. Food was good enough (Breakfast better than dinner) and sitting in the sand for drinks was very relaxing!

1  Thank Jilly01965
Reviewed August 25, 2015

We heard a lot about the Rusty Nail so we decided to give it a try. The food was okay but not worth the price. The service was so-so. This is really a place to come off of the beach and grab a beer, or...More

Thank TravelDoc36
Reviewed August 25, 2015

Had breakfast here with my family. Really nice atmosphere with the front open to the beach to get the sea breeze in the morning. A nice breakfast menu but the frozen smoothies (banana and strawberry) are a must. We also had dinner here one night....More

Thank larry e
Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Great service, no wait and reasonable prices for quality food. Drinks a bit pricey but I only order water much to the chagrin of the servers.

Thank Mike M
Reviewed August 21, 2015

Definiite feeling like your on vacation, complete with sand on the floor, fire pit, guy in the corner strumming a guitar and good ocean vacation food (think crab cakes, cheeseburgers etc). Breakfast is also served here and its great. Outdoor dining is best option. You...More

Thank eliotbrielle
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Barbara S
January 22, 2017|
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Response from elle m | Reviewed this property |
I think it would fit that many and it has a great view so it would be a nice evening for all. Call and see if they will take the reservation.
Betty S
September 12, 2016|
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Response from rkarmels | Reviewed this property |
I think so. They have the room for it. Enjoy !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $38
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383 (Formerly Rusty Nail Bar & Grill)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-0017
"The Nail," as it's known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the '70s. And it's right here at the Beach Shack, just steps away from your room. From lifeguards and surfers to beautiful beach bunnies, they all gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it's your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch, dinner or its famed happy hour. Kids' meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail's beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go.
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