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“Wonderful Gem of a Restaurant”
Review of Louisa's Cafe

Louisa's Cafe
Ranked #40 of 142 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Serving fresh simple seafood dishes here on Jackson Street since 1980. All our desserts are made right here each morning. Stop by the Chocolate Bar where we have the most delicious Artisan chocolate being made in the beautiful USA! Call for current hours. Our hostess is here at 4. We do not seat any children after 6pm - that is when we begin adult swim. Have fun in Cape May and thanks for stopping by!
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We were able to get into Louisa`s right after Christmas 2012. It was a rainy weeknight, so there were only 3 other tables occupied. I had always heard wonderful things about it, and they were right. Excellent and different options on the blackboard menu - I had no trouble finding something vegetarian. The food was wonderful, service was friendly, and the decor funky. Loved the music they had playing as well. BYOB, and off season it`s still open on weekends, but reservations needed...we were just lucky to walk in off the street that night.

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Thank sunlvr302
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Louisascafe, Owner at Louisa's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Dear sunlvr302,
Many many thanks for just spotting us one rainy night and wandering over to eat at our cozy little spot!

I told Doug that you mentioned that you loved the music - he says THANK YOU! He is always doing mixes for our customers as well as our staff to dance around to as we all work at night.

Your positive and accurate review is really what makes Tripadvisor the incredible source for travel that it is so we all thank you for taking the time to write about us and for our generosity of spirit!

Enjoy!
Louisa & Doug

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We love Louisa's. we make sure we go there every time we are in Cape May. Sometimes we go more than once per visit as we did in Dec 2012. We love the taste and simplicity of the food- their crab cakes rock! Service is efficient and friendly. Their homemade desserts are divine- try the bread pudding with brown sugar whiskey sauce. Yes, it's small and you are close to your neighbor while dining- to us, that is part of the wonderful experience. Reservations are a must. It feels great to be on vacation and get a really good meal that is very reasonably priced. We can't wait to go back when we return to Cape May in April.

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Thank Gallactictraveler
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Louisascafe, Owner at Louisa's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Our dear Gallactictraveler!

We all LOVE your Tripadvisor handle....bravo for such a great nom de plume!

Thank you so much for taking the time to sign on and write such a nice review for our little place. And we have showed the staff what you said about the service being efficient and friendly! THANK YOU!!!

The bread pudding with the brown sugar whiskey sauce has been on the menu for 32 years - amazing right? We really appreciate that you mentioned the simplicity of our food and that our crab cakes rock! Awwww....thanks!

We wish you all the best and look forward to your comments about our newest bread pudding - the dark chocolate one!

XOXO
Louisa

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

I have often thought of eating at Louisa's but never remembered to plan ahead when I headed down there. This last weekend before Hurricane Sandy I was there with a group of girlfriends. We arrived Friday and on Saturday it occurred to me that perhaps, with a "mandatory" evacuation expected on Sunday, there might be a seating available.
(I use quotes because so many of the local people were saying they weren't going to leave. My friends and I left promptly in the early morning on Sunday).
We got in and enjoyed a great dinner. We were a group of five and I would not recommend more than that number as the tables are all two tops. We were seated at two tables pushed together so one person was really stuck sitting off the end.
The menu had nothing "exotic" on it but was full of the fresh locavore fare that Louisa's Cafe is known for. We had all crab cakes earlier or we would have surely tried them. Instead two of us had scallops and three of us had blue snapper (which we were told is a young blue fish?). Everyone was extremely happy with the freshness of the fish and the delicious preparation. We also had dessert and unfortunately the black bottom pie and dark brownie pie were not the knock-your-socks-off & worth-the-calories treat we expected.
We had a great time and everyone agreed it would be great for two or double-dates. I would recommend it to anyone. The food is prepared with serious attention and if the goal is customer enjoyment they have scored.

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Thank Christine F
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Louisascafe, Owner at Louisa's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Dear Christine F,
You were here right before the Hurricane! We are so glad you are ok.

Thank you so much for the GREAT review. We are happy that you enjoyed the scallops and also the snapper bluefish - and yes, these are both local caught items. The snapper bluefish is a smaller species of bluefish and a little more delicate of a texture than the big "slammer"blues that are routinely caught here off the Cape May coast. BUT Doug and I love those huge bluefish as well. Nothing like locally caught seafood for sure!!!

Sounds like you love interesting desserts! You would LOVE my new fig cake - it has not only chopped figs, it also has citrus and deep dark chocolate chunks and nuts.

Come back to see us again and enjoy our little town. Any establishment would be honored to have you dining!

All the best,
Louisa

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Tiny restaurant (22 diners), reservation only, BYOB, menu changes daily based on fresh available ingredients. Decor is a little funky but contributes to the 'uniqueness' of the place. Reasonably priced. Not for you if you're claustrophobic and/or are looking for a quiet, private dining experience. We loved it.

Thank RichmondFan3005
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Louisascafe, Owner at Louisa's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Dear RichmondFan3005,

First of all, you are so kind to say our tiny place is a gem. We really appreciate that you took the time to create such a nice headline.

And we are happy your not only love our fresh ingredients, you like our funky decor. We have tried a couple times over the course of 34 years to change things, and our darling customers tell us that they just LOVE it exactly as it is so....we leave everything up on the walls. We are very grateful for your business and are happy you love Louisa's.

We all wish you the best and look forward to your next visit to Cape May!
Louisa

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

The food was delicious. We don't usually eat dessert but we had a chocolate mousse dessert that was wonderful. The cafe is tiny (seats about 22 people) so you have to make a reservation. We don't always get to go to Louisa's when we are in Cape May but we are never disappointed when we are able to get there.

Thank Liesel_Vacations
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Louisascafe, Owner at Louisa's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Dear Mr and Mrs Liesel_Vacations,

Many thanks to you for taking the time to write this very sweet review. And most of all we wanted to say thank you for obviously being so patient when sometimes you cannot score a table. We know that it is really hard on a Saturday night to get a rez here so THANK YOU for trying and we certainly appreciate all your continued business.

All the best in your travels,
Louisa

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