During our recent trip to Cape May, we had many fine meals at highly rated, but kind of boring, restaurants. On our last day, we found the Merion Inn when we were taking a horse and buggy tour and it was recommended by the driver. We wished we had stumbled on it earlier in the week. It is in the old part of town and has been around since 1885, according to their brochure. There is a Steinway piano in the lounge and a great piano player plays there every night that they are open (not just weekends, which seems to be the case with other restaurants that offer grown-up entertainment.) It is really beautiful inside but has a lively, relaxed ambiance, and is not one bit formal or stuffy. Our food was absolutely delicious. The menu is weighted toward traditional American seafood/steak, and is somewhat old fashioned in that a choice of vegetables is offered rather than set accompaniments for each different entree. Our server recommended blackened filet imperial which was absolutely divine!!! We also had roast bistro chicken, a delicious chowder, great shrimp cocktail with 3 dipping sauces, and for dessert we split a strawberry shortcake made the old fashioned way. We were having such a good time that we decided to have an after dinner drink at the bar and listen to the music, which was wonderful. We sat next to some locals who told us that the piano player is actually a world class player (we knew he sounded good!) well known in and outside of Cape May and has toured around the world, but is married to the owner which is why he has made the Merion Inn his home base. Sorry for the length of this review, but we wanted to share our positive thoughts, especially given the bad experience reported by another traveler. Maybe the restaurant was having a bad day, or maybe we just got lucky and order the right things? Whatever. We had a great evening!
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