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“Don't wait until the end of your trip to come here!”
Review of The Merion Inn

The Merion Inn
Ranked #21 of 138 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
new york
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Don't wait until the end of your trip to come here!”
Reviewed October 3, 2007

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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English first
canonsburg, PA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
Reviewed September 23, 2007

After having the Washington Inn screw up our reservations twice, we took a chance on stopping at the Merion Inn to see if they could take us. Most Cape May restaurants insist on reservations. However, the Merion Inn although very busy, managed to seat the four of us IMMEDIATELY. The food and the wine was outstanding. The waiter was very pleasant and right there for us when we needed him.
This is not the first time I've dined at the Merion Inn. It is always a delightful experience.

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Cape May
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Inadequate service, too-casual dress code”
Reviewed March 9, 2007

I must agree with a previous reviewer who commented on the too-casual dress code of the Merion Inn. It's common to see people dining in jeans here, and that might not bother me if I was at Applebee's or Fridays, but not in what is supposed to be a fine dining restaurant. I believe Cape May in general has dropped the ball in this regard. They bill their restaurants as "casual chic," but I ask you, what's chic about jeans and a t-shirt? If you're going to allow jeans, then drop your prices and your pretensions.

The service is far from professional. I've had better service in diners. The servers are not unfriendly, but they haven't been taught how to serve.

Overall, the Merion Inn is below-average and not worth the money.

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Philadelphia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“You Get What You Pay For - Avoid the Early Bird Special”
Reviewed November 27, 2006

We were so looking forward to our belated Thanksgiving dinner at Cape May's Merion Inn.

We opted for the "Early Bird Special" which was a disaster. The entree we chose - described on the menu as pork medallions - turned out to be dry, overdone pork scraps slathered with a ghastly, artificial-tasting, black-brown glop of a sauce. This mess was accompanied by a crock of overdone baked whipped potatoes and tasteless green beans.

A memorable meal in that it was one of the worst we've ever had.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A fabulous dining experience”
Reviewed October 10, 2006

This restaurant was one of the best we have been at in Cape May! There were 4 of us and we ALL can't say enough about our dinners! All the way from being seated to dessert! We will definately ,without a doubt be back to the Merion Inn.
Oley and Gilbertsville PA

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