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“Great Atmosphere and good food”
Review of The Merion Inn

The Merion Inn
Ranked #23 of 142 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed July 20, 2008

My husband and I were staying at the Queen Victoria right around the corner so it was just a short walk to get to the Merion Inn. We had been there the year before and liked it so we decided to go again and get the same table in the Decauter Room. This is the table in front of the window where you can look outside. The food was good both times were were there. This time I had broiled shrimp and scallops which were very tasty. My husband had claims over linguini which he loved. We ordered bloody Marys which were very good as well. They do have a bar there. We enjoy the atmosphere and good service and they have a live piano bar.

This restaurant is a good choice if you want a nice atmosphere, good food and good service.

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Reviewed July 7, 2008

Ate at this restaurant last night (July 6, 2008). We had a nice meal, reasonable prices (for Cape May) and the service was attentive. Martini's are good and the wine choices were fine for us. A big plus in Cape May is that they have free parking (you need to tip the valet) right next door.
A word about "dress code".....if you haven't noticed there isn't any in place no matter where you go (Have you been in CHURCH lately ????). Last night there were folks in jeans and DIRTY t-shirts, shorts, an older gentlemen with shorts, untucked shirt, etc. etc. It is the same everywhere.

Thank JerseyJoe
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Reviewed May 30, 2008

Dined there for the first time on May 18th .... won't be the last. The Early Bird Special is simply great ... 3 courses for $18.95 ... in Cape May? With live entertainment and several choices of decor in which to dine? The chowder was very good, had mahi-mahi for the first time and enjoyed it thoroughly, the missus had filet au poivre that was cooked perfectly for her and the desserts were very good. We sat on the porch for this dinner and it added to the experience. We will have to go back and choose another section of the restaurant for comparison purposes next year.

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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!

1  Thank annikanyc
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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.

Thank hauntz
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