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“Respectable but not great”

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The Blue Rose Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 40 Cape May B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We're big time Cape May "fans" and decided to try the Blue Rose Inn for dinner one night. Our party was large, 10 people, and when making the reservation we indicated we'd like to sit outside. When we showed up, our table was ready, on the porch as requested. The porch is not closed in and there was a very bright ceiling fan light overhead. It was so bright that it literally blinded us. In addition, it also attracted a wide variety of insects, mostly large moths that would hit the light and then nosedive to the table. They were in our hair, wine glasses, on our menu etc. It got so bad we had to ask our waitress to turn the light off. Then we sat in the dark, trying to read our menus by candle light. Our server was stern and inattentive. We had to get up ourselves various times to pour more wine, open new bottles, get glasses etc. Those who did not drink wine went without beverage refills for ages. When our food finally came out, it was cold and the portions were small. The food itself was respectable, just not hot. We all ate three courses due to the small size of both appetizers and entrees. There were various times where some of us had no silverware, no glass to drink from, etc. Sugar was not brought out with the coffee...it just wasn't smooth. This place has potential, the food was definitely tasty, but when you're in the restaurant business, a smile goes a long way, and when you're in Cape May and there is a plethora of fine dining establishments, you need to bring your A game.

Stayed: September 2013
Thank Marilyn F
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Loved the food. Everything was delicious

Loved the service. The waitress was very sweet and accommodating

Loved the ambience. We ate outside on the beautiful porch. We will definitely go back

Next time we will stay there.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank LGK0626
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This summer I have spent 2 weekends at The Blue Rosé Inn & Restaurant and can't say enough about it !! Where to start... The rooms are comfortable, clean and very roomy. The location is close to the beach, Washington Mall and boardwalk promenade. The best thing about this Inn is by far the restaurant. The dinners are to die for with an eclectic menu. I have never tasted better scallops then I have eaten here!!! The breakfast options are fabulous (and complimentary if you stay at the Inn) with my favorite selection being the omelettes and homemade donuts. I plan on returning soon and am already thinking about what I will choose from the menu. See you soon Blue Rose!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Thank JForch
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Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

This was our first stay at any B&B, but its one we are sure to make again. I was fortunate to find the Ivory Room available on such short notice. We checked in late and went to their restaurant for a late dinner. The food was excellent! Definitely recommend their sweet corn & crab soup and their Crab Cakes. The room was cozy and warm as any Victorian should. Justin took care of us for breakfast on both days and it was awesome! Recommend you try the donuts! All in all, we had a great stay. The staff was great and the owner Tom was friendly, however, Justin was outstanding in this efforts to help us out about where to go and what to see. I would rate this place higher, but the only major downside was the lack of parking availability, but hey! Nobody's perfect! They said its thier first year as a B&B rather than just a restaurant, and by our stay they'll do great. Thanks Again Justin!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank Adamlech
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Passed by there several times in recent months and kept promising ourselves we would check it out. So glad we did. The historic charm of this grand old home was nicely complimented by the warm greetings of the owners/innkeepers and the outstanding meal. The primary staff is entirely family. Mom & Dad oversee operations and the son is the chef. Daughter-in-law takes care of the desserts. You can see they work very hard and take great pride in what they do. As to the meal itself, it was carefully prepared with lots of flavor and is a perfect fit in a competitive fine dining environment like Cape May. We sat on the side/interior porch section of the dining area. The weather was so nice we didn't need air conditioning are are glad they didn't have it on. Doors and widows were opened wide. A gentle breeze sufficed as it cooled us with its delicate touches in this beautifully restored Victorian home. The owners checked in with us frequently to ensure our experience was satisfying, which we assured them it was. I highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back. To the owners--great job. Keep up the good work.

Room Tip: We did not stay at The Blue Rose; we only dined there.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KPDiviFan
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We have eaten here 4-5 times this summer. The food is excellent but unfortunately the service was poor the last time we were there.We waited at least 30 minutes for our entrees only after we asked where it was. Our dishes then sat for another 15 minutes before they took them away. We spoke to the owner about this and he didn't seem at all apologetic. Upon leaving he said thanks and see you again. We guessed that he didn't even remember our conversation. Doubt we would ever go back. We can get excellent food and service down the street.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank Avalonsljlms
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This was our first My family had a pleasant stay at the Blue Rose Inn. Everyone was so caring and the service was outstanding! The rooms are spacious, the service is amazing and the restaurant was excellent!!! The food was so fresh! We will definitely be coming back. I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Our room was the Ivory room and it was very spacious with a King size bed. The room was very modern...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank crissy7681
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Additional Information about The Blue Rose Inn & Restaurant

Address: 653 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204-2324
Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range: $165 - $285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Rose Inn & Restaurant is a newly renovated B&B and fine dining establishment in the beautiful Victorian city of Cape May, NJ. ... more   less 

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