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“Extraordinary wedding venue and cuisine” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Red Store

The Red Store
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The Red Store is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Cape may Point, serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The Red Store features local products and produce creating a fresh, eclectic and seasonal menu.
Cape May Point, New Jersey
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Extraordinary wedding venue and cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

The Red Store has been closed since shortly after our wedding and we wanted to share our experience with potential diners as the new season begins. We were married at Cape May Point State Park last fall and asked chef Lucas Manteca if we could hold our reception at his restaurant during the break between lunch and dinner service. We wanted something both elegant and sophisticated but laid back and fun--not sit down, but with seating; finger food, but filling as if our guests had a full meal; raw, cooked, AND vegan; and he not only agreed but worked with us to change up some of his regular entrees to become small bites. Think about the wonderful shrimp and grits with strawberry jalapeño jam from Sunday night B-B-Que turned into grilled shrimp on toasted polenta (with that killer jam), or the disgustingly rich and amazingly flavorful baked egg casserole with lobster and blue cheese--my husband likes neither blue cheese nor lobster but appreciates this dish for its amazing balance-- transformed into deviled eggs. I'd recount each offering, but that would make for a rather lengthy review. Let's just say that Lucas was a lot of fun to work with and he readily accommodated our requests as we figured out our needs and created a great menu.

Helping us with the set up and structure of the event was the charming maitre d', Ed. He thoughtfully considered the space at the venue to evaluate alternatives in case of rain and made certain we had our wine and flowers on site and that all was in order before and during the event. He kept an eye out to be certain our vegan friend had enough alternatives, my husband got his red meat (empanadas and waygu beef tartare) and our guests were happy. The weather was stunning on our wedding day and we used the back patio, which overlooks the beautiful Cape May Point circle, as the main seating area. TRS set up an extravagant crudités/cheese station at the restaurant's front entrance to welcome our guests as they arrived and enjoyed the passed Cape May Salts, Yum. And Geoffrey, who often provides a techno funk like sound at TRS meals helped everybody get down a bit and groove to the tunes. Really fine.

Chef Michel Gras created a beautiful, multi-layer, carrot/red velvet cake; pretty to look at but better to taste. Moreover, he made cats' tongue and chocolate chip cookies for our post wedding get together. While the cake and cookies were great, my favorite (and that of some of our guests who were hoarding them) was a confection we had first tried at TRS' New Year's Eve party in 2012--we call it a coconut bomb--coconut cream surrounded by intense, thick, rich dark chocolate. Unbelievable.

Chef Lucas worked his magic and his team more than delivered; the chef, servers, and front house team were fantastic. We, along with all of our guests, were thrilled by the culinary imagination, professionalism, good humor and care they brought to our wedding. If you are considering holding an event at The Red Store, don't give it a second thought. Just book it. You and your guests will be more than pleased. Thank you, Lucas, Michel, Ed, Geoffrey and everyone for helping to make our wedding so special.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mary S
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English first
Christiana, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Red Store Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

Took my granddaughter to lunch at the Red Store. Great burgers! We ate on the patio. Nice atmosphere. Shade trees made it very pleasant. Waiter was quite nice.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Kathy G
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104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Absolutely a "GO TO" Spot over and over!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

There is not much to say other than WOW on sooooo many levels!!! It is a staple of mine during the warmer seasons when it is open {would LOVE to see it open more though ;)} and even now for the special Chef Dinners they are creating which are completely amazing. Breakfast is delicious, creative and relaxing. Lunch is inventive, mouth-watering and intoxicating under the blue skies. Dinner is unique, atmospheric and tempting on every level to the palette!! If you are in the area or if you have to make a special trip, you will NEVER be disappointed!!! And the ownership and management are equally accommodating and friendly.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JcTjr
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Eldersburg, Maryland
1 review
“Awesome dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

This was one of the best dinners I've ever had in Cape May. The food was creative and delicious. I can't wait to go back.

  • Visited October 2013
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New Jersey
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Neat new find in Cape May”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

We've heard about this place from our innkeeper at the Queen Victoria and since it was raining the day we arrived, we decided to stop for lunch before checking into our room. Cash only! Some truly amazing food. I had the Mermaid Surfer Bowl (grilled local scallops, tender greens, fennel, cherry tomatoes, avocado and orange soy. I was amazed at how well everything went together. My husband has the fish tacos - 2 tacos - choose from grilled shrimp, house smoked pork, or crispy fried local fish, served with grilled corn tortillas, avocado, tomato jam, pickled jalapeños, red onions, cilantro aioli and a house salad. He was also pleasantly surprised how all the ingredients meshed into a truly enjoyable taste experience. Can't wait to go back next year!

  • Visited October 2013
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