The Merion Inn Restaurant

A Cape May, NJ Restaurant Review

The Merion Inn

The Merion Inn
106 Decatur St
Cape May, NJ


Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Traditional American

Price: Expensive

Food Quality:  2 and 1/2 Stars

Service: 2 Stars

Decor: 2 Stars

Overall Rating:  2  and 1/2 Stars

Four Star Rating System:
o stars = poor
1 Star = Average
2 Stars = Above Average 
3 Stars = Excellent, a destination restaurant
4 Stars = Best in Class

Value:  Good

Noise Level:  Moderate

Dress: Casual

Tables are spaced apart for quiet conversation

Casual dining is available on the outside climate controlled enclosed patio

They offer a limited selection of vegetable side dishes.

Recommended For: Older diners who enjoy well prepared Traditional American food with "Old World" ambiance

Not Recommended For:
Budget conscious diners who prefer more casual dining with a larger menu and huge portion servings

Recommended dishes:
When available, The NY Strip Steak au Poivre with sweet onion rings, stuffed baked potato,  roasted shallot and Cabernet sauce: The The Lobster and Cape May Scallop Pot Pie; and The Maryland Crab Cakes made  Chesapeake Bay style, panko coated, pan-seared, and served with  roasted red pepper cream sauce.

Alcohol: Full bar service with excellent martini's. Limited selection of trendy cocktails.

Restaurant Review

The Merion Inn is an old time, turn of the century Cape May restaurant, popular with many returning "older" vacationers who enjoy a fine dining restaurant with traditional American fare.

The interior has a fifties club like "Old World" ambiance with live piano music in an attractive "Turn of the Century" mahogany bar --- the oldest bar in Cape May.

The decor consists of dark, rich wood walls, columns, and walls adorned with antique paintings.

The Kitchen is run by notable Executive Chef Tony Clark. Chef Clark is a  C.I.A. graduate who later honed his culinary skills at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia under Jean Marie LaCroix, before opening his own restaurant called Tony Clark’s in Philadelphia. He later served as the private home Chef of socialites and benefactors Norman and Suzanne Cohn. He later came to the Jersey Shore at the former Old Grange Restaurant in Cape May. Chef Clark also has appeared television shows such as the Chef’s Kitchen.

The menu is made up of many Merion inn traditional seafood and steak classics, and with the arrival of Chef Clark in 2016, the menu now includes a few new inspirational dishes such as Chef Clarks' favorite,  The Lobster and Cape May Scallop Pot Pie.

They offer a very affordable menu of Express Dinners --- A smaller-portioned entrée or a sandwich, chef’s choice of sides  with a small green salad or cole slaw, and a mini-dessert--served all at once.

Service is friendly and attentive.

The linen covered tables are spaced apart for good conversation.

More casual dining is available on the outside climate controlled enclosed patio.

The Merion Inn is child friendly with a kids menu.

Live background piano music is played from 5:30 -10:30pm

Free on-site valet parking is available.

The Merion Inn has seasonal hours with a brief closing after the winter holidays. During the summer season they are open daily.

Open for Thanksgiving and Christmas

(updated: June, 2016)

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