Fare: Traditional American
Food Quality: 2 and 1/2 Stars
Service: 2 Stars
Decor: 2 Stars
Overall Rating: 2 and 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Tables are spaced apart for quiet conversation
Casual dining is available on the outside climate controlled enclosed patio
Noise Level: Moderate
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.
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.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, 2017)
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