Louisa's Cafe, Cape May, NJ: A Restaurant Review

Louisa's Cafe, Cape May
Louisa's Cafe
104 Jackson Street
Cape May, NJ

Louisa's Cafe Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  American

Price:  Moderate

Food Quality: Well executed menu. Uses fresh ingredients, The fish is wild caught and the produce is from NJ farms. 

Ambiance/Decor: Not stylish -- a little on the funky side. The dining area is cramped, and the tables are close together.

Noise Level:  Moderate - High

Dress:  Very casual

Recommended For: For budget conscious diners who enjoy healthy well prepared food without the pretentious fine dining amenities.

Not Recommended For:  Diners who prefer a venue with a menu of red meats and fine dining amenities; and for families looking for a casual dining experience with lots of comfort food.

Recommended Dishes:  When available, Seafood dishes especially the Crab Cakes, Flounder, and Bluefish with special sauces.

Alcohol:  BYOB

Restaurant Review

Louisa's Cafe, located on a side street several doors off the Washington St Pedestrian Mall, is a small, 20-seat restaurant, serving, well prepared, healthy food in a funky setting. 

The restaurant is now owned by Will Riccio, a longtime employee of the previous founders Louisa Hull and Doug Dietsch.

Will, assisted by his sister Honna, have managed to continue the tradition of ----- serving simple, well prepared food, using fresh, farm to table ingredients ----- without missing a beat!

The kitchen is run by both Will and his sister with Will preparing the main dishes and Honna preparing the desserts. 

Louisa's Cafe doesn't advertise, the word about this good restaurant gets around, and they have all the business they can handle. 

The decor is not stylish -- a little on the funky side --- and the place is cramped.

The table settings and dinnerware are mis-matched, and the plain white paper napkins are not what you would expect from a restaurant that serves excellent food. 

There are no printed menus --- it’s all on the blackboard and whatever you can gather from the wait staff. 

The menu is made up of local & regional ingredients, The fish is wild caught from the Atlantic Ocean and nearby Delaware Bay. The fresh, local ingredients come from Beach Plum Farm, a 62 acre in nearby West Cape May, and New Jersey farms 

Don't expect to have any red meat on the menu or desserts with a high sugar content.

The service at Louisa's Cafe is attentive and friendly. 

On Summer evenings, parking is scarce, and patrons are advised to use the public parking lot a block away. 

Cash Only, Louisa's Cafe has seasonal hours and is closed during the winter months. 

Louisa's Cafe has seasonal hours and is closed during the winter months. During the summer, they are open Thursday - Saturday.

(Updated: May 2023)

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