The Cricket Club, Cape May, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Cricket Club Cape May

The Cricket Club
106 Decatur St.
Cape May, NJ
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Cricket Club: Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Contemporary American

Price: Expensive

Food Quality: Well-executed menu, with creative offerings

Service: Friendly, professional, and attentive.

Ambiance/Decor: Upscale, a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary flair.

Liquor: Full bar service with an excellent selection of wine by the glass and bottle, and cask beers.

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Note: Four-star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Noise Level: Moderate to Loud (when music is playing).

Dress: Upscale casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy fine dining, with a well-executed menu, and live music with full bar service

Not Recommended For: Budget-conscious diners who prefer a low-key, BYOB family setting with a casual-style menu.

Recommended dishes: When available, The Ribeye Steak, grilled and topped with roasted garlic and caramelized onion compound butter with roasted fingerlings and green beans; The Crab Cake Entree, baked then topped with house remoulade and served with roasted fingerlings and green beans; and The Cavettelli Pasta with minced lamb in a rich ragu finished with shaved parmesan and orange mint gremolata.

Located on the site of the now closed Merion Inn, The Cricket Club opened in 2022 and has quickly achieved success as one of Cape May's top fine-dining restaurants.

Owned and operated by the Kulkowitz family who also owns and operates one of Cape May's highly acclaimed landmark restaurants ---- the Mad Batter.

The Cricket Club has since undergone a complete remodeling of its decor. The overall design's warm lighting reflects a smooth blend of tradition and contemporary flair

The kitchen is run by executive chef Jon Davies. Chef Davies received his formal culinary training at Johnson and Wales University of Culinary Arts. He later honed his culinary skills in Aspen, Colorado, before returning to Cape May where he worked in the kitchens at the Mad Batter and Merion Inn.

Chef Davis has a fondness for New Orleans-style food. When he was 12, his parents took him to New Orleans, and the flavors he encountered there left a lasting impression. Although the menu does not feature New Orlens style cooking, an example of his attacmenent to this region is the Southern-style gumbo stew that is offered on the menu, a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Louisiana.

The Contemporary American menu is well-executed and innovative, and the portions and prices are reasonable. In addition to the standard-sized entrees, the menu also includes offerings of "Lighter Fare."

Live music appears on weekends.

Not recommended for children.

Off-street parking is available on a paved lot between the Cricket Club and The Tides.

The Cricket Club is Open year-round with seasonal hours.

Applies a credit card fee of 2.5%

Updated April 2024

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