Fare: New American
Price: Very Expensive
Food Quality: A well-executed, creative menu prepared with fresh farm-to-table ingredients from their local farm and other coastal New Jersey sources.
Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive without being intrusive.
Ambiance: Located in a restored 1879 Victorian Bed & Breakfast --- the setting is upscale, romantic stylish
Overall Rating: 3 Stars --- one of the top restaurants in Cape May
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 star = poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate. High during peak times
Dress: Upscale casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy a well-executed menu prepared with fresh, quality ingredients, in an upscale, romantic setting.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer simpler food, lower prices, and a more family casual setting.
Recommended dishes: When available; The Braised Lamb Shank with Whipped Feta, Za'atar, Pomegranate Tabbouleh; The George's Bank Swordfish with Potatoes, Long Hots, Cherry Mostarda, Garlic Aioli; and The Dry Age Duck Breas with Sweet Potato Puree, Tuscan Kale, Huckleberry Jus
Liquor: Extensive wine list, specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
The Ebbitt Room is one of the top Cape May restaurants offering a fine dining, romantic experience in a charming bed and breakfast hotel.
Located in the Virginia Hotel, built in 1879, you can enjoy your dining in the stylish restored dining area, done up in soft earth toned bamboo papered walls, dark hard wood flooring, dimly lit chandeliers, and candle lit tables set with white table linens.
The kitchen is run by Executive Chef Jason Hanin. Chef Hanin received his formal culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America. He later honed his culinary skills at the former Chelsea Prime Steakhouse in Atlantic City for 4 years where he worked his way up to Executive Chef. He later worked at several Los Angeles and Houston restaurants before returning to his New Jersey roots at the Ebbitt Room.
Chef Hanin serves a well-executed menu using quality ingredients and is committed to using organic, farm-fresh to table ingredients including vegetables, eggs, chickens, turkeys, and pork from their nearby 62-acre Beach Plum Farm. and from the coastal regions of New Jersey. He specializes in fresh raw fish ceviche’s cured in citrus juices, and pork chop brining.
The restaurant also has a well-stocked bar, where you can enjoy a cocktail or after dinner drink in the fireplace lounge while listening to live piano music.
During the warmer summers you can eat out on the porch or on the garden patio for a much more casual feeling.
They have live piano music on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30pm-10:30pm, an added touch to an elegant atmosphere for a romantic dinner.
To complete the romantic experience, book a room and have breakfast on the porch in the morning.
They also have a lovely private dining room called the Richmond Room suitable for a business or family occasion.
During the peak summers season, The Ebbitt Room is open seven/days/week:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An Early Dining Menu is available Sunday through Friday from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm
Social Hour every Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm serving half priced beer and wine by the glass
During the off-peak season, The Ebbitt Room is open from November - December: 6 days per week: 5:30pm - 9pm and is closed on Tuesdays.
There is an "Early Seating Menu" Sunday- Friday, from 5pm-6:30pm.
They are open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve serving a Prix Fixe Menu
Reservations are recommended and there is valet parking during the summer peak months. A note of caution: On busy weekends they tend to over book and even with a reservation, you may experience a wait of 1/2 - 1 hour.
(updated: December 2020)
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