Ebbitt Room At The Virginia Hotel, Cape May, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Ebbitt Room Cape May
Ebbitt Room Restaurant
25 Jackson St.
Cape May, NJ

Ebbitt Room: Restaurant Summary

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.

Restaurant Review

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 summer months 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.

The Ebbitt Room enforces a smart casual dress code with collared dress shirts for men and similar attire for women.

The Ebbitt Room is open for dinner seven/days per week, Including Valentines Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

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 2023)

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