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The Red Store,  Cape May, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

The Red Store,  Cape May, NJ
The Red Store - A Restaurant, Bakery and General Store
500 Cape Ave.
Cape May Point
New Jersey
(609) 884-5757

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  New American - with a South American influence

Price: Expensive

Value: Good

Noise Level: Moderate

Dress: Casual

Food Quality: 3 Stars

Service: 2 Stars

Decor: 2 Stars

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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

Food is creatively prepared using fresh farm to table ingredients from local farms.

Plenty of free on-site parking.

Cash only, they do not accept credit cards.

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy a casual, rustic, ambiance with creatively prepared gourmet food using fresh farm to table ingredients from local farms.

Not Recommended For:  Budget conscious diners who prefer a less pricey and a more traditional menu

Recommended dishes: When available, Banana Leaf Wrapped Mahi Mahi; My Mother's Ricotta Gnocchi with jersey tomato braised short ribs; and the Poached Wild Alaskan Halibut

Alcohol: BYOB

Restaurant Review

The Red Store restaurant and general store --- located just outside Cape May in Cape May Point near the Cape May Lighthouse, --- is a quaint little restaurant with a rustic, general store ambiance. It's a general store, coffee shop and restaurant, all in one.

It's also one of the top restaurants in the Cape May area.

Owned and operated by co-owners (husband and wife) Executive Chef Lucas Manteca and chef Deanna Ebner who handles breakfast and lunch.

Chef Lucas Manteca is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and later honed his culinary skills under famed chefs Alain Ducasse, and David Bouley. Prior to taking over the Red Store, Chef Manteca was the executive chef at the Ebbitt Room in Cape May and the Sea Salt in Stone Harbor. Deanna Ebner was previously the co-owner and chef of the Quahog's Seafood Shack in Stone Harbor.

The Red Store uses fresh farm to table local produce in their breakfast, lunch and dinner seasonal menus. They also smoke their own hams and smoked bacon.

The small general store is where you can purchase sundries and some of the products served in the restaurant. They also offer local products that include handmade soaps, local honey and locally roasted coffee.

The indoor dining room is charming with tables set with white linens.

The the warmer months there is outside dining on the wooden deck.

There are also wooden Adirondack chairs on the red brick patio where you can casually relax with a coffee and croissant.

The Red Store is open year round with seasonal hours. During the summer they are open for brunch Thursday to Monday from 7:30 AM - 2:00PM. Dinner is served from Thursday to Sunday: Seating times are 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 PM

(updated: June, 2018)

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