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Secondo, Cape May, NJ: A Restaurant Review

Secondo Restaurant, Cape May, NJ
991 Ocean Dr
Cape May, NJ

Secondo is popular with diners who enjoy well prepared Italian food in an attractive, trendy setting, and full bar service

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  Italian with Mediterranean influences

Price:  Moderate - Expensive

Food Quality:  2 1/2 Stars

Service:   1 1/2 stars

Decor:  3 Stars

Overall Rating:  2 1/2 Stars

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

Attractive trendy decor with an urban vibe and waterfront views

Service on busy summer weekends can be slow.

Value:  Good

Noise Level:  Moderate - loud

Dress:  Casual

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy well prepared Italian food in an attractive, trendy setting with lively bar service

Not Recommended For:  Budget minded diners who enjoy traditional Italian red sauce dishes in a casual BYOB family setting

Recommended dishes:  When available, The Oxtail Lasagna made with pearl onion, cracked pepper, marinara, and creamy ricotta; The Whole Fish bone-in specials, char-grilled with greek lemon sauce; and The Black Ink Gemelli with sautéed squid, shallots, tomato, red onion, squid ink garlic wine.

Liquor:  Full Bar Service with a good selection of wines and specialty cocktails

Restaurant Review

Located just minutes from central Cape May along Ocean Drive near the bridge to Wildwood Crest, Secondo is the sister restaurant to Panico Bistro in West Cape May. This is a popular spot with patrons who seek an alternative to the many Cape May dining spots. Secondo offers a trendy dining experience with an urban, casual atmosphere, and a waterfront view

It's located at the site of the former Blue Claw restaurant and has since been beautifully renovated with a trendy, modern look. The interior is done up with grey textured beamed ceilings and trimmed white walls. There is a large bar area with nearby couch seating, and a spacious dining area with bright, sleek furnishings, mosaic tile, and large windows, some having views of the marina. Tables are set with white linen. There is also oyster raw bar area overseen by a talented shucker. The bar area with high ceilings is energetic, though during peak times can get to be very loud.

The menu has many of the items from it's sister restaurant, though Secondo differs with additional Mediterranean influenced seafood and Italian entre specials. There menu offers a good selection of casual items including their classic brick oven pizzas to full entrees artfully prepared, and served in large portions.

They are child friendly with a kids menu.

On site parking is available.

Reservations are recommended

Update: October, 2018

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