Cape May Cafe sits right in the middle of the hustle at Beach Club Resort. It was once a New England Clambake Buffet that you could smell a mile away but now that it has reopened it has transformed into a family-style meal. While it isn’t exactly the same as a buffet, you can still get refills of whatever you want throughout the course of your meal. They will always bring you extra!
The pricing is $42 per adult, plus tax and gratuity and $25 per child, plus tax and gratuity. If you want to kick your meal up a notch there is also a couple of add ons. You can get Steamed Crab Legs at $29 per pound and also add a whole Maine Lobster for $35. Note that this are additions to the family style meal and can not be ordered alone.
Cape May Cafe Breakdown
- Service: Table-Service, Family Style Dining
- Type of Food: Chicken, Seafood
- Price: $$$
- Location: Beach Club Resort
- Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 Credit
- Discounts: Annual Passholder, DVC
- Features: Reservations, Lobster, Crab Legs, Seafood
- Good For: New England Style Meal
- Menu: Official Disney Dinner Menu
A Look Around Cape May Cafe
As soon as you walk in you are met with a little preview of the dessert trays that come at the end of the meal.
The inside of the restaurant still remains the same as before. There are just now plexiglass dividers up between booths. As for the regular table seating on the permitter of the restaurant it is not more spread out than before.
The atmosphere inside the restaurant is much like the New England vibes of the rest of the resort. You will find beach decor adorned around the whole place with a perfect beach pastel palette.
Dishes From Cape May Cafe
Starters of Bread and Salad
Your meal here starts with a basket of bread and spreads. In the breadbasket, you will find Parker House Rolls and Cornbread. The spreads that accompany the bread are Roasted Garlic-Herb Butter, Salted Butter, and Cheese Spread. Note there are plant-based bread and spreads available upon request.
The salted butter was just your plain jane butter nothing too special here. Watch out for the garlic herb butter spread was packed with garlic. We both really enjoyed the cheese spread, and we thought it was very similar to the one we had over at Ale and Compass.
Now it’s time for the salad course. This is the Seasonal Harvest Salad. It’s a mix of Arugula, Kale, and Romaine with Orange Segments, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onions, and Sun-dried Cherries, with a Citrus-Vanilla Vinaigrette. This salad is a plant-based approved.
This salad left us feeling a bit underwhelmed. It was light on the topping and dressing. When you did get a combo of the the toppings it was a decent salad, it just needed more of it.
The seafood boil consists of PEI Mussels, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Cape May Clams, Sustainable Catch of the Day, Red Bliss Potatoes, and Corn on the Cobb. The day we dined here the catch of the day was mahi mahi.
Seafood fans with enjoy Even if you aren’t a big seafood fan you will want to dig to the bottom of this bowl to grab the red potatoes.
Next up in the family-style meal is the turf platter. This plate is filled with a slow-roasted Strip Loin with Chimichurri and House-made Steak Sauce, Oven-roasted Lemon-Pepper Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Farmer’s Market Vegetables.
The veggies were so good they were cooked but still crunchy and that’s my absolute favorite. The steak was a little well done but still good. You definitely want to the chimichurri sauce with your steak it was a great topping and added a lot of flavor. We got seconds on the chicken and potatoes for this dish.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
This was a pretty standard dish. The lobster mac and cheese was a mix of cavatappi pasta, a light cheese sauce, lobster and panko breadcrumbs on top. The flavor here was super bland it wasn’t a true heavy cream mac and cheese and the lobster was there but wasn’t amazing mainly due to all being small pieces vs large chunks. It just came across as bland and not worth it.
These dessert platters that come with the family style meals just always fall short for me. I just really didn’t enjoy the options hers. My husband however loved the Oreo bonbon and would have easily had a couple more if it weren’t for the huge preceding meal.
The other dessert served up on the evening we went included: Oreo Bon Bon, Raspberry Cream Puff, Sugar Free Cheesecake, Pineapple Lime Mousse on Macaroon, Eight Layer Chocolate Cake, Lemon Curd and the plant based Tiramisù.
Cape May Cafe Recommendation
I think I would have needed to love seafood more to have been wow’d with this restaurant. I do like some seafood but calms and muscles I am just used to having a butter dip and being on the beach back home in New England. It just wasn’t the same here in Florida. Plus, de-shelling my food, isn’t my favorite so I feel like we didn’t take enough advantage of that portion of the meal to make it worth us. If you are a seafood fan then I do recommend checking out Cape May Cafe. If you aren’t a seafood fan then this spot is a definite skip.
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