106 Decatur St.
Cape May, NJ 08204
Price Of Entrées: $17-market
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Why Should I Go? This 1885 classic Cape May seafood and steak house offers live piano music nightly and features ever-changing regional and seasonal specialties as well as Merion classics such as stuffed lobster tail, two kinds of crab cakes and that most decadent of comfort foods — the Merion potato cup. It has a strong, multi-generational following among locals and long-time summer visitors. Newcomers discovering this gem for the ﬁrst time and those “coming home” to the Merion are drawn by its well-executed menu offerings, dress-up or dress-down relaxed ambiance, cozy candlelit dining rooms, climate-controlled outdoor patio and elegant turn-of-the-century bar — the oldest in Cape May and “the best place… to get a martini,” (Philadelphia magazine). In addition to classic cocktails, the Merion offers a reasonably-priced and varied wine list. House pianist George Mesterhazy holds forth nightly on his Steinway grand piano. On weekly Jazz Night, he is joined by his trio and guest musicians.
Tnsider Tip: Why should early birds get all the perks? The Merion Inn offers its prix fixe early bird menu to night owls too, in addition to a late-night café menu and post-theater bento box. The budget stretching $16.95 Express Menu (the Merion’s version of a small-plates menu) is offered all night and features scaled-down portions of selected entrées and sandwiches with a small salad and dessert. There is free on-site parking and a children’s menu.
Seasonal veggies from local farms.
Chesakeake Bay Oysters
Breaded and fried to order with spicy jalapeño rémoulade.
Wasabi mashed and spicy Asian slaw.
Local Scallops & Catch of the Day
Changes weekly. Something that never changes? The quality of the dish.
Crab Cake Duet
One Maryland-style and one deviled!
Filet Mignon, NY Strip, Prime Rib
Served au poivre, blackened, roquefort or scampi-style… it’s your choice!
Grilled veggies, feta and Israeli couscous; grilled portobello app with spinach and melted manchego.
$16.95 Express Dinner
Scaled down entrée with salad/dessert.
Real Strawberry Shortcake
Just trust us on this one…