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Louisa's Cafe

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104 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1440
+1 609-884-5882
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Zurich, Switzerland
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Don't miss this gem! You'll get delicious fish and sea food and can bring your own wine. The waiters were very attentive and the entrees we had tasted fantastic. As usual in Cape May, be prepared for a cooled down dining room with AC.

1 Thank Markus S
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169 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I have been going to Louisa's from almost the day it opened and have loved every single dinner there, mostly with Doug and Louisa. Since they opened, I don't think I have ever come to Cape May w/o eating there...sometimes twice a week. We just had dinner there and I feel they exceeded their bounds. My wife had the scallops... More 

2 Thank FrankDiB
Stratford, New Jersey
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Not to be missed. Small café. Excellent service. Unique, healthy dishes. Do not miss the watermelon lemonade. The flounder was light, tasty.

1 Thank Colleen F
Longboat Key, Florida
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Three of us are at Louis's Cafe last night and it was, by and large, a positive experience. Caesar salad, a perineal favorite of one member was deemed excellent with just the right amount of garlic in the dressing. Two of us shared the peanut Sesame noodle appetizer and found it to be OK, nothing to write home about. The... More 

1 Thank Terry G
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I have been a regular visitor to Cape May for decades and have never had a bad meal in any of the restaurants there, but this is the place I keep returning to for a convivial, local vibe and the freshest of food. This is not a romantic-dinner-for-two restaurant, but an intimately small, brightly blue and yellow, reconnect-with-people place. For... More 

Thank MollyBright
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The restaurant was recommended by people staying at the same B&B as us (the Bacchus Inn), and we made reservations. The tables are close together, but it doesn't feel uncomfortable in the slightest. The restaurant is cash only, and boasts an assortment of locally sourced foods. I had the flounder, which was superlative, and my sweetheart had the crab cakes... More 

Thank Kelly R
Columbus, OH
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Even though we have visited Cape May many times, this was our first visit to Louisa's. The restaurant is tiny but the food and service are excellent. The food is farm fresh and so delicious! Reservations are suggested. BYOB. Cash only. Located on Jackson Street and the Washington Mall- look for the blue and white exterior behind Lynn Arden's Children's... More 

Thank MS2009
Wayne, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We're glad Louisa's has changed their reservation system, and Will, the gentleman who took our reservation, couldn't have been nicer. Louisa's continues to list their menu options on two large chalkboards. What we like is that now most of their food is locally sourced from Beach Plum Farm in West Cape May. We were told the seafood is also local,... More 

Thank CurlyCueGirl
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

My husband and I have heard good things about Louisa's for many years and thought it was about time we tried it. We were quite disappointed. The restaurant itself is lovely, a charming place. And the staff is terrific, very attentive and friendly. Excellent service. Sadly, the food was not up to the staff! The best dish we had was... More 

1 Thank NJDebbie
Management response:

Hello NJDebbie. We are sorry to hear our little restaurant was not for you. But at least you can now cross us off your list! There are so many restaurants to try in Cape May! We hope you find the restaurant that is perfect for you. Good luck! More 

new york, new york
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The place was so good we went back the second night for more. My mother said it was the best fish she ever had.

Thank georgiebrooks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 Jackson St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1440
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-5882
Serving fresh simple seafood dishes here on Jackson Street since 1980. All our desserts are made right here each morning. Stop by the Chocolate Bar where we have the most delicious Artisan chocolate being made in the beautiful USA! Call for current hours. Our hostess is here at 4. We do not seat any children after 7pm - that is when we begin adult swim.

Have fun in Cape May and thanks for stopping by!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?