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The Rusty Nail

205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383
+1 609-884-0017
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good37%
  • Average20%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“fish tacos” (39 reviews)
“fries” (23 reviews)
“pork” (6 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
$$ - $$$
205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383
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1 - 10 of 511 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

First time visitor on Saturday, June 24, 2017 with a party of nine. When we were greeted at the front desk we were told we had an hour and 15 minute wait. We sat in the lobby which is very large and airy. Soon after...More

Thank LolaBean259
Reviewed 6 days ago

I didn't realize that The Rusty Nail was located right outside of our room in Beach Shack until after we checked in. My husband and I dined in for a late lunch, breakfast, and dinner - and the FOOD was beyond our expectations! They serve...More

1  Thank MaryGrace A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first time eating at The Rusty Nail and it was such an enjoyable visit. The food was delicious, the drinks were soo good, the music was very good, and the atmosphere was so beachy!! Loved it!!!!!

Thank Helene S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife our son, In-Laws and myself went to the Rusty Nail for Lunch last week-We all loved our food and the very reasonable prices of the beer. We sat outside on a picnic table but they also offer seating in the sand as if...More

Thank davesalerno21
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have written scores of restaurant reviews here and I can't remember the last time I gave a two-star review (if ever). I usually find something I like - I am happy with good-tasting fast food, so it's not like I am going to rip...More

5  Thank sullific
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We don;t need to tell my dog Roxy a second time to get to the car for a visiit to the Rusty Nail. Great outdoor seating and very pleasant weather for a 5/18 visit. Always get the grilled chicken breast for my puggle, We did...More

Thank sam280_
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pleasant atmosphere friendly staff food was very good and would definitely recommend this to anyone who comes to Cape May

Thank Barry B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the BEST burger at The Rusty Nail! Cooked to perfection. Delicious! If you are hungry - check out The Rusty Nail~

Thank mrstracy2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I left an earlier review of the Rusty Nail after a bad experience and I swear, on that visit, just about everything went wrong. I was really frustrated at the time and I shared exactly what happened. At the time, I was bound and determined...More

Thank Ben M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great indoor and outdoor place to go. We also had lunch here and it was good. We had rain so we were inside but the outside guests were still hanging out under the umbrellas at the tables. Great entertainment and staff were very busy but...More

Thank Mary Ann H
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Barbara S
Is it possible to do a rehearsal dinner here for about 40-50 people in October?
23 January 2017|
Response from katec60 | Reviewed this property |
I think it looked like it would hold that many people, if you're planning on having it during nicer weather, I would try to get it on the patio.
Betty S
Can this restaurant host a group of 70 people for dinner?
13 September 2016|
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Response from rkarmels | Reviewed this property |
I think so. They have the room for it. Enjoy !
Betty S
Can you accommodate a group of 70 people for a family reunion?
9 September 2016|
Response from dfc9258 | Reviewed this property |
They probably could, just call far ahead!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$38
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-5383 (Formerly Rusty Nail Bar & Grill)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: +1 609-884-0017
  • E-mail
"The Nail," as it's known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the '70s. And it's right here at the Beach Shack, just steps away from your room. From lifeguards and surfers to beautiful beach bunnies, they all gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it's your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch, dinner or its famed happy hour. Kids' meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail's beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go.
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