The Lobster House located on Fisherman's Wharf in Cape May is a favorite of my family's. It's the kind of place that, no matter where you live in New Jersey, it's the place you head for when you visit Cape May!
The Lobster House has not only a lovely restaurant, but a separate Raw Bar located on the dock, a take out seafood place where you can then eat out on the dock, and a seafood store where you can purchase fresh seafood to cook in your own home. My family loves to order from the seafood take-out window and enjoy it at the tables on the dock and my husband can order a beer for himself from the Raw Bar. For anyone who likes to hang out around the waterfront, it's a great experience and you can enjoy watching the parade of fishing boats on the water. Sometimes it's a little difficult to find a table because it's such a popular place.
Favorite Dish: My family loves to order one of the "combo" platters from the take-out window which usually has flounder, shrimp, fried clams or bay scallops with "freedom fries" or hush puppies. It's really tasty and costs less than $10 for the food, a drink and the view!! (If you don't like your food to come in a styrofoam container, the lovely main restaurant is the place for you but be prepared for a more expensive bill!)
I admit that dinner here was good, but nothing too spectacular. This place actually burned down just last year (late 2005) and they are rebuilding. You definately need a reservation, even though the place is huge because people come from neighboring beach communities. The wine list is a bit expensive for what they offer. The hype of the restaurant doesn't add up to the costs, but its something everyone should do once if they are visiting the southern New Jersey Beaches.
Favorite Dish: I can't say any dish is out of the ordinary...but all the seafood is good. Go here and order your favorite, you probably won't be disappointed. They do have a market on premise also...but as I live three hours away, i've never transported fish from there.
My wife and I were visiting Cape May (family reunion), and heard so many raving reviews about the Lobster House, we had to try it for ourselves.
We waited somewhere around one and a half hours, and were never paged to sit down (we were sitting outside -- enjoying the weather). After a few times of my wife and I walking in to see if our table was ready, we were told to give them about 30 more minutes and our table would be ready. Meanwhile, another couple came in and they were given a 10 minute wait time ...and even seated before us! After we were both enraged, we approached again, the guy apologized saying that everyone can simply "walk in and get a table now".
So we walk in, we were told to walk to the back (which we did), a gentlemen greeted us, dashed to our table, threw our menus down and took off. My wife and I looked at the menu, completely unimpressed (not the food itself -- but the service we recieved in comparison to what we were about to pay for dinner). We got up, and walked out of the restaraunt.
We'll never go to this restaraunt again!
Great raw seafood in Cape May Fisherman's Wharf. Go at night grab a table on the wharf and gorge on fresh lobster and oysters while looking at the fishermen's boat go in and out of the harbor.
Favorite Dish: Lobster dinner (with some shrimps, potatos and a few mules thrown in there) all steamed served fresh with a side of butter and corn!
The Lobster House located at Fisherman's Wharf is probably Cape May's most famous restaurant. Growing up as a child, our family stayed 1/2 block from Fisherman's Wharf and the Lobster House. Thankfully (I hate seafood), I never had to eat there, but I am very familiar with the restaurant and the seafood is top quality. We went there on our honeymoon and I can tell you the king crab legs were longer than my arm! I had a steak, which was okay, but seafood is their 'thing'. If you want great seafood, the Lobster House is where you want to go. It's not a cheap restaurant, but you get what you pay for.
There is also a fishmonger and you can purchase fresh fish to take out.
Order Take Out from the fresh seafood store next door and eat outside on the water.
Favorite Dish: Broiled Shrimp, Fried Flounder
Mike and I both enjoyed our dining experience here at The Lobster House. We both had lobster tails to eat.