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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

My friends always like to go to Louisa's when they're in Cape May. It is very small and intimate and the expansion has been an improvement. I have never shared their enthusiasm because sometimes we are smooched into a really small spot. This year we had a nice table, atmosphere was great as always and waitstaff was excellent. However, none... More 

Thank 128Mary
Management response:

Hello. I am happy you liked our atmosphere. Sounds like our food is not for you. We are so lucky in Cape May to have such a wide range of restaurants to suit everyone's different tastes. At Louisa's we are so blessed to have so many happy customers who absolutely love our food and return year after year. All the... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2015

There is NOTHING to dislike about this little chocolate store! They have every kind of artisan chocolate imaginable. Their chocolate stars, bacon chocolate bars, and lavender sea salt caramels are among my favorites!

1 Thank Heather B
Wayne, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

Terrific food, great service , my go to place when in a Cape May! Fresh fish, great deserts. Love the small intimate atmosphere.

2 Thank Jan B
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

sustainability. simplicity. family. community. romance - this lovingly crafted little place has it all. every detail is formed out of love, comfort, beauty and purity. fresh caught fish, veggies farmed that DAY from down the road, ease, and fun service make this.... pretty perfect. if you like fussiness, a huge menu, lots of choice, and lots of space, this isn't... More 

2 Thank holly s
Baltimore, Maryland
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122 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

We stumbled upon this gem on the way to a restaurant that is closed so we came back and glad we did. Chalkboard menu based on fresh ingredients available that day. Fish was amazing and good portions. The BYOB was also welcomed with a liquor store just around the corner. They even has a vegan dish for my wife. Service... More 

2 Thank MrandmrsT84
Frederick, Maryland
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93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

The less than enthusiastic reviews I see from DC and NYC folks don't worry me. We have been coming back to Louisa's for a decade, to enjoy fresh fish cooked properly, served with a smile in a small room where conversation is possible. You can even talk to the neighboring table if you wish. I will confess to some apprehension... More 

3 Thank skyJim
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

My companion wanted fresh fish...something you think would be easy to find in a seaside resort area. It wasn't. We spotted Louisa's and decided to give it a try. Fortunately, when we called for reservations, they informed us of the BYOB and no credit card limitations. These 2 are always a red flag and quite unwelcome. Strike 1. On the... More 

1 Thank NoStoppinUs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015 via mobile

Really liked our dinner here. Mostly locally caught fish. There were a few items on the menu but each was very delicious. Had shrimp with a lemon BBQ that was really good. It was byob and was a very reasonably priced dinner. Would recommend!!

1 Thank Peggy C
New York City, New York
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129 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

Louisa's was recommended to us as a good place for vegetarians. There were not a lot of options, but there were a few. We had the carrot sweet potato soup which was great. The bread was excellent (and warm). I had the pasta which wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked. My husband had the vegetable cakes, which I... More 

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Blairstown, New Jersey
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

BYOB with a direct from farm type menu eccletic offerings. Server (Karen) was great and the Bluefish the other couple with us, was very good. We had Vegetable Cakes which were nothing special. The cabbage salad that accompanied the meal was a nice change from cole slaw and very good. I have a feeling most people will experience a "hit... More 

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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
Local cuisine, Romantic
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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