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The Oyster Cracker Cafe

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2800 High St, Bivalve, Port Norris, NJ 08349
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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Plainfield, New Jersey
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

If they can fit 20 diners in here, they would be lucky...the diners, that is!! What a gem! Sure, it's teeny but wow, what a lunch we had! Fresh oyster chowder for starters, an oyster reuben (!!) and a sandwich of freshly picked local figs, goat cheese, spinach and carmelized onions. And what was for dessert, you ask? How about... More 

Thank Sandra S
Bridgeton, New Jersey
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445 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a small cafe, maybe 20 seats with a fairly limited menu. For us who prefer seafood to meat.there was more than enough choices, but diners will not find red meat or chicken on the menu. A small group filled the cafe for a private meal. We had a great history tour and enjoyed a red and purple sunset.Oysters... More 

Thank CyndyandByron
Cape May, New Jersey
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

1st time there. Loved it. Quaint small restaurant. Seats about 14 inside. They have an outdoor patio area on the Delaware river that seats more. We live in Cape May and the hour ride was well worth it. Oysters were outstanding as well as their oyster chowder. Staff are all volunteers and profits and tips are given to local charities.... More 

2 Thank ClermontFl
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

Delightful find in historic Port Norris! The oyster rueben was super tasty with fresh made chips. The fish of the day was perch - expertly prepared. My only complaint was that the fries were too thinly cut and consequently overcooked. Other than that we had a fine 'down the shore' experience.

1 Thank buztop
Philadelphia, PA
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

What a delightful experience and outrageously delicious meal we enjoyed on Friday at Oyster Cracker Cafe! I am an oyster stew aficionado. It's been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. Almost didn't get to try what turned out to be the best I've ever had in my life, because Oyster Cracker was . . .... More 

1 Thank Eneleh11
Tuckahoe, New Jersey
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

And I do mean little! Friendly staff, all volunteers also. We both had real good lunches. Excellent oyster chowder.

1 Thank woodsthumper
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

Suitable to our needs. My mother, father, and I all got the grilled cheese. My father's came with coleslaw which he enjoyed, and my mother and I got sweet potato fries, which were also delicious. There was only one menu that we all had to share and it was clearly beaten down by the greasy fingers of others, but it's... More 

1 Thank Erica T
cape may court house, n.j.
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154 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2014

Fish chowder as it is meant to be. Fresh haddock that breaks apart as it cooks, cubed potatoes with skin on so they do not disintegrate as this soup simmers , onion, celery, and fresh milk. That was all and it was spectacular. One of the best fish chowders I had in a long time, maybe the best ever, since... More 

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Millville, New Jersey
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

There isnt much in the area. We just needed a snack to keep up our strength for heavy duty antiquing and it was adequate. Clean bath room too

Thank Caroltshenton
Port Norris, New Jersey
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

The Oyster Cracker Cafe may be the tiniest restaurant I've ever dined. It's part of a much larger complex of the nonprofit Bayshore Discovery Project, and only open for lunch Thursday to Saturday. It's run by volunteers, so the service is sometimes laughable, but the food is excellent, from especially the oyster chowder. The prices are reasonable, the portions not... More 

1 Thank PeekoftheMoon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Seafood, American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 High St, Bivalve, Port Norris, NJ 08349
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Port Norris

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?