10 Reasons You Need to Experience Dinner at Cape May Café

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Cape May Café is a delicious dining option that is going to stay on our Disney Dining love list for a long time. Located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, this gorgeous and delicious restaurant serves up two meals a day buffet style for guests to enjoy.  Join us in this article to learn ten reasons why you must experience a Disney dinner at Cape May Café.


1. Seafood Heaven

Seafood lovers may be moved to happy tears upon arrival at this restaurant.  The seafood buffet assortment is incredible.  Steamed mussels and clams, fried clams, peel and eat shrimp, fried shrimp, crab legs, crab claws and more are all included in the bottomless buffet price.

2. Comfort Food

If you have folks in your travel gang that are not seafood eaters, no worries.  The buffet also has an assortment of traditional Disney buffet food.  The mashed potatoes and roast beef were buffet favorites on my visit. Vegetables and sides are in no short supply and the seafood naysayers in our group agreed that they enjoyed the dining experience so much they would be returning on future trips.

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3. Buffet Style

Disney buffets are a great way to achieve value if you have large eaters in your party. My family to skips meals throughout the day and snags a few snacks the day we are dining at a Disney buffet. At between thirty-five and fifty-nine dollars depending on the time of year you visit, this Disney buffet is not cheap, but can be a great value for the food type and quantity. Buffet style meals are great for trying new foods without the risk of paying for a whole plate of food you do not like.  I enjoyed trying steamed clams and mussels for the first time at Cape May Café.

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4. Bottomless Crab Legs

That’s right you heard correctly, Cape May Café has bottomless crab legs on the buffet. Paired with melted butter and the delicious sides at this restaurant, these crab legs are a winning combination. When considering the value of this eatery, crab eaters can likely get more than enough food for their money when you consider the cost of a crab dinner at mainstream restaurants.

5. Chowders

Though I am not generally a big soup eater, I sampled both soups at Cape May Café and I am so glad I did.  The clam chowder was particularly delicious with meaty clams in each bite, perfect seasoning and a thick and creamy chowder. For those looking for a non-seafood option, the rich and thick vegetable soup on the buffet was a delicious start to the meal as well.

6. Beautiful Restaurant

The restaurant design is lovely, fitting into the resort theme seamlessly.  Antique beach umbrellas are displayed alongside framed prints of the seashore and vintage bathing suits. The ambiance was great and the restaurant was easy to locate in the lobby of the Beach Club Resort.

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7. Quality Desserts

Make sure you save room for dessert, Cape May CafĂ© has some really beautiful and delicious options. From traditional, Mickey shaped cakes and cookies to tiny dessert mousses in bite-sized trifle dishes, the dessert buffet did not disappoint. My favorite dessert was a lemon mouse with a light blueberry sauce.  The citrus flavor was the perfect end to a seafood meal, the mousse was light and frothy and the petite serving size was perfect for tasting without committing to a huge dessert plate at the end of an already large meal.

8. Fresh Salad Bar

As is often the case in Disney restaurants, the salad bar was an experience in itself.  With delicious salad mixes and an array of topping and seafood sides like peel and eat shrimp, I made more than one trip to the salad bar during dinner!

9. Great Off the Beaten Path Pick

Part of the charm of this Disney eatery seems to be that it is a bit off the beaten path and not the dining spot that immediately comes to mind when most guests think of a table service dining experience. Snagging reservations for my family at this restaurant was easy only a week prior to a vacation in June. This dining spot would be the perfect start to a night before enjoying Extra Magic Hours in the nearby parks. Watching Epcot Forever at Epcot or visiting Hollywood Studios to enjoy Galaxy’s Edge by moonlight would be easy park commutes from the Beach Club Resort.

Beach Club Resort
Beach Club Resort

10. New England Style Charm

As is the case with all Disney theming, the New England charm in this restaurant is perfect. Seashore decor, an open dining room design and a short walk to the open sunroom atrium or bricked rocking chair dotted porch overlooking the water, makes the ambiance in this restaurant as good as the food. The fresh food and theming ties together so well making this table service eatery not only a must visit Disney dining location for guests but also an important part of Beach Club Resort.

Please note! Dinner at Cape May Cafe is NOT a character dining experience. If you’re looking to visit with characters, you’ll want to reserve a breakfast here for a different breakfast buffet and character meet and greet.

Minnie Greets Guests at Cape May Cafe
Minnie Greets Guests at Cape May Cafe for Breakfast

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