3ee9a461-c28f-4ef0-a985-26743a33425a

REVIEW: Cape May Cafe Returns with New Family-Style Dinner, Offers Lobster and Crab at Additional Charge

Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort has reopened with a great family-style breakfast, but guests can also visit the cafe for dinner, which is available between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM daily. Dinner is $42 per adult and $25 per child, plus tax and gratuity, but can be more if you add on some additional seafood options, which we did…

Cape May Cafe Arrival

cape-may-cafe-1

Though six foot physical distancing is being reduced in some areas of Walt Disney World, dining is not one of those areas. Distancing markers lead to the check-in podium, which has a sheet of Plexiglass on it.

cape-may-cafe-3

Masks are still required indoors until seated in a restaurant.

cape-may-cafe-3-5622099

Many tables are left empty or pushed further apart for distancing. The buffet is not currently in use due to safety protocols. The meals are now family-style, “all-you-care-to-enjoy” affairs, so if you run out of something and want more, just ask for it. Unless it’s lobster or crab, then it will be an additional charge.

cape-may-cafe-1-9835327

Plexiglass dividers are installed between booths.

cape-may-cafe-4-1039425

We were among the first guests to be seated at Cape May Cafe for its first night of dinner service since March 2020. Cast Members lined the entrance and applauded as we entered.

Starters

Breads and Spreads

Parker House Rolls and Cornbread with Roasted Garlic-Herb Butter, Salted Butter, and Cheese Spread (Plant-based breads and spreads are available upon request)

cape-may-cafe-8-3772845

We loved both the Parker House rolls and cornbread.

cape-may-cafe-9-4945019

The salted butter and cheese spreads are better than the roasted garlic-herb butter, the latter needs more garlic. That being said, they were all pleasant. The cheese spread is similar to what is served at Ale & Compass as “beer cheese” with their Parker House rolls. It may even be the same spread.

Seasonal Harvest Salad

Arugula, Kale, and Romaine with Orange Segments, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onions, and Sun-dried Cherries, with a Citrus-Vanilla Vinaigrette (Plant-based)

cape-may-cafe-6-4562782
cape-may-cafe-5-1040114

We found the citrus flavor to bit a bit too strong. Cheese would have cut the citrus strength. The salad was also a little underdressed. The dried cherries are a nice touch. This is not a terrible salad, but you can find better options.

Entrees

cape-may-cafe-platters-8331632

Seafood Boil

PEI Mussels, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp , Cape May Clams, Sustainable Catch of the Day, Red Bliss Potatoes, and Corn on the Cob

cape-may-cafe-13-3349270

We found everything in the seafood boil to be delicious, excluding the catch of the day, which was mahi-mahi. The mahi-mahi is dry and flavorless. Luckily, everything else wasn’t.

cape-may-cafe-15-6725334

The rest of the dish has rich, developed flavors. We enjoyed the shrimp, mussels, and clams. In fact, these might have been the best mussels we’ve ever had at Disney World as they lacked a fishy flavor, were tender, and were packed with butter and spices from the boil broth.

cape-may-cafe-14-9841365

Peel and eat shrimp are a hassle, but they were at least good.

cape-may-cafe-16-8490450

A hefty portion of large potatoes sit at the bottom of the boil, soaking in the flavor. If the mahi-mahi was actually in the broth, it might have been as good as everything else in here.

The Turf Platter

Slow-roasted Strip Loin with Chimichurri and House-made Steak Sauce, Oven-roasted Lemon-Pepper Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Farmer’s Market Vegetables  

cape-may-cafe-17-3648560
cape-may-cafe-20-1929290

The strip loin is perfectly cooked. It is sliced thin for easy sharing. The chimichurri adds a nice depth to the flavor. The house-made steak sauce tastes like A.1. mixed with Worcestershire sauce, which is disappointing. Luckily, the beef needs no sauce, so just enjoy it without it.

cape-may-cafe-18-6997283

The lemon-pepper chicken is moist and perfectly cooked. The skin has a slight crispiness and a fantastic light seasoning with a pop of flavor.

cape-may-cafe-19-1475340

The mashed potatoes are very good, buttery with just the right consistency (not too thick, not too watery). The vegetables are steamed, but not too soggy.

Lobster Macaroni & Cheese

cape-may-cafe-22-3495919
cape-may-cafe-23-5449989

The toppings adds a nice, subtle crunch to the dish.

For more information on booking your next trip with our official travel agent sponsor, the Vacationeer, visit wdwnt.travel.

vacationeer TopBarAD2020 v2
cape-may-cafe-24-1354892

The serving dish is shallow, which is disappointing, but they can always bring more. The Mac and cheese itself tastes a bit basic, but the lobster chunks in it were divine.

Portobello Steak or Tofu Platter

The plant-based platter is available upon request.

cape-may-cafe-28-4298509

The large Portobello mushroom is extremely flavorful. The pasta base is delicious; it is well-cooked and the perfect amount. This is one of the better plant-based dishes in all of the parks and resorts.

cape-may-cafe-27-4970877

Tofu fans will enjoy this dish. The sauce is sweet, with just a subtle hint of spice.

cape-may-cafe-26-8749794

The rice is great and the vegetables are served crisp. It’s good enough, but probably not enough so that it warrants the price tag if you can’t have many of the other offerings.

Additional Seafood Boil Enhancements

Steamed Crab Legs – $29 per pound

cape-may-cafe-31-9158191

So, with the buffet gone, crab legs move to an additional charge of $29 per pound. What you see here is one pound. The crab was fresh, tasted great, but was nothing out of the ordinary.

cape-may-cafe-30-6325182

The crab legs are good, but not the biggest. $29 feels like a lot for these, and they pale in comparison to the other additions you can add..

Whole Maine Lobster – $35

cape-may-cafe-34-1645032

Many may chuckle at the $35 whole lobster add-on, but it was honestly the highlight of the meal. I can’t even believe I am writing this, but it was one of the best lobsters I have ever had, and it was at a family-style, all-you-can-eat restaurant in a Disney hotel.

cape-may-cafe-33-7355095

Every bite was buttery, tender, and perfectly prepared to minimize the work needed from those dining on it.

cape-may-cafe-37-7729131

The tail was the most tender I have ever eaten. My knife cut through it so easily. The claws were sizable and packed with meat.

cape-may-cafe-36-3581111

The phrase “melts in your moth” is overused in reviews, but it may never have been more applicable than here.

cape-may-cafe-35-1532371

So you are aware, you sadly can not just order the lobster or the crab and skip the rest of the meal and its associated charges. They are add-on options to the existing offerings, and can only be ordered as such.

Assorted House-made Desserts

cape-may-cafe-38-7432828

Six different desserts are served. A plant-based tiramisù is also available upon request.

Oreo Bon Bon

cape-may-cafe-39-6236763

The Oreo bon bon is brilliant in its simplicity.

Raspberry Cream Puff

cape-may-cafe-40-9440874

Sugar Free Cheesecake

cape-may-cafe-41-6100753

The sugar-free cheesecake is a little rough. It is very chalky in texture with a hint of citrus flavor on the backend.

Pineapple Lime Mousse on Macaroon

cape-may-cafe-42-8149498

A refreshing tiny dessert, the pineapple and lime flavors pair well with the tiny, flat cookie which holds it all together.

Eight Layer Chocolate Cake

cape-may-cafe-43-2098890

This sounds more exciting than it is. It offers a light, forgettable chocolate flavor that is very one-note.

Lemon Curd

cape-may-cafe-44-6753076

This might be close second to the bon bon. While it looks simple, it offers complex flavors in the mix of lemon and sweet flavors to balance it.

Plant-based Tiramisù

Available upon request

cape-may-cafe-tiramisu-3576642

As far as plant-based tiramisu goes, it wasn’t bad. Obviously, we didn’t like this as much as the other desserts, but it wasn’t the worst one at the table. We suspect those who choose this will enjoy the dense cake and light cream which do their best to replicate the real thing.

Overall

Cape May Cafe was never one of my favorite dinners at Walt Disney World. It always had a strong odor emitting from it thanks to the seafood offerings, and I always felt like I would wait ages behind people at the rather small buffet station. With the food now brought to your table, all served fresh rather than sitting under a lamp, Cape May is yet another buffet-turned-family-style restaurant that is vastly superior to what it was before. This is true of Biergarten, Chef Mickey’s, and many others thanks to the pandemic, but it is especially true here. What it lacks in the variety of offerings due to the reductions is nothing compared to the tremendous leap in overall food quality and quality of service we received. I highly recommend a dinner at Cape May if the above offerings look good to you, and especially if you love the idea of having a whole lobster.

  1. You obviously never had the Chardonnay pesto mussels at the old Flying Fish.
    Actually, anything by Chef Jens or Chef Tim Keating in the old Flying Fish was phenomenal. But I digress.
    Hard to believe this is better than the old Cape May.
    Sure doesn’t look like it!!
    We have an ADR for an upcoming trip, so we’ll see.

  2. I struggle to see what makes this an improvement. Before you could exclusively get crab, shrimp, and beef. Now, for about the same price, you get loaded up with bread, corn, pasta, rice, and chicken while eating (limited portion) crab or lobster at all requires a big price paywall.

  3. $29 up charge for crab legs is ridiculous! They reduced the price by $10 for the dinner but it’s actually $19 more if you get crab legs

  4. it looks very disappointing, three shrimp on the delivered meal, garlic herb butter for corn bread, 29.00 is insane for the crab legs , its basically 100. a person including the lobster, crystal palace , ruined, cape may ruined , disney is a mess and wil be for a long time to come as much as I love the place.

    1. They’ll bring you as many shrimp as you want. It’s not even close to $100 a person if you add crab or lobster, that’s not a per person addition price, it’s for the entire table.

  5. So if you pay the $29 upcharge everyone at the table would get a pound of crab legs? or if you pay for the lobster everyone gets a lobster? I’m not sure I understand your last comment and want to make sure because we have ADR for next week and we kind of were disappointed about the crab leg situation.

      1. Yes, so if there are 4 people in your party and each one wants a pound of crab then it will be $116 on top of the standard bill. And, your bucket picture shows that 1lb isn’t exactly a feast. With old Cape May, diners were often going through 2-3 of those buckets.

        It’s good that the lobster was well-received. Maybe if that was available a la carte with some rice, broccoli, and a roll for $43 I could see something worthwhile, but as it stands now it seems like a big downgrade from before.

        1. I’m sorry, I wasn’t thinking everyone needed a pound to themselves, but that’s still not $100 a person splitting the lobster.

          1. No it isn’t $100 per person, but it wasn’t $100 per person before either and you weren’t crab limited.

            If they would just put the price back at $55 and make the crab legs an unlimited part of the meal I think a lot of the criticism would decrease, but the new shellfish stinginess is disappointing.

  6. Hey everybody, who wants to get 2 crab clusters and share with 4 people. who wants to sit there and divvy up a 1 pound lobster between 4 people, no one does. It is 42.00 per person , then 29.00 for crab legs per person , then if you want the lobster its 35.00 more . to those that cant count or add numbers that adds up to 106.00 for one person plus 7% tax and 20% tip thats 134.00 a person .

    1. So, in addition to a table full of bottomless food, you think everyone needs their own lobster and own 1lb of crab? Is this a restaurant or a professional eating competition? If you just want crab and lobster, this probably isn’t the place to go. It never really was. There are restaurants where those are not add-ons, you can order them as entrees. The menu is the menu, you can add these or not add them, it’s not required.

    2. Seriously Steven?? You really could eat a WHOLE main lobster, a 1-lb bucket of crab legs, and as much as you want of the bottomless tray of food in one sitting?? Not sure you will get much sympathy on this one, that lobster alone is more than enough for one person buddy, nothing unreasonable about what Disney is doing here (and for the record, most places would charge you more than $35 for a lobster that size…)

  7. Hey Tom great review! Unlike some of the other idiots on here who laughably consider both a 1 lb bucket of crab legs AND a WHOLE main lobster to be “single-serve” items in ADDITION to a bottomless bowl of other seafood/accompaniments, I agree completely with you that the experience is a major upgrade. Not sure what these folks have for regular meals on a daily basis, but the lobster itself is quite substantial and would make a full meal (to most people, apparently) all by itself. Again, excellent review, much appreciated!

    1. “Not sure what these folks have for regular meals on a daily basis”

      People usually don’t go buffets on a regular basis. The appeal of Cape May to me (and I believe to many others) was to get a relatively large amount of crab, shrimp, and carved beef. It was an occasion. This new version seems like a lot of money to be getting portions of bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, and chicken with the best part being a $35 lobster add-on. Maybe the photos didn’t do the regular food justice, but I’m not impressed.

      Perhaps this change works for you and Tom. If that’s the case, then more power to you and I hope you have a good experience but I don’t agree with Tom’s “vastly superior” conclusion. I also don’t see the need to call people idiots over a Disney hotel restaurant review.

Comments are closed.