View Full Version : Cape May Cafe Clambake, love it or hate it??

09-20-2007, 12:39 AM
I have not heard much about this buffet dinner, did ya like it ? Did you hate it? Understandably, one must be a somewhat fan of seafood to enjoy this, but would you do this one again? Looking forward to your feedback!

09-20-2007, 12:53 AM
My sister and I ate there last year and we loved it. The seafood was so fresh and the desserts are awesome. Plus we had the best server. I would definately try it.

09-20-2007, 02:55 AM
Now I'm from east Texas and granted we don't get 'good' seafood here. However, we always like it. People from New England usually say it's not any good. So depending on where you're from and what you are used to, will determine if you like it or not. My mom is not a clam or mussel person and turned green just looking at them, but loved everything else. Their oreo bon bons are great. We've found that if you get there just as they open that the clams and mussels are better (otherwise it seems we get alot of empty shells). They really don't have that much seafood--just clams, mussels, boiled shrimp, and some salmon.

09-20-2007, 04:55 AM
I think it depends on what you call seafood. If you like Red Lobster, you will like it.

Like Aubriee said, if you are from the coast, you won't like it.

My family could eat their weight in clams, musscles, and shrimp.

09-20-2007, 06:27 AM
We enjoyed it the times that we have gone. We will continue to go there in the future as well.

09-20-2007, 07:19 AM
I love the New England Clam Chowder there. The Oreo Bon Bons rock also!!!

09-20-2007, 07:44 AM
I guess I'm the few who don't like it anymore. It used to be unbelievable. Growing up it was our family's favorite restaurant- it's gone way down hill from then. I mean if you hadn't been years ago, I guess, I could see someone saying it's good, but not great. The quality of food is not like it used to be, the options aren't like they used to be & the buffet line has the worst flow, or lack there of, ever! Add on top of that all the GOD AWEFULL Heelys (sp?)!!! The last time we went there were children riding around the buffet line in heelys with a plate of food, while people are trying to go in both directions, in a line that should only be going ONE WAY!!! :mad: :scared1: I'm done. :laughing:

In all seriousness, it was unbelievable, now it's mediocre, to my family at least.

BTW- They used to give med. sized, metal sand buckets that you filled up with the mussels & clams, it really added to the atmosphere & helped with not needing to go into hell, I mean the buffet line, so much. :rolleyes:

09-20-2007, 07:51 AM
it was very good, but i didn't eat any seafood. still they had great pasta and salad dishes. it is really worth a try!

09-20-2007, 07:59 AM
I voted "Loved It!"

True, if you're a seafood snob, this isn't for you. But the clam chowder and steamed clams tasted yummy to me, and there is a huge variety of other types of foods. Every member of my family (including a VERY PICKY not-quite-3-year-old) found several things that they loved. And I agree with the other posters - the desserts do rock!!

09-20-2007, 08:20 AM
We loved it last year when we were there!:thumbsup2

09-20-2007, 08:29 AM
We really love it. It's a great place to do your first night. It's noisy if the kids are tired, the kids get to color on the table "cloth", and they will bring you pitchers of beer to go with your clams :love: . The service is very good. I do agree that the buffet line flow is not that great. It's a huge rectangle and people come and go from all directions...there really is no one "correct" way.

09-20-2007, 08:32 AM
You needed an option for 'it's okay'. The food, when I could get to it, was very good. The problem though was that as mentioned before, the lines and flow are a nightmare and more often than not the clams and other yummy bivalves would be empty. We were there in September thinking it would not be busy, but the lines for food were chaotic, and I am almost afraid to go again this April when it will be peak season.

09-20-2007, 08:36 AM
The last time we were there was in December 2005. I thought it was just mediocre. It was toward the end of the evening (8:30 or so). Much of the food was dried out as if it had been overcooked. The restaurant itself was messy--there was food all over the floor and the it looked as if steam tables had not been wiped off all evening. It was our first night in Disney--so that experience wasn't so magical for us. We had eaten there in 2000 as well-it was great back then, so I truly felt let down.

Praying Colonel
09-20-2007, 08:43 AM
I think it depends on what you call seafood. If you like Red Lobster, you will like it.

Like Aubriee said, if you are from the coast, you won't like it.

My family could eat their weight in clams, musscles, and shrimp.

We're not from the coast by any means, and we didn't like it. IMHO the seafood quality was not on par with Red Lobster, or even Golden Corral. More like Ponderosa.

Maybe we caught them on a bad night. But we've only had 2 disappointing TS experiences at WDW, and this was one of them.

09-20-2007, 09:01 AM
DH loves it. I like it.

Ted and Holly
09-20-2007, 09:43 AM
If I want quantity over quality, I go for Cape May. I grew up in New England and had good fresh seafood available all the time. Cape May is not great, but it is acceptable when I am on the mood for lots of clams and shrimp.

I do agree, though, that the flow is terrible.

09-20-2007, 10:13 AM
We were there three weeks ago for the first time and enjoyed it. Didn't have much seafood, but we enjoyed the American side very much. My husband loved the ribs and roast beef. All the sides, salads and desserts were excellent. I thought the area around the buffet was a little tight, but it was busy (free dining) and wasn't a big deal.

09-20-2007, 11:11 AM
We love this place. I am from NE and like most shellfish but do not eat peel and eat shrimp, steamers or mussels. DH loves the littlenecks and we find a ton of stuff to eat here. It is a must do for every trip...headed back in 3 weeks!

09-20-2007, 11:32 AM

09-20-2007, 11:42 AM
FYI...in Feb and April they had each of the 4 sides clearly marked with an ENTRANCE and EXIT sign...you could not go around and around, you just go in line at each corner of the square serving area

09-20-2007, 11:48 AM
We ate there this Sept. and mostly loved it. Its obviously not as good as seafood that was pulled out of the water next to your beach house ;) , but it was a delicious meal. Our server was great, but the lines at the buffet were horrendous - I wouldn't call it a relaxing meal :rotfl: . One scary thing is that 5 out of 7 of us were sick the night and day after this meal. My 5 yr old actually threw up in bed that night :scared1: , and others just felt bad most of the next day. I really think it was food related - thankfully it was not worse than it was. So .... even though we enjoyed the meal itself, we probably won't be back - I think some of us might get sick just from the memories :goodvibes .

09-20-2007, 12:04 PM
I'm a seafood snob. :)

I've lived in New England my entire life (with the exception of those first 8 months in Texas) so I've always been hesitant about trying Cape May. We thought about it for our upcoming trip but I just couldn't talk myself into adding it to the list.

I have seen some really good reviews as of late, but none of those seem to be coming from New Englanders.

09-20-2007, 03:53 PM
We were there in August and really enjoyed it. My DD loved the little clams. I don't eat meat, but ate shrimp and had plenty of other stuff to eat. The mashed potatoes were really delicious. My DNieces enjoyed the meat that they ate. The oreo bon bons are the best!!! My DH and I will be eating here in Dec.:thumbsup2

09-20-2007, 05:15 PM
Mediocre seafood.

09-20-2007, 07:39 PM
I prefer the Boston Lobster Feast location on International drive...
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09-21-2007, 08:06 AM
Love it!!

09-21-2007, 01:14 PM
I love the New England Clam Chowder there. The Oreo Bon Bons rock also!!!

That is NOT New England clam chowder. It doesn't even look like it and does not taste like it either.

I'm originally from Cape Cod. To my family and I, It was not a good experience. I posted a review on our dinner there earlier. We won't be going there again.

If you are from a non seafood area you may enjoy it as everyone has their own tastes but if you are from New England and a clam lover, I would pass. It's definately NOT a New England Clam Bake.

09-21-2007, 01:57 PM
We love Cape May's. My oldest doesn't like clams so he stuck to the American side of the buffet while my youngest and I ate bowls of clams! We've got an ADR for November!

09-21-2007, 04:20 PM
I love it, I love the Clam Chowder, shrimp, mussels and little clams. I top it off with the great cornbread that they serve...it's one of my favorite restaurants. I don't save room for deserts, that's fine.

Bobbi :goodvibes

09-21-2007, 08:30 PM
Was worried about booking a reservation at the Clambake because of so many mixed ratings but the food was great and everyone in our party liked it very much.

09-21-2007, 09:13 PM
Worst meal we've ever had at WDW. Maybe being from New Orleans we're used to great seafood, but it was not even on par with Red Lobster. DS(15) at the time couldn't even find anything he liked. He normally eats anything resembling food.:sad2:

09-21-2007, 11:03 PM
Will go there anytime, it's great there.

09-22-2007, 05:33 PM
Must do every trip!

09-22-2007, 06:33 PM
Of course, I live in ND so fresh seafood is not available to me here. That being said we enjoyed the buffet enough so that we have gone back again. The dessert selection is amazing.

09-22-2007, 06:53 PM
I went there on my birthday 9-8 of this year. I had reservations and had to wait an additional 45 minutes.

Being from New England it really isn't a "clambake". I did not enjoy the clam chowder. The clams were good but we were there at the end of the evening and kept getting empty shells and they didn't seem to replenish the pot.

The desserts were great. I didn't really enjoy many of the other offerings there. The flow of the buffet is awful. I will def not be going back. Not when I can go to buffets at WDW like CP and Boma.