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Their Doors are Open, but the Dining is Outside

Photo courtesy of Corinne Diana, Vintage BYOB

After months of endless walks with the dog, weeks of raking mounds of leaves, and hours of cutting grass all the while anticipating summer, the wait is finally over. Cape May County restaurants are open for dining. 

Well sort of, while most of your favorite restaurants are ready to serve their loyal clientele all dining is limited to outside seating. Alfresco everything is the theme of summer 2020.

Expect to see restaurants making the best of a tough situation working hand in hand with shore goers to make this new normal a shore thing. 

Stage two of New Jersey’s reopening is officially underway allowing non-essential retail to resume and many Cape May County restaurants the opportunity to open their doors. 

While this comes as a relief for many restaurant owners it also comes with a lot of guidelines. 

As per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, Food or Beverage establishments offering outdoor dining must:

  • Limit seating to a maximum of 8 people

  • Keep a minimum of six feet between parties

  • Do away with any self serve drink station or buffet

  • Require all employees and customers to remain 6 feet apart

  • Encourage customers to wait in their car while they wait for their table

  • Require customers to have a mask on at all times in the restaurant (except for when they’re physically seated at their table)

  • Place proper social distancing signage throughout the dining area

Many restaurants have been rolling with the punches over the nearly 3-month shutdown as they provided takeout and curbside pick up. This had led multiple Cape May County restaurants to institute outdoor dining for the very first time.

Photo courtesy of Helen Mallous, Court House Diner

Photo courtesy of Joey Contino, Wildwood Video Archive

Yet, despite these guidelines, the customers are flocking for a chance to enjoy a night out and a sense of normalcy after months of adhering to the stay at home order.

So where's the first place you’re heading to? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. We listed a few below.


Don’t see your favorite spot listed? Check the full list via the link below, courtesy of Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. 

It's no secret that the jersey shore eats are delicious. So it's no surprise that amongst's 25 best restaurants for outdoor dining, Cape May County's very own Water Star Grille in Stone Harbor earned a spot on the list.

Hungry yet? It's about time you treat yourself to a great meal at one of the jersey shore's finest restaurants.

BUT, don't forget to bring your mask!

Photo courtesy of The Rusty Nail

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