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“Truly exquisite”

Union Park Dining Room
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2
Sat, 15/05
20:00
Ranked #4 of 119 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$60 - US$60
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Howard Street
Transit: n/a
Description: Across from the ocean, this elegant dining room serves classic American food with a special touch. Union Park Dining Room received New Jersey Monthly Magazine's 2005 thru 2016 Critics Choice Award as one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. Working his magic behind the scenes, chef John Schatz has overseen the kitchens of some sophisticated eateries in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, including the former Maureen's in Cape May. The large, spacious dining rooms with their fireplaces, cherry & mahogany furniture & antique fixtures are romance personified. Settle in for a memorable meal. Private dining rooms available from 8 to 42 guests. Banquet Facilities: Located in the historic Hotel Macomber, union park dining room is available for both casual & elegant parties, receptions, special occasion dinners or complete weddings. Our facility can host groups up to 130 people, depending on the type of reception you desire.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious dinner! Private dinning room, friendly service and delectable gourmet dinning! Fantastic local wines too! BYOB

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 28 September 2020

On a weekend getaway, we wanted one "high end" dinner and got several recommendations for Union Park. We liked the 3 course price fixed menu and were able to get reservations. It was bustling when we arrived but were given a choice for inside or outside. We sat inside, which was busy, but tables were empty to allow for distancing and we were by no means uncomfortable. It's BYOB and we came prepared. I had the crab cake appetizer and the Lobster Tail dinner, and they were both amazing. My husband had the foie gras appetizer (for an upcharge) which he said was excellent. For his main course, he had the filet mignon (also an upcharge), and the steak was perfect....incredibly tender and moist, and cooked exact. All of that upcharging allowed us an extra appetizer and we had the beet salad, also very good. The Creme Brulee dessert was average but fine, but the fruit tart was a treat. The fruit was served on a large phyllo dough-like pastry...very flaky and really good. Normally fruit tart crust is heavy, but this was very light. Union Park was an absolute home run in our book, and a guaranteed return visit the next time we visit.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 27 September 2020

My wife and I had dinner on the Union Park porch after reserving an outside table. We were well into the meal before I realized that several of the servers moving around the porch were wearing only face shields and not face masks. From that point on, I was very uncomfortable knowing that aerosol from these servers was being directed down at the us, the diners, sitting at the table as they talked. When I brought this to the manager’s attention, he stated that New Jersey state law does not differentiate between face shields and face masks. Because of this, when some of his servers wish to wear only face shields, he cannot make them wear masks.

Although the food and service was good, my meal was spoiled by the discomfort caused by this situation.

Face shields are designed to protect the wearer from airborne droplets and spray, but they do not keep the wearer from inhaling airborne aerosol nor from discharging their own aerosol, as face masks do. I certainly will not return to Union Park while this situation exists, and I will be wary of any other New Jersey restaurant that has servers wearing only face shields.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 27 September 2020

We vacation in Cape May every year, and each year we dine at the Union Park restaurant. Their food has always been very good, as it was this year. However, when we booked our reservation there was no mention that they had changed their service to a fixed price, limited menu. We were disappointed to learn about this only after we had been seated. The starting price is $60/person for 3 courses, however, many of their specialties come with an uplift charge (i.e. $22 extra for 6 oysters). We thought their pricing was excessive. Service also seemed faster than normal, potentially because the first course or two may have been prepared in advance by virtue of a limited menu. In addition, while they offer both indoor and outdoor seating, it did not appear that they followed social distancing guidelines outdoors. We felt more comfortable eating inside.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 22 September 2020

We spent four nights down in beautiful cape may and this was our last night so we decided to save it for the end of the week as was recommended. It's a lovey romantic restaurant and although we forgot to bring wine it was fine - we didn't want to drink a whole bottle anyway since we aren't big drinkers. Food was very good but the portions were a bit on the small side for $60 price fix. Service was great - not sure I would go back and I felt $156 with tip was overpriced.

Date of visit: September 2020
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