Freda's Cafe

210 Ocean St # 1, Cape May
(609) 884-7887

Recent Reviews

Ron Cusano

After visiting Cape May for many years, we finally discovered Freda’s. What a gem! Service was warm, friendly and so personable. The food was way above and beyond our expectations. Rack of lamb was cooked perfectly and expertly seasoned. The beef Wellington was fantastic. Tender, tasty and perfectly cooked. The ambiance was surely somewhere between kitschy/retro/80’s but still cozy. It didn’t really matter since food is so great. We will definitely be back here.

Kevin Stepanuk

We had a wonderful dinner at Freda's. Somehow this restaurant fell off of our radar and we hadn't dined here since before the pandemic. Freda's is a single room restaurant, so it is small and intimate. This is a BYOB establishment so you can bring your own wine/libation and save on liquor costs. That said, we found the price points to be very fair particularly in light of the quality meal and service we received. The staff seems to be long-time employees versus transitional workers, and they are vested in the restaurant's success and your dining enjoyment. We had absolutely wonderful shrimp dumplings (shumai type) that were very memorable - we can't remember having better. The seafood soup was delicious as well. Bread was served with the appetizers and your meal as well as a nice side salad - both of which were nice added touches. Our dinner entrees (which were in the low $40 range) were cooked to perfection. We enjoyed the filet and rack of lamb each of which was accompanied by delicious sauces and vegetables. We didn't have room for dessert. We were delighted when some neighbors were seated next to us and they raved that Freda's is their "go to" Cape May restaurant. We clearly understand why. We will be returning on our own. Definitely worth trying.

Timothy Joyce

One of the finest, most delicious dinners I've ever had, anywhere. I had the 210 Ocean Street, two kinds of pasta with Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, the biggest lump crab meat I've ever seen, in a light tomato cream sauce. Just spectacular! The tremendous amount of seafood in this dish was more than I ever would have expected and was cooked to perfection! My dinner companions had the Crab Cakes Marcus and the Duck which were superb! Deserts were the Bread Pudding and Apple Cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Again, just superb!


What a wonderful find! November night, well into the 60's, and we wanted to sit outside. Found Freda's Cafe with a large heat lamp warming the 4 outdoor tables. We ordered the duck and the grouper (duck was amazing, grouper was ok, but the fish came with crabcakes that more than made-up for the mediocre fish). Flossy, our server was exceptional, which made the food and ambiance that much better. Save room for coffee & dessert (we chose the Bread Pudding).


they've outed themselves as a bad employer with the "nobody wants to work anymore" sign on their door. nobody wants to work anymore FOR YOU. being incapable of attracting and maintaining talent isn't really something you should be advertising.

Joe L.

The food and service are first-rate. Crabcakes and Filet were outstanding. A must visit in Cape May!

Megan Smolinski

A best kept secret in cape may! Every part of the meal was to die for. I enjoyed a stuffed salmon off the specials menu for my entrée. Cooked to perfection. Finished off the evening with a flourless cake that melted in my mouth.


I am a local I have eaten several times at Freda,s always had a great meal but this last time terrible. We had 8 o’clock reservations we waited 20 minutes just to have an outside table where it was quite chilly we were told if we wanted to eat inside we have to wait another 20 minutes we were starving by then the waitress was wonderful very sweet. My dish which was a pesto seafood was very salty and hardly any pasta. I was not impressed. I got the lobster bisque which was tasty but only one tiny little microscopic piece of lobster in .the entree was $40 quite an Sense of me always with me.


We had two classic dishes, a Beef Wellington and a Roasted Half Duck. Both were outstanding and equal to any experience in Cap May, which is a high bar.


Call for your reservation before you even get to Cape May! It is so delicious! The chef is excellent! I had a their roast pork special in a mango citrus glaze over mashed potatoes and every bite was spectacular! It was so large I didn't think I could eat it but I almost finished it! My husband had a seafood dish that he also thoroughly enjoyed. This is not plain or ordinary, it is clearly from a seasoned chef! You cannot tell from the outside that it is so exquisite, but the dining room is beautiful and the food is the best!

Tim B

We have been trying to get a reservation for Freda's the last several times we have visited Cape May because of great reviews. Finally were able to align things and brought a group of 8 to dinner. Everyone agreed every meal was excellent, prepared perfectly, portioned perfectly. Great variety on the menu, everyone found something that jumped off the menu to them. Dessert was the same way, some of the best we have had on the Cape. The serving staff was outstanding too completing a fantastic meal. We have one open night for dinner during this trip and we are trying to get back into Freda's. A new favorite spot.

Bob B.

I've been going here for years. The process to get a reservation can be a big turn off. Just bite the bullet and try it atleast once. I enjoyed eating Indoors and outdoors.


Frieda’s Cafe was an absolute delight! The food is innovative, beautifully plated and absolutely delicious! Staff was attentive, professional and friendly. We dined at four different establishments during our stay and this was our favorite. Unfortunately we dined here on the last night of our getaway so we could not return for another meal. I will look forward to dining at Frieda’s again the next time we visit Cape May.

K R.

Delicious! We've eaten out many times in Cape May and Freda's Cafe is always outstanding. The BEST crab cakes, great seafood dishes, amazingly tender beef. We love it and and will definitely be back!

Pat F

We had one of the most enjoyable dinner experiences of our vocation last night at Freda's. Between the regular menu and the specials, there is something for everyone. We had their famous crab cakes and my husband had Caribbean pork tenderloin with coconut shrimp. The desserts were also amazing, and we shared the flourless chocolate cake. Seated near us was a family gathering of 14 people. The attention and service they received was the same as our intimate dinner. Our server, Flossie, was attentive, professional and personal.

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