Rusty Nail

“The Nail,” as it’s known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the ‘70s. Back in the day lifeguards, surfers and beautiful beach bunnies gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it’s your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

In the summer gather around the fire pit for a cold drink. When the weather starts to cool down, come on in and sit by the indoor fireplace. Kids’ meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail’s beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go.

Cape May Restaurant Week Menu

Select one from each course. Beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included.


Summer Salad
seasonal leafy greens, mixed berries, tomato, red onion, candied pecans, blue cheese, poppy seed, strawberry vinaigrette

Clams Casino
bacon, onions, peppers, cooper sharp cheese

Clam Chowder
clams, celery, onion, garlic, potatoes, oyster crackers

Zucchini Sticks
marinara or chipotle aioli


BBQ Grilled Salmon
pineapple salsa

Pasta Primavera
beach plum farm vegetables, choice of garlic olive oil, marinara, or fra diavolo (served complete)

BBQ Thighs
served with cornbread

NY Strip
12oz cut, house made steak sauce


Key Lime Pie