Disney’s Cape May Cafe is located at the picturesque Beach Club Resort at Disney World. The Beach Club New England Clam Bake is a favorite for Disney guests who are looking for a seafood buffet, New England style. The charming seaside decor at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the perfect setting for Disney’s only clam bake on property. Large, colorful beach umbrellas decorate the restaurant, along with pictures and memorabilia of the Cape May seashore.
Disney’s Cape May Cafe Dining Facts
Dinner at the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe begins at five o’clock. Reservations are accepted throughout the evening, until closing at ten. The buffet style, all-you-can-eat dinner, has two distinct areas of dinner selections. The traditional Seafood Buffet includes the following; New England Clam Chowder, Tomato Bisque, Farm Raised Clams with Garlic Butter, Prince Edward Island Mussels with Roasted Tomato Butter, Seasonal Fish du jour, and Steamed Peel and Eat Shrimp.
The American Buffet includes menu selections such as; Smoked Barbeque Pork Ribs, Hand-Carved Prime Rib of Beef with au jous, Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Pasta du Jour, and Mixed Salad Greens. A special section for children includes mini hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders, fish niggets, and macaroni and cheese.
Additional side dishes on the buffet include; Caesar Salad, Ambrosia, Seafood Salad, Chef’s Vegetables, and other seasonal side dishes. Dessert offers a variety of sweet treats. Oreo Bon Bons, Key Lime Tarts, cookies, brownies, flan, cupcakes, and chocolate cake are typically displayed on the dessert buffet at Cape May Cafe.
The Cape May Cafe Dining Experience
It is not unusual to see diners sitting at their tables with bowls filled to the brim with dozens of clams, at Disney’s Cape May Cafe. The clams and mussels are featured selections for seafood lovers, and Disney chefs are constanty refilling the serving tins with batches of hot, steaming clams. The tables at the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe are made of white paper, and crayons are left at each table to provide children, and artistic adults, the chance to create pictures while they dine.
On busy nights at Cape May Cafe, there are often wait times, even with reservations. Once seated, however, the buffet lines move fairly smoothly, and each section of the buffet has specific selections. Booths and tables are set up in the dining area, with the buffet central to all seating areas, though it can seem somewhat crowded at full capacity. Return guests to Cape May Cafe often schedule early reservations, to avoid longer wait times. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (407)WDW-DINE>
Dinner at the the Beach Club’s “All American Clam Bake Dinner Buffet,” will cost an adult $25.99, and children between the ages of 3-9 years, $10.99. Beverages, tax and tip are extra. Children are considered adults at Disney restaurants at the age of ten, so this may not be the best choice for children who have small appetites. Guests who are looking for endless buckets of clams in garlic butter, will enjoy this Disney dining experience the most.
Diners who aren’t big seafood fans, will find traditional buffet menu selections at Cape May Cafe. The American Buffet has a chef stationed there to cut individual servings of Prime Rib of Beef, and there are many side dishes to choose from. The dessert bar is stationed away from the main buffet island, near the entrance of Cape May Buffet. Cast Member servers are friendly and come by the tables frequently to clear plates after each visit to the buffet for refills.
The Bottom Line
Disney’s Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort is worth the trip for seafood lovers, who are looking for endless “steamers.” The clams are small, but very tasty, and the chefs at Disney keep the tins filled with new batches of clams every ten minutes or so. There are other seafood items on the buffet, but crab and lobster are not on the menu. The shrimp is peel and eat, which may or may not be the best selection for guests who do not want to have to peel their shrimp.
The food quality has always been good at Cape May Cafe, when I have visited for dinner. The restaurant is in a great location for an after dinner stroll to Disney’s Boardwalk area, and the Beach Club Resort is a nice place to visit, just to sit on the white rockers at the front of the resort. Children over nine, who will only eat a few chicken strips and a slice of cheese pizza will be better off eating elsewhere, rather than paying the $25.99 buffet price.
The Beach Club Resort is located in Disney’s Beach Club/Boardwalk area. Disney buses will transport guests from any of the parks or the Downtown Disney area, to Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Another way to reach Cape May Cafe, is to exit the International Showcase area at Epcot, or take the boat from Disney-MGM Studios. Parking is available for dining guests who travel by car to Cape May Cafe.