Big, huge thanks to Cody, who writes the fantastic Global Disney Pinvestigation Blog, for this guest review of the Cape May Cafe Clambake in Disney World’s Beach Club Resort. (Psst: I won’t blame you for scrolling down to the pic of the Oreo bon-bons first.) Take it away, Cody!
The Cape May Café is hard to miss in its central location in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. I went to the character breakfast at Cape May Cafe several years ago, but have never been to the Clambake, which I have always been told was great. So, this year, for my Dad’s Birthday, he decided he wanted to try it out (all of my reviews seem to be of birthday meals :)).
We had a “big party” of seven people, and when we called for the reservation, the agent said we probably wouldn’t be seated together; however, they recommended we arrive early just in case it was possible.
Our reservation was at 7:30pm, and we arrived at 6:30pm by accident (we thought traveling there would take longer). When we arrived no one was waiting, and the restaurant seemed pretty empty — especially for 6:30pm. We waited maybe three minutes, and they seated us right away, all together.
The first thing that hits you as you move through the restaurant is the smell of seafood. Let me just say I am not a seafood person. (I know — I live on the beach in Florida and don’t like seafood: weird. As I mentioned before in other reviews, I am a picky eater.) I was hoping they had more than clams and crabs, and they did, but it didn’t seem that big of a selection.
As a non-fish-eater, I sampled some roast beef from the meat carving station, chicken nuggets from the kids’ station, and mashed potatoes, all of which were good. When I went up to the buffet again, I chose some pizza along with more chicken and potatoes.
Meanwhile, my Dad, who loves seafood, was in heaven. He loved the crab legs the best and thought the shrimp and the rest of the seafood offering was, “OK.” Overall, the overwhelming hit at the table were the crab legs; four people in our party tried them, and they all LOVED THEM.
Now it was time for dessert, which in my opinion was the BEST in any Disney buffet. It included mini everything, from brownies, to berry cheesecakes, to key lime pies and cupcakes.
But, my favorite was the freshly made and hot-out-of-the-oven Molten Chocolate Cake. A chef was on hand at the chocolate cake station, and I thought it was great when she pulled out the piece of cake from the warmer and drizzled (Correction: FLOODED) the cake with chocolate sauce. In my opinion, this is with Le Cellier’s Campfire S’more on level of dessert greatness.
When we were all done, the waiter brought out a small “plop” of chocolate mousse with a candle in it for Dad’s birthday. It was delicious, and just the right size. It is comparable, and probably the same thing, to the Captain’s Grill mousse dessert.
Overall, it was a good meal. The restaurant is clearly known for its seafood, since it goes with the themeing of the Beach Club; but if you’re not a seafood person, I suggest going for the roast beef and desserts. I wasn’t exactly sure how I would like it, but it exceeded my expectations. And the service was amazing; they were always quick to refill drinks and take away dirty plates.
Rating: 4 of 5
Accepts Tables in Wonderland Dining Discount Card? Yes
Thanks again, Cody! Other reviews written for us by GDPinvestigation include The Grand Floridian Cafe, the ‘Ohana Breakfast with Mickey and Friends, Paradiso 37, Tutto Italia, and the Whispering Canyon Cafe breakfast