Ready for a beach vacation and a seaside buffet meal? We’re headed to Cape May Cafe in Disney World’s Beach Club Resort to enjoy a guest favorite dinner buffet — The Cape May Cafe Clambake!
The Cape May Cafe Clambake was a dinner I’d never been to, and one my mom had been dying to try. So when my parents were in Disney World at the same time we were recently, we gave it a go!
Cape May Cafe is an open and airy buffet restaurant adorned with pastel impressionist paintings depicting beach scenes, colorful beach umbrellas and folding chairs, carpet that brings beach balls to mind, and the stick style architecture seen throughout Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Tables are set up as booths, banquettes, and full tables, and there are two dining rooms — the main dining room seen here, and a secondary, smaller dining room off to the side of the entrance.
The Cape May Cafe Clambake is one of my preferred buffet restaurants. Though the meal is very popular, it doesn’t feel overly crowded. And the food available is some of the best when it comes to buffets in Disney World.
If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll be in heaven; but even if you’d rather stay on land when it comes to your food, there’s plenty for you here.
The soups offer a strong New England flair with Cape May Cafe Clam Chowder and Ham and Bean soup!
There are ample salad and fruit appetizer offerings, complete with several dressings.
I’m always a fan of a restaurant that offers me all-you-can-eat cornbread, and this was quite good.
Shrimp and sauces were also available as an appetizer (make-your-own shrimp cocktail!).
Now if you love seafood like my mom does, here’s where you can really dive in!
The snow crab legs were BEAUTIFUL! And these are regularly refilled; so if you don’t like the leftovers, just wait for another batch!
Steamed clams received rave reviews at my table.
And this Portuguese Stew with mussels, clams, shrimp, leeks, fennel, carrots, red-skinned potatoes, chorizo, garlic, onions, orange zest, and salt was truly amazing. You really don’t find intriguing dishes like this on many buffets at theme parks, so I couldn’t wait to dig in!
Once you’re finished with that side of the buffet, dive in over here where you’ll find steamed mussels, batter fried shrimp, and the all-important (at a clambake anyway) corn on the cob! (Don’t forget the drawn butter, of course!)
If you’d rather stick to fewer fish options, there was an entire buffet side just for you.
The vegetarian penne with tomatoes, spinach, and parmesan was light and delicious. I loved the fun spicy tomato sauce for the beef tips.
Ribs got high marks from my table-mates!
For the kiddos, there’s a special section at a lower height from the others! 🙂 It features pizza, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and yummy green beans!
The desserts at Cape May Cafe are very well-done…and they make sure you see these first! They’re set out right at the entry to the restaurant!
The true cult favorite at Cape May Cafe — people have been in love with these for years — are the Oreo Bon Bons! These oreo cookies topped with cookies and cream mousse and dusted in chocolate are decadent and delicious!
And my mom was celebrating her birthday here, so the restaurant was kind enough to bring over a Happy Birthday treat!
Like I said, Cape May Cafe is one of my favorite buffets on property — both for breakfast and for dinner — and I can highly recommend it if you’re headed to Disney World with your family.
It’s a great spot if you’re staying in the Epcot Resort area, or even if you’re visiting Epcot. You can start out your day at the character buffet breakfast, or pop over to the clambake after a long day in Epcot for a little relaxation!
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