This is the third year in a row that we have visited the BayView while in Wildwood and had a great experience. We went on a Sunday evening for dinner around 6 pm, just before the place got really busy. The restaurant is clean and bright for a pub-style place (lots of dark wood, but the row of windows overlooking the bay makes up for it). Our party of 5 was greeted warmly and led to a table for 4, onto which they wanted to add a 5th chair (We have this problem everywhere we go). However, my husband politely asked for a table for 5 or 6, and we were immediately taken to a round table for 5.
We were very hungry and so ordered the "hot and honey" wings (excellent) and salads. I had the caprese salad -- which was delicious and fresh. The Jersey tomatoes were wonderful, the basil so fresh, and the fresh mozzarella very tasty, all drizzled with balsamic. Our server, Phil, was terrific -- on the ball, despite being very busy, and cheerful. Two of us ordered the crab leg special, which we have had on our previous trips as well. 1 lb of crab legs and claws comes with with corn on the cob and fries (I asked for a baked potato, which was met with a "No problem!"). This was a very generous plate for $16.99 and was very good. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his broiled scallops, which he described as succulent and delicious. My daughter's crab cake was made of crab, not filler, and was very fresh. Our landlubber's chicken parm portion was enormous; she enjoyed the part of it she could eat before being too full. Everyone was happy, not a single complaint.
I am not sure how the negative reviewers had bad experiences -- unless they reviewed the wrong place. The restaurant can be tough to find when searching online or via GPS, maybe because it's the Bay View Inn, and the "Inn" seems to be forgotten?? I really don't know, but we have been there 4 times over the last 3 summers and, as I said, have had consistently good service and meals -- that's why we keep going back.
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