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The Crab Trap Restaurant is located on the site of Somerset Plantation, which was the property of John Somers (one of this area’s original settlers). Within a few hundred feet on the other side of the main intersection stands the Somers Mansion built between 1720 and 1726 by Richard Somers, the son of John Somers. The house now belongs to the State of New Jersey and is one of the oldest settlements in the state! Overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Bay in Somers Point is the Crab Trap Restaurant. The Crab Trap was established in 1967 by Jack Wallace. Back then it was known as Maenner’s Cafe serving tap beer and sandwiches to Somers Point residents.

Maenner’s Cafe

No Longer is there a “horseshoe” bar and dirt floors. Today the Crab Trap flourishes as a 400 seat full service restaurant serving the finest seafood in South Jersey. As many businesses expand they often lose touch with the quality and small personal touches that made them special. At the Crab Trap we don’t believe that has happened or ever will. Longevity in the restaurant business is very unusual. A decade of food and service is a milestone worthy of celebrating, But since 1967! Quite remarkable.


The Crab Trap - A postcard from the 70's


Restaurants come and restaurants go but we have overcome the odds. We continue to provide friendly, prompt service and serve delicious food to thousands of wonderful patrons each year. Our menu still features some of the same classic dishes that have made us so popular over the years, but we also think you’ll appreciate some of the newer cuisine our chef’s have created to keep you enticed!

We have come a long way since the shots and beer of Maenner’s Cafe but Jack Wallace and his family are still at the helm of the Crab Trap today working closely with their staff to ensure you a pleasant dining experience. Whether it is a romantic first date, a family gathering, a night out on our Crabby Jack’s deck bar or a business function to impress your clients, we are here for you.


The Crab Trap Restaurant Bar







We hope you enjoy our site and we anxiously look forward to welcoming you as our guest.