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Washington Inn
Washington Inn

Washington Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.washingtoninn.com
  • Phone: (609) 884-5697
  • Hours of Operation: We will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May for dinner from 5pm. Starting on May 24th we will be open everyday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Miriam Wood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Washington Inn provides off-premise catering at whatever location you desire. We are expert at arranging details, creating just the right look, and, of course, offering your guests the highest quality food & attention available. Our catering staff will help you plan an outstanding event, customized to your needs and budget. The Inn caters early- afternoon wedding receptions for up to 125 people on premises. If your guest list is longer, we can help to arrange a reception at the Cape May Beach Club, the Isaac Smith Vineyard,Cape May Winery, your home or wherever you prefer.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are hosting a wedding, rehearsal dinner or a private business meeting, Cape May’s famed Washington Inn has rooms & menus to suit your every need. The former plantation home, circa 1840 offers the cozy Wine Cellar that holds up to 18, or the all-season patio that seats up to 40, or the garden room that accommodates 50, or the entire restaurant for daytime events or selected evening affairs. Your guests will enjoy the same great food and service that have earned The Washington Inn its must-dine reputation.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Rafferty (609) 884-5697
  • Special Events & Promotions: Five for Friday in the Wine Bar. Every Friday evening we offer 5 great items for only $5. Choice of wine, Cocktail, Oysters, Sliders and Appetizers Join us on Fridays!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Complimentary Valet Parking.
A word from Washington Inn
Built in 1840, this former Cape May plantation residence is now home to the acclaimed Washington Inn and Wine Bar. The Craig Family has carefully preserved the beauty & essence of this distinctive treasure without undertaking major alterations to its original form. The Inns welcoming facade overlooks tree-lined Washington Street in the seaside communitys Historic District. The Washington Inn offers six unique dining areas, from a summer patio to cozy fireside tables. Cocktails are a must in the Wine Bar, where the passing Cape May scene can be best appreciated. Often described as romantic, our easy-going elegance will satisfy anyones craving for fine dining. Our enticing menu offers the best of American cuisine, but with an inventive, upscale edge. Food, Service, Ambiance, the essential ingredients for dining excellence, are all deftly blended here at The Washington Inn. We are what "eating out" used to be -- before it became hurried, incorporated & unimaginative Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I went here for dinner on 7.26.14, it is a white tablecloth restaurant with a sommelier who takes your order and can give great advice on what food to pick and what drinks to have with it! We were seated by a little greenhouse and given fancy bread and fancy butter while we perused the menu, which by the way was an IPad open to a website that allows you to peruse the cocktails and wines by bottle or cup, click on them as considerations that you can have the sommelier give you feed back on. We picked the beach plum cocktails, I had lobster bisque for appetizer and the pork chop entree that came with spinich, sweet potatoes and onions. The porkchop was big and juicy, the wine matched perfectly. Overall it was clean, beautifil and delicisous!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at the Washington Inn; celebrating our wedding anniversary. After valet parking, we were seated immediately, even though we were a little early. The room was warm and I asked that the AC be turned on. It was, and it felt fine. We Were seated at a "four top", so there was plenty of room. We had checked the menu on line, so we had an idea of what to order. The server and her assistant took our wine order, after explaining the specials. The caesar salad was excellent. I had the swordfish--delicious in a seasoned tomato broth, on a bed of brocolli rabe and sliced potatoes. My wife had bay scallops, seared just right. Bananas Foster and good coffee for dessert. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This restaurant covered all the bases. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was top quality. The atmosphere is upscale, but not stuffy. As a long time chef, I have a great appreciation for a restaurant that delivers the complete dining experience. This was the highlight of our vacation."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Remarkably still one of the finest restaurants in this country. Service was incomparable (Tina was great) and it it is always this way. The staff is just fabulous, well trained by the owners and they strive to succeed in making sure every little detail meets or exceeds your expectations. Looking forward to returning on my next trip to Cape May."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My husband, daughter, and I went to celebrate my birthday -- it was a great choice. Our waiter was very helpful with the menu and telling us the staff favorites and in addition he gave us a history of the Inn. The Inn was very nice inside and the tables were not on top of each other. The menu had a lot of choices plus specials for the evening. Our food was outstanding along with the service -- we had the filet mignon (rare), the grilled salmon with a blackberry salsa, and the sea bass special for the evening. For dessert we opted for the raspberry creme fraiche (exquisite display), passionfruit cheesecake, and a fresh blueberry/peach crumble (the blueberries and peaches were Jersey fresh; served with vanilla ice cream on top)."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was my first visit to the Washington Inn. I enjoyed the meal from the appetizer through the dessert. The food excellent and the service was great. A little bit noisy for my liking but that's because the bar was nearby. Otherwise I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We take our grandchildren to cape May every year since they were born. This is the place they chose to return to , to make a tradition. The staff is always great and they like the food. This year the head chef took them into the kitchen for a tour and to sample the ice creams, making them feel special. We enjoy the food and wine list very much and the valet parking is a added bonus. It is 10 years already and I will continue to make it a life long tradition. Thank you"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We made our reservations on line....which was great. Arrived 15 minutes prior to reservation and we were seated right away. The menu is varied and our waiter responded well to any questions. We had an appetizer (raw oysters..very good), our entrees were hot and flavorful and we shared a dessert....a perfect end to the meal. We would go back and we would recommend the Washington Inn. Everyone was very friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "we had all appitizers - making our own tapas menu. They have a nice selection of appitizers. crab and lobster soup, amazing pan seared scallops, tuna."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Washington Inn has always been one of my favorites. This past Saturday night was not up to par. Restaurant very crowded. We waited 15 minutes to be seated. Our waiter was mediocre. Fine with food but had to be asked for things like bread and drink refills and then would forget and need to be asked a second time. Half way through dinner there was a table of 7 who finished their meal and preceded to get very loud . They basically took over the room. Food was excellent. Will wait to return when the summer crowds are gone."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service are very good. (Crab cakes at Union Park are better, but that's just my opioion). Very good wine list. Overall a good experience, although hard to have a conversation with the noise level in the dining room."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have always heard great stories about the fabled Washington Inn and frankly, many times those stories never stand up when you finally get there. Well, the Washington Inn stood up and took a bow. The ambiance was great, the wait staff was second to none. The waiter was patient and effective. His recommendation for the Meyers steak was dead on and his call on the port was prime. Go, and let it happen because it does and its good"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience in restaurant filled cape may. Duck was delicious and the foie gras cream over mushroom bread pudding was a perfect accompaniment. Also the pork chop was sweet and cooked perfectly. The filet mignon was to die for. Highly recommend for great atmosphere and service. Have been in cape may 3 days and have gone back twice. We have found our new favorite place to dine on vacation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Every year my best friend from high school and I get together in Cape May. The Washington Inn was the perfect setting to enjoy great food and laugh about the past times we have had over the many years. I would highly recommend the Washington Inn when you visit Cape May."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was my third trip to the Washington Inn and it has never disappointed. My wife and I both ordered seafood dishes along with tasty appetizers and the portion sizes were just right. Each of the entrees were accented with wonderful broths that were spiced to perfection. Desserts were exquisite and the waitress was pleasant and well prepared to explain all dishes thoroughly. All trips to Cape Mayshould be planned around a dinner reservation at the Washington Inn."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good food, location, and service. Victoria waited on us and was very friendly, helpful and made us feel good during our dinner. We plan to make a return visit soon with friends. Thanks for a good time to end our day in Cape May."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "For a restaurant that boasts such esteemed reviews expected more. Atmosphere was off and tired as was the crowd which was lifeless. I had the fillet mignon which lacked flavor as well as the whipped potatoes which were under seasoned. Definitely better and cooler restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a lovely time here. The wine list is amazing, and priced decently. The food was tasty, some items were really overpriced but most were fair, being Cape May. We would return. They do have kids meals, you just have to ask."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The Washington Inn is always at the top of our dining list when visiting Cape May. The food is excellent, the service is impeccable, and we love the atmosphere. It has been consistent for the past 25 years that we have been going there. If the Seafood Cioppino is on the menu, get it. It is so good!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fantastic service. You are greeted by a server who asks you for your water preference (sparkling, spring, or tap). A basket of assorted breads are them brought to your table. The waiter then comes and takes our order. Everything comes out in timely fashion. Different servers quietly circulate through the area to clear dishes and note your progress before bringing out your next course. The waiter actually waited until I tasted my food and had an empty mouth before asking me how was everything. Food was great. Presentation perfect."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Très belle maison. Ambiance agréable. Très bonne cuisine!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My sister and I have been coming to Cape May for many years and we always have dinner at the Washington Inn. The food is wonderful and the service is great. The restaurant is very charming and I would recommend going there for dinner."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We have been frequent patrons of the Washington Inn for many years - dinner, the wine bar and special wine school and wine pairing dinners. Always happy until now. This was the first time we were given a terrible table in any restaurant where we booked with Open Table. Tiny table next to a large plant where the air conditioning unit at the top of the wall blew directly on us. Manager said no problem and took AC off but put it back on a few minutes later. We had to change our table after appetizers served. We ordered an $85 St Emilion red which was served ice cold and only decanted after we asked. Our server tried to be accommodating and we do not fault him. Whatever happened to our reliable lovely restaurant?"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We have been there each time we visit Cape May, which is many. The food is wonderful."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Washington Inn is, hand's down, our favorite restaurant in Cape May. The food and service is fantastic every time we go (and we've been going every year for 7 years). Also, for a restaurant as elegant as the Washington Inn, they really go out of their way to make families with children feel welcome (with several standard off the menu choices for children). Other restaurants who are less friendly to families with children should really learn from the Washington Inn."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner, food. , service excellent, waiter Gordon was most attentive, second dinner in 2 weeks, is definitely better than our last meal at Ebbit Room and Peter Shields"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had such a good night, the neighborhood was quaint and we felt safe walking there. The food was delicious and the waitress was the best we ever had! The house wine was very good and we definitely will go back and recommend this to everyone!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Look forward to returning. Can't beat the early bird special."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "If you are in Cape May this is a must! Never a disappointment!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We've been going to this spot for 25+ years but hadn't been in a while. They have redone the bar and it has a fun, updated vibe as a wine bar. Dinner on the porch was wonderful and our server was very attentive. The prices have gone up quite a bit, but we were celebrating a special occasion and it was worth it. The WI is still a winner!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food and service was outstanding. A must if you are in Cape May/Wildwood area. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Another outstanding restaurant in Cape May. Loved the food: salad, crabcakes, swordfish. Service was fantastic and ambience was nice as well. It was a bit crowded when we arrived, but we were seated within 15 minutes of our reservation. Although there is an extensive wine list, we were able to pay a corkage fee of $20 and enjoy our own wine. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "In Cape May ..... its the best. Bar none. Mature and knowledgeable wait staff. excellent menu that does change from time to time for added variety. Good wine list to suit any taste. If you are going to CM for the week its is a must. If you want a whole cooked lobster, head to the Lobster House, which we love. This place is for the novice and serious diner. Its not 410 Bank which is also good, it is WAY better and more relaxed than PSI. Forget the Union. If you are looking for a the best dining experience in Cape May ... Washington Inn is your best bet."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our first visit to the Washington Inn was a great experience...the food was outstanding as was the service..The historic Inn was a combination of old world charm with a fresh , modern look to it...This will be a definite stop on our next visit to Cape May."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed are meal, waiter very attentive. Would recommend."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Arrived a few minutes early so checked in and went to the bar. My wife ordered a drink and it was awful so she gave it back to the bartender and ordered a Cosmo to be safe. Bartender charged me for both. Most nice restaurants will gladly exchange a drink if you don't like what you order. Get seated at our table and my wife mentions the drink issue to the hostess and says she will look into it but she never returns. Our waiter said he'd bring bread which we finally got right before the food comes out. I ordered cape may salts as an appetizer which were awesome. I ordered salmon as my entre which came out cold. My wife had crab cakes which she said were very good. Overall, we won't go back. Ebitts is MUCH better and reliable!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had not been to the Washington Inn for several years and will return sooner in the future. We had a very nice and quiet window side table. We had a very good server who clearly explained the specials and answered any questions we had on the menu. The crab cake appetizer and romaine salad were very good. Out filet and duck were cooked as requested and very good. The valet parking was convenient and quick. Overall, a very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best dining experience of the week. Excellent service and everything was perfect. One if the few places that is worth the money."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Hadn't eaten here in years! Was pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent. Service was good. Many restaurants in Cape May are BYOB. They do have an extensive wine list here, but if you BYO - they charge a $20 corking fee. The other high end restaurants in the area that I have been to don't. Overall though a great experience"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Charming atmosphere, excellent service, app size too small, tasteless soup ($8 !!!!), entrees just ok, but extremely overpriced. Total Cost for 3 seniors was $270 and never told they have an early bird special !!! Not listed on website. Overall just an ok experience and won't go back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014