Washington Inn
Washington Inn

Washington Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.washingtoninn.com/
  • Phone: 6098845697
  • 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 6098845697
  • Special Events: 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
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Washington Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
344 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (261)romantic (218)notable wine list (180)fit for foodies (163)neighborhood gem (110)vibrant bar scene (48)good for groups (40)hot spot (24)scenic view (16)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (7)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was excellent. The food was very good and they really pace the meal well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service. Delicious food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Everything was awesome as usual. The bonus was having gluten free items marked on the menu instead of it being a guesing game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Trigger
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My husband, son and I ate dinner here while on vacation. The food was very good, fresh and flavorful. The ambiance was romantic with a green house in the dining room. The people who dined here were all classy and well dressed. To get a fine dining experience definitely drive 10 minutes to Cape May if vacationing in Wildwood Crest.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still a special place
    ortleyites
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    While the jacket requirement is gone, resulting in some shorts and even t-shirts, the elegance remains. Menu limited but wonderful. Still a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VicnCin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated our engagement, first year anniversary, and now our 17th anniversary here and it's was just as good then and now; never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was amazing and came out fast! Could have something to do with having a early reservation. The wait staff was kind and personal and I didn't see a single cell phone witch is my pet peeve. I looK forward to eating here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make a reservation before 8:00pm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    When making your reservation please consider that the Washington inn is very busy and even though you have a reservation for a specific time you will have to wait. We had an 8:30 reservation and at 8:30 they were still backed up seating the 8:15 reservations. We were not seated until almost 8:45 and by the time the waiter came to our table it was almost 9:00 PM. The restaurant was so busy that by the time our appetizer was served it was almost 9:30--way too late for an enjoyable dinner. By that time, the air conditioner was already off and we had to ask our waiter to turn the air back on as it was uncomfortably warm in the packed dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    SharonandTops
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Washington Inn is one of our favorite restaurants. Every time the good is amazing, service is great, and the Inn is beautiful! It is always a perfect evening!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Washington Inn
    DandJdining
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first visit to the Washington Inn and both my wife and I enjoyed it immensely. The service could not have been better and the waiter added to the enjoyment. I will recommend this restaurant to anyone and will definitely plan a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love every visit
    Cloudy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    While you may have to wait in the busy summer months ( even if you have a reservation) there is a reason. The Washington Inn is awesome! My favorite place in Cape May. Very large wine list ( decently priced) and the seafood is fresh and tasty. I look fed to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner treat
    Easy2please
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We arrived ahead of our reservations and had a drink in The Wine Bar. Lovely vibe and drinks were good. Our table for two was located in the porch. Our server was professional and handled the busy room easily. The appetizers were good..scallops and corn chowder soup. The soup was lukewarm. An appetizer of scallops was very good. The pork chop and the crab cakes for the main courses were amazing. We had no room for dessert but wished we had. The ability to valet park added to a wonderful night. We will come back many times. An elegant place without being stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great dining on Thursday night. Arrived early for reservation after a day in Cape May. They seated us and we had a fabulous meal. Filet mignon, bronzino, Malbec from the wine list, lobster bisque with triple chocolate for dessert. Celebrating 43 years in style.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine meal!
    Petite4
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Most pleasant setting with well prepared dishes and friendly, knowledgeable service. Ordered the extremely well-made seared scallops with succotash appetizer, followed by a thick, moist, local swordfish steak. I requested a slight alteration to the swordfish's preparation and it was provided unhesitatingly. My companion had the Oysters Rockefeller and the rack of lamb and was equally pleased. Would definitely return. We also enjoyed the 15 minute walk back and forth to our motel on the beach with no need to drive, although there is valet parking available. Also has a full bar, unlike many restaurants at Cape May!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Dinner was excellent, prices a bit high but expected Service was fair at best
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never disappointing
    bwlaube
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food! Great service! Excellent choice for our anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    annejobanjo
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    we have eaten here before, but this was a great meal, very good service. 4 very happy customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 25th anniversary dinner
    nancjackVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We prefer the "wine bar" room because it is more intimate for a romantic dinner. We had an excellent meal and service to celebrate our 25th anniversary. This is our favorite splurge in Cape May. It's great for upscale drinks and tapas too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    mariac
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    You will never be disappointed when visiting The Washington Inn. Our server, Darren, was pleasant & knowledgeable about the wine lists and food pairings. The food is outstanding and the prices are reasonable. For a truly gourmet experience, you've got to go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great food and wait staff. The food did not come hot at all and finally asked it to be reheated. Very cold breeze from the AC. Some came in and asked to be moved because of the temp. Very noisy (We were in the enclosed porch.) Would have been more pleased if seated elsewhere. No excuse for the tepid food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • andrew
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great place my only concern was they claimed my open table dining card was not valid. This was not true i called to make sure it had not expired. It was a hundred dollar card and then had to use visa. I would have not gone to a restaurant that did not accept open table dining cards. Very dissapointed with the inability to use the card.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was outstanding. Service was great. Over all experience was a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Washington Inn Always A Favorite
    JRPete
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Never disappointed at this restaurant. Wonderful atmosphere and a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food & Dessert
    marylizzie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed everything we had. I had filet mignon & my husband had a soft shell crab special. The restaurant is beautiful & the staff is superb. The dessert was amazing. I had a chocolate mousse tower & my husband had blueberry & pear crisp. It was expensive but well worth the splurge on vacation :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    LambLover
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I often order rack of lamb and this is probably the best ever. 3 thick pieces on the bone, np grizzle great flavor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had just an incredible experience at The Washington Inn. The service was excellent and the food was simply outstanding! The crab cake appetizer was delicious, then the entrees really blew me away. I had the molasses glazed pork chop and my wife had the espresso duck. Both were cooked to perfection and packed with great flavor. Highly recommend. Honestly one of the best meals I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Washington Inn is the finest dining in all of Cape May, NJ and likely all of South Jersey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Going Strong
    vgehring
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place continues to deliver high quality food and service and attention to details consistently!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall it was very good as always, app. dinner and 1 glass of house wine mid price dinner plus tip will run between 65. and 70 dollars per. ouch...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What more could you ask for?
    VinceD
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Washington Inn is at the high end of Cape May dinning. We are there 3 or 4 times a season, especially with visiting friends. Was there Thursday night and it again confirmed my feeling that it is Manhattan quality and Cape May relaxed. The service was professional and friendly. You have trouble deciding which of the menu items to order because they all have something special to offer. Local ingredients, specialty producers, seasonal specialties. They have a deep and reasonably priced wine list. I couldn't decide what wine to order with a Grilled Sword fish, prepared with a Sicilian preparation. I asked the owner/ Sommelier for help. He suggested a wonderful Italian red which I had never heard of. The wine was perfect and cost under $50.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We stumbled upon Washington inn thtough urban spoon. We made 830 reservations, which was a bit late for us but all that was available. We went to to bar at 730 to have an appetizer and drink prior to our meal. The bartenders were very nice and knowledgable and made all drinks from scratch. We had a very nice wine for a reasonable price . The appetizers were top notch. We headed your table and had an amazing meal!!! We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Place in Cape May!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have been to lots of restaurants in Cape May - Definitely our favorite
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    As always, we enjoyed another fine dining experience at the Washington Inn. From the parking valet service to the meal (fillet and crab cakes, both highly recommended) to the wait staff, everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great experience
    Lighthouselady
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We brought out of town guests to experience a great restaurant. It did not disappoint either in food or service. We were seated on one of the porches and were able to converse without a problem. Noise level was low. Remains our favorite Cape May Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just The Best
    RICHEVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have been to every restaurant in Cape May. The 5 star and 1 star. Washington Inn can not be rated with any of them. It is so far ahead of the next best. There are not enough stars to give to it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Stars for the WI in Cape May!
    PhillyFoodieAugust2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    From the intimate bar to the excellent service and incredible food, this is absolutely the place to go for an incredible culinary experience while in Cape May or the surrounding area. While there are lots and lots of restaurants that say that they are the place for a memorable epicurean experience while at the shore, this is the only place I've visited that truly lives up to the reputation - a top notch meal with top notch service at prices that are similar to lesser establishments that purport to do the same. There is no comparison, and I highly recommend that anyone go there for that special occasion while away. I'll be visiting there again the next time that I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Style
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food at this restaurant is excellent. The noise level of the restaurant is extremely loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Jerry
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our meal was outstanding! Menu options were plentiful. Food was well prepared, presented and delicious. We will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Place
    Jenny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We "discovered" Washington Inn restaurant three years ago and have since dined there every time we are in Cape May. On each occasion, we found the food amazing, the service warm and helpful, and the setting comfortable. We hope to continue enjoying this wonderful place for many years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    excellent service and wonderful food, along with a beautiful setting…another enjoyable evening at the Washington Inn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Diming Experience
    NoraS
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    You enter through beautiful hydrangea gardens into home with about 5 or 6 dining areas. Charming old Inn and wonderful service, Food was fabulous! Great service. An evening to remember
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic