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
423 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (307)romantic (254)fit for foodies (219)notable wine list (211)neighborhood gem (143)vibrant bar scene (55)good for groups (54)hot spot (32)scenic view (15)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (10)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (8)Show More
  • Wasted Night OUt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    When the highlights of your dinner are the rolls, salad and Dessert, that is all you really need to know. Service was very bad and we needed to ask for water two times. For water. And after we were offered ground pepper for our salad and lobster bisque, it took nearly 5 minutes for the waiter to come back. Pork Chop was chewy and we felt underdone. Sea Bass was riddled with bones. Do yourself a favor, go to Tishas instead.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Top Notch
    Bobk
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Was there on a Sunday night. They were not as busy as usual and thsat made for a little more quiet than usual. Great service provided by Sean. The hostess and bartender were also very cordial and helpful. Had another fine meal and was highly satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Your restaurant was recommended to me by golf partner for our visit to Cape May. We were very pleased with the entire experience...delighted with porch table - surprised at the excellent service with full house. Food was also delicious - we will certainly come again next time in Cape May. Your Open Table software tops...Sally Anne Haulman, Yardley, PA
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad night
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love this restaurant, but had a bad server and my fish was over cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    kkimber19VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have always appreciated celebrating good things at this restaurant. Unfortunately, we were disappointed and will not return. The food was cold, very cold. And very overpriced!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Dinner
    Toni1214
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It was our 27th wedding anniversary. We had filet and the special lobster tail and the kitchen split them up for us to share. It was perfect! Our waiter was very attentive and surprised us with a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. Great food and nice, romantic atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Experience
    PursueExcellence
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A wonderful experience! Greeted by hostess with "Happy Anniversary. The ambience of the Inn was quaint & relaxing. The food (my wife's steak & my swordfish) was perfectly prepared & nicely presented. The wine list is excellent as was the port. Our shared Lava cake was presented on a white plate with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate around the plate edge. Our waiter and service were also excellent including the visit to the wine cellar. Being in the restaurant business myself I was curious what made the Washington Inn so special. Our waiter enthusiastically shared the involvement the owner & chef have with the day today business and the special interest they take in the development of their staff. Outstanding evening in all respects!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific anniversary celebration
    frenchfoodlover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Valet parking got us off to a relaxed start; it's needed in Cape May, where parking is at a premium. We were welcomed and seated promptly, our waiter was very attentive, and the food was excellent. Often older restaurants are a bit stodgy menu-wise but this wasn't the case here. The swordfish Sicilian style with calamari was terrific, and the hazelnuts and creamed parsnips with the salmon were equally good and imaginative. We'd definitely come here again. The noise level went up as the evening progressed but this is probably inevitable in a place so popular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME NIGHT
    lEHfriend
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our first time at your restaurant . The food was delicious and the service was great. It was my wife's birthday. We loved the extra touch of Happy Birthday written in chocolate on the dessert plate. We loved the wine and had a great time. We will be back . Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wait time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Despite selecting a particular reservation time out of several 15 time slots avaialable , there was little relationship to actual seating time. In this case, reservations were made for 7:30 PM and actual seating did not happen till 8:50 ( after reminding the host of our presence at the overcrowded bar area). Actual order was not taken till 8:15. Rather disappointing to have the meal about an hour after the reservation time. Both the meal and service at table were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Washington Inn the best in Cape May
    NJShore
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Not your standard beach venue; very much upscale, white table cloth restaurant with prices to match. But worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yearly Anniversary Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    For our annual trip from North Jersey to Cape May we have been celebrating our anniversary at the Washington Inn every year in for the past 4 years. We have never been disappointed. From the atmosphere to the personal attention to detail the Inn is top notch. The wait staff is the best bar none. We hope to be celebrating at the Washington Inn in Cape May for many years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the Same
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Each year that we venture to Cape May we look for different restaurants to try. We've dined at the Washington Inn a few times now and it seems as though it's not the same. This time the dinners were mediocre at best. The duck was dry and tough and the Oysters Rockefeller left a lot to be desired. Also, surprised there was only one Pinot Grigio on the wine list. I think if we were ever to go back to this restaurant, we would probably go the bar for only a glass of wine and an appetizer.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    jeff08204
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We held our wedding reception brunch at the Washington Inn in 2001, and we return for our anniversary each year. The food and service are always outstanding, the atmosphere is quiet and inviting. And of course, the chocolate tower dessert is worth the trip all by itself! Not many restaurants are a sure thing - the Washington Inn is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding.....
    murrVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After all the years in business, The Washington Inn continues to serve an eclectic menu of outstanding dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Outstanding
    VTDan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our first time back in a few years and it is still one of the best restaurants in Cape May. My wife had the lobster and shrimp bisque and crab cakes, while I had the Boston and Frisée salad (frisée was sadly absent) and the espresso rubbed duck breast. The food was outstanding, our waiter friendly and attentive, and it was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service!
    Planbmar
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Took a friend out for birthday. Had a perfect table away from people. The ambience was so romantic. Phenominal food and service
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    Kimberly
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary dinner here this weekend and the staff was very friendly and accommodating, wished us well, the food was terrific and they even brought our dessert with a candle and "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on our plate which was a nice touch. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    CapeMayGetaway
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Staff very friendly, had our table waiting when we arrived. The entire staff made you feel right at home. The food was absolutely outstanding! Thank you for making our dining experience a very good one!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 Stars
    James
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have recommended this restaurant to more people than any other. The dinner menu, wine list and service are 5 stars every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Cape May by far
    Paul
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Fabulous menu. Every course a special treat. Would return time and time again. Will sing its praises to many people. Will be first recommended restaurant for historic Cape May for us. Staff highly professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It All Works
    Charley
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Four of us had a highly pleasurable dining experience at the Washington Inn. It wasn't just the food--my black sea bass was excellent--that shone. Add professional service, a comfortable, handsome setting and ease of conversation in a very busy eatery, and you have pretty much all you can ask from a restaurant. Even the noise from a table of ten or so nearby seemed muted. If only more restaurants, especially newer ones, paid attention to the noise level, dining satisfaction at them would be improved. The Washington Inn provides the goods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dinner with great service!
    CoolCustomer
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was amazing. Our waiter, James, was wonderful as were all of the other wait-staff that we observed. Everyone was professional, well-mannered, and amazingly attentive. We had a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but sometimes annoying
    DSLandCJLVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Washington Inn has absolutely the best food. Two annoying features keep this from being a near perfect experience. First, regardless of when you arrive, you can never be seated and are always asked to "have a drink" while you wait. You are always to tell that there are available tables and the hostess appears shocked that you would want to eat in the bar (which is quite lovely and has a downscale menu in addition to the regular menu) as you will not have a fine dining experience. Second, the wine list pricing is outrageous. The new tablet menu is impossible to navigate and more moderately priced wines are hidden. Further more moderately priced wines are often sold out and the recommendation is to go to a far more expensive wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not romantic at all
    loriVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I looked forward to dining in this restaurant, as I had been here many years before and it was very romantic however things have changed they seem to overbook and I found it to be very crowded ,loud with poor service also we had to wait even though we had A reservation
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE THE WINE FLIGHTS!
    SummerLocal
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner here Saturday night. Started off in the bar for a wine flight and appetizer. Great wine, great food, great service at the bar. When it came time for our dinner reservation there was so much confusion about seating. When we made our reservation a few weeks ago we requested that we not be seated in a certain area because of the sound level. They couldn't accommodate us and put us back at the exact same table we were seated at before. The food was excellent, the server was excellent but for fine dining this is a very loud restaurant! We really enjoy a nice peaceful atmosphere when dining out but just can't seem to get it here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth it!
    beccaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    very good food, a bit pricey, but the food and service are worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely culinary experience
    Lyns2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Washington Inn is a great special occasion destination. We were there for our 25th wedding anniversary. Food is pricey, but very good. Ambiance is formal, however, we were dressed casually having been out and about most of the day and it was not an issue. One thing I will say is that the acoustics in the restaurant are such that voices and loud laughter carry. We had to move our chairs closer together to even be able to hear one another. I would have much preferred a more intimate setting, but it was still a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dining
    baja
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    if you are looking for a fine place to eat in cape may and looking for the best place to eat than this is the place. great food and service and great drinks are number one here. our waiter tina was the best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time and impressed
    monkeypie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our first time dining at the Washington Inn and we were impressed. It has been recommended to us by many people and we were pleased to find that it lived up to their praise. We enjoyed the amuse bouche they provided (a seared scallop on risotto) and their bread (and very fresh cream butter) were fantastic. This should be a given, of course, but we have found that good bread is not always guaranteed. The entrees were fantastic: a filet mignon and also black sea bass that was prepared in a vaguely Asian fusion style. The fish was fresh, cooked perfectly and the accompaniments were perfectly complimentary to the fish. The food was hot, fresh and delicious. The service was fantastic. The wine list was extensive and reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining experience
    coz74
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Loved it! Always great and beautifully prepared with great flavors
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent !!!
    winendine
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My favorite in Cape May. This restaurant never disappoints. We have been dining at the Washington Inn once or twice a year for the last ten years, It's always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with great friends
    ab230
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had not been to to the Washington Inn in a few years and we were not disappointed with our return. The food was excellent and the service was super. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Dining!
    ben97alana00VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everything about the Washington Inn is perfect. The food is outstanding. The service is exceptional and definitely 5 star and the ambiance is lovely. We arrived a little before reservation time and an early bird menu was offered. Excellent choices which also included dessert at a very reasonable price. The Inn is a restaurant you should absolutely not miss while in Cape May.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This restaurant is perfect for an adult date night. The menu is somewhat limited, but the choices make up for that. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxing. Prices are a bit high, but well worth the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite Cape May restaurant
    artlady
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had out-of-town friends, first-time visitors to CM, and knew that the best overall dining experience is the Washington Inn. We were seated in the porch area, a lovely setting. Wait staff was very pleasant and attentive. All four dinners were delicious; one guest commented that his dinner (swordfish) was better than anything he'd had in Florida. My entree, cioppino, was excellent. Considering the quality, we thought the prices were a good value. All in all, a most enjoyable evening. Although we're not here in the winter, I believe the restaurant is open at least on weekends most of the year. For visitors staying in Cape May for a weekend, it would be on my list for a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fine Dining in Cape May
    sjgkmgVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was our second time dining at the Washington Inn and it is still the best fine dining restaurant in Cape May. As an appetizer we shared the panzanella salad that was made with the freshest jersey tomatoes. My husband enjoyed the seafood cioppino which was plentiful for a seafood lover. I ordered the branzino special that was so moist and flavorful. If you want excellent service and delicious food this is the restaurant to visit. They also have an exceptional wine list to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love to dine .
    Phyllis
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Amazing food , wonderful service, Godfrey made our special anniversary of 53 years enjoyable evening, we had a great time some years ago, For our anniversary #?? , at our age tough to remember what year , but didn't forget how we enjoyed dinner .Would recommend to go there again or anyone we know for a special outing .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner
    Susan
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    There were six in our party and we had a corner round table We had a very nice time. Everyone enjoyed their dinner The service was excellent. It was our 30th wedding anniversary and we celebrated with friends. When my husband and I received our dessert, the both dishes had Happy Anniversary written on the dish in chocolate sauce. It was so nice. We definitely recommend the Washington Inn Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every penny...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My wife and I recently celebrated our third year together as a couple by spending a weekend in Cape May at a very romantic B&B. Looking for the perfect place to have dinner was a bit of a challenge since there are many fine dining places in the Cape May area, but we picked the Washington Inn based on its high rating here at OpenTable. Coming from a small town in Florida doesn't give us alot of dining options back home, so we decided to treat ourselves to a cost is no object dinner. Well, to make a long story short, we had what was probably the best dinner of our lives. From the braised lamb appetizer to the one pound strip steak and espresso rubbed duck breast, everything was cooked to perfection. Don't hesitate, just go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.