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Washington Inn

Washington Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.washingtoninn.com
  • Email: washinn1@verizon.net
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Very, very good. But not the best I've experienced. Perfect place for, relaxed dining in Cape May. The service might be a tad rushed but if that's your style, then consider it another plus."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Washington Inn is a restaurant we have always wanted to try.. We are local and just never had the opportunity ..we had received a gift card which forced us to go and we absolutely loved it !! My husband had the crab cake entree and I had Cordova ( white fish ) which was a special recommended by our waiter Sean ...I rarely finish my dinner but I did that night ! We will defiantly be returning there .."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have dined here many times. Consistently good. It is a bit noisy in the garden room where we ate, and the chairs are very low to the table height but our food was delicious and service great!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The menu is limited, the wine list is even more limited (wines by the bottle from Cape May Winery only), but the food and service are fantastic. It is a quiet, elegant, romantic atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience,great wine, great food & service. Only issue was that we were seated next to the window & some black ants made their appearance on the window sill."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great friendly service. Bread basket is awesome. Cioppino: highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Husband and I enjoyed a couple of drinks at their bar before dinner. Both had and appetizer and entree. Everything was enjoyable."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Disappointed in the lack of selection of entrees. Fish special had a lot of bones. Cavatelli appetizer was too spicy. Bartenders were superb. Service on a slow night was lacking. I understood this to be the first Friday that the restaurant was open this season. I will try again later in the season. My experiences last year were excellent."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food is good and service is excellent. You are not rushed through your dinner. Restaurant was flexible with changing our reservation for an earlier time due to weather. Would go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We celebrated my significant others birthday. The food , service and attention to the occasion were top notch! Well done and memorable experience ."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We always make a point of dining at the Washington Inn when we are in Cape May. The food is superb, and the wait staff are knowledgeable and friendly. I had an amazingly tender and flavorful grilled Spanish octopus with guacamole followed by a sumptuous dish of cioppino, a tomato-based seafood stew with fish, shrimp, scallops, and clams--all perfectly fresh and expertly cooked. My husband had a delicious swordfish entree. Our waitress helped us pick wines that complemented the food beautifully. This is a great place to celebrate a special occasion or to rekindle romance--or just to enjoy a terrific meal."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were given a corner table in a porch area right off of the bar. One cushioned seat was much lower than the other seats in that section, but we laughed and made the best of it. As a large number of people gathered in the bar, going to or coming from a private party on a lower level, the noise became unbearable. My husband and I could not even hear each other as we ate our first course. As the noise escalated, I went to the hostess desk and requested another table. We were given another table after our main courses were served. Apparently, there were multiple tables available in the quieter areas. This not the elegant dining experience that one would expect at the Washington Inn. I am so disappointed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Gorgeous restaurant, brilliant food and personable service, but the pacing was off. We were looking forward to a leisurely dinner (7p.m. booking) and everything came to the table so quickly (first course was whisked and second put right on the table) that we felt rushed. They weren't that busy, so I don't understand this....felt like they wanted everyone to eat up and get out."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Washington Inn is THE place to dine for a special occasion. It is one of the few places where you can still feel comfortable getting dressed in a nice jacket and a special dress to enjoy a special event. But if you prefer a little more casual the bar area is classy and comfortable, especially on 5 for Friday."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This place has been around for quite a while - and even though it's open during the winter for limited evenings, it IS open! .... You can count on a wonderful wine list and a delicious meal - fresh, creative without being 'precious' - with lots of attention given to the entree accompaniments....."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was great, service was excellent. All over a great dining experience. Only thing I would suggest is the lighting. Very romantic but was a little tough reading the menu without the light from our cellphone (lol). Wine was chosen from a tablet which was unique. Since it supplies its own light source the wine pick was a breeze."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our experience was ok the bar area was packed but nice bartenders were excellent next we were seated room was cozy romantic waitress bubbly and professional our apps were out of this world oyster rockafeller amazing my veal chop was smaller than I expected and covered in peppers which I removed my wife bronzino was blah no taste whatsoever so season your fish a little kill the peppers put on side I wanted to taste chop not peppers and onions I hope this helps u because we like it there and been coming for years."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Consistent quality. A truly special dining experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Always an outstanding outing when we go to the Washington Inn. Special memories, I proposed to my wife here, she said yes. Always a hard time to chose a dinner selection because it is all wonderful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Cape May is a very nice area for special occasions and holidays. The Washington inn offered great wine with great food in a very relaxing environment. We had a very relaxing Valentine's day dinner."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Outstanding menu and wine list. Can't beat the ambience. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Washington Inn has long been hailed as one of the best restaurants in Cape May. This time was a disappointment. Food was mediocre at best. Steak underdone, Fish on the cool side and sauces could have been better. Potatoes on dishes were cold. On the bright side, the service was very good but we would pick another restaurant in Cape May for our next special occasion."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We hadn't eaten at the Washington Inn in a few years, and were disappointed that the menu is now so limited. We both had crab cakes and they were excellent, but unless the menu changes, we won't be back any time soon because there is nothing else on the menu that we would like to order."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We made our first trip to Cape May NJ for Valentine's Day, and we had a wonderful dinner at the Washington Inn. The wine list is fantastic, and the use of an iPad to present the wines is a very nice touch. Food and service were all very good and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Valentine's day 2014. We were seated by the fireplace which was perfect and very romantic. Joe had oysters that he is still raving about while I boast of the Winter green salad. Main course were sirloin for him and veal porterhouse for me. Excellent taste, quality and presentation. The staff was extremely friendly and genuinely so. The only reason I gave this a 4 star instead of a 5 is because it is not handicapped friendly. I have MS and there are stairs to get in which weren't too bad but the restrooms are up a flight of stairs as well and it was a chore for me. The other thing is we were seated next to the kitchen. Need I say more? LOL Overall - don't miss out on this fabulous food and service experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Washington Inn always delivers as food is always very good as is the service; Nice traditional Cape May spot with nice ambience ."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "There is nothing bad you can say about the Washington Inn. I have celebrated Valentines Day here 5 times now with my wife, it is always a wonderful experience. We have also done the Mother's Day brunch also. We will recommended this restaurant to everyone and will continue to come here. Thank you to the Chefs, Waitress & all the hostesses! Well done!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Washington inn is in a class by itself, everyone from valet to the waiters are friendly and courteous, the food and atmosphere are excellent, one of my favorite spots to go when I visit cape may."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "Been looking forward to this place and it did not disappoint. Salad before dinner was probably the best I ever had. Sea bass was tasteful, though not my cup of tea. Others in my family had the lamb, which was a ten on the ten point scale. The butternut squash soup was a nine out of ten and as was the crab cake. Desserts were well done (banana foster and creme brulee), eight out of ten for those. We will return asap."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My husband was going on travel for 2 months and would miss our Anniversary and Valentine's Day. We celebrated early at the Washington Inn. We go here every year for our Anniversary. It was not a disappointment. The food and service was excellent."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Sadly, we had to wait beyond our reservation time. We waited in a packed foyer with the door opening and closing with cold air coming in, the waiter spoke way to much- repeated everything on the menu and overusing the word- AMAZING before each sentence. The Tower was not available."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great service!! Great food!! What more can I say. Shout out to Patrice, our waitress. She made the experience even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food and ambiance were great but very expensive. I might go back Thanksgivig day next year to try their special dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had an early dinner before other evening plans. Our waitress was attentive and kept our meal moving at an appropriate pace. Oyster appetizer was excellent and very fresh. Shrimp with guacamole delicious. Rack of lamb was extremely tender. We were so full we could barely touch our dessert. Would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Every time we visit cape may, washington inn is a must!!! food is outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Absolutely delicious Filet Mignon. One of the best I ever had"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "For the last five years my wife, daughter (13), son (11) and I have made it a point to have dinner at the Washington Inn around Christmastime. It is something we all look forward to mainly because we feel so comfortable there. The ambience and food is fantastic."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We were greeted by friendly doorman and seated immediately by welcoming hostess. Sat at window with a beautiful view of street/entrance. Took a while for drinks to be served. Food - from bread to entrée - was outstanding. Our server was attentive (without being "ever-present") and friendly. She was very knowledgeable about the preparation of each dish we asked about. Was a little disappointed that the server who took our payment (not our waitress) did not come back with our change (although it was not very much)."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "restaurant has a great wine bar, very good food, a must stop"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Innovative menu, impressive wine list and attentive service add up to one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. A real gem."
    Dined on 1/4/2014