The Washington Inn & Tavern

4.4
86 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Washington Inn and Tavern has been the center of the community ever since, over 270 years of hospitality, serving travelers and the community and the second oldest Inn in the State.

The Town of Princess Anne exemplifies Historic Small Town America. This hamlet at the head of the Manokin River was named for Princess Anne of Great Britain, daughter of King George II. Established in 1733 and serves as the county seat for Somerset County, the southernmost county in Maryland. The Inn was built in 1744 and has been the center of the community ever since. It is believed that George Washington stayed at the Inn several times during his wide travels across the state, his family and that of his wife came from Virginia. The Inn was named in his honor.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 86 people are saying
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garys
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

outstanding food at reasonable prices, and large helpings

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Carl
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Oh dear. What a great place this could be. First off staff do not wear masks.

We were met at the door with the table setter carrying a bottle of cleaning fluid. As she dragged her feet across the floor to seat it seemed it was not good.
One waitress who was less than friendly. Really poor service tonight. I had the bang bang shrimp special. It was not.
I would love to help you improve. I have experience.

Call me or reach out if you want to improve the dining experience because right now you are less than mediocre.

Carl. Princess Anne resident.

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DavidM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chicken marsala is a must. Will be having sweet dreams about the toffee cake.

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Carl
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a Bit slap dash but food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner and service!

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and service was wonderful. One of the best little restaurants to go too.

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Ellen
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch at Washington Inn on Weds. Sept. 29, 2021. Beautiful day, so sat outside at tables until ready to be seated inside. Both greeter and chef were great and told us of things not available, but I tried the risotto and it was fantastic. My friends loved as well, so I do recommend and will return. Loved the historical building and photos.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch!!

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robertk
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service was prompt and very helpful. Our waitress (Nicole) was very efficient and friendly. The food was delicious and three of us ordered the angus burger, it was a full half pound, cooked just as each of us ordered it and the fries and cole slaw were great compliments.

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Deby
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great!! Waitress was very nice, but brought over all of our food at once.. soup, salad and entree. There wasn't even room on the table for all of it, sent the entrees back for later. But everything was delicious!

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Judie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food at a great price point and historic landmark! Was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quiet small town setting. Worth going out of your way.

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CindyP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at the Washington Inn and Tavern in Princess Anne, MD. We had an early dinner reservation so the Inn was not crowded. We both ordered the Chicken Marsala along with a bottle of Chardonnay. The Chicken and pasta were cooked perfectly and the marsala sauce was excellent. Another table next to us ordered the Fish and Chips and the Vegetarian Risotto and they both looked great as well. We will definitely be returning to try those dishes as well as others on the menu. The waitress was very attentive and eager to please.

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KaraS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Beautiful old building
Nice folks
Food was mediocre especially since only a few tables busy.
They need to work on frying better, Calamari underdone and sauce was too sweet
Ordered prime rib it was cold. We had to send back to get cooked correctly
It was served in a messy pool of juice, literally, tasted ok but wet. Was supposed to come with a side of bread and rosemary infused oil BUT they were out of bread with only two other couples.
Not coming back

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TrishP
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed the historic surrounds even though they were probably replicas. The area around it seems to be revitalizing.

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Wanda
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good! Especially the pound cake with fruit!

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RoseS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy the food and atmosphere every time we go! Staff is so welcoming!

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dmc1119
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family dined at the Washington Inn for Easter 2021. The menu offered a well rounded brunch including eggs Benedict, chocolate strawberry pancakes, and other egg dishes. For those wanting lunch, some of the choices were soups, salads, burgers, and entrees featuring ham, shrimp & grits. The service was fine, and the food was well prepared and tasty. We were seated at a table within a sitting / waiting area. We actually ended up with our own private dining area, as a result. I loved the aura of history within those walls. We will definitely return.

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bbug
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

extraordinary food in a historic setting beautiful interior with outdoor option

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KatieB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to the Washington Inn & Tavern on Valentine's Day. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was amazing and a great value. I was very happy with our evening. We had a wonderful time and will be going back again.

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Fred
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner and excellent service! Menu selection was ideal for NYE.

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ReginaM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make it a point to dine at the Washington Tavern & Inn when visiting Salisbury. They never disappoint, everything is always delicious - from soup to dessert. Drinks and service are excellent . Well worth the drive and lunch is a bargain. Can't wait to get to a brunch. It is a wonderful thing the new owners have done to preserve this fine treasure of a historical building. Kudos to the chef! Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience1

could be so much better, would that they would attend to a better menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my wife to the Inn for our 52 wedding anniversary. Enjoyed the dinner very much--prime rib night. Good value. Beef well prepared and vegetables very tasty. The dessert (rum bread pudding with caramel sauce over vanilla ice cream for me, apple crisp for my wife. Small take home container for my wife's beef was provided at the table, should have been put into the container away from the table. A bag with the restaurant logo should have been used rather than a plastic bag. We plan to go back again. Our server (Nichole) was excellent, took good care of us with terrific attention--even recommended the desserts! A little soft music would have helped the atmosphere. Hope the place sustains...

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had an amazingly good dinner. I had the seared scallops with the vanilla run sauce. I wasn't sure I would like the vanilla flavor but it was tremendous. I just hope that the town of Princess Anne can support such a quality restaurant ,as I would like to come back again ,soon.

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vipJackson55
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our first dinner at the Washington Inn, and will definitely go back next time we're in Princess Anne. Both of our meals -- cod with a lemon/thyme sauce and fried soft shell crabs -- were excellent, as were the deserts. Wine options also were quite good. Our server, Jeff, was exceptional -- friendly, informative and attentive. Highly recommended!

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Cece
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I have been a cheerleader for this restaurant since it opened. Unfortunately, it seems to not have been able to keep up with the promise it demonstrated when first opening. This is the second disappointing meal in the past 2 months. they were out of a lot of the items on theior seasonal menu or they had not yet been preeped for the lunch timne offering at 1P. Out party of 5 was disappointed. the signature chicken pot bpie is still quite tasty however. i hope this is temporary and they are back up to their previous excellnt cuisine soon

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and the service was excellent and a lovely way to celebrate a birthday.

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BrianS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and hostess. The fried green matos were beyond good.

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vipBagsrpacked
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a restaurant far from the busyness of Ocean City and this was a delightful find. Service was attentive, food was beautifully and deliciously prepared. The decor is Colonial, fitting since this tavern has been here in Princess Anne for more than 200 years. Did Washington ever come here? Could be. Certainly glad we took the drive to eat here.

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RickandCathy
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary, it was a treat to dine at the historic Washington Inn & Tavern, circa 1744, in Princess Anne, MD. Although a shortened Sunday fare, there was plenty to choose and we selected fish & chips and a crab cake sandwich for the meal. From the Maryland style crab bisque starter to the Grande Marnier Creme Brulee and Apple Crisp deserts, the meal was delicious. The atmosphere was quiet, the service very friendly. Breakfast the next morning
was excellent with made to order pancakes, bacon, eggs and hashbrowns. The morning wait
staff was equally as friendly. We will certainly return and bring friends!

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dissapointed
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Only average, was expecting something a little more enjoyable. Wait staff not friendly and the food was only average. I would not recommend this restaurant to friends.

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sandyc
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was amazing ,service excellent ! the crab bisque was terrific

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garys
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The chef knows what he is doing, the food is excellent, and very reasonably priced.

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vrdaughter
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was very personable. Food was well prepared. Menu is a great change of pace from the usual Eastern Shore fare. Will be back. The setting is historical and the Inn was well restored. It is great to see such care was taken in the restoration. The Washington Inn is a hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't be better. Delicious food, great service-- Nicole !

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LauraK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The service was horrible, we had to ask her to have the water filled on three different occasions and once she forgot. Prices expensive for selections.

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vipTandAMD
New England
91 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been several times. The food is really good, and the price is very reasonable. Menu is somewhat small, but everything is well prepared from the salads to the entrees. The décor is somewhat average, but it is quiet and comfortable and the service has always been very friendly and attentive.

Princess Anne is not the first place most people would think to go for dinner, but the Washington Inn is certainly worth a trip or a stop if you are in the area. And they have fried green tomatoes!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The waitress was awesome and the food was very good. There were 4 of us at our table and 2 other tables with 2 people at each table. After the 4 of us ordered breakfast it took about 40 minutes to get it and then 3 of us got cold food. So other than waiting so long to be fed, everything was very nice and yes, we will return. A little on the expensive side for breakfast food.

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Lefty
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Inn came highly recommended by a local B & B and met all expectation. The seafood was superb and helpings were generous. Our server, Hira, was attentive without hovering, had a good sense of humor and helped with the request that I made about the soft shell crabs.
We look forward to returning!

FAQs

The Washington Inn & Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (443) 399-3353.

The Washington Inn & Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 86 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.