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Washington Inn, Cape May, NJ

Washington Inn

4.8
4.8
6779 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-5697

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Miriam Wood

  • 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 contact

    LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697

  • Neighborhood

    Cape May

  • Cross street

    Jefferson & Washington

  • Parking details

    We offer Complimentary Valet Parking - simply drive up to the front of the restaurant on Washington Street and our valet will happily park your car, free of charge!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,779 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Food

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Notable Wine List

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Special Occasion

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    American

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Most Booked

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Overall

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Food

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • South Jersey Shore

    Special Occasion

  • South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

    Most Booked

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  1. l

    lynde625

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    When we first got there felt rushed. Just expected more from a place that was supposed to be a 5 star dining experience.

  2. TK

    TraciK

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks was outstanding and the service was lovely. Can’t recommend trying the Washington Inn enough.

  3. N

    Nolefan

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Dinner was very good, service was very good

  4. RG

    RichardG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We highly recommend the Washington Inn for a superb dining experience. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive.Although it was busy, that did not detract from our experience. Bravo!

  5. RS

    RSKS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect evening. Great food and service! Incredible wine list.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Washington Inn is our favorite restaurant in Cape May! We always make dinner reservations for at least 2 evenings whenever we vacation here! Food is outstanding and is the service! Shout out to Mario, our waiter - he is the best!!

  7. b

    bigrabbit

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently excellent, great oysters and branzino

  8. EM

    EricM

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Overall good experience, but $30 uncorking fee (we were initially told it was $50), plus $5 for one baguette for the table will lead us elsewhere next time.

  9. P

    Plpro

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Beautiful restaurant and food was very good but felt rushed. Staff, particularly management should be trained to make customers feel special.

  10. MH

    MrHerbK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding meal and service. Very attentive server. Food was perfectly prepared and served. This is the place for a wonderful meal.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, great wine, friendly server:)

  12. C

    Christine

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous meal! Baby octopus salad was superb, everything was excellent and service was top notch!! Nothing compares.

  13. T

    Tomcat1881

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful in every way!

  14. LZ

    LouisZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The octopus appetizer can only be described one way … PERFECT And Margo, ( hope i have it right ) who has spent 26 years with the Inn and has his sister as the pastry chef , brother in the kitchen and son bussing tables exudes passion for the menu, especially the extensive amazing Wine list Margo made my evening special !!!

  15. C

    Claudia

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Washington Inn- we ate here 26 years ago on our wedding night. Two nights ago we had our second meal- superb in every way. I had the salmon and my husband had the filet mignon. There are not enough adjectives to describe how delicious each meal was! Best meal in Cape May! Trish, our waitress was extraordinary- attentive and considerate. The beautiful plantation rooms and lighting add wonderful ambiance. What a dream restaurant! You must go here you will not regret it!

  16. r

    robertvdw

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been going to the Washington Inn for over 30 years. Never been disappointed. Last night our server was Christina- she did a great job and made recommendations to us that we spot on. Hope to visit again soon and hope Christina will be available again!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food was excellent as was service but we were freezing with the AC blowing down our necks. Kept hoping it would get better. Should have said something. Regret that we didn’t.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Go to Cape May quite a bit and the Washington Inn is always on the schedule for dinner ❤️ The banana fosters is absolutely amazing! Always a super clean plate with that dessert 😁

  19. A

    Alison

    Baltimore

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was Wonderful. Glad they had a vegan option too. We will be back.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service, and atmosphere was fantastic in both the bar for a pre-dinner drink, and in the dining room for our dinner. We highly recommend The Washington Inn when you are in Cape May.

  21. JR

    JoseR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not our first time having dinner, we have never been disappointed, highly recommended

  22. BG

    BeverleyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family eats here every time we come on vacation and the food will never disappoint you. It is phenomenal. The Waite staff is very nice and kind and attentive to everybody including children. Desserts are also out of this world. Once you come here you will come here every year.

  23. L

    Local

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a nice table on the porch. Service and food was excellent! Never disappoints.

  24. SB

    SteveB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We had an excellent dinner on Sunday night. Salmon and short rib for us that was just so good. Wine was excellent and sommelier (Justin?) made a great recommendation. I we have been to the Washington In. Several times over the years but this time was so memorable and delicious. It’s not cheap, but damn it’s a good restaurant.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service. Great food recommendations from our server. Meals did not disappoint.

  26. ES

    EleanorS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always comes up at the top of our list of the best in Cape May. Actually going twice this week because nothing else can beat it.

  27. VD

    VickiD

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The bar, drinks, dinner, and service were amazing! Everyone was so nice! Even though our reservation was a 5pm, they didn't rush us at the bar when we decided to get more drinks and oysters! Love this so much!

  28. t

    teds

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great evening with terrific service, good food and the same old amazing atmosphere at the Washington Inn. Terrific traditional apps-the escargot was fantastic - and good solid entrees, this was a very nice evening.

  29. CL

    CorinneL

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious. Daniel our server was professional and very pleasant.

  30. P

    Powderhorn

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent meal and service!

  31. NH

    NatalieH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot to eat in Cape May. Food is excellent.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a nice experience. Thank you!

  33. M

    Mickey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Waiter was very attentive. Soup and entrees were delicious.

  34. FD

    FoodieandDrinker

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Ambiance and service were great. Definitely a great date night location. The food was just average. Nothing spectacular that stood out. We are definitely glad we tried it but have no need to go back. The cioppino was very salty and not as flavorful. No food item we ordered was off the chart. We tried 2 different appetizers, the mahi mahi, cioppino and crème brûlée so we definitely had a variety of food and dessert but nothing was so special that we feel the need to revisit when we return to Cape May.

  35. N

    Nankie

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food great service and very friendly staff

  36. RH

    RyanH

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great wait staff. One of our favorite places in Cape May!

  37. TE

    TomE

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Food was good. Service was fine but nothing exceptional. Ambiance was a little disappointing having been seated in a tight corner of an alcove off the main dining room.

  38. J

    Joes

    Naples

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary Meal was excellent. We have eaten here numerous times and always have been pleased.

  39. a

    ahassel

    Philadelphia

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Had a delay in getting a server. All the servers looked overwhelmed. But a fantastic bottle of Rombauer and an outstanding meal, as usual.

  40. MR

    MaryannR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappoints, one of best in the state. Cioppino was divine.

FAQs

Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 6779 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Washington Inn

801 Washington Street Cape May, NJ 08204

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jefferson & Washington

  • Neighborhood

    Cape May

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer Complimentary Valet Parking - simply drive up to the front of the restaurant on Washington Street and our valet will happily park your car, free of charge!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Miriam Wood

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-5697

  • 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 contact

    LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697

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