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About 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
Cape May, NJ 08204
American, Mediterranean, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Jefferson & Washington
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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:
LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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!
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Washington Inn Ratings and Reviews
We were fortunate enough to be able to dine on Valentine's Day at the Washington Inn. We have been patrons of this restaurant since 1976. The Inn is so beautiful and meticulously cared for both inside and out. The staff was exceptionally friendly and attentive. Our meal was outstanding which included:
wagyu beef carpuacio and oysters with creme fraiche and caviar (apps)
tomahawk porkchop and local seafood cioppino (entrees)
and 2 very fancy dessert dishes whose names escape me but they were to die for.
This is one restaurant that is a "must" to experience when visiting Cape May.
crowded...noisy.........after we had our soup....it was close to 50 minutes before our luke warm dinners arrived........we've had dinner here several times before, but it seems when ever there's a crowd, they can't handle it...........won't be returning......
Came to the Washington Inn for a special Birthday/ Valentine's Day dinner with my fiancé . It was a rainy Saturday night in February. The restaurant offers free valet parking, which we did not use as we were able to find street parking. We were greeted by the hostess upon entering, and she immediately said Happy Birthday to my fiancé, which was nice. The only note I made of the birthday was in the Open Table reservations, nothing more. The bar seemed a little crowded, but it was a Saturday night. We were seated promptly in the back, the tables for 2 were nicely spaced, not making it awkward. We were greeted by Margo, who was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC the entire night. He explained the house staples and the specials for the evening. When explaining the specials he also mentioned the price, which ensured we would not have to ask the awkward question later. We ordered the crab cake appetizer, which was almost pure crab, no filler and delicious, disappointed there was only 1. Margo, for my fiancés birthday brought out an additional crab cake appetizer on the house for her, very thoughtful. We ordered 2 flat iron steaks that were cooked to perfection. Throughout the evening Margo and the other staff kept our drinks full. After dinner, we passed on dessert, opting to get out in Cape May and see what else was out there. Margo brought us another complementary dessert, a delicious coconut sorbet. Our entire experience with all of the staff and facilities at the Washington Inn was fantastic. We would definitely return and definitely recommend it. Margo was exemplary.
Been going for over 15 years and always perfect. Only minor blips this time was the need to tell waiter on 3 separate occasions to "slow down". There were 4 of us for dinner and we planned to relax over cocktails and wine. He probably was concerned about turning the table on a Saturday night. Also, we weren't interested in "his favorites" and what he and his family "always order" when they dine at The Washington Inn. That ploy is so obvious and I'm surprised management of such a great dining spot allows that nonsense.
I went to the Washington Inn for my birthday dinner after a fantastic recommendation by a local B&B Owner, The Harrison Inn. It was absolutely fabulous. The food was incredible as well as the service. The octopus dish was one of the best I have ever had and will most likely dream about it. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions, a romantic date, or food for the foodies of the world. Thanks Washington Inn for making my birthday one to remember!
Outstanding dining experience! I had the seafood ciuppino, an incredibly tasteful blend of scallops, fish, shrimp, clams with tomato stew. My wife's crabcakes were the biggest serving we had seen, filled to the brim with fresh crab meat. Great restaurant vibe especially for a random saturday in the winter. Cannot wait to retrun
Another great meal at the Washington Inn. I had the wagyu beef carpaccio for an app and the vegan strata (quite a combo, huh?) for the main course. Both were delicious and on the light side - which was perfect since I wasn't looking to leave feeling stuffed. My husband had oyster chowder to start and the whole branzino as the main. He loved both (I sampled the chowder and it was amazing). We split dessert, a 20 layer cream cake (yes, 20 layers). So insanely good that we talked about ordering another piece since splitting the one wasn't enough. Btw, it was not heavy at all. Paper-thin layers which we actually counted very carefully and, yes, all 20 were there! As always, staff was attentive and professional.
We was disappointed with our meal at the Washington Inn. My wife and I were there to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. We knew we were in Cape May in the deep off-season (last weekend in January). We had reviewed the menu at the Washington Inn before we left Philadelphia, and booked a table. The menu had a lot of creative dishes.
We had the Classic Oysters Rockefeller and Shaved Fennel & Arugula Salad as appetizers. Both were very good. As entrées we had the Espresso Rubbed Hudson Valley Duck Breast (with shiitake bread pudding, foie gras cream sauce, spinach, blackberry demi) and Seafood Cioppino (clams, shrimp, scallops, fish, spicy tomato broth, garlic aioli, toasted focaccia). They were okay, but nothing special. The shiitake bread pudding was very tasty, but the duck breast itself was pretty tough. The seafood in the cioppino was pretty ordinary. Not bad, but nothing special. We were expecting a bit more. As dessert, we split the special 20 layer crêpe, with a filling between each layer. It tasted as if the time between when it was prepared and the time it was served was far too long. The meal was not bad, per se, but lacked the excellence we had expected from the reviews and the menu.
Our server was fine, and the room was very comfortable -- tables far enough apart to give us a sense of privacy, but not isolation.
I imagine the food is better in season, when there is more turnover of ingredients. A valiant try, but not really up to level we had expected.
Very warm and comfortable on a January night. We reserved and only waited 5 minutes to be seated by friendly hostesses. We were attended to in a timely fashion by our wait staff. We started with a delicious, crisp apple salad. Our table enjoyed a delicious, perfectly cooked espresso rubbed duck breast (large portion), with shiitake bread pudding with a foie gras cream sauce, perfectly sweet and savory, spinach with blackberry demi and the other entrée, short ribs melted in your mouth and complimented the herb goat cheese grits. We don't usually order dessert, but the mousse tower was too tempting and worth the calories. One of our Cape May favorite places.
One of our favorites in the Cape May area lived up to its excellent reputation for fine dining. The wine list is one of the most extensive I've encountered and that includes many dinners at top restaurants in Manhattan. The appetizer and entree offerings are always varied and delicious.
It was a very nice, quaint little restaurant that had perfect ambiance, we weren't shouting over everyone else to talk, the wait service was prompt and courteous. All in all it was the perfect way to ring in the New Year with dinner and celebrate the evening here.
We went on New Year's Eve and didn't realize there would be a prix fixed menu...which was fine. However, the markup prices for a filet (25) or lobster tail (42) were very high. Dinner for 4 with one cocktail each ($12 martini's) was a total...with tip....of $522.00 That just seems excessive to me for a meal. But as always the service was excellent and the Inn looked beautiful for the holidays.
New Year’s Eve was lovely. We were seated next to a large rather loud group and we were asked by the hostess if we wanted another table. We thought that was so ice, but we declined, deciding to enjoy the fun of the other table. Worked out fine for us, they were a friendly group!
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