Washington Inn

4.7
4099 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(609) 884-5697
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Miriam Wood
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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.
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Private party contact
LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697
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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.
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Cross street
Jefferson & Washington
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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.
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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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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 20 hours ago

Amazing!!!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We eat here almost weekly and love it! We look forward to walking to the restaurant from our home. Dine at nine is truly a treasure.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Arrived early for our reservation and had drinks at the bar. Bartender was great as well as the drinks. Sat for our table and the server was prompt and friendly. The server was aware of my shellfish allergy and very well versed with the menu. The food was absolutely delicious and our server Miles and the kitchen was very accommodating with my allergies and made sure I survived my meal. Would definitely recommend and cannot wait for my next meal there!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This is our second time eating here and we love it. Food is fantastic. Staff is very efficient and professional! We absolutely love it here and will certainly return!
Victoria was outstanding server!
And helpful in making recommendations!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Overall amazing!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Service and food was outstanding as always. We love the Washington Inn!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I celebrated our 50th anniversary at this restaurant. We were not disappointed. We were seated promptly after the free valet took our car. The wine list was extensive and my wife enjoyed her pinot gris. Ivana took great care of us. She was wonderful and helped us celebrate our special occassion by taking pictures and just going above and beyond. We both ate filet which was well prepared and very tender. As good a steak as I've had at any high dollar steak house. The Washington Inn treated us to a beautiful sorbet dessert accompanied by champagne. I very classy touch. We will only have one 50th anniversary and Washington Inn helped us have a night to remember. Thank you.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. Our favorite restaurant in Cape May.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had to wait 30 minuets for our reservation but was worth the wait

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Early Bird special always delicious always terrific

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2.0Dined on August 13, 2018

First time there and they sat us in the cellar next to the wine. Not very impressive. Appetizer, the chilled shrimp was very good. My flat iron steak was not cooked as I ordered it and had to be sent back. Didn't end up eating it as it tasted funny to me and my wife. The waiter said it was the red pepper but it didn't taste like pepper to us. The waiter didn't charge us for my dinner or my dessert so kudos to them for that.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Always come for the happy hour for buck-a-shuck oysters, but get there before 5:00 pm as seats at the bar go fast. Tip: make dinner reservations several days in advance to have better chance of getting the time you want, especially for parties of more than 4. Called on Sunday afternoon for a reservation for 8 people on Monday which one would assume would be an off day but was informed only had table at 5:00 pm (too early and conflicted with buck-a-shuck happy hour) or 8:15 pm (too late). Ended up making two reservations for 4 at 5:45 pm with the hope that we could all be seated near each other which staff did accommodate but as party was split between two tables conversation and shared dining experience was less than ideal. Food as always was excellent and high quality. Wait staff professional and attentive.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Enjoyed our dinner at the Washington Inn. Just wish we had been seated in the main dining room. We were seated on the porch and the atmosphere wasn't as interesting.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Best food and service period. The Washington Inn is outstanding!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Another awesome dinner at the Washington Inn. One of South Jersey's best restaurants.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Reservation made over 3 months ago. We were seated 45 min after our 8:30 pm reservation time. Food was subpar compared to other high end restaurants in the area.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

This restaurant is perfect in EVERY way!
The fish entrees are fresh and delicious especially. But then everything they serve is delicious. Why can’t more restaurants be like this????? Love, love, love it!

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Extremely noisy. Great service but mediocre meals with the exception of the excellent clam chowder. Definately NOT the best restaurant in Cape May.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

This is my third time here, and each time is as good or better than the next. The food and service is always on point. The drinks are great and the atmosphere is outstanding. We came here for our anniversary and our server brought us a special treat to celebrate. You can't go wrong dining here.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Only waited about 5 minutes for our table.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

My husband and I dine out frequently throughout the tri-state and this was one of the best meals we've ever had.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Another special anniversary dinner at the WI!! It's a regular, annual occasion. My wife is on a special diet and staff accommodated her wonderfully.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Wonderful food in a beautiful restaurant with great service. Great on all counts. Cocktails were lovely, service was attentive and helpful but not intrusive. Presentation exceptional, ingredients superb. We went with a friend, and we were all satisfied with our experience. Observed people both in groups and on dates. A real Cape May gem.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The Washington Inn, in beautiful Cape May NJ continues to set the standard for fine-dining

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The food and service was outstanding. We are glad we came early because the people with small children entered as we were finishing with our meal. Folks it is not a place to take small children. There is no children's menu and would bill this as an adult dining experience so get babysitters, go to a family restaurant, or stay home and cook in.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The four of us had a lovely meal!! Our waiter was extremely accommodating, given we needed to consider gluten free and dairy free choices. He made it very easy for us to make changes to our food order. And as ALWAYS - our meals were amazing!!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We had a lovely meal at Washington Inn. Would have preferred that our server treat both male and female diners as equally interested in the wine.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Food and service outstanding. Celebrating my husband's birthday and vacation. We do not remember the server's name but she was so sweet and tentative. The wine list was excellent. I had the bone in pork chop which was large and juicy and tasty. My husband had the espresso rub duck which was so tender and flavorful. Dessert was delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Cioppino was not as tasty as We had expected and fish not as expected.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Been coming for years. I am a bit sad to see some slipping. Hopefully it was just an off night

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

One of the best date night restaurant experiences. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Ambiance was perfect!!! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a great date night!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Just stellar from start to finish.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Food was excellent as always. This is a pretty place with an upscale clientele. The bar does not have disaranno Amaretto.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

All very good. Nothing unusual but all good. The cioppino was very good. The short ribs were good but could have used a little more sauce. Oysters were excellent. Lox salad was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Outstanding! Everything was perfect from food to service. Will definitely put this restaurant on our to keep list. Hope to return again next year.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Food was over-cooked, interior design was very old. Service is okay. At the price level they charged, we expected something much better.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Delicious cuisine. Everything had the polish of extra detail and attention. Complimentary bread service was delicious and plentiful - 3 types of breads. Service was attentive but not over bearing. Everything we had from oysters, to entrees, to dessert and coffee was perfect. We would happily return and we highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Always consistent Our favorite restaurant in Cape May.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Our entrees were excellent. Both lobster and duck were amazing.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The Delaware Bay Oysters and Braised Lamb Cavatelli appetizers were amazing, and the Grilled Filet Mignon w duck fat roasted potatoes, mushrooms & truffle aioli and Plancha beard Scottish Salmon w cauliflower-parsnip pureé, sautéed spinach w caper & currant relish dinner entree's were equally superb. We will definitely return on our next visit to Cape May and I highly recommend the Washington Inn to anyone who appreciates fine food and wishes to dine at one of Cape May's Top restaurants!

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