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Washington Inn

4.7
3843 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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Neighborhood
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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 3 days ago

Great location and ambiance in Cape May! Very attentive service and excellent wine list.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

A very good meal including an excellent dessert and good wine list by the glass. Good place for special occasions.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The attention from all, server, helpers, manager was wonderful. Food was wonderful. We were celebrating our 50th Anniversary and everyone told us Happy Anniversary. The restaurant manager came over after dinner to talk with us to find out what is the secret to staying married 50 years. She was delightful. Can't wait to visit again next year.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food was excellent! And that was the main reason we came, plus atmosphere, also excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

beautiful restaurant in beautiful Cape May...everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was a Mother’s Day dinner and it was excellent, from start to finish!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was outstanding. Had the cioppino - was more flavorful than others I have had elsewhere. Chilled shrimp appetizer was great. Chocolate mouse tower for desert was also a winner. As I said- outstanding food.

Service also a plus- very friendly and helpful. Walked to restaurant... but thunderstorms moved in with desert. They offered an umbrella and to call a taxi ... without us asking.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The Washington Inn has never failed us! The food is always served hot and is well prepared. The menu has just enough choices that it is a pleasure to be a return customer. The service is excellent - attentive yet not overbearing.
The chef does a phenomenal job- always a five star experience! Kudos to the entire staff at Washington Inn!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We always have a wonderful experience at the Washington Inn. We visit at least once a month when we are in Cape May. We usually have Tina as our server and were disappointed to not have her this time, but the our server was very kind and accommodating.

The food this trip was exceptional!!

Thank you for another great experience. :)

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Place is great. Food is always incredible and the service is top notch. They let our daughter go back in the kitchen to make her own dessert. Highly recommend this place for a special dinner night

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was fabulous, service was great! We all had a wonderful time!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food & Service were both outstanding! Definitely worth the drive from Stone Harbor. We will absolutely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

my husband and daughter and I went there on a Saturday and sat on the porch, which is my favorite spot. The food, service and atmosphere is great. I had Bronzino and it was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Good Service - Great Food

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We went to the Washington Inn for our anniversary. Every dish we tried was exceptional and the short rib was the highlight of the meal. The Washington Inn is now on our Cape May must do list for our next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This was not our first dinner at the Washington Inn, but it was the absolutely perfect place to celebrate the graduation of our child from Stockton University. A quiet evening in Cape May seemed like the perfect way to end the day and it was delightful. As it turned out, all four of us ordered off of the Fixed Prix menu and everything was delicious. Two of us had the salmon and I wanted to lick the plate it was that good. My husband had the skirt steak and our daughter had the Cioppino. With fresh salads, bread and dessert, you can't have asked for a better meal.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was exceptional as was the ambience - quiet, comfortable, casually elegant! All of our dishes were creative, unusual preparations but not fussy. Wonderful dining experience!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Recommended by locals and it was wonderful. Upscale but not stuffy. Food was delicious and service was top notch.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Beautiful atmosphere

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the Washington Inn and we had a wonderful experience. The food and service were excellent. They helped to make it a very special evening.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Always superb. Excellent drinks, food and service. A must go, if you're anywhere in the area.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent meals times four. All of us ordered different appetizers and entrees. Everyone raved about the food. The waitress was attentive, polished, and experienced. Great meals. Never disappoints!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Hostess attempted to seat us next to drab waiters station in poorly located area of restaurant. Not the place for dinner when spending $180.00 plus tip. Relocated to patio which was much more pleasant and had view of beautiful flower boxes instead of warming decaf coffee carafes.
Grilled baby octopus app and rack of lamb entree provided exceptional tastes. Poached pear salad and crab cakes were fine.
Decadent chocolate mousse cake for desert topped the finishing touches.
Ancillary staff not so good in removing soiled items. Forgetful on items and noisy with dropped items. It’s an art but the young lack the experience in high end dining.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

There is no place else to eat. The Washington Inn has the best, tastiest food ever. The ambiance
is great. We were seated next to a window which had a window box filled with the prettiest flowers, nice touch. This is the only place to eat.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We always dine at the Washington Inn when visiting Cape May. This past weekend was no exception. The food and wine selections were great as unusual. Unfortunately the service on this visit was not up to standard. We were seated on time and specials were reviewed and drink orders delivered timely. However the entrees took about 40 minutes to appear after the order was placed. The server, Darren, never stopped by to tell us status or reason for delay. I finally had to get up and stop him on his way to another table to inquire. He said the "kitchen was backed up." He did offer us complimentary deserts, which we enjoyed, but didn't really make up for the overly long wait. We will go back and recommend the Inn as this, hopefully, was an isolated event.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Superb service and food. Really like the dining ambiance as well. The oysters I had were so good I ordered a repeat.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We were running late getting down to Cape May and they were willing to accommodate a later reservation than scheduled which was nice. When we arrived, we were seated in a cozy corner at a table for two. Bread and water were quickly delivered to the table and our server came over to get our drink order. He returned to tell us of the specials not written in the menu. He gave us some time to look over the menu and came back to take our order. We ordered a couple of beers from the bar which were poured into a cold glass table-side. We started with a cold shrimp appetizer special. The kitchen split this into two plates with two large shrimp each. The avocado was perfectly ripe and the mango salsa and sauce tied everything together. For dinner, my wife ordered the crabcakes and I, the short rib. Timing between app and dinner was sufficient. My wife's crabcakes were delicious, spiced just enough, and full of large chunks of crabmeat. The asparagus was tender, but the mashed potatoes were a bit dry. My short rib was so tender I could cut it with a fork. The bacon bourbon glaze on top is making my mouth water as I write this review days later. It came with string beans and grits, which were fine. Throughout the meal, the staff was attentive to keeping our waters full and quickly retrieved empty plates from the table. We ordered the triple chocolate mousse cake for dessert. It was my wife's birthday, and I was able to hint this to the server when she stepped away from the table. The cake came out with a scoop of ice cream, a candle, and 'Happy Birthday' written in chocolate. It was a nice touch to the end of a great meal. We have been to the Washington Inn a handful of times for special occasions, and it is on our short list of places to go back to.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The service was polite, friendly and perfectly paced. The food was absolute perfection. We stayed a bit longer than anticipated and they were waiting to seat a party of 8 after us and I have to compliment how the manager handled informing us of the need for us to give up the table. My partner and I work in food service so we completely understand having to ask a party to give up their table for the next reservation and the manager handled it perfectly! We will definitely be returning again, thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful night!!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I have been to the four seasons in New York and thought that was the high point when it came to dining. The Washington Inn was equal to that experience and their Creme Bruille was the best. The food and service was great and this is fine dining at its best.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great as usual - they don't miss a beat - food and service were both excellent

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We have dined at the Washington Inn for 25+ years. This restaurant is a consistently excellent dining experience. The menu continuallychanges with interesting items, the quality is always there and the food is above average and creative. A Cape May landmark. Wonderful

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The Washington Inn is just one of the most consistent Cape May restaurants and I can say that we have never been disappointed by the food or the service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time to visit cape May and eat at Washington Inn. Excellent experience all the way around.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We love Washington!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was delicious. Ordered the chiopino which said it was in a spicy tomato broth which was delicious, but had no heat (spice) in the broth. Service was excellent and so glad to see the restaurant having tables being seated multiple times during the evening. Haven’t been there in 20 years and it remains a favorite in Cape May.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Dinner was absolutely marvelous!!
The service was impeccable! Can't wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The absolute best in Cape May! Bartenders Robin and Charles really know the business and are experts at their profession. The servers are experienced efficient and friendly. Our server was Godfrey. The ambiance is unsurpassed. This restaurant has been consistently exceptional for over the 30+ years we have been dining there. For large parties the have a beautiful wine cellar which our family has used several times. They have the largest selection of wines in Cape May. If you dine here once, guaranteed you will return!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Birthday Dinner

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great dinner. Food was terriffic. Service was great. Very classy place but not stuffy at all. we hope to go back soon.

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