Washington Inn

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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BP
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing environment, unbelievable food, can't wait to get back there!

U
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not as good as expected.

DM
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never been disappointed here. Of course, I prefer BYOB, however the wine choices were good. Service....EXCELLENT!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Was disappointed

RH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, pleasant servers, great service, good wine selection.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy arriving early and sitting in bar area. Plenty of waiters to help get drinks and apps. Relax a bit then seat on reservation time. Great menu because different types of foods and all delicious. Helpful wait staff. Always enjoy our time there.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Our meal was very good. I had the crab cakes my husband had the Short Rib. Both dishes were excellent. The atmosphere was very pleasant. A little noisy. But the nicest part was our exceptional server Margo. He was incredible.

JD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were very well treated as we had asked for a nice table to celebrate our 52nd anniversary. They even wrote "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on our dessert plate.

LJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at the Washington Inn for our 1 year anniversary. The food, the service, and the ambiance were all fantastic. Thank you for a special night!

RL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, the food delicious, the portions were generous, and the ambiance intimate. Great dinner! We will definitely dine there again.

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant Week Menu had great value an selection.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my parents 50th wedding anniversary! Outstanding service and dinner!! Kal, our server was just amazing , we have not had service like that in a long time. Can’t wait to go back!! Thank you for a very great evening!

JG
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been coming here for 30 years and have always had an amazing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Were a group of five and dined during the fall restaurant week menu and everything was excellent from beginning to end. Our Server Mel was great with answering any questions that our group had. The food is Top notch from first course through my chocolate dessert and coffee ice cream, oh so good

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabby our waitress was professional and personable!! Food was amazing....

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent

JM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary, which fell during restaurant week. We had a wonderful dinner, wine, and impeccable service by Gabriella. She mentioned our anniversary when we arrived, and the dessert was served on a plate that had Happy Anniversary written in chocolate around the edge. Nice touch!

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used the resraraunt weekend as our first time to the Washington Inn. We will definitely be back. Food was well prepared and plated nocely, tasty and more than filling. Crab cakes were exceptional, light, and seasoned well.

LS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We will be back. Food was very good. service excellent. the hostess was amazing, handling athe crowd in a professional and organized manner and it was crazy busy

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Went for a birthday dinner showed up 10 mins early for reservation and had to wait about 20 mins to be seated. Bar was super loud and crowded. Dinner took over 2 hours. Service was really not good for such an expensive restaurant. Our empty dinner plates sat in front of us for 15 mins. Took forever to get water refilled etc. And main course took a really long time. Food was excellent they just need to work on service.

l
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine here every time we visit Cape May as it never disappoints. Food is outstanding, they have an extensive wine list, and if there is room for desert, we suggest you indulge. Cannot wait for our next visit to Cape May and visit the Washington Inn.

H
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at the Washington Inn to celebrate a birthday, and it was a wonderful evening again! Godfrey and the rest of the staff was attentive yet not intrusive. Special requests were met with smiles. We look forward go going back some in the future!

E
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For decades we have dined at the Washington Inn and 'Always" have been very happy. We love the restaurant and have nothing to say about it 'except' we understand times have changed, but we would like to see a stricter enforcement of the dress code.

BJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Godfrey was wonderful

OT
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Yes I would refer a friend but I would not recommend the fillet mignon. The decor of the room we were sitting in was not very desirable. The other areas of the restaurant looked very nice though. We were sitting in a silver walled room that kind of reminded me of a padded cell. The service was excellent our waiter was great! We were very excited to see bananas Foster on the menu but the bananas Foster that I am accustomed to comes out on fire. This was one banana sliced up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce to pour over it. It was delicious don’t get me wrong but I was excited to have a real bananas Foster. They have an iPad at each table where you can search through wines by the glass and bottle which I thought was great except I did think about how many people have been touching the screen over the course of an evening. I hope they wipe the screen between patrons. But then again I guess there’s the same issue with a regular menu. I guess it seemed more evident because you could see all the fingerprints on the screen. Overall I thought it was OK and I may go back but not before I try many other restaurants in Cape May area first.

NJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great weekend with family started with a great meal at the Washington Inn. Starters, wedge salad, chipotle shrimp with guacamole so tasty. Butter poached lobster, filet mignon, halibut. We will always return for great food. We also had a great waiter Godfrey.

DW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whole experience was great from happy hour to end of dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were very happy with our choice. After moving from a table near the noisy bar, we had a comfortable quit table. We started with a lovely French champagne by the ample glass. Very tasty appetizers were beet, goat cheese and arugula salad, and broiled octopus with and interesting touch of mustard sauce on the side.Main courses of halibut special and braised short ribs were great- especially the halibut over Swiss chard and topped with a fennel pesto - perfectly cooked. We shared a vanilla creme brûlée which exceeded expectations. Service was attentive but not at all disruptive. I doubt there is a better restaurant in Cape May.

J
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Washington Inn has excellent menu, filet mignon was cooked to perfection (med well) and shrimp appetizer was delicious. Halibut entree was well crafted with the white bean,prosciutto stew. Our service was attentive however our waitress did not mention all the daily specials, we only were aware of two, by overhearing another table being told. Atmosphere is on point and sophisticated, with clientele who are mostly couples or adult groups. While family outings are well deserved, to bring a rambunctious 7 yr old, and an infant certainly detracts from the atmosphere. The chocolate mousse tower is a dessert to die for!

OT
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening

L
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

As usual the food was very good. Unfortunately our server was either distracted or overwhelmed. She took a long time to bring our desert and did not bring a spoon or sugar for the espresso we ordered. When we asked another server in the room for a spoon, she brought a spoon so big that would not fit into the espresso cup. We enjoyed the food, but the service was disappointed. A first with our past experiences at the Washington Inn.

JS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent. No surprises. A very well run operation

KM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great experience at the Washington inn. All the staff and food is top notch! Highly recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal, fabulous service with Rachel and lovely, friendly atmosphere!
Thanks Washington Inn........you’re still the BEST!
Chris and Andy

M
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend and the Inn keeper where we stayed, Excellent choice.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

U
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not as good as anticipated for this incredible restaurant.

w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there 10 minutes early and they took us in right away .. the service and the food were outstanding. The staff was very accommodating and all the food from the appetizer drinks meals and desserts were amazing! I would definitely go back and would absolutely recommend for friends to dine here. The only disappointing thing was I told them it was our wedding anniversary and nothing was done about that

NN
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here a few times over the past six months and this is a truly superb restaurant! When I made reservations I wrote that it was my husbands birthday and without any other prompting they brought out sorbet with a candle and happy birthday in chocolate written on the plate! What a nice surprise! The food is delicious and service is as good as at any metropolitan restaurant. The only suggestion for improvement would be to add a few more items to the menu for those of us who aren’t necessarily strictly meat or seafood people. Also it is quite costly so not a restaurant you can patronize as often as I would like! Looking forward to our next visit probably at Christmas week. :)

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal !!!!!