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Washington Inn, Cape May, NJ

Washington Inn

4.8
4.8
7379 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-5697

  • Payment options

    AMEX, 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 7,379 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Food

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Great for fine wines

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Overall

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Food

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Service

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • South Jersey Shore

    Good for special occasions

  • South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

    Most Booked

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  1. MS

    MichaelS

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Chris was very pleasant and friendly. She was attentinve, but not overly attentive. The food was excellent as always.
  2. TC

    TomC

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was perfect! Just a wee bit noisy. Overall a great experience.
  3. MP

    MariaP

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Cape May. Great experience. Thanks!
  4. HF

    HenryF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Allways have a great experience at this restaurant.
  5. C

    Carol

    Baltimore

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very lovely restaurant. The service was outstanding. We both had the salmon dish and both of us loved it. We split the chocolate mouse cake and it was delicious. We will definitely go back!
  6. EC

    EileenC

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service even better. Miles, our server, pampered us. He was friendly and attentive. The Inn is nicely decorated and cozy.
  7. S

    Susand

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. Atmosphere was beautiful. We even received a cook book at the end of dinner which was a fantastic touch.
  8. n

    njmike

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Washington is a beautiful experience from the wine bar to the restaurant. Memorable and soothing if you want good food, service and ambiance.
  9. G

    Greatevening

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful evening. Service was excellent and food was delicious! We'll be back.
  10. JN

    JNGN

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always food and service were excellent.
  11. f

    foodlover

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I have had in Cape May all year. Outstanding quality and presentation of the food, good variety of menu offerings. Staff is very attentive.
  12. AF

    AnneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food- as always! A must to eat at when we are in Cape May!
  13. CC

    ChristineC

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food Beautiful place Great service
  14. j

    jeffu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had small issue with entree and staff by far exceeded expectations with corrective action. Extremely impressed and great full.
  15. e

    eileend

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our dining experience was exceptional. Service Food. Drinks. It all was great !!!!
  16. KV

    KarenV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience !
  17. m

    margieh

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited after a lovely day in Cape May, touring the area wineries, breweries and attractions, as well as shopping.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Service impeccable. Great place.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner at the Washington Inn. The pork chop was incredible. A great experience.
  20. T

    Tuitionhostage

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mushroom soup was so elegant and flavorful. Bronzino layered with so many veggies. Excellent chef paired wines by the glass.
  21. JQ

    JoelleQ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently excellent and the wine list outrageous. Service is professional and pleasant. Great atmosphere on the side porch. An absolute favorite I’m Cape May.
  22. TM

    ToniM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Washington Inn is a must go to experience. Aside from the exceptional food, the service is outstanding along with the ambience. Highly recommended!
  23. CA

    ChristinaA

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food , roasted mushroom soup was outstanding and short rib with polenta was excellent, no fat , nice and meaty and full of flavor ! ! Our waitress , Sonata, was extremely attentive. anticipating every need. I even received a free cookbook as a Christmas gift. This was my favorite meal of 2022! Thank you Washington Inn !!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere as well asChristmas decor made for a very inviting evening. Reservation was honored pretty much down to the minute. The food was top quality and delectable, everything came out hot and timely and was overall outstanding as well as the service. It was my wife and I’s first time and it did not disappoint! We have been looking for a top notch dinner location in South Jersey for a long time and finally found one in the Washington Inn. We were even gifted a hard bound Recipe book by the manager as it was part of their appreciation for customers on small business Saturday. Loved the entire experience. Can’t wait to return!
  25. DC

    DeeC

    Philadelphia

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around! From the food to the cocktails to the service - couldn’t be better! Was given a beautiful cook book too before we left! Nice holiday touch! The Washington Inn continues to be a Cape May favorite for us!
  26. T

    Theresa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants my husband and I have been to. Meals are always incredible and their specials are beyond delicious. Service is wonderful and staff is friendly. Price is not too high for the food, service and ambiance. Cannot wait to return! Book a reservation in advance as it is almost always booked.
  27. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, great waiter, great atmosphere ( the porch), what's not to like??
  28. CF

    CharlesF

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a nice experience at the Washington Inn. Definitely one of the best in Cape May. Thank you to Megan, our server for taking care of us.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best in Cape May! Food, service, ambiance- THE BEST
  30. C

    Clara

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We recommend the Washington Inn to all of our friends and family that visit Cape May. The food is consistently superb and the wine list is outstanding. My personal favorite entree is the Cioppino, it’s beyond delicious. The atmosphere is elegant yet cozy and comfortable and the service is impeccable. If you make time for a drink before your reservation, they have a great little bar scene with the best bartenders in town. Hands down our favorite spot to dine in Cape May.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Holiday getaway
  32. MR

    MaryR

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most wonderful night. Our waitress Megan was the sweetest. She wished us a happy anniversary and brought us a complimentary dessert as well as the restaurant gave their wonderful recipe book. The manager also came to our table and wished us a happy anniversary. We had dinners of a filet and salmon that was outstanding. And to boot, escargot perfectly prepared. Thank you so much 💕
  33. DC

    DanielC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience on every measure. We will return as often as possible.
  34. DL

    DouglasL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere with delicious food. The waitress was very nice and treated us great for my fiancés birthday.
  35. G

    Gerry

    Atlantic City

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. Meghan was very friendly and attentive. The Washington Inn is a wonderful placer For dinner. The atmosphere is lovely. It is a great place to go for all occasions. Highly recommended. .
  36. R

    Roeg

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner with friends who had never been to Washington Inn. They are now fans. Great food and service.
  37. M

    Myrtlefan

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service. Food was amazing
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our favorite restaurant. Fantastic ambience, outstanding food & service. Simply, a great restaurant.?
  39. S

    Simplefoodlover

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is so consistently fantastic, this is just a well known fact. Great food at a competitive price. Cheap? No…but worth it? Absolutely. By the way, comparing it to many of the “legendary” high end restaurants in the AC area, it ranks among the best! The bonus, spacious, friendly and “appreciative” staff. Absolutely consistently awesome!
  40. F

    Fitzy

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a nice experience, good food, knowledgeable staff, we would go back.

FAQs

Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 7379 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
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 Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 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, 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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