Washington Inn

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4418 reviews
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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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MO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Washington Inn. Always one of our favorite restaurants in Cape May!

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KM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to the Washington inn for over 20 years. Always a great night out and experience!

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G
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Sunday

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KG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and presentation. It was a holiday but the service was exceptional with the number of reservations they had.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to the Washington Inn was outstanding. We always have a great meal and can't wait until our next visit.

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I feel as thought our server judged us from the minute we sat down. Me and my boyfriend came in for Easter brunch. He failed to tell us his name, how the buffet worked, or that specialty drinks would be extra. I feel as though since me and my boyfriend look young, the server thought he was going to get a tip that reflected our age. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth seeing how I use to serve. Our server did do a great job at keeping water full and clearing plates. I was just very put off when he came over to the table and said alright guys you can head up to the buffet. I over heard him introduce himself to the two surrounding tables, just not us. Both of those couples looked older. Overall I did enjoy my experience. It would just be nice to get the service that everyone else did.

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MS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable Easter Brunch. The service and selection were excellent.

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EC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love The Washington Inn, however we were seated practically on top of an extremely boisterous table. We will never be subjected to that level of rude behavior again. We will ask to be moved. That being said, those people will not stop us from returning.

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BA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another FANTASTIC evening at the Washinton Inn. Thank you for consistently providing a special dining experience.

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CV
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it be back soon

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EM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! Each course is perfection served with gracious attention.

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DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, the service was outstanding. We also enjoyed a cocktail at the bar before we went in for dinner, and our bartender was very engaging. She helped make a very special night.

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JB
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was outstanding as was the service. I can’t wait to go back again.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Washington Inn is normally our go to place during the summer, but our past couple of off season experiences have not been up to par. The menu is limited and the quality of the food and the preparation is not what we have come to expect. My wife ordered the Salmon, which was overcooked. She was hoping to get a salad, but there were none offered on the menu. I ordered the Myers steak. It was simply just OK.

We'll give it a try again once the season starts again and see if this is a temporary issue or not.

Also, we had an issue with the parking valet. The attendant couldn't find our keys initially, and then when we got home, we found out that he had attached someone else's keys on our key chain. We had to drive all the way back to the restaurant to bring the keys back, an hour round trip. You would think the attendant would have been appreciative, considering the person who's keys were lost had to take a taxi home that night, but we barely got a thank you.

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DZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to Cape May must include a trip to the Washington Inn for dinner. The food is excellent, the restaurant staff is knowledgable and friendly, and the location is perfect.

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I was extremely disappointed last Friday night when I was served the saltiest cioppino that I ever had.
I tried to just eat the seafood, avoiding the broth,but I had to give up after two clams and a shrimp. I did not want to make a scene as the other four people were enjoying their meals so I just stopped eating. One of my party asked to taste my meal and pronounced it inedible. Our waiter had the manager taste it and she agreed that it was very salty and offered to bring me a crab cake in its place. I demurred. We were very surprised to see later that the meal was not taken off the bill. This restaurant has been fine in the past, but this put me off a little bit.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience for our anniversary.

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MK
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great. Our server was ok but should have been better. He paid little attention to us which is ok with me but he came to take our order and didn’t ask if we were going to have a drink or bottle of wine. Since they have a wine cellar you would expect that to be the first thing he asked. After dinner he came with dessert menu and didn’t bother to tell us they were out of some things. Of course we choose what they didn’t have and had to look again. He seemed annoyed and said we are only open a couple days. Idk what that has to do with anything, should have just told us when he brought the menu. The food was so good that none of that mattered. I will definitely go back

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RS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very good. Noisy and not too romantic. Tables close together.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the best. Food and atmosphere is amazing. Food is TOP KNOTCH.

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BJ
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Inn is always a nice evening. Sean is efficient, attentive and pleasant.
Good drinks!
Crab cakes are always a favorite! Missed my short ribs though....

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GD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, good service and real good food. Fresh oysters and I would highly recommend the duck.

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S
Philadelphia
295 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully consistent kitchen with an attentive front of the house. Very much worth s try

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner!

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OC
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Washington Inn. So happy that it is open again. Love the selection of food on the menu.

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CJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal from drinks and appetizers through to dessert was phenomenal. One of the best meals I've ever eaten, and my husband and I eat out frequently and have high expectations of the food and service. Can't wait until we are back in Cape May!

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first dining experience at The Washington Inn and honestly one of the best meals of my life. The lobster tails were fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced for the amount of food you get. It came with a delicious seafood risotto underneath. The tomahawk pork chop special was perfectly cooked, crispy outside, and really thick with a delicious brown sauce to dip into. It came with mashed potatoes and bacon lardon which was awesome! The appetizers were also really good and they had this dessert that was a homemade cheesecake but in a soft mousse like form.

The ambience was perfect with several different cozy rooms where you dine (we dined in a porch-like room off of the main bar area with wrap around windows looking out toward washington street (perfect atmosphere for a nice romantic dinner). To add to everything, they played a great soundtrack of old time classic 60s music that was perfect volume, and the wait staff were excellent. Thanks for a great meal and a perfect night out!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Call the restaurant to check the menu as open table menu was inaccurate. My Wife loves duck as it was listed on the menu. When we arrived there was no duck and menu was totally different. My wife does not eat meat or seafood. What type of restaurant does not even have A chicken dish on the menu. She was forced to have the Vegan dish as it was her only option. Very disappointing!,

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere. Perfect for a special evening.

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NA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s weekend

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BV
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always extraordinary. We love it there. The combinations and the seasoning are unreal. A real treat!

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TN
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect night. From the valet parking to the attentive and welcoming service the experience was excellent. The food was equally exceptional but not the halibut ( stay away from this. It was bland and dry). The bread, octopus appetizer and Cioppino and chocolate decadence was more than memorable. And for you Pappy Van Winkle lovers they have it available. I love this place. Ask to be seated in the deck converted to in door dining. It is a softer noise level.

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B
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. They seated us downstairs in the wine cellar which was a smaller area but we had a lot of attention from staff. James, our server who was also their sommelier, was extremely attentive and offered helpful suggestions when deciding on our meal and dessert. Other parties were celebrating events and it was a very friendly environment. Our appetizers were amazing. We had the burrata dish and crab cakes. So yummy! (I forgot to take pictures!). My husband had the braised short ribs for dinner and I had the halibut. Both were very delicious!! We shared the chocolate sampler for dessert. So yummy!! Highly recommend The Washington Inn!!!

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KB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Washington inn has and continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always good and the service is predictable. Only negative is price, cocktails are overpriced.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We were disappointed this time we don't like to go in the summer because of the crowds but usually the food is still good

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Washington Inn never fails to amaze when you order the grilled filet mignon. Perfectly prepared dish that is added to the already nice ambiance that is present. Washington Inn is a perfect date night/special occasion location in Cape May! A definite must for those visiting the shore town!

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OT
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food and service was fantastic.

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DB
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and James S. is the best!!! Always enjoyable

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WG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to the Washington Inn, it’s truly an experience. Whether it’s reconnecting with friends or being surprised by knowing the wait or bar staff, they are all so friendly and happy to serve you. The food is local and out of this world. We love going there for special occasions.

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