Washington Inn

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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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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great set

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MH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and atmosphere. Top shelf liquor and dishes. Love it every time we go.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful NYE experience!! The food was fantastic and the service ran like a well oiled machine!!

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Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and entire staff.
We have enjoyed dining at The Washington Inn every year in the 30+ years that we have stayed in Cape May, and will continue to do so in the future!

Thanks and continue to offer the best dining in Cape May and the entire Eastern seashore!

Richard & Laura Deleo

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PB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Everything was running perfect received our soup and salad and then it went downhill from there. It took over an hour to get our entree the waiter Sean never came back during the lengthy wait to even apologize he kept walking by us as if we were invisible. He didn't even apologize when we finally did get our entree. After the entree the desert came pretty quickly and the bill was given to us instantly. We would have mentioned something right there and then but it was late being that it was New Year's Eve and my husband was sick with a cold. We were very disappointed in the service being that this was supposed to be a well established restaurant.

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DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dining experience on New Years Eve. The food was great as usual. We try to come to the Washington Inn at least twice a year because the food is so exceptional ! We are from Long Island N.Y.so we travel a long way just to enjoy a great meal here !

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was NYEve, & therefore a set priced 4 course menu. I thought the price per person was high($119 without tax, tip, & coffee) & the selections limited. No chicken dish, & if you wanted the steak, it was an Extra $30. The beef offering was a good short rib of beef, but a very heavy offering. My partner had the lamb, which he said was excellent. It was too much food & we could not eat the dessert, which looked good. As most people dining there were staying locally at an Inn or hotel, with no refrigeration, no point in bringing leftovers home. I will continue to go there but not on NYEve. My favorite has always been the bar menu which is a good value but not available on special occasions.

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DF
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The dinner was as expected. My wife ordered the Ahi Tuna and it really wasn't what she expected. I had the Lobster Tail with the Shrimp Risotto which was good. One thing we didn't understand is why there wasn't any bread provided? Otherwise it was a nice night but a bit loud.

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GG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous, delicious dinner !! Service was amazing. The food was innovative and fresh.

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 6 th year coming to Washington house for new years. As always the food and service is wonderful.
We would definitely recommend for a special dinner in cape may!

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MM
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We finished a tour early and were 1 hour early for our reservation. We were seated right away. Our waitress was informative and friendly. The wine list was overwhelming, there was a tremendous selection. There was a prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve with a great selection and good value for what they were offering. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. The food was delicious, the wine superb and very attentive wait staff.

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B
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our New Year's Eve dinner was excellent. There was a interesting choice of food within the fixed price dinner. The chocolate dessert was out of this world for chocolate lovers. This is our second time here and we will continue to come.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I know, I know... I was there for New Year's Eve and restaurants get slammed on NYE. No doubt. Buuut, we also signed up for the early bird 5:45 reservation to avoid the peak hours and ate at a time normally reserved for the Golden Girls to avoid that sort of rush. Sadly our waiters didn't know who was supposed to have our table. our server once he finally arrived was nice but didn't get our courses in order and we had 20 minute waits in between our incorrectly delivered courses. It wasn't the kitchen's fault- several diners around us got their food in a timely and correct order. They just seemed to treat us like orphan diners. Maybe it's because we weren't drinkers? Most tables that had wine and booze were much better attended. Maybe we need to become alcoholics to get better service here? In any case, food was ok, not great, served poorly and there was no acknowledgement from the staff that they screwed up. An occasional apology goes a long way, checking in on guests goes a long way. A little better reception from the staff and we might've laughed off how poorly the dinner went. Instead, just left a bad taste in our mouth. Wouldn't advise you go, because if anything goes wrong they just don't even try to take care of it. Trust me you don't want to be at the table that gets screwed up here- they have no plan.

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AA
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION OF CAPE MAY.
PERFECT IN EVERY WAY.

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DA
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great meal with superior service. On this trip, I had oysters to start, wife had shrimp app. Both very good. Normally we would have entrees, but we both had a wanting for a hamburger (sometimes you just get that feeling) , we were sitting at the bar and they were ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.!

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KM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal! Been going here a few times a year for over 20 years! Its that good! Great for a special occasion!

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there last for be with friends who were visiting from North Jersey. We wanted a place with good food and a quiet atmosphere so that we could have good conversation over a good meal. The Washington Inn was our first choice and as usual, they did not let us down. The atmosphere was great and quiet, the food was excellent and so was the service.

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EP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another memorable meal and a great experience. Washington Inn never disappoints.

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OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on every front

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KA
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WI excels at everything - food, service, atmosphere. The staff are outstanding - very attentive and alot of them who all are happy to make the experience great for diners. I love this place - a great experience & vibe.

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L
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW says it perfectly! Our meal was delicious from the wonderful appetizers to the port wine & bananas foster dessert! Our server, Miles, could not have been better! A special night celebrating the holidays with good friends! We will be back!

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LM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience! Exceptional service from Miles and great recommendations! Wonderful presentation from appetizers through dessert. Always look forward to return trips.

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J
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, drinks and fabulous service.
This is always a wonderful place to go whether you are celebrating a special occasion or you’d just like a wonderful night out

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ overall. Great wine selection too!

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B
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, The Washington Inn served as the perfect place to celebrate the holidays with the one I love the most.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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JF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited Cape May for an early 25th Anniversary celebration. We walked to the restaurant during the afternoon to find it, and sat on a bench; a very nice woman came out to speak with us. She showed us the rooms and allowed us to select a table for the evening! We arrived and were promptly seated. Our server was quick and personable. We found the wine list had a wide range - I would have liked the Opus, but my wife forced me to do the Beringer Quantum (which fit our budget better!) The crabcake app was crispy and tasty, the salad crisp. the flatiron steak was cooked perfectly, with a great presentation of the chimmichuri. My wife's salmon was flaky and flavorful, accompanied by purple potatoes and crisp broccoli. We declined dessert, and then were surprised by presentation of an anniversary sorbet dish! This was our first visit to Cape May, but thanks to the kind folks at the Washington Inn, it won't be our last!

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Washington Inn was recommended to me by word-of-mouth, and it really did not disappoint. The service was outstanding as was the food. We we in the large room and it was fully packed, yet we were still able to carry on a conversation very easily. I would highly recommend the Washington Inn and plan to visit again next time I am in Cape May!

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f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long time visitor to CM, first time visit to Washington Inn...we have been missing out all these years! It was the Christmas season and the restaurant was beautifully decorated. All of the staff was very welcoming and our server (Christina?) was awesome. For starters we shared the grilled octopus which the kitchen split for a nice presentation. I enjoyed the crab cake entree which was excellent and full of crab, no filler. Husband had the short rib which was fall apart tender. Both entrees were generous portions! Great selection of wines and dessert. I was way to full to order a dessert but the dark chocolate martini was the perfect sweet ending to a fabulous dinner. We will definitely be back when we vacation in CM this summer!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took wife for anniversary. It’s the greatest

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and the food are excellent. Bar to start with a chocolate martini and then to the dining area. We had sword fish and flat iron steak-both were fabulous. Creme Brulee and mint chocolate chip cheese cake for dessert-you can't go wrong.

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and extraordinary service.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service.

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NN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner at the Washington Inn on December 26. It was decorated tastefully and the service was impeccable. Special mention to our waitress, Christina who was professional and always attentive without being obtrusive. I asked for filet mignon without seasoning or sauces, due to food allergies and it was served that way without any issues. My husband had a pork chop special and my son had a lobster tail. We also had the crab cakes which were great. There is a nice bar when you walk in that we plan on going to in the future and the overall ambiance is classy and cozy...not overdone; just superb!

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n
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on vacation in cape May and picked this from the b&b website. We were quickly seated our server was great and our meal was delicious. My girlfriend had a the duck, one of her favorites and it did not disappoint. I had the pork chop special and did not leave anything I would highly recommend this restaurant

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J
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience. Food and service was great.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely Birthday celebration! Staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional! I highly recommend Washington Inn!

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready when we arrived, our server was knowledgeable and personable. The room was romantic and quiet. Holiday decorations were beautiful. My entree (bronzino) was outstanding. My partner had the flat iron steak, which he rated as just okay. It's not a huge menu, which I knew as I read the menu online. I was hoping to have the lamb, but it was gone when I got there at 8. Still, a lovely place to have a special meal.

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f
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food and service excellant, from preperation to presentation five stars

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attention to detail was wonderful! The food was outstanding served hot, evenly spaced,delicious!!
Go!!!

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