Washington Inn

4.8
6380 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.
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JackieC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience!! Darren was awesome!

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KevinR
New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is second to none! The food is delicious.

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vipJdiggy
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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vipExplorer
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Overall enjoyed the evening. Wonderful waitress, Jennifer, who was friendly, efficient and courteous . Lovely ambience, but the value leaves a lot to be desired. When I spend $54 for a filet, I sure as hell don’t expect to have to pay for bread. I mean who does that? No other restaurant in Cape May that I know of. Better rethink this!

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local
Key West
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always excellent! It is especially great for birthdays and anniversaries.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food and service.

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ScottS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had out 5th anniversary dinner at Washington Inn. This was our first time there. We were seated quickly to a nice table. We were quickly asked if we wanted tap water or bottle water. So far so good. We waited ten minutes before our server apologized and let's us know she would be right with us. When she returned (apologizing asain) she asked if we were ready to order since we had some time to spend with the menu. I asked how about cocktails first please. She mentioned the two specials 'because she had to'. We decided to give our appetizer order before she left. The app came before drinks and before any plates. We had to ask for plates. Our server appeared again and said the bar was backed up so drinks would be a while. So far dinner was not on any kind of pace I had hoped for. The app was very good. Drinks finally arrived and the server appeared again saying we better order before the kitchen gets backed up. So we did order. The strip steak special and a rack of lamb. Both were ordered medium. Both arrived well done. We decide to cut our losses and skip dessert.

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DanM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here for special occasions and has never let us down. The food is outstanding only exceeded by the wait staff!

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henryj
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Impeccable, attentive service. Excellent cocktails. Couldn't have been better.

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom here for her 70th birthday and it was spectacular! The food, the people, the ambiance…absolutely perfect!
I can’t say enough about it. Overall experience is one of a kind!

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Bonbon57
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a precious weekend away in Cape May and dinner at The Washington Inn park was one of the highlights. It is still a beautiful and classy restaurant with great food, ambiance and service. We chose outdoor seating due to an abundance of caution and it was a lovely experience. Large bamboo stalks lent privacy from the street and the twinkling lights added to the romantic atmosphere. Service was just impeccable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Washington Inn goes far beyond anybody can expect in customer service. Thank you for what you did for us Chris.
Great food and drinks. Try it out you will not be disappointed

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Snoot
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were served earlier than our reservation. Our waitress was friendly, efficient, and professional! Everything from our cocktails to dessert was the very best! The atmosphere was very nice. A+++!!!

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TheresaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and drinks. Robin, our bartender, suggested the perfect martini. Kit, our server, also shared recommendations with us. She was very knowledgeable about the menu. Perfect evening. Will definitely be back.

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vipdoctorj
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bok choy was full of sand and the swordfish was undercooked

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DaDoLy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, server was kind and courteous. Requested outside, it was raining so that option wasn’t available. First time eating inside since Covid started, they were able to seat us in an area without too many diners. Thankful they were able accommodate us. Highly recommend

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KevinF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was amazing! Device was spot on and the food did not disappoint. Will be back in the future.

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NancyV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. For our entrees, we had the short rib special, tomahawk pork chop, boneless by strip and the sword fish. For appetizers we had the Buttata
Cheese, grilled octopus (which was absolutely amazing) and the beet and cheese salad. To top it off, we had the bananas foster. Not cheap but good portions and hands down a terrific meal. Here are pics of our entrees.

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jeff08204
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th Wedding Anniversary

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vipmlc104
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our fave in Cape May. Food and service were top notch as always. Because of Covid we chose to dine outside which was not so top notch. Gnats were diving into my Manhattan. My wife was bitten numerous times on her feet by something. Eventually I was too as were surrounding tables. The Inn had citronella candles out and offered bug spray but the insects were not deterred. Perhaps the Inn did all they could, but the night before we dined outside at another restaurant and did not experience this problem. However, the food at that restaurant was no where as good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! We will be back!

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CoastReview
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

While the food and service were very good, the ambience and noise level were a disappointment. Between the music playing in the background (which can't be heard very well), the noise level of guests talking and the waiter wearing a mask, it was very hard to hear anything that the waiter said. We chose Washington Inn based on the rave reviews that I read, but I do not think the reviews were justified in a town with many other choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun time.

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vipDianneB
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had high expectations based on all the great reviews but were unfortunately disappointed. I had the crab cakes which were not very good, my husband had the branzino which he liked. The hand pulled burrata appetizer was terrible. We had to pay for a basket of bread, which I’m glad we did because it was far better than appetizer. But I’ve never been to a restaurant that makes you pay for bread. Also it was our anniversary which I noted in the reservation, and to the waiter when we order two glasses of champagne, but they never did anything to acknowledge it. Most places do something as a courtesy. The best I can say is that the atmosphere is nice

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Linda
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Too noisy and very small table. Never heard of a restaurant charging for bread. Cocktails very weak. Entree nothing special. High prices but I guess people don’t mind because it was packed

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vipRich
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic. Everything was prepared perfectly and Stacy our waitress was awesome! Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, mixed drinks and service. The restaurant is on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for.

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MadelynB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shayna was excellent!! Please keep her and give her a raise!!

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WilliamG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest and most enjoyable deals of my seven years on this planet. Simply outstanding from salad to dessert which was unbelievable. Would highly recommend the Washington in when you’re in Cape May

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KLancia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant! I've been wanting to eat here for years and finally had the chance on a recent vacation to Cape May. Now, no future trip will be complete without dining at the Washington Inn. Wonderful service, gorgeous atmosphere, and the food and drinks were to die for! It far exceeded my already high expectations and I can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Karen, was wonderful. She made some great suggestions which enhanced our dining experience. The food was delicious. The French cheesecake was to die for.

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Jack
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was outstanding and most delicious! Our waitress was definitely! Very friendly knowledable and helpful! Best service ever!!! We will definitey be coming back when we visit Cape May next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this top level restaurant. Everything is great from beginning cocktails and each course to desert. We had a wonderful table in the lovely main room and enjoyed every part of our dining experience!

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JOJO
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and experience. Miles our waiter was exceptional. Roasted mushroom soup, Boston oysters and tuna stack was amazing. Swordfish and rack of lAmb, yummy! Finish off with the espresso martinis. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. We come here every time we visit Cape May!

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vipRegular
Atlantic City
34 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stacy was so attentive and pleasant. We love going to the Washington inn.

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JennieF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Loved the oysters rockerfeller and the bronzino was the best I’ve ever had . Staff was amazing especially Kit. Beautiful outdoor dining experience.

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thomasf
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eatery in Cape May . Been a patron since 2011. Always consistent

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denises
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The corkage fee of 30.00 was a surprise.Also sat downstairs in the wine cellar at a small table.Crabcake was fried not broiled

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vipShore1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal- we had the cioppino and the halibut. Both were awesome

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Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 6380 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.