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Washington Inn, Cape May, NJ

Washington Inn

4.8
4.8
7193 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 34 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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

Experiences

  • Un Voyage à Bordeaux

    $160.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 14, 2022 only
    An intimate, educational dining experience with Clementine Clervil, a fourth generation owner of Chateau L'Oiseau, an 18th century estate located in Lalande-de-Fronsac, France. We look forward to welcoming you with butler-passed hors d'oeuvres and a toast to the evening. Chef Mimi has created a five course tasting menu paired with Château wines from the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux. Wines poured this evening will be available for purchase exclusively at the Washington Inn. $120 per person + taxes and gratuities.

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What 7,193 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Food

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Service

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Notable Wine List

  • 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

    Special Occasion

  • South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Binny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing filet mignon and wonderful waitress. Great ambiance, worth every dime!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Special anniversary occasion. This was communicated to the restaurant ahead of time. I had asked for a nice table location. They took us to a table set for 4, we were 2, located in the middle of an area with waiters and customers were walking by. Our waiter was fairly inattentive. My swordfish was good. My wife steak was over cooked. Overall disappointing considering we had had an excellent meal there last year.
  3. BP

    BarryP523

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food. By far the best dinner we had in Cape May. Everything from appetizers to desert was great. Pricey but worth it! Highly recommend this restaurant
  4. MP

    MikeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fine dining experience great food and great service outstanding atmosphere
  5. j

    jeff08204

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Food was ok…not up to the standards of past years. Disappointed that lobster was no longer on the menu, likewise for the chocolate tower dessert. Filet was nicely prepared and presented, but flavor was less than ideal and not what you’d expect for the price. No bread/dinner rolls provided, which was standard in years past. My wife and I return there every year for our anniversary, and this is the first time I’ve been disappointed. Usually one of my best meals of the year….not this one.
  6. NF

    NancyF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner from beginning to end. I’ve never seen a whole Bronzino filleted to have absolutely no bones. It was perfect. Compliments to the kitchen!
  7. l

    laurao

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Washington Inn never disappoints. The cocktails, wine, food , atmosphere and service is top notch. It is worth every penny. It is a delightful night out. I am a professional chef and overly critical. I never have any complaints about the Washington Inn. Delicious in every way.
  8. NS

    NormanS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Reservations for our 26th Anniversary. Walking up, the place is beautiful!!! Lined with Flowers and perfect lighting, I was thinking this to be a wonderful experience! Were greeted and said the table would be ready shortly. Made our way to the bar. Table was ready before we even ordered drinks. We were seated in a corner area overlooking the outside of bamboo & flowers - very pretty. Our waiter, immediately gave us the impression that this was the finest establishment we could have come to. We ordered Oysters as an appetizer and 2 Rum Punch. There was an $8 charge for bottled water opposed to tap, but it should have been mentioned. Asked about Bread - $5. Felt I was on a plane being nickeled and dimed. We watched the waiter address all of the tables but ours when it came to how the app was. Once my wife left, he then asked me. We then received our dinners, which the Swordfish was delicious, but my wife's halibut was bland - no spices or true flavor. I used the restroom, & mentioned to one of the staff our waiter should check to ask my wife how her dinner was, as she was upset not having been asked previously. And he did. We received dessert, and watched as the table above us was brought a complimentary dessert for their anniversary, of which HE said he hadn't mentioned in HIS reservation. Why free for them? Each time a plate was cleared there was no eye contact, or question of how we were enjoying our meal. There was no request of coffee or tea when done. The bill was just short of $200 for the 2 of us. We left, and as soon as we crossed the street, my wife said she didn't feel well, and then heaved for the next 1/2 hour. Bad Oyster? Sick the whole night! I did speak to the Manager Lee, who was a true professional, and listened intently. I'll say she handled things wonderfully to her credit. I can only hope they listened to what they missed. If proper service was done, would have been better. Spoiled food can happen anywhere. Meant for stuffed shirts.
  9. m

    mlc104

    Philadelphia

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As expected.
  10. MS

    MikeS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Kaitland, was awesome! And, the food was great as usual!
  11. DD

    DiannaD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely wonderful my dinner was fantastic the ambience was beautiful I enjoy coming there every year and will continue
  12. s

    susanh

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service,and atmosphere were perfect for us. Our waiter, Miles was outstanding! He was knowledgeable, personable, and attentive! We look forward to returning for another memorable evening
  13. S

    Stepsite

    Philadelphia

    371 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    371 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Washington Inn has always been a top 3 restaurant in Cape May with its only downside being that it is not BYOB. Over the years it has moved to top 2 in our book even with its liqueur license. Granna and Peter Shields are great but the serving sizes are small and PSI price points all in the $40s or higher. We find the Ebbitt room food to be inconsistent and it has dense seating with a sometimes loud bar. We had an amazing meal at the Inn. It started with two generous portioned salads - one sunchoke and the other burrata. We followed that with a middle serving of the appetizer portion of the cavetelli and lamb ragu which had bold flavor, tasty lamb, and a wonderful sauce. We both had Bronzino which was perfectly prepared with crispy skin yet moist flesh. The serving here is a full fish, not one fillet. It is accompanied by roasted potatoes, fennel and tomato. We finished the meal with a from mage blanc dessert. Our wine was (for us) pricy at $88 but the portions, preparations, quality and professional service we experienced far out weighed the wine - which was recommended by the sommelier based on our tastes and terrific. This was one of the best dinners we experienced in Cape May and highly recommend the Washington Inn.
  14. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The Washington Inn was delicious! It's a bit on the expensive side. Our waiter didn't tell one person in our party that there would be an up charge for the whiskey that she suggested. But all in all it was a very good dinner.
  15. CK

    CaraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service! The wine cellar and experienced sommelier didn’t disappoint. Can’t wait to go back on our next visit to Cape May!
  16. FT

    FoodforThought

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our dinners were fantastic! The food here is exceptional and no trip to Cape May is complete without a dinner here. I 'took points off' because of the noise. It was so loud that we had to raise our voices to speak with each other. Takes away from the overall dining experience and ambience is important to us, especially at finer restaurants like this. Outdoor dining would be the better way to go, as long as you're not bothered by insects.
  17. j

    judithd

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was wonderful. Attentive and very friendly. We felt the menuwas a bit limited however food was very good b ut pricey.
  18. l

    lisas

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    My birthday
  19. H

    Hermann

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at this restaurant. Wish we had gone sooner! Loved it...our server was spot on with recommendations. Try the escargot dish...very, very good. Will go back next time we visit Cape May!
  20. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is always great. Always have a good experience dining there.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall the meal was great with the exception the vegetables were undercooked. Our reservation time was honored. Valet parking is free. I've eaten at the Washington Inn many times and always had a great meal. One of my favorite places to dine when I am at the shore.
  22. GS

    GuyS

    Atlantic City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guest in town from Delray Beach, Fl
  23. RG

    RodG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Returned to Inn after 33 years, was as good as I remembered it to be. Miles our server was so professional and really knew how to wait on people. WI is a must dining experience in Cape May.
  24. TC

    ThreeCousins

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant. Excellent food, presentation and service. Noise level is very low. (Yea!) Enjoyed the crab cakes and pork chop. Complimentary valet parking makes it easy to arrive and depart without a long walk from street parking blocks away. Leave the flip-flops home and enjoy a bit of elegance. I recommend this for a special night out. Thank You.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal at the Washington Inn. My wife and I were blown away by the food and service. We look forward to dining there again. Ask for Trish, she’s great!
  26. VD

    VickiD

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Always Amazing! However, it was my husband's birthday and I informed the person at the front desk to remind our waitress to bring him a piece of cake and they forgot. This is literally one of my husband's #1 places to eat. I was extremely disappointed that they forgot, but there was nothing I could do about it once the check arrived.
  27. RB

    RussellB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While the overall experience was great, some minor details were not top notch. Prices are high no matter where you go. At the time we were there, we were seated in the outdoor garder where the noise level was just a bit too high because of the air conditioning machinery of the other local establishments. Food and service was top notch.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the service is impeccable. Loved the new sword fish dish, especially the black beans.
  29. g

    garyp

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was best dining experience while in Cape May for a late summer getaway. The tuna poke was a great start followed by 2 exceptional seafood main courses. We will definitely return next year!
  30. s

    svcaramia

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special occasion for my wife and I. This restaurant is number one for a reason. Consistency! Never miss the opportunity to enjoy this restaurant whenever we are in town.
  31. W

    Worldlydiner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Made the mistake of eating outside and got eaten alive by mosquitos. You should have someway of repelling mosquitos or at least advise the clients of the outside potential discomfort.
  32. EA

    ErikA

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My entree, the cioppino, was outstanding. I also greatly enjoyed drinks in the bar, the raw oysters appetizer, and the dessert options. The service was very attentive and professional. Loved the ambience.
  33. i

    iheartfood

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely love Washington Inn. The crab and corn chowder is to die for and the service is always impeccable. Not to mention the overall vibe of the restaurant is quaint and high class. Every time I come to Cape May, I dine at Washington Inn.
  34. LS

    LauraS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Restaurant was recommended to me and I’m so glad I listened. The food was excellent and I will for sure be going back.
  35. NR

    NancyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I can recommend the panzenella salad, very tasty if u like feta. The coippino was delicious. The Bananna Foster to die for. Only thing wrong with the evening was that the air conditioner could have been set higher, it was cold.
  36. TB

    TomB

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal, the waiter was great and the ambiance was wonderful.
  37. f

    foodiefix7

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening at one of Cape May’s best restaurants.
  38. LS

    LindaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Washington Inn has a wonderful atmosphere , surrounded by beautiful flowering gardens and natural vegetation. The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. There were many options to choose from. The drinks were very good too as well as the desserts. Service was excellent , and made a return visit something to look forward to.
  39. CF

    CaryF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Washington inn is a staple in Cape May. Very historic. Since my last visit the food was not as good. While The appetizer was tasty the dinner was too well done. Hard to cut my pork chop even with a knife. Limited selection of options on the menu. Understaffed and not a lot of attention. Still I Wish them well.
  40. MD

    MikeD

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails, amazing food, incredible wine list and impeccable service

FAQs

Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 7193 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 34 times today
Experiences are available.
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 Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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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