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Washington Inn, Cape May, NJ

Washington Inn

4.9
4.9
7639 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 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

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What 7,639 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 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

    Great for fine wines

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Good for special occasions

  • 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

    Lively

  • South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was incredible! But our service with Miles was over the top!!! He was very attentive and had superb suggestions! Thanks for a wonderful dining experience!
  2. JeanMarieP123

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gorgeous setting, outstanding food, and the staff was impeccable - the whole experience was what an upscale dinner should offer and we can’t wait to go back!!
  3. CityLady52

    Philadelphia

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful. So glad to he back post Covid. Food was wonderful. Great menu and service plus ambience. We loved the tuna salmon tartare, short rib entrée and cioppino. Great cocktails. decor inside outside fresh, well kept and lovely. Disappointed wine bar was so crowded. Wanted to go there first.
  4. ellen

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service, and venue! Everything we ordered from salads, to entree's to desserts were perfectly prepared and delicious - best meal we have had in a very long time and memorable! Perfect for special occasions, which it was for us.
  5. MimiB

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Washington Inn is a glorious restaurant. The atmosphere is welcoming. The food is amazing. The staff is incredible.
  6. TimothyB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food & Service! I highly recommend Washington Inn!
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. The sommelier was wonderful at helping us pair the perfect wine for each course. Our server Kaitlin was such a pleasure!
  8. Jazzy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening! We thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a little noisy earlier in the evening
  9. Meghan

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food and drinks. Really enjoyed coming here.
  10. ErinB

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We love the food but this was the FIRST time we were disappointed with the service. It started when we were at the hostess stand and it took a long time to be acknowledged. We were seated and ordered our dinner came (which was very good) but then our waiter completely ignored us. He came over to his other tables brought water, refilled drinks offered dessert but never came over to us. After a while of sitting there with empty plates we decided to not to get coffee and dessert and had to ask someone to bring our check. We always make it a point to go to the Washington Inn when we visit Cape May and we will again hoping this experience was new staff getting used to the faster pace of summer.
  11. JanetK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After trying new restaurants in Cape May (to switch things up), Washington Inn is still #1. They just cannot be beat for service, food, and even cocktails! Had an excellent cucumber martini, filet mignon that was to die for (mouth is still watering), and our server was outstanding.
  12. JLMP

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful meal.
  13. BrianO

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! When in Cape May - you need to eat here.
  14. fun2eat

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cocktails to dessert, you just can't miss! Servers are always professional and attentive. Trisha was our server on Saturday night and she was excellent. While I'm hesitant to mention anyone thing we ate, because everyone really enjoyed their meal, I'd say the cavatelli with lamb (a WI mainstay) is a must have if you haven't tried before. I was able to create a surf and turf with the steak special. The steak had a perfect chare with incredible flavor, and the tail was cooked just right. Tyler, like always, did a great job selecting the right wine for our meal. Overall, a wonderful experience.
  15. iheartfood

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Cape May (and possibly in the world). Never disappoints and always consistent. The specials are great but their classics are always a hit. The crab and corn chowder, cioppino, and short ribs were the hit of the table. Worth every penny.
  16. CarolR

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food excellent.. Service always excellent.. desserts wonderful.. I do feel they need a more extensive wine list.. the wine list in the past was well above their game.. they don't have the best selection of rose' or saving on blanc .. their martini's and mixed drinks excellent but bartenders do that.. with a restaurant like this the wines should be varied and something to accommodate wine lovers.. it wasn't always like this.. BUT... I give it my highest rating.. I have been coming here for years and will continue for it to be my favorite...
  17. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Washington Inn never disappoints. Been there dozens of times and there is a reason why I’ll always be a repeat customer. KUDOS.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Outstanding service!
  19. JoeandD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent… Our waitress Katelyn and the sommelier gave excellent advice and service. The food was delicious and the portions were ample. The free valet parking was nice. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and highly recommend it if you’re visiting a Cape May area.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything at Washington Inn was amazing. Our server Deanna went above & beyond to make sure we had a great experience. We would definitely come back.
  21. MicheleS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous classic restaurant ! We started our evening at the wine bar for a few cocktails . Adorable space … get there early for a seat at the bar. We dined in the garden room which was perfect for our anniversary dinner. The decor in every room at Washington inn is unique . The food was outstanding along with the service. True professionalism and friendly service at every level!
  22. DanielleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took my husband for a birthday dinner. Our server was amazing and helpful. Their drink menu was outstanding, and the food was amazing! Highly recommend
  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a great experience and dinner! Service was outstanding.
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly enjoyed our meal and the service was fabulous!
  25. JEnniferB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the service was wonderful. We are still talking about the octopus appetizer!
  26. JackieCee

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always...Excellent in ALL categories...and our MUST reserve...whenever we're in the neighborhood.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was wonderful. Sat right on time. The only thing is is expect to pay five serve restaurant prices.
  28. ChrisC

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite Cape May Restaurant never disappoints. Delicious food, exceptional service and friendly staff in a beautiful setting.
  29. donna53

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!! We were Celebrating our 42nd anniversary and they brought us a dessert with happy anniversary written on it. Very nice place!
  30. JohnT

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was very good. My first of 2 drinks was better at the bar…
  31. HarrisD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful service. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
  32. KatieO

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Delicious food - Crab cakes and Salmon
  33. ScottM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service and ambiance. We would recommend highly.
  34. RonRfromabseconNJ

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at the Inn. Never disappointed.
  35. MaryMary

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was our second time here. The food was outstanding like it was the first time. We had a tropical shrimp appetizer that was incredible. I ordered the branzino and my bf ordered the filet. We had the bananas foster dessert and the chocolate mousse cake, both were outstanding. What I didn't like, however, was the waiter, Greg because I ordered my wine after he asked what kind of water we wanted, and he ignored my request and interrupted me with "well, I'm Greg..." instead of introducing himself when he first approached the table. I don't like a waiter that will ignore a request. He did bring the wine but that annoyed me since I asked "out of the order" he wanted it to be in. Then he forgot the lemon for the water and the bread. It's a good thing the food was good.
  36. TimM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant ambience, friendly atmosphere, wonderful service (Darren's terrific) and a great meal...
  37. Madeline

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had high expectations coming into the meal and Washington Inn far exceeded them. The servers were excellent and very attentive, the cocktails were delicious and unique, and all of the food came out in a timely manner and was incredible. Highly recommend the filet and crab cakes.
  38. AdrianS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. Mixologist makes mean cocktails and the menu had every choice you needed.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's been several years since my last visit and the quality is still top notch. Service, food is great!
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We have loved the Washington Inn over the many many years we have dined there; however, this experience was not nearly up to the standards we have been accustomed to. The waiter was not at all knowledgeable about the components of the food choices on the menu and repeatedly had to go to the kitchen to have our questions answered. One in our group had certain food restrictions and this experience was both off putting and uncomfortable. The waiter was efficient but not very friendly, making our experience for a special occasion not up to the standards we have been used to in your restaurant.

FAQs

Washington Inn is rated 4.9 stars by 7639 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 76 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

    Bar Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 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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