Washington Inn

4.8
6547 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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ChristineA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jenny was our server she was excellent as always

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BrianM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food, top notch. Fantastic meal from apps, to entree, to dessert.

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Happy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner & service are always the best. Recommended to us several years ago & always a must when we visit Cape May.

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vipLeah
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great (food, service, ambiance) Surprised that serving staff were not wearing masks but maybe that is a NJ option at present. We were seated at a nice table and not too close to others and that worked out perfectly. What a nice way to start 2022!

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Jenn
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We can’t wait to go back!

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Jules
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the staff was nice. They gave us a cute sorbet to celebrate our anniversary!

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ColleenM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Also the service was fantastic!!! We really enjoyed ourselves.

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Lynne
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant fantastic restaurant with professional staff.

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linda
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. Made our New Years Eve

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vipRichW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I know that it New Years but lobster tail was billed as a Maine Tail but tasted like a previously frozen warm water tail. We were also billed for 2 bottles of wine yet only had one. No bread was ever offered. Lastly we had to ask for coffee after we received our check. We love the Washington Inn but this meal was a disappointment.

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lees
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best overall dining experience we ever had. Absolutely flawless!

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ChesterCoJR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and an excellent wine selection matched by outstanding service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! The food was so good. We dined for New Years Eve and they did a great job. Everyone was so nice!

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vipSebastian
Atlantic City
45 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience at the Washington Inn, great staff, incredible food

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vipNaomi
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Wonderful meal. Beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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kathleenm
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We go to the inn every time we visit cape may this time was disappointing. Our servicer was very nice food was good as always however we were rushed as if we were in a dinner there was no down time between courses I except to take at least two hours to dine not this time I understand stand table turnover however for the price you spend and the type of place the inn is is it two much to ask for at least a relaxing meal

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MichaelG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious from the cocktails to the apps (octopus and mushroom soup) to the entree (grouper and lamb) and the cheesecake for dessert. Service was outstanding. The valet parking helps as well! Over all a wonderful meal!

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vipSteveS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to see Vegan options.

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MichaelM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The appetizers were very good but then our entrees of crab cakes were the worst we've ever had! No crab meat in them, all filler, more like eating a potato knish! They were good in the summer but if they run out of crab meat take them off the menu!

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williaml
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was awesome. I'll be back again.

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RayB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, mushroom soup spectacular, served by multiple people, entire experience most pleasurable.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, the service exceptional and the ambiance was perfect! Great restaurant!

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NickM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My wife and I are in cape may for a beautiful 10-yr anniversary celebration (1yr late bc of Covid). We love the Washington Inn and dine here when we visit Cape May annually. Food and ambiance is second to none! Always have a great server, although Jenny was lacking a bit last night. Wasn’t overly attentive with checking in. But loved the meal and our time together.

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JCorb
El Paso
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and the service is impeccable! I always enjoy eating here and have yet to be disappointed.

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stevenp
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food Beautiful decor
Terrific service

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the food, to the service this restaurant was top notch. Stacy our server was absolutely amazing with our daughter and the service. Would absolutely go back again and again.

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PamelaP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Highlight of our cape May trip

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MichaelM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service with Shana. Food was delicious

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KevinK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always impeccable (professional, friendly, efficient).
- They make me feel like I'm part of the family.

The food is amazing with a delicious and balanced use of spices.

Thank you, I can't wait to come again!

-Kevin Karch

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SophieM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food,very subtle, with great sea food. W had to wait but there was a party before us. Desserts are delicious.

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Suzann
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were spectacular. Would highly recommend

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Marymary
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and delicious. I will be returning

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BarbaraM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Tables a bit close together.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service

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DavidH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Didn’t care for where we were seated
For $ we’ve had food taste better
Drinks not properly garnished.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner, delicious cocktails and wine, fantastic service from Myles, accommodating of our 2 month old with us. Definitely will come back!!

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Yummy234
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, ambiance and service!!! Love this place!!!!

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Clara
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Washington Inn is our favorite restaurant in Cape May. It is a high end establishment with gourmet cuisine and a fabulous wine list. The atmosphere is elegant and comfortable. The staff, from the wine connoisseur to the servers, valet guys, bartenders and anyone we’ve met are amazing and service is impeccable. The owner, if you are lucky to get him out for a moment, is wonderful. The food is beautifully plated and delicious. We have had many items on the menu and a variety of specials and have always had a consistent, well prepared meal that is delightful and exceeded our expectations. The first thing I do when I know we are visiting Cape May again, which is several times a year, is make a reservation to dine there. We’ve never just walked in and tried to get a seat at the bar because we wouldn’t want to chance not getting in but would do that if the occasion arose. The bar is cozy, quaint and fun. I can’t say enough great things about this gem. Good luck getting in!

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vipJudyR
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place. Great food drinks and decorations
A bit slow
Cape May tradition

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aurorap
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husbands birthday

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Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 6547 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.