Washington Inn

4.8
6516 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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BetsyS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the porch and loved our meal there!

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vipMarcS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the holidays

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vipCoreyG
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was beyond compare. The menu and quality of food was excellent. We highly recommend dining here when in Cape May

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LisaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!

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vipGerry
Atlantic City
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to go to your restaurant. It is difficult sometimes to get a reservation and great when we do. We love your staff.

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vipCarolR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good more incredible and creative then ever.. desserts amazing and presentation is , well, let’s say it speaks for itself.. makes the dish look quite appealing and anxious to eat…

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MaryannK
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t go wrong here. Food, service and wine selection are the best. Kudos Washington Inn!

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CathyS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here, never disappoints! For us it’s a special occasion place not for kids. Food and cocktails and wine excellent. Service exceptional, attentive without being intrusive. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is my go to restaurant for anything special. My husband and I frequent this place at least 3x a month .Unfortunately, this time was a bit of a let down.
For the price, our food just wasn’t on point like recent visits. I had hyped up everyone and felt disappointed as we left. Server was great !

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are never disappointed coming to the Washington Inn. The food is delicious and the wait staff are awesome and friendly. Definitely worth the extra money especially for special occasions. We had the filet and swordfish. Cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous!

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Archy
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the Washington Inn was excellent. Delicious food, with plenty of choices. And great service.

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ReginaN
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and the drinks were delicious. We were in what appeared to be an old porch which could have been a little better decorated.

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vipsam4michelle
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful location. Lovely rooms. Great service. We have gone here for years. They used to have a wonderful little bread basket with different types of delicious small breads, served gratis when you ordered . They now have a "focaccia" bread basket on the appetizer menu for $5 that is similar to what I would call texas toast, served with a bowl of oil, and no gratis (or even orderable) other bread basket at all. Disappointing. We used to love the olive bread in the old basket. Otherwise the food was good - I had lamb shank special - huge and delish. My husband had short ribs over pasta - he enjoyed it. Overall a 4/5 for me because of the anticipated bread and the disappointment that it no longer is a thing there.

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Nice
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food & drinks

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CherylK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here. Amazing staff !! The crab cake was light and delicious, highly recommend ordering !! We also had the pork chop, the beef short rib and the filet. We were well attended to. I would definitely go back again !!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautifully decorated for the holidays! Food .. so delicious! Crab cakes amazing!

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vipKayleeJ
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in Cape May! Cost ambiance, quick, friendly service and amazing food! Would recommend the cioppino and huge crab cakes! Also their wine list is huge and 20% off on thursdays. Highly recommend.

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maureenu
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Our waiter. Daniel was attentive! My pet peeve was paying $5.00 for 4 slicess of bread!!

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vippedro
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service . No better Cape May ambiance. Only negative is that unlike most Cape May restaurants, it is not BYOB. Final bill ends up much higher then the competition as a result.

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vip2854
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back to the Washington Inn in awhile. Everything was excellent…food, service,etc. despite being busy. They are consistently good.

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KevinR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place, we love the staff and food.

Thank you

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vipRosie
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Excellent service by Shaina. Delicious food. Pork chops tender, mushroom soup tasty, salad dressing excellent, lamb and cavatelli app was excellent. Dessert perfect.

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LynnM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, excellent service, lovely atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious, the restaurant is beautiful and the staff was very friendly.

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VictoriaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious! Casey our server was excellent! Bartender was spot on with my mint and lemon vodka martini 🤩 will definitely be back!

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Ronald
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Cape May, in my honest opinion. Never had a bad meal and the specials are always 🔥.

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vipDeeC
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always! Love Washington Inn! ❤️

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JohnP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robin and Rachel are amazing at their jobs: friendly, helpful, informative, and generally great at their jobs. Great service, great lamb dishes and wines. great evening!

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DonnaG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and service in a warm holiday atmosphere. We'd gotten a gift cert for the restaurant (one of seemingly few open in Cape May in off season). It was packed on a Friday night. I can't say enough about the service - each server we encountered was genuine, polite, concerned about our having a good experience and we interacted with about 5-6 people during our dinner.
Smallish menu but each item we had was fabulous starting with the burrata appetizer. I nearly licked the plate. My partner had the lamb special; I had the swordfish special which was topped with a bit of lobster salad. The swordfish was perfectly cooked - flavorful on the outside and oh so moist on the inside. We rounded out the evening with bananas foster and a pineapple tart - both were wonderful. We both had one of the specialty drinks - I'm not much of a drinker but drank all of my pear martini - yum.
I would add that portions are perfectly sized - not overbearing so I took food home but just enough to satiate me.
Highly recommend for special dinners.

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JamesH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! Wonderful staff and food.

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MaryC
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Cassie was wonderful…. The food was amazing,especially the Bronzino,which she recommended.. consensus’s at the table was best meal in a long time. Thank you for your hospitality!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipStan
New York Area
274 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dinner.

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vipAntonioD
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome place went to capemay for weekend and was told to go to the inn , and was not disappointed , what a very romantic and cool house restaurant. It was my anniversary of three years where’s my wife I have no complaints everything was great. Even our very cool European Romanian waitress, very professional and had a great sense of humor.Gabriella thank you so much for giving us a great anniversary dinner. Food was spectacular the desserts were unlike anything I’ve ever eaten. And the prices were very reasonable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Food was good but our waitress was rude. Still we like the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got there early, had a drink and App at the bar. Got call for our reservation and our coats had been taken earlier. Dinner was excellent and our waiter , Miles was as well. Enjoyable evening.

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vipJohn
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was friendly, personable, knowledgeable, and a great advocate for the Inn. A professional.

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vipKimH
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our time at Washington Inn! Great service and outstanding food!

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LindaM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner, I had the tomahawk pork chop and it was one of the best I’ve had. Service exceptional!

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Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 6516 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.