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Washington Inn, Cape May, NJ

Washington Inn

4.8
4.8
8350 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 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 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, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,350 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
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey

    Best Ambiance

  • New Jersey

    Great for fine wines

  • New Jersey

    American

  • Cape May

    Best Overall

  • Cape May

    Best Food

  • Cape May

    Best Service

  • Cape May

    Best Ambiance

  • Cape May

    Great for fine wines

  • Cape May

    Romantic

  • Cape May

    American

  • Cape May

    Most Booked

8,350 Reviews
  1. SeashoreDiamonds

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dining experience was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious. Our server Daniel could not have been more attentive and accommodating to all our dining needs. Overall a very pleasant dining experience. The Washington Inn is a must stop for dining.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience! It has been 20 years but it was perfect!

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  3. JohnP

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is the best at the Jersey shore. Ambiance is wonderful . Great for special occasion. Food prices have increased greatly over the last couple of years At these prices- they should include a bread basket with a meal .

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  4. DanaD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as always. Our waitress was wonderful and personable. The food was exceptional and we were not disappointed.

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  5. KatieM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stopped in for a late dinner on President's Day weekend, and despite it being the middle of the off-season, the restaurant was packed! Dining room and bar were beautiful and cozy. Our server, Megan, was very attentive and friendly. Drinks were delicious. The oysters with raspberry mignonette were my favorite bite of the evening. Looking forward to returning this summer!

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  6. LaRue

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of the few top restaurants in Cape May and even in all of Cape May County.

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  7. openminded

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply the best in Cape May and one of the best in all of New Jersey. Never disappoints. Expensive, yes. But you know that going in.

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  8. JoanneM

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you can only eat at one place in Cape May make it the Washington Inn. OUTSTANDING.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress could not have been more accommodating. Knew the menu inside and out. Recommended two fantastic meals. Highly recommend.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal and great service. One of our favorites by far. The Cioppino was excellent. The shaved fennel salad is a must try!!! Will be back again and again!

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  11. MichaelB

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been going there for years. Washington Inn never disappoints.

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  12. emfaze

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, service and atmosphere. Love that there are mocktails on the menu! 10/10 can’t wait to return!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Stacey was wonderful! Great dinner for an anniversary celebration. The fresh oysters were amazing.

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  14. SteakEater

    Atlantic City

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, Caitlin, great dinners, filet and crab cakes, then fun at the bar.

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  15. MichaelA

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great night starting with a drink at the bar then great service and excellent food!

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  16. Paulb

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal. Sonata was our waitress and she did a great job. Very friendly. Aware of all menu items the four of us were all very pleased

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  17. foodnwine

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived, our server was outstanding and the food was also outstanding from the appetizers to the desserts. The cocktails were also outstanding.

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  18. Scotty

    New York City

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not my first and certainly not my last time here. From the greeting to paying the check, FABULOUS! Our server Kaitlyn was FIRE! Well spoken and knowledgeable of the menu. I’m in the biz and wish I could clone her for my own restaurant. Sommelier had an excellent recommendation for us on the Pinot Noir side. Duck was the best I’ve tasted in a long time. Cooked perfectly to temp, sauced well to not over drench the protein, shiitake mushroom bread pudding was memorable. I’m so glad I brought my brother in law for the first time to share this experience with me. Cheers to a job well done. Best in Cape May!

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  19. JamesM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant dining experience. We will be back soon.

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  20. CMGirl10

    Atlantic City

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was Fabulous. Pine nut Arugula Salad , Halibut Special, Oysters Rockefeller, and Seafood Coppini were ordered. Everything was tasty, delicious, and cooked to perfection. We had Cappuccinos for dessert with Creme Brûlée and a Triple Chocolate Cake. It does not get any better than this. We enjoyed having our favorite server, Sonata. Thank you for making our Valentine Celebration so memorable. Highly recommend to celebrate any occasion. We have been coming to The Washington Inn for 19 years and have always had great time.

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  21. HectorR

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding. Dinner. Service. Ambience.

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  22. McGee

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a lovely Valentines Day dinner. The best oysters Rockefeller I’ve ever had. Seafood Cioppino is always delicious. Our server was delightful. Only small complaint was another very loud, overly chatty server that took the noise level over the top.

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  23. AdamPetinga

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriend and I went for Valentine's Day. The food was amazing. We indulged in the escargot and burrata for our appetizers. For the main course, we got a filet mignon and the signature crab cakes. Our server Stacey was amazing and made our experience unforgettable. We will 100% be back!

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  24. Doct1

    Atlantic City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant to go to in Cape May for high end quality service and food

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  25. AlexC

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful. The food is always amazing. We love the ambience of the restaurant. Prices are high but we expect that. A lovely place for a special celebration.

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  26. Stockman

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had an excellent Valentine's Day dinner at the Washington Inn. The food and service were great and we will be back!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & Service are always excellent! Love the bar.

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  28. Birdie

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous dinner, a wonderful waitress and a very tasty cheesecake! Always a delightful experience.

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  29. JoseN

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Great flavors. Was disappointed about not receiving bread with dinner, but overall it was a great first time experience and we will be back!

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  30. TeresaT

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmosphere very nice. Very expensive. Food was good.

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  31. GG22

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hospitality at its finest from the hostess to the server and everyone one else who interacted with us by bringing out our food or clearing finished plates out of the way. Food was phenomenal and none of the 6 dishes we had disappointed everything was amazing.

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  32. AMP19

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our meal was great, pomegranate martini and chocolate mousse tower was great.

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  33. lyndad

    Atlantic City

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening with friends. Our food was fantastic. Stacy our waitress was soo friendly . Every time we visit Washington Inn it is memorable

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  34. ocfoodie

    Atlantic City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First I have to tell you how great our waitress was! Stacey is awesome, funny, accommodating and attentive. Ok so now the dinners were all excellent. Lamb chop special, crab cakes, bronzino and filet were all excellent. The augratin potatoes are a must. Bananas foster are a must for dessert. Delicious cant wait to go back.

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  35. MariaP

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Thank you for a great dinner.

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  36. RobertC

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very accommodating to our change of plans and timely with our table! Offered Prosecco to toast at no charge!!

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  37. MichelleL

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner. Looking forward to coming back again.

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  38. KathyN

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent! Prixe Fix menu on New Years Eve. All courses were timed perfectly. Gabriella our server was knowledgeable about the menu and very professional. Such a pleasant NY Eve dinner.

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  39. DorotheaM

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I dined there last night on New Year's Eve. We loved the whole dining experience. I had the seafood bisque and the lobster. My boyfriend had the seafood bisque and filet mignon. Our meals were excellent. We have dined here many times and are always pleased. We will continue to patronize The Washington Inn.

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  40. MattS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This review is for New Year’s Eve price fix menu. I usually love The Washington Inn. But not on NYE. The service is always very good and the bar is a lot of fun. The price for the dinner we received was way too high($155 per person not including drinks, tax and tips). Our dinner consisted of a seafood bisque which was very good, a salad, our main meal which consisted of a cold water lobster tail, sushi rice cake and Asian cabbage. The lobster tail was rather bland, the rice cake was inedible as was the cabbage. The dessert was fair. Overall, a disappointing dinner as well as overpriced. Will I go back to The Washing Inn for dinner? Absolutely. As long as it’s their normal menu and not a holiday with priced fixed menu. Live and learn.

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FAQs

Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 8350 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 25 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 Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, Vegan, 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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