Washington Inn

4.8
6497 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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KevinR
New England
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place, we love the staff and food.

Thank you

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vipRosie
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, excellent service, lovely atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipDeeC
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Ronald
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JohnP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! Wonderful staff and food.

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MaryC
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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vipMrPEsq
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Washington Inn never disappoints. From the great bar for pre-dinner cocktails to the warm and beautiful dining rooms, to (of course) the wonderful food, it's hard to find a better dining experience. Short ribs over potato gnocchi were rich and savory and the 6 hour braised lamb shank special was sooo flavorful and perfect for a cold fall evening. Thanks again, gang. Hope to see you again, soon.

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Bill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely ambience, and the service was amazing given that many places have slow service due to staffing shortages these days. Meals aren't cheap, but well worth the price for a special occasion meal!

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HelenaU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mediterranean branzino with roasted fennel& fingerling potatoes
chocolate mousse tower

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markm
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The gnocchi was like a gummy bear, Short rib was great.

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vipChris
Philadelphia
142 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal! I've been coming to Cape May for 20+ years and this dinner was by far one of the top standouts over that time period. It was a busy Saturday Night in November, and we arrived a bit early for our reservation, so we grabbed a drink at the bar to wait. The hostess found us right around our actual reservation time, and seated us as a great table in a side room.

We started with the burrata appetizer which was perfectly portioned for two to share, before moving on to the main course. I had the beef short ribs and it was easily the star of the show. Flavorful and tender, it melted in the mouth and paired perfectly with the fluffy gnocchi. My girlfriend had the crab cakes which featured a unique but delicious breading, with a delicious apple slaw on the side. To finish the evening, we split the chocolate mousse cake, which was light yet decadent. I also indulged in a Washington Inn coffee (Jamaican + Irish), and I highly recommend it!

Overall, the service and ambiance were fabulous, which made for a well-rounded fall evening out in Cape May. Well done, Washington Inn!

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vipTomS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, amazing food and ambience, the owner is excellent and extremely knowledgeable in wine selections

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have going here for many years, and loves it. But, they were off this Sat. night that we attended. The server did ck. back after our dinner arrived, but a little too soon. No one in our party had started to eat. There was only 1 problem with one entree. The NY on special was raw, or, what is considered Blue. He had ordered medium rare. The other issue was, we were served NO bread. We assumed that they forgot, so we inquired to another server. He said that because a lot of people are gluten intolerant, they only serve bread if you ask for it, AND, that you/we would be charged $5! I can't believe that the Washington Inn, which we LOVED, would skimp like that, to say the least. I don't think that we will be back. There are other very well established, fine dining venues that would accommodate us in the manner that has always been their standard, and ours.
We are sorry that it has come to this.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for anniversary dinner

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JosephH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought first time visitors to Cape May to Washington Inn. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful food and outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family birthday

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TheDar
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been to Peter Shields and it was good but this was better and I can’t wait to return- food presentation was awesome/ what I expect from cape May

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Juste
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Kit was our server and she was fun and helpful. All of her recommendations were on point.

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JeffJ
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Kit was great and informative. Washington In. Is our fav restaurant in Cape May. Worth the wait for reservations. Anytime of year, awesome!!

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conniem
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is very nice for a special evening. We were celebrating seeing friends we had not seen for two years. The wait staff was very attentive and went out of their way to accommodate our requests. The food was delicious.

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ronG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My seafood risotto a normal menu item was not very fresh , very "fishy" smell and a very bad tasting clam and a lot of small shells in the broth. Wife's steak special was a little expensive at almost $60.

The restaurant was very nice and the service was very good

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RochelleG
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fine dining within the Inn. Our entrées of Short Rib/potato gnocchi and Porkchop/roasted potato were delicious. Good pairings. Bread was $5 extra. Overall, a solid restaurant turning out tasty dishes. Lovely setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great. Room was too hot.

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GraceR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This dinner was fabulous! The setting and food were just perfect!

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been eating here for years. Last night’s dinner one of best. I had branzino and my husband crab cakes. Finished with Bananas Foster.

Waitress Yenny was lovely.

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TriciaA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Daniel was excellent. He overheard my husband and I wish each other a happy anniversary-low and behold at the end of dinner we had a "Happy Anniversary" surprise dessert. A very nice touch-we appreciated it.

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Triplets
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Good food and drinks. The service was also terrific

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Washington Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 6497 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.