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About Washington Inn

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 -- before it became hurried, incorporated & unimaginative

801 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

Cross Street:
Jefferson & Washington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 884-5697

Website:
http://www.washingtoninn.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Miriam Wood

Private Party Facilities:
Whether you are hosting a wedding, rehearsal dinner or a private business meeting, Cape May’s famed Washington Inn has rooms & menus to suit your every need. The former plantation home, circa 1840 offers the cozy Wine Cellar that holds up to 18, or the all-season patio that seats up to 40, or the garden room that accommodates 50, or the entire restaurant for daytime events or selected evening affairs. Your guests will enjoy the same great food and service that have earned The Washington Inn its must-dine reputation.

Private Party Contact:
LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Five for Friday in the Wine Bar. Every Friday evening we offer 5 great items for only $5. Choice of wine, Cocktail, Oysters, Sliders and Appetizers Join us on Fridays!

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Washington Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (129)
Good for Anniversaries (110)
Good for a Date (101)
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Romantic (96)
Fit for Foodies (73)
Good for Birthdays (67)
Notable Wine List (65)
Creative Cuisine (62)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Worth the Drive (56)
Quiet Conversation (41)
Local Ingredients (40)
Cozy (39)
Authentic (30)
Bar Seating (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Seasonal (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Fun (14)
Business Meals (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Casual (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Kid-friendly (7)
Healthy (7)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a reservation on a very busy evening in cape May. Because of reasons beyond the restaurants control, we waited for 30 mins to be seated. They were very apologetic and brought us a complimentary appetizer. Classy way of doing business, and a great place!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great, friendly service! Wonderful meal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went after holiday house tour. The place was very crowded and had to wait 30 minutes past our scheduled invitation. When seated our waiter was attentive and good. The food was excellent. There were 3 of us and all ordered different things and enjoyed them. For dessert ordered the fruit tart which as apple. Only disappointment terribly too sweet. The waiter was nice enough to take back and let us make another choice. The holiday decor could have been more festive. Overall we enjoyed the night

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My mom and I went to Washington Inn this Saturday after a fun day in Cape May. I had heard rave reviews about Washington Inn and was excited to eat dinner at such a prestigious restaurant. When we entered at 7:45 (reservation for 8pm) the hostess rudely asked us to wait in the bar area and come back closer to our reservation time. I had no idea I would be walking into a frat party scene at the bar. People were so drunk, loud, rude. Getting a drink was near to impossible. They had a party of 12+ people who were so obnoxious they kept bumping into us, spilling drinks on us, flailing around like they were at a local pub, not an expensive restaurant. It was so obnoxious that 15 minutes seemed like eternity. I finally went to the hostess and told her that if she didn't sit us now (It was 8:04) we were leaving. I made sure to also mention the scene at the bar to our waitress who was very sweet and apologetic. Our meal was quite expensive, and not so great. Combine that with the horrific ambiance, I would never go back.

Washington Inn - I know other patrons are uncontrollable, however when you see people displaying this type of behavior in your highly regarded restaurant and MANY people are complaining about them, you should step in and do something. Completely unfair for the other diners.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

For a restaurant with glowing reviews, I thought the food was good but the menu definitely limited. The service was poor, table seating cramped, did not meet expectations and wd not recommend.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The Washington Inn delivered on its reputation. The service was top notch. Never felt rushed. They are not in the business of turning tables. The food was absolutely superb. From the appetizers, main course and dessert, I challenge anyone to find better quality food. Wine list was extensive but pricey. Cocktails were excellent. Must visit if you are remotely in the area.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent per usual!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Even though the restaurant was crowded service was excellent. It is a very well run establishment with many cudos to the management

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always excellent service and food!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were looking forward to our date night at the lovely Washington Inn
We were greeted by lovely young children lining the outside steps.
We thought there was a special 🎊 party
After we were seated in the dining area-all renovated now-gave us a very cold feeling -we enjoyed more children running all over
Very noisy- we just sat quietly observing this change of environment- the gentleman at the next table dined with jeans flannel shirt and a baseball cap
We both love children
And I guess Washington Inn has made a choice to be family friendly
And that’s okay
However we will not be comfortable enjoying our date night there or bringing our guest there
We loved the other Washington Inn
Sorry you had to move so far on

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was our first time there. Loved everything about it. Our server James was awesome!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It’s always a treat to dine at the Washington inn. Casual at the bar and semi formal in the dining room

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The restaurant was so much better then I expected.. then we all expected.. the service was great and the food.. well.. how many restaurants does one go to when all there have only the best thing to say about he food and ambiance.. looking forward to going back again.. will recommend to others since we don’t live in Cape May, but plan on coming back more often.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The Washington Inn, its ambiance, its menu, its wines, its team, remain impeccable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was excellent and our server Rachel was outstanding. We went there for my 49th birthday and my children, my wife and I loved it. I am a chef in Manhattan and we did a Quick weekend get away for the holiday and it was well worth it.
Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Have been coming to Wash Inn for over 20 years approximately once a year. It's not as good as it used to be in my opinion. Either that or other restaurants are now equally as good. They need to reset the bar even higher.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very enjoyable experience. Not our first visit. Would recommend it and come again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We’ve been coming to The Washington Inn for years. The food is always very good. The staff is always friendly and gracious. The service is always prompt, polite and accommodating. Great for families and couples. There’s really every reason to recommend it if you’re looking for a low key, graciously served, well prepared meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good however I wish they had advertised the limited menu on there website i was looking forward to the full menu choices

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

As locals we know the Washington Inn is special. it never disappoints.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The server, Rachel, was outstanding.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Washington Inn has been a family favorite for decades . It’s great every visit .

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing! From the valet warm welcome and opening the door for us into the restaurant and all along the way we were greeted! Highly attentive staff that anticipated our every need. My husband and I had Thanksgiving lunch there! Delicious!!!! Excellent presentation! A+++

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Went there 3 weeks ago and the food was great. Went there Saturday night and both mine and my wives dinner was not good. She got the duck that was very under cooked and fatty. I got the special Fluke and it tasted horrible. The fluke was mediocre at best, the vegetables were very bland and tough. I couldn't even bite into the mushroom slices.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome as always. Great service

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our dinner was enjoyable. The food is consistently good and the service is excellent. The pear martini was a nice fall cocktail. Tonight’s fluke special was hearty and filling. The filet was served over lentils, mushrooms and butternut squash.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Washington Inn is a warm and welcoming restaurant with a creative menu that delivers finely crafted food with carefully balanced flavors and seasonings. The fluke prepared on a plancha was exceptional. The Cape May Salts (oysters) were large, fresh and briny. The wine list is well thought out with a wide variety of choices in each category and at different price levels. Diners should have no difficulty matching a wine to their meal and budget. But there are also excellent choices if you are celebrating something and want to splurge.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Washington inn is always a best possible choice anywhere. We have been to some of the best restaurants in NYC and Nothern NJ and this restaurant compares to any of them. Food is always perfectly prepared and presented perfectly. Everything about it is great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Staff was great. Very attentive food was great a little pricy but worth it

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. A true value for the $$

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food and service. Atmosphere is quaint.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Have been dining at the Washington Inn off and on for over 15 years and although the menu has changed several times over that period of time the execution, presentation and taste has been consistently good.
Only disappointment this most recent visit was that our table for two was crowded and wedged into a rather tight space but the Inn was packed so there were no other options available without having to extend our wait time which we were not willing to accept.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wow, my wife and I went and we absolutely loved it. Friends gave us a gift card, wanting us to try it. I must say they have good taste. Everything was top notch, the property, service, food, all were exceptional. Our server was a very knowledgeable, kind and efficient gentleman. The food was excellent and the portions were generous.
We are no longer needing a new destination for our Anniversary dinners.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner here for Cape May Restaurant Week. I got the Coconut Curried Lentil Soup, Basmati Rice, Yogurt Drizzle for my First Course. It was creamy & so delicious! Two of my dining companions got the Shrimp & Cod Fritters, Asian Slaw, Korean Chili Aioli. Both of them said the fritters were very good. My other dining companion got the Roasted Winter Squash, Parmesan Napolean. She said it was also very good.

Three of us opted for the Entree Course of the Seafood Cioppino: Clams, Shrimp, Scallops, Local Seafood, Tomato Broth, Garlic Aioli, Grilled Focaccia. The flavor of the broth was very good and the dish had lots of tasty seafood. Overall, we all enjoyed it. One of my dining companions got the Herb Euro Chicken Breast, Red Wine Risotto Cake, Dijon Creamed Mushrooms, Pancetta Braised Kale. She said it was also very good.

For the Dessert Course two of us got the Spiced Apple Crumb Cake, Caramel Sauce, Cinnamon Ice Cream & two of us got the Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee. My apple cake was wonderful, moist and full of flavor. The ice cream was also very good. My two friends loved their creme brulees.

In summary, we had an excellent meal with great service from Tina, our server, who was friendly while being both pleasant and professional. She periodically checked back in with us to see if we needed anything. Ron, her assistant, was also pleasant and cleared our plates and dishes in a timely manner.

We have been to the Washington Inn for Restaurant Week before and definitely enjoy the food, ambiance and service each time we visit. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Enjoyed a good anniversary dinner at Washington Inn. I would say the standout service was most enjoyable from walking in to the inn and being greeted to the server and bus boys. The food was excellent except the side of whole potatoes that came with the filet were really dry and flavorless. The Italian wine that was paired was not enjoyable either...too dry for pairing with beef. The seafood cioppino and filet were very delicious. The filet was perfectly cooked to rare as ordered. The oysters (all 3 types) were excellent as well as the mignonette served. The handmade cocktails were average and overpriced.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The Inn has had its ups and downs. A few years ago it was excellent, then it went downhill fast, both food and service. After a two or three year hiatus, we thought we'd give it another try for Restaurant Week. Based on just this one visit, it back on the upswing. WE had the vegetable napolean app and the cioppino entree, both excellent, and a creme brulee and a choc cake choc mousse choc granache dessert, both very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Thank you for another great meal and excellent service.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful on every level! It was our first time to dine at the Washington Inn, We will return in the future.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always a great meal. One of our Cape May favorites.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Would have given 5 stars but they ran out of bananas for there signature desert bananas foster.

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