Washington Inn

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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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J
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I had the Delaware bay oysters ... flavorless. My husbands NY strip was cold and rare he ordered medium rare. His sides were three halves of fingerling potatoes that were called duck fat fingerlings and broccoli rabe and some red peppers on top. The meal was cold disjointed and poorly executed for 46.00
I had the branzino which was hot and prepared well however my sides were cold as well. A half of a plum tomato and small amount of potatoes.
The waiter was very apologetic for our wait which really didn’t bother us but we did appreciate his concern.
Disappointed !

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th Anniversary. Thank you it was a wonderful evening.

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During my annual sister’s weekend in Cape May to enjoy the kick off to the Christmas season we decided this year to try Washington Inn for dinner. It was as a choice well worth the price Godfrey, our waiter, took such good care of us. When we could not decide on a bottle of wine he sent the sommelier over and she picked out the perfect bottle within our price range. The food was delicious, atmosphere perfect to put you in the Christmas 🎄 spirit! Highly recommend.

m
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely dinner with excellent fresh fish well prepared

SP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A trip to Cape May is not complete without dinner at the Inn! If asked to tell you my favorite part about dining here, I don't know if I would chose the food, the wine, the atmosphere, the service or the history of the restaurant (okay.. it would be the food! Thank you Chef Adam!) The menu offers a wonderful selection of old favorites and innovative specials. Their wine selection is extensive, but don't be intimidated! Their wait staff are incredibly knowledgable and more than happy to offer their recommendations. Thank you for a lovely evening!

RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Cape May!!
The food is always wonderful and all the rooms are lovely.

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful night! Great service from entire staff. And to cap it off - we ordered dessert to share. I forgot that I even mentioned on the Open Table reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary. The Inn picked up on this note on the reservation and brought our dessert with candle and "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate around the outside of the plate. This really made a very nice impression on us and on the surrounding tables as it was a total surprise. Thank you for standing out for excellent service along with an excellent seafood dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up the expected standards

T
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal. High standards in service and quality.

j
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting the standard for white linen dining in Cape May, the Inn never disappoints as all culinary elements converge into one amazingly memorable dining experience. This is our ‘go to’ place for special occasions as it is truly a special restaurant that never misses a beat in delivering impressive service, ambiance, and cuisine.

s
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan entrée was absolutely delicious as were the sides of mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and brussels sprouts.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Thanksgiving Giving at the inn. It was perfect ! Delicious food and attentive service!

JW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything exceptional

S
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy in Washington Inn. Likely the best restaurant in CM. Bravo!

p
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

team service at it's best... we had a lovely night, they even wrote happy anniversary on our dessert plate.
the food was delicious and we had a great experience, the noise level is a little high in the garden seating area

MC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite off season dinner.

f
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous. If you want a high class dining experience. The Washington in is the place.
They are always top notch.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Haven’t been to the Washington Inn for a few years as we moved from the area. My steak was excellent but my sides were strange. The bitter broccoli rabe did nothing to enhance the steak nor did the mound of jar red peppers. I don’t mind trying different things but a nice baked potato choice or decent vege would have taken this steak dinner over the top for me. I did get the arugula salad as an appetizer, some wilting and under dressed unfortunately.
Will try again but will ask for substitutes.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner at the Washington Inn. The staff welcomed us and many wished us a happy anniversary. Our server was Godfrey. He was very pleasant and accommodating. Our meal was excellent. This was our first time and we will definitely return.

BP
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing environment, unbelievable food, can't wait to get back there!

U
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not as good as expected.

DM
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never been disappointed here. Of course, I prefer BYOB, however the wine choices were good. Service....EXCELLENT!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Was disappointed

NP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Cape May! Such an outstanding wine menu and amazing food! Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Cape May!

RH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, pleasant servers, great service, good wine selection.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy arriving early and sitting in bar area. Plenty of waiters to help get drinks and apps. Relax a bit then seat on reservation time. Great menu because different types of foods and all delicious. Helpful wait staff. Always enjoy our time there.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Our meal was very good. I had the crab cakes my husband had the Short Rib. Both dishes were excellent. The atmosphere was very pleasant. A little noisy. But the nicest part was our exceptional server Margo. He was incredible.

JD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were very well treated as we had asked for a nice table to celebrate our 52nd anniversary. They even wrote "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on our dessert plate.

LJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at the Washington Inn for our 1 year anniversary. The food, the service, and the ambiance were all fantastic. Thank you for a special night!

RL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, the food delicious, the portions were generous, and the ambiance intimate. Great dinner! We will definitely dine there again.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my parents 50th wedding anniversary! Outstanding service and dinner!! Kal, our server was just amazing , we have not had service like that in a long time. Can’t wait to go back!! Thank you for a very great evening!

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant Week Menu had great value an selection.

JG
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been coming here for 30 years and have always had an amazing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Were a group of five and dined during the fall restaurant week menu and everything was excellent from beginning to end. Our Server Mel was great with answering any questions that our group had. The food is Top notch from first course through my chocolate dessert and coffee ice cream, oh so good

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabby our waitress was professional and personable!! Food was amazing....

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent

JM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary, which fell during restaurant week. We had a wonderful dinner, wine, and impeccable service by Gabriella. She mentioned our anniversary when we arrived, and the dessert was served on a plate that had Happy Anniversary written in chocolate around the edge. Nice touch!

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used the resraraunt weekend as our first time to the Washington Inn. We will definitely be back. Food was well prepared and plated nocely, tasty and more than filling. Crab cakes were exceptional, light, and seasoned well.

LS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We will be back. Food was very good. service excellent. the hostess was amazing, handling athe crowd in a professional and organized manner and it was crazy busy

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Went for a birthday dinner showed up 10 mins early for reservation and had to wait about 20 mins to be seated. Bar was super loud and crowded. Dinner took over 2 hours. Service was really not good for such an expensive restaurant. Our empty dinner plates sat in front of us for 15 mins. Took forever to get water refilled etc. And main course took a really long time. Food was excellent they just need to work on service.