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Washington Inn

4.8
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5546 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gabriella our server was impeccable. She was attentive and had a great wit. Food was incredible and her suggestions were SPOT ON—especially her recommendation of the bananas foster dessert. Tables were more than 6 feet apart and everything was up to code re: the dreaded virus. A wonderful evening and a meal I will dream about for weeks to come!

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vipLaura
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was here for an Anniversary and was not disappointed! Delicious! The staff was attentive and polished. Thank

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to WI for over 20 years and it never disappoints. Our most recent dinner there was one of the best meals of my life. The food and service are impeccable! Don’t forgot to try out some of their delicious cocktails as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect dining experience. Candace was wonderful and recommend a perfect bottle of red wine. Karen our waitress served us and was knowledgeable and attentive.
She came out with a perfect birthday plate decoration for my daughter STEPHANIE 💗’s birthday. It was a special evening. Thank you very much.

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vipSteakEater
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Washington Inn is THE best restaurant in Cape May. Great food, atmosphere and service.

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PAULK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining canceled due to weather. Contacted us ahead of time to ask permission to seat us inside.
Maintained all guidelines while providing excellent food and service. It was their last evening of the season.

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Renee
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel was an excellent server. Food was delicious.

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NinaR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Washington inn is top rate !!
Food, service, atmosphere.... I would go back anytime!

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michaelc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience, our first indoor dining since the start of the pandemic. Felt completely safe, tables were appropriately spaced but still maintaining ambience. Our server was absolutely charming and the food was delicious. Perfect evening.

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LLA1
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding. This remains our GoTo restaurant in Cape May. Always a great meal and service.

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JillianNadiakBruck
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new husband and I went to the Washington Inn for the first time ever on the evening of our wedding (10.10.2020). We canceled our big wedding upstate due to COVID and instead, had a small family-only socially-distanced wedding on the beach in our favorite place, Cape May. Since we did not have a reception, we decided to have the fanciest dinner of our lives, just us, instead.

We asked where we should go on the Cape May Restaurants recommendations Facebook group page and the Washington Inn stood out. So we took the only reservation we could get - 8:45 p.m. When we were done with the ceremony and having a drink with family at 7:30, my dress was killing me, neither of us were hungry and we wondered if it was worth the wait-but the wait did not disappoint. We arrived in our wedding attire and diners cheered for us. Everyone clinked their glasses and we kissed before someone from the Inn brought out two glasses of champagne on the house for us as we waited to be seated.

We were then walked to a table for two outside by an outdoor heater and ordered a bowl of the crab corn chowder and a bread basket to share as well as a bottle of prosecco. As a young couple on a budget-saving for repairs to our home and preparing for our future-we tend to eat Burger King quite often when we're too tired to cook and we laughed as we realized how incredible food can actually taste. We began expressing to each other what made the soup so special. We thought we would make great hosts on a travel series called "The Newlyweds" where we show up in wedding attire and describe food as laypeople. We kept looking at each other wondering if what we were having was real. The soup was only one-upped by the filet mignon we both ordered. (Both Medium-we have a lot in common, I suppose.) It essentially tasted and felt like butter-in the best way. THIS-we both agreed-is why we work 9 - 5 p.m. five days a week. THIS makes it all worth it. We will be doing this every year when we come to Cape May now.

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vipTableTalks
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent so thank you very much for such an enjoyable experience!

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GFfoody
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at the inn every time we are in town and are never disappointed. It’s a bit pricier than other places, but it’s worth every penny. They did a great job creating a lovely outside space to accommodate state mandates and social distancing. The chef’s selection oysters were delicious! Highly recommend the short ribs.

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vipZoeB
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best crab cakes I’ve had in ages. Small but will selected wine list that pairs well with the food. Service was friendly and efficient. Would definitely come back again.

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WILLIAMJ
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was excellent, our waiter got my wife's wine selection wrong and then wanted to argue with her about it. I asked for no cheese on my salad and received extra cheese! He acted like we were the ones wrong? Maybe if he wrote it down things would have been more pleasant. With tip it was a $300 dinner with an attitude waiter

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KristinaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall nice experience! Understanding that it was a Full house but the service was still a little slow,

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vipMarissaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had in my life. The food was outstanding, and the pacing of the meal was perfect. We enjoyed a lovely evening out under the stars with the heaters to keep us warm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, outstanding service-a perfect romantic dinner spot!

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rochfordd
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated wedding anniversary at a great restaurant
Always exceptional

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JamesR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food,friendly service ,our must go to place when in Cape May .They don't disappoint .

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JoJo
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and specialty cocktails were amazing. The Washington Inn has it all. Great ambiance, excellent food. The only complaint was our waiter seemed like he forgot we were there. Perhaps the location we were sitting at? We would have ordered more wine/cocktails but he never came around.
Overall it was still a great experience.

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MitchellG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside for their final weekend of the season. The food was great. The service was excellent.

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vipBoss
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible service and food.

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PaigeP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant ambiance was very nice and the cuisine was good, but not remarkable. The charge for bread was disappointing. Although we enjoyed the visit, we probably won’t go back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Had the Filet and Branzino, both were cooked perfectly.

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MichaelT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. We enjoyed the entire experience

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vipSeldomScene
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall excellent experience. Very good drinks, great oysters, good salads and mains, and incredible desserts - the fromage blanc and the bread pudding were both outstanding examples of their respective type of dessert. It

The Washington Inn was a good choice for dinner. Glad we went.

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vipstreamers
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is top-shelf. Menu is limited, but the food is excellent. Service is outstanding. Lots of outdoor spaces. Beware of the BYO thing. It's just one night a week (Sunday) and there is a $30 corkage fee otherwise. Our server told us a white lie about that claiming he was waiving it knowing we would hike his tip as a result. He was really good though so I did not get too upset.

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MargaretH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice for a special occasion but overpriced for the quality of the food.

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RichO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing atmosphere with top notch service. The food was delicious. We felt very comfortable during these days of Covid. Tables were spaced well and all protocols followed. We’ll be back!

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Jerry
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great as usual!! Had to go find the car valet which wasn’t good as my wife uses a walker.

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vippatricia
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Washington Inn never lets you down! Great dining experience.

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Jack
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in all respects. Washington Inn, like many restaurants, is coping with providing service in the time of Covid. We were able to dine indoors on the enclosed porch which provided a temperature controlled environment and great view - suggest that you request the same. Those dining at the outdoor tables could be a bit chilly in cool weather.

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vipJennieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at the Washington Inn and can't wait to go back. Excellent service and food.

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SiqingG
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Oysters are very fresh, probably one of the best Fillet mignon ever had...

Beautiful outdoor dining, romantic and private, and excellent food service, highly recommend to eat at special occasions.

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vipCathyL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food at the Washington Inn ! Great night -thoroughly enjoyed!

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PaulE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Washington Inn offers a premier dining experience. The menu is varied and everything was beautifully prepared and delicious. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. All this in a setting with great ambiance.

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vipBPAX
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner dining outdoors. They had heat lamps which made it very comfortable. Food was excellent and our waiter was as well.

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bruceavalon
Philadelphia
26 reviews