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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:
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
OPEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 5 PM

OPEN DECEMBER 26TH - DECEMBER 31ST EVERY DAY
EARLY 3 COURSE DINNER MENU 5- 6PM $27

EVERY SATURDAY DINE AFTER NINE
MAKE RESERVATIONS AFTER 9PM AND RECEIVE 20% OFF ENTIRE CHECK

SUNDAYS NO CORKAGE FEE(WHEN OPEN)

Cross Street:
Jefferson

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.

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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, 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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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 (137)
Good for a Date (117)
Good for Anniversaries (111)
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Romantic (108)
Fit for Foodies (82)
Good for Birthdays (78)
Notable Wine List (70)
Creative Cuisine (66)
Neighborhood Gem (63)
Worth the Drive (58)
Quiet Conversation (46)
Cozy (40)
Local Ingredients (40)
Bar Seating (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Authentic (27)
Seasonal (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Happy Hour (16)
Business Meals (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Fun (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Casual (10)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 13 hours ago

The server, Rachel, was outstanding.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our table was immediately available. Food was outstanding. Service was great. The Washington Inn has been around a long time and is still one of the best in Cape May.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was the second time I have been to the Washington Inn and again it didn’t disappoint!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Outstanding food all the way from appetizers through dessert. Attentive but not overbearing service. Pleasant ambiance with nice lighting and comfortable seating. Creative menu with something for everyone. A wonderful evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great service! Our server Karen was awesome!! Food and drinks were delicious!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were in Cape May for Our Anniversary and we were meeting another couple. They recommended a "Fine Dining Experience" at The Washington Inn and we were WOWED!! We sat exactly on our reservation time...which is always nice. First, We were impressed with the Bread Bowl...it was very unique and a creative way to start our meals. Second, the menu was impressive especially because my wife is a vegetarian and sometimes She struggles with Her selection. She finally chose a Crabcake entree and it was excellent. I had a beautiful cut of steak cooked the way I like...that I totally finished. I had the opportunity to taste a Salmon entree & a Bronzino entree that I wished I had ordered...Ha Ha!! Next, the desserts we picked...from Cheesecake to a Seasonal Tart were great. And finally, The Main Dining Room setting was very nice. We would request the Sunroom in the future because it appeared to have a special feel to it. The Wait Staff was great...Thanks Rachel and the crew. The night was exactly what we were looking for to celebrate a Special occasion...Thanks Washington Inn.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent meal, atmosphere, and server for our anniversary dinner! Key lime oysters and crabcakes were out of this world. Very impressive wine selection. Our first time there & we will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Exceptional quality appetizer and wonderful main course. We will visit again, we have been away too long.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A lovely dinner. The wait staff were all so pleasant and accommodating. A perfect evening.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fine experience. Definitely worth a return trip. Would have had five stars for service if not for our waitperson pouring wine into my water glass. Accidents happen.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with my last visit. My friend ordered a bottled beer from the menu. The wrong one was brought to the table. When he told the server it was incorrect the server said this is the only one we have. Next, the crab cakes came to the table with the outer crust burned. My friend did not send it back since I had my dinner and did not want to wait another 40 minutes. The only delicious item was the cake, many layers.
This was our second visit this year and will try again next summer.
The noise level was outrageous. The bar noise was terrible. We asked for a quiet area and got one but another customer, who was tabled near the base, asked to move amd wasn't as I was able to see their table from mine. The restaurant was not so very busy that he could not have been moved. One section was not even used.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been to this restaurant about a dozen times now it never fails to impress me. The food is consistently excellent and the service is top notch. Always a great experience. I guess that's why it's by far our favorite restaurant in NJ.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food, one of the few restaurants that is consistently terrific and worth the money
Check out the Duck!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We haven't been to the Inn or Cape May for a few years but we were so happy that the food is still great ! And the service is perfect as we remember it always been. I especially like the "new" less stuffy feel and the inclusion of organic steak ( yummy without the worries). The lamb cavatelli has always been one of my favorite pasta dishes bar none. thanks for a great time and meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best place to eat in all of the cape. Will not go home disappointed with any choice on the menu

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A wonderful meal. Fine dining done well.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing food! Beautiful restaurant in a historic inn. Great service. Clean rest rooms. Superb chef! Great price for food. Drinks were a little pricey. Overall-highly recommend!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Perfection as always!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Came for a lovely anniversary dinner - great service, food was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The Washington Inn never disappoints. The restaurant is so well managed, the servers impeccably trained and the food so delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Took my wife here for the first time, just for a romantic dinner. I have to say the whole experience was impeccable! Absolutely romantic atmosphere, the food was explosive to our tast buds and the service from start to finish was nothing less then perfect. The staff was so friendly and went above and beyond! Will frequent the Washington inn more often.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Out of town guests

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As always the food was very good. But they seated us in a small room in the basement. At first a large part of 8 and a table with 4, both finishing their meals. They left leaving us alone in the basement. Quiet but we weren’t looking for a private room in the basement for our meal.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

When visiting Cape May, dining at the Washington Inn is always a must. With luck you may find parking on the street right in front or they have convenient valet. It was a birthday occasion, we asked for a nice table through Open Table and where sat in the front porch section at a nice location where it is a little quieter and private. They have a decent wine list and we always find the food preparation to be creative. We made dinner reservations at other restaurants while on our 5-day getaway but if we had one more night, we would have returned to the Washington Inn.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy
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