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Washington Inn, Cape May, NJ

Washington Inn

4.8
4.8
6650 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-5697

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Miriam Wood

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697

  • Neighborhood

    Cape May

  • Cross street

    Jefferson & Washington

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizer

  • Chef's Featured Oysters

    local beach plum mignonette, cocktail sauce & lemon

    • each$3.75
  • Local Oysters Rockefeller$16.00

    parmesan, spinach, bacon

    • Maryland She Crab Bisque$12.00

      tarragon-sherry cream

      • Roasted Mushroom Soup$12.00

        crimini, shiitake, spring onion

        • Whipped Lemon Ricotta$16.00

          spring vegetables, lemon brioche breadcrumb, basil vinaigrette

          • Shaved Sunchoke & Arugula Salad$12.00

            radicchio, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, lemon vinaigrette

            • Tartar Duet$19.00

              ahi tuna, scottish salmon, cucumber, tobiko, cilantro & cumin vinaigrette

              • Escargot Gratin$15.00

                garlic & herb butter, gruyere cheese, crostini

                • Washington Inn Crab Cake$20.00

                  roasted red pepper cream

                  Entrée

                  • Duroc Pork Chop$34.00

                    yukon gold-celery root purée, kale, mushrooms, sage demi glace

                    • Scottish Salmon$36.00

                      spring vegetables, pea pesto, lemon beurre blanc

                      • Whole Roasted Branzino$38.00

                        fingerling potatoes, caramelized fennel, roasted plum tomato, tapenade

                        • Washington Inn Cioppino$34.00

                          daily catch, local shellfish, white wine tomato broth, grilled focaccia

                          • Curried Cauliflower Steak$27.00

                            royal trumpet mushrooms, garlic spinach, butternut squash coulis, pine nut-raisin relish

                            • Creekstone Ranch Short Rib$36.00

                              goat cheese polenta, roasted vegetables, balsamic bacon-jam

                              • Filet Mignon$65.00

                                potato pancake, brussels sprouts, horseradish, roasted garlic & rosemary demi

                                After Dinner

                                  Desserts

                                  • Chocolate Mousse Cake$12.00

                                    raspberry filling

                                    • Crème Brûlée$12.00

                                      fresh berries

                                      • Chef's Selection Cheesecake$12.00

                                        fresh whipped cream

                                        • Bananas Foster$12.00

                                          almond tuile, vanilla ice cream, warm rum sauce

                                          Coffee & Tea

                                          we proudly roast the beans for our signature Washington Inn Blend

                                          • Coffee$3.00

                                            • Tea$3.50

                                              • Espresso$3.95

                                                • Cappuccino$5.95

                                                  • Latte$5.95

                                                    • French Press

                                                      • Sm.$6.00
                                                      • Lg.$10.00

                                                    Digestives

                                                    • Averna Amaro$13.00

                                                      • Nonino Amaro$17.00

                                                        • Cynar$11.00

                                                          • Fernet Branca$12.00

                                                            • Carpano Antica Formula$15.00

                                                              • Green Chartreuse$14.00

                                                                • Yellow Chartreuse$14.00

                                                                  • Julia Superiore Grappa$15.00

                                                                    • Castello Banfi Grappa$18.00

                                                                      Cognac & Armagnac

                                                                      • Larressingle VSOP$15.00

                                                                        • Camus VSOP$35.00

                                                                          • Leyrat VSOP$20.00

                                                                            • Leyrat XO$34.00

                                                                              • Cognac Dudognon$11.00

                                                                                Nightcap

                                                                                • The Fudge Kitchen$12.00

                                                                                  vanilla vodka, chocolate wine, dark creme de cocoa

                                                                                  • Espresso Martini$12.00

                                                                                    vanilla vodka, kahlua, single espresso

                                                                                    • Washington Inn Romantic Coffee$10.00

                                                                                      grand marnier & tia maria, house whipped cream

                                                                                      • Bijou$12.00

                                                                                        gin, dolin genepy, dolin rouge, orange & aztec chocolate bitters; smooth, earthy, wintery aperitivo

                                                                                        • Ferrari$12.00

                                                                                          fernet branca, campari; bitter & medicinal, excellent digestives

                                                                                          Dessert Wines

                                                                                          • Brachetto d'Acqui Il Furetto, 2015$12.00

                                                                                            • Moscato d'Asti, La Gatta, 2018$10.00

                                                                                              • Sauterns, Château Bordenave, 2010$12.00

                                                                                                • Santa Sophia, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2009$13.00

                                                                                                  • Banyuls, Domaine Vial-Magneres, NV$13.00

                                                                                                    Port, Sherry & Madeira

                                                                                                    • Sandeman Ruby Port$8.00

                                                                                                      • Graham's Six Grape Port$10.00

                                                                                                        • Graham's 10 Year Tawny$15.00

                                                                                                          • Graham's 20 Year Tawny$20.00

                                                                                                            • Graham's 30 Year Tawny$28.00

                                                                                                              • Ynocente Fine Dry$11.00

                                                                                                                • El Canadá Pedro Ximénez$11.00

                                                                                                                  • Broadbent 10 Year Madeira$15.00

                                                                                                                    • 1978 d'Oliveiras Dual Vintage Madeira$87.00

                                                                                                                      Specialty Cocktails

                                                                                                                      • Arlene's Peach Palmer$12.00

                                                                                                                        house infused peach tea vodka, lemon, mint; our play on a spiked Arnold Palmer

                                                                                                                        • Campanella$14.00

                                                                                                                          reposado tequila, aperol, lime, grapefruit, agave, club soda; a Paloma variation, sweet orange & balanced bitterness

                                                                                                                          • Western Sour$15.00

                                                                                                                            bourbon, grapefruit, orgeat, velvet falernum; East meets West, a classic tiki cocktail

                                                                                                                            • Spicy Sailor$15.00

                                                                                                                              alibi gin, coconut milk, lime, house made lemongrass-ginger syrup, ancho reyes chili liqueur, cilantro, spicy salt rim; hits all the senses

                                                                                                                              • White Negroni$12.00

                                                                                                                                dolin dry, dolin genepy, lillet blanc, rhubarb bitters; light, floral, citrus

                                                                                                                                • Jungle Bird$11.00

                                                                                                                                  chairman's reserve spiced rum, contratto bitters, lime, pineapple, demerara; simply summer, balanced fruit, bitter & booze

                                                                                                                                  Zero-Proof

                                                                                                                                  • Bitter Orange Spritz$10.00

                                                                                                                                    blood orange aperitif, cape citrus spirit, fever tree elderflower tonic; a non-alcoholic play on the aperol spritz

                                                                                                                                    • Peach Fizz$10.00

                                                                                                                                      white peach purée, lemon, mint, club soda; effervescent & refreshing

                                                                                                                                      • Tropical Fruit Martini$12.00

                                                                                                                                        fresh squeezed juices shaken & served up; light, fruity, easy drinking

                                                                                                                                        Sparkling

                                                                                                                                        • Prosecco, Jeio, Blanco Brut, Italy, NV$13.00

                                                                                                                                          citrus fruits, pineapple, mineral

                                                                                                                                          • Champagne, Paul Goerg Brut Traditional, Champagne, France, NV$20.00

                                                                                                                                            brioche, apple, elegant

                                                                                                                                            White

                                                                                                                                            • Chenin Blanc, Pascal Biotteau, Loire Valley, France, 2020$12.00

                                                                                                                                              peach, fennel, apricot

                                                                                                                                              • Pinot Grigio, Borghi Ad Est, Friuli Grave, Italy, 2019$11.00

                                                                                                                                                light, nectarine, lemon

                                                                                                                                                • Riesling, Muller-Catoir, Pfalz, Germany, 2020$12.00

                                                                                                                                                  dry, green apple, mineral

                                                                                                                                                  • Sauvignon Blanc, Frenzy, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2021$12.00

                                                                                                                                                    grapefruit, passion fruit, lemongrass

                                                                                                                                                    • Viognier / Sauvignon Blanc, Saint Cosme, Côtes du Rhône, France, 2019$13.00

                                                                                                                                                      medium bodied, melon, apricot

                                                                                                                                                      • Chardonnay, Barrique, Sonoma, California, 2015$19.00

                                                                                                                                                        buttery, meyer lemon, yellow plum

                                                                                                                                                        • Chardonnay, De Wetshof, Limestone Hill, Robertson, South Africa, 2021$15.00

                                                                                                                                                          kumquat, lemongrass, roasted hazelnut

                                                                                                                                                          Rosé

                                                                                                                                                          • Prosecco Rose, LC Villa, Italy, NV$12.00

                                                                                                                                                            lemon zest, sour cherry, flower petals

                                                                                                                                                            • Provence Rose, Peyrassol, Còtes de Provence, France, 2021$13.00

                                                                                                                                                              strawberry, watermelon, flint

                                                                                                                                                              Red

                                                                                                                                                              • Syrah, Domaine des Ouled Thaleb, Syrocco, Zenata, Morocco$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                blackberry bramble, eucalyptus

                                                                                                                                                                • Pinot Noir, Montinore, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2019$14.00

                                                                                                                                                                  tart cherry, cranberry, earthy

                                                                                                                                                                  • Barbera, La Luna E L Falo, Piedmont, Italy, 2017$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                    black currant, cherry, clove

                                                                                                                                                                    • Malbec, Sophie Siadou, Valencay, Loire Valley, France, 2019$12.00

                                                                                                                                                                      blueberry, espresso, leather

                                                                                                                                                                      • Merlot & Cabernet, Cuvée Felix de Blac, Bordeaux, France, 2017$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                        plum, mocha, leather

                                                                                                                                                                        • Cabernet Sauvignon, RouteStock, Napa Valley, California, 2018$17.00

                                                                                                                                                                          black fruits, cedar, balsamic

                                                                                                                                                                          • Monastrell, Old Vines Spanish Red, Depaula, La Mancha, Spain, 2019$12.00

                                                                                                                                                                            blueberry, plum, vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                            Last updated: May 20, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                              This was by far one of the best meals we had in a long time. The mushroom soup appetizer was incredible and we had the salmon and daily special of mahimahi which were wonderful in taste and presentation. Finished off with the bananas foster. We did have a 5pm reservation and were seated immediately. The 4 stars is only because of our waitress. She seemed very disassociated with us and the rest of her tables. We had to ask for the specials, which she provided the mahi mahi, but quoted a different fee than what was charged (she quoted higher). We overheard other waiters offering appetizer specials and descriptions of the fish. Tables around us which ordered after we did (by other waiter) were served quicker. While she was officially our waitress, there was another woman (Ruby I believe was her name) who was cleaning up and maintaining our table with care and a smile. Others brought food out to us so "our waitress" interactions were minimal but noticeable. As this was an anniversary dinner and the hostess recognized such when we checked in, not a word or comment from the waitress. We did present all of this information to the manager at the end of the meal and he was appreciative of the feedback. WE WILL BE BACK for the food as it was truly that good!

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                                                                                                                                                                              Washington Inn never disappoints!! Food was delicious and service was top notch. Perfect way to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Food was amazing. Wine recommendation was spot on. Service was great. Would definitely return.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Really enjoyed our meal. Everything was top-notch. Oysters Rockefeller appetizer one of the best I have ever had. Bronzino was absolutely delicious. The tapenade that came with it was unique and complemented it very well. All 3 of us loved our meal. Also enjoyed the Thursday night wine tasting. Had one of the most unique white wines I have ever had. Will definitely be back.

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                                                                                                                                                                              We celebrated my birthday at The Washington Inn last night and it was just perfect. Best oysters, delicious mushroom soup (not salty or too creamy), perfectly cooked and prepared pork and salmon. We finished with a lemon cheesecake that did not disappoint. Cheers to Stacey ~ a pro, and Tyler for his wine pairings. Delightful experience.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Great food and wonderful service!

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                                                                                                                                                                              One of the best restaurants in South New Jersey. Great food and wonderful service. The only thing missing is piano music or a piano bar

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                                                                                                                                                                              Washington inn is one of Cape May’s best places to eat. However there menu has gotten very small. They could expand it to include more choices.

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                                                                                                                                                                              This is by far the best restaurant in Cape May! Everything from the cocktails to the dessert is amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Love this place . The food is delectable! Savory filet mignon is cooked to perfection. The portion size is just right . Excellent service and lovely wine sommelier ! Highly recommend! A+++

                                                                                                                                                                            26. BA

                                                                                                                                                                              BAPP

                                                                                                                                                                              Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                                              20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              This restaurant was very elegant and beautiful. The food was awesome and the service was impeccable. My husband and I were treating like royalty! Then bartender made an excellent wine choice for us. Highly recommended

                                                                                                                                                                            27. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Wonderful experience! The staff was friendly, patient, kind and helpful. The food was delicious and you left feeling like you were really taken care of. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                            28. j

                                                                                                                                                                              josephinew

                                                                                                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Had a fantastic dinner from appetizers through dessert! The Maryland She Crab soup was most likely the best either of us has ever had, great flavors and spices My husband had cash of the day which was Sea Bass with shrimp, mussels, and scallops in a fantastic sauce with ciabatta bread. He said all the fish cooked to perfection and was glad there was not pasta with it that is usually too filling the bread was perfect since there was a generous amount of sauce I had branzino which was also perfectly cooked with zero bones, by far the best Branzino I’ve had Dessert. Say no more. A slam dunk! Husband had the crème brûlée which had great flavor and a larger than usual serving. My Oreo Cheesecake was passion on a plate! Scrumptious down to the last bite. Yep, ate the whole thing. Not to be forgotten, I had a cup of green tea which was accompanied by a biscotti. Um yum! A secret splash of almond was perfect. That alone could have been a dessert! Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, with a great personality! Several others came around asking about our meal and service. All in all a fabulous experience! Again Thanks Washington Inn!

                                                                                                                                                                            29. m

                                                                                                                                                                              mnstephans

                                                                                                                                                                              Minneapolis

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Food was excellent along with the service. Great place to celebrate!

                                                                                                                                                                            30. JS

                                                                                                                                                                              JoelS

                                                                                                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington Inn is a sort of standard white-tablecloth restaurant. We were seated in the porch area, which I would recommend since it was quieter and felt more open. Our dinner was excellent. Our server, Kaitlin, was helpful and efficient. We started with soups -- I had the roasted mushroom soup and my wife had the crab bisque. The mushroom soup was excellent, with a rich flavor, but the crab bisque was truly superb, with lots of crab in a pungent base. For main course, we each chose the Cioppino -- a wise selection. Once again, an excellent mixture of clams, mussels, scallops, Chilean sea bass, and shrimp in a rich broth. Delicious! We finished the meal with a creme brule, which was fine, but not that special. Overall, a delightful experience.

                                                                                                                                                                            31. W

                                                                                                                                                                              Wheels

                                                                                                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Great food as always, especially the oysters

                                                                                                                                                                            32. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              This is by far one of the best fine dining experiences in Cape May. I can’t quite pin point it, because it could be the chef and the staff or the management but something special is happening here. If you want to take your special someone out for a romantic dinner or you want impress your family for a special occasion, this is the best fine dinning restaurant by far. Ask to be seated in the sliver room by the window with the bamboo view and you will be amazed. The short rib was mouthwatering and the branzino was fresh and delicious. All dishes down to the deserts were executed with detailed perfect and masterful culinary expertise. This was our experience but I can’t wait to have another different experience here once again so we will definitely be back.

                                                                                                                                                                            33. FO

                                                                                                                                                                              FamOf5

                                                                                                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Fantastic experience! Cocktails were creative and delicious. Branzino filet cooked to perfection, short ribs were delicious. Can’t wait to return!

                                                                                                                                                                            34. MS

                                                                                                                                                                              MicheleS

                                                                                                                                                                              Atlantic City

                                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              The Washington Inn never disappoints. The service, ambiance and quality of the food is nearly perfect all the time. Always look forward to returning.

                                                                                                                                                                            35. CR

                                                                                                                                                                              CurtisR

                                                                                                                                                                              Atlantic City

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              The food was a little on the pricey side, but everything we had was excellent; and we are hard to please. The service was also excellent, our waitress was knowledgable and her timing in spacing out the meal was excellent. We will definitely return there to eat again.

                                                                                                                                                                            36. F

                                                                                                                                                                              Foodie63

                                                                                                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                              23 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              23 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              Mothers Day Everything we had for dinner was wonderful started off with the oysters Rockefella they were very tasty then we had the arugula salad that was very well done for dinner my wife had the salmon she loved it I had the lamb chops it were excellent well prepared and for dessert we had a special dessert some raspberries with vanilla chocolate cream on the top of it just superb and the surfer was excellent I think her name was Christie

                                                                                                                                                                            37. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Mother’s Day

                                                                                                                                                                            38. d

                                                                                                                                                                              debc

                                                                                                                                                                              New Orleans

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              We were seated quickly and made well aware of the specials!

                                                                                                                                                                            39. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              Excellent experience. It was a little chilly in the front enclosed area where we sat, but the food and service were excellent. Wonderful dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                            40. LM

                                                                                                                                                                              LoriM

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Staff & food were A+ as always! Always come here when I’m in Cape May!

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                                                                                                                                                                            Google Map for Washington Inn

                                                                                                                                                                            801 Washington Street Cape May, NJ 08204

                                                                                                                                                                            Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                            • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                              Jefferson & Washington

                                                                                                                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                              Cape May

                                                                                                                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

                                                                                                                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                              American, Mediterranean, Seafood

                                                                                                                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                                                                                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                              Smart Casual

                                                                                                                                                                            • 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!

                                                                                                                                                                            • Payment options

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

                                                                                                                                                                            • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                                              Miriam Wood

                                                                                                                                                                            • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                                                                            • Phone number

                                                                                                                                                                              (609) 884-5697

                                                                                                                                                                            • 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.

                                                                                                                                                                            • Private party contact

                                                                                                                                                                              LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697

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