Washington Inn

4.8
4001 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(609) 884-5697
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Miriam Wood
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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.
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Private party contact
LINDSEY DEBAUN: (609) 884-5697
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jefferson & Washington
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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.
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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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Gift Card
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0
Dined 3 days ago

Our server Victoria was awesome and should be commend for her professionalism and friendliness. Always smiling and easy to talk to. She made our 33rd anniversary very special. The food was outstanding. Whoever cooked my wife’s duck did a terrific job and Garrett cooked my steak perfectly all round you all made our anniversary very special as this has been our 9 year of celebrating our anniversary at this beautiful restaurant. Thank you and see you next year. Michael and Sandy.

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OT
Atlantic City
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Everything is excellent! Outstanding food and service. My favorite restaurant in Jersey!

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MS
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food as always with amazing service and attention to detail!

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ED
New York Area
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We were visiting Cape May for the first time with family ! We were pleasantly surprised with the place and the service ! The food was really good and the drinks as well. Def will return again .

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TR
New York Area
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful meal! Figs and prosciutto were delicious as was the flat iron steak.

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J
Atlantic City
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Great as always. Could use slightly bigger portions, but yes I understand fine dining.

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t
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Solid food... especially the short ribs. Ate waaaaay too much and it took me a day to get the through the heart burn. It was worth it.

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KR
New England
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

We love the Washington Inn!

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BC
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Our reason for being at the Washington Inn and Cape May was for vacation There was nothing about the Washington Inn that did not impress my wife and I. We had a reservation but still waited at the bar area with many other people. The bar was quaint and a great deal of fun. We will definitely return to this establishment again, maybe even twice during our next vacation!

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L
New York Area
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Rachel was our waitress and she was awesome! We started with the goat and beet cheese salad then the octopus appetizer and I had salmon and my husband had the halibut special. Everything was delicious, the customer service was outstanding! We will definitely be back!

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CN
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Washington Inn never disappoints, From their bar to the seating, to the food. We were served by Cal, who was knowledgeable, friendly and a delight to work with.

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MT
New England
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent, superb food and service. This places never disappoints! A member of our party was allergic to shrimp and her dish, a special, came with shrimp. The server was very apologetic and the kitchen prepared another very quickly. Superb!

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Wonderful service and food. Highly recommended

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KL
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Dinner at the Washington Inn is always a special treat. The food and service are exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Outstanding food drink and service as expected at this gem. Always on our list

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

We just got engaged and our server was highly attentive. The restaurant provided us with complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate our evening. The food was excellent and the service was polished.
Excellent restaurant for a more upscale experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Good was fabulous. Desserts were wonderful as well. Waiter gave great service! Would definitely recommend

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OT
Hawaii
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

We go to the Washington Inn just about every year for our Anniversary and we love it. I hate to give it less than 5 stars but the entree was fair at best. The bartenders, as always were great; good drink options and fun personalities. We had steamed clams that were OUTSTANDING! For dinner I had the crab cakes. The overpowering taste and consistency was breadcrumbs and what I could taste of the crab was fishy. The portions were ample and my wife said she enjoyed her entree. We have ordered a 1lb lobster tail in the past that you could split for $100. This year it was a 12 lb tail for $85 and you pay extra to share. We have had many amazing meals here in the past and I am sure we will continue to go back. It was just a little disappointing this time around. Btw they gave us a nice dessert that said Happy Anniversary on the plate- a nice touch

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s
Pittsburgh
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

We loved it!. A special shout out to our waitress, Ivana. She was terrific! A second shout out to the GM. She was very attentive to us as well as the other diners. The whole evening was a diners pleasure. It was a wonderful meal with superb service. We will definitely be back!

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KM
1.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

This is not my first time a the Washington Inn. Because of my last visit i was anxious to take my husband here durng our vacation. We were very disappointed.

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PB
Atlantic City
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

The Washington Inn is the best restaurant in Cape May, it always has been and it remains so.

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was out of this world. Night was perfect

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JO
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Our waitress , Victoria, was wonderful. Great bar/bartenders. Everything was fabulous including French Press coffee!

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C
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

The food is excellent. Service is always great! Never a disappointment.

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EV
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

We enjoyed a great dinner and drinks. Highly recommend the vegan strata dish! Our server was excellent and very accommodating. Menu was well marked with items that were gluten free which was nice too

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m
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

The place is beautiful, upbeat atmosphere. Our server was fantastic as well as what he did suggest. I would definitely go back on my next return to Cape May. Everything about the place is fantastic.

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p
Atlantic City
4.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was excellent as always but for the prices I should not feel as if we are being rushed through a dinner service

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JL
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

we enjoyed the $33.00 prix-fixe three course dinner. It was excellent in all respects. Service was attentive, knowledgeable, and immediately available, without hovering. We will definitely return!

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SD
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Everything we ordered came out perfect, beautiful ambiance inside one of the historic inns in cape may. The staff was lovely, upscale but not stuffy. We will definitely be back.

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SC
New Orleans
4.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Nicki was a wonderful server. Made thoughtful suggestions to the menu. Handled our special requests with ease, even found a pair of reading glasses for me to borrow when mine were misplaced. The food matched the excellent service. Well done.

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b
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Loved the ambience, great food and service - we had a great corner table...highly recommended...

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J
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Nice place, fair food,slow service

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

otto was great!

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CC
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Washington Inn has been one of our favorite restaurants for the past 20 years. This visit was nothing less than perfect. The 2 of us enjoyed a lovely table on the porch. Fabulous service from Scott. We enjoyed bread, delightful cocktails, the tuna/salmon tar-tar & clam chowder as appetizers. There were so many of my favorite choices I didn’t know what to pick! I enjoyed branzino with an olive tapenade for my entree & my husband had crab cakes. Both off the charts. Probably the best flaky white fish I’ve ever eaten. We had no room for dessert,but were treated to a special sorbet by the restaurant. Don’t hesitate to dine here. Everything was superb from our cocktails to our service, to our table to dessert!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

The service and the food were amazing. Rachel was the best. We went on Monday night and whoever was the bus girl with Rachel was phenomenal as well. Personable and caring. The food was out of this world. Super hot and super flavorful... I would recommend this to anyone

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MR
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Probably my favorite restaurant in Cape May. Excellent food, great atmosphere, good for family dining or date night. Pleasant staff and the valet parking makes life easy.

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f
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Just Delicious! and the Wine is Wow! Our wait staff was professional, helpful and friendly, despite the saturday night rush. Excellent Everything. We started with Oysters & Arugula salad, which was fresh and dressed to perfection. The bread basket didn't have a chance with our teenage sons. The crab cakes, Salmon and Dessert were enjoyed by all. The bannas foster was the best dessert we've had in years, our son devoured his blueberry crumble too. Fabulous Place and Food! Our favorite in Cape May.

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M
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Outstanding dining experience; great food and service; was highly recommended to us by a friend

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LM
Atlantic City
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Went with my husband and 2 kids, 10 and 12 and all of our meals were fantastic. Staff were super friendly and fast. Our waitress took our kids to the kitchen to have an ice cream tasting after dinner. My kids can’t stop talking about how cool it was! We will go back every time we visit Cape May.

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SB
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Simply put..Excellent service and delicious food! A wonderful experience every time

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