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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:
Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

Cross Street:
Jefferson & Washington

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 - simply drive up to the front of the restaurant on Washington Street and our valet will happily park your car, free of charge.

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/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, 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

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (86)
Good for Anniversaries (81)
Good for a Date (72)
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Romantic (69)
Notable Wine List (51)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Cozy (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Worth the Drive (35)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Local Ingredients (26)
Authentic (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Seasonal (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Casual (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One of our favorites in the Cape May area lived up to its excellent reputation for fine dining. The wine list is one of the most extensive I've encountered and that includes many dinners at top restaurants in Manhattan. The appetizer and entree offerings are always varied and delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

As always, the right dinner choice in Cape May; even in January. Everything was great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Have always wanted to go to the Washington Inn. As good as the food was wasn't anything creative. I was expecting a Wow meal. The salmon I had was very moist . The service was good, atmosphere was lovely. Just expected more.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our New Year’s Eve dinner was outstanding.
This restaurant never disappoints. A must if you are visiting Cape May.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve dinner. Excellent each year we have experienced our New Years Eve celebration here.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was a very nice, quaint little restaurant that had perfect ambiance, we weren't shouting over everyone else to talk, the wait service was prompt and courteous. All in all it was the perfect way to ring in the New Year with dinner and celebrate the evening here.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went on New Year's Eve and didn't realize there would be a prix fixed menu...which was fine. However, the markup prices for a filet (25) or lobster tail (42) were very high. Dinner for 4 with one cocktail each ($12 martini's) was a total...with tip....of $522.00 That just seems excessive to me for a meal. But as always the service was excellent and the Inn looked beautiful for the holidays.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overpriced open table did not advise that it was an $85 price fixed menu

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve was lovely. We were seated next to a large rather loud group and we were asked by the hostess if we wanted another table. We thought that was so ice, but we declined, deciding to enjoy the fun of the other table. Worked out fine for us, they were a friendly group!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and presentation. Service very good. Waitress could have communicated about menu much more. We were envious of table next to us where waiter described everything in superb detail and timing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Best food and service in all of Cape May! Hats off to favorite service, James, who always makes us feel like royalty.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A Wonderful New Year's Eve Dinner Celebration

Four delicious courses were served on a prefixed menu. There were several choices which made it very appealing. Everything from beginning to end was exceptional. Our waitress , Sonata, and other staff members were very friendly and attentive. The Washington Inn is a great place to celebrate a special occasion or everyday dining . We have always enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dinner was on New Year's Eve. The fixed price menu was a surprise and very expensive. We felt rushed, as service personnel were trying to take our plates before we were finished.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were surprised to see a four course price menu of $85.00 per person. This was not indicated on their menu on open table. We have dined their previously on New Year's Eve with a regular menu especially at 5:00pm. We were surprised to see that bread was served by request only.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

On a frigid, blustery night we were feted and warmed by this lovely restaurant. The whole evening was just wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and all the great suggestions from James our waiter and sommelier. Even the tales of the resident ghost could not deter from the warm ambiance of this dinner. We were really made to feel like special guests and I would highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Another stellar dinner by Chef Mimi at the Washington Inn! Karen’s service is unrivaled. She is very knowledgeable, polite with a smile and seems to always be there at the exact moment. She anticipates everything if that is even possible. Always an outstanding experience no matter what time of the year. Fantastic halibut!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My meal was amazing the people where great. Over all amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife and I have been going to Cape May for several years for 1-2 night get aways and we eat at the Washington Inn every year. This year we endured a 5 hour car ride to get to Cape May and we were both pretty tired when we got to The Washington Inn for our dinner. The restaurant was very busy and after sitting at the table for 15-20 minutes without anyone acknowledging us we decided we were going to go somewhere else to eat. While we were outside waiting for our car, the general manager, Candace, came out and asked us to come back inside and give her a chance to make it up to us. Well, we went back inside and I have to say it was, hands down, the BEST dinner my wife and I have ever had-at any restaurant. Candace and her staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience and we did. The food - salad, main course and dessert was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant and cannot wait to go back! Thank you for your patience Candace.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was a little hectic when we got there for a 7:30 reservation. There was a party of 14 with a wheelchair that was trying to be seated. There was confusion on where to seat them. After that mess, we were seated 10 minutes later.
Our waiter, Godfrey, was the best! The food was phenomenal as usual. The sea bass special was excellent. The oysters were too. And I had Bananas Foster dessert which is my favorite. This restaurant is still as good as it was 30 years ago when I first went there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was great until I got this review request and it makes you put 50 characters in, thats sorta unecesarry!!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was delicious, staff was exceptional. We will definitely go back for dinner soon! A very enjoyable evening. Put it on your list if you haven’t been to the Washington Inn yet. ❤️

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Washington Inn did not disappoint! The food was of the highest and freshest quality. The service was attentive. I would recommend the Washington Inn for any special occasion. Very classy.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Outstanding as always in every way. Best crab cakes on the East Coast!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great dining experience! The food was amazing the restaurant has great ambiance and our waitress was wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic, Vegan, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great value at Happy Hour for $1 oysters! Plump and fresh! The wait staff is very friendly, but a little disorganized. Great meals and they went overboard for a birthday celebration!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent food and service. Enjoyable evening for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The Washington Inn is a reliable favorite for wonderful food and service.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Went to the Washington Inn last Saturday for dinner. The food is always delicious. The server was extremely attentive and friendly. Great atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent in all aspects of dining . The staff are friendly and professional.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food and services was excellent. when our meal came out they brought the kids to the kitchen for a tour and to pick their own ice cream for dessert. Perfect timing!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was phenomenal. Service was outstanding. Couldn’t have been better

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have been going to Washington inn for years. We feel for the price you pay, the service has gone down. We are not demanding, but I think it is not right to bring the dinner out when the full party is unseated. In addition no one came back for at least 15 minutes to check on things. I will definitely think twice about coming back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing as always. Plenty of team members to ensure service was prompt without feeling rushed. Our server, Rachel, was friendly and professional. She was well versed in the menu and made us feel as if we were her only table. The avocado and shrimp appetizer was outstanding. The chioppino, which I've ordered in prior visits, was wonderful. The seafood was cooked to perfection and the broth was seasoned perfectly. Never disappoints. We'll be back!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Overall, our experience was excellent. The Washington Inn was an excellent choice for our special weekend, I would highly recommend this Inn for any occasion. The only detractor during our dinner was an excessively loud guest at another table. This person spoke to the members of her party in an extremely loud voice. About half way through our meal - she FINALLY started using her "indoor voice".

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a great evening at the Washington Inn. Food was delicious, interesting cocktails and attentive yet discreet service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wine prices are too high like most restaurants. Since when did a 6 Oz. pour become standard? The wine served by the glass is typically low to moderate priced wine. I understand that wine is a great profit margin for restaurants but have mercy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Best recent dining experience in Cape May.
Service was stellar- our server Ivana and restaurant manager Candace offered menu suggestions and a perfect wine pairing for our meal. Extensive, impressive wine list, impeccable cuisine, lovely service.
Perfect night out for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Dinner and service were fabulous. We had a great seat by the window on a snowy night. Very romantic!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had another wonderful dining experience at the Washington Inn. From the guy who filled our water glasses to the waitress to the parking valet, everything was perfect. There were four of us and everyone ordered something different. I had the crab cakes and they were excellent. My wife always orders salmon and Saturday night was no exception. The salmon was from Scotland and the piece was huge. It was finished with sweet capers and she loved it. One of our friends ordered grass fed flat iron steak which she loved and the other went with the cioppino which was another winner. We ended with sharing 2 cheesecakes which were fabulous. All in all, a fabulous dining experience at a realistic price. We highly recommend the Washington Inn.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Awesome place for dinner, nice portions, and the short ribs are amazing! Our service was phenomenal too!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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