We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Surprisingly good”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Washington Inn

Washington Inn
Reserve with OpenTable
Washington Inn is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #5 of 136 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Jefferson
Description: We are currently open every day of the week, reservations beginning at 5 PM. Our Wine Bar opens at 4:30 PM. Our hours are seasonal. Please see our website for details.
Level Contributor
142 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2007

From previous years I rememred the menu as a little old-fashioend, but it has been updated a little and is excellent. The wine list is superb - we had an excellent Tuscan wine.

The only minuses: the muzak (which the waiter however turned off until other diners came into our room) and the service, which was a little rushed: they seemed to want us to finish to make room for the next seating. But these are minor points.

Helpful?
Thank Njal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

872 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    602
    184
    51
    24
    11
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Washington, DC
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good, but overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2007

My husband dined at the Washington Inn after hearing that it was the best restaurant in Cape May. Dinner was good, but it wasn't great. The location is off the beaten track -- it doesn't overlook the ocean unlike other restaurants. We had a 8:30 pm reservation and probably didn't get seated until almost 9 pm. We both ordered the vegetarian risotto, which was the only vegetarian item on the menu. Again, it was good but nothing outstanding. The waiter told us that it was one of the best vegetarian meals that she has ever had --- I cannot agree!

For a romantic and reasonably priced meal, I would highly recommend Tischa's. They have a beautiful patio where you can sit and look at the gorgeous view, and the wait staff is great. I didn't dislike our experience at the Washington Inn, but I frankly think that it is overrated.

Helpful?
Thank BeautifulCapeMay
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brooklyn, New York
Level Contributor
30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Wow, wow & wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2007

The Washington Inn is absolutely top shelf. The food, service and even the cocktails are fantastic. I have been in some of the finest restaurants in NYC, Paris and Milan. They have nothing over the Washington Inn. The food is incredibly delicious. The cocktails are superb. The service is friendly, informal and professional. In fact I was so surprised at the quality that it made dining out elsewhere in Cape May just mediocre. This is a must go to place when on the Cape. Go there or you will miss one of the finest dining experiences available anywhere. No kidding, it's that good.

Helpful?
2 Thank bothofusluv2travel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
45 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Excellent standard of food, atmosphere and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2007

This is a top restaurant in Cape May with very high standards. I wouldn't drive to Cape May just to eat there, but if you are in Cape May and would like to have a great dinner in a somewhat formal setting, then this is the place. Their wine list is outstanding, and the prices are quite good. The food is great, and our service was good. On a busy night, we had 7pm dinner reservations on a Sat. night, and we were seated right away. That impressed me!

Helpful?
Thank ihopeihelped
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cherry Hill, NJ
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Romantic Place to Dine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2007

My parents, husband and I spent a wonderful evening at the Washington
Inn celebrating our anniversaries. The food was superb while the service was equally as good!! Our server even presented our desserts on dishes decorated with "Happy Anniversary". Parking can be tricky in Cape May but the valet service eliminated that problem. If you're in the lovely seaside town and want a special place to dine...
Washington Inn is the place.

Helpful?
Thank hol2424
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Washington Inn also viewed

 
Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May, Cape May County
 
Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May, Cape May County
 

Been to Washington Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing