The Washington Inn

A Cape May, NJ Restaurant Review

The Washington Inn

The Washington Inn
801 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ


Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Traditional American

Price: Expensive

Value: Good

Noise Level: Low- Moderate

Dress: Upscale Casual

Food Quality: 3 stars

Service: 2 and 1/2 Stars

Decor: 2 and 1/2 Stars

Overall Rating: 3 stars

Four Star Rating System:
o stars = poor
1 Star = Average
2 Stars = Above Average 
3 Stars = Excellent, a destination restaurant
4 Stars = Best in Class

The place to come to in Cape May for a well prepared Traditional American menu and "Old World" style dining

Wait staff tends to be pretentious and condescending to younger, casually dressed diners

Recommended For: Older diners who enjoy old world charm, excellent food, in an elegant setting.

Not Recommended For: Budget conscious and younger who prefer simpler food, lower prices, and less pretentiousness.

Recommended dishes: When available, Grilled Organic Meyers Steak; The Herb Crusted New Zealand Rack of Lamb; and the Wood Grilled Local Fish.

Alcohol: Extensive wine list, specialty cocktails. Bar scene has many high income older couples

Restaurant Review

The Washington Inn ---- a landmark Cape May restaurant, originally built in 1840 as a plantation home --- is one the top restaurants in Cape May.

This is an ideal pace to dine if you are looking for an old world style dining experience to celebrate a special occasion or a power dinner and want enjoy a well prepared, traditional menu, with a great wine list and a background of soft 50-60's piped in music.

The dining patrons tend to be mostly 50-75+ year olds.

Once inside, it has the atmosphere of a New Orleans Garden District home with its mural-ed walls, glassed-in porch, and a tented patio room done up with white lattice and a wrought-iron fountain teeming with flowers will charm you.

If you are planning, a cozy, quiet, romantic dinner, try to avoid the upper room, the decor is less attractive and the the noise level is much higher.

If you can, reserve a table in the cellar room, or a cozy fireside table. The Washington Inn has five dining areas and the wine cellar has over 10,000 bottles over international wines.

Since its purchase in 1978 by the Craig family, this charming restaurant in the Cape May Historic District has become a class unto itself under the direction of sons Michael and David.

Executive chef Mimi Wood has been a mainstay at this landmark restaurant and the quality of the food has remained consistent over time with well prepared dishes.

Save room for the dessert, the selections are sumptuous. Their signature dish is a huge mound of a chocolate with ice cream, adorned with mouth watering toppings, it's a creative masterpiece that must be seen and tasted to be appreciated.

The service at the Washington Inn is old world professional and a little pretentious.

Note: Attire is upscale casual with many men in jackets.

Reservations are required, especially during the busy times of the year.

It's open all year with seasonal days and hours.

(updated: June, 2016)

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