Willow Creek Winery FAQ

Q: Are children allowed at Willow Creek Winery?

A: Please understand that we are a working farm and winery catering to adults. We welcome well-behaved children, but they too must purchase a full meal and non-alcoholic drinks when taking up a seat/space. We ask that children be supervised at all times and that they don’t touch the vines or play on our chairs or machinery which can be dangerous or cause damage at our working farm and winery. Since we are a working farm with machinery, children must be monitored at all times by a legal guardian/adult. No outside food or beverages are allowed.

Q: I have a celebratory group (i.e. bridal shower, baby shower, birthday, anniversary, bachelorette etc.) how should I book?

A: Dining reservations for up to 8 guests are for 1.5 hours. If you are planning a party, you should consider our small event packages and please realize there is an additional fee for larger groups as they take more of the staff’s and winery’s resources and that there is an additional charge for additional seating time.

Q: How do I make a reservation for Fire Pit Friday?

A: If you wish to dine with us, please make a dining reservation on our website. On weekends and high season May through October, we are often sold out so please make reservations ahead of time. Seating around the fire pits is first-come, first-served.

Q:  Do I need a reservation?

A: Yes! We usually sell out on weekends and daily in high season May through October. We also have limited first-come-first-served seating in our outdoor bar area, but if you want to be guaranteed a table, we strongly encourage you to make a reservation on our website.

Q: Does Willow Creek do Weddings? Large wine-paired dining events?

A: Yes, we host many large events! Click here to visit our event inquiry form. Please fill out all info and submit. Please send any further inquiries to events@willowcreekwinerycapemay.com.

Q: Do you accept walk-ins?

A: We do accept walk-ins when possible. You are also invited to enjoy the outdoor bar area (It has first come first serve seating.) or take in the beauty of the vines and savor wine and food in the additional seating on the grass. 

Q: How long do I have my table for my dining reservation?

A: Our dining reservations are for 1.5 hours. We ask that you respect other diners who all want to experience the lovely surroundings of Willow Creek Winery. You are welcome to linger with your wine in the rockers or additional seating.

Q: But what if my group wants to stay longer than 1.5 hours?

A: Your group is welcome to book a group tasting (30-45 min) before dining.  If booked this way the table is secured for 2 hours.  Your group also has the option of reserving the semi-private areas starting at $500 which comes with an additional time for enjoyment.

Q: I’d like to stay longer than 1.5 hours. Should I just make two consecutive reservations i.e.: One for 12pm-1:30pm and one for 1:30pm to 3pm?

A: No. Please do not do that.  Our reservations are for 1.5 hours to be fair to all our diners. Your group is welcome to book a group tasting before dining.  If booked this way the table is secured longer. Your group also has the option of reserving a semi-private area starting at $500 which comes with an additional time. If we see two consecutive reservations for the same party, our staff will remove the second one.

Q:  I noticed that when I made my reservation, your booking engine asked for my credit card information.  Will my card be charged?

A: No. Our reservation policy is if you do not show up for your reservation or you cancel within 3 hours of your reservation, you will be charged a $10 per person cancellation fee. If you arrive on time for the reservation or provide more than 3 hours’ notice of your cancellation, your card will not be charged. Cancellation via email is preferred.

Q:  I have a party of 12, but the website only lets me reserve for 8.  What should I do?

A:  Please make your reservation for 8 guests online and email us at info@willowcreekwinerycapemay.com and we will increase the size of your party. Our booking software asks you for personal information and it is more secure for you to book online via the booking engine. We also think your private info should stay private! Your credit card will not be charged unless you fail to cancel within 3 hours of your reservation. Please note that there is a $10 per person large party fee for parties larger than 8 guests because large parties take up more resources from our kitchen and staff. Again this is still a 90-minute reservation. Celebratory events need to book a longer time at an upgraded price, and please see our small events catering packages

Q: I have a party of 16.  Should I just make 2 reservations for 8 people?

A: NO! Please do not do this as we want to give you the best experience possible and our kitchen and staff need to be prepared for your large party. These extra reservations will be canceled.

Q: Do you allow dogs?

A: Please understand that our guests’ comfort comes first. Please do not bring your pet at a busy time as they might get upset, bark, growl, or make our other guests uncomfortable. We welcome smaller well-behaved leashed pets in our patio area when it is quieter, but they cannot impact the traffic flow of other guests or servers. Please make sure you tag us in your pics so we can feature your pups on social media! 

Q:  It’s going to rain.  Do you have covered seating outdoors?

A: Yes. We have a tent, covered porches, and a covered outdoor bar.  We also have seating in our 12,000 square foot tasting room with high ceilings and excellent ventilation.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask when dining?

A: We ask that you wear a mask while walking to your table and when accessing the building to use the restroom. Your table will be spaced AT LEAST 6t feet apart from other patrons. We power wash the space every other day and have upgraded cleaning and sanitizing protocols in place.  And as per NJ law all WCW staff are required to wear masks.