Peter Shields Inn
Peter Shields Inn

Peter Shields Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.petershieldsinn.com/
  • Phone: 6098849090x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10.00 pm
    Early Seating Prix Fixe available Sun - Fri 5:00 - 6:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Carl Messick
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View
  • Private Party Facilities: Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant can host private parties fom 10-115 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Gotthardt 6098849090x
  • Entertainment: Kahlil Gunther and Doug Williams pianists.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Trenton Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking, no meters.
A word from Peter Shields Inn
The Peter Shields Inn quality cuisine bursts with freshness and creativity. The PSI is a BYOB establishment that offers a la carte dining along with a four course chef’s tasting menu. Also expect to find weekly menu additions that incorporate fresh and innovative ingredients. The magnificent ocean views are the perfect scenery to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a memorable dining experience. In the summer months, outdoor dining is available on the porch overlooking the ocean. The Inn also specializes in both casual & elegant ocean front weddings. For the absolute finest local and seasonal fare, Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant is a favorite of residents and visitors to Cape May alike.
Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room. PROPER ATTIRE IS REQUIRED.
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Peter Shields Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
345 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (275)romantic (267)scenic view (228)fit for foodies (187)great for outdoor dining (92)neighborhood gem (89)good for groups (20)notable wine list (20)late-night find (13)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (8)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Perfect for Special Occasion
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We celebrated two couples' anniversaries at the Peter Shields Inn, and the restaurant exceeded our expectations, and we have enjoyed many meals there in the past. The staff reserved a very special table on the veranda, and on a warm summer night, it was a perfect place for a wonderful meal. Everyone enjoyed all their selections, including the Prix Fixe four course dinner. Both the fish and steak entrees were done to perfection. The service was timely but unobtrusive. Because the Inn is a BYOB, the price of the meal was very reasonable. Live piano music all evening. It was a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must
    JDBphillyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Celebrated my 50th birthday with a dinner at PSI. Started with a wonderful table on the front porch over looking the sea. Daniel, our server, was the perfect gentleman the entire evening with flawless service. We started with oysters and Jersey tomatoes with yellow pressed watermelon. Scallops and Halibut followed. Every bite was a treat. Highly recommend for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner was delicious. Loved the foie gras!!! It's a must. My only complaints were that our table was right in the path of the bussers and servers so my friend's chair kept getting hit everytime someone walked by. The halibut was perfectly cooked, but everything else that came with it was pretty bland. I would definitely come back to try it again though!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time my wife and I have been there and it was even better than we anticipated. Food was of the highest quality, ocean view, and the after dinner drinks on the porch closed off a perfect evening. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Beautiful place, food excellent True to reviews that I read....
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cape May gem!
    DebF
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had an outstanding experience dining at Peter Shields Inn. We really enjoyed being a bit off the promenade for a classy evening of carefully-crafted and delicious food. The Inn is gorgeous, and was the perfect setting for an unhurried, relaxed dinner. We will be back next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for our anniversary
    Foody50
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Requested and received a table on the front porch. Restaurant was very accommodating! Great meal with a nice variety of in season selections. Event bough we live close by, had never been to PS. There will be many more visits. Service was also outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection
    AvidCook
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This restaurant is perfection in every way. When in Cape May, it is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Setting, service, fabulous food !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Peter Shields Inn maintains the elegance of it's early 1900's beginning. Across the street from the beach it offers beautiful views of the ocean which we enjoyed while sitting outside on the porch for both dinner and breakfast. For dinner my seared scallops were cooked exactly as ordered and accompanied by other delicious flavors including a drizzling of intense blood orange which brightened the dish. My husband loved the pork chop, again cooked to his exact specifications. You can BYOB or order from their selection go Cape May wines. Our server recommended a Cape May wine that was actually very good. I highly recommend having dinner here and we also very much enjoyed our overnight stay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the great restaurants in CM
    matty
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Tucked away in a cozy corner with a small table for two, we had a perfectly cooked meal. Service was good and though the space is not crowded, noise levels can rise to annoying levels. This was hardly an issue when the meal is this good. My wife had a summer tomato salad followed by a tuna entree over red quinoa with charred tomato reduction, which she sad was "outta this world". I had tasting menu which began with a roast corn and jalapeño soup (delicious), scallop app (perfectly cooked and sauced), and a strip steak that was more flavorful than any other I've encountered. Desert was included, which I passed to my wife (she enjoyed). I would have substituted another bowl of that soup. In a word (or 4) Go here, enjoy yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Cape May dinner
    Marsha
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    After a great day of biking and tea at our queen Victoria b&b, the lovely dinner at Peter Shields was a fitting end of the day. You bring your own favorite wine & have an option of dinner in the dining room with piano music accompaniment or outside on the waterfront balcony. My choice was the summer corn soup & beef tenderloin--perfect & my partner had the crab appetizer (very good) and the pork chop (good but not exceptional). A cigar outside away from the diners overlooking the ocean was a romantic finish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The #1 restaurant in New Jersey, and we will be back, and back and back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Anniversary Dinner
    OliveIt
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Husband and I did a quick get-away to Cape May for our 25th. Several people recommended Peter Shields for our special celebration. Ambiance was perfect - we were given a table on the front porch overlooking the beach. Service was attentive. BYOB is common in Cape May, so be sure to tote along your favorite wine or beer. The menu was nice, seasonal and varied - nothing too edgy, which was fine by us. Would dine there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed Return Customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was sub par at best. A porter house steak was the evening special, not only was the cut/quality of the meat poor the cooking was worse. Will be looking for new favorite restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CJRK
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Fantastic food in a beautiful Jersey shore town. Although we have dined in Cape May many times, this was our first time at Peter Shields. And what we have been missing! Portions were appropriate and we left feeling satisfied, not uncomfortable. Seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    REBPAB
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went to the Peter Shields Inn for our anniversary and had a fantastic dining experience. The atmosphere was outstanding and the service was extraordinary. Daniel our waiter, was extremely attentive without being intrusive. His recommendations were perfect. I would definitely return to the Peter Shields Inn when I am in Cape May.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Cape May. The food is always wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peter Shields
    cvops
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a great time at PSI. Our server Daniel was great. The whole night was very "professional". We love the fact they are BYOB. I highly recommend PSI.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Alinea
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was knowledgable and professional Loved the foie gras! All other dishes creative and executed extremely well. Will definitely drive out of our way to get back down to Cape May to visit Peter Shields again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect way to end a great vacation
    Lulu
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went to PSI with my fiance as a good bye meal to my Cape May vacation. The ambiance is created by their classic decor and their live piano music. The service is adequate, but the food will blow you away. I highly recommend the Tuna Tartare, a very well balanced dish which leaves you wanting more. For entrees, I believe their pan seared scallops are quite amazing. The dish for one was excellently seasoned - it had such great flavor - and technically speaking, I've never had scallops so perfectly cooked. For dessert, the panna cotta will not disappoint. It is creamy, yet light, and the flavor profiles are adventurous, yet put together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food but slow service
    HardcoreWWgirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was amazing! My father got the tasting menu and loved it! The salmon, tuna, scallops and apps were amazing as well. Our only complaint is that it took forever to get our meals!! Will definitely recommend and return soon !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star review
    mginamgVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our dinner at Peter Shields this past weekend was exquisite, and enhanced by the pianist who asked for requests. What a night!!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything was great, foie gras appetizer, tuna tartar and ceviche were perfect. They were offering. Wagyu strip and this is rare outside Of a large city. The portion was very large for this type of beef. This was one of the best pieces of beef I've ever had. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining experience
    Petite4
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Truly enjoyed the gracious dining experience here: very helpful and meticulous serving staff with courses served promptly. I had a beautifully prepared seafood cerviche followed by an equally excellent seared yellowfin tuna; my companion had a delicious Summer corn soup followed by the day boat scallops. Thoroughly delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Fixe Menu
    MsauvsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Made an early reservation and was lucky enough to catch the Pre-Fixe menu. Wife and I both chose an excellent corn soup, delicious Skirt steak, and dessert. We were both very happy with every aspect of the meal. This place has really up'd their game in recent years. It is not your typical NJ shore restaurant with overpriced bland food. We will return as often as we can when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the best
    TCNJdad
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    One of the best restaurants anywhere. Food, service and ambience all the terrific. I highly recommend the Hudson Valley Foie Gras and the local bay scallops which were prepared perfectly. My wife had the tuna tartare and the grilled pork chop. Also excellent. Service was knowledgeable and totally professional. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner. I have been fortunate enough to eat at some of NY's best, i.e. Daniel, Bouley and this restaurant is as good as they are. Also a big plus is that it's a BYOB.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honeymoon dinner
    Bernawho
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband and I had the best dinner ever! The food was out of this world and we loved our waitress!!! She was on top of it!! And so friendly!! We got 2 complimentary glasses of champagne...the whole evening from a bottle of wine on the porch overlooking the ocean to our dessert was FABULOUS!!! Highly recommend this place!! We've already told everyone we know about Peter Shields!!! LOVE, LOVE LOVE!!!
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely romantic dinner
    mamawint
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a relaxing and delicious dinner on the screened in porch with a view of the beach and the super moon! The service was excellent (just enough attention without being annoying), the piano music a nice treat and the food beautifully prepared. Enjoyed getting a bit dressed up for a "night out" after a day at the beach. Would highly recommend this restaurant for that special night out while in Cape May.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reredish
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food always exceeds our expectations! Atmosphere is very romantic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • kkmimiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were really looking forward to our dinner here. We were extremely disappointed by the food. The presentations were fine, but the food lacked any taste! For the price they get for an entrée, we were expecting a fantastic meal, but left utterly disappointed. We won't go back. There are several other restaurants in Cape May that are several steps ahead of the Shields restauraant
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    romantic, scenic view
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  • Wonderful dining experience!
    Lorie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was a first-time visit for my party of 4 to the PSI to celebrate a 36th wedding anniversary. We were all pleased with the ambience of the restaurant; the pleasant, professional, and attentive staff; and the delicious and creative food selections. A significant attribute to this restaurant is that you are not seated uncomfortably close to other guests and you are not rushed through courses or hurried to leave. We all agreed that Peter Shields Inn will be one of our first considerations when celebrating any special occasion. This was a wonderful dinining experience!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Disappointed
    love4CM
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food and ambiance great as usual, one of our favorite restaurants in Cape May. Have dined here 12-15 times and always had great food and service until this visit. The service was the worst we ever experienced at the Peter Shields. Took over 30 minutes to have someone come to our table after we had finished eating to even offer a dessert menu or our check. We were going to order dessert but after the ridiculous wait all we wanted was our check.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find in Cape May, NJ
    anonydiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We arrived for the early bird dinner, which was a price fixe of $40 per person for 3 wonderful courses. We both had the beet salad and the flank steak entrees and they were cooked perfectly and were delicious. Our two deserts, the lava cake and the date pudding were also very enjoyable. Service was friendly and prompt but not officious. PSI is a BYOB, but we were leaving Cape May that evening and did not want wine. Piano played during dinner. We sat inside on the lovely side porch, outside seating also offered. The restaurant is slightly formal- shorts and tee shirts would be out of place, but no jacket required for men. Khakis and button up shirt about average. Very nice experience, will plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Slow Service
    LawHooVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    First, it is BYOB. Second, the food was fantastic. My bride ordered the tasting menu and it was well done. She commented that the hangar steak was the best she had. I enjoyed a well prepared and delicious pork chop. Finally, the service was slow. We had a 7 pm reservation on a Thursday, but we didn't get out of the place until 10:30 pm. Our food was hot, so I don't think it was the server, but rather the kitchen. Unfortunately, our BYOB was long gone by then. I'd certainly go back and probably will. Maybe the pace will pick up by then.
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  • why it took me so long.
    chriszuc
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have been going on Vacation to Cape May for years and this was the first time we went to PSI. Always said I wanted to go and never did. After our meal the other night not sure why it was not a regular stop for us. (it will be now) Got a great table, fantastic waiter and some of the best food I have eaten in a while. Waiter recommended the dessert and it was to die for (English Date Pudding cake). I always thought 410 Bank St. was one of the better ones down there, in my view PSI blew them away this trip down. Bye, Bye 410, Hello PSI.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven quality
    Unhappy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had dinner there in July and had great service and a fine meal. Returned in August to service personnel who appeared preoccupied and food of mediocre quality. $44 for a steak with a tablespoon of risotto and 6 stringbeans! And a service person who does not know how to open a grand cru bottle of champagne and probably said 6 words to us. These folks need training and our waitress should return to the diner where she was working previously. Vincent Winterling
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  • Bill and Mary Lou
    BJML
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My husband took me to Peter Shields as a surprise for our 10th Wedding Anniversary. The food and the atmosphere were amazing. The best part was the service and our waiter Daniel. He was so attentive, friendly, and he had a great smile. There was nothing he didn't do for us,including putting change in our parking meter so we wouldn't get a ticket! We will be going back next year!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at PSI
    Whats4dinner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Upon arrival we were greeted and seated immediately. We brought our own wine which was chilled for us and served. For a first course my wife had the Tuna Tartare (she thought it was pretty good but a little too sweet tasting) I had the lump crabmeat salad with smoked salmon and it was excellent! For our main courses my wife had the Scottish salmon and loved it! She told the server it was the best Salmon she had ever had. I enjoyed the hangar steak. We did not have desert. Overall the food and service was excellent. While my wife could see the ocean our table was situated so that I could not, so this view is not for everyone. I would recommend psi and would return!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is a lovely upscale restaurant. Unfortunately, my husband did not enjoy his hanger steak because it was chewy. My fish dish was good, the portion was small. The menu was limited. Do not think we would go back.
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  • Great Meal with a Great View
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our dinner at the Peter Shields Inn (PSI) was really, really nice. We got there just before 6pm for the early seating prix fixe menu, but we decided to eat off the a la carte menu and enjoy just one appetizer. Dining al fresco on the screened patio was beautiful. We got a picturesque view of the beach and it made the meal that much more enjoyable. The Jumbo Lump Crab Salad app was delicious & the staff split it into two portions for us without any prompting - a very nice touch! My salmon entree was cooked to perfection and my wife loved hers scallops as well. Only flaw was the burnt creme brulee, but it wasn't terrible. Note: The restaurant is BYOB with no corking fee, but you can still order off their wine menu. Another plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.