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Peter Shields Inn
Peter Shields Inn

Peter Shields Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.petershieldsinn.com
  • Email: psi@petershieldsinn.com
  • Phone: (609) 884-9090
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Friday and Saturday: 5:30-9:00pm
  • 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, 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: Sean (609) 884-9090
  • Entertainment: Kahlil Gunther and Doug Williams pianists.

Getting there

  • 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 Peter Shields 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 porches 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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "On top of having several beautiful dining rooms and a nice ocean view, the cuisine is awesome. The menu is creative and appealing and everything is prepared to perfection. Not inexpensive but worth every penny."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Inn is located directly accross from the beach and has amazing views. Though it was too chilly to eat outside, the dining area was surrounded by large windows and had an outside feel. My husband and I stayed at the Inn and ate at their restaurant-celebrating our wedding aniversary. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. It looked beautiful and tasted even better. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Though they had local wine to serve, they allowed for BYO, which was great. Will definitely go there again. Would love to try in the summer, when we can eat on their porch."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Exellent dinner menu with top shelf service. Everything was super fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "One of the best spots is on the porch during the summer evenings, to hear the sound of the waves as you are dining, just can't be beat. Prices are right, service is wonderful, food is fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had SUCH a great dining experience at Peter Shields! We've always loved everything they have to offer, but this visit was over the top good! For our appetizers, I absolutely loved the flavor combination on the tuna tartare and my husband's foie gras was insanely good! For our entrees, my husband's duck was prepared perfectly and my tilefish was just wonderful. The dishes this chef prepares are always so perfectly done! Our favorite is the date pudding for dessert, and that was as delicious as always! The service here is always top notch and the ambiance can't be beat. Peter Shields is easily our favorite restaurant in Cape May - we recommend it to people all the time! We can't wait to come back soon to enjoy the front porch!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was a rainy, stormyn ight when we were there, but as soon as we stepped inside we felt warm and cozy. Lovely place, good food, fine service."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food delicious. Service excellent. Only negative -kept adjusting the lighting which became annoying. Casual wear appears to be discouraged."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The atmosphere, the staff including Sean and Amy, and the food were all very wonderful. Stunning view across Beach Ave of the beach and ocean. In warm weather enjoy sitting on the front porch overlooking the beach."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Very enjoyable atmosphere. Excellent food. Only thing I would note is they do sell Cape May wine, which is an excellent wine, but they do not offer it by the glass. I didn't bring a bottle because my wife was pregnant and I wasn't going to finish an entire bottle, so I thought I would just buy a glass or 2 at the resturant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "What an incredible meal! From start to finish, each course was better than the last. Our server Amy was very friendly and helpful with our menu decisions(very tough decisions) and very attentive throughout the meal. The meal was well paced and relaxing. The "Cape May Salts" oysters are the best you will find anywhere. We all loved our entrees. I ordered the venison which was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was fork tender. I tried the halibut and tile fish dishes as well. These dishes were delicious and had me second guessing my decision but I was in a "red meat" mood. The desserts were equally impressive. We will definitely be coming back soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The setting is is lovely and the service was good but the food was just ok. My "special" prime sirloin was not even prime in my estimation. I thought the food was a little off. Not bad, but didn't rate the big prices. Nice place but I wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Had a very nice belated birhthday dinner at the Peter Shields Inn with my wife on Saturday night. Food was excellent, and overall value good with BYOB. I had the Chef's tasting menu that was in honor of St. Patricks day and was excellent. Lamb was well seasoned and medium rare just as ordered. Lovely view of the sunset over the beach. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had not been to the PSI for almost 20 years and it was even better than we remembered. We had married there and the staff did a terrific job on our special day. However, if anything, the Shields has become even more fantastic. We love the place and will be back much sooner than 20 years."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was our first time here and it will not be our last!!!! LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been to Peter Shields numerous times and have never been disappointed. Their food is consistently top-of-the-line. The servers treat you as if you are the only one they are serving. I especially love anything they serve with gnocchi. Do yourself a favor and make sure that you don't miss this restaurant if you are in Cape May."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants. The dining room is elegant but you still have that “comfortable” atmosphere. The salads and entrees where excellent, especially the House Rubbed Grilled Hanger Steak with Wild Mushrooms Swiss Chard, Parmesan Risotto and Bordelaise. For dessert, the Warm English Date Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel is the best dessert you will ever eat! The service is excellent, with every detail taken care of. You can bring your own wine or purchase their local house variety. One of the best and romantic views of the Atlantic Ocean, no matter what time of the year! You have to experience it when in Cape May, NJ."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The view of the beach and the ocean while you dine is one of the best in Cape May, we love this place"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We were celebrating our anniversary and decided to give the Peter Shields in a try. When we arrived, we were very impressed by the elegant feel of the restaurant. The menu selections, although a bit limited, were adequate. The food was outstanding and the service was quite attentive. We are already looking forward to our next visit. We would love to go back in warmer weather and sit outside. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Love this place! The food is outstanding. The place is beautiful. Many times long wait times. we go back because it is worth the wait. Bring your own wine! Don't bring the kids, enjoy a incredible adult dining experience"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I always celebrate my birthday weekend in Cape May. Peter Shield is always at the top of my list. Delicious food and friendly service always!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and had an amazing time. Our table was beside the outdoor seating area, looking out onto the beach and ocean, amazingly soothing for a dinner setting. We had purchased our own bottle of wine and immediately a bucket was there to keep it chilled. As always, their menu is outstanding from the appetizer to the dessert. Cape May salt oysters with cavier, red and white beet salad, the best we've ever had, followed by monkfish for he and salmon for me ... The portions are more than generous. The atmosphere was perfect with the fireplace on, the lights dimmed and wonderful background music. Peter Shields Inn Restaurant is by far our favorite in Cape May, NJ."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This is an outstanding restaurant that is beautifully decorated and offers wonderful food and service. It is located just across from the ocean and it offers beautiful views."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The opportunity to partake of outstanding food while gazing out at the Atlantic does not come often. The Peter Shields Inn is one of those opportunities. Don't miss it if you are in Cape May, NJ."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed with our evenings at the Peter Shields. Dinner is excellent, service, especially by Chris our waiter, is impeccable, and the view is priceless."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Everything about our dining experience was fantastic! The server was very knowledgable and able to describe the chef's dishes very well. The ambiance was very romantic and the food was delicious. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed the whole experience, would highly recomend to others and will return."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This place keeps getting better. The pre fixe menu for Valentines Day was outstanding. It was a great combination of things I would normally choose and thing that were new to my taste buds....all were excellent. The place makes any evening seem more special."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love PSI and go there at least 4 times a year. We spend a great deal of the summer at the beach so we are fortunate to have this restaurant at our fingertips. We have gone 2 years in a row for Valentines Day and I believe we plan to make it again next year. The menu is well put together and the dishes are so beautifully prepared. We highly recommend PSI for a lovely dining experience,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in Cape May. We were there for Valentines Day and had a wonderful tasting menu. Each dish was well prepared and presented. Nice mix of seafood and meat, very varied and interesting overall. The staff was extremely attentive on this very busy night. We came away very impressed and would definitely go back. There was also a spectacular piano man. The piano is in the entrance to the Inn which is very nice because there is no place in the dining rooms where you are overpowered by the music. We very much enjoyed this."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "food is amazing and the ambience is breath taking. our server Dottie was spot on with all her recommendations."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been wanting to eat at Peter Shields for years and I was so excited to be surprised by my husband for Valentine's Day. It was everything I always imagined it would be. The portion sizes were excellent and the food wonderful. BYOB is a good touch also. We have been going to Cape May for over 25 years and will be a regular customer for sure."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dine at PSI about 3 times a year. It's always a great dinner. The chef, rather than stuffing you with mediocre food, gives you four or five courses that give you several tastes that titilate and spark your tastebuds."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had wonderful time during our special Valentine's weekend. It was the perfect choice. Food was well prepared and presented very nicely. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. We would visit again on a future trip."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ordered the duck breast medium rare but it came out medium to medium well. Also the cherry sauce was only enough for one duck breast piece."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Every bite of food is a delight."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Maybe it's because it was a slow winter night in January, but we found this highly popular restaurant unexciting. There was a beautiful fireplace but no tables in that room, just some chairs. The restroom is located in a basement area that required you to pass through a room that looked like a storage area - for a pricey place that seemed odd. The menu was very limited but the food was creative. The roasted beet salad only had a few pieces of beets in it, but it was flavorful. The duck dish I had was tender and tasted more like London broil. Portions were small but tasty."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The amazing location is only outdone by the beautiful interior and exterior of the building itself. This dining experience, from the food to the service, to the ambiance is one of the best I have had."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We went for my birthday and left extremely happy. The ambiance is great as we sat near a fireplace. My husband and I opted for the special that evening a twenty ounce rib eye. They offered it as a single item for one or they could turn it into a steak for two. Perfect because we got to try the Tuna tartare and foie gras. Everybite was better then the next. We finished with a cheese plate and bread pudding. They had about seven cheeses to choose from and very knowledgable staff directed me through them. We found our new favorite restaurant. This restaurant would win even more accolades in the city... But you can't beat the view of the ocean. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My Mom and Dad have been coming here for years and I finally got a chance to come down and not only dine but stay the night as well with my girlfriend. We had such a great time and enjoyed ourselves very much. We will definitely be going back soon! Thanks to the PSI staff that made our time there memorable!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Great place for romantic dinner. Food presentation very good. The food was over the top Service was ok. Server did not make us comfortable. He acted like we were inconvenience to him. Very indifferent. It was our anniversary. And he could care less. Overall I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/12/2014