Peter Shields Inn
Peter Shields Inn

Peter Shields Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.petershieldsinn.com/
  • Phone: 609 884 9090x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Open Every Day
    Sunday - Friday 5.30 pm - 9.00 pm
    Saturday 5.00 pm - 10.00 pm
    Early Seating Prix Fixe available 5.30 - 6.30pm*
    * not available on Saturdays
  • 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 609 884 9090x
  • 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
392 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (314)romantic (299)scenic view (243)fit for foodies (210)neighborhood gem (108)great for outdoor dining (106)good for groups (28)notable wine list (19)late-night find (15)hot spot (11)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • AvalonEaters
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It's a BYOB but carries a local wine which was surprisingly good. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous with Friends
    Mad4FoodVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    After several wonderful home-cooked meals prepared by our foodie friends in Cape May, we were pleasantly surprised by the elegant decor, the warm ambience and the delicious food at Peter Shields Inn. The service staff was friendly and well-trained but the main dish took too long to arrive, even for a busy Saturday night. Still, we will look forward to returning and enjoying one of Cape May's jewels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peter Shields a treat for dinner
    Paul
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Dining treat in historic Cape May, NJ. Great menu selection. Excellent preparation and presentation. Service very professional. Will recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very nice
    skygrl
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    my friend's ribeye was outstanding. my halibut was very nice, but not outstanding. dessert (fig pudding w/vanilla ice cream) was fabulous! our server was terrific. my only real complaint was the table of men seated next to us who were very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunset and dinner, perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had an early-ish dinner on Sunday after spending the afternoon in Cape May. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. We made a reservation at PSI. It was our first visit. We sat on the front porch and watched the sky turn striking colors. We brought a bottle of Rose(BYOB) and enjoyed the sky. Our waiter was pleasant and professional. The salads and dinners were spaced nicely and very tasty. The beet salad was wonderful. My husband had the market salad which he enjoyed. The Tuna and Tile fish dishes were perfect. I recommend this restaurant. By the time we left 8, the place was full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not dead yet!
    coxy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The main draw for us was the location, which is right on the ocean block with beautiful views if you sit on the porch, which we did. We are in our 60's so are certainly not looking to swing from chandeliers or dance on table tops. We also like the noise level to be such that you can carry on a conversation but we felt like we were in church. From the moment you are greeted at reception everyone whispers. On the porch even the patrons were whispering. No one seemed to be having any fun or even a spirited chat. We whispered too because otherwise you would have been really obvious. Overall just too stuffy for me. Food was unremarkable except for the corn soup which was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed
    winendine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I expected so much, this restaurant has so many excellent reviews. First let me say it is very romantic. The pianist was wonderful and the atmosphere lovely. The food was just okay.The tuna tartar first course was very good, but my roasted chicken second course was so dry. My husband also was not impressed with his meal. The service was terrible, our waitress never mentioned any specials for that evening. She was very confused as to what course we were on, and was hard to find during our meal. We will not be rushing back next time we are in Cape May.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must Go!
    LoumanVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Not much to say other than this is a must go to restaurant when you're in Cape May. Must try the oysters . . outstanding! A memorable dining experience. Can't wait to revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sublimeX4meVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We dined at the PSI for our wedding anniversary. It was our first time there although we had some recommendations from family. It was the perfect spot for our occasion. The wait staff was attentive and not intrusive, the food was great, and the piano player gave the whole experience a note of elegance. Never were we rushed and it was just lovely. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Dinner
    CharVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was celebrating my birthday weekend, and PS made it an exceptional one. I dine there at least once if not twice a year, when I am at the shore. Chris was our server and he was extremely attentive. I had the duck foie gras for an appetizer and it was unbelievable. The people who were with me enjoyed their beet salads...one had the fish of the day...the other had the chicken and both were delicious. We ordered two chocolate lava cakes for dessert, cappuccino, etc. YUM! It was a perfect evening in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Ocdiner1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Perfect dinner! Great food , great service and a wonderful piano playing in the next room!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully Good and Consistent
    StepsiteVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The crab and smoked salmon salad reflects the simplicity of some of the dishes here as it consists of delicious ingredients that are prepared well and produce wonderfully enjoyable tastes. My partner stated that the corn soup tastes more like corn than corn does. We dine here at least once a month and have found the staff, food and atmosphere to be the most consistent of any SJ restaurant we visit. If you are in Cape May, give it a try. It is BYOB but they offer wines from a local winery if you don't bring your own.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining with an ocean view
    DanaluvVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were seated immediately and white wine was taken from us to be brought to table and chilled. Elegant service and wait staff who know how to take care of you. Crab and smoked salmon appetizer was amazing. Husband had 4 course tasting menu, his corn chowder was sweet and smooth, his scallops were done to perfection and his strip steak was perfect. My hangar steak, not even chewable, was served with some vegetable that was equally unedible. My husband ended up sharing his steak. This entree kept my rating at 3 stars for food. His dessert warm chocolate lava cake, was good but uncreative in my mind since we see that a lot. Mine a surprising lemon "bar" with raspberry sorbet and I enjoyed the lightness and flavors. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    JoeyC
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I'll keep this brief. Celebrate a special occasion with great food and romantic atmosphere. Must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre service
    Finediner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We came from Ocean City excited about our first experience to PSI. We were seated immediately and asked if we wanted a cocktail. Our wait for our wine and water took longer then it should've. The waiter had no knowledge on presenting wine to a table. Our water glasses were not refilled in a timely manner. We also had to refill our own wine glasses throughout the evening as I noted tables around us did too. I must say that each course of our dinner was delicious and beautifully presented! The service was flat . I expected better . Also, on my visit to the restroom I was surprised by the shabbiness of the stairs and hallway. Upkeep doesn't seem a high priority for PSI. I expect the "whole" experience when I dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peter Shields sets the standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great food. Impeccable service. Consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love to dine out!
    Reservationsplease
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What a beautiful restaurant in a wonderful location! The restaurant was exceptional...the staff were very well trained and catered to our every need! The food was outstanding and presented with flair!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice dining experience.
    njgirl2877
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was a very nice experience. It was a little loud but to me that means people are having a great time. The soup and salads took a little longer than I expected but I was ok with that. The food was good. The portion size was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    TomfromSouthRun
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have been to Cape May twice in the last 4 months and each time have been to Peter Shields. Each time the food and service was very good. I guess it speaks for itself with all of the really good restaurants in Cape May we chose to return to Peter Shields on our second trip. My wife had the halibut with the sauces on the side. She really enjoyed the halibut plain. But we both agreed that the pea puree and red wine reduction were both very good. I had the pork chop. Very good. Little on the large size for those of us who don't have dogs. Will I go back. Definitely.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    Mikea168
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I ate there a year ago & the dinner was so good we booked it again for our special occasion. Once again Pete Shields did not dissapoint, the food was outstanding. The selections were high quality, unique dishes. Words can't say enough about Peter Shields. Go & try it for yourself, I guarantee you will love it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should be better with those prices
    MrsOTU
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Big, lovely atmosphere. Pleasant service. But for the price, food should be better. Had to search for the yummy ingredients that were supposed to be in my salad. My beautiful piece of fish was seriously overcooked, and the rib-eye steak that my husband had was ridiculously priced at $60!! We've paid that in NYC and had a much better steak! Dessert options boring and unimaginative. They can do better at a place like this, with these prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Floridaviistors
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have a fabulous dinner at Peter Shields Inn this week. The entrees were superb (scallops and yellow fin tuna). We were seated in the outside porch area and had a long distance view the ocean. It is a BYOB restaurant which is not a problem and actually allows you to bring a nice bottle of wine without incurring the usual restaurant markup (also no corking fee). Overall a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers - Amazing dinner
    lhaske
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We made reservations to sit outside but it was to humid for us; they were very accommodating and quickly found us a table inside the restaurant. Service was excellent and so was the food. When something was needed the staff was there and very accommodating. Food was prepared well and to perfection! This restaurant is a keeper! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    opentablelover
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Fantastic food, great ambiance. Our waiter rushed our food because we had a late reservation. Entrees followed appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in Cape May
    DSB68VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had heard that Peter Shields was an outstanding restaurant and we were not disappointed. The night we went was BYO and when we arrived our bottle was taken at the door and presented at our table (a very nice touch). The food was as good as we have eaten, the staff was attentive but did not get in the way or hurry us a bit. The food was outstanding. The Creme Brulee was equally outstanding. The food presentation was very appealing and the accompaniments were as good as the main dish. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a favorite for us
    hipstermom
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We go to Cape May every year and dinner at Peter Shields is a must. We've tried many of the other top restaurants but keep returning to PSI.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kolki
    Kolki
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The atmosphere was very romantic. The service was great. Food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As two women eating dinner at 9pm due to the popularity of the restaurant, we skipped the three course meal and just ordered entrees. The server was extremely disapproving of this and hardly reappeared for the rest of the meal. Our plan was to have dessert, but with the server's attitude we skipped it. The food was good, although very salty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic Dinner forTwo
    Jerseygirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second visit to this Restaurant. We love that they only carry wine from the local winery. The Cabernet Franc was delicious!! Started off With the oysters and the market salad Oysters were so so (kinda tasted Over marinated) but the salad Was great. We then ordered the grilled sea bass special and my date had the scallops both were incredible!! The aides as well. The bread basket too is also worth writting about. It has a nice variety and great butter. Ended The evening with cappuccino and lava cake. Recommend both!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were seated a a table with a view of the ocean. The food was delicious; however, the service was a bit off. We waited too long for our entrees.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cape May Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our 2nd time dining at Peter Shields. I thought the 1st time was fantastic and didn't think anything could top it. However, I have to say the 2nd time around was even better. There were 4 of us dining and two of us had the Pork Chop with polenta and it was the best. Even the green salad was delicious. Service was impeccable with Daniel attending us. We already have another reservation for a month from now with other friends and we are all looking forward to a fun evening at Peter Shields.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TechvestcoVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Probably the very best restaurant in South Jersey. Period. Blows the Ebbitt Room away. EVERY aspect of the dining experience is damn near perfect. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    Janet1057
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Peter Shields got everything right on Saturday night. We were seated at a lovely table on the porch. Our server (Steven) and the support team were great. Both my husband and I were happy with our selections (halibut and scallops). Do not leave without trying the sorbets! They are the best anywhere!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect, I say no more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food and service were amazing! You get what you pay for is the best way to describe it. We sat in a small side room (probably a porch at one time) which kept the noise level very very low. A perfect romantic atmosphere. "Smart casual" does not mean shorts and flip flops. Ladies wear a dress, men wear a nice shirt and pants. Peter Shields is truly for the special occasion. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cape May Gem
    GiorgioVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Over the years the owners of Peter Shields Inn (PSI) have continued to invest in the quality of the restaurant. The decor has been refreshed, now with a light, airy and modern feel. The new manager is charming and engaging. PSI has the most mature and professional wait staff in Cape May. You won't find better service. The quality of the food is superb, with local seafood delights highlighting the menue. There is also a wide array of other dishes to satisfy non-sea foodies. PSI is a BYOB restaurant, which means you are in control of the wine you drink and you are not fleeced on the price of a bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Dining
    BQRatingVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Without a doubt,the best restaurant In Cape May.Absolutely perfect all around.Gorgeous classy atmosphere,attentive and professional service,oh and the food is expertly prepared and delicious.We have visited this restaurant every year during our annual trip to Cape May and this year we went twice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    finewineVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Never had a bad meal. Piano playing adds to great ambience. Molten lava cake is outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HowardVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything was wonderful from the time we arrived and greeted by a friendly hostess until we finished our meal. I haven't been here for several years and it was even better than I remember. We had the early menu which was an excellent value. Loved the beet salad, the salmon and the lava cake. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the top, exceptional
    Sweetieandbeau
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Words cannot express how much of a beautiful experience the "psi" was. My beau and I came for my 29th birthday, and we were blown away at the first sight. The walk in, gorgeous. Beautiful piano and wonderful staff. We were given a table on the side room, windows, sun, pleasant setting. The food, there are no words to describe beside heavenly. I know a good hanger steak, I've had my fare share. This one at psi, totally blew my past out of the water. Highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a peaceful, laid back, delectable dinner. Warm date pudding, good grief. What. A. Dream. Beau here; the porkchop was simply perfect! I am incredibly happy with the way the evening turned out. The staff was great the front porch was a dream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • choosy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This restaurant should be no 1 in Cape May. Food always fabulous and service also.Don't miss the lava cake for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.