Peter Shields Inn
Peter Shields Inn

Peter Shields Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.petershieldsinn.com/
  • Phone: (609) 884-9090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Open Every Day
    Sunday - Friday 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm
    Saturday 5.00 pm - 9.30 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
310 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (250)romantic (244)fit for foodies (183)scenic view (163)neighborhood gem (93)great for outdoor dining (73)good for groups (29)hot spot (18)notable wine list (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • This place is amazing.
    Jerseygirl
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I had the dayboat scallops and they were the best I ever had. Sweet and tender. The service was impeccable. The staff very friendly and attentive. We booked a 2 night stay at the inn for next year and can't wait to try another menu item.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great deal for a great place!
    SueinNJ
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We have gone back twice now for the "specials" served from 5:30 to 6:30. $40 for three wonderful courses! Also BYOB and excellent service. We were able to enjoy our wine by the fire at 5 while feeling like we owned the place! So beautiful. We booked a room in February and plan to stay next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Love the Peter Shields Inn. Food and service were great. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Current Favorite Restaurant
    StepsiteVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We will not let a month go by without dining here, even during the winter months. Expect to have a nice meal that is fairly priced for dining in a well-appointed establishment while enjoying fresh and quality ingredients that are not overly-prepared. People who dine here and are disappointed must visit with the expectation that the place walks on water. It does not. However, the water is only one street away so it's pretty darn close in my book. I will be back in December, if not before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    WineandFoodLover
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Everything was outstanding! One comment - should have been more time between courses, a little rushed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent food, wait staff very attentive. Overall outstanding environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always well done
    zhershVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Definitely one of the best restaraunts in South Jersey, always great service and great food. The seating is comfortable and well spaced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best fine restaurant in Cape May
    GracinaVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    By far the best fine restaurant in Cape May. High end gourmet, beautiful setting, and always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • On the fense, pricey.
    3illy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was good, unfortunately we were hungry and there wasn't enough of it. That said, it is an a la carte menu, but the portions are small. My wife and I ordered 3 appetizers, two main courses and dessert. The bill including tip was 178. USD. It's BYOB so there was no alcohol or other beverage charges; we drank tap water. The presentation of food, ambiance and refined service combine to make this a true gourmet restaurant. While our waiter was friendly and helpful, after serving our main course we felt we did not see him enough or had to wait too long to put in our dessert order. Also, the wait for the check was overly long. It probably didn't help that there was a party of 12 two tables from us. We were seated at 6pm, left at 8:30.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost 5 stars
    joejim
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    but they fell short because the entrees disappointed. We had the tenderloin and the special, an interesting-sounding wahu. It would have been good but the wahu was overcooked (and for $38) - so was the steak - ordered medium rare but came barely pink. Waitress was friendly but poured our champagne once, upon opening. We ended pouring throughout the meal. Small points but the restaurant is in the fine dining category. Still, a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CuddlesandBone
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We loved our stay at PSI. It is a cosy, elegant, and welcoming place. The renovated rooms are charmingly understated, clean, and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious and generous, and the sun porch was the absolute perfect place to have it. Service was friendly at all times. Our dinner at the restaurant was first class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner review
    Foodlover63
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our second time dining here was every bit as fabulous as the first. It is a beautiful restaurant facing the ocean. The food is superb and the service is beyond reproach. Excellent all the way around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Cape May, in our opinion. But on this particular night, most of the menu items contained nuts, so someone like myself with a nut allergy had very limited choices. Our server was very helpful in my making nut-free choices. And, what I had was very good! And for most people, nuts are not a problem! I will dine here again, because on our other visits to PSI there were many more nut-free items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Night at PSI
    Drcoskey
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Had dinner at PSI for our anniversary this week. Always a great experience. From service, to setting, to the awesome and interesting menu. Must stop for anyone dining in the Cape May area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Peter Shields excellent!
    PlaK
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant with food that is interesting and carefully prepared. The jumbo lump crab appetizer was superb as was the halibut. Excellent soups as well. This is a BYOB place but they do it right - you can order a bottle of wine from Cape May Winery if you wish and we did. It was fine but honestly, I would bring my own wine next time (did bring some gin and a beer for our beer drinking diner and they kept it chilled for us table side). A lovely setting, friendly, competent service and excellent food. And you can bring whatever drinks you wish. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and special
    Bonnie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were very pleased with the elegance of the place and very good food. We will definitely go back next time we are in Cape May. Service was also very nice and knowledgeable (little too loud when communicating with other guests). Overall - great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat
    TurtleBayBrit
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Well-deserved reputation for fine dining. Great atmosphere and friendly service. Since it's BYOB it's also a relatively cheap fine dining option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finely Married Flavors
    Cakely
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    An all around excellent dining experience. Well conceived menu, finely married flavors presented with character that pleased the palate. Attentive thoughtfully reserved service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Banaza
    HHSOaklandNJ
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Dear Staff, My wife and I dined in your establishment for my 50th Birthday. The setting was beautiful, seated on the outdoor enclosed porch, watching the fading sun's rays across the ocean backdrop. The flavors of each course seemed to pop with blends and freshness. I couldn't have wanted a more enjoyable experience! Your attention to details and nuances were superb. Many thanks for a pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our latest dining experience at PS was fabulous, but what stuck out in my mind this time was our waitress Harriett. She was very accommodating, kept the pace of the food perfect, and was overall sensational. of course, the food was perfect as usual! So happy someone actually was open on a Thursday night in October for the locals. PS can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The setting and food were wonderful. Our server Chris made the evening very pleasant. We especially enjoyed the piano music through dinner. The music made the evening very special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Anniversary at Peter Shields
    luvfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our night was wonderful, from the great service and the amazing food. We thought our meal was perfect until we ordered dessert. We were so surprised, my husband ordered the Lava cake and I order the creme brulee. It was by far the best dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Place
    Pepperpot
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Charming, romantic and gourmet. Excellent service with a menu that never disappoints. The ambiance takes you back to another time and place. The piano player completes the dining experience. We have been going to PSI for many years and will recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a the Perfect Place to dine. Bon Appetite
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our entrees of tile fish and bronzino were amazing but the star of the evening was the beef tartare. Thank you for an amazing meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back
    NWWSummerFun
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a party of 8 for my wife's birthday. Our server, Dottie, was outstanding. The food was awesome and my wife couldn't have been happier. It's been a few days and our friends are still talking about having such a great time. Tilefish, duck, ribeye, salmon, chicken along with the apps and desserts were phenomenal. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    mkfromtheshore
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Service was impeccable. Food was top notch. A romantic, perfect place to celebrate our 20 th anniversary. They have us each a glass of champagne to help us celebrate. And it's BYOB which is always a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic experience
    Jojo
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have had duck all over the world. This was the best. All the food was exceptional. Very friendly service. If you are in Cape May this restaurant is a must! I like the B.Y.O.B. feature.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food, location!
    DKNJobs1
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It was a perfect evening. Sitting on the beautiful porch overlooking the ocean waiting for dinner; and, the dinner, ahhh....all worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hype
    PRC1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The actual experience did not live up to the hype.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant at the shore
    Foodforthought
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Every detail is magnificent in this ocean front BYOB restaurant. Live piano music, gourmet menu offerings, beautiful decor. Every dish superb. Pricey but worth it. Some guests need to dress up a bit more, perhaps they don't know better. This is high end dining. A terrific experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Bill
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    First time at Peter Shield's. Outstanding from the greeting at the door until we left. Food was great, server offered great suggestions. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Datenitedinners
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had an excellent meal with a nice atmosphere. Love the piano player! Only complaint would be portions were small and one guest I was dining with had undercooked chicken that was very pink. Otherwise the rest of the food was great and we really enjoyed our nice relaxing meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • October 3, 2014
    nancee13
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    If I could give it six stars I would! 1010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010101010
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always look forward to dinner here
    Dine2SmileVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A must dine spot when visiting Cape May! Fall menu items were just added to the menu, the butternut squash soup was a wonderful medley of flavors. My husband had the scallops while I dined on the tenderloin, probably the best I've tasted in a whole. Perfectly cooked. The staff is knowleagable and very friendly without being overbearing. We noticed they did not rush other diners in our vicinity. Looking forward to our next trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Happy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went there twice in a week and found it both times to be excellent..food and service were wonderful and they have prix fix that is truly hard to beat ..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Civilized oasis
    Traveler
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A gem in a rather tacky setting. Cape May has seen better days, but, out of season it has a period charm and this inn/restaurant is a great place to enjoy it. Simple fare, impeccably presented in a super quiert room, with a terrace for fine evenings. It's BYOB and Harry's wine bar a half mile south on Beach Avenue has an excellent selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Cape May Favorite
    ama1VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Have dined at several Cape May restaurants over the years but this was the first time here. Each of us had the $40 early special. The quantity of food was substantial and the quality first rate. It was BYOB with no corkage fee so it was an affordable evening. The server heard late in the meal that it was our anniversary and offered a complimentary champagne. We declined since we had already had a lot of wine. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnNJ
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    They really have got it right here. From the food to the service you will not be dissapointed. The food is the highlight here. This restaurant should be on your list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Victorian Elegance
    kfromBR
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    PSI's appearance from Beach Avenue tips you off that your dining experience will be special and reality does not disappoint. There was an attention to detail that extends from the environment to the food. The fish and scallops were impressive and the oysters were local and ocean-fresh. A live pianist played a variety of popular music punctuated by choruses of Happy Birthday while the wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the service was seamless. PSI is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion and when the weather is fine a post-dinner stroll along the beach is a must.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    PursueExcellence
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The restaurant is along the ocean so views are nice. Ambience was relaxing and nicely done. Our dinners were nicely prepared and the flavors were what we expected. Our service was timely, professional and friendly although there was little interaction with the waiter. Everything was excellent but seemed more of a routine than guinuine hospitality. Remember this is a BYOB, a nice glass of wine would be a compliment to the view and food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.