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Peter Shields Inn
Peter Shields Inn

Peter Shields Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.petershieldsinn.com
  • Phone: (609) 884-9090
  • 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 (609) 884-9090
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "We have dined at PSI on several occasions. We have never been disappointed. The service is top notch, the food is the correct portion size, artisticly presented, very fresh, and cooked to perfection. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Often, restaurant marketing over-promises the actual experience and food. You see gorgeous food pics online--then the real thing disappoints. Not this place. We actually bought what was advertised and it was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was personal. And ambiance was quite elegant. Just make sure to BYOB. They do serve wines from a local vineyard. But they don't hold up to the food."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My husband and I stayed at the Inn and dined at the restaurant during our stay. We have been guests at Peter Shields Inn since 1981 but had not dined there for some time. We had a sensational experience. My husband had salmon and I had scallops, which were the best I have eaten anywhere. Truly a memorable meal and evening, with Daniel as our excellent server and a lovely group dining next to us, with whom we enjoyed conversation. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We sat in the large room to the right of the entrance, and the piano player in the hallway was so loud that we could barely hear each other. As other tables filled up, the noise level became a serious problem. Tried to laugh about it, but next time, we'll ask to sit in one of the rooms far from the piano. The food was very good, though some dishes were way too salty (pork chop was the saltiest!). Best dishes were the scallops and the tenderloin. The oceanfront setting of the restaurant/inn is amazing. It was lovely to sip wine on the porch. We noticed one lovely table for two on the balcony above the front entrance -- a chef's table serving a multicourse tasting menu to one lucky couple each evening. We will give it a try on our next trip."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Had scallops and tuna. Both excellent. We asked for special seating overlooking ocean and got it. Very limited wine list."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I would have rated it outstanding except for the other guests appearances. On the bottom of the menu it states that proper attire is required or the restaurant reserves the right to deny dinner service. Our party of 4 had the 2 ladies in dresses and the men wore sport coats. Many of the other diners were in shorts and t-shirts. When the hostess came by our table and asked how everything was, I asked her what the dress code was for guests mentioning the super casual diners in shorts etc... Her reply was that long pants are not required but she did not have an answer as to what the dress code is. In an upscale and pricey restuarant our group was very disappointed with this attire. We would definitely not return and not recommend it."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The prix fixe menu is a delight!! We were seated in the side room with a lovely room, and we were able to entertain our out-of-town guests comfortably!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great restaurant with wonderful tasting menu (somewhat expensive but worth it). Service was very nice. BYO handled well. Lovely setting."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences my wife and I have ever had!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I come three times a year....mostly on special occasions...The Inn is perfect! The food, service, and ambience make for a perfect dinner experience. Bring your own wine, like a Chapoutier Bila Haut, and as the Brits say " Bob's your uncle!" ( There you go!)"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Beautiful room, wonderful service by very knowledgable waiter, top notch food. Peter Shields upheld its reputation as being the best restaurant in Cape. May."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "One thing that you can count on in Cape May....................... service, ambience, and food will be great. Thanks again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is by far my favorite restaurant in Cape May. Washington inn is descent and might come in second, but peter shields is exceptional. The food was as good as any meal that I have had in the city in quite some time. Each meal had a complex flavor profile and was cooked and seasoned to perfection. Keep up the great work. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We return to psi each year when we visit Cape May. It' a must if you want a fine dinner."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "this is a very remarkable restaurant. We have been going for years and have never been disappointed, always come away feeling we have had a very special evening."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Our expectations were high on dining here. The ingredients were fresh, but there was just a minor issue with my ceviche appetizer. The key to a good ceviche is to let the seafood "cook" in the marinade which is primarily lime juice. This was not done and it was essentially like eating sashimi drowned in citrus juice. Otherwise all other dishes we had were well prepared and I will not hesitate to return based on this small mishap."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The Peter Shields Inn is always a "must-go" when we are in Cape May. Great food, great service and the atmosphere is wonderful."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our favorite special dinning out place, has the best food and wait staff around. We go each year we vacation down in this area of New Jersey beaches. Especially a nice way to celebrate our anniversary and the BYOB is definitely a plus!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The Peter Shields Inn is a must on your dining list when in Cape May. The food is wonderful and the staff is great. Currently my favorite restaurant in Cape May."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My husband and I loved the Peter Shields Restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was even better. Plus they had a piano player there who made the night seen special.I met in the ladies room three other women who were also celebrating their wedding anniversaries that night. it was a very special place and we plan to go back in August."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It is difficult to find a truly excellent restaurant in Cape May, given the huge tourist audience. The space is lovely and suited to special occasions. The food and service are wonderful. It is expensive, but mediocre restaurants in Cape May are similarly priced. This was the best dining experience we had."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great experience at the Peter Shields Inn The food was exceptional in every way....A's service was friendly and inviting. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We are local residents and enjoy dining here on a fairly regular basis; it has become a tradition for celebrating birthdays. We were too many to be seated on the porch, but staff was kind enough to give us a table by a front window with the same great view. They also surprised us with candles on the desserts of the 2 birthday celebrants, which topped off a lovely dinner. Food is always delicious and beautifully presented, and we always have a wonderful time since service is attentive and not intrusive. Would recommend to anyone; the BYOB arrangement makes this Inn a good value."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Am from NJ and in Cape May often. Had never tried this place. Have dined at hundreds of the finest restaurants in our country and overseas. This place is all hype and people are fooled into thinking that it is some kind of "amazing experience." The food is just ok. Very underwhelming actually unless you have never truly had great food. They don't have a liquor license and offer local wines. Servers quickly fill your glass in order to get you to buy more. About the only thing they do quickly. Timing of service between courses is way off. Over 35 minutes between appetizers (horrible oysters) and main course. The dessert was poorly done. Coffee was burnt. I mentioned it and was scolded. SO MANY places in Cape May that are WAY BETTER!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "food was very good service wqs the same but the tables were to close together could hear the conversations of the tables on either side."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "always enjoy the ambiance and food at this fantastic restaurant. try to go every year!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were in Cape May for 4 nights and this was definitely our favorite meal. Scallops are everywhere on Cape May menus but the dish my wife had here was not only the best prepared, but it was also the most generous portion. I had a wonderful veal porterhouse that was also exceptional. While countless area restaurants are BYOB, we truly appreciated that the hostess accepted our bottle before we were seated so that it was brought to our table by a server. It's a nice touch! In addition, the opportunity to move out to the front porch for our dessert and coffee really put an exclamation point on the whole experience. We'll certainly be heading back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband & I went for my 50 something birthday weekend celebration dinner. We walked to the place on a moon lit night. It's right on the beach. We loved the atmosphere and service. The live piano music was heavenly. I had ordered the Salmon. Sadly, it was a little heavy on salt. However, the beet salad was perfection. This is a great place for special occasions. It's a bit pricy but worth it for a special celebration. From where we were seated I would not consider it an intimate place. It has a very lively up beat atmosphere. Lots of male waiters constantly buzzing around. It seemed several to each table at times. Beautiful building worthy of the "Main Line". A place you've got to try at least once to make up your own mind."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our favorite special night out in Cape May! Everything I've had there has been fantastic! Many healthy options too!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Peter Shields Inn never disappoints. Wonderful food, fantastic service, and a setting overlooking the ocean which is second to none."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Me and my wife dined here the last night of our stay in Cape May. They lived up to their reputation and then some. The food was excellent and put together with pride and the service was second to none, they really made us feel special. I would love to stay here over night to get the full experience of this beautiful place. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "PSI has had its ups and downs over the years, but most recently is showing well. It is among the best fine dining options in town. Appetizers and entrees very good. Deserts ok."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Loved everything about this special restaurant. There is an enclosed patio that has an Ocean view. Inside is also beautiful. Fantastic food and service."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The Peter Shields Inn is a place for special occasions and was a perfect setting for a birthday dinner for my husband. Beautiful mansion yet cozy atmosphere. Table for two on the side porch was romantic! Food was outstanding. The special salad and lobster offered were each melt in your mouth and made for a very memorable meal. My husband chose a beef dish from the menu and was equally as pleased. The server, Harriet, was very efficiently professional and attentive. When his dessert came to the table with a candle on the plate a few people nearby joined in a quick Happy Birthday song and a fuss was made in a nice way! My husband and I will always treasure this evening and the delicious food and good service! Just delightful!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We have dined here many times and the 5 star rating continues in every respect. Wonderfully prepared entrees and a scenic ocean view. Also, psi is a BYOB restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Romantic setting with lovely view of ocean. Service was great, never felt rushed. Piano added to the romantic atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My husband and I visit Cape May often and although we live on 40 minutes away, we consider Cape May our "getaway." In January our children gave us a gift certificate for your Inn for our 30th wedding anniversary and that was our first. Although we normally stay further south, we discovered a different great place to visit and although, Renovations were going on, it did not disrupt our stay. Thank you for being a part of special celebration and are looking forward to visiting again."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "As usual, very good overall. However, we always drink sparkling water with dinner and were disappointed that the bottle they brought us was not cold at all. We were told they had no cold bottles so we drank tap water. No big deal - but in a restaurant of this caliber (and price) they really should have cold sparkling water available."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The atmosphere is ideal and therefore we expected the food to be equally spectacular. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The entrees were good but provided no creative attributes. Overall we had a pleasant but not outstanding experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. The four of us had a first class experience. The food was uniformly excellent as was the service and ambience. I've been eating at Cape May restaurants for 30 years (I don't know how I missed this one), but Peter Shields is up there with the best."
    Dined on 7/5/2014