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Peter Shields Inn

4.8
4.8
5617 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant features a seasonally driven menu bursting with creativity. A favorite of Cape May locals and visitors alike, PSI is a BYOB establishment offering a la carte dining along with a variety of seasonal tasting menus throughout the year. The magnificent ocean views offer the perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a memorable dining experience in beautiful Cape May. During the summer months outdoor dining is available on the front porch overlooking the ocean, and several fireplaces keep the restaurant feeling cozy throughout the winter. Live piano music can be enjoyed at the restaurant all year long. PSI also specializes in hosting elegant ocean front weddings throughout the year, making this the perfect location for special celebrations. The dress code at PSI is Smart Casual.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-9090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    George Galati

  • Private party facilities

    Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant can host private events for all occasions! These celebrations can be for groups as intimate as 10 guests to as large as 100 people.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Gotthardt: (609) 884-9090

  • Neighborhood

    Cape May

  • Cross street

    Trenton Avenue

  • Parking details

    There is free, unmetered street parking on both sides of Beach Avenue directly in front of PSI. There is metered parking available on our cross street, Trenton Avenue. The meters on Trenton Avenue are active from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Entertainment

    Kahlil Gunther and Doug Williams pianists.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 5,617 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Service

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Overall

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Service

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • South Jersey Shore

    Scenic View

  • South Jersey Shore

    Special Occasion

  • South Jersey Shore

    American

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  1. SC

    SteveC

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was apprehensive about our anniversary dinner knowing that the existing chef of many years had left leaving me wondering if PSI would be the same! Our server Sean immediately put my fears to rest and our evening dinner was perfect. I might go so far to say the new chef might actually be better! Thanks for another memorable PSI anniversary weekend dinner and God willing we will see you in 2023.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seared fois gras was incredible … wow. Again - don’t miss out on this - I am a fois gras snob usually thinking the sear is to hide a poorly prepared pâte but that was not the case here. The entire meal was superbly prepared and our waiter was wonderful. While it is billed as BYOB, there is a small wine selection from a local vineyard that was surprisingly ok. The crème brûlée and an espresso to finish capped off a perfect evening. And - the piano was fun entertainment … playing requests all night. A magical night for sure.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good meal and service in a nice historic building
  4. MM

    MarMik

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We eat here about twice a year when we visit Cape May. It is a real "white tablecloth" restaurant. They used to have a prix-fixe and we do miss that quite a lot. They are BYOB so that makes it an affordable luxury. The main chef has changed and we did notice the difference, no pasta and a smaller menu. The food was still very good, and I am hopeful that this new chef will slowly enlarge the offerings.
  5. L

    Levena

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary on Thursday, September 22nd. From the outdoor appearance to the ambiance inside this wonderful restaurant as being our first time here we were very pleased. Sophisticated and romantic setting perfect for our Anniversary. The Piano player was a bonus, you can even text him your requests. Our waiter was professional and very nice. Service was outstanding. The food was fabulous! I had the filet mignon and my husband had the pork chop. Made to order and very tasty! The price for this upscale restaurant was also reasonable in comparison with some other restaurants in the area. Thank you for a wonderful experience! We had a great evening and will most definitely be back! 4 stars all around!
  6. MG

    MarciaG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Peter shields is always incredible. Our server Chris has waited on us a few times and always gives us excellent service.
  7. CK

    CharlesK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant
  8. NA

    NeilA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Table was too close to other tables and entrance to other rooms, much traffic. Very loud. Service was very good. Food was inconsistent: one entree was very good and one was not - sides (risotto) was clumpy. Overall not a great value for the cost. Previous visits were better.
  9. EB

    ElizabethB

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful old mansion, great food, and live piano music to compliment your meal - what could be better?
  10. KB

    KatieB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Cape May, start to finish! Been going for years and never disappoints. Service was amazing, food is incredible, piano is one-of-a-kind and keeps us coming back!!!
  11. m

    msbboro

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The lobster tails were over cooked. The steak was tough.
  12. K

    Karrrrrrrr

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a perfect evening at PSI!
  13. ED

    EDWARDK

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent service. One of our favorite places to visit in Cape May. We come back every year. Live piano music too, what more could you ask.
  14. BN

    BillyNTina

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is terrific, and then there is the food. This is a fantastic place! Consistently SUPERB service and food. Thank you Peter Shields Inn!
  15. SH

    StoneHarborFoodie

    Naples

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    As always the food and service are among the best in Cape May. Unfortunately we were seated at a table directly next to the outdoor patio door and between the servers and patrons coming in and out it was hard to enjoy the experience.
  16. G

    Gfam

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good and service were excellent but tables a bit too close together for such an elegant restaurant
  17. E

    Edita

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great and so was the service! We enjoyed the evening at PSI.
  18. R

    Reagansboys

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was excellent. 2nd time here and the food was excellent! It was our anniversary and I put that in the reservation. There were absolutely more intimate tables open and available. We we’re out in the middle of everything. Disappointing. It would have been nice to be near the piano and sit in a corner area. Silly comment but the waiters were wishing people happy birthday left and right, nobody wished us a happy anniversary. Nobody came by to fill our wine so we did it, we had to ask for refill on water.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining on the porch was perfect, the weather was great. The service was good, the food was well done and we will definitely be back.
  20. e

    eatingout

    Atlantic City

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, service, and ambiance; what more can you want?!
  21. RL

    RyanL

    Atlantic City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as always. Truly a great experience.
  22. W

    Wiego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ceviche. Scallops. Lobster bisque. Crab cakes. Rosé. Panna Cotta. Ahhhh.
  23. s

    svcaramia

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I have eaten here many times and it has always been acceptable. Pleasant. This time I was totally disappointed. I ordered a cowboy steak. How do you like it cooked? I was asked. I said, medium rare. If you look up on the internet medium rare it will say 135 degrees. My steak was black and blue. Under 100 degrees for sure. I had stomach pains all night. The steak came precut. When my wife saw it she exclaimed, that steak is raw! The waiter said you want me to have it cooked some more? The steak came already cut up. Put it on the fire and all the juices run out. I should have refused it and asked them to take it back and cook a new steak Ok, now for my wife who ordered Halibut. The fish was tasty but she was given the tail end. The tail end is not appropriate for such a fine restaurant. Only a thick center-cut should be served. I heard they lost their chef and have a new one. Maybe it's a learning curve or everyone is burnt from a heavy summer. As I said I have eaten here before and it was always pleasant. Not as good as some other restaurants but always acceptable I can not recommend Peter Shields. I will not be returning
  24. CM

    CatherineM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely dinner in such a beautiful setting. Outstanding service! Our favorite in Cape May!
  25. EH

    EHBranchburg

    New York Area

    173 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience - great food, service and ambience. Our favorite spot to dine in Cape May. Would recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just terrific!
  27. B

    armenB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was excellent. This is a vacation destination and perhaps people don’t want to spend a lot of time eating while on vacation but it seems to me the restaurant Tries to get people in and out as quickly as possible and fit as many people into the restaurant as possible. These last two aspects of the experience were not particularly to my liking.
  28. SH

    SarahH

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly one of the best restaurants I've ever been to (and I used to live in New York City)! The food was out of this world, the service was attentive and professional, and the piano performance and selections a fantastic addition to a perfect evening at this beautiful restaurant. Definitely a 5-star experience from start to finish!
  29. j

    julia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This is our Second time @Peter Shields .We really enjoyed ourselves .Our waiter was excellent tall Gentleman extremely professional and very pleasant .The food was excellent. Last year we were Very Disappointed with the steak for2 it was so fatty for the money we paid. We decide to give it another chance and very glad we did. We were celebrating our Anniversary we did ask for table outside & young lady at front desk was very nice . The only complaint i have is that we couldn't sit outside for the second time because the small tables are so tiny and not comfortable i even made early Reservations 5:45pm hoping i could sit outside So romantic out there.Men tend to be a little bigger and not very comfortable space its like a whole in the wall space. i also work in this Profession my whole life about 45 years .I would like to suggest maybe taking the other side where you have just sitting area and also turning that into outside seating. September is a beautiful time of year and lots of Guest celebrating Birthdays, Anniversaries, Etc. Maybe putting some Chairs or nice lounge on front lawn would be Great addition & having someone outside playing a small instrument would be nice . Just a Suggestion. Beautiful Restaurant, Great Food, Excellent Service, Nice Ambiance. We will be Back & hopefully we will be able to sit outside this time @ bigger table.
  30. TM

    TheresaM

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. The wait staff was great. We appreciated The hostess did her best to quiet a noisy child but the mother was of no help. It happens. The piano player in the background is a nice touch
  31. E

    Escargot

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious meal. Halibut and scallops were cooked to perfection. Oysters disappointing as they were not local bluepoints Crab appetizer was also excellent. Always great to eat at PSI
  32. RP

    RichieP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I visited Peter Shields 4 years ago for our 30th anniversary. Fantastic food and service. We returned this year for our 34th anniversary. We got the same waiter and had the same impeccable service. The food arrived exactly as ordered and we enjoyed every bite. Peter Shields is a destination and, in our opinion. The finest dining experience in Cape May.
  33. NW

    NancyW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch place for a special occasion
  34. DS

    DoctorS55

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience! Fantastic food! Peter our server was amazing! He made it a very special experience!! Highly recommend!!!
  35. D

    Doctorcraven

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    We've had dinner at Peter Shields' several times over the past dozen years or so. As a matter of fact, I proposed to my wife at Peter Shields'.  So it was something of a no-brainer to celebrate our 10th anniversary there. Well, in a word, it was disappointing!  Dinner did not feel like the classy event it had been in the past, and we did not feel like we were at a fine restaurant!  Even our waiter (who claimed to have been at PSI for 19 years) seemed intent on making our evening feel like nothing special at all. Sadly, it will be a long time before we venture back to the Peter Shields Restaurant. 
  36. DI

    DINAO

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! Loved all the food and ambience. Can’t wait to come back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Overpriced
  38. J

    Jeanne

    Atlantic City

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on vacation and make it a point to eat here every time! Dinner was delicious. The oysters were perfectly chilled The corn chowder was amazing. The scallops were outstanding as was the steak. We were seated on the screened in porch overlooking the ocean. Our server was fabulous. We love the piano player - so talented and versatile. A truly memorable evening.
  39. EB

    ErnestB

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really loved everything except the oyster app i’ve never seen a smaller oyster. And I love them The service and the rest of our meals we’re fantastic Would go back in a minute
  40. AM

    AntonioM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Perfect portions Stellar service Finest food Excellent ambiance

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Peter Shields Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 884-9090.

Peter Shields Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 5617 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Peter Shields Inn

1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Trenton Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Cape May

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is free, unmetered street parking on both sides of Beach Avenue directly in front of PSI. There is metered parking available on our cross street, Trenton Avenue. The meters on Trenton Avenue are active from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    George Galati

  • Entertainment

    Kahlil Gunther and Doug Williams pianists.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-9090

  • Private party facilities

    Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant can host private events for all occasions! These celebrations can be for groups as intimate as 10 guests to as large as 100 people.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Gotthardt: (609) 884-9090

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