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About 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. Dress Code is Smart Casual.

1301 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Jan - March - Open Thursday thru Sunday / April - December Open 7 Nights

Cross Street:
Trenton Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 884-9090

Website:
http://www.petershieldsinn.com/

Entertainment:
Kahlil Gunther and Doug Williams pianists.

Parking Details:
Street parking, no meters.

Executive Chef:
Carl Messick

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View

Peter Shields Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (95)
Special Occasion (91)
Good for Anniversaries (82)
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Good for a Date (71)
Fit for Foodies (55)
Worth the Drive (52)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Quiet Conversation (48)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Cozy (44)
Waterfront (41)
Scenic View (39)
Authentic (25)
Local Ingredients (22)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Tasting Menu (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Seasonal (16)
Live Music (15)
Business Meals (8)
Casual (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food here as always been wonderful. Whether I have ordered short ribs, steaks, or any seafood it is always so delectable. Pefect romantic night!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 2 days ago

Peter Shields is our favorite romantic restaurant in Cape May. The food is excellent and consistent. Love the historic Colonial Revival building. Two of the best things about it are that it is a BYOB and there are no meters to feed all year round.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Best restaurant in Cape May, NJ. Maybe the best in NJ. Elegant, delicious fancy food, excellent service, live piano music, quiet enough. Just wonderful. Our favorite restaurant anywhere.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants down the shore. We try to go every time we are in the area. It is so beautiful, the food is amazing and the service top notch! They always make it a special night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Really great meal and beautiful place to spend the evening. We have already made our next reservations.

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food5
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·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding time! We were treated like royalty! Everyone there “gets it”! Food was superb! Pricey-but you get what you pay for! Was our 1st time there. Will not be the last!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service! We dined here on President's day weekend as two couples celebrating the birthday of one of the group's members. Two of us had the Prix-Fix menu and two ordered off the standard menu. With the choices available on the Prix-Fix, everyone ended up with something completely different -- and EVERYTHING was excellent and well prepared! We also had very attentive, but not overbearing service that was well timed. In the background was a live pianist playing light, familiar music to add to the evening.

You will spend some $$$$ at this place, but since it is a BYOB, you save there on your drinks; and I firmly believe in "you get what you pay for" -- this place provided excellent food and service for the price you do pay!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Live Music, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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value3

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

One of our favorite places! Wonderful food, wonderful service, wonderful atmosphere!!!

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food5
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·Dined 4 days ago

You can't improve on perfection! Food was utterly amazing! Ambiance couldn't have been more perfect for our Valentines/ 25th Anniversary Dinner. I highly recommend The Peter Shields Inn for an awesome affair!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely outstanding once again. Consistently provides a great night on a very high level. RJ, our waiter, was awesome!

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Chef Carl is a master of his craft. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. If you do eat here, ask for Dottie as a server. She was wonderful. Will be back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a fantastic experience, this restaurant never disappoints. From the romantic atmosphere with live piano player to attentive staff and delicious food, this is one restaurant your really don’t want to miss.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

We've been visiting the Peter Shields Inn for the last 15 years on Valentine's Day, awesome experience. Love the piano player.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

OK, so this review isn't so good for a restaurant that is generally great.
We live nearby and go there often. On Valentines Day they featured an aged, prime NY strip "special" at $80 (I was salivating! ). I expected it to be better than their "normal" $60 NY strip..... It turned out to be a bad steak
There was a whole lot that added up to our bad experience including:
- it was Valentines Day and I wasn't inclined to make a scene (MY BAD!!!!)
- our server went missing for the entire time it took to eat our meal (we had to pour our own wine during the meal!)... no opportunity to complain...I wasn't about to get up and run around to find someone
- the food runner did ask how our meals were but before I could explain that my steak was poor, he laughed and ran away (I assume he misunderstood me?)

My steak was:
- Very small (probably a good thing)
- Mostly fat
- Over-cooked (somewhere past medium versus the request of medium rare)
- Tasted a bit "off"... "spoiled"

In summary, we paid $80 for one of the worst steaks I've ever had. I believe PSI might have gotten hosed by their supplier but that's just a guess. Holiday supply chains are sometimes difficult in their business.

My wife's meal (a different dish) was wonderful as is usual at PSI.

Our server finally returned for our dessert order but never asked about the entrée and I didn't volunteer (my bad again). The hostess did ask about our meals on our way out. I told the truth in a nice way and she offered to replace my meal....... REALLY?!... do they think we would want to hang around the crowded lobby waiting for a handout at 9:30 PM on Valentines Day? There had to be a better option. Ummm, quietly passing along a small gift certificate would seem like a win-win.

We'll go back to PSI because they are really good at what they do but I have to say that we probably won't go on Mothers Day or Valentines. I guess any business can screw up when they are stressed.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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service2
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Tom is a rock star.

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food5
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service5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent experience from the time you walk in until the time you leave! Service, food and atmosphere!! I would love to go during daylight hours to be able to see the ocean!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Obviously one of the top rated restaurants in the state waitresses was very helpful with the menu the table was perfect near a fireplace quiet atmosphere you can hear yourself talk for a change in a restaurant. The choices on a Valentine's week menu were exceptional and it tastes was out of this world I definitely will go back and it doesn't have to be a special occasion five stars

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dinner was excellent, as was our wait staff, in particular, Dorothy. She was very attentive, and handled an unpleasant guest, seated by us, with poise and professionalism. We haven't been to Peter Shields in at least four years. The food was delicious and the portions appeared larger than they use to be. There wasn't a green salad listed on the menu, but when we mentioned this to Dorothy, she was able to get us mesculan greens with beets and goat cheese. They have also added the piano player which was very nice, instead of piped in music. All in all, a wonderful evening. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Perfect.
Another great dining experience at Peter Shields. RJ was so much fun! He was attentive, knowledgeable and had the best personality. We are stll laughing two days later.
The food was beyond amazing....... we cant wait to return.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Slightly over rated. The sea bass could have been a little better.

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food4
ambience4
service5
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Peter Shields Inn never disappoints. The Prix fixe Valentine menu was OUTSTANDING!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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food5
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

As usual,s the Peter Shields Inn did not disappoint. Every aspect of the dinner was as expected for a premier dining establishment. From the decor, through the service and food to the end. This is fine dining as is expected from this restaurant, especially as we were not rushed.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent as always. Great food and outstanding service. Was a little disappointed that there was a substitution for an item with the replacement costing $20 more. Too classy a restaurant to do that...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great Terrific dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Superb as usual. Unbelievable winter special tasting menu that offers a great opportunity to try PSI for an exceptional price. A warm greeting, delightful service from Amy and amazing food made for a perfect visit with friends.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was very well presented. Service was impeccable. Not one of those disappointing dinners. Overall could not be better!

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food5
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

PSI never lets us down. Our server, Peter, was extremely accommodating to our wishes. Best Caesar Salad ever!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary on Thursday and luckily for us, Peter Shields Inn reopened their restaurant after a brief renovation hiatus. We had a spectacular dinner (as usual) and look forward to many more throughout the upcoming year. Thank you Peter for your attentive service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

PSI was great, food, service and design all were excellent as always.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

GREAT RESTAURANT IN A VICTORIAN INN. GREAT FOOD AND GOOD SERVICE

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

You can't go wrong at PSI. The food and service are both excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A delightful place for a family get-together! We entertained our out-of-town family on Sunday evening. We enjoyed the prix fixe menu, and it received rave reviews from everyone!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything about Peter Shields Inn from the greeting by the hostess to the end of our meal was outstanding. With the piano player in the lobby and the fireplaces blazing , it was the perfect evening on a cold night.

Tags: Seasonal, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The Peter Shields Inn lived up to its five star rating in every way.
The romantic, yet laid back ambiance; the attentive and friendly service; the incredible and delicious food deserve every one of those five stars. It was well worth every penny, and we will return again!

Tags: Waterfront, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is a consistently excellent restaurant in Cape May. Having it be a BYOB destination makes it very affordable with stellar ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

excellent.took friends along and they all want to come back

Tags: Cozy
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great nye dinner in cape May!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Party of 4...Third year in a row for NYE weekend. Disappointed in the surf and turf entree...scallops over salted and inedible. Salmon sausage patty was dry and over cooked with little flavor. Appetizers (soup) were excellent (oysters wonderful). One entree originally removed from bill. Took persistence to finally have both taken off the menu. Offer of dessert (head hostess) on the House was nice, but the original offer should have been to take the two surf and turf entrees off our bill. After a warm welcome and banter throughout our meal, our waiter seemed perturbed at the end. By the way, we tipped on the entire bill (including the two entrees removed). This was a kitchen problem. Not in service. After always loving PSI (was there for dinner in September), we left feeling awkward and a bit shamed. Sigh.

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food4
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything first class. Excellent service culinary offerings.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I had one if the best meals of my life at the Peter Shields Inn. We chose it for its location, walking distance from our hotel, and expected a typical high-end beach resort meal. The food was spectacular in its preparation and ingredients, the service was polite and appropriately timed for a leisurely meal. They brought dessert with a birthday candle and instead of the usual waitstaff singing, the pianist just segued into "Happy Birthday ". Classy. We will definitely return for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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