Peter Shields Inn

4.8
4628 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 C

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4628 people are saying
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SusanR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. Make sure you make reservations as soon as you know you are going to be in Cape May. They are extremely popular with good reason. Our first trip there we couldn't get a reservation.

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vipSaintDavid
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 🥳. Great night outstanding service by Shaun

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vipAngelaK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Peter Shields is an outstanding restaurant. It is a beautiful house and the staff are always attentive and knowledgeable.

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Irisheyes516
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is consistently superb. I always say, however, this place would be even better if they served a nice cocktail before dinner. I’d love a dry and dirty martini with hand stuffed blue cheese olives. Also, this time around, I used Open Table to reserve a 7:30 seating and they called at 7:10 to tell me our seating was at 7. I have the receipt from open Table to prove our reservation. We got the feeling they weren’t as booked as they’d planned, so they wanted us in earlier to get us out earlier. Waited a bit for the check, but it really is a restaurant in Cape May not to be missed.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dining experience at PSI was extremely enjoyable. We had a phenomenal server, Dorothy, who went above and beyond to ensure we made the right food choices and was very attentive to our requests.
The food was delicious, the atmosphere was romantic, and the pianist completed the night.

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vipbondbreeze2
Atlantic City
33 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very upscale restaurant. While eating dinner the piano person was playing. Very good food and service.

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KSnj
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our meal was good but the romaine salad was a big disappointment especially for the price. Also my husband is a meat eater but could not bring himself to order a steak that was $ 60+

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Anthony
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful food experience. Well worth it!!

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Sunnyfoodie
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife's birthday at Peter Shields for our first night out during COVID. We were very pleased. Appreciate BYOB, we brought a lovely Champagne and a very nice Bordeaux. I appreciate the attention that PSI pays to the food, menu and service over a beverage-based profit center. The Prix-fixe menu is diverse, generous and very tempting. The regular menu, which in my observation hasn't varied much at least in the past two years, is sufficiently broad without spreading the kitchen too thin. I had the Salmon Poke, absolutely amazing. For a second, the venison meatballs could not have been a more perfect compliment to our wine ($70 from Moore Bros.). My swordfish was perfectly cooked on a bed of Israeli couscous with a delicious sauce. My wife had the rabbit campanelle (pasta), equally delicious. The service was excellent: She was polite, attentive, informative but not over-talkative. The ambiance is wonderful for a lovely, quiet dinner. In this very narrow sense, COVID has been a blessing as limited tabling and table distancing leaves a quiet environment. Pre-COVID, we'd been very turned off by very noisy restaurants. How can one enjoy a $125+ pp meal when one has to yell across the table to converse? Not so at PSI. Thank you!

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BenP
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the venison and my companion had the braised rabbit. Both were awesome. The restaurant experience was perfect.

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vipJoyG
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great experience here. The waiter was very attentive, the food was excellent. My husband and I enjoyed every morsel and left so full. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It was very good until the waiter and his assistant engaged in a very loud conversation with a profane male customer wearing a sweatshirt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual....a great meal, service and atmosphere

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Maxx
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Food was wonderful!

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JanetD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Peter Shields and have always had a wonderful dining experience there. Out server Peter was very attentive and personable. The food is always delicious. We hope to get back there again very soon!

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CarlaP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal and service was excellent. Would highly recommend!!!!

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GeneD
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food overpriced. Waitress was awful. Food lukewarm.

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Margaret
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent elegant atmosphere with great service. I recommend.

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JenniferO
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing meal! Our absolutely favorite please to go. A must try, your mouth will thank you!

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ANNA
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Cape May!

I definitely recommend.

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vipEddie
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant consistently delivers an incredible dining experience. The food combined with top notch service makes this a Cape May must visit. Peter Shields is our favorite with superb steaks,chops, short ribs seafood and vegetarian dishes. The deserts are beyond amazing.

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KevinM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in Cape May! Service, Food, ambiance all a 10!

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vipKacey48
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We’ve spent a week’s vacation at Cape May every summer for the past ten years but had never tried the Peter Shields Inn for dinner. We were looking forward to it, having previously heard raves from some of our relatives. This is a beautiful venue, the outdoor seating was lovely and the service was excellent. Our reservation was for 7:30 and we were seated right on time. For the first two courses, we shared an heirloom tomato salad and a pasta dish with lobster. They were each nicely divided and plated separately for us and both were delicious, although I didn’t see or taste any fennel in the salad. There was a good selection of menu items but, of the only two entree items that appealed to me that evening, only one was available. While that made my decision easier, I had been leaning toward the other item (the pork chop), so I was a bit disappointed. I ended up having the halibut and my husband had the duck. The dishes were beautifully presented. My halibut was perfectly cooked but a bit plain. There was a smear of either arugula pesto or herb sauce on the plate (not both as shown on the menu), but not enough to have even a taste with every bite of fish. The couscous under the halibut was good but nothing special and I missed the citrus fennel slaw shown on the menu. My husband was disappointed in his duck, which looked and tasted skinless, despite being described on the menu as “Crispy Skin Duck Breast”. If the skin was there, it was certainly not crispy. He reported that the taste was very mild and a bit bland. The only dessert that appealed to me (lemon tart with fresh berries) was not available so I elected to forgo dessert. I was very disappointed as I like a lemon dessert after eating seafood to help cleanse my palate. My husband enjoyed his chocolate and peanut butter dessert and would order it again. This was our one elegant dinner out due to Covid-19, and we will probably go elsewhere next year. We have often gone to Backstreet and never been disappointed.

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vipmetuchenlocal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, Peter our server was very attentive. Our seat on the porch was great! We’ll be back for sure!

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IlCo
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed by this establishment. I would reserve this restaurant for special occasions. Dinner was absolutely fantastic. I had the burrata salad and my husband had the oysters as our first course. Then for the main course, I had the scallops and my husband had the duck. Everything was just delicious and the service was top notch. We will be returning! Pure class!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why do people bring small children/infants to a fine dining restaurant???

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vipRegular
Atlantic City
31 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was our 32nd anniversary. Our waitress was nice but seem distracted. It would have been nice if she explained the menu and how to access it. We heard other serving staff explaining the menu and unfortunately did not receive the same service. We have been at your restaurant many times. The food is always excellent. The staff are not consistent.

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mfrancis
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, beautiful surroundings. Also , restaurant deserves proper attire.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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snickers
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Food superb! Definitely going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!

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Paul
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done on every level. There is a reason PSI maintains its top ranking in the competitive seaside resort town of Cape May. Consistent, creative, fresh dishes served by NYC-quality service in a beautiful setting.

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Jaybirds
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything but the salad was outstanding. The salad seemed old and we felt that iceberg lettuce was used as a filler, considering the price of the salad and the quality ingredients used in other courses we were disappointingly surprised.

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Larry
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter Shields is one of go to restaurants in Cape May. We are never dissatisfied. Our meals and service by Chris was fantastic!

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vipCoachjdk
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding dining experience

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CarolF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening the food was delicious the service terrific! Would definitely dine there again!!

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KarenY
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It as great as usual. Delicious food, impeccable service, and view of the ocean.

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vipSteveW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. BYOB is a plus. The early menu is the best in town!

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HarryE
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to the Peter Shields since it first opened. My favorite restaurant. No one comes close.

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 4628 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.