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Peter Shields Inn

4.8
4.8
5208 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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 884-9090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Carl Messick

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

First Course

  • Cream of Jersey Asparagus$17.00

    Truffle Crème Fraiche, Baby Greens

    • Burrata Cheese$17.00

      Heirloom Grape Tomatoes, Mache, Pistachio Dust, Aged Balsamic Drizzle

      • Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras$29.00

        Grand Marnier Brioche French Toast, Almond Granola, Kumquat Marmalade, Cherry Purée

        • Market Oysters$27.00

          Finger Lime Caviar Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce

          • Blue Fin Tuna Tartare$18.00

            Chili Nuoc Cham, Daikon, Cucumber, White Soy Dressing, Kohlrabi Micros

            • PSI Charcuterie Board$24.00

              Whole Grain Mustard, Pickled Vegetables, Marinated Olives, Toast Points

              • PSI Cheese Board

                Honey Roasted Nuts, Toast Points, Seasonal Fruit & Compote

                • Three Cheese$24.00
                • w/ Charcuterie$40.00
              • Wild Asparagus Panzanella Salad$16.00

                Spring Arugula, Cucumber, Watermelon Radish, Feta Cheese, Heirloom Grape Tomatoes, Oregano White Balsamic Aioli

                Second Course

                • Big Glory Bay NZ King Salmon$40.00

                  Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Risotto, Yuzu Lemon Curd

                  • Alaskan Halibut$45.00

                    Piquillo Peppers, Spring Peas, Pearl Onions, House Made Potato Gnocchi, Maple Balsamic Brown Butter

                    • Crispy Branzino$38.00

                      Mint Raita, Mediterranean Summer Cous Cous Salad

                      • Grilled Pork Tenderloin$36.00

                        Chorizo Spiced Fingerling Hash, Swiss Chard, Ramps, Black Garlic Salsa Verde

                        • Roasted Lancaster Chicken Breast$35.00

                          Corn Crema, Fava Bean Succotash, Parmesan Risotto

                          • 10 oz. Filet Mignon$68.00

                            Herb Potato Purée, Broccolini, Roasted Carrots, Bordelaise

                            • 10 oz. Hanger Steak$46.00

                              Herb Potato Purée, Broccolini, Roasted Carrots, Bordelaise

                              • 18 oz. Dry Aged KC Strip Steak$78.00

                                Herb Potato Purée, Broccolini, Roasted Carrots, Bordelaise

                                • 24 oz. Prime Cowboy$79.00

                                  Herb Potato Purée, Broccolini, Roasted Carrots, Bordelaise

                                  To our Valued Guests ...

                                  • The Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant is a BYOB establishment.

                                    • We have a "Smart Casual" dress code. We kindly ask guests to refrain from wearing swimwear, athleticwear, hats and hooded sweatshirts in our dining rooms. Jackets are not required for gentlemen.

                                      • Well-behaved children are welcomed. We kindly ask parents to be considerate of other diners and remove crying or unruly children from the dining room.

                                        Last updated: May 20, 2022

                                        What 5,208 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                                        4.8
                                        4.8 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.8Food
                                        • 4.9Service
                                        • 4.8Ambience
                                        • 4.5Value

                                        NoiseModerate

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                                        • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

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                                        • South Jersey Shore

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                                        • South Jersey Shore

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                                        1. B

                                          Bonsterr

                                          San Francisco

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined today

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          First time at this restaurant. Our server, Sean, was wonderful. He made several recommendations, and all were spot on. We had the halibut, and the toffee pudding. Both were delicious. We look forward to our next visit.

                                        2. SF

                                          StevenF

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined today

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Peter took such great care of us. The food was amazing and the atmosphere is just as great!

                                        3. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined today

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Everything was perfect

                                        4. JV

                                          JohnV

                                          New York Area

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Food is consistently delicious and creative. Service is top notch in a warm atmosphere.

                                        5. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fabulous as usual

                                        6. CT

                                          ChuckT

                                          Philadelphia

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Lovely place with good food. A little pricey but very good quality. Outstanding service. Only thing was the coffee was burnt.

                                        7. KK

                                          KitKai89

                                          Atlantic City

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Hi! We love Peter Shields Inn! We’ve been coming here for a decade! This time we were seated at a very noisy crowded table. I asked to be moved and it was no problem, to a quieter area. Perfect!

                                        8. NO

                                          NOTWORTHTHETRIP

                                          Atlantic City

                                          24 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          24 reviews

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful. The new chef is terrific with his new ideas. Enjoyed my halibut, cooked to perfection. Thank you.

                                        9. J

                                          Jackie

                                          Philadelphia

                                          14 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          14 reviews

                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                          Enjoy Peter Shields however difficult to get reservations. I booked 10 days before in the middle of May and could only get a 5:00 reservation. Food is very good— service is good also.

                                        10. CA

                                          CAMILLEK

                                          New York Area

                                          27 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          27 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent food and ambiance our waiter, Brian, was friendly and made sure we were comfortable

                                        11. FL

                                          FrankL

                                          New England

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          PSI has been our favorite, but we thought the restaurant was not quite the same during COVID as before. But last night, I took my college mates there for the first time. OMG, PSI's got their mojo back! Every morsel was a tickle to the palate. Flavors we'd never had. Congrats, PSI. We'll be back, again. Hearty recommendations to all.

                                        12. M

                                          Matt

                                          Atlantic City

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The place was picturesque and the service (Peter) was outstanding. Despite there being a full house you had a sense of intimacy. The delivery of food was well paced and well prepared. A true gem in the crown of Cape May.

                                        13. ST

                                          StarrT

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The filet mignon was excellent. Ordered it med rare and it was tender and buttery.

                                        14. h

                                          hugh

                                          Philadelphia

                                          91 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          91 reviews

                                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent food, great service, beautiful atmosphere, BYOB (which saves $), and beautiful live piano music. Now if only it were handicapped accessible my wife wouldn't have had to carry my walker up (& down) many steps.

                                        15. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Atlantic City

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Still the best in Cape May…

                                        16. JG

                                          JeffreyG

                                          New York Area

                                          76 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          76 reviews

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          wonderful experience Beautiful ambiance Delicious food Attentive service completely satisifying

                                        17. SH

                                          SteveH

                                          Seattle

                                          20 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          20 reviews

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          My wife and I received a gift card here for our wedding, so upon getting the chance to go out for a date night: Peter Shields Inn delivered! The food was terrific, the service was great, and the pianist took requests and played everything we suggested. We'd happily return and would definitely recommend for a special occasion or family dinner night out!

                                        18. M

                                          Monkey

                                          New York Area

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful place. Beautiful, excellent food. Live piano music. Was a great place for birthday dinner.

                                        19. R

                                          Roadwarrior

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 13, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Superior food quality ! Prepared perfectly! Good menu choices. BYO makes it a great place to dine.

                                        20. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Anniversary dinner-first visit although highly recommended by our daughter who owns a summer home and in Cape May Excellent dinners!

                                        21. GR

                                          GretR

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food ( Octopus appetizer and Halibut entree) was exquisite. Tender and moist. For hearing impaired patrons it was a relief to be able to have a normal conversation at your table, since the noise level was remarkably low

                                        22. PD

                                          PamelaD

                                          Philadelphia

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We were seated on the porch which might have contributed to the lower noise level. It was bright and beautiful out there! Mother’s Day brunch options were varied and plentiful and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We’ll definitely be back!

                                        23. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          7 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Had a lovely Mother’s Day brunch here with my daughter. Dillon was our server and as always everything was timed perfectly. Never feel rushed here and all of our dishes were spot on in seasoning, preparation and presentation. Highly recommended if you haven’t yet had the pleasure.

                                        24. TF

                                          TowsonFoodie

                                          Baltimore

                                          40 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          40 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Everything was delicious from start to finish! The beet salad and branzino were the best! Our server, Peter, was excellent!

                                        25. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Philadelphia

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I have had my birthday at Peter Shields for the last 5 years. I love the food, the atmosphere and the wait staff. Absolutely couldn’t say enough fabulous things about this place.

                                        26. DA

                                          DAVEY

                                          Philadelphia

                                          49 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          49 reviews

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent.!

                                        27. RS

                                          RichS

                                          Philadelphia

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Atmosphere, service & Food was excellent.... Definitely will be back..

                                        28. AV

                                          AVBAMG

                                          New York Area

                                          9 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We have been enjoying Peter Shield’s Inn & Restaurant (PSI), for over 16+ years, usually coming for long weekends. We stay at the Inn and have dinner and breakfast (or brunch) there during our stay. The quality level of the food, its professional preparation and attentive wait service has always been consistently top notch. At our most recent stay in May 2022, we learned that the previous excellent chef has moved on. We are very pleased to report that the new chef and kitchen staff are continuing to maintain the top quality level that had been established at PSI, with some delicious new menu additions. During this post-COVID period where it is difficult finding restaurant wait staff, the waiters/waitresses now working at PSI are providing a friendly, attentive, competent and professional level of service. We especially enjoy sitting in the white-painted, southern enclosed porch, since it provides excellent bright natural light, along with mesmerizing views of the surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Also, PSI is now serving a good selection of NJ wines, but we still prefer to bring our own wine (BYOB), allowing us to make an elegant meal experience just that more so, as well as being more affordable, compared to 100%+ marked up international wine lists at many other restaurants. All in all, we highly recommend PSI for a most wonderful dinner in a traditional, elegant and attractive former circa-1907, Georgian-style, grand private home, fronting on Beach Avenue and overlooking the Jersey Shore.

                                        29. J

                                          Jojo

                                          Atlantic City

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Mother’s Day

                                        30. HO

                                          HeatherO

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We had a fantastic time! This was our first time here and we can’t wait to go back!! Our waiter Sean was wonderful, the food was excellent and the table and ambiance was perfect! I would highly recommend!!

                                        31. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful experience with the family for Mother's Day! Delicious food and exceptional service... Highly recommended!

                                        32. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New York Area

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                          The service was amazing as usual. We ordered the rib eye for two and it was over cooked. We were disappointed because the steak was sliced so it was obvious it was overdone and they served it anyway. We ordered medium rare and it was served medium to medium well. The staff was apologetic and took accountability. It won’t stop us from coming back but probably would not order this again.

                                        33. c

                                          carolhuck

                                          Philadelphia

                                          20 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          20 reviews

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Dinner was delicious service excellent. Had the potato leek bisque soup and the king salmon tartar appetizers. Dinner was the crispy branzino and 10 Oz hanger steak perfect. Night was so enjoyable

                                        34. DM

                                          DanM

                                          New York Area

                                          19 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          19 reviews

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great service from Sean! Loved the strip steak

                                        35. J

                                          Jenl

                                          Philadelphia

                                          13 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          13 reviews

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          One of our favorite places! Dinner was delicious and service impeccable as usual!

                                        36. TF

                                          TowsonFoodie

                                          Baltimore

                                          41 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          41 reviews

                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Our first dinner at Peter Shields since the new Chef, Carl Messick, took over. Everything was delicious and beautifully plated! We will be back again for sure!

                                        37. g

                                          gturner228

                                          Philadelphia

                                          19 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          19 reviews

                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We had a delicious dinner last night, and everything was superb. The potato leek soup had just the right texture and flavor, and our entrees (the halibut and the branzino) were excellent. Peter was our server, and he was attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back!

                                        38. LM

                                          LindaM

                                          Philadelphia

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food is great. Served piping hot. Service is very good. Enjoyable evening!

                                        39. m

                                          mamacas

                                          Philadelphia

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. We had a beautiful view and everyone was very friendly.

                                        40. BY

                                          BenY

                                          New York Area

                                          13 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          13 reviews

                                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Wonderful service, great food at a terrific price point! Beautiful place and truly a magnificent time and experience.

                                        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 5208 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                        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–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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

                                          Carl Messick

                                        • 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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