Peter Shields Inn

4.8
3276 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Jan - March - Open Thursday thru Sunday / April - December Open 7 Nights
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Phone number
(609) 884-9090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carl Messick
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Trenton Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking, no meters.
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Entertainment
Kahlil Gunther and Doug Williams pianists.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View
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1.0Dined 3 days ago

We eat out in Cape May frequently and have been to every restaurant. We dined at PSI 2 years ago and the food and service were exceptional. This time not so great. We had reservations for 8:30. Table wasn't ready and when we sat down the table was in an awkward corner and teetered when you leaned on it. We asked to be moved and we were to another table in the same room where two people just left. The service was slow and stuffy and we received our dinners at 10:17 PM. I had the halibut for $40. It was the plainest pice of fish I think I have ever had out. The sous vide technique showed the bag marks on the fish and there was absolutely no seasoning. Terribly overpriced for what was served. My girlfriend had the filet and although this was better than the fish it was not worth anywhere near the $58 that was charged. We will stick with Washington Inn, Merion, Ebbitt Room, and Lobster House in Cape May from now on. Way better food, value and no where near as stuffy!

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K
3.0Dined 3 days ago

Very ordinary food. Very small portions. While the location is beautiful, we were left very unimpressed.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We did the 7 course tasting ! They were very nice to substitute the oysters for me since I am allergic. The pace of the meal was perfect so it was made to feel like an event. Hearing the pianist in the background was amazing. And our server Loraine was very friendly and did a wonderful job. The courses were delicious and plated to perfection . My only disappointment was the dessert which should have been the grand finale . I would serve something special like creme brûlée or something on that line. It was an after thought.

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OT
5.0Dined 4 days ago

As always, excellent food!! Excellent service..

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GD
5.0Dined 4 days ago

One of the best experiences... The 7 course tasting was incredible!!!!!! Love the restaurant and our server😊😊😊😊

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This was our first visit to Cape May. I had googled restaurants and chose Peter Shields Inn for our first night. The food was wonderful. I broke the reservation I had made at another restaurant and re-booked our third and final night at your restaurant. The food was outstanding and this night the service from a young man named Dylan was pitch perfect.

We may stay at your Inn the next time we visit Cape May to be in closest possible proximity to your restaurant.

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J
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Insanely wonderful food beautiful location lovely ambience Petr is an amazing server and it is a must do every time we go to Cape May!!

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L
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Superb. Peter Shields never disappoints.

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic Service and quality, no complaints.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We have been here many times and this was a very nice meal but we were rushed . Literally put our fork down and the plate was gone. Had to ask the bus boy to give us some time. Same with the check, it was put down before we asked for it and taken before we even looked at it. Not cool. No one was waiting for our table. The crab salad was excellent and the escargot was unique and very tasty. The poached in oil halibut was fine, but the sauce was nice. I’m not a fan of the texture. Very nice desserts, beautifully presented plates. Service should be more on target. Beautiful setting with lovely live piano playing in background.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

This was our second visit to psi, and I think it will be added to a must visit splurge on our yearly trip to Cape May. You really can't beat it. Other Cape May restaurants are pricy, but do not consistently deliver anything but disappointment. Here, the food is well prepared and delicious, but not precious. The atmosphere is elegant yet relaxed. The piano accompaniment soothing. Service efficient and friendly. Please go and treat yourself.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Our #1 choice each time we visit Cape May. This is fine dining without being pompous - yes, men, you can wear shorts if you want - your best! :)
Service is very top notch - in fact we had the same two waiters that we had three years ago - a good place to work always makes a good place to dine.
Restaurant is beautiful, large mansion on Ocean Ave (nice view though beach hidden behind tall grass}. Rooms inside are nice but if the weather is good take the outside, after all your'e 'at the shore'. Front porch is always our choice.
Food is excellent, well executed and high quality/fresh. Our friends had to cancel so we decided for the 7 course menu. All but one was a home-run. Started with terrific oysters (and we rarely like oysters}, followed by appropriate sized crab and smoked salmon, pasta and lobster, tuna with fois gras. then a steak with a scallop and two very good desserts - only the pretty tasteless steak failed to impress, perhaps a lamb chop or such would have been better.
All in all, excellent on all measures.
BYO and your wine is treated as if you bought from them - they do have some local Jersey wines available.
Pleasantly quiet. Though full this Wednesday night, normal conversation can be had. Very good live piano music was pleasant and not obtrusive.

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TN
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We had dinner here last night while on our honeymoon. Couldn’t have picked a better restaurant. Wait staff was friendly in a genuine manner, food was exquisite, view of the ocean from our table on the porch brought everything together. Highly recommended, we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

It was amazing. Ambiance, great service and delicious meal! We will definitely return.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Best beef tenderloin I ever had! 😃

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Absolutely amazing. Food was incredible, and we took advantage of their early dinner prixe fix. We loved the food and Inn so much we booked a night there the next day!

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DM
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Anniversary. This is a byob, so take advantage of it

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JM
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Our party of four went early and got the fixed price early dinners. Everything was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service from Dylan was spot on. We will definitely return.

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MB
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Anniversary dinner on the porch with a beautiful scenic view. Prix fixe menu was excellent. Ordered from regular menu as well. Branzino, scallops, tuna tartar...and dessert were appropriately delish! RJ and his team provided excellent service throughout our meal.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I can’t say enough about this place. From the excellent service to the amazing dishes. Everything was outstanding!! This is our go to place whenever we go to Cape May and it never disappoints. Can’t wait to go back!

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JN
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Hit the mark once again. I had the oil poached halibut. It was very good and something I have never tried before. We like this restaurant ans go a few times a year. Bring your own for a nice romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Delish!! Great for a romantic dinner and a sunset view on the patio. Food was excellent and our waiter was fun polite and professional.

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VM
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food, Service & Atmosphere was perfect as always. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Cape May. The food is fabulous. The Staff is professional and treat you like royalty. The decor is warm and comfortable. I can not wait to go back again this summer season. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant

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ES
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Always excellent! Especially the halibut and gnocchi! Best chocolate lava cake we ever had. Service, atmosphere and staff are outstanding and I can’t wait to go back!!!!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Another Amazing dinner!!!! Absolute Perfection every time!!! We have been coming here for years and years every summer. Still my favorite place in Cape May and Chris is the my favorite server anywhere!!! Also love listening to Doug play the piano.

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NY
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Not one single disappointment here. Outstanding in every way and pre fix offers a wonderful opportunity to dine here at a very reasonable price. I would return in a heartbeat now any time. Worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

From Sherry at the front desk to Dan who was our dinner server the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. The service was only outdone by the food. Oysters were fantastic followed by a steak for dinner and a date pudding for dessert. Definitely my pick for best restaurant in Cape May. Well done.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Start to finish an incredible meal.

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ML
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We spent our very first evening on Cape May at the PSI and we were blown away. The service was highly professional and the food was thoroughly enjoyable from the appetizer to the dessert. Add in the ambience of the stately old mansion and our table on the screened in porch and it was truly a night we’ll never forget!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Delicious food. The service was excellent. Nice piaono was playing in the background. Upscale restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Our server brought us the wrong salad but never apologized for it. Overall good, but might have been an off night.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

An absolute outstanding dining experience! Every single course was mesmerizing. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was set by the talented pianist. An overall great experience! We will definitely be going back.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Always enjoy the white tablecloth experience of Peter Shields Inn. Our service this visit was slow which is my only complaint. Food excellent. Will fondly remember the vanilla bean ice cream for a long time.

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EM
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Our first time enjoying PSI, and hopefully not our last! An amazing meal and experience!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

As always a very delightful dinner and excellent service.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

My husband and I had an amazing experience for our second anniversary. I will stay married to jewelry having anniversaries here!

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KA
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

There were very long spaces between couses. Food was Good not great. Disappointed overall

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The oysters with lime granita and paddlefish caviar appetizer was impeccably clean tasting, and the scallops entre is always a favorite here. The waiter was attentive and friendly. It was another memorable meal.

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A
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

In a word, EXCELLENT

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JB
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Been going there every year for anniversary celebration. Wonderful ambiance and food . Service is excellent! Highly recommended when in CapeMay

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