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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 (91)
Special Occasion (89)
Good for Anniversaries (80)
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Good for a Date (71)
Worth the Drive (52)
Quiet Conversation (51)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Cozy (45)
Waterfront (40)
Scenic View (38)
Authentic (25)
Local Ingredients (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Groups (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Seasonal (16)
Live Music (15)
Business Meals (8)
Casual (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Healthy (5)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined a day ago

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

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·Dined 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 days ago

OK, so this review is horrible for a restaurant that is generally great.
We live nearby and go there often. On Valentines Day they featured a prime NY strip (special) at $80 (I was salivating! ). It was supposed to be better than their "normal" $60 NY strip..... It turned out to be quite bad.
There was a whole lot of stupid 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 even had to pour our own wine during the meal!)... no opportunity to complain!!
- I did let the food-runner know that my steak was bad but he apparently didn't understand and just laughed

My steak was:
- Very small (thankfully)
- Mostly fat
- Over-cooked (somewhere around medium-well versus the request of medium rare)
- Tasted a bit "off"... "spoiled"....I'm being kind here....

In summary, I paid $80 for one of the worst steaks I ever had in my life!

My wife's meal was awsomely wonderful as is usual at PSI.

No one asked about our meals until we were leaving at which time the hostess did ask. I told the truth in a nice way and she offered to replace my meal....... REALLY????!!!... did she think we would want to hang around the lobby for a handout at 9:30 PM onValentines Day? There has to be a better option. This was handled horribly!!!!!!

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: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 4 days ago

Tom is a rock star.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 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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 (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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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 9, 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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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 4, 2018

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

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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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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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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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 (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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 (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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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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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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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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I had such a wonderful Halibut (my absolute favorite) dinner at the Peter Shields Inn in Nov celebrating my friend's birthday that I decided to do the same for mine in Dec. Only this time I also brought my fiance. He had the NY, I had the fillet and my friend had the salmon. It was all superb. They both raved about the tartar appetizer which I tasted and also loved particularly the tuna. I also very much enjoyed my salad and especially the chocolate lava cake for dessert. The service and ambiance were also both excellent. Thank you for making both of our birthdays very special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

New years weekend, but not the eve as was the previous diner.Great food, good service and the setting on the porch for an intimate dinner for two couldnt be better

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience! Ambience, service, and food were all spectacular. Will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We haven't been here in years. My Daughter gave us a gift certificate for Christmas as our anniversary is a few days later. Walking up to PSI you are taken aback by its beauty. Decorated for Christmas was a bonus. Inside it is warm, inviting and stunning. The employees were all very nice and professional. The food was fantastic. It was better than I remembered. Dessert and after dinner hot drinks were great as it was very cold outside. Great place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

PSI is always our first choice for dining in Cape May. My husband and I have never been disappointed and the food is fresh, beautifully presented and creatively prepared. In a word our meal is always delicious! The bisque with trout has such a mixture of texture and taste and is outstanding. The salmon was perfect and of course the panne cotta with pistachio ice cream on the side should not be missed. Love PSI and will always frequent it on our quarterly visits to our favorite place no matter the season! Thank you to RJ - his service was perfect!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was delicious and our waiter was very friendly, great service. The restaurant itself is so cute and beautifully decorated for Christmas, lovely experience and highly recommended!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We are repeat customers because we enjoy PSI for many reasons.
I had hoped that there would have been a chef special seafood offering as the menu is limited.
Service,timing and quality excellent.
Expect to return in February to stay at the Inn and likely to dine there to celebrate my husband ‘s birthday.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was excellent. The atmosphere pleasant and upbeat. Service attentive and friendly. Everyone loved their meal and we all had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always amazing experience to dine there!

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