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Peter Shields Inn

4.8
4.8
5315 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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Booked 55 times today

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

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What 5,315 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • South Jersey Shore

    Romantic

  • South Jersey Shore

    Scenic View

  • South Jersey Shore

    Special Occasion

  • South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorites in Cape May. The best of NYC has nothing over PSI. Enough said.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food! Wonderful service

  3. PC

    PaulC

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We always enjoy PSI. The food was very good and the restaurant accommodated our sons birthday very nice. Exceptional service by Dorothy, she is the absolute best!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first year Anniversary

  5. CS

    ChristineS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible experience! Will definitely return!

  6. S

    Suzi

    Atlantic City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Peter was our server and he did a wonderful job. We were sitting next to noisy guests. The halibut was delicious.

  7. s

    suzied128

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at Peter Shields is always a treat. The ambience is wonderful and wait staff is very professional. I was concerned that the food wouldn't be as great with the change of chefs, but it was just as good as it always was.

  8. MF

    MicheleF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual a wonderful evening! Always enjoy. Peter always makes it a great experience.

  9. F

    Fitz

    Atlantic City

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wait staff is wonderful. We had Sean again last night. Just terrific.

  10. g

    ggke

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our service was exceptional

  11. ML

    MelissaLBC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I have been coming to PSI for years and we finally had the privilege of taking my parents to dinner. They absolutely loved it and cannot believe they have never been there yet! The food, ambiance and staff are top notch. Thank you PSI restaurant for another delicious and memorable evening. We will be back, hopefully soon!

  12. t

    tropwes

    Philadelphia

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We brought the kids for a 5pm reservation. They are 8 and 9 and lucky for us they have some unlisted simple kid options. My so. Couldn’t find anything for dinner and he was able to order buttered pasta. Everyone else had steak and it was amazing service, piano player, food!

  13. TD

    TheDocter12

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  14. TM

    TatianaM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was so great!

  15. TT

    TeodoraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was amazing. Everything was perfect service and drinks

  16. LS

    LoriS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice staff and decor. Menu could have a few more options , but we still love to go a few times a year:) Food is great!

  17. t

    tmcc1

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We have dined at Peter Shields many times and the food has always been very good. Last night we were a party of four. The entrees flank steak, salmon and halibut were very good. However, one person ordered the pork and was very disappointed. The potatoes, that were served with the pork, had a seasoning on them that was very salty and spicy. Unfortunately, the seasoning left such a bad taste in her mouth that it was impossible for her to enjoy her dinner. I had a small taste of the potatoes and agree the spices were overpowering. We brought it to the attention of our server who notified the chef. The chef said the potatoes were cooked in the seasoning with the pork. Would not recommend ordering the pork dinner if you do not like spicy, salty food. Enjoyed listening to Kahlil playing the piano. Overall the atmosphere was very nice; our server was attentive. I was happy to read online that Peter Shields addressed the dress code but was disappointed that the dress code was not followed by one of the hostesses working last night.

  18. SF

    SueFood

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual the food and service were 5 Star quality.

  19. O

    Outstanding

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated a birthday and everything....the service and the food was outstanding. We had a great dinner experience.

  20. t

    teds

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    I've been eating at Peter Shields for 20+ years, including sister's wedding, and many special occasions. I hate being negative, but I had a poor dinner last night. My daughter ordered oysters. They tasted fine but the presentation looked like it'd been dropped on the way to the table. My Foie Gras was by far the highlight-truly excellent preparation and flavor. We both had Halibut. The fish was fresh and well cooked. The sauce tasted like Hunts Tomato Paste and the vegetables included were substandard, except the gnocchi which tasted great. We had Pot de Creme and a special chocolate raspberry torte for dessert. Both should not have been served. The Pot de Creme was hard - the consistency of a tub of butter, and had no flavor whatsoever. The torte wasn't a torte at all and tasted like raspberry flavored dentist paste. There are many places in the area that serve food like this, but not at these prices. Such a beautiful restaurant with professional service and a wonderful view deserves better food. Really disappointed and I NEVER write reviews like this. It'll be a while before I return.

  21. FD

    FrankD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Peter Shields always exceeds expectations, we visit every year and never disappointed. Great Food , Service and Ambiance.

  22. CC

    ChrisC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambiance was great, as well as the food and service. Although we were surprised to learn upon arrival that it's a BYO, we were able to quickly walk down the street to purchase a bottle of wine. The warm toffee pudding and ice-cream dessert was unbelievable!!!

  23. SB

    ScottB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I booked this reservation weeks ago with eager anticipation based on a wonderful Pre-COVID experience with Peter Shields Inn. A little expensive, yes, but what a wonderful meal and experience. We will return!

  24. A

    Apreciador

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, we had the asparagus cream soup and the burrata cheese for the first course. And the Halibut snd the Brazini for second course and the chocolate mousse and the tiramisu cream. Everything was terrific! The server was great also. You can also text the piano player a request.

  25. J

    Jingles

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the food and Peter and Chris as our guides to a superb experience!!!!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for Father's Day. Food and service were fantastic. Will be returning for sure. Put this one on your list.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional and memorable experience! The setting and ambiance are lovely - beautiful view of the beach and the building and grounds seem like they are out of a postcard. Our server, Peter, was wonderful and attentive and we never felt rushed. The pianist, Khalil, was exceptional and takes requests. Everything we ate was beautifully plated and delicious - branzino, hangar steak, oysters - all nicely done. If I had to critique, the fish was under-salted and the potatoes over-salted, but the pot de creme dessert made up for anything. Really just a lovely dining experience - would make any special occasion even more special!

  28. BB

    BBruno

    Philadelphia

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    PSI was amazing. The food was outstanding as well as the service! I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are staying or visiting Cape May, NJ. We loved it so much that we will be having a rehearsal dinner there the night before we get married.

  29. r

    raquelle1973

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very lovely dining experience. Live piano player that takes requests via text. Personable and attentive servers. Laid back beach vibe with white linens. Always crowded so that alone tells you something. Just love it there.

  30. AP

    AmandaP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious. They didn’t rush us, it definitely fit the atmosphere. The waiter was very nice. Smaller plates but just enough food where it fills you up. Great date night place.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary & Birthday celebration. The food was delicious as always & our waiter Chris attentive & interactive. He made the evening even more enjoyable! The piano player was the icing on the cake!! Loved every moment! We will be back!!

  32. MA

    MikeA

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Daughter’s birthday

  33. B

    Bondlady

    Atlantic City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service! Excellent food! The tuna tartare and foie gras amazing. Halibut, salmon and branzino entrees excellent! We were a party of five and two of us split entrees and they served the diners separately with a generous amount of sides for each of us which was very appreciated. The waiter was especially professional and the piano player an added perk. We will be back

  34. K

    Kathief

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and ambiance. We were surprised with a glass of champagne celebrating our 38th anniversary and pIano player played our song. ❤️❤️

  35. G

    Gabrielh

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary celebration with this restaurant fulfilling every expectation. Recommended highly.

  36. TE

    TomE

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Excellent food and selections. Nice setting on the enclosed porch. Enjoyed the piano music. Service was okay but not real welcoming/friendly.

  37. F

    Fussy

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Peter Shields is a lovely place. Staff are friendly and efficient. Our respective dinners were very good- the salad, outstanding. I look forward to my next visit.

  38. DM

    DinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined outside and enjoyed ourselves with the other guests. Food was perfectly prepared. It was just so delicious. Definitely returning. Thank you PSI for such a great dining experience.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    236 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    236 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We never come to Cape May without dining at Peter Shields. It’s our favorite Cape May restaurant by a long shot. It’s in a category of its own. Always excellent.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome everything

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 5315 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 55 times today
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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