Ship Inn Seafood and Steak

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Here at Ship Inn Seafood & Steak, we pride ourselves in providing an excellent dining experience from detailed service to the freshest ingredients.

Our original building was built in 1796 and has since carried a tradition of welcoming guests for a memorable dining experience.

We welcome private dining, bar patrons, as well as private events. We have separate dining rooms which are perfect for that special event such as a corporate luncheon, rehearsal dinner, etc. Our goal is to make your special event as memorable as possible.

We look forward to extending our hospitality and fine cuisine to you and your guests while you dine in one of Chester County's oldest and most historical buildings.



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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The fish as the main course was delivered to table significantly burnt. When I brought this to the waitresses's attention she took this to management. However, there was no redress and no apology. Significantly disappointing!
This was a very poor experience and I will not use the Ship Inn again.

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GR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was sub par at best, food was cold, and when we didn’t leave a 20 percent tip we were QUESTIONED! The waiter actually summoned my husband to the lobby to discuss the tip, and we had left 15%, this is absolutely unacceptable!! I will not be returning! I’m appalled.

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JJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mushroom bisque was unbelievable. Surf and Turf - lobster tail was great but the the steak was one of the of the most delicious and juiceous pieces of meat I have had. Service was outstanding

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o
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, although we wish it would have been a little less expensive. Would visit this restaurant more often if it weren't for the prices.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special occasion and we'd been to the Ship Inn before so we asked for the room with the fireplace that we dined in last year and were quickly accommodated. From the time we sat down to the end of our meal, the waitress was attentive. The oysters were outstanding, as was the roasted beet salad, and our entrees were cooked to perfection. We love this place and highly recommend it!

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WS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and atmosphere always good. We have eaten there many times

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I revisited the inn after many years. I was surprised by the interesting and varied menu. Mushroom soup was out of the park delicious. Enjoyed lump crab meat on the appetizer flatbread with artichokes. I will recommed the inn to ladies who lunch.

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Cooked perfectly! Small portions but overall a great experience. Would go again!

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C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere!

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow. It took about 20 mins just to get bread on the table. Past experience was always great so it may have been a busy night for waitstaff or understaffed?

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and cozy fireside table with delicious food and excellent service.

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MM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server, Shannon, was excellent! The decor is very nice. There were 4 of us and everyone was pleased with the experience. I do think some of the dishes could be seasoned a bit more.

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RW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service, quiet atmosphere. Been having dinner here for years and never had a bad experience.

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

2nd time we went for lunch; first time was outstanding in all categories - lunch was delicious - we had ordered the specialties & they were delicious. Ambiance was great even for a pre-Christmas luncheon.
This time, our meal was not so good; We ordered normal fare from the menu. Two of us ordered our hamburgers RARE - they came well done. Not so good, as the 2 of us can't eat overcooked beef. That's my only complaint - the kitchen didn't prepare our food as we ordered but it wasn't her fault.
I would go back, as I like their menu & specials, and I like the location although slightly out of the way.

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CE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Every thing was good,from the warm rolls to the great salad and awesome entree, which was Steak Diane. Nice and interestingly creative desserts bto choose from. Fresh ice tea.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice dinner. Food was very good. Server was very pleasant but never told us there were specials and service got a little slow at the end. pretty place with a nice bar area, and we will go back.

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M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ship Inn is one of our favorite restuarants in Chester County. Well run, good food, friendly staff. Great for special occasion!!

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OT
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Appreciate the requested dessert candle!

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Did this restaurant change proprietors? For years we have eaten here and have always had good meals and drinks. However, on this occasion, the drinks had just about no liquor in them and the food was barely edible. We both had prime rib that was hardly recognizable as prime rib. The meat was a thin slice of meat subject to a lot of meat tenderizer. Even the mashed potato quality was poor. My husband ordered espresso which turned out to be just coffee.

Our waitress, Lisa, was excellent. Every thing was served nicely in a very timely manner. As usual, the atmosphere was pleasant.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

This was a VERY special occasion, our 35th Wedding Anniversary. Egregious mistakes were made on many levels.
1. They lost my husband's reservation with special requests, that he made over one month prior. He also called the morning of the 31st to confirm.

2. When our party arrived, they had no clue who we were, and were somewhat terse and rude about it.

3. They procured a table from somewhere out of a back room. Four people were NEVER intended to eat at this table. It wouldn't fit all of our plates and utensils.

4. They placed this table IN FRONT of the kitchen, where servers were coming in and out. Servers were unintentionally knocking my coat on to the floor on a frequent basis. Not their fault. We shouldn't have been in that area.

5. Our server was instructed by the manager, short balding man in a suit, to "get us out of there quickly".
She removed our plates at lightening speed, until we explained the situation to her. She tried taking my plate as I was taking a bite!

6. We could hear the manager barking insults at the servers, as he was standing too close.

7. The server could not have been nicer when she found out what had happened.

So, our 35th wedding anniversary was really quite ruined, and we'll never have the chance to celebrate it again. Very sad. And we won't be going back to the Ship Inn.

We truly hope that Open Table publishes this.

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s
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I requested an early evening reservation. We arrived half an hour before our reserved time, so it was quite early. There were a few patrons at the bar, and the dining room was unoccupied. We had requested seating in one of their booths, which was very comfortable. Our meals were excellent and plentiful. In all, we had a very pleasant time, and our waiter was superb.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent Christmas Eve at the Ship Inn w my fiancee. They were very busy as was expected w the holiday. We were seated right away tho at a table set for us. Our server, Sarah, was very pleasant and helpful. She was knowledgeable about wines and we liked her suggestions. We had a Filet and the Seafood Platter. It was excellet and the Seafood was a great dish. We had a nice evening and we're happy we chose this for our holiday.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Carrie made us feel special by providing us the best service anyone could ask for.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Went for Christmas Eve dinner with a reservation. Hostess was unprofessional and rude in telling us and other parties that they were running behind. Fine. Took us to a table about 20 minutes after our reservation time. Table was missing one chair. They refused to bring us an extra chair and instead told us they would take us to a table that would be “more comfortable” for our party. The table was much smaller and still missing one chair, but this time there was no room to squeeze it in. They refused to take us back to the other table because it “was someone else’s table who had been waiting for 2 hours.” As we headed back to the lobby to wait for another table, I heard the manager yelling at the hostess not to seat anyone. For the next 20 minutes we stood in the lobby while the waitstaff made comments under their breath about us being in the way, until one was finally rude enough to comment that there would be “lots of waiters coming through here” as if it were our fault that we were still waiting for a table 45 minutes after our reservation. We were finally seated, and I wish I could say the food and service from that point on was redemptive, but I’m being generous in calling the rest of the evening “okay.” This was our second Christmas Eve dinner in a row here and we were very disappointed this time around. Will NOT be back next year.

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P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall a nice Christmas Eve dinner for 4. Service was solid but could have been better/more personable. Food was good, a little pricey but overall good.

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P
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have been to Ship Inn several times. This time was a big disappointment! The service was outstanding. That being said, the meal left a lot to be desired. We both ordered the Steak Diane , which we had ordered beforehand . This time we each had grizzly pieces of meat and mine ordered medium was burnt on top. After telling the waitress she readily went back to the kitchen and said the chef was preparing a serving. It was very busy that evening so by the time it came we were beyond eating it. We asked for it to be boxed and shared it the next day. ( that serving was more like we remembered past times but not quite as good being reheated). Also when ordering they were out of the crab ravioli, another favorite but the waitress said they didn't get it in and the chef was working on making his own but it was not ready yet when we ordered
Also. I ordered a glass of Apothic red which I have quite often but the glass they served must have been sitting for awhile in the bottle. I have kept the same wine several days myself and it still tasted good. This was tolerable but a disappointment too. Darn Ship Inn was becoming a favorite but now I am wondering
THE SERVICE WAS EXCEPTIONAL THOUGH.

PS. I had to contact Open Table to get my points on top of everything else

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JM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

They were very busy due to Christmas parties and our food was luke warm compared to past experience at Ship Inn. My wife was disappointed compared to other visits there.

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b
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Ship Inn and the food was wonderful, the service was outstanding (our waiter Mike was awesome!), but the portions were too small and overpriced. In order to be satisfied with your meal you need to order appetizers. Because of a food allergy I have I couldn't eat any of the appetizers my group ordered so when dinner came I was starving and looking forward to my dinner. Unfortunately when our waiter put down my plate my anticipation was replaced with disappointment because the portion was very small. I ordered the scallops and they were absolutely delicious, but the plate only came with three medium sized scallops over some rice. My husband ordered the paella which he also said was delicious but it did not come close to filling him up. The others at our table had the same responses to their portion sizes and we all agreed the food was really tasty but there wasn't enough of it. It would be great if whomever decides on the portion sizes would actually eat something off their menu when they are starving to see how full they get, and then they might think about increasing the portion size of most of their meals. It's too expensive for the small portions and leaving a restaurant hungry doesn't make me want to come back, which is a bummer because the food really is good.

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M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Strange that they advertise as a seafood and steak house yet only offered one steak, as a special. Website menu differed from actual and it looked like they had several cuts of beef yet didn’t.

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K
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We celebrated Thanksgiving 2018 with dinner at Ship Inn. We sat in the large dining room which is much less intimate and warm than the two smaller rooms for a family occasion. The last time we ate here we sat in the small front room which has a much more traditional feel for a holiday meal. We all had the turkey dinner. The portions were generous and the food was well prepared and presented but there was only gravy on the plate under the mashed potatoes and stuffing and not much at that—nothing over them. There were two nice slices of breast meat on top with chunks and shreds of dark meat below them and stuffing below that. There was no gravy over the top slices so they were pretty dry. The stuffing was very good and thankfully it was moist. The veggies and potatoes were average. All in all a decent meal but I don’t think we’ll return for Thanksgiving. We’ve eaten here before and had excellent meals but Thanksgiving may not be their strong suit.

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BD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passed the Ship Inn for many years but had never dined there. Very impressed with the atmosphere, menu and service. The ambiance is right on target and what one would expect from a century’s old tavern. The mushroom bisque was the best and the steak Diane and flounder with crab were very well prepared. We will definitely return for another experience!

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was an outstanding find. The food was high quality and prepared just as requested. The atmosphere was great for celebrating an anniversary. The service was great in that all servers were very attentive. I thought the menu was a little pricey, but when celebrating a special occasion it was well worth it. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

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LH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sister had crabcakes, I had Paella. Yum. Seafood fresh, and seasoned perfectly.

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit was to celebrate two sisters who had not seen each other in about 4 years. Both are elderly ladies and it was a very enjoyable evening. I had not been to Ship Inn in decades and it was as lovely as I remembered. My dinner was excellent one sister loved her dinner; the second sister was not as hungry as she thought. Desserts were great. The only suggestion I am going to make is that the waitstaff asks if any diners are vegetarian at the beginning of service. The noise level was perfect - we don't like a lot of noise and the noise levels were nice and low. We could have a conversation without having to shout. Thank you for a delightful evening/celebration.

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SE
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Visited Ship Inn for a 50th Anniversary gathering recently. We were provided a private room for our dinner which allowed for nice conversation. We were very pleased with the quality of the entrees. The servers were very friendly however could have been just a little more attentive and accommodating.

Overall it was a good visit and I would recommend this restaurant in the future but perhaps not for large groups.

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A
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was exceptional as usual. But the rooms were empty which took away from the ambiance. I am not a fan of crowded places, but this was too quiet. Strange for a Saturday night at 7:30

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MF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had another wonderful meal at the Ship Inn. I had the steak medallion's and my husband had the pork tendorloin. Both were tender and very flavorful. We ended up having dessert as well which was a peach shortcake. Delicious!

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GS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were provided Excellent service by Victoria. She was very attentive

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my go to spot for business meals because the atmosphere is perfect! It’s quiet enough to discuss business matters and the staff is very professional. The food is fabulous. I usually order the crab cakes but this time I decided on the Scallops and was not disappointed.

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