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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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was at a prime steakhouse in West Chester a couple weeks ago and spent over $200 and the steak was tough, bristly and a horribly expensive meal. The steak at the Ship was so tender, it cut with a butter knife with ease. An appetizer, 6 drinks, two dinners and one dessert for $130 AND all delicious. Can't ask for more! They are having a German special menu from September 23 thru October 13 with authentic German dishes, beers and wines...we WILL be there@

l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sat outside with our large dog on a weekday afternoon. Not busy.

G
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Ship Inn was excellent, as it has been every tine we've gone. The waitress was very attentive. We ate outside and it was quiet and pleasant. The only detraction was that the outdoor tables are rusty and need to be replaced.

Z
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a lovely place to take my friend for her birthday. The music didnt fit the experience though—too rock n roll. Classical or mood music would suit the style of the room we were in better in my opinion.

LF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

We were expecting a lovely evening out. Well, it was so hot inside the restaurant that my dinner companion was dripping sweat like a shower. On the rare occasions the waitress did stop at our table, she kept apologizing and complaining about how unbearable it was. We ate maybe half our meal and left. While the food might have been good, we were too uncomfortable to enjoy it, and it was not a cheap dinner.

B
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The room was entirely too warm with no air movement. The service was average to below average in speed and attentiveness.

P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, whoever the bar tender was on Saturday night knew his/her stuff, We were in a quiet room with one other couple so it was a very pleasant atmosphere. The other dining room was quite crowded & noisy & we were very happy not to be in that room. A little too crowded for us as it would have been difficult to have a quiet conversation. The restaurant is lovely. Our suggestion would be to move some of the tables out of room on the left as you walk into the restaurant to the back room where we've eaten before. Other then that we give the restaurant a very high rating.

b
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Facility,Service and Food exceeded our expectation. Compliments to the Chef, not just your usual run of the mill same old, same old recipe. Yum...... Last time I was there was 1975 Prom Night.. Still got it, there for my wife's Birthday, She was very Happy..

M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ship Inn is a wonderful place to have a nice dinner whether a special occasion or not. The staff is friendly and efficient, the food is great and the atmosphere is elegant.

K
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great but food was just ok

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated with my mother-in-law for her birthday. We had a wonderful time! She got a Beet Salad and Coconut Shrimp. I got the Roqfort Salad and Crab Cakes. Then we split the Strawberry Shortcake which our waitress had surprised us by putting a candle in it for my mother-in-law. We both LOVED our salads, entrees, and desserts! They were cooked perfectly and very nice sized portions! Our waitress, Carrie, was very polite and professional. We get her every time we come here and we’re very happy we do. We’ve never had any complaints. I highly recommend this place to all my friends and family. We will definitely be back soon!

A
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, portions quite small, especially for price paid. Prepared well. Had surf n turf, which was a thin, small piece of filet and a small crab cake. Salad was about what you’d get at McDonald’s, but $6.

Service was lackluster, and inattentive. It was not horrid, but not very good at all.

M
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. The staff were personable and efficient. The food was very good. Wish they had more selections for entrees. Bartender was perfect as usual!!

C
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was really looking forward to lunch at Ship Inn but the food was just ok. Our appetizer of calamari was not hot and was chewy. I ordered beef tips hungarian style with spaetzle and my husband had the lump crab cake. Mine was stringy and the spaetzle was dry and almost rubbery. The lump crab cake was smushed into a little patty. The server was super nice and attentive but not overly so. Too bad the food didn't match her service and personality.

JC
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Unfortunate. Have not been here for awhile and thought we would try it again. The menu was not limited than I remembered. Steak Diane was not great. Gravy was “gloppy” and the stead was tough. My guest’s seafood/pasta meal was bland.

G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very good food and service was outstanding place was clean and pleasent

DP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table we were given was very good. It was next to a window with a nice view of the patio area. The waiter was prompt, he provided us with a very good dining experience and was very professional. The quality of the food did not disappoint. The appetizer of seared, bacon wrapped shrimp was very tasty. The main course was proportioned just right and the platters were expertly garnished. The mood in the dining room was very relaxing. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves for this Mother's day dinner outing.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was very slow from the time we walked in to dessert. I had to ask someone to seat us, then I had to ask for menus. Our server was mediocre at best. Didn't seem to be on his game.

BV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Self seating with no menu until our server appeared. Good food consumed in a pleasant environment.

RB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I think the ambiance varies depending on where you are seated. We usually end up in a large open room on the first floor that can be noisy. The smaller dining rooms are much quieter. The food is very good every time. I have been disappointed with the food at other local inns that have highbrow reputations and prices to match. The Ship Inn has never let me down.

r
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I previously wrote, but didn't go through. Normally very good but Mothers day not good. Hot soup was very good. Main entry was barely Luke warm. Filet was cold and poached egg was hard boiled and cold as well. Will give it only 1 more try.

MF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We went to the Ship Inn for a Mother's Day Brunch. While I understand that the restaurant is usually closed on Sundays until 3 pm and may have been short-staffed for this unusual event, both the seating and service took much longer than expected. At least ten minutes passed from the time we were seated until we were greeted by our server – who then disappeared for at least another five minutes before he came back and took our order. The drinks took between five and ten minutes to arrive. Then began the wait for our food, which did not, however, seem to take an inordinate / unreasonable amount of time to arrive. The food was great, though.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible horrible Mother’s Day . Will never be back.

KB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Mothers Day brunch was a failure. We were the second table seated and took forever for service. The waitress was scarce, one coffee refill and we had to go to the bar to refill the water. When received our food it was cold and without taste.
Very disappointed!!!

l
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Ships Inn with guests from Baltimore. They usually are very smug about Baltimore being known for their seafood, especially crabs. We all ordered different seood entrees, and they were very enthusiastic about the quality of our seafood dinners. All in all it was a successful evening. Our server, Matt, was great, too. Definitely would come back.

TT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We waited over an hour for our meal AFTER our order was taken. I had brought multiple guests and all were very disappointed by that. I was pretty frustrated. Server was personable but sporadically attentive. I do not rate critically very often but I would advise against going there if you are in a hurry.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Ship Inn. it is one of the few restaurants where you can have a conversation and not have to raise your voice so that the people at your table can hear you. the ambiance is very nice and the food is great

WD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time . Food was great! Couple of us had the filet and one had the steak Diane and it was all so good, steak done to wellness requested. Dessert was incredible - I mean just insane! We will be back again for sure .

MD
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town, visiting relatives and friends and couldn’t have selected a better, authentic colonial experience in the area. Food was delicious, service very good and setting wonderful.

TK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Simply ok / waitress had to be reminded of a couple of items, strip steak - not even sure if it was a strip.
My wife’s sea bass had no flavor whatsoever.
Maybe a bad night but it left a sour taste in our mouth.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Table of six and had a reservation. When gave my name at the door they said I did not pick up my call but they would see if they could get me a table. That was the best part of this 2 1/2 hour brunch. The worst part was management seemed not concerned.

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Easter brunch. Ordered eggs Benedict. Was mediocre. Eggs were overdone. Muffin was hard and stale. Very disappointed

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ship Inn is our new favorite spot to eat! We had the Steak Diane and the Crab cakes which were both cooked with perfection. Best crab cakes I’ve ever had! My husband also enjoyed the beet salad while I had the Caprese salad. Our waitress, Carrie, made our date very special! We will definitely be back!

R
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our lunch was excellent. We each enjoyed our entree and each of our desserts. Our waitress was very attentive in a very low-key sort of way. We wanted to talk and we were able to do that without feeling rushed. We will definitely dine there again.

b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

THE FOOD AND SERVE IS VERY GOOD BUT AN UPDATE THE BUILDING WOULD HELP.

wE HAVE BEEN COMING HEAR FOR BETTER THAN 8 YEARS BUT IT IS THE SAME SURROUNDINGS,

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. The crab cakes were to die for and the roasted Atlantic salmon was 5 stars. You can’t forget the amazing dessert I was super pleased with everything. 💙

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband's steak was not hot and he sent it back. It was still only warm when they returned it.

d
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was not very busy when we were there but our waiting time, particularly for the bill took much too much time. I had to leave the table to get our wait person.

DB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make this as short af possible. I proposed to my now future wife and Ship Inn could not have been more accommodating in the experience. They did an amazing job setting the mood and we enjoyed every moment that we had there. The waitress was great and the manager was just as accommodating. I can't recommend this place more! Little pricey, but worth every penny! 5 stars!

RS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good variety of menu choices and special specials, wait staff well informed about details of menu and food preparation; a very nice evening; we look forward to returning.

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