Ship Inn Seafood and Steak

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$30 and under
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American
**Indoor Dining, Patio Dining, Curbside Take Out is available Lunch & Dinner on Wednesday-Saturday from 12-8pm & Sunday 3-8pm. ** View our most current Menus & Pre-Order on our website: www.shipinn.net
Please Note: We cannot accept table requests at this time due to limited table availability

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 historic buildings.
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CaroleM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining is very pleasant. Tables are well spaced. Service is especially pleasant here.

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vipALANDCON
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We tried five other restaurants that had over an hour wait. We gave Ship Inn a try and we had a better meal than any of the other restaurants would have served. The food is exceptionally fresh and well made. I highly recommend stopping in!

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vipWiliamS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good not it’s usual great. We sent the win back 3 times as stale and flat. The martini was watery it was special occasion for birthday and no acknowledgment even though noted on reservation. Ship inn was not up to its usual quality

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TeresaC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time, wait service was excellent, my father just found his steak a little tough to his liking.

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ChuckF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers of calamari and beet salad were excellent. Salmon and Steak Diane were also excellent. Sarah our waitress was the best , answering all the questions we had . Thank you Sarah . I would recommend Ship Inn for Quality food and service

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RichardC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good ambience. I recommend Ship Inn to one and all who don’t want fast food.

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CarolR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Quiet atmospheres. Great Food. Service was adequate.

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vipVonn
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable setting overlooking the gardens. Excellent service and a delicious meal. The mushroom bisque was exceptional. It's one of my favorites on the menu. Our favorite salad and salmon never disappoint. My companion had a burger that was devoured with glee. So happy they reopened.

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BEVERLYP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding we went there to celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary the food was excellent the waitress was pleasant no wait for the food or drinks we will be back

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Emma
Central Texas
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner out on the patio. Our server, Carrie, was attentive and guided us towards new entrees on the menu. I had the Salmon Limoncello which was the best Salmon I have ever had! My husband enjoyed the Steak Diane, which was perfectly cooked. Dining on the patio was a great getaway for the evening and provided a perfect backdrop for a spectacular dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weds nights experience topped the charts! We were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary at the Ship Inn. Our waitress, Carrie, gave us complimentary champagne glasses to make our night more special! I had the Salmon Limoncello, which was the best salmon dish I’ve ever had! My husband got the crab cakes and said they were the best he’s ever had! The Ship Inn never disappoints! We’ll definitely be back soon!

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RichardC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside. It was lovely. The food was perfect. The salads were fresh and artfully prepared. We both had burgers which were delicious and prepared exactly as we requested.

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LINDAO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Father’s Day dinner. Food was just ok for the price nothing special. Patio and service were wonderful!

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stangasm
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We were excited that they had a table available for outdoor dining on short notice. Then we went and figured out why.... It was almost comical how bad it was. From hearing that they had to run out somewhere to pick up burgers to fulfill orders from the server, to the wrong drinks and being told they were out of beer only to find out a few minutes later they were not, to constantly empty drinks and forgotten dishes and glasses, to being served one slightly toasted potato slider roll as the bread before our room temp meals finally appeared over 2 hours after we sat down next to a tray of cleared dishes from another table... We won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place food was delicious and service outstanding

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NancyK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good, however service was very slow and understaffed. One server did not wear a mask.

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vipKathyS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good , however the amount of flounder for $27 was a bit miniscule.
Frequented the restaurant as a single at the bar many times.
Was disappointed
Good luck

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GregoryC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal at the Ship Inn very much. The owner Carrie, and our waitress, Debbie were very nice. Debbie was an excellent waitress. The ambiance was excellent. We would recommend it to anyone looking to get out for the first time since the pandemic!

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MattFF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Portions we're small for the price. Surprised by the limited seafood selection; mostly crabmeat added to other stuff. Service was great, restaurant was clean and quiet.

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vipBSMDESQ18
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Had the Spanish paella - it was ok, nothing special. My meal with no alcohol, no appetizer and no coffee or dessert - so basically just paella and ice water - was $41. Way too pricey.

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GeorgeV
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and service was first rate as well. We will return! George C.

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Rhoda
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice lunch. The food and the service did not disappoint. This restaurant was very clean, the chandeliers and the windows were shining

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janels
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The quality of the food was not agreeable to the price point. Service was friendly but needed managing. The building is historic and old but dirty.

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Ansnts
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good place for a quiet dinner. Would love to see a little more on the menu for vegetarians/ healthy food consumers.

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vipSPSD2014
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our waitress was filling on V-day for the Ship Inn and I thought she did a wonderful job for never working there before. I didn’t like seeing managers scolding her in front of customers either. I also was impressed how other staff handled a very rude and nasty customer that was sitting behind us. This person was out of line and the staff handled themselves with patience and professionalism. The food was amazing, we did have to wait a while, but that didn’t bother us being that it was Valentine’s Day and the place was busy. We will be back!

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Didntgetanapkin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

My table did not get napkins or spoons. Finally got a napkin when my date and I had both finished our entres.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Little pricey but it was good. Good not great service.

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vipALANDCON
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food.

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DanielJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Needs to do more advertising concerning Historic Inn and upscale menu. They appear to concentrate more on the Bistro section of the Inn.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

My wife and I were seated in a poorly lit area with booths - the other half of the room was totally dark. No tablecloths, the feel was that of an old, worn down American pub. There was only one other couple in the room, at 7:00 pm on a Saturday night. The busy bar played old music for a geriatric crowd. No patron was below 60 or so. We were tempted to leave, but decided to give it a chance. A meager piece of bread for each was brought about 15 min. after we ordered. The food took about 40', and it was well presented, but way overcooked and not at all tasty. My wife's chicken parmesan was just OK, but the side pasta was inedible. I ordered a $32 "Spanish Paella w/ Saffron Rice", a complete travesty. I got a paltry serving of overcooked WHITE rice on one side of the plate (no saffron whatsoever), a modest meddle of overcooked seafood in the middle, and some kind of over-salted inedible dark brown thick gravy on the other side. The waitress and the manager (owner?) were attentive, and because of that we decided to eat some of what was served to us, left a generous tip, but will not return. On our way out, we checked the separate rooms further down the restaurant, which were well lit, had tablecloths and an inviting colonial atmosphere reminiscent of an assisted living facility. But for some reason, that's not where we were seated. I would advise anyone under 70, with taste buds still healthy, to stay way clear of this restaurant.

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Boopa
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Well worth the price. I had the sea bass and it was excellent. Cooked just right and excellent flavor and texture. Apple pie for desert...all I can say is "yummy!" . Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't visited the Ship Inn for a bit. We went for dinner and really had a nice time. The food was great as usual and the presentation was beautiful. They have made some changes to the menu that we weren't sure about but turned out to be very good. I always recommend the Ship Inn. All places have ups and downs but we are never disappointed!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I enjoy dining here! Tonight was one of the best nights! We were celebrating our anniversary and the waitress, Carrie, brought us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne! She made us feel special and gave us the perfect amount of attention. My fiancé had the Steak Diane which was cooked perfectly and I had the Tuna Special which was amazing. We sat in the historic side of the restaurant in a blue and white fabric wallpapered room next to the fireplace. The ambiance was romantic especially with candles on every table lit and the chandelier was dimmed with the right amount of light to make it even more romantic. We will definitely be back!

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Jane
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Limited menu choices. Two out of three entrees wer barely edible!!!!!

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vipFrankH
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

There were six of us that went to the Ship's Inn for New Year's Eve. I suggested this restaurant since my wife and I went there for Thanksgiving dinner and were very pleased. Our New Year's Eve experience, however, was terrible. First of all, everyone ordered drinks which took some time to be served. One of the women in our party ordered a Lemondrop martini and it was served in a wine glass and did not taste right. She sent it back and ordered a glass of wine.
We had to wait about 1/2 hour before our dinner orders were taken. The dinners were finally delivered about one hour after that. Two of the women ordered scallops which were cold and had a balsamic sauce topping them which was different than what was described on the menu. Both women, sent the food back and ordered something else.
Two in our party ordered beef which was served luke warm. Neither of these dinners were sent back. The remaining two in our party ordered the crab cakes. The crab cakes were hot but the sides were cool. These dinners were not sent back.
The four diners who opted to keep their dinners were just about finished when the replacement dinners were served. The woman who ordered a combination of appetizers was surprised that she couldn't eat the shrimp because it was so undercooked. When we alerted the waiter he told use she would not be charged for that dinner but he would pack it up for her to take home. We were not charged but the packed meal was never brought out.
Based on this experience, we would not be visiting the restaurant any time soon, especially not on a holiday.

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RobertF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice overall experience

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LorraineG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like to Ship Inn to offer a 'short'pour when I order my 2nd wine. Sometime 2 full glasses of wine is too much. That would be appreciated. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our first time at the Ship Inn and we thoroughly enjoyed it! I had the special stuffed shrimp and my husband had the paella, both were excellent! We hesitated going because of some negative reviews but are so glad we did go! We will be back!

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BevS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Holiday luncheon with my family. Servers were good, but didn’t seem to understand that we wanted to relax a bit with drinks. Kids meals were served and we were asked about ordering 4x before we said we would signal when ready. Meals were good, but pricey for the size of the salads and entrees. Desserts were very good. Best part of the night was the after dinner drinks at the bar with Donnie.

FAQs

Ship Inn Seafood and Steak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 363-7200.

Ship Inn Seafood and Steak is rated 4.2 stars by 539 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.