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About Ship Inn Seafood and Steak

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.



693 E Lincoln Hwy
Exton, PA 19341
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 10:00pm;

Cross Street:
Ship Rd and Rt 30

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 363-7200

Website:
http://www.shipinn.net/

Parking Details:
On site parking available

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please check our Holiday Menu Specials

Specials

Happy Hour

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Happy Hour

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Details

Happy Hour in our Bar and Bar Lounge Monday thru Thursday 4:30-6:30. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Nov 1, 2017 - Mar 1, 2018 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Let us create that special Thanksgiving gathering for you & your family! We pride ourselves in providing an excellent dining experience from detailed service to the freshest ingredients. We look forward to extending our hospitality and fine cuisine to your and your guests this Thanksgiving.

Private Dining

Let us make your private event a memorable one, in our one-of-a-kind historical landmark laced with historic ambiance with a flair of contemporary cuisine. We take pride in providing an exceptional dining experience that is coupled with the freshest ingredients and exceptional service.

Ship Inn Seafood and Steak Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Business Meals (6)
Casual (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Server was less than acceptable. He refilled my water glass 2 times. Each time he grabbed the glass by the rim (rather than the bottom), took the glass to wherever to be refilled, and returned with the same straw and lemon each time. Was this the only glass, straw, and lemon wedge in the restaurant? Server asked me how my meal was. I told him it was very good, except for the mussels. There were mussell shells, but very little inside the shell. I guess he never had a diner say they were disappointed. He said nothing, no apology, etc. Then he walked away and never asked my wife what she thought of her meal (which she had no complaints). We used your reservation system for a special occassion, a birthday celebration Server never asked whose birthday it was and wished that person well. We were one of three couples in the restaurant. Why the server would disappear for long periods of time was not acceptable. Perhaps the fact that we were one of 3 couples in the restaurnat says it all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food here is excellent. We have had the Steak Diane many times, it is very tender with a sauce to die for. I tried the strip steak with a brie, sauteed onions and red wine sauce and was wary of the combo. but it worked very well. Our friends had the shrimp francaise and the crabcakes, both excellent. The veggies are not neglected, our friend had the sauteed spinach, and their potatoes and mixed veggies are very flavorful

The only downside was the service, due to understaffing. The bartender was away, which is not uncommon, so the servers fill in. Then everyone has to scramble. The owner should not try to cut corners with this, it is taking away from the otherwise good service. And you feel neglected at the bar.

That said, the food alone would have us return, and the ambiance is great.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner with our 93 yr old father & his children. Food was delicious & the service was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was our first visit and likely our last visit. We arrived on a Sunday evening with a reservation and took two seats at the bar. The restaurant had a stale musty odor and was very humid. The decor of the place is dated and a little tacky. It jneeds refreshing.

It appears the restaurant doesn't employ a bartender on Sunday nights or at least didn't have one that night. As a result we had the curious experience of being the only ones at the bar with virtually no service. There were only about a dozen people in the entire place but nonetheless it took nearly a half hour to get a Caprese Salad. I sat nearly that same time with an empty drink and then we waited another half hour for a wrap and some ravioli. The ravioli was lukewarm at best and didn't come with bread, grated cheese, salt, pepper or anything. I didn't see the waiter again after he dropped the food for fifteen minutes and simple gave up and ate my dish.

The staff seemed oblivious to how long we are waiting for food and how little attention we received. While it is possible they were having issues in the kitchen or were under-staffed there was no appearance of that (three people on the floor with only twelve people in attendance) and there was no explanation in that regard. It simply seemed like the staff slowed down to a crawl on a slow night

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The paella was really oily from the chorizo in the dish. This made the rice too heavy also.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

If you're a seafood lover, the Ship Inn is great.
I love their signature Ship Inn Seafood Salad with large Scallops, Shrimp and Crabmeat atop a bed of Baby Spinach.
Another winner is their Mussels in Beer with Sausage.
Always our "go to" place when we want great food and great service in an historic setting.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is our go to place for a weekly date night.. Great home made dinner rolls and excellent food and dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was good. The service was great. Charissa took good care of us.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything about this restaurant is top notch. It is a beautiful, quaint restaurant where you can relax and enjoy the company of the people you're with. We were looking for a place where we could talk to our friends without screaming to each other above the noise that we usually find when going out to eat. The food was amazing. The wait staff was professional and attentive without being obnoxious. We highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Oktoberfest menu was fabulous. The schnitzel was as good as what I've had in Germany.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We have been to the ship inn many times. This night we took our two young granddaughters, who are both vegetarian. Our waiter, and the restaurant, was great getting them exactly what they asked for.
There Kennett Square mushroom soup is to die for!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were meeting some old friends for dinner and a night out. Our reservation was for 7:15 and our table was ready promptly. Everything about the evening was fantastic, the food was very good, the waitress service exceptional, great ambiance etc. Just do not plan to stay for an after dinner drink the place rolls up @9:45 pm NO EXCEPTIONS !!!! If we had known that we would have went elsewhere for desert, actually we would have left much sooner....

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Wonderful meal, very intimate & romantic.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

It was very nice. The crab cakes were a little salty but tasty. The atmosphere is lovely. A nice evening.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Our meals were excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. Drinks were excellent as well as my wife ordered a vodka gimlet, which she thought was great.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

This is a beautiful historic inn with excellent service, delicious food and very nice ambiance. We look forward to going back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Nice salads and drinks. We ordered both Steak Diane and NY Strip medium rare. Both were served medium well: not close to what we ordered. Luckily, the pieces of meat were juicy, so we did not send them back. Disappointing. Service was fine and the outdoor patio was lovely on an unusually cool July evening.

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 (Peru)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excellent entree of seafood paella, and Kennett Square Mushroom Bisque and spinach artichoke crab soup. All perfectly prepared and fresh.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The entire experience was outstanding, the food, the ambience, and Jack - best waiter ever!

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Food and service were both outstanding. Will be back when in the area...

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The food was ver good! The portions were big and we has good service. We felt it was a very nice value and nice ambiance. Historical
Place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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We are vegetarian,there was a nice evening selection. 2 in our party liked the beet salad. There is casual and more formal dining available.

Tags: Vegan, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Entrees were well prepared and tasty. Will return to try other lunch items.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Service and food was excellent and eating outdoors on the patio was very enjoyable

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Mushroom soup---and indeed the entire meal--to die for!
Absolutely the best mushroom soup in the Greater Philadelphia area! Filet mignon was superb. . . a memorable dinner!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Dinner was delicious. We heard from friends about the Ship Inn Seafood Platter, we ordered one and The Seafood Paella. We shared both entrees with a bottle of wine, food was delicious and service was top notch. Rolls were hot and fresh and was great for dipping in the seafood broth.
Dessert was shared but so delicious, I could've eaten it all by myself. :)). English toffee pudding with warm caramel sauce.
The hostess / manager checked on us throughout our dinner and gave us an interesting read on the history of the restaurant.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Went to Ship Inn to celebrate Father's Day a day early. We all enjoyed our apps (Roasted Beet Salad and Roquefort Salad were very good, we would pass on the Chicken Brie Quesadilla next time. Sounds good but was only so-so). Entrees were solid. The best one was probably the Shrimp Francaise and Jumbo Lump Crabmeat. Sea Bass Filet was the least liked (not a lot to eat and came sitting in a broth). Desserts were awesome. We split the cheese crapes with cherries and the apple pie. Wines were good (not a great selection but enough to find something). The service was outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

It was really quiet when we got there and when we left! Our waitress really took care of us! She knew her stuff and whenever we had a question for her she would try to figure it out! The owner was also very polite! My Pork Loin was really delicious! Thanks for a very marvelous dinner!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Ship Inn offers good food, service and ambience. Jack is a long standing server and is great. We had relatively new Connie this time and she was very knowledgeable, pleasant and responsive to our table's requests. Well done, again, Ship Inn.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Texas)·Dined on June 13, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Ship Inn. The service was perfect. The waitress was very attentive without hovering. The ambiance of this place is one of a kind!! It's a historic gem built in the late 1700's!! The food....the food was AMAZING!! I had the Mushroom bisque and crab cakes for my entree. The bisque was the best I've ever had and the crab cakes were delightful!! They were filled with lump crabmeat and almost no filler, but loaded with amazing flavor and super fresh! My husband had the Steak Diane and he kept raving about how tender the steak was and he LOVED the sauce. We finished dinner off with the bing cherry crepes and they were just as tasty as the rest of the meal. We will definitely be back soon!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The service was very slow. Waited an hour and 15 minutes for food. Potatoes were raw when we did get our food.
Hostess was a little abrupt when we showed up. We never saw a manager to apologize for the wait and improperly cooked food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Very nice meal with good drinks and service, nice menu choices in a refined but not stuffy setting. An old coaching inn which has lost one of its' charm as it has transitioned into a great dining spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2017

We drive past Ship Inn every few days but frankly had not been there in years despite dining out several times each week. Decided to schedule a birthday dinner there to give it a try.

Service was EXCELLENT, and the highlight of the meal. Food was good, but frankly the menu just feels a bit dated. Very standard seafood, steak, and mostly-carb-heavy for vegetables or sides(potatoes, rice, rolls). Sort of felt like a good place to take your grandmother...

The place was also clean, but needs some TLC, especially outside (get the weeds out of the pavers, for example). Again, sort of feels like going to your grandmother's.

An update to the menu and the ambiance would do much for this restaurant. And if you want to take a relative out for a special meal, or just feel like a very traditional menu of food that will be well-prepared, Ship Inn is a great option. And based on our experience, you will love the exceptional service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Beautiful restaurant.
They kept the old with smaller rooms with fireplaces,
then added a more modern look near the bar and outside patio.
People are super friendly and accommodating.
Have been coming here for years, never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The servers were yelling to each other very poor showing no need for the noise created they were not the only people in the restarurant

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2017

My Mother was ill for Mother's Day so we celebrated a week later. Service, ambiance and food were truly excellent. Noise level was very low so my elderly parents enjoyed the conversation, which probably would not have been true on Mother's day. We are planning to make the week after, our Mother's day tradition at the Ship Inn.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was amazing. The staff was short handed and very apologetic but very slooooow. There was a wedding going on so we understood. However the people next to us were so loud I had to shout across for my husband to hear.
Regardless the food was worth it, we hope to try again on a night where they aren't short staffed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The place was nice and the food was good but not great. The value is not there for this price.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My server, Christopher, was absolutely phenomenal!!! He was so friendly and his service was awesome!!! Hope he's there the next time I visit!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

It was our first visit for a family anniversary. We all were very happy with our meals. Excellent bottle of wine. Wonderful service

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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