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“Truly Fine Dining”

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 137 Restaurants in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$55
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Good for: Business meetings, View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: The Peter Shields Inn quality cuisine bursts with freshness and creativity. The Peter Shields offers a la carte dining along with a four course chef’s tasting menu. Also expect to find weekly menu additions that incorporate fresh and innovative ingredients. The magnificent ocean views are the perfect scenery to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a memorable dining experience. In the summer months, outdoor dining is available on porches overlooking the ocean. The Inn also specializes in both casual & elegant ocean front weddings. For the absolute finest local and seasonal fare, Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant is a favorite of residents and visitors to Cape May alike. Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Truly Fine Dining”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Expensive but worth every penny. The service is excellent, the atmosphere lovely, and the food extraordinary. I had the tuna tartare with avocado & mango appetizer and my husband had the foie gras. Both were wonderful. For our entrees, we chose the local day boat scallops and the grilled pork chop. Cleaned our plates. Desserts were equally good (warm date pudding and chocolate lava cake). Bringing your own wine makes eating at PSI more affordable than other fine dining restaurants in the area. We look forward to returning here whenever we're in Cape May.

Visited August 2014
Thank Susan R
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English first
Park Ridge, New Jersey
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182 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Great restaurant across the street from the beach. Very convenient location. Excellent food and service. BYOB, but they happily provided us with ice, olives, etc.

Visited August 2014
Thank kib57
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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61 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Pretentious, Expensive, and Noisy....”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Heard so much about this BYOB, so we checked it out and, frankly, don't understand its appeal. It;s like being in a play about a restaurant.....From the piano-player-with-bowtie in the lobby, to the serving staff that always asks, "are you done enjoying your ____ "?(soup, salad, whatever), it's just over-the-top. Tables are right on top of each other, so just hope you don't have anyone loud, opinionated, or obnoxious nearby, because their conversation becomes will quickly become yours. The place is pricey --dinner for two without dessert easily hits $100.
While they don't have lots of daily specials, the food is top-notch. Their summer corn soup is enjoyably creamy with just enough of a bite. As for the entrees, they do different things with standard summer fare, e.g., adding tasso ham and spiced up corn to the fresh and delicious scallops.
But the menus and the food comes fast (you expect that with soup, but that's it) and the servers treat you with scripted sincerity. We actually had to ask the server for bread (you don't get tap water until you've placed a dinner order!) and when we declined dessert, we were quickly shooed along.
There are plenty of other good dining experiences in Cape May, so don't waste your time here. Despite the well-prepared food and a very different kind of menu, we're not going back.

  • Visited August 2014
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Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Fantastic Food”
Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Excellent food made with simple and fresh ingredients. Great service from start to finish. Looking forward to eating at PSI again.

Thank Aaron C
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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Left Disappointed”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Went for dinner this weekend based on all the raves. Appetizer (Tuna Tartar) was good. We ordered Salmon and the fish special (sea bass). The salmon was cooked well. Unfortunately, the sea bass was completely dry. The fish was very overcooked and there was no sauce at all on the plate. Service was ok. Didn't notice anyone complaining about what people were wearing, as others have written about....but they do have a dress code. I guess they forgot they are a restaurant on the beach. Not sure I'd go back.

  • Visited August 2014
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