Peter Shields Restaurant

A Cape May, NJ Restaurant Review

Peter Shields Restaurant

Peter Shields Restaurant
1301 Beach Dr.
Cape May, NJ


Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  New American

Price:  Expensive

Food Quality: 3 Stars

Service: 2 and 1/2 stars

Decor: 3 Stars

Overall Rating:  3 Stars

Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

One of the top fine dining restaurants in Cape May.

Good for a cozy, intimate dinner, the tables are spaced apart for quiet conversation.

Committed to using fresh farm to table local ingredients

Service on busy summer weekends can be slow.

 Value:  Good

Noise Level:  Low- Moderate

Dress:  Upscale Casual

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy well prepared contemporary American food with elegant ambiance and old world charm.

Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy a traditional menu in a family casual dining setting

Recommended dishes:  When available, The Yellow-fin Tuna, Seared Foe Gras, Creamy Polenta, Black Trumpets, Bok Choy, White Balsamic Day; The Boat Potato Crusted Halibut; Roasted Venison Loin; and Brioche Crusted Colorado Rack of Lamb,

Alcohol:  BYOB with a selection of wines from Cape May Winery & Vineyard

Restaurant Review

The Peter Shields Inn is a fine dining restaurant located in a charming Georgian revival home, across the street from the ocean.

The attractive inn offers a fine dining experience with old world ambiance and charm.

The seasonal New American menu is prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Carl Messick, who received his formal culinary training at the New England Culinary Institute, has honed his skills at The Blackfish of Stone Harbor, The Ebbitt Room in Cape May, and the White Heron Grill in Stone Harbor.

Chef Messick is committed to using fresh ingredients from local sources with a concern for sustainability. His menu will not include any fish in danger of being over fished.

Dishes are creatively prepared and attractively presented using fresh ingredients.

The Peter Shields Inn dining area encompasses several different rooms: Attractive dining options are the large fireplace or on the west sun porch. A great place for a cozy, intimate dinner, the tables are a good size and spaced apart. During the off season ask to be seated in the "Zebra Room".

During the warmer months there is outside dining on the front porch with a beautiful view of the ocean across the street. Try to avoid the side porch dining room--- it's not as cozy and more noisy.

The service is professional, friendly, and attentive.

Not recommended for Children.

Reservations are recommended.

The Peter Shields Inn is open year round with seasonal hours.

Open Thanksgiving, New Years Eve and Valentines Day,

(updated: June, 2016)

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