Fare: New American
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 2 and 1/2 stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 star = 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.
Noise Level: Low. Excellent for quiet conversation.
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
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 is perhaps the best Cape May fine dining experience, popular with 55+ patrons who come to enjoy gourmet dining with old world ambiance and charm in a sophisticated setting. Patrons are likely to come dressed upscale casual, and in the cooler months, men can be seen wearing jackets with open collars.
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: October, 2018)
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