Peter Shields Restaurant,
Cape May, NJ: A Dining Review

Peter Shields Restaurant,
Cape May, NJ

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

Peter Shields Restaurant
1301 Beach Dr.
Cape May, NJ

Peter Shields Restaurant Highlights

Fare: New American

Price: Expensive - Very Expensive

Food Quality: Well-executed, Uses fresh ingredients from local sources

Service: Professional, friendly, and attentive.

Ambiance/Decor: Set in a charming Georgian revival home. Charming, romantic "Old World", dining areas include a large fireplace, and dining on the enclosed sun porch

Overall Rating: 3 Stars.
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2  star = poor to 4 stars = Best in Class

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, When available, The Alaskan Halibut, with Vegetable Ratatouille Salad, Gnocchi, Balsamic, and Maple Brown Butter Aioli; The Creekstone Prime Ribeye; and The Pan Seared Jumbo Crab Cakes with Blistered Heirloom Grape Tomatoes, Mascarpone Risotto, Remoulade

Liquor: 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 is popular with 55+ patrons who come to enjoy gourmet dining with old world ambiance and charm in a sophisticated, romantic setting. Patrons are likely to come dressed upscale casual, and in the cooler months, men can be seen wearing jackets with open collars.

The kitchen is run by south Jersey native, Executive Chef George Galati. Legendary Chef Galati comes with remarkable credentials.

Early in his career he worked as sous chef at the world-famous Tavern on the Green restaurant in NYC, followed by a stint as the executive chef in Florida's Max's Grill, and the award-winning Prezzo's in South Florida. Later returning to New Jersey, Chef Galati served as Executive chef at Mike Charlton's Gourmet Italian Cuisine restaurant in Galloway Township. He later worked under acclaimed multi-Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay at two of his restaurants, Ramsay's Pub & Grill, and Gordon Ramsay Steak in Atlantic City. He has appeared with Chef Robert Irvine in "Dinner Impossible'' on the TV Food Network, and on The Restaurant Impossible American reality television series.

More recently, he returned to Galloway Township working again with Mike Charlton where he played a key role in the opening of the Carriage House banquet Center, serving as head of its culinary operations.

Chef Galati's stye of cooking leans towards using fresh, seasonal produce as the basis for delicious, simple dishes and diverse cooking techniques.

The seasonal New American menu is well-executed 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 is not as cozy and noisier.

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 Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day.

(Updated: January 2023)

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