Ship Inn Seafood and Steak

3.9
615 reviews
$30 and under
American
NEWLY RENOVATED!

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. Our gorgeous restaurant is perfect for private dining, business luncheons, bar patrons, as well as private events. We have separate dining rooms which are perfect for that special event, a romantic dinner, or a fun night out. We also have a beautiful DOG FRIENDLY patio!

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 historic buildings.
What 615 People Are Saying
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vipJRPA
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Ambiance was awful. We were seated in the newly renovated ship room and it felt like we were eating in a school cafeteria. So not what we were expecting. Our waitress, Lexi, was really good and is very sweet. The food was pretty good but not exceptional.

KL
KarenL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was terrible. Steak was very tough. Potatoes were hard, not cooked thru.

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Jerry
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was just ok. Not sure I would go again.

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viptbird1021
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here to eat on Thanksgiving because the Thanksgiving menu looked really good. We were seated immediately upon arrival in the newly remodeled back room. It's very nicely done. All 4 of us had starters (lobster bisque, mushroom bisque and beet salads) and a main entree (Salmon, Sauerbraten, turkey special, Hungarian beef tips) - everything was outstanding. We also had a few of the specialty drinks instead of dessert. They were also great! Was very impressed with the whole experience. We'll definitely be back.

JG
vipJimG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great meal and excellent service. The new decor is very bright and clean.

DB
DianneB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We traveled quite a distance to celebrate our 59th AnniversaWe were were disappointed to not be seated in one of the nicer dining rooms where we dined before. The food and service were up to par. We were the only diners there.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Originally had made reservation for dining room, but enjoyed the casual atmosphere of the bar, so chose to eat there. Plus, the bartender, Fran, was great, made recommendations & easy to talk with. Food was excellent. Started with coconut shrimp, very tasty, cooked perfectly. Entrees of Ribeye and Filet were cooked as requested and very tender. Enjoyed topper of Brussels sprouts, also delicious. Ended with crème brûlée, served cool, but very good.
Never felt rushed, enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Definitely will return.

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Scooter
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cute renovation and food was very good! We enjoyed our lunch there!

WC
vipWCDining921
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The inside was modernized which was OK, just not what I was expecting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

The service was wonderful. And our waiter was great. That didn’t make the food taste good. The drinks, one a specialty, drinks were a couple of the worst I’ve had in a long time. Our appetizer sauces were tasteless. One was cocktail sauce and tasted like straight watered down ketchup. The sauces with the oysters were similarly sad and the oysters were not not detached. I had the swordfish, it was over cooked. My dining partner had a passable entree but overpriced for the quality . Best part of our marl was getting desert elsewhere. I was extremely disappointed with the dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Toughest steak I’ve ever experienced. Waitress was accommodating

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vipLeann
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time I had been back to Ship Inn in many years. I enjoyed the seating that we were given and the food and server were very good. Sat the bar with friends afterward and had a very nice evening out! Will go back again. Go and give it a try I think you will love it.

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vipLocal
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We were disappointed because we were hoping for a restaurant close to home as a recurring spot. There is no ambiance, it felt like we walked into a diner with very bright lighting, tables small & close together, no tablecloths or carpeting to cushion the sound which was loud, although at times we seemed to hear faint music.
The mushroom soup was outstanding but the rest of the food was mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Beautiful place. I had the stuffed pork for $28 and it was very dry-ugh! Loved the mushrooms soup. Waitress was good but not super attentive (especially for the prices). We heard the kitchen staff yelling at each other.

TB
TinaB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at the Ship In was delightful. The food was excellent and our waiter, Harry was great!

JH
vipJohnH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the Octoberfest specials. Hungarian dinner had a slight taste of being burnt. The red cabbage and noodles were outstanding. Coconut shrimp delicious. desserts are excellent.

Environment: Great improvements. Bright and cheery. Still a sense of modern excellence.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cake was great the bisque was good. I had a wedge salad it was great and chicken tenders was good . Had the shrimp cocktail it was just right and the pretzel was great with mustard sauce

LG
vipLizG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, bright atmosphere. Food was very good. Nice choices from Chicken Wings to Salmon and/or Steak. Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good was not great. The steak was very salty and they put sweet pasta sauce on a crab cake

JK
JohnK
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The filet was incredible. Wines by the bottle very reasonably priced. Hadn’t been here in years and I was highly impressed with the new atmosphere and the food.

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AlexisA
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat in renovated area which was beautiful! We ordered mushroom soup and the fried Brie which were great! We also had the swordfish and steak with potatoes and Brussels sprouts from restaurant impossible show, both very good. We each ordered the homemade desserts (pecan pie and English toffee). The English toffee was hands down the best. Service was great and pumpkin White Russian was spot on. Overall really enjoyed it… love the update!

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Fred
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was very good. Our food was good! Fish and chips were delicious. Mushroom soup was very good! The Pretzels are a must have! The rest of the food, crispy Bree, cheese steak and desserts were ok.

MS
MaryS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience at the Ship Inn was excellent, in the quality of the food, the helpful service and the lovely refurbished restaurant.

JA
vipJimmyA
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We met friends for dinner and the noise level was high. While the service was great, the food was just okay. It was rather expensive for what they serve.

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vipEatout
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Poor service, food not as expected, special Oktoberfest menu was ordered but not received. Veal was over cooked. Wanted to give them another try after the renovations, have dined here for many years but they have gone way down on service and quality. Will not be back.

TL
TomL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Octoberfest menu was great. Best sauerbraten I have had in years.

Thought they ambience was down scaled too much from previous visits. No table clothes was a bit too much like a Denny's.

Probably be back as everything the two of us had tasted great.

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vipItsfriday
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The bar has a nice warm feeling. Excellent bar tender. We moved to the patio area for dinner which was lovely. Our server was perfect and had a sense of humor along w excellent menu knowledge. Food was delicious. My friend and I both had flounder. Everything was cooked well w nice presentation. The green beans were a bit too soft otherwise our meals were delicious. I will be back.

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vipBillL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Everything was great!

GE
vipGEORGIA
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the beauty of the restaurant and it was relaxing. The cocktail list is great and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was amazing from the wait staff, chef and owner. After residing in Exton for almost 20 years, I’d never wanted to venture into The Ship Inn. Boy was I wrong for staying away!
The fried Brie to the Korean cheesesteak… muah! so good!

Thanks for a wonderful experience! I will definitely be back!

Bonnie

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vipapultraclassic
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We saw the restaurant rescue episode about ship inn. After watching the show we were excited to try the “new” ship inn. The service was out standing. The restaurant rescue “make over” is great. Unfortunately, the foo was not what we expected. My wife ordered a burger done medium, it came out well done. The Korean chicken sandwich added as a result of the make over is good but not what I expected after watching the show. Bottom line, with all the other choices of restaurants in the area we probably won’t return.

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Diningisfun
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were greeted and sat immediately. The decor in the section we were sat was very nice. It had a nautical theme. We were sat at a corner table. We were familiar with the Ship Inn but we’re interested in trying it since seeing Robert Irvine’s visit. Our server was pleasant and explained all of the specials. There was an issue with one of the drinks but was quickly taken care of. The menu seemed odd and the food choices were disconnected. The prices were ridiculous. $18 fish and chips and a $16 flatbread. The soup at $10 a bowl was quite delicious although pricey. The portion sizes did not reflect the prices. Part way through our meal we were feeling very warm and were then told the AC had broken that day which was a 95 degree day. It wasn’t a horrible visit but I don’t believe we will be returning any time soon.

AL
vipALANDCON
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

NO BREAD,NO MASHED POTATOES, NO RUSSIAN DRESSING, NO BANANA ICE CREAM ( A SPECIALTY ). UNDERSTAFFED.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We saw this restaurant on Restaurant Impossible and we decided to take a ride. The food was really good and the service was excitement! We will definitely be going back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very pleasant experience

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billthird
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolute fantastic experience. It’s been years since we’ve been there and we were not disappointed.

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vipMystere
Orlando
71 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cake entree is 99% crab. Excellent.

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Mabob
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The bar and appetizers are great but the food wasn't good enough.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The menu is kind of strange but we knew that. We had the fish and chips but but they were flounder but again the menu said that but there was more batter than fish. The tops were nice and crunchy however the bottoms were oil sogged. The Korean cheesesteak was quite good and the calamari was very good

ML
vipMatthewL
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went because we heard Restaurant Impossible had been there to help. Well, I guess somethings are impossible.
Started when we enter restaurant via the door that said dining entrance. Only to find out is wasn’t and had to hunt for the hostess station which was at the back of the restaurant.
Were given a dinner menu only to find out there was a brunch menu. When we asked why other tables had different food, they said “Oh Sorry we gave you wrong ones, but since you ordered it’s too late to change”.
Got our food. Was bland, even though we got the TV specials.
When it did come out, really a long time, it was lukewarm.
Waitress had sweat pouring down her face, just hoped nothing dripped onto our plates.
Found hair on two of our plates.
When complained to waitress she took plate and brought it back, put it on the table and said sorry. Won’t charge you for it. Said dishwasher quit and everyone had to chip in.
Complained to Manager, once we found him. Never apologized and said he knew and took it off our bill.

Robert Irvin would have been embarrassed to have his name associated with such poor product and sweaty service.

FAQs

Ship Inn Seafood and Steak offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 363-7200.

Ship Inn Seafood and Steak is rated 3.9 stars by 615 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.