Ship Inn Seafood and Steak

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598 reviews
$30 and under
American
NEWLY RENOVATED and Featured on FOOD NETWORK!

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 598 People Are Saying
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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

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vipJohnK
Philadelphia
23 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
4 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
75 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.

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vipALANDCON
Philadelphia
34 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
90 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
70 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.

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vipBillS
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Refurbished casual dining room seemed like a hotel breakfast room. The bar area looks very nice though. There is also outside seating which may be nice. Food was good not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautifully redone interior. Food was decent, steak was undercooked but Harry fixed it immediately. His service was well above par and very friendly. Would return just for service alone.

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NINAY
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat in one of the beautiful old dining rooms instead of the new back sun room. i found the sun room had too much of an echo bouncing off the ceiling and walls. our waitress was excellent and able to provide historical information on the restaurant and the renovations which made the evening more fun. we will go back again!

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vipNameless
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were very good. Nice colonial tavern atmosphere in the original section of building. Sadly, traffic noise distracted from the overall experience.

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vipMaria
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’ were excited to see the ship in after the renovation. Typically give restaurants a little while to work the bugs out after a change. The food was good. Not exceptional. The decor looks great. I think it’s still a little pricey at least on the lunch menu but will definitely give it another chance

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TobyE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration there this past weekend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience and food

AL
vipALANDCON
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and good food. New decor looks great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, friendly waitstaff.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding time and delicious food, attentive and friendly service.

Great social distancing in a historic building.

Truly a special time.

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vipCode369
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great atmosphere and outstanding food. Our server was slow and disinterested which disrupted the experience however the food will definitely bring us back.

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toothfairytere
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter dinner was very nice. Food was great, service great. We’ll be back again.

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Linda
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with the menu, the food, and the service. The food was exquisite, we had a fire in the fireplace and old school ambiance.

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vipSnowball
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful historic building. We had a wonderful time out together the food was delicious the ambience was gorgeous very nice evening

R
vipRoger
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We are new to the area and trying out various places. Very nice homey atmosphere and super quiet. Service was attentive. Food was good, but not top shelf. Cuts of meat were so-so and somewhat overcooked. Compared to other similarly priced restaurants in the area that we've tried so far, we likely won't be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant ! Quality of food & service outstanding

JL
vipJimL
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To quote my quest "Dinner was lovely"! We had a great dinner with excellent food and outstanding service. Having a table for two by the fireplace didn't hurt either.

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brandonR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

first off our problems started in the parking lot when only 2 of the 3 parking lots where plowed and they where out of spaces in the first 2 parking lots so me and my wife had to park in the unplowed parking lot with 8" of snow. once seated it took the waitress 15-20 minutes to take our drink order. and another 20 minutes to try and take our food order but she told us they where out of calamari, shrimp and filet mignon. being valentines day and a prefixed menu, 3 of the 4 steak items included filet mignon, and a lot of the seafood items used shrimp. when I asked what was included with the surf and turf, she replied she didn't know and would have to go ask. 15 more minutes later she came back and tried to take our order and I explained to here that she never told us what was included with the surf and turf. she had to run back to the kitchen and ask again. this time she came back and said 2 lobster tails. I asked how that was a surf and turf? now over an hour into this ordeal (she still hasn't gotten us refills on the drinks from 45 mins ago even though we had our empty glasses sitting on the edge of the table) we finally get to give her our order, even though both my wife and I order something we really didn't want due to the fact that they where out of so much. 15 minutes late our appetizers come out and while my lobster bisque had very good flavor, it was only broth with no chunks of lobster at all. My shrimp cocktail where 4 for $15 and the where medium at best, not jumbo, but I guess I should be happy to have shrimp at all since my order was the last thing they had with shrimp from the menu. now when the main course came I had a ribeye since they didn't have filet mignon, and it was super fatty and very tough, I only was able to eat 1/2 of it. by this time we where so fed up with this place all we wanted to do was leave. we didn't even look at the desert menu, we went to Wawa and bought two chocolate chip cookies. we will never return to the ship inn again.

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 4 stars by 598 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.