The 10 Best Restaurants In Atlantic City, New Jersey

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9 February 2017

Located in southern New Jersey, Atlantic City serves as one of the state’s biggest vacation spots. With world class casinos and exquisite dining options, Atlantic City is a must-stop destination for any New Jersey visitor. Read further for the 10 best restaurants in the city.

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Dock’s Oyster House

Dock’s Oyster House has been serving quality seafood in Atlantic City since 1897. Dock’s features a nightly live piano player which adds to the elegant and intimate setting, making it ideal for a romantic night out. One of Dock’s more popular dishes is the “Land and Sea” which features three jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab meat, mashed potatoes, and filet mignon. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time, as Dock’s is usually crowded.
Address & phone number: 2405 Atlantic Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 345-0092


Restaurant, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
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This upscale restaurant located in the Caesar’s Hotel has redefined Pan-Asian cuisine. The anchor of Buddakan is the large statue of Buddha that sits at the head of the restaurant, and the spot sits in a prime location with Caesars and Bally’s casinos in close proximity. Their most popular dishes are the ginger dumplings and Tuna spring rolls. Buddakan specializes in small plates, and the atmosphere is cozy and intimate.

Cafe 2825

Cafe, Restaurant, Bar, Italian, $$$
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With a full bar and from-scratch Italian cuisine, Café 2825 is raising the bar for authentic dining experiences. Café 2825 is seated in prime location with the Tropicana Casino & Resort just a short walk away. Be sure to try the home-made mozzarella with tomato, which is prepared fresh at your table.

Knife And Fork Inn

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
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Since its introduction in 1912, Knife And Fork Inn has been a mainstay in the Atlantic City restaurant scene. Knife And Fork Inn primarily serves steak and seafood with an extensive wine list to match. The atmosphere is comfortable and caters to those who are seeking a romantic night out or casual dining. One of their most popular dishes is the Surf and Turf which features a sirloin steak and a full lobster.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Cuban, Caribbean, $$$
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Located in the world famous Tropicana Hotel, Cuba Libre is one of the liveliest establishments to grab a meal. This Cuban inspired restaurant offers patrons beautiful Caribbean decor and late night salsa dancing on select days. Cuba Libre displays its authenticity with a rum bar containing a wide variety of imported and domestic rums. The pineapple guacamole is a popular dish among the regulars.

Kelsey & Kim's Southern Cafe

Cafe, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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The southern comfort cuisine of this Atlantic City establishment has gained a large following. With dishes like Red Beans and Rice and Pork Rib Sandwiches, Kelsey & Kim’s is sure to satisfy any appetite. Single portions are large enough for two, and the menu offers everything from seafood to pork. Be sure to stay for dessert and try the popular Peach Cobbler.

Chef Vola's

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Chef Vola’s boasts home-style Italian fare served family style. This restaurant is cash only, and serves as a BYOB with red wine as the recommended pairing. Chef Vola’s is located just a block away from the boardwalk and the beach. This spot received the ‘America’s Classics’ award from the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and is considered one of the best restaurants in Atlantic City by local publications.

Carmine's Restaurant

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Carmine’s Restaurant is one of the best in Atlantic City for big groups. Located in the Tropicana Hotel, Carmine’s offers family style seating and large portions. The decor is reminiscent of a traditional Italian cafe and offers a great atmosphere for a night out with friends. Carmine’s menu is extensive and offers customers three types of meat, seafood, and dessert favorites such as tiramisu.

Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern

Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern has offered generous portions and delicious food since its introduction in 1935. Angelo’s is made up of small rooms outfitted with wood paneling and stained glass windows. Portions at Angelo’s are filling and generous, with the lobster ravioli and chicken parmesan as popular choices, and the service at Angelo’s is top notch, making any dining experience there memorable.
Address & phone number: 2300 Fairmount Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 344-2439

Lobster Ravioli
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Girasole Ristorante and Lounge

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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The atmosphere at Girasole is serene, with a private lounge and garden patio for dining. This high-end restaurant is perfect for a romantic night out or a casual dining experience. Girasole boasts a great location with the beach and Atlantic Ocean just steps away. The food at Girasole is authentic Italian, and each dish is made from scratch in-house. Be sure to check out their happy hour, offered six days a week.

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