Where to Eat in Atlantic City: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Darleen Reid

It's the East Coast's answer to Las Vegas. Atlantic City's casinos draw tourists by the car- and bus-load, but even if your main objective is to play some blackjack, you'll want to save time for sightseeing. Stroll along the famous boardwalk with its numerous amusements and eateries or visit the historic, recently restored Absecon Lighthouse. Several fine courses attract golf enthusiasts, and in summer, local beaches are popular with families. Water-based activities include parasailing, charter fishing and tall ship cruises. Casino hoppers have 12 establishments to choose from, which run the gamut from elegance to a Wild West theme, so there's something for everyone's taste. Those who remember Atlantic City in its pre-gambling days can wax nostalgic with a taste of saltwater taffy, which has been an Atlantic City specialty for over 100 years.
Things to do in Atlantic City

1. Capriccio

1133 Boardwalk, Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7329 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch SGD 26 - SGD 63 +1 609-340-6789
Excellent
86%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 775 reviews

Capriccio

Join Us! Atlantic City's choice for classic Italian dining. Located on the Dining Level, Capriccio's award winning menu, service and breathtaking views will delight you in every way. We offer: Happy Hour Wed - Fri and Sun 4:30-6:30pm Sunday Brunch 9:30-2pm Balcony seating available (weather permitting) Dinner Wednesday thru Saturday seating begins at 5:30pm and Sunday at 4:30pm.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Celebrating our 32 year wedding anniversary we decided to stay in the hotel and check out Capriccio. We we so glad we did. The special ...seafood risotto was amazing. Melazabe was perfect and the service was outstanding. Many thanks to Marylin, Sergio and Steven for making it so special

2. Cafe 2825

2825 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6325 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 46 - SGD 66 +1 609-344-6913
Excellent
79%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 410 reviews

Cafe 2825

Been in business 28 yrs. Featuring Italian American Cusine. One block from Tropicana and The Quarter. Family Owned. Upscale Italian American white table cloth restaurant . PLEASE upscale casual dress.... no tee shirts, graffiti tees, cut off, beachwear,Male tank tops.

Reviewed By mariemom11 - Tampa, Florida

Went with a large group from the Borgata. Someone else did all of the ordering on appetizers ; the clams were amazing ! Also, he made caprese at the table somehow. As in , the buffalo mozzarella cheese was created before our eyes . I had sea bass as an entree which was insanely fresh and tasty.
HIGHLY recommend this place .
Small spot . l heard it is hard to get in but I did not make the reservations.

3. White House Sub Shop

2301 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-4001 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 609-345-1564
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

White House Sub Shop

Reviewed By wakecountyman - Raleigh, North Carolina

As a former "Road Warrior" with over 30 years traveling for business, both domestically and internationally as well as being a top 1% reviewer for Trip Advisor, I would rate White House Subs, THE BEST EVER !!!

QUICK SUMMARY
SIZE
At least 18", might even be longer, they are GIGANTIC! At least 6" LONGER than Jersey Mike's, another NJ Sub shop, but no where near the quality of White House Subs.

PRICE/VALUE
Better Value than anywhere else, Bigger, Better Quality & More Meat !

SERVICE
They are "Top Quality People", just like their Food. They do NJ proud, and give NJ a good name. As a NJ native, and back after 40 years, it's nice to have such a GREAT experience and one that will give a VERY POSITIVE view of NJ and it's people.


TIPS FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE
ORDERING TIP
Order ahead, to beat the lines. We called our order in and by time we got to the place, order was done.

We just walked past the long line to the back of the place to pick up area and walked out in about 3 minutes.

Place is small, tight and always a line, as well a hard to find a parking space.


PARKING TIP
Park in Bass Pro Shop Lot across the street. They give 1 hour free, just go in and buy a soda and they validate, so no parking problem anymore. Nice quiet place to eat your lunch.


NOTE
Taking (6) 18" Subs back to North Carolina, we love them so much. I brought a 48 gallon cooler just for White House Subs.

4. Dock's Oyster House

2405 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6630 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 609-345-0092
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Dock's Oyster House

Reviewed By Neil F

We haven’t been to Dock’s in several years. The decor has been updated but the menu thankfully remained in tact. We sat at the piano bar before dinner and the server was tremendous; genuinely warm and pleasant. We then had dinner in the downstairs dining area. Starting with clams casino that was prepared using fresh peppers and seasoned just right. The lobster tail is huge and cooked to perfection. Also ordered lamb that was quite good. No room for dessert but we did take a slice of key lime pie with us.

5. Chef Vola's

111 S Albion Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6407 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 609-345-2022
Excellent
74%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 610 reviews

Chef Vola's

Reviewed By theredwiner - Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

This was our 2nd visit to Chef Vola's. Reservations are hard to come by so book well in advance. The building is unassuming, looking like a typical seashore home. A single door opens onto an enclosed porch from which you are greeted and directed upstairs or downstairs. Downstairs reminded me of family dinners growing up Italian. It looks like someone's basement rec-room, set up to accommodate visiting family members for a holiday dinner. The decor is typical
Italian with pictures of Sinatra and scenes from famous Mob Movies. The server approach is team oriented, but our lead server was Lisa, a good natured, friendly, accommodating lady who amazed us with the ease with which she recited the numerous specials, options and explained the preparations. She was excellent! We started with the Stracciatelli Soup. That was a great choice and served piping hot. Next we enjoyed the house salad, served family style. Again, excellent. The menu is large and varied, with uniquely prepared pastas, fish, beef, veal and chicken dishes.
Variations are offered with each dish. My wife ordered the Orange Roughy. My Sister-in-law the Chicken Parm. My brother and I both ordered the pasta in Bolognese sauce. He chose the Angel Hair. I chose the penne. We both ordered a meatball and veal sausage with our entrees. All meals looked like works of art when presented. They were hot, and smelled irresistible. We ate enthusiastically! No one finished their entree. We all took boxes home. Desserts were as varied as the entrees. From Limoncello Cheesecake to Gelato (I had a scoop each of the Salted Caramel and Chocolate). Since it is a BYOB, the price is amazingly low for such a first class dinner. We will return. Our compliments to the Chef.

6. Buddakan

1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6689 Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 79 +1 609-674-0100
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 642 reviews

Buddakan

Buddakan has been called “a temple of modern Asian cuisine.” But it’s also a testament to the possibilities of inspired design. Upon entering, the first thing one sees is the surreal Asian garden surrounded by multi-level archways and 25-foot trees that seem to grow through rocks, footbridges and the ceiling itself. The dramatic atmosphere and enchanting karma is enhanced by the presence of a gigantic Golden Buddha that watches over the entire restaurant from a head of a 24-foot communal dining room table. The menu portrays an innovative interpretation of Asian Cuisine that matches the ambience in terms of creativity, inspiration and its capacity to satisfy. A delectably imaginative fusion of Chinese, French and Asian styles that results in dishes that exotic yet comforting – all prepared with perfectionist attention to the smallest detail. Buddakan’s spectacular yet dreamlike ambience adds a new dimension to the array of destinations at the Pier at Ceasars.

Reviewed By Ashley M - Fairfield, Connecticut

Let me first start off by complementing both Jordan and Sebastian who were wonderful waiters for us that evening. The food was simply awesome. Do the tasting menu you won't be disappointed! Decor and presentation were amazing we will be back without hesitation the next time we visit. Truly spectacular!

7. Gilchrist Restaurant

804 N Rhode Island Ave, at Gardners Basin, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-2905 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 609-345-8278
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 432 reviews

Gilchrist Restaurant

Reviewed By TDD00 - Kingston, New York

First of all, nothing was bad at all about my experience here. Service was fine, food was fine. We were sat at a table between the door and the women's bathroom, but understandable cause the place was very busy. I just don't understand the popularity because the food was just so-so. The grits and homefries were super plain and barely seasoned. The famous pancakes were okay but nothing to write home about. If this is the best breakfast Atlantic City has to offer, it's going to be a long week.

8. Kelsey & Kim's Southern Cafe

201 Melrose Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-5503 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 16 - SGD 29 +1 609-350-6800
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 549 reviews

Kelsey & Kim's Southern Cafe

Southern inspired cuisine with a touch of Soul. If your looking for a home cooked meal look no further Kelsey & Kim's is the place.

Reviewed By redhead315 - Lyndhurst, New Jersey

My hubbie and I stopped here for lunch, on a recent visit to AC.....Such a friendly atmosphere and great food....We were welcomed and felt very comfortable . We didn't have to wait for a table,on a Friday! Food was served very quickly and was excellant! Our waiter was friendly and checked on us frequently...We will go back!

9. Eastwind

1133 Boardwalk, Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7329 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Singaporean, Chinese, Asian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 12 - SGD 33 +1 609-340-6110
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 260 reviews

Eastwind

Eastwind Chinese Restaurant & Noodle Bar is conveniently located just steps away from the casino and the world famous Boardwalk & Steel Pier inside Resorts Casino Hotel, home of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. Explore the wide selection of asian dishes ranging from Korean, Vietnamese, Singapore and Chinese style cuisines, from traditional to modern wok fired specialties. The enormous variety of weekly specials and our incredibly affordable 3 Course Meal will exceed all expectations. Embark on an adventurous trip to the Far East as Atlantic City's premiere Asian culinary team brings all this to you in an elegant, yet relaxed & casual atmosphere known for it's generous portions, reasonable prices, and friendly world-class service.

Reviewed By sharkey9 - McAdoo, Pennsylvania

THE FOOD IS GREAT, The atmosphere is clean and beautiful also the server Sophie was friendly, fast and accomodating !! This restaurant is in the Resorts Hotel and Casino in ATLANTIC CITY so you can park free and they are on the first floor and...MoreThank you for the review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service. Sophie will be very happy to hear it from you. Looking forward to see you again.

10. Knife & Fork Inn

3600 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6198 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 609-344-1133
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 649 reviews

Knife & Fork Inn

Reviewed By Bill F - Ship Bottom, New Jersey

Decided to try the knife and Fork for restaurant week in AC. Fixed price menu for app, entre and dessert. Service was very good after a brief mistake with an app. Food was prepared great and very good. Would recommend. Pricey restaurant outside of restaurant week.

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