Atlantic City is home to some of New Jersey’s best dining options. Even though we’ve been hearing a lot about the city’s financial troubles, Caesars’ properties there (Caesars, Harrah’s, and Bally’s) are flat-out packed on the weekends, making it difficult to even find an available slot machine at times. Atlantic City is still a prime getaway with great concerts, a legendary beach, and some truly awesome food. Here’s a look at the top dining options at each of the three Caesars properties there.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill: This new English-style pub in the hotel’s massive lobby is modeled after the concept Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay first brought to Caesars Palace in Vegas. You can choose from 26 beers on tap and a wide variety of elevated English pub favorites.
KWI Noodle House: This casual restaurant offers a wide variety of authentic Asian fare, ranging from dumplings to braised oxtail soup, noodle soups, congee, and house specialties like roasted duck and hoisin-glazed lamb chops.
Nero’s Italian Steakhouse: An upscale steakhouse with an Italian twist overlooking the water, Nero’s standouts include prime rib, a 24-ounce porterhouse, house-made pork sausage, and homemade pastas. Its high-end Sunday brunch, where you’ll find everything from filet mignon to oysters and shrimp cocktail, crêpes, and crab, is widely regarded as the best in the city.[related]
Phillips Seafood: Located on the Caesars pier, this casual restaurant boasts great views as well as lots of fresh seafood.
Morton’s The Steakhouse: Morton’s is widely regarded as one of the best high-end steakhouse chains in the country, and this location is a great option for those looking for a luxurious steakhouse experience.
Martorano’s: What looks like a family-style Italian restaurant serving homemade meatballs, bucatini carbonara, rigatoni with Sunday gravy, and chicken parm becomes a rocking party at night, when a disco ball and music spun by owner Steve Martarano himself make this a dining experience to remember.
Dos Caminos: Directly overlooking the water, Dos Caminos is a swanky spot for margaritas, guacamole, and high-end Mexican fare.
The Steakhouse: About as classic as it gets, this steakhouse specializes in Prime steaks, classic sauces, and steakhouse staples like French onion soup and jumbo lump crab cake.
Sammy D’s: This casual spot located across from the pool (which becomes the city’s top nightclub after dark on the weekends) has a fun and unique menu, with items including Philly cheesesteak dumplings, pork-topped poutine, roasted prime rib, and roasted diver scallops.
Viking Cooking School: While not a restaurant per se, this interactive experience puts you inside the cooking show, where you’re walked through preparing an entire meal from start to finish by a professional chef. After it’s finished cooking, you sit down with your “classmates” and enjoy their fruits of your labor. Class topics include a pizza workshop, Italian grilling, and a decadent date-night dinner.
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse: This massive restaurant puts a signature Guy Fieri spin on the classic steakhouse, and the results are surprisingly delicious. Popular items include a java-rubbed ribeye chop; oysters topped with Havarti cream, garlic spinach, and crispy potatoes; creative sushi; slow-cooked pork belly sliders; a bacon mac and cheese burger, and an 18-ounce slow-roasted boneless prime rib.
Buca di Beppo: This fun family-style Italian chain has a hopping outpost at Bally’s, complete with their famous half-pound meatballs and Penne San Remo. This is also the only location in the Northeast that serves breakfast.
Harry’s Oyster Bar: Located in a courtyard just off the boardwalk in front of the old Hotel Dennis, this outdoor spot serves a wide variety of raw bar staples, like nearly 20 variety of oysters and clams, lobster, and crab cocktail as well as fresh fish, sandwiches, salads, and chowder. It’s also a great spot for outdoor drinking.