Atlantic City is full of great restaurants, but sometimes you want to dine in style—what better reason to dress to the nines than a night out at a fancy eatery? There may be a lot of options, but we narrowed the selection down to our five favorite fine dining establishments that will certainly leave you satiated.
Though Buddakan has locations in NYC and Philadelphia, the AC spot is definitely the coolest. Not only is it almost double the size of the others, it has a giant Buddha statue in the main dining room that calmly watches over guests as they eat. The dinner menu features pan-seared sea bass with butternut squash and truffle jus and grilled lamb chops with Chinese eggplant and Thai basil pesto. Plus, they have a varied sake menu that includes Akita Komachi for $125 a bottle.
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American Cut has the rare advantage of being one of the only ocean-view steakhouses in Atlantic City, which is alone a worthwhile reason to visit. With a menu created by Iron Chef Marc Forgione, this is the second location (the flagship is in NYC) for the eatery and offers 180 seats with several private dining options. Not only does it have a Seafood Tasting Menu for $136 with oysters and Hiramasa Tartare, it also offers a $175 Surf & Turf with Tomahawk ribeye and lobster for two.
When looking for Italian food in AC, it’s tough to beat Café 2825. The intimate restaurant only has 14 tables, making it a favorite among locals looking for a quiet meal. Making everything from scratch in the small kitchen, Café 2825 offers dishes like the Costoletta Val D’Aostano and Stuffed Calamari.
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Bobby Flay Steakhouse
As one of Bobby Flay’s first restaurants, this steakhouse at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa prefers to use local ingredients whenever possible. Taking a page from traditional steakhouses, the dining room features red leather accents, horseshoe-shaped booths, and a huge lobster tank. Right now they are offering a Strip and Shore steak specialty for $125 that comes with an American Kobe strip steak and a fresh lobster tail, and a Lobster and Shellfish Deluxe Selection for $135.
Specializing specifically in Northern Italian dishes, Il Verdi in the Tropicana boasts an extensive Italian wine list of unique pairings and a Chef’s Table where you can enjoy a six- or seven-course customized menu. Among the option, standouts include the Capesante alla Torino with seared Viking Village scallops, the Agnello alla Barbelletto lamb chops with fresh herb semolina breadcrumbs, and the Bistecca alla Piemontese grilled NY sirloin.