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Dining in Atlantic City


Fine Dining in Atlantic City – Experience Cuisine from Around the World

Atlantic City has long been called one of “America's Favorite Playgrounds” and for good reason.  Located on the coast of New Jersey, the city boasts miles of beautiful Atlantic beaches and has been a popular resort destination since it's incorporation in 1854.  It's proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia made it a perfect vacation spot, easily accessible to city dwellers by train.

Atlantic City could conceivably be the foodie mecca of the eastern half of the country.  There are probably more places to eat in the city than there are any other business.  You can choose from fast food joints, deli and sub shops, pizzerias and coffee shops if you're looking for a quick bite.  If you want a family dinner, there are numerous family restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffet establishments.   What about a nice casual dinner out with friends?  There are many excellent seafood  and steakhouse style restaurants.

But where Atlantic City really stands out from the crowd is the many fine dining restaurants.  The cuisine to be found is international in scope from delicate Asian menus to fine French dining to German, Thai, Italian – you name it and you'll find a place to eat it in Atlantic City.  These upscale restaurants are very popular and you would be wise to book reservations as early as possible.

If you are a true die-hard gambler, you can experience a huge range of food styles without ever leaving the casino resort that you're staying at.  Harrah's Resort has ten different eateries within the complex, Bally's has ten also and the Showboat has seven.  Then there is Caesars Atlantic City with at least eight eateries onsite.  The Borgata showcases a range of fine dining options including Japanese, Mediterranean and authentic Italian cuisines in their six hot eating spots within the resort.  Of course, there are many more both within the other casinos and all around the city.

Learn the best places to find your favorite foods and find out where to go when you have the family or when you want to go out for a formal dinner.  Stay with us as we bring you the best of what Atlantic City has to offer to food enthusiasts, starting with those found in the casinos we love to play at.

The Steakhouse (Harrah's Resort )

Found within Harrah's Resort, this upscale yet not overly fancy steakhouse style restaurant will satisfy the steak lovers in any group.  From a thick, juicy porterhouse to the perfectly done Angus prime rib, this is the place to go for a fine cut of beef.  Naturally, there are many other menu items for those in your party who prefer seafood or pork.  Their Shrimp Wellington is a creative and tasty take on the classic beef dish – without the beef.

You will notice right away the tasteful, subdued décor of the restaurant as your hostess guides you to a table or booth.  The plush cushions on both make you comfortable from the moment you sit down and the distance between the tables is such that you don't feel that everyone is listening to your conversations.  The waitstaff is both professional and knowledgeable about the menu choices, ensuring you get exactly what you want.

The extensive wine menu allows you to pair the perfect vintage wine with whatever entree you choose and the staff can help you make the best pairing, if you'd like.  You can see the wines encased in the glass wine cellar, in full view of patrons, adding a nice touch of elegance to the ambiance of the dining room.

The prices of entrees are quite reasonable, with the average falling from $25 to $40 per person.  On Wednesday and Thursday, you can truly have a bargain when they offer a full three course gourmet meal for only $29 per person so if you visit Atlantic City during the week, be sure to make reservations at The Steakhouse.

Izakaya (Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa)

Tucked into the Borgata is a delightfully sensual lounge serving contemporary Japanese sushi, sake and robatayaki.  The fairly extensive menu offers a good selection of both hot and cold dishes along with a wide variety of traditional Japanese choices done in their own unique style.  This is one of the hottest spots in Atlantic City for an intimate drink and bite to eat.  As such, be prepared to make reservations or you won't make it inside without a long wait.  While they only specify “proper attire required”, this is not a nightspot to drop in wearing less than evening wear.

The long, narrow dining room has bars across both sides with a few scattered tiny tables for two for more privacy.  Candlelight, paintings of traditional Japanese geisha girls and gorgeous teak-looking cut screens add to the contemporary feeling of this eatery.  If you're there for a convention or just have a large group, they also offer private rooms which do book several months in advance.  When you call for reservations for your group, you can choose from the smaller Sake Lounge for parties from 10 to 30 or the larger Robata Room which will accommodate up to 60 people.

Michael Schulson, the man behind Izakaya, has brought a modern flair to the classic Japanese sake bar/gastro-pub.  He presents a selection of premium sakes along with incredibly fresh sushi dishes such as kanpachi, toro and unagi.  There is also a delicious assortment of sides such as Crab and Shiso Rice, Baked Lobster and Truffle and the Kobe Beef Fried Rice along with many other lovely dishes.  Top it off with one of their six luscious desserts and you'll have an evening you will remember forever.
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