Atlantic City is famous for its high stakes, but it’s also a hub of New Jersey food culture. You're going to need to take a break from all the gambling to refuel. Why not do it in style? Whether you're looking for fancy or no-nonsense, there's something for you.

    Enjoy a cocktail in a historical gentlemen's club, or grab a slice from the hole-in-the-wall down the street. Atlantic City's got everything in between, and beyond. Why stop there? Visit one of several establishments known for their adventurous cuisine, or reserve a seat at one of the secret spots for a blend of tourism and dining. Forget gambling – let the culinary adventure begin. Read on for ideas on where to eat around Atlantic City.


    Dock's Oyster House

    Fresh and succulent seafood awaits

    Dock's Oyster House is for those who want an upscale seafood experience in Atlantic City. This family-owned business has been doing their thing for over 100 years. Several types of oysters are offered every night, each with their own distinct flavour. You've also got an array of other seafood including sashimi and clam chowder. You can be sure you're only getting the freshest in town, too.

    If that weren't enough, they've even got live piano music every night. It would be difficult not to feel at home at Dock's Oyster House.

    Location: 2405 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Daily from 4.30 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 609-345-0092


    The Continental

    A vintage and futuristic diner with adventurous offerings

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    The Continental is a quirky, off-beat experience brimming with class and sophistication. It looks like something out of the 1950s – think The Jetsons – and the cocktails come in all sorts of colours. The aesthetic might sound cartoonish, but they've imbued it with truly chic elegance.

    The same goes for the offerings: international cuisines and tapas crafted and presented with attention to detail. Whether you come for lunch or dinner, you're sure to have a relaxing and interesting experience.

    Location: 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday from 11.30 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 609-674-8300


    Knife & Fork Inn

    A taste of the Roaring Twenties

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    The Knife & Fork Inn dates back to the 1920s when it was a Prohibition-era gentleman's drinking club. They've kept the atmosphere largely the same – only now it's a restaurant.

    Knife & Fork strikes a curious balance between relaxing and stately. The food leans more on the stately side of things, with offerings of a thick, juicy steak or a crabmeat cocktail. Grab a seat at the bar to soak in the upscale ambience – it has a cosiness that's just begging you to stay.

    Location: 3600 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 5 pm to 9.30 pm, Friday from 11.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 609-344-1133


    Wingcraft Kitchen and Beer Bar

    Get your grub on with a burger and a brew

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    • Food

    Wingcraft Kitchen and Beer Bar is a place to kick back and relax. All the typical pub fare is here, with the centrepiece being the wings. There are 8 different sauces to choose from, so bring all your friends to ensure you try them all.

    What you shouldn't attempt to try all of, though, is Wingcraft's 40 draft beers. The most important thing is that it shouldn't be too hard to find one you love. Speaking of the one you love, there are a few salad options for those who don't necessarily want to gorge themselves on greasy food. Whoever you've got in tow, you can have a good time at Wingcraft.

    Location: 2010 Baltic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 609-541-2799


    The Iron Room

    For something a little different

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    The Iron Room in Atlantic City is all about the adventurous eats as the head chef brings global influence to American staples. One such example is the Udon Mac & Cheese, which we can bet you can’t find anywhere else.

    They've made mixology an art, with a menu of creative cocktails that helped put them on the map. It's got an atmosphere to match, too. The outside makes it look like a place you shouldn't enter, but the inside is stylish and dimly lit. If you're looking to get away from AC’s ‘same old same old’, try the Iron Room.

    Location: 131 S Tennessee Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 7 am to 4 pm, Friday–Sunday from 7 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 609-350-6852



    A little taste of Japan in Atlantic City

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    Okatshe brings an authentic Japanese restaurant experience to Atlantic City. The transporting entrance is made to resemble a storefront in Tokyo and gives way to an elegant interior. The head chef's creations take Japan as their main inspiration, but they also have a unique sensibility.

    In addition to ramen and sushi, there are plenty of crossover dishes as well, like the okonomiyaki fries. To top it all off is an array of Japanese whiskeys and sake to choose from. This won't be your typical night out on the Boardwalk.

    Location: 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 1 am, Sunday and Thursday from 5 pm to 11 pm (closed from Mondays to Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 609-340-4053


    Chef Vola's

    The closest you'll come to eating in an Italian-American dining room

    Chef Vola's was once a speakeasy in Atlantic City, but is now a hidden gem that's bursting with charm. The space is quite limited, but you're in for a real treat if you manage to reserve a spot. Inside and out, Chef Vola's shows few signs of being a public establishment.

    You'll feel like you're in the dining room of an Italian immigrant family, and the meal will have the quality to match. Hope you don't mind rubbing elbows with strangers – you definitely won't after having your first bite. Word to the wise: bring your own drinks. Oh, and save room for dessert.

    Location: 111 S Albion Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 609-345-2022


    Cafe 2825

    Dress well and eat classily

    • Food

    Cafe 2825 is a white-tablecloth Italian restaurant in Atlantic City with only 14 tables. You know what that means: expect a meal that will blow your mind. Make sure to dress up in upscale casual attire. 

    Get the table-side mozzarella for a real treat. The chef prepares the cheese at your table from the curd, right in front of you. At Cafe 2825, you are immediately greeted and made at home by Joe, while his wife and daughter pour the drinks and serve the food. Don't hesitate to have a chat with the owner. 

    Location: 2825 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 4.30 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 609-344-6913


    Pancho's Mexican Taqueria

    Have some honest Mexican cuisine

    • Food

    Pancho's Mexican Taqueria is proof that the best Mexican food comes from hole-in-the-wall establishments in Atlantic City. The décor is nothing too fancy, but the quality of the food makes up for it. They've got everything from tacos to sopes (fried corn tortillas) and carnitas to burritos, all of it delicious and generously portioned.

    The staff have a no-nonsense attitude as they prepare everything fresh. Kick back with a beer or jarritos (Mexian soda pop) while you wait to enjoy a heavenly steak burrito. Simply, for something a little more down-to-earth in AC, come to Pancho's.

    Location: 2303 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 609-344-2062


    Tony Boloney's

    Open your eyes to new pizza possibilities

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    Tony Boloney's is a must-try for the pizza aficionados out there visiting Atlantic City. Your idea of pizza will be turned upside down when you feast your eyes upon their signature taco pizza. It doesn't stop there, either. The restaurant seems dedicated to remaking the entire concept of greasy food.

    With things like the Bangkok Boardwalk pizza and a subs menu that has more items than you can count, you might just have to come here twice. It'll be particularly helpful when it's noon and your head is still throbbing like last night's club music. For the best hangover cure, Tony Boloney's has got you covered.

    Location: 300 Oriental Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 609-344-8669

    Benjamin Gorman | Contributing Writer

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