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Cafe 2825
Cafe 2825

Cafe 2825 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafe2825.com
  • Phone: (609) 344-6913
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Guiseppe Biancalana
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brighton Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our lot is located on side street, Brighton Avenue.

    Valet assistance Thursday, Friday, Saturday also located on Brighton Avenue.

    Please do not park in lot directly next to building on Atlantic Avenue. This is not our Lot.
A word from Cafe 2825
Cafe 2825 is a`"Neighborhood Italian- American" restaurant 1 block up from Tropicana and "The Quarter". Our family has been serving simple Italian-American cuisine in upscale casual style since arriving from Brooklyn in 1986.
Joseph is the host of this 14 table intimate, white tablecloth restaurant. His warmth and friendliness make the Cafe a favorite of locals and casino guests.
He travels to his hometown of Brooklyn each week for the necessary ingredients to keep the Cafe as authentic as you would find a NY or Philly nieghborhood. On any evening you will find Ginny, his wife, behind the bar, Jackie, his daughter, waiting on tables and Momma Rose's recipes in the kitchen. These are a few of the reasons locals frequent Cafe 2825. The difficulty in obtaining reservations reflects all the passion in the restaurant.
We are sure you will enjoy dining at our Cafe. Please do not let positve reviews mislead you, we are just a simple famliy cooking dinners.

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Diner Reviews
  • "Absolutely fantastic. This is my husband (italian) and my favorite restuarant may be in the entire country. By far the best Italian food we have ever had outside of his grandparent's kitchen. He thought he would never taste that sauce again -and the then we found Cafe 2825. The tableside Caesar salad is out of this world... and the wild mushroom pasta is almost unbelievable (but I've had it 3 times now and I am a believer). We have had a variety of appetizers, entrees and pasta and everything is always amazing. If you can get a reservation, do not pass it up."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by friends who had eaten there; the husband is on the picky-side, so we knew the recommendation was not to be taken lightly. My first suggestion is to make sure you have a reservation. We had a 6:30pm reservation on a Tuesday night and by 7pm there were no tables available. It is a small place, but has a bar. The bar selection was very nice and the food was great! My boyfriend started with the appetizer special of fried calamari on greens and I had the beet salad from the menu. Both were delicious and his was light enough that he still had room for dinner. His dinner was the chicken layered with eggplant and I had the Sunday gravy. Both of us finished every bit of food on our plates."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had a great time. The food was spectacular and the desserts were amazing!!! Definitely returning the next time I go to AC!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "this was are second time here this summer,the food is always the best.number 1 italian restaurant in ac"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I found Cafe 2825 on Trip Advisor. The high remarks and excellent menu immediately piqued my interest. The around the corner parking was convenient, as opposed to driving around looking a spot. Upon entering, it was a little off-putting. There was no host or hostess. One of the servers (or bartender) greeted and seated us. Service was pretty efficient throughout. A few different people took care of us. The server informed me they all work together. Both the house pinot grigio and pinot noir were pleasant. The stuffed artichoke was a first for me, and a good one! The Chilean sea bass was just amazing, tender as could be! The mushroom risotto was addictive, so flavorful. I'll be back for sure. Oh, and get the cheesecake!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This place has it all together. Food/Service/Friendliness. This is our 4th visit. Have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant before a show. My wife & I shared a pasta dish as an app that was terrific. I had a veal chop as an entree and she ordered soft-shelled crabs. Both were fantastic. Would go back in a heartbeat!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The aromas made you want to dance in. All staff members made us feel like family. We watched Julio make a caesar salad like they used to. He was masterful and gave us a sample. Joe the owner was so mindful of all guests. No surprise this is ranked number one in Atlantic City"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I cannot believe that this is regarded as the best restaurant in Atlantic City. The place is a true family-owned Southern Italian restaurant. The small size (14 tables) and outstanding service in an area know for "BIG" is a great asset. Portions are large; prices are high but typical for AC. Sadly, the food was totally unimpressive and disappointing. We found that unless something was served "spicy" (which was really hot), the food was bland and blah. The tomato sauce, which is critical to a dish, was absolutely tasteless as if it were out of a can. The cheeses used on the courses did not taste like they were of the highest quality. And, the pasta dishes were really soupy. We liked the place...didn't like the food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is a pearl in the Atlantic City. The food is unique and the atmosphine is vibrant. Management knows how to make you feel comfortable."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Why ask how I would rate Cafe 2825? Each time we go the food is consistently great. Clearly the best Italian food in Atlantic City and one of the best restaurants in the region. No recommendations for specific dishes. Explore. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food and service were great . I look forward to returning ."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "One of the best meals we have had so far this summer. The Cesar salad is amazing. So is the Sunday Dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My husband & I had a wonderful diner at Cafe 2835. It was our first time dining there & it won't be our last. We started with the stuffed calamari & grilled octopus, out of this world. Then we split the mozzarella caprese which was excellent & they actually make there own mozzarella. We had the veal chop parmigiana and the veal chop milanese. They were both really good. We then ended with the pistachio ricotta cheese cake which was to die for!!! The owners are such nice people. They helped us with our dining choices & chose a fabulous red house wine. They were so friendly and always making sure everything was to our liking. We look forward to our next visit!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was delicious, but the service ruined the experience. First we were seated at least 20 minutes after our reservation time. I can live with that as the restaurant was busy. The problem was that the meal took a very long time to come out and the server never checked back with us. After the food came, the server again did not check to see how we were doing. Also the prices are high for what you get. Chicken Parm with a side of pasta was $35 as the meals are a la carte. My pasta Bolognese was $23 but it wa not large."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A disappointing antipasto was saved by outstanding main entrees."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Food was average. Service was nothing special. I expected more based in the reviews I had read."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "the dinner kept getting better- appetizers were good, entrees were very good, dessert was excellent"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Best food around, local restaurant with great seafood and all fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is the third time I have been there and it is always fantastic. The food is always great and the service friendly."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Love it here. Too bad it's a hard table to get! Varied and cpmplete menu selection. Fish, veal, papsta, meat--all are wonderful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had it all--from apps to dessert and everything was delicious. The Chicken Sorrentino was wonderful! Be sure to save room for dessert. We had the tiramisu and cannoli and both were to die for. We are planning a trip back just so we can eat here again!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "2825 is truly outstanding.The food and the service are the absolute best!!! You must try the pounded veal chop and the table side Caesar salad!!! You will never want to order these meals anywhere else. Just this year,we have taken six other couples to 2825 and referred countless others.Everyone agrees that the food and service is wonderful and five of those couples have returned with their other friends. We love 2825. We love the food. We love the service.W e love the owners.We love everything about it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Flavorful Italian and seafood specialties in an intimate neighborhood setting. This is a step into an Italian trattoria. Fish seasoned with a deft touch. Rich Italian cheesecake and coffee to finish the evening."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was nice to the owner come to each table and ask how the dining experience was. Very much appreciated since don't come across that too often. Let's the diners know they care."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was very good as was the service. Nice find in AC. All homemade and worth a stop there for dinner"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Can't believe people say better then chef Volas , I got exactly what I order there and wasn't even close! Service not as good either, it was just okay!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Amazing homemade dinners and desserts! We will be back very soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is one of the most enjoyable restaurants in which we have dined. The food is delicious. Everyone, including the owner, is very attentive. Great place to try unusual menu options."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Cafe 2825 is always wonderful. The most delicious food in the Atlantic city area. I would eat there every week if I could get in."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I never go to AC without eating here. Food is excellent, service is excellent. It's a little pricey but You get what you pay for and that's an excellent meal!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Cafe 2825 is the best Italian food I have ever eaten "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Everything was al carte which for the prices the meals could have come with a side of pasta or a salad."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is the best Italian in AC. Joe Lautato, owner, is there to personally ensure an outstanding evening. Went with my elderly parents and they were completely accommodating and made them feel comfortable and important. Caesar salad made at tableside and incredible Ossa Buca, Veal parm chop and Halibut. Seriously, as good as it gets. Joe even recommended a less expensive chianti which we really enjoyed. Cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I don't think you could order anything that was bad!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Owner was out checking on all the tables and talking with them and was very friendly. Afford to adjust things that were on menu and the food was excellent and all fresh. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "By far, the best place in town. Consistently outstanding. Every time I go, food quality is 5 stars. The veal valdostana is luxurious."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "In my opinion it's the best Italian Restaurant in Atlantic City and as good or better than any Italian restaurant in Philadelphia be it Center City or South Philly. Joe and Ginny are fabulous and the staff is excellent. The appetizers and the courses are creative as well as delicious. My wife had the Halibut and I had the Osso Bucco- the best I've ever had. We highly recommend it! "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This family owned and operated restaurant serves the best authentic Italian cuisine you will find anywhere. Home made desserts. Excellent service. Wine list is fairly priced and includes numerous well selected Italian varietals that pair well with the food as well as many California favorites. Even their house wines are very nice. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Amazing meal, outstanding service, never disappoints!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014