Cafe 2825
Cafe 2825

Cafe 2825

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafe2825.com/
  • Phone: 6093446913x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Italian
  • 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
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 2825 a favorite of locals and casino guests.
He travels to his hometown of Brooklyn each week for the necessary ingredients to keep 2825 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 2825. The difficulty in obtaining reservations reflects all the passion in the restaurant.
We are sure you will enjoy dining at 2825.

Please do not let positive online reviews mislead you, we are just a simple famliy cooking dinners.

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Cafe 2825 reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (104)fit for foodies (101)special occasion (100)romantic (57)notable wine list (41)hot spot (20)good for groups (20)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • David Gordon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had 25th anniversary dinner at Café 2825. Food was great as was the service. Small restaurant which was crowded and loud but that was part of the fun. Very good wine list. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in AC
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    So many great things to eat we decided to do family style to get a taste of everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    FinedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food at Café 2825 is consistently the best! Joe takes pride in the food he serves. It's original and delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    MGM1
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a great time at this spot. Wonderful food and excellent service.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    rachel61182
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I have been to Café 2825 a few times and it is always an excellent meal with excellent service. They really make you feel special and like one of the family. Everyone's dishes were amazing, as usual - from the veal to the rigatoni Bolognese, to the salmon. All wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MantolokingVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The best Italian restaurant in Atlantic City. The problem is the food is so excellent it is hard to make choices, but you can't go wrong when you do. The staff is warm and friendly, but very skilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice AC restaurant
    ohboynyc
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Very good food. Filet mignon, veal chop and flounder dinners cooked perfectly. Vegetable sides were pricy considering what you were paying for entree. Last time had the artichoke appetizer and Caesar salad which were very good. Cheesecake was light and warm. We went early to avoid noise but we're seated next to very loud talkers. Four entrees,1 bottle of wine, two vegetables three coffees two desserts were $245. FYI
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a tasty treat
    shoremaven
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always an excellent meal. Veal chop was done to perfection and my husband's veal parm mouth watering
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brilliant
    FinedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything served at our table was to perfection. From the Caesar Salad made table side, to the stuffed artichoke, or the stuffed Veal Chop, not to mention the Chilean Sea Bass - each thing was different than I've seen anywhere, delicious, and brilliant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A delightful and delicious dining experience...excellent service, attention to detail, and food that was memorable. The wine list is exceptional. We mentioned this to the owner who then took the time to explain and recommend a very appropriate wine for our dinner choices. We look forward to our next visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice meal
    MartySVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It has been a while since my last visit. Food was great caesar salad was a little small for the amount charged but tasted great. Our dinner took a long time to come out the table who sat after us got their main courses before us. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frequent diner ac restaurants
    2FineDiners
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    took forever to get reservation. very disappointed after all the hype. ultra small dining table very tight dining conditions. slow inattentive service, weak wine list. not angry--just surprised.
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  • Great Italian food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    In spite of arriving early and the only ones in the restaurant for a while, the owner greeted us, had a nice conversation with us. The staff was wonderful. Food was excellent! Finally an Italian restaurant that offers authentic Italian Rigotta Cheesecake!!
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  • Superb!
    luvchocolateVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One of the best restaurants in AC/Ventnor/Margate. The service is excellent and courteous. The food is outstanding Italian dishes and sauces/gravy.The Caesar salad is the real deal-the way it should be made. The restaurant is a small, warm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2825
    BentleyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Always a great meal and great service. Can not wait to return for another enjoyable night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect choice once again
    ste133
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I'm catching up on reviews and recall fondly that we went to Café 2825 last week. My Mom & I went there to celebrate a decision she made about her healthcare. It was a tough day & Café 2825 was just what we needed. Mom finally tried something else besides the rigatoni and truly enjoyed her meal. I went with fish once again and had an incredibly tasty mahi. We topped it off with a little cappelini on the center of the table and that pasta just added to the fun night that Mom & I had at this wonderful restaurant. Thank you once again to Joe and his staff for making this little celebration just a little bit better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best
    PablocitoyFamilia
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    In our family, we actually call this place "the best restaurant in New Jersey." It's our favorite place for anything worth celebrating--always delicious food, no matter what we get, and a wonderful atmosphere that reminds us of everything great Atlantic City used to be. The casino clientele may change, and the A.C. beach has certainly changed, but this place stays perfect, year after year. Now my son is growing up loving it here as much as I always did. Mom and my son got the "Sunday Gravy" (delicious!), and I ordered the amazing lemon-garlic chicken. We also had four different perfect appetizers (two kinds of clams, both excellent), and great gelato for dessert. We'll be back next birthday. Curious to see the artichoke tutorial...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    cpts2668
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    If outstanding food with portions to match are your thing this is, by far, not the best Italian restaurant in AC
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe 2825 is an AC Gem
    Foodie55
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had an incredible dining experience at Cafe 2825. The food preparation is perfectly done. Every dish is lovingly prepared as if by my Italian grandmother. The ambiance is very nice. The service is great and the ever-present owner, Joe, is there making sure that everyone is happy. Best restaurant in Atlantic City!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elvis
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent food service was also right on and owner very accommodating on wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food
    Mickbern
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food is absolutely fabulous. House made mozzarella, pasta, chicken dishes. Everything was really good. Save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in A.C
    DeeTeeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    With all the chain restaurnats, some very good, Cafe stands out with Vola and Gerisole as the top three Italian places in the city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just like home
    JustLikehome
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My first thought as my wife and I entered the restaurant was Wow the aroma it smelled just like home on Sunday afternoon. We were early so we sat at the bar. My wife likes a specific drink called a chocolata and Ginny was super friendly and did an awesome job making it no problem. She chatted with us and gave us some tips on some local places to stay. We were seated and our drinks taken right to our table. Our waiter came over right away took our app order. My wife had stilled artichoke and U had Baked Clams. I'm not a big fan of artichokes but this was amazing. Our dinners were equally as amazing. This place was recommended by a Co Worker he nailed it place was awesome. Thanks Joe n Ginny for a place that feels like home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Numero Uno in AC!
    CruiseWhere
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great restaurant, great food, great service, great experience!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As good as the food is, I have to say they have the best cheesecake I ever had. A wonderful restaurant in AC. I look forward to our next visit, and maybe this time I'll bring at least 2 pieces of cheesecake home, not one.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • favorite
    FinedinerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Of all the fine dining restaurants, Café 2825 is my favorite restaurant of all time. Each dish is so good, it's hard to decide what to order. If it was easier to get a reservation, I'd eat there one night a week!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service & great food
    guido
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Remarkable service. All of the staff was very attentive; all really know their jobs (e.g. waited until all were finished before starting the clearing) and all worked seamlessly together (pouring water, delivering bread, dishes, check, and billing). Our Sicilian spaghettini and rigatoni bolognaise were well prepared with ample portions. The house wine was very good (we chose chianti). When we return to AC, we will certainly return to Cafe 2825.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovetoeatout
    Luvtoeatout
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Second time at this restaurant. Both occasions we had an excellent meal everyone enjoyed what they had. Two had the fish special halibut I had lobster dish on both occasions. If something that u want is not on the menu ask joe the owner who is out in the dining area all night. Great guy and his wife is the bartender - excellent drinks as well. Plan to go back after the crowds are gone with two of our neighbors ( never been there). Parking around the corner which is great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    KnCJ11
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We came into town for a show and found this place online. Everything was spot-on, from the generous cocktails to the perfectly created meals to the service. Best Sunday gravy on the planet. Our only disappointment is in the fact that we don't live close enough to enjoy this gem more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Italia !
    ANGEB7
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A wide variety of Italian dishes await this best kept secret in Atlantic City. If by chance you would like something that's not on the menu; just ask Joe, owner and chef, to prepare it for you. Apps and entrees are generous portions. But make sure you leave room for dessert. Joe's orange flavored ricotta cheese cake and his New York style pistachio cheese cake are absolutely THE BEST---texture like butter ! Reservations are a must and this family run restaurant can be pricey but well worth it. Joe and Ginny will make sure you will leave this quaint establishment with a smile on your face and feeling satisfied. Lastly, don't forget their cappuccino--Mmmm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    NooyorkerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    2825 is the best restaurant in AC and all the surrounding areas including Ventnor, Margate and Long Port. The food is superb, the service impeccable, and 2825 is a gem of a Restaurant. I would say that 2825 is #1 in the area and in my opinion one of the top five on the East Coast. Joseph the owner makes sure all your needs are met and the food is prepared to the highest of standards. This is not our first time there and it certainly won't be the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    There is no better Italian restaurant South Jersey. The owners and staff pay attention to every detail and deliver an extraordinary experience to their patrons. The food, wine, service and ambiance was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pgapro1
    PGAquietdiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Once again Café 2825 excelled in providing a wonderful dining experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Cafe2825
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was transported back to my Grandmothers kitchen and really loved it.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quel accueil!
    holinoneVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Le propriétaire du restaurant est vraiment charmant. Nous avons très bien mangé. C'était excellent! Nous avons été très très bien reçus. Pourtant nous nous étions avec nos 4 enfants... pour un dîner. Le propriétaire nous a offert une salade de tomate en entrée (excellente!!), et des fruits en dessert. Et nous n'avions rien demandé! Les repas commandés très bons, le vin aussi! un accueil vraiment incroyable! Un grand bravo!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe 2825 Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary at Café 2825 on Thursday, August 7. The heirloom tomato appetizer and risotto-stuffed striped bass were outstanding. Paired it with the house chianti for a perfect combination. The chicken dish (daily addition) was also excellent. Really, it's impossible to go wrong at this restaurant. We have dined there several times and have been extremely satisfied. Oh, and don't miss the tiramassou for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great AC Dining
    KarlandLisa
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is the second time we have eaten there and the food was amazing both times!! Traditional pasta dishes along with meat and fish entrees that are prepared exquisitely. I highly recommend this restaurant to those that appreciate good food.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a real "find" in Atlantic City...
    goldy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    there really is NOT too much to choose from in Atlantic City - the town MIGHT NOT be doing well BUT "Cafe 2825" is a great place to dine....always a great Italian meal , good service and an enjoyable evening....food always fresh and delicious...one of the best in Atlantic City...that's for sure....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and authentic
    Dave12345
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was some of the best Italian food I have eaten in a long time.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing!
    ShawnG
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Although we had a reservation for 9, had to wait outside for an hour as the restaurant is very small. Initially thought the service was going to be a challenge, as the staff did not greet us warmly. However, once seated, they turned it around. The menu options were great and the ambiance & service improved once the restaurant cleared. The food made our wait worth every minute! I had a homemade egg noodle pasta with mushrooms. Incredible! There was not one dish we did not thoroughly enjoy. I highly recommend!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate