Cafe 2825
Cafe 2825

Cafe 2825

  • 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: 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
163 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (111)neighborhood gem (107)special occasion (102)romantic (72)notable wine list (48)hot spot (25)good for groups (24)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent Italian home cooked meals!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This place is a true traditional Italian restaurant with home cooked meals and very quaint. I will travel from New York to go and eat excellent Italian food. The owner takes pride in what is served and definitely will have the fresh mozzarella as well as breaded pork chops. This is the way restaurants in New York should be following this tradition. There was not an ounce of food left on the plates. Also traditional Italian cheesecake was excellent. Forget the big chains because this is the place for truly great food and I will travel just to go and eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything was excellent. Best non-casino restaurant in AC
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Cafe 2825
    Caterdog
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had a GREAT Experience. Wonderful Food, Great Service, Perfect Atmosphere. Would recommend Café 2825 very highly. Will go back anytime we are in Atlantic City. Can't say enough. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our second visit to Cafe 2825 and I think it was even better than the first. My husband does not like small dining spaces but he makes an exception here since the great food and friendly atmosphere make up for lack of personal space. As with our previous visit we were greeted right away and updated on a very short wait for our table to be ready. The specials for the evening made it difficult to choose since they all sounded fantastic. I decided that a traditional Italian dish was what I was interested in and the chicken Parmesan special was delicious. Although we were all very full we just had to try the ricotta cheesecake. It was not heavy at all and full of flavor. We certainly will be back for a third visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    my favorite for authentic Italian cuisine. The ambience is excellent and the ffod is remarkable. Every time my wife and I return to Atlantic City for shopping, we make it a point to make a reservation for cafe 2825.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite in AC
    My3sonsVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I stopped here by accident 28 years ago, and when I can get a reservation this is my first pick. The food, service, menu which is always decisions which do I want is always top notch. This time I took some of my meal home because I had to have the toasted almond gelato which was to die for. Still dreaming about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite
    Jackie6
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My favorite restaurant! Always consistent. The service is great. Hard to choose what to eat because everything is so tasty. It's not too loud. Reservations are always honored and the wait time is minimal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caesar Salad second to none
    rerecapri
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have eaten in many upscale restaurants but Cafe 2825 surpasses all with their Caesar Salad. Hats off to Joe the owner for a great presentation and table side preparation. Joe treats you like family and his wine recommendations are spot on. That is why we have become regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Joe is an excellent host and the food is amazing! The table side mozzarella is made fresh right in front if you. We highly recommend this establishment for anyone looking for great food and service in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fav Local Italian in AC
    JP67
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We live in Virginia and try to visit Cafe 2825 often. Tonight we were with friends from California and as usual a 5 star night! Our meals included table side Caesar, Chicken Parm, a Veal Chop and Pasta with a Mushroom Cream Sauce . Very expansive menu and all the preparations are so good it is difficult to decide what to order :)
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cmatos
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Once again came with my wife and son and the food was excellent! My teenage son loves the clams oreganatta and the pescatore dish. My wife loves the stuffed veal chop with mushrooms. I love their cavatelli with sausage and brocoli rabe, so simple but memorable. Their pistachio cheesecake was so yummy! Virginia, like always you rock! Thanks Joe, familia and cordial group of servers for making it once again a great evening. We will see you soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jmgoodfood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It was worth the hour drive and will be returning with other friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    JandJChick
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    After having it recommended as an excellent place to dine I've now returned to Cafe 2825 (w/my wife and friends) at least 5 times and I have never been disappointed. Joe is a fantastic restauranteur and chef and I will keep coming back (and recommending) for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The finest in the city!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    An exceptional dining expirence. From the quality ingredients making up the exceptional menu items to top shelf service this is the finest restaurant in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find.
    Phoneguy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is the best small Italian restaurant with the best food east of Philadelphia.Cant wait to get back North.Reservation a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better Every Time!
    trhsr
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I don't know how they do it...but Cafe 2825 gets better with every visit! The specials they had were P E R F E C T!!!! Everything was done to perfection...including the service! Can't wait to go back! Joe and ginny are the BEST!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bright spot
    Suzanne
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Cafe 2825 is tucked in Atlantic Ave. near the Trop but it could be sitting in Manhattan or on a main street. It's sophisticated and warm with outstanding food. The staff - including the owners - help make the dining experience enjoyable. The staff is attentive without being annoying or obtrusive. When your meal comes to your table, it's obvious that the kitchen staff is also well-trained. Our experience was memorable and we will definitely return and I give it a resounding recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coldbeer
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We have had dinner here many times over the years. We have never been disappointed and will continue to patronize Café 2825. The greatest difficulty is deciding what to eat from a menu that has so many great Italian food items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious! A true gem!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Such a great little restaurant. Had the Fruitti di mare and pork chop melanase, meatball salad and the scallop special. Everything was well made and absolutely delicious!!! My husband and I loved the owners too. Very involved in your experience. Very quaint. Beautiful interior. Owner gave us a meatball sandwich to go. Meatballs were great!!! A must stop if in AC!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best!
    Rbeaver
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is consistently, the best Italian restaurant in the area. Everything I have had there is great. if you have not been to Cafe 2825, you are missing out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ode to an artichoke.....
    QutypyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The best Italian ever!!!! Fabulous wine list, food is always superb, the waitstaff extremely professional. Joe, your my next husband!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were not disappointed
    bbebVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Everything met our high expectations after hearing so much about this restaurant. As a first-timer we were impressed with the food, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    one of the best dinners we have had amazing!!! The service the home like feel it was the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Find the time
    Engineer99
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The entire dining experience was A-1. Very intimate and quiet. Food was top notch. Italian Wedding Soup, Eggplant Appetizer, Veal Chop Parm , Scallops and Flounder dishes were excellent. Staff, including the owner, were very accommodating. Met all my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food here was incredible!!! We were supposed to have a 3rd person come to dinner with us but they got delayed. We had the rigatoni bolognese and ended up getting a 2nd order of it to go just because we wanted to make sure that the person who was supposed to meet us didn't miss out. It was the BEST ever!!!! The food was absolutely delicious and the servers and management delightful. My water glass was never empty- everyone was so attentive and helpful. We only wish that we weren't dining with our 16 month old so that we could have stayed longer and ordered more. If we are back in the area it will be THE place we go to! You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AC gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great food and a great staff! Love this place! We live right outside AC, so we have many places to choose from. Cafe 2825 is always on top of out list !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    KPbk
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The restaurant has excellent Italian food and good service but is very noisy so any conversation is not easy. Seems to be somewhat more amenable to regulars than new patrons although owner and most of staff were very friendly. Hostess was a little "gruff".
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The finest Italian resturant in south jersey! The finest veal in the city. Excellent pastas and seafood as well. Unbelievable desserts and wonderful service. A must visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not disapoint
    mookie4390
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been to Café 2825 numerous times . The food is always excellent as is the service. Get out of the overpriced casino restaurants and try this neighborhood gem. You won't be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday at Cafe 2825
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. It is especially delightful in the quieter fall months without the weekday crowds. The fried meatballs were fabulous, as was the seafood fettuccini Alfredo. The lightest, tastiest homemade fettuccini you'll ever eat. The service is both friendly and impeccable. My husband and I dine here as often as we can. It's our favorite in Atlantic City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PGAquietdiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Another excellent visit to Café 2825 was had by the four of us which included two new customers. The consistency of food quality and service make this our favorite spot for dinner when in AC.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Barber
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great as usual. Been going there awhile now. It is Consistently good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    SammyBoy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was terrific. I had the mussels and clams and pasta! It was outstanding. My wife had the veal parmigiana and it reminded me of Moms cooking. Really! The only drawback was we were kinda placed in a small table against the wall and it was very uncomfortable. We felt out of place and just shoved there. As good as the food was..... And it was, the tight space was a killer.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPERB!
    JerseyansVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Love Café 2825. They have the best Italian food in Atlantic City. Their stuffed artichokes are superb! We highly recommend this restaurant to all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great experience
    Krist1089
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant was a charm!! It is a very small setting. Wouldn't recommend it for parties more than 6. It was five star service from walking through the door. Kept up with water refills, made sure our tables were clean, etc. food was delicious and it was a very big menu. A lot to choose from. I can't wait to go back to try another dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is are favorite restaurant in AC and have never ever had a bad meal. Cafe 2825 is by far the best restaurant in AC!! Started with Gemmeli pasta to share. Entrees Scallops and Shrimp Fra Diavlo, Chilean Seabass, Veal Parmigiana and Pork bolognese all delish! Dessert homemade cheesecake fantastic. Do try Joe's homemade mozzarella - he does it table side! What a special treat - he's the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • upscale comfort
    luv2goout
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The pasta is homemade as is the marina. Everything is delicious. You definitely need a reservation as the place is small and you want to sit in the back where the buzz is happening. Joseph the owner greets all his guests and knows most of them . It is a local favorite. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just go here
    Katie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Place was priced great, food was fabulous, so glad we came on friends recommendation. Great list of wines, great food options, just go here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    JmreiffVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Difficult to secure a table but when you do-grab it and go.excellent Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A consistently varied menu excellent choices, well prepared and served
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.