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Kelsey's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.KelseysAC.com
  • Phone: (609) 344-2200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday -Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Kelsey Jackson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Offering a wide variety of Southern favorites catering available at our place or yours. Specializing in outdoor barbecue catering, office gathering, boxed lunches, celebrations of 30 to 500.
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz, Neo Soul and R&B presented weekly.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Check our calendar for featured artist. Live music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kentucky Avenue
  • Public Transit: Jitney stops at front door.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot on Pacific Avenue diagonal from front door of restaurant.
A word from Kelsey's
Atlantic City's premiere supper club. Come experience the rebirth of KY and the curb. Kelsey's is an extension of Kelsey & Kim's Restaurants established in 1996 offering the areas best soul food and southern cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Came to AC for the 4th with family. We read about this place and the hype is real! The food was fantastic! Didn't leave one crumb behind and I was happily stuffed. Cornbread, collard greens with bits of pork, crab cakes full of crab meat and little filing, fried chicken perfectly seasoned and cooked, mac and cheese - all great choices! Yummy! Only wish there were more jumbo shrimp in the grits. But the all dishes had large portion size and great for the price. Definitely go hungry. Chef Kelsey even came out at the end of the night and asked us how we enjoyed our meal! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best fried chicken, the service was good, staff very friendly, prices very good, would definitely go back the next time we visit Atlantic City."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Based on the Trip Advisor reviews, we were very excited for dinner here. We were wrong. We had to wait 30 minutes until they brought us our water. Then another 15 minutes until they brought us our bar drinks. It was 50 minutes from the time we walked in until the time we had the first piece of food. The waitress, who we didn't see until 15 minutes after we sat down, said that they had a couple servers call out that night. Note, the waitress was very nice and did a great job otherwise The good - the food was awesome! It was really some of the better food i've had in AC to be honest. Wide variety of soul food in a modern-southern style atmosphere. Unfortunately the service made it one of the worst dining experiences of my life."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "They need training on the service side of the house but food was good."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "the food, service and ambience was nice, but the price for the food was about 5-7 per dish to much. the sides were very small for the price also, the apps were just about correctly priced. overall everything was nice just cost more than you would think."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had the slow smoked ribs, they were fantastic. Went there with the family and everyone enjoyed their meal. There was a live blues band."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Kelsey's was a great experience. The food was great (southern cooking) and music was excellent. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "after 30 mins we walked out.only 14 people at tables and the only service we got was a menue when we walked in. after 20 mins we asked one waitress why we didnt have at least a glass of water she said she would check and mentioned a shift change in waitress.At 6:30 we left ,walking past the person who sat us,she said nothing to us as we walked out .We went back to the GOLDEN NUGGETT and V.I.P. SERVICES was able to get us a seat at THE CHART HOUSE.where the food and service was excellent. what a way to spend our first honeymoon dinner.."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was great, the waitress service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent service & food was delicious. If you want to get away from the broad walk this is the place to go. Prices are reasonable too."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I absolutely loved, loved, loved the fried catfish- it was delicious. What honestly sold me even more was the live music set taking place while eating. I felt like a "super cool cat" (jazzy smooth voice). The ambiance was great for the music and food, and it's definitely a great spot to start off your night if your looking to hit a lounge or club afterwards. I chose this spot for my friend's bachelorette celebration and she had a blast and really loved the food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Kelsey's was great! We were looking for somewhere to eat late at night in Atlantic City and it hit the spot."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wonderful greeting with good jazz band playing. Service was great and helpful in explaining great items on menu. Excellent beef short ribs,cornbread and sides."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner Kim. Very friendly and pleasant. Great service from the time we walked in right until we walked out. Great live music, the band and singer were all awesome."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Father's DAy was my second time there. The food is great and the atmosphere was awesome. The band was good also."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've gone to Kelsey's for family occasion's, i.e., Mother's Day brunch, Father's Day brunch, New Year's Eve dinner and show. The food is delicious and they give very generous amounts of food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Meat was seasoned well but the sides were really dry, seemed old. The soda was flat and watered down and the tables were lopsided and shakey. Prices were a little high for the meal."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a good experience at Kelseys. It was a lil loud sitting right next to the band that was playing. We had to talk in between songs. I think the side portions are too small although good. Our server was very nice. We will visit again when n area. Maybe for happy hour."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Fried shrimp, crab cakes, steak, cabbage, hot tolls... all amazingly delicious"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I absolutely loved this place! The energy was amazing. The entertainment was an added addition to the awesome food! Service was great. I wanted to surprise my girlfriend for her birthday and they were BEYOND accommodating. I am not from the NJ area, but if I were, this would be a place I would visit often!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I really enjoyed everything on the brunch menu. My favorites were the grits w/ the shrimp sauce, Jambalaya, cabbage & waffles. The staff were very friendly, good service and always made sure the food pans were plentiful! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food was great, prices were reasonable, and the atmosphere was great. Because we dined there Sunday night and this location is closed on Mondays, the staff referred us to their other location on Melrose where we want for brunch the next day where it was also good."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was my first visit at Kelsey's. I went to see my boyfriend's band and enjoyed myself immensely. I brought a couple friends down with me and they also had a great time! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Brunch with a nice assortment from breakfast omelets to Fried Chicken. Will go again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was great! Reasonable prices. We went with a group. The entire staff was awesome. The host was friendly and sat us immediately. Our waiter was also very friendly, kept our water glasses full, was helpful with selecting menu items and kept checking to see if we needed anything. The manager even came to our table to ask how our dining experience was. Would recommend this place to everyone! We went on a Wednesday they have live Jazz on the weekends. The ambience was really nice as well."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We went to the sunday brunch.It got so busy, we had to flag down our waiter several times. The food was great, the made to order omelettes and pancakes were fabulous. With the heavy crowd, the food in the pans were gone in no time and we had to wait for the cooks to bring more food out. But aside from that, a great place for southern food lovers. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Made reservation for my Anniversary, glad I did, it began to fill up fast. The food was good, and appreciated that Ms. Kelsey treated her patrons awesome. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I made reservations weeks ago for a party of 13 when we arrived we were not accommodated for our party. The manager came out she said let me see what I can do at that point we waited 10 minutes the hostess came out said come let me seat you ladies, we followed and of course they were splitting my party. We declined because we wanted to sit together to celebrate a birthday, we were very upset to wait then found out we weren't not going to be seated together. The manager never came back to giveany type pf explanation nor did she apoligized. So we decided to go to Sakura Restuarant in Mayslanding, NJ, the service was great and we were seated together....the food was great....."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I loved the food. The cornbread was delicious! And my stuffed shrimp were also tasteful! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food was AMAZING!!I also love the live jazz music and the ambience!! Did I mention how great the food was!! I would recommend to anyone that enjoys delicious soul food!!! I cant wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "It was our 1st visit..and Kelsey's did not disappoint! The food was great....everything including the bread, was nice & hot and very tasty. It was the highlight of our 3-day getaway & business meeting. We found ourselves licking our lips and tapping our feet, bobbing our heads & snapping our fingers to the great music of Cedric Napoleon & his talented band! The server was excellent too....made us feel right at home. My husband had a tender Angus T-bone steak which melted in "OUR" mouths and my fish dinner was flavorful too!. (generous portions) Lots of smiles amongst a very sizable & diverse crowd. They're hereby declared a favorite AC stop for us! We smiled all the way back to Virginia!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was great, live music was very nice. The service was friendly, but very slow and our waiter disappeared for very very long stretches."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We did not know what our experience would be like, but it turned out to be a very good experience and we totally enjoyed being there. This was our first visit and it will not be our last. I will bring others with me when my wife and I return. The food was beyond the mark of great. It reminded me of home. A southern gem of the north. Keep up the great work. See you soon."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The restaurant itself was very nice. We went for brunch Mother's Day weekend, and the food was Very good. It was nice and hot. I enjoyed everything especially those biscuits. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The best Soul Food in Atlantic City! Delicious food, great service. I will be back!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We arrived at reservation time (5:30) only to wait 16 min (5:46) b4 being seated as the hostess had to find someone & assist with cleaning off our table :/ waitress comes n says she will be right with us after she gets the next tables salads out (party of 10) we place our order @ 6pm. We were sure to place appetizer drinks entree and dessert all @ once as we predicted the outcome. 6:50pm we get our appetizer & entree around 7pm. We arrive at the concert (late) to discover that kelseys was a sponsor of the concert. Why wouldnt they have been more prepared for the crowd? Waitress was nice but overwhelmed. Food was average. Every soul food restaurant should have unforgetable fried chicken. Not the case here. Not in a rush 2 refer or return"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was very good and the waiters were great. I forget his name but worked very hard to keep us happy although the food took forever to come out. We had concert tickets and couldn't enjoy the food because it took an hour and a half to come out. We literally got our food and take out containers at the same time."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We heard a lot of good reviews from family and friends who have visited the restaurant on Pacific Ave. My husband and I were in AC celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary. I have been wanting to try Kelsey's since hearing about it, so we visited Kelsey and Kim's on Melrose. We were very impressed as soon as we walked in the door. The greeter, the service and the food we felt as though we were spoiled children. The presentation of the food was very neat, the temperature of the food was perfect and the taste-MAGNIFICENT! All of this gave us more reason to come back soon and visit the Pacific Ave location. To our surprise we took friends for birthday. Nothing less than what we expected again, hospitality, food and the music-Perfect!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had a 8 pm reservation and arrived promptly. There was a band playing right in front of us so we asked for a table in a quiet area. The hostess sat us at a high top table in the bar. We really did not want to dine in the bar and when the server came over we expressed that we preferred to dine at a regular table. He recommended a table in the side dining room, and said he would let the hostess know. Five minutes passed and the bartender came over to check on us and we explained we were waiting to be reseated. Five more minutes passed and we decided to leave. As we passed the hostess she was busy texting on her phone and didn't even look at us. Obviously we were not the customer they were looking for. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014