Kelsey's
Kelsey's

Kelsey's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kelseysac.com/
  • Phone: 6093442200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday -Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Southern
  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Kelsey's reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (69)special occasion (60)hot spot (53)neighborhood gem (52)late-night find (45)great for brunch (37)fit for foodies (37)vibrant bar scene (36)romantic (35)great for lunch (20)kid-friendly (19)scenic view (5)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • The Owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When I visit Kelsey's, Kelsey has always been visable. He greets his guest and make sure everyone feesl special. I visted his restaurant on a Saturday and they were preparing for a show. Kelsey greeted his guest, check on the food, and I am sure many other duties. The thing that stood out the most to me was Kelsey was busting tables which should shows his staff that all jobs are important and if they all work together Kelsey's will remain the number one Soul Food Restaurant in the Tri-State Area. Kudos to you and Kim! Everything was seasoned to perfection and tasted very scrumptious. Our waitress was very professional and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special celebration. NO!
    WineNo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Shocked that they denied to open a special celebratory bottle of wine we brought even thought we offered to pay a corkage fee. We ended up donating the bottle to the chef. Hope he enjoyed it. Other than that the food was good, the wait service better. We were a party of 20 so you would think they would be more accommodating. I know of 20 future guests that wont be back even thought the food was decent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best comfort food with live music
    ChuckM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful comfort food with live music. We felt that the food was if we were in someone's home. Fried chicken and fried shrimp were the entries with broccoli , fries, yams. Apps was ribs. All tasty and more than enough so we were able to bring some home for next day lunch. Four piece combo from philly complemented the evening. We would highly recommend .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THE MUSIC WAS TOO LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I REALLY ENJOYED MY TIME THERE...THE ONLY COMPLAINT THAT I WOULD HAVE IS THAT THE MUSIC WAS TOO LOUD ESPECIALLY SINCE IT WAS NOT CROWDED
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annoyed it was only my first time!
    eaterVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been going to atlantic city so often in the past year and stay within three blocks but never knew about Kelsey's. Kicking myself because it was amazing! Hopefully I will get there more still because I have been thinking about the sweet tea and shrimp and grits since I left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    UniqueLadyG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was my first time there an I will be back. I would love to know when when the group Magic will be returning. Food was excellent, entertainment was excellent and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kelsey's gave us the best night .
    Awesome
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was a night of memories for my family of 12. We had great seats, the friendliest waitress in the world and excellent food. The music sets where great it was all our favorite songs. Oh yea! We laughed, talked, made fun of ourselves, danced, popped our fingers to the music, danced in our seats. Thank you so much Kelsey's for a complete night of awesomeness. Oh my family was very impressed that Kelsey came to the table and introduce himself and spoke with them, very impressive. My family is planning will be back in October and Kelsey's will be one of the stops on the list of activities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a social gathering
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I really enjoyed my first visit there and I plan on returning. The entertainment was very nice and everyone in my group enjoyed it. It really was nice not to pay for parking. I am a Christian and this was a very good place that I felt was good even for a Christian to come and chill without feeling uncomfortable and to compromise core values. Thank You Kelsey's this was truly an upscale restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try for yourself
    ILikesGoodFood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The ambiance was very nice. Seems like it would be a good place to go Friday nights for the live music. The live music was good, when they finally stopped doing mic checks (The multiple mic checks were annoying). The food was okay. The side dishes were very good (yams, salad, Mac and cheese, string beans). But, the entrées weren't great. We ordered blackened salmon and Shrimp E’touffee. The salmon was dry and lacked flavor and the Shrimp E’touffee wasn't, for me, anything to write home about. One of the sausages in the dish tasted raw so i didnt finish the dish. The cornbread can be skipped. The service was decent. Nothing bad to say there. While I wouldn't return, I recommend you try it for yourself.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    homecookingdiva1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the place to go if you are lookin for soul food..the service was great and the food was fantastic.. cant wait to go gack
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just great
    mrstt6
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    this is the only place i love to dine at while in ac. kim and kelsey need to open up a spot in philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    JoyluvsSfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had Brunch recently with some friends, and the buffet was outstanding!everything was fresh and service was pleasurable and informative. Well worth the $$
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress was new or tired... maybe
    alwaystryin
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First walked in around 10:30pm, there was LOUD rap music playing. Eventually it did change to r&b. Our waitress spilled a little of my friend's drink on our table, which she never wiped up. My friend requested French dressing for her salad, received Ranch...waitress never replaced it. I received a plain baked potato (a bit underbaked) because she gave my butter and sour cream to the guests at the next table. Luckily, the food eased the mistakes a little. I had Crab cakes with potato & collards...delicious!! I might rethink going on a late Friday night next time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Dimples
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything seems to be delicious. I got the seafood combination with collard greens and yams...amazing. My two girlfriends got smothered turkey chops and crab cakes. Everyone was pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shabazzss
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and service was great! The only complaint would be that the buffett ran out of plates twice while I was in line. This caused the line to be backed up. When you have a buffett plates should be the last thing you run out of. The young man who was working the food area was doing an awesome job but he couldn't do it all by himself....stock food and plates. There should have been at least 2-3 people working the food area. But overall is was a great expereince.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Tasty
    Earlybird42
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food and live music combine to make a memorable and fun dining experience. Laid back atmosphere with all the charm of southern dining reminded us of a trip to New Orleans. This is a hidden gem in Atlantic City.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    SheShe
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Best brunch I ever had. I would definitely go back when I visit AC again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Brunch in South Jersey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place was awesome. I had family and friends tell me about Kelsey's and me and my husband finally made the 50 minute trip to try it. We were pleasantly amazed by the nice atmosphere, the delicious food, and the wonderful host, who greeted it us so graciously. We don't care of the distance, we will definitely dine here again, and this will be our only brunch place from here on out! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but service was lacking
    RDNfoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food here was absolutely great. We came for the buffet brunch on Saturday and everything was steaming hot, fresh, and delicious. I loved the fried fish, omelet & pancake station, as well just about everything on the buffet. Everything was so tasty. Our main issue with this restaurant was the service. We had reservations for 10 am, which was the time of opening. When we arrived at 9:55 the doors were still locked. At 10:05, they were still locked even though we were standing at the door waiting. I had to end up calling the restaurant to get someone to open the door. I felt this was unacceptable since we had made a reservation so they should have expected us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was awesome
    poochie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    we went on a Friday night, the crowd was steady and the food was awesome, happy hour is 4-7 all appetizers half off, the owner came out and mingled with the guests.this is a must for soul food eating and it is about a block or two from the boardwalk. I also enjoyed the entertainment mellow music with a live band
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our special day
    2Jerseystrong
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I were in town for our anniversary.This restaurant was a great dinner choice. The atmosphere was very inviting and the food was great. The entertainment was nice,as we sang along to some familiar tunes. The drinks were reasonably priced and good.(Jersey Strong) was my favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks need HELP!!!
    Foodlover52
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great names for the drinks, too bad they didn't taste great too!! So disappointed!! Cornbread was excellent. Fried chicken, mac & cheese, potato salad were good. Collards needed help and the yams were too sweet. My visit overall was ok but, I don't think I will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soul Food Finding
    Chocolate13
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Place was clean, staff looked professional, good was good only complaint is the web menu does not match the menu at Resturant. Most of the desserts on web they didn't have in restaurant. They have to up date their web site. And server forgot to ask us if we wanted drinks, she brought water but I had to call her to table to order bar drinks. Over all I would go back. Oh and some tables got bread but we didn't.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Griffon
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We can from Philly had the best food and time love it will be back soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    pshizz
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had the apple martini, blackened salmon, Mac and cheese, collard greens and corn bread. Everything was delicious! Only complaint was the air conditioning was broken so it was a very hot room. Otherwise, food, live music and staff were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music Food and Ambience
    Magnum
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The music from "magic" was really tremendous fun! They were GREAT! Shrimp and Grits was first rate! Service initially slow was very good. Very friendly, warm spot and the live music again was special!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    LIW51
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My visit was phenomenal and the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    mtairygirl2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    After a little confusion about our reservation, we were seated and then greeted by our server. She answered questions about the wine list (very limited). Home style/ soul food cooking isn't usually my first choice when dining out, but I was surprised by the overal dining experience. The food was fresh, not over-salted and was served piping hot. The staff was professional and were very patient with my elderly dining partner. Would dine at Kelsey's again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kelsey's - all that's good in AC
    AnnapolisBob
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Dinner here was great. The service was very attentive and friendly. The food was amazing. I had the catfish, which had the most incredible breading on it, and not the slightest bit greasy! We all left happy and eager to return again. If you are looking for a relaxing dinner and wonderful service - this is your place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    They did have sweet potatoe pic I was looking forward to that! Overall it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Southern Food
    njBeachYOGA
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A great place to go with some fries if you want to have very flavorful southern food in south jersey. The place has a cool vibe and is very friendly. Order the corn bread! It's worth the trip just for that and the bang bang shrimp. Our meals were generous portions and not a drop of grease on the friend catfish or friend chicken. Our server wasn't knowledgable about the drink menu and my specialty drink wasnt as described on the drink menu- but that's the only part of the night that was off. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BonnieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is not my first time at Kelsey's I keep returning because the atmosphere is great and the music awesome. Great neighborhood fine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great off-boardwalk experience
    Keith
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    If you don't mind walking off the Atlantic City boardwalk area, this is a great little restaurant. Food was amazing, and the portions were huge. Keep this in mind if you're staying at a hotel, as we were. Hard to take leftovers with you! Service was great as well, our waitress couldn't have been nicer. Only "complaint" was that our table was rather small, even for the two of us. You'll be getting a lot of food - request a bigger table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, reasonably priced
    FoodThoughtsfromVTB
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Three of us went to dinner at Kelsey's on the recommendation of a friend. Service was prompt and friendly, GM visited our table to ask about our dinner and thank us for coming. Most importantly, the food was wonderful. We each had a different entree--all were tasty with enough to take home. All for less than $100 with a drink for two of us. Don't miss it when you're next in AC!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Mickey
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was very good. Hot and well prepared. Service was good once it arrived. Had to wait at least (10) minutes for server to come. Had to remind manager we were there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and efficient service
    PDad62
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything was delicious from the cornbread, salad, entrees of ribs, fried chicken, shrimp and salmon. Disappointed we couldn't stay for live jazz.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was outstanding, Live band was jamming. Definitely would recommend, and will go again !
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Walked in at 7:30, when the music started playing, could not hear the person sitting across from me so if you don't like loud music, it might not be your kind of place. Also, no Alligator Bites (should take it off the menu since its been at least 6 months we were told). However - Food was excellent! Service was good, atmosphere was well done and the band was terrific. It's a little pricey but for the food you get and the quality of the food - it's well priced. We had an appetizer (corn bread), 2 entree's (I had the ribs she had the shrimp and grits) both came with salad and mine had 2 sides - Candied Yams (which were delicious) and Macaroni & Cheese (she ate it before I could get to it)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NC Ladies love Kelsey's
    swingphiswing
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and employees of Kelsey's. We enjoyed so much we ate there twice in one day. Keep up the great work and when in the area again will definitely be stopping by.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    dionne424
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I'm so happy I found this place. I took my husband and some of our friends to celebrate his birthday. They were so great to us, and the food was delicious. We were all impressed, and decided to make this a regular stop when we visit AC, which is often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.