The Best Restaurants in Atlantic City, According to our Tastemakers

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The coastal gambling hub of Atlantic City, New Jersey attracts tourists from all over the world. Just a day-trip away from New York City and Philadelphia, AC always bustles with activity. Most of the action centers around the beach and the four-mile-long boardwalk, where all the famous casinos stand. At night, the nightlife heats up with entertainment, bars and, of course, great food. You can find American and international foods all over town, from chilled out beach shacks to high-end French fare and Cuban cuisine. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. If you’re looking for a great place to dine, check out our list of the best restaurants in Atlantic City.

Restaurants:Buddakan - Atlantic City - Permanently Closed, Morton's The Steakhouse - Atlantic City, Dock's Oyster House
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Asian, Steakhouse, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Atlantic City

Buddakan - Atlantic City - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Asian·
Atlantic City
5,326 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Buddakan, located right in the heart of Atlantic City, is famous for serving up modern Asian food in an elegant, inspired atmosphere. The space is phenomenal, with a surreal Asian Read more
97% recommended
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Morton's The Steakhouse - Atlantic City

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Atlantic City
3,748 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Morton’s is a nationwide favorite of steak lovers who enjoy an upscale, fine dining atmoshphere and classic, hearty steakhouse fare. Located in Caesars on Pacific Avenue, it’s a grRead more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Dock's Oyster House

$$$$·Seafood·
Atlantic City
8,279 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Dock’s Oyster House is one of the Dougherty family properties, and they helped it become a true Atlantic City institution. Located right in the heart of town on Atlantic Avenue, DoRead more
96% recommended
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Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Atlantic City
2,485 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
In the mood for an elegant, fine dining experience? Head to Vic and Anthony’s Steakhouse, located on Huron Avenue close to the State Marina. The restaurant offers both comfort and Read more
91% recommended
Romantic in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Capriccio at Resorts Atlantic City

$$$$·Italian·
Atlantic City
1,662 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Capriccio is one of the most well-renowned restaurants in Atlantic City and continues to dazzle diners decades after its opening in 1978. Located on Boardwalk, right in the center Read more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Gordon Ramsay Steak - Harrah's Atlantic City

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Atlantic City
1,960 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Gordon Ramsay is basically a household name these days. Multi-Michelin Star Chef and TV Personality, Ramsay has restaurants all over the country but this one stands out for it’s seRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Mexico Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Atlantic City
75 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
For a casual, laid-back meal that promises to be filling and delicious, head to Mexico Restaurant and Bar. Located on Ventnor Avenue, right in the heart of Atlantic City, it’s a poRead more
89% recommended
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Okatshe

$$$$·Japanese·
Atlantic City
265 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fun
Okathse is a variation of the Japanese word for sweets - which makes sense because this Izakaya sits behind a colorful Japanese candy store. The interior has the feel of a Tokyo niRead more
94% recommended
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Olón - Tropicana Atlantic City

$$$$·Seafood·
Atlantic City
1,134 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
Olon is a casual yet elegant restaurant that focuses on family recipes with a modern twist. Chef Garces constantly changes up the inventive menu to cater to visitors and locals aliRead more
91% recommended
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Knife & Fork Inn

$$$$·Steak·
Atlantic City
5,000 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
For a super classic Atlantic City experience, check out The Knife and Fork on Atlantic Avenue. It opened in 1912 as an exclusive men’s drinking and dining club with a ladies loungeRead more
95% recommended
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Smithville Inn

$$$$·American·
Galloway
2,886 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
The Smithville Inn is a wonderful combination of old-world charm meeting new-world service. Located in Galloway, just outside Atlantic City, locals say it’s worth the trips to try Read more
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Dockside Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
New Jersey
24 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Seasonal
Dockside Kitchen is the perfect restaurant to try on a special occasion or when you’re in the mood to splurge and celebrate. Located on Bay Avenue in Ocean City, the restaurant hugRead more
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Peter Shields Inn

$$$$·American·
Cape May
4,654 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This lovely Cape May restaurant is what many locals think of as the best restaurant in Atlantic City and the surrounding area. They serve up quality cuisine in the fashion of a la Read more
97% recommended
Best Food in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Cafe Loren

$$$$·American·
Avalon
946 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in Avalon, just outside of Atlantic City, the Cafe Loren is a fine dining establishment right on the seashore. This eatery is a favorite of many locals because of its casuaRead more
98% recommended
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Washington Inn

$$$$·American·
Cape May
5,647 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This Cape May plantation residence is a perfect location for the acclaimed Washington Inn and Wine Bar. The Craig Family took great pains to preserve the historical feel of the InnRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Rhythm & Spirits

$$$$·Italian·
Atlantic City
670 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
The Iron Room, located on Albany Avenue, is definitely one of the trendiest and best restaurants in Atlantic City. The offerings here focus on Contemporary American, Vegetarian andRead more
86% recommended
Great for Brunch in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Red Room Cafe

$$$$·Italian·
Ventnor City
807 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The Red Room Cafe is a neighborhood favorite in Ventnor City. Locals love it here and you’ll feel like a regular on your first visit because the staff is so friendly and welcomingRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Gaspares Italian Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Egg Harbor
318 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Cozy
This quaint little restaurant in Egg Harbor opened its doors in 1977. Brooklyn-born Gaspare Campisi decided he wanted to move his dining ambitions to New Jersey when he turned 18. Read more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Golden Dynasty - Tropicana Atlantic City

$$$$·Chinese (Canton)·
Atlantic City
267 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Golden Dynasty is a great choice for diners looking for top-notch Chinese food in Atlantic City. Step into the regal dining room and you’ll feel transported into the realm of the FRead more
89% recommended
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Sapore Wood Fire Pizza and Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Ventnor City
41 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
Sapore Wood Fire Pizza, located in Ventnor City, is a cozy, casual dining spot that serves up consistently delicious Italian food and specialty pizzas. They offer a variety of tradRead more
94% recommended
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