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The Best Restaurants in Atlantic City, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

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 the Tastemaker Lists. 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, Morton's The Steakhouse - Atlantic City, Dock's Oyster House
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Asian, Steakhouse, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Atlantic City
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Buddakan - Atlantic City

$$$$·Asian·
Atlantic City
5,154 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Best Food in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Morton's The Steakhouse - Atlantic City

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Atlantic City
3,285 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
Special Occasion in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Dock's Oyster House

$$$$·Seafood·
Atlantic City
7,985 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Best Overall in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Atlantic City
1,914 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Capriccio at Resorts Atlantic City

$$$$·Italian·
Atlantic City
1,503 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Gordon Ramsay Steak - Harrah's Atlantic City

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Atlantic City
1,166 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
88% recommended
Notable Wine List in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Mexico Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
Atlantic City
69 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
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
Kid Friendly in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Okatshe

$$$$·Japanese·
Atlantic City
208 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Olón - Tropicana Atlantic City

$$$$·Seafood·
Atlantic City
1,088 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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
87% recommended
Scenic View in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Knife & Fork Inn

$$$$·Steak·
Atlantic City
4,836 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended
Special Occasion in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Smithville Inn

$$$$·American·
Galloway
2,445 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
Best Value in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

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
Outdoor Dining in Exclusive
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Peter Shields Inn

$$$$·American·
Cape May
4,433 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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Cafe Loren

$$$$·American·
Avalon
942 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
99% recommended
Best Overall in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Washington Inn

$$$$·American·
Cape May
4,932 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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The Iron Room

$$$$·Breakfast·
Atlantic City
524 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
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
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Red Room Cafe

$$$$·Italian·
Ventnor City
677 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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
98% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Gaspares Italian Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Egg Harbor
279 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
90% recommended
Best Overall in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

Golden Dynasty - Tropicana Atlantic City

$$$$·Chinese (Canton)·
Atlantic City
240 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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
96% recommended
Best Service in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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Sapore Wood Fire Pizza and Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Ventnor City
38 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore
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