Food & Drink

From Chef Vola's to Dock's, these are Atlantic City's 13 essential restaurants

Published On 05/22/2014 Published On 05/22/2014
Capriccio’s
Capriccio’s
Dock’s Oyster House
Chef Vola’s
Azure by Allegretti
Capriccio
Buddakan
The Iron Room
Nero’s Chophouse and Sushi Bar
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
Arturo’s
La Finca Dominican Restaurant
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1. Dock's Oyster House 2405 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

This quintessential AC seafoodery -- in the biz since 1897 -- doesn't just stop at oysters: head over for eats like fried calamari, shrimp ceviche, and all sorts of chowders.

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2. Chef Vola's 111 S Albion Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

This 85-year-old, family-owned Italian restaurant is super exclusive (complete with a secret side door), so you won't get in without a reservation made at least a month in advance. When you go, be sure to BYOB and prepare for an intimate dinner without any set menus.

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3. Azure 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

You'll find fresh seafood with French flair at this ultra-classy boardwalk hot spot. Snag a full tasting menu and wine pairing for around $150 per person, or lower that price tag and go a la carte.

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4. Capriccio 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

This Italian eatery inside Resorts boasts luxury... buffets? Yep, with unlimited breakfast cocktails, and an interior modeled after Venetian architecture.

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5. Buddakan 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

This upscale restaurant features trendy dim sum and sake that won't drain away all your gambling money before the slots can.

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6. The Iron Room 648 N Albany Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Located in the back of the Atlantic City Bottle Company, the Iron Room is a speakeasy and tasting room serving up small plates and growlers.

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7. Nero's Chophouse and Sushi Bar 2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Old-school and classy, this surf & turf establishment wants to ply you with top-notch cuts of Sirloin and generous portions of heaping, New England lobster.

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8. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse Huron Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

This steakhouse nestled inside the Golden Nugget serves up savory slabs of meat, plus eats from the ocean (shrimp, lobster). Don't you dare skip the sides, even the veggies (Brussels sprouts, portabella shrooms) because they're perfectly seasoned to complement the dishes.

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9. Arturo's 1900 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Chef Maurizio Demarco brings handmade Italian eats to Bally's with dishes like lobster fradiablo, filet mignon, seafood stew, broiled veal chop, Ravioli di Arogosta (lobster & shrimp ravioli) and gnocchi to this ocean-adjacent spot.

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10. La Finca 2307 Artic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

This Dominican eatery offers surprisingly familiar bites, such as salmon, shrimp creole, steak, and lemon chicken. Though you sadly won't find any booze at this joint, don't miss out on their side offerings like delicious platefuls of beans/rice.

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11. Barbera Seafood and Produce 2243 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

This fresh fish market is your go-to for bites like crab cake sandwiches, clams on the half shell, fish tacos, etc, which you can eat outside in their garden patio.

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12. Carmine's 2801 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Come for jumbo-sized margs and meals that're intended for sharing, if you're into that sort of thing.

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13. American Cut 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Home to Iron Chef Marc Forgione's signature Tomahawk Rib Eye Chop, a 48oz steak that's been dry-aged for 28 days, and then awoken from its coma to find itself even more delicious.

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