The popularity of Atlantic City, New Jersey, has ebbed and flowed through the decades. But regardless of whether the tides are bringing in a spike in new development or a round of casino closures, there’s never been a shortage of good eats on and off the boardwalk in this Jersey Shore destination. Looking for a little quieter time? Ventnor City is a short drive away.Read More
12 Excellent Spots in Atlantic City for Seafood, Hoagies, and Everything in Between
This Jersey Shore town is home to historic eateries, celebrity chefs, and great food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Michael Symon finds the sweet spot between red sauce comfort and regional Italian dishes at Angeline inside the Borgata. At the stylish restaurant, named for the chef’s mother, start with baked clams or arancini and then move on to the sharable Sunday supper (available anytime), which is straight out of South Philly with meatballs, cavatelli, sausage, and peppers.
Atlantic City’s reputation for excess doesn’t only apply to its nightlife. This stunt slice shop is home to the Instagram-famous Taco Taco Taco Pizza, as well as all sorts of other unorthodox pies like the Beer-Izza, made with 8-hour beer-marinated steak, and the King Louis, Tony’s version of French onion soup on pizza.
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Inside the Hard Rock Hotel, the Council Oak is the go-to option for an upscale dinner of, well, steaks and seafood. The seafood tower is as deluxe and over-the-top as the Atlantic City experience, but don’t miss out on the wood-fired options. A lobster perhaps? Or a veal porterhouse? You’ll feel glamorous no matter what hits the table. Reservations are necessary.
Pancho's Mexican Taqueria
This no-frills taco shop is a favorite stop for to pregame before a night of gaming. Handmade tortillas are filled with the usual suspects: carnitas and al pastor, or lengua (tongue) and chivo (goat), as well as a handful of other options. Order fresh juices and beers to wash it all down.
White House Sub Shop
While they might be called subs east of the Delaware River, this iconic Jersey Shore spot serves some of the biggest and most satisfying hoagies outside of Philadelphia. Thanks to a heavy hand with cold cuts and a signature hot pepper relish, the retro orange-and-white sandwich specialist is packed with locals and tourists from open until close.
Fast and easy service defines this small diner on Atlantic Avenue. There is occasionally a wait to get a table, but the line moves fast and when you’ve done a bit too much imbibing the night before, you’ll want to wait for Maria’s. Simple, old school breakfasts like French toast platters, pancakes, and steak and eggs will ease the pain while you nap on the beach.
Dock's Oyster House
For a city by the sea, it may seem like there’s a lack of fresh seafood options in AC. But since 1897, Dock’s has been shucking East Coast oysters and frying up seafood samplers, served with classic cocktail and tartar sauces.
Tony's Baltimore Grill
Opened in 1927, Tony’s Baltimore Grill is what you get when you combine old school charm with a new school twist. The updated interiors and menus make this a draw for locals and out-of-towners alike, and the pizza, pastas, fried shrimp, and meatball parms on the menu will all hit the spot when a craving for red sauce Italian hits. Happy hour is every day from 4 to 6 p.m. Get the martini.
Reservations at this Rat Pack favorite are a notoriously tough get. Once a table is secured, a timeless world of red sauce goodness is revealed. Linguine with clams and a plate-sized veal parm are accompanied by family-style chopped salads and garlicky sides of broccoli rabe.
Knife and Fork Inn
The iconic Tudor facade of this seafood and chop house has been welcoming visitors to Atlantic City since its opening in 1912. These days, the retro lineup, which includes the likes of lobster thermidor and steaks served Oscar-style with lump crab, bearnaise sauce, and asparagus, is complemented by a forward-thinking menu section devoted to sustainably sourced seafood. Reservations can be made here.
Custard's Last Stand
Inevitably when you’re down the shore, the craving for custard and water ice will hit, and thankfully Custard’s Last Stand is only down the way in Ventnor City. Flavors like chunky banana chip and orange cream are all delicious, and naturally, you can’t go wrong with a water ice.
Santucci's original square pizza
For when you’re feeling homesick for Philly, Santucci’s square pies are never far from reach. Down Ventnor Avenue, Santucci’s famous saucy, crispy pies are available to order online for pickup. Rainy day ruining your vacation? Get a bunch of Santucci’s pies and you’ll perk right up.