Winning big in Atlantic City starts at the dinner table.
The Palm, AC’s premier steakhouse, is also celebrated for seafood and traditional Italian dishes, like a classic chicken parmigiana.
Though the Atlantic City outpost of Buddakan boasts a sexier, more intimate atmosphere than the Philadelphia location, the golden Buddha by the beach looms large over a familiar menu of favorites. Enjoy a family-style dinner or drop by after a night at the tables and order the king salmon, served with miso mustard and a sesame spinach salad. The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, 609-674-0100
With views of the ocean and the Atlantic City skyline, it’s hard to pass up a meal at this seafood spot inside the Golden Nugget. The extensive happy hour menu lures guests in, but it is dishes like the macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi with a warm peanut sauce and mango relish that keep them coming back. Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Brigantine Blvd., 609-340-5030
Now in its 10th year in Atlantic City, Cuba Libre’s signature dish is as simple as it is delicious. The grilled fish a la plancha gives you a choice between salmon, tuna, or mahi-mahi seared in olive oil on a flat iron grill. Pair it with one of the more than 90 rum selections for a complete Latin American experience. 2801 Pacific Ave., 609-348-6700
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse
This new addition to Bally’s comes from Food Network favorite Guy Fieri. His Atlantic City concept offers a casual dining experience with an ocean view and a steakhouse-inspired menu. Try the rib eye chop with a coffee and ancho chili rub served with mole butter. Bally’s Hotel and Casino, 1900 Boardwalk, 609-340-2350
Chef Michael Schulson is well known in Philly for Sampan. In Atlantic City, Schulson keeps his game strong with Izakaya, a modern Japanese pub with similar items—like his signature edamame dumplings and pork buns—to those of his hometown outpost. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000
For the ultimate summer dish, dig into the seafood fra diavolo at this Diamond Beach grill. The blend of sautéed lobster, shrimp, scallops, cockles, and pasta in a spicy tomato sauce pairs perfectly with the signature Marie Nicole Martini. 9510 Pacific Ave., 609-522-5425
Get into party mode, with disco balls hanging from the ceiling and Motown music playing all night long, at chef/owner Steve Martorano’s ode to South Philly dining. Meatballs are the signature item, so start out with the famous meatball and salad antipasti. Continue the meal with rigatoni with Sunday gravy or lobster Française. Caesars Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., 609-441- 5000
This enduring Atlantic City steakhouse is formal enough for a special occasion but relaxed enough for a post-beach cocktail at the lively bar—which offers two menus at happy hour from 5-7pm, Sunday through Friday. Our favorites include the Nova Scotia lobster tempura and lamb chop lollipops with chimichurri sauce. 2801 Pacific Ave., 609-344-7256
A dimly lit dining room and a roomy bar and lounge area make this American steakhouse—and New York favorite—stand out from the rest in AC. Plush circular leather booths, seemingly bottomless martinis, and a stellar list of steakhouse cuts make for a perfect spot to take large groups. 1000 Boardwalk, 609-428-6505
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