Whether you’re looking for a fresh take on coastal cuisine, craving a juicy sirloin steak or missing the flavors of the Far East, take a break from the beach or step away from the blackjack tables to taste some of the Jersey Shore's most delicious and upscale eats. Who knows—you may just find your new favorite place to dine.
Chef Joseph Voller of Eno Terra and Le Virtu fame breathes new life into authentic and modern Italian cuisine at Il Nido—meaning you won’t find the typical chicken parm or truffle fries on this menu. Instead, guests can indulge in the likes of halibut alla piastra or a four story hills farms veal chop. 184 Route 9, N. Marlboro, NJ, 732.851.6347, ilnidonj.com
As one of the oldest steakhouses in the country, the Sherry brothers bring their trademark menu from New York to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Start the night with tempura battered shrimp paired with specialty cocktail, Captain’s Coconut Mojito, and then feast on a porterhouse steak for two with a side of garlic mash potatoes. End the evening with a delicious slice of the Old Homestead’s famous cheesecake. 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ, 609.317.1000, theborgata.com
Bring a group of friends to the Chef’s table at Pascal and Sabine, and share a seven-course tasting of their French brasserie-style menu. Savor the restaurant's selection of regiis ova caviar which comes with whipped crème fraîche, potato blinis and gaufrette chips. In the mood for a night cap? Venture into the lounge area and dare to try their “Death in the Afternoon” cocktail—a combination of absinthe, sugar and champagne. Tasting $155 per person; Caviar from $110 to $170, 601 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park, NJ, 732.774.3395, pascalandsabine.com
Located at the Tropicana, Chef Jose Garces’ menu features family recipes with a modern twist; new takes on classic seafood favorites; and inspiration from the beach towns in Ecuador. Dive into eats such as seared cangrejo empanada and a fresh panca chile buttered lobster as you bask in the beautiful oceanfront views on the 40-seater deck. 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 609.340.4050, olonrestaurant.com
Chef Michael Schulson pulls inspiration from the traditional pubs in Japan, known as izakayas, with this pan-Japanese style restaurants. High rollers can taste a blend of savory sweet flavors with a truffle ponzu-sauce steak and a yakitori glazed duck, or try Schulson’s bill of fare, which offers a sample from each section of the menu. 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ, 609.317.1000, theborgata.com
Find locally sourced catches just a few steps away from the casino floors at this a la carte style restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Enjoy table-side caviar service or try any one of Council Oak’s four shellfish pots with combinations like maine lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, andouille sausage, corn and potatoes. Shellfish pots from $36, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 609.449.1000, hardrockhotels.com
Enjoy a group dining experience with a charcuterie board of fresh meats and cheeses or share the Chef’s house specialty Cochinillo Asado—a massive selection of roasted suckling pig, grilled green onions, herb-roasted fingerlings, garbanzos con espinacas and rosemary white beans. House special from $250, 500 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ, 866-50-OCEAN, theoceanac.com