Atlantic City Restaurant Week Best Bets
Atlantic City Restaurant Week is here, and I wish it could be offered twice a year, like in NYC. Six days (Saturday isn’t included) are simply not enough, especially in inclement weather, to take advantage of more than a few restaurants’ special offers.* And with more than 70 restaurants participating, it’s very hard to choose!
*That’s why, even if you’re reading this article after Friday, March 9, you should keep reading. You are not too late!
Atlantic City Restaurant Week Basics
Atlantic City Restaurant Week started last Sunday, March 4. Initially, the promotion was supposed to last only six days, Friday, March 9 was supposed to be the final day.
However, more than half of the participating restaurants have opted to continue to offer the same Restaurant Week menus at the same prices for a second week. All of these restaurants are extending their incredible offers for up to six more days, starting Sunday, March 11 and continuing through Friday, March 16. For the complete list, look here.
Atlantic City Restaurant Week may be the only opportunity you get all year to enjoy a full meal at some of the best restaurants in and around Atlantic City for a fraction of the usual price.
Atlantic City Restaurant Week Prices
Believe me, you won’t notice the penny increase in cost over last year. The cost for a complete three-course lunch–appetizer, main course, and dessert, is only $15.18. The cost for a complete three-course (and in some restaurants, four-course) dinner is only $35.18.
Naturally, to keep the cost that low, you don’t have your pick of the entire menu. But you do have a choice. In that sense, it is a much better deal than 50 Bites, where you have no choice..
Another problem with 50 Bites is that you have to fork over the same fifty bucks (or $25 if you opt in at the tail end of the promotion) regardless of whether you sample the food at five restaurants or 50. However, during Restaurant Week, you only pay for the meals you eat, none of which are small bites. They are all full meals!
Note that beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are not included. Taxes and gratuities are also not included in the above-listed costs.
Atlantic City Restaurant Week Hours
Nearly half of the participating restaurants serve both lunch and dinner, about the same number only serve dinner, and a mere handful only serve lunch.
Visit the website https://www.acrestaurantweek.com/restaurants/ for a complete alphabetized list of all participating restaurants, together with the Restaurant Week choices for lunch and/or dinner and hours of operation. If you will be going to one of the better or more popular restaurants, reservations are strongly recommended.
Recommended Casino Restaurants for Atlantic City Restaurant Week
Even if you do most of your casino playing online, enjoying a night out at an Atlantic City casino at least occasionally is a welcome change. Atlantic City Restaurant Week is a perfect opportunity for you to make your visit to the Playground of the East even more enjoyable with a memorable meal that won’t break the bank.
On the other hand, all of you who come to Atlantic City often may be tired of eating at the same places week after week. You need a change, but you also want the convenience of not having to roam too far away from your favorite casino.
Below I will list each Atlantic City casino together with my best bet for a great Restaurant Week meal. That way, you can dine and play at the same place.
Bally’s: Guy Fieri’s Chophouse
Ever since being declared one of the early winners of Next Food Network Star, Guy Fieri has become a household name. Guy Fieri’s Chophouse may not be the best choice for dainty eaters or dieters. But for anyone who likes big, bold flavors and doesn’t care about calories, it’s highly recommended. Come hungry!
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Friday to 10 p.m.)
Start your meal with Guy’s signature potato soup. Or if you prefer, you can have Buffalo wings, shrimp and asparagus tempura, or Caesar salad. Then you’ll have a tough time deciding what entrée to order: Prime rib, filet mignon, roast chicken, or scallops, as they all sound delicious. After all that food, you won’t have room for dessert, but it’s included anyway: Triple Double Pie or Cannoli Layer Dip.
Borgata: Angeline’s by Michael Symon
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa is home to many fine restaurants. In fact, dining at this resort is like sampling a Who’s Who in the world of of celebrity chefs. However, Atlantic City Restaurant Week would be the ideal time to have dinner at Borgata’s newest restaurant and also one of its most elegant, Angeline’s. The eatery is the iron chef and co-host of The Chew, Michael Symon’s loving tribute to his mother. To avoid waiting an eternity for a table, be sure to call ahead for a reservation.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Friday to 10:30 p.m.)
Start your feast with with arancini, pumpkin soup, or Caesar salad. Then, for your main course, you can have Chicken Parmesan, swordfish, tortellini, or cavatelli. Then end your repast on a sweet note with tiramisu or cannoli.
Caesars: Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill
Caesars Atlantic City is home to two classic steakhouses, Nero’s and Morton’s, either of which would make an excellent choice for Atlantic City Restaurant Week. But if you’re clamoring for something a little different from the usual steakhouse fare, you might wish to consider the Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill instead.
If you have ever seen this famous chef on TV, you know that he is as well known for his colorful language and no holds barred temper as he is for his creativity in the kitchen. But, fortunately, when you dine in his restaurant, the latter is all you will experience.
Hours: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
For your appetizer, you can choose between Caesar salad, English Ale Onion Soup, or cavatelli with mushrooms and truffles. Then, for your main course, you can select Angus strip steak, pan seared scallops, chicken, or pork chop. Finish your meal with Gordon Ramsay’s signature sticky toffee pudding or, if you prefer, the chef’s selection.
Golden Nugget: Chart House
Unless the weather is terrible, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect spot for dinner than a table for two overlooking the Marina at the Chart House. Atlantic City is the 30th location of this highly acclaimed Landry, Inc. owned restaurant chain, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Hours: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Start your dinner with New England clam chowder or Caesar salad. Then, for your main course, you can choose between braised short ribs, Flounder Francaise, or spiced snapper. For dessert, I don’t see how anyone could resist the lavish Lava Cake for which this restaurant is famous. Unless you opt for the house made Strawberry Sundae!
If I were writing this article last year, I would have picked the Steakhouse, but alas, that restaurant is now closed to make room for Gordon Ramsay Steak, which will open in the same location Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, it’s slim pickings at this casino for Restaurant Week, but your best bet here is probably Martorato’s.
Be forewarned–Don’t ask the waiter to have your dish altered in any way. This restaurant does not take kindly to requests for substitutions at any time and especially not during Restaurant Week!
However, when you dine at Martorato’s, it’s not just for the delicious food served with an attitude. It’s also for the free movie and music entertainment. The later you go, the louder and more rowdy the entertainment will be!
Hours: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday to 11 p.m.)
During Restaurant Week you have a choice of two appetizers: Martorato’s Famous Meatball or Stacked Eggplant. Follow that with Chicken Parmigiana, bronzino, bucatini, or rigatoni for your main course. Then, for an indulgent dessert, in keeping with this restaurant’s take it or leave it policy, it’s mini cannolis for everybody.
Resorts is Atlantic City’s oldest casino. Hard to believe, but in just two months it will celebrate its 40th anniversary!
So why not make your Restaurant Week dinner at a restaurant that has been at Resorts since day 1. I don’t know what Capriccio’s dinner prices were in 1978, but as soon as you see the 2018 Restaurant Week menu for $35.18, you will know you are getting a bargain!
Hours: 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Start your dinner with Lobster Toast, Ribolita Soup or chopped Brussels sprouts. Then, for your main course, you can have either veal or chicken Milanese or pasta, or if you want something really light to offset the dessert calories, an arugula and tomato salad. Then end your dinner on a sweet note with cannoli, chocolate mousse cake, or gelato.
Tropicana: Cuba Libre
This casino resort has so many outstanding restaurants, picking just one would be impossible, except for one consideration. I have never been to but have wanted to go to Cuba Libre for the longest time, and will finally do so this week.
So if it will be just as much a new experience for me as for any of you trying it for the first time. However, when I sampled the Ropa Vieja at last year’s Taste of the Quarter, it was delicious. Then, one glance at the menu for Restaurant Week sealed the deal. Having dinner there this week was a no brainer!
Hours: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
During Atlantic City Restaurant Week, most participating restaurants offer only a few choices for each course. However, at Cuba Libre diners are given so many choices, picking one appetizer, entrée, and dessert is no easier than choosing from the whole menu.
Whichever of the six appetizers offered I will have–shrimp cocktail, octopus, Guava BBQ ribs, black bean soup, salad, or empanadas–will be a spur of the moment decision. Fortunately, for the main course, though, my mind is made up. I will have Ropa Vieja. But if you prefer, you can have vegetable paella, red snapper, pork chop, or chicken.
Dessert will be another tough choice: either arroz con leche (rice pudding) or flan. I wish I could have both, but I can only pick one.
By the way, if you visit Cuba Libre on Friday for a late dinner, you can experience a special treat. After the kitchen closes, the place turns into a Latin nightclub! At 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m., and midnight, there’s a floor show.
As you can see, the possibilities for Atlantic City Restaurant Week are only limited by the time you have available to enjoy these once a year bargain priced culinary delights.
In addition, if you have an account at Borgata, Golden Nugget, Resorts, or Tropicana Online Casino and are dining at the affiliated Atlantic City casino, Restaurant Week is a perfect opportunity to stop by the casino cashier’s cage. Anytime day or night you can instantly make a deposit into or or withdraw your winnings from your online account!