10 Date Night Atlantic City Area Destinations

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10 Date Night Atlantic City Area Destinations

It’s date night and there’s a certain someone you’re eager to impress. No romantic night out is complete without quality time shared together over a memorable meal. The right cuisine and the perfect ambience can create date night magic. In fact, the restaurant you choose plays an essential role in whether your night is a windfall or a wipeout. So how do you find “the one?” This date night guide to the Greater Atlantic City area has you covered.

 

Ram’s Head Inn www.ramsheadinn.com Ram’s Head Inn in nearby Galloway, New Jersey, puts the special in special occasion. A memorable favorite of visitors and locals alike, one fan says “If your date takes you there you know they’re spending some serious coin on you.” Pulling up to the sprawling, five-acre, country estate dotted with flower and vegetable gardens immediately sets the tone for a very distinctive evening. Inside, the elegant dining rooms create a cozy and intimate vibe with traditional décor and wood burning fireplaces. The menu is equally traditional, with classics like beef wellington, chicken pot pie and Chateaubriand served tableside. Arrive early and sip something fabulous at the bar, where you and your date can toast to the sounds of live piano music. Bonus points if you request her favorite song.
Buddakan www.buddakanac.com If it’s a dramatic-bordering-on-surreal atmosphere you crave, it’s hard to top Buddakan, located at The Pier at Caesars. If you’re captivated by the Zen garden with 25-foot-tall trees near the entrance, just wait until you get a load of the giant, gilded Buddha beneath a starry night’s sky. He sits at the head of a communal table large enough to seat 20. Talk about good karma! But you’re not here to dine amid the masses, so it’s off to a dark and secluded table for two where you will indulge in an imaginative fusion of Chinese, French and Asian cuisine one avid fan calls “absolutely phenomenal.” The dreamlike ambiance is sure to put you both in a relaxed and romantic mood. And that’s a great place to be.
Tony’s Baltimore Grill www.baltimoregrill.com Dates don’t have to cost a week’s pay to be unforgettable. Take it from one Atlantic City dater who has found the perfect blend of frugality and fun. “Sounds cheesy (no pun intended) but I always like Tony’s Baltimore Grill as a cap to a nice date night in Atlantic City. There’s a mini juke box at each booth, good pizza, cheap beer and free bread!” With a history that dates back to the 1920s, Tony’s Baltimore Grill is a pretense-free Atlantic City legacy, complete with low lighting, wood paneling and waitress uniforms straight out of the Fifties. While the restaurant holds its own against fancier establishments with dishes like the Baltimore Grill Seafood Special for $17.95, you’ll also find equally-delicious low budget bets like the spaghetti and meatballs for $9.90 and draft beers starting at $1.50. It’s a great place to share good food and good laughs while stretching a buck at the same time.
Smithville Inn www.smithvilleinn.com Dating a history lover? Make your reservations at the Smithville Inn. Originally built by James Baremore as a single room abode along a well-travelled stagecoach route, the Smithville Inn has been welcoming the weary traveler since 1787. Greatly expanded over the years, the Inn today is a lakeside landmark that radiates historic charm from the creaking hardwood floors to the massive foyer fireplace. The Inn is divided into eight separate dining rooms, each lending their own ambience and warmth. The main dining room features an entire wall of windows overlooking manicured grounds, a picturesque patio and Lake Meone, where flocks of ducks and geese glide by daily. The menu is award-winning, with a modern take on classic continental cuisine. Work up an appetite with a pre-dinner stroll through Smithville’s quaint gift and specialty shops.
The Melting Pot www.meltingpot.com Looking to take a dip into an unusual dining experience? Let’s face it, fondue is downright romantic. There’s something about leaning close over a bubbling pot that brings a couple together like no other meal can. And because fondue takes some time to cook, you’re left with plenty of time for meaningful conversation, deep eye gazing or some playful spearing of each other’s food. At The Melting Pot, you can take this intimate dinner to even cozier levels with a private booth tucked right into the wall. Create your fondue feast from a vast array of tasty cheeses, meats, seafood and vegetables. And when you want to make sure your date ends on a sweet note, there’s no topping a chocolate dessert fondue. Get ready to melt.
The Inn at Sugar Hill www.innatsugarhill.com For a date night highlighted by wonderful American fare in an elegant Victorian setting, Sugar Hill Inn is an inspired choice. The atmosphere is historic, warm and welcoming, with several cozy dining rooms adorned with floral wallpaper, antiques and working fireplaces. Candlelit tables on the Inn’s veranda will provide you and your date with serene and restful views of the Great Egg Harbor River. The menu offers up your choice of traditional steaks, chops and seafood mixed with progressive dishes for more adventurous eaters. Best of all, Sugar Hill Inn is also a Bed & Breakfast, in case you want to make a night of it (wink, wink).
FIN www.tropicana.net/dining/fine-dining/fin From the bounty of Jersey’s proud farms to the day’s fresh catch by local fishing boats, every meal at FIN is infused with the highest quality ingredients. So whether you choose one of Chef Demetrious Haronis’ masterful entrées “with fins” or “without fins,” you and your date are sure to taste the decadent difference. Complementing your meal are a variety of handcrafted specialty drinks and an enviable wine list. The Bar at FIN is actually the perfect place to start your romantic evening with generous happy hour specials. If you can manage to look beyond your plate (and your date), you’ll also take pure pleasure in the eatery’s magical ambiance showcasing international works of art and sweeping views of sand and sea. Even the candle holders are made of sea salt. In fact, FIN has diners’ votes for Restaurant Where You’re Most Likely to Spot a Mermaid.
Trattoria Il Mulino www.trattoriailmulino.com Save this one for your most special nights out. One patron gushed, “Simply put … one of the BEST dining experiences I have ever had!” You and your date can savor the night at Trattoria Il Mulino with every sense. Tastes are heightened by the sumptuous selections on the Abruzzese-inspired menu and extensive wine list as you exchange sweet murmurings of affection with your date. Set your sights on the surroundings — old-world bistro meets trendy urban chic — while your sense of touch fires up from playing footsie under the table. The restaurant also offers a bar and lounge along with two private dining rooms to help you celebrate all of life’s occasions.
The Foundation Room www.houseofblues.com Tired of Italian? Bored by the traditional steakhouse? The Foundation Room (formerly an exclusive club for members only) located inside The House of Blues delivers a one-of-a-kind setting for your date night. You can experience everything from elegant dining and upscale cocktails to ocean views and live entertainment. In the Dining Room, you’ll feast on a contemporary menu that pulls its influences from the American South and Pacific Rim. But the décor truly takes center stage with its 19th century French carved mahogany, intricate Oriental carpets and gloriously intimate booths. Additional venues within The Foundation Room include the Fireside Lounge, Private Dining Room and Intimate Prayer Rooms—each showcasing global artwork and cultural artifacts. One diner raved, “If you want something deliciously out of the ordinary, this is the place to go!”
Joseph’s Restaurant www.renaultwinery.com Joseph’s Restaurant is the gourmet dining venue nestled cozily within the Tuscany House Hotel at the Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. Executive Chef Joseph DeGennaro is ready to dazzle you and your date with an extraordinary menu unique to southern New Jersey, showcasing house specialties like mussels posillipo over linguine, veal francese with lemon crab fondutta and a 12 ounce N.Y. Strip in merlot shallot butter. But your meal wouldn’t be complete without Joseph’s extensive selection of beer, spirits, imported and award-winning Renault wines, house made desserts and rich cappuccino. Care to serenade your date? Weekends bring live piano music to Joseph’s Restaurant. Now what could be more romantic than that?
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