Knife and Fork Inn, Atlantic City, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Knife and Fork Inn, Atlantic City, NJ

Knife and Fork Inn
3600 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ

Restaurant Highlights

Fare: Traditional American

Price:  Very Expensive

Food Quality:  3 Stars 

Service: 3 Stars 

Decor: 3 Stars 

Overall Rating: 3 Stars 

Note: Four star Rating System from1/2 star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Attractive decor with an intimate and inviting classic "speakeasy" prohibition bar vibe.

Quality, well prepared food served in ample portions

Complimentary valet parking is available.

Value:  Good

Noise Level:  Moderate, depends on seating

Dress:  Upscale Casual

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy coming to a place "to see and be seen", with a bit of history, and a fine dining experience in an upscale, trendy setting. Good for a celebrating a special occasion or for a romantic dining experience.

Not Recommended For:  Budget conscious diners who prefer a more casual, family dining experience.

Recommended dishes:  When available, Dry-Aged Cowboy Steak; Herb-Crusted Rack Of Lamb; Lobster Thermidor

Liquor:  Full service bar with an excellent selection of specialty cocktails

Restaurant Review

The Knife and Fork is a landmark restaurant in Atlantic City with a storied history that dates back to 1912 when it first opened its doors as an exclusive men's drinking and dining club.

Owned by the Dougherty family who also owns Dock's Oyster House and Harry's Oyster Bar in Atlantic City.

During the prohibition era the club members openly defied the laws against the serving of alcohol by offering bar service to its members for the consumption of alcohol.

The logo of the Knife and Fork makes reference to "Nucky" having eaten there. During the prohibition era, "Nucky" Johnson, an Atlantic City mobster was also one of the New Jersey's most influential politicians and was noted for recruiting powerful racketeers into the Republican Party.

He also was noted for being a fan of Atlantic City and did many good deeds for the city.

The Knife and Fork was popular with many movie stars including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon, and was a setting for the movie "Atlantic City" in 1980.

The ambiance warm, intimate and inviting with a classic "speakeasy" prohibition bar vibe.

The decor is lavishly elegant starting with the solid brass door which leads into the vibrant bar area and the dining area of rich mahogany mill work, hand-painted ceilings with chandeliers, a sweeping staircase, and clear glass windows with an ocean view.

The third floor has been converted into a wine room featuring floor to ceiling wine racks, wood floors, exposed brick, with ocean views. This room is popular for private parties and special events.

The tables in the dining room at nicely spaced apart for quiet conversation.

For a quieter, romantic date experience, ask to be seated in main dining room on the second floor in a corner banquette,

The menu tends to be "Old School Traditional American" with many classic steak and seafood selections.

The Knife and Fork is open seven days/week.

Dinner nightly from 5:00 pm. Lunch every Friday 11:30 am to 4 pm.

Happy hour daily from 4:00-6:30 pm--half-price appetizers at the bar.

(updated: September 2016)

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