Casinos are popping up all across the United States. So, too, are on-site restaurants. Here are five casino restaurants that offer private dining space.
Capriccio; Resorts Casino Hotel; Atlantic City, New Jersey
It can’t get much better than a restaurant that overlooks the boardwalk and the ocean. Well, that’s exactly what you get at Capriccio, a gourmet Italian restaurant. “It’s quite a spectacular restaurant,” says William Jackson, director of sales and marketing. “It has a really unique atmosphere in that there are frescos on the walls. It’s like walking into Italy. Almost every seat has an ocean view. The restaurant has mirrors and chandeliers that give you an infinity type of feel to it at night, much like the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ at Versailles Palace in France. It’s one of the oldest casino restaurants in the country. It’s been around since 1978.”
Groups can rent the entire facility, which consists of the restaurant, the Cielo wine bar and a patio. It can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner and up to 200 for a cocktail party.
Popular entrees include Branzino sea bass, Chicken Pollo Milanese, filet mignon and pasta with meat sauce or vegetarian style.
Wolfgang Puck American Grille at Borgata; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Atlantic City, New Jersey
Wolfgang Puck American Grille at Borgata is just part of an unparalleled travel experience on the East Coast at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “The hotel casino, located at Renaissance Pointe presents a destination designed to rival those once found only in Las Vegas with high-caliber entertainment, celebrity chef restaurants, lavishly appointed guest rooms and exciting nightlife options under one roof,” says Becky Schultz, vice president of food and beverage.
Wolfgang Puck American Grille at Borgata has two private rooms—each with its own unique charm—which can accommodate up to 32 guests each. When combined with the Chef’s Table, a maximum of 84 guests can enjoy a seated dining experience, and up to 125 guests can be accommodated in a cocktail-party setting.
A few signature entrees are the roasted beet salad with goat cheese and aged balsalmic, seafood risotto with Maryland crab and gulf shrimp, filet mignon with Armagnac-peppercorn sauce and free-range chicken with rosemary garlic sauce.
Bistecca by Il Mulino; Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono; Pennsylvania
Bistecca means good piece of steak in Italian. Thus, the name of the restaurant Bistecca by Il Mulino. “Bistecca by Mulino is an Italian Steakhouse,” says Todd Greenberg, chief operating officer/general manager. “It’s a steakhouse that also features Italian dishes. While you can get your filet mignon, T-bone and fish, you can also get a variety of pasta dishes, meatballs and pizza.”
The chicken parmesan is a specialty of the house. It’s served on a bed of penne with marinara sauce with the bone in. The filet mignon is a favorite, as is the normal surf-n-turf with filet and lobster. The crab cakes are extremely popular appetizer.
There is one main private event space that can be broken down into two spaces. The bigger space can accommodate up to 50 guests seated and up to 125 standing. When split up, the larger space can host up to 35 guests seated and up to 50 standing. The smaller space can accommodate up to 15 guests seated and up to 25 standing.
Revolution Chop House; Valley Forge Casino Resort; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
You can dress formally or just wear jeans at Revolution Chop House. “It’s casual fine dining,” says Jack Elia, assistant general manager/vice president of property operations. “The restaurant has a lot of wood to it and has leather banquette seating. It’s a very nice steakhouse atmosphere. It’s just a really comfortable place to go.”
One private dining room that can accommodate up to 22 guests seated and up to 75 standing. A semi-private section of the restaurant can host up to 50 guests seated and up to 75 standing.
The tenderloin filet is the most popular entrée. It comes in seven ounces and 10 ounces. Other favorites are the ribeye steak, Aussie rack of lamb, a 14-ounce prime New York Strip and a tasty veal chop.
“Guests love the service and quality of food,” says Elia.
Council Oak Fish; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City; Atlantic City, New Jersey
If you are looking for an upscale dining experience, Council Oak Fish is for you. “Council Oak Fish offers guests the Northeast’s freshest catches sourced by local fishermen with an a la carte menu focused on ocean-to-table fare,” says Nikki Balles, director of public relations and community affairs. “From table-side caviar service to a fire-burning kitchen, all of Council Oak Fish is set in an elegant dining room inspired by the bold aesthetic of the Seminole culture.”
As Council Oak Fish is known for its delicious seafood, the shellfish pots tend to be a popular option for groups, from the Maine lobster pot to the cornmeal-crusted fried scallops pot.
There are four private dining rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 100 guests seated. “It’s located off of the boardwalk, offering gorgeous views of the seal pier and iconic Atlantic City ferris wheel,” says Balles. Two private dining rooms can each host up to 40 guests seated, and a private lounge can accommodate up to 16 guests seated. The restaurant can host up to 150 guests standing between the four private dining spaces.
Bistecca by Il Mulino | mountairycasino.com/restaurants | 877.682.4791
Capriccio | resortsac.com | 609.340.7850
Council Oak Fish | hardrockhotels.com/atlantic-city/restaurants/council-oak-fish | 609.449.1000
Revolution Chop House | vfcasino.com/dining | 610.354.8118
Wolfgang Puck American Grille at Borgata | theborgata.com | 609.317.7294