When you’re in Atlantic City and you want Mexican food. . . really good Mexican food, you need to head for the Marina and follow the signs to Harrah’s. There you will find Dos Caminos, a Mexican restaurant second to none in décor, service and exquisitely fine food. Recently, I had the pleasure of dining at Dos Caminos as a guest of Harrah’s and Caesars Entertainment.
It was a Saturday night, so it was crowded. We had a reservation and were seated quickly in a comfortable booth. The décor of Dos Caminos is warm and inviting, with terra cotta and beige walls mixed with warm woods. Latin contemporary music plays in the background to enhance the atmosphere.
Our waitress, Joanna, was there in a flash and that set the pace for the evening. She was attentive and prompt, constantly making recommendations and explaining the dishes to us. The service she provided was above and beyond excellent.
We started out with drinks. I’m not much of a margarita drinker, but when in Rome, et cetera. I chose the Prickly Pear margarita which came frozen with salt. It was very tasty and just the right size. My husband chose a classic Dos Equis Mexican beer.
We were immediately served a huge bowl of tortilla chips with three dipping sauces. One was a fairly mild tomatillo verde, one was a roasted tomato that had a bit of a bite to it and one was a habañero sauce that had a lot of bite to it. They were all good, but we had to take it easy on the habañero.
We had been told over and over that we had to try the handmade, fresh guacamole, so that was our appetizer. The guacamole lived up to its reputation. We chose mild, but you can also choose medium or hot. The dipping sauces mixed nicely with it. I love guacamole and I can honestly say this was the smoothest guacamole I have ever eaten.
While we were consuming the appetizers, we were paid a visit by two of the chefs. We met Chef Anthony Amoroso who is involved with several rooms at Harrah’s. He was actually working in Bill’s Bar & Burger that night, but stopped up to say hello. Chef Anthony is quite famous, actually. He won Iron Chef America in the famous Battle Branzino in 2009, beating one of the world's great Iron Chefs, Masaharu Morimoto.
We also had a visit from Chef Paul Hoelter, the actual room chef for Dos Caminos. He explained to us that the guacamole is so good because Dos Caminos only uses a certain type of Mexican avocado and nothing else. It’s what produces the smooth, creamy texture and excellent flavor.
By this time, our entrees were arriving. If you’d like to see what we had to eat, click the “View the List” button for photographs and detailed descriptions of the dishes.
The evening went by all too soon. The atmosphere was cozy, the service was phenomenal and the food was amazing at Dos Caminos. We will definitely visit again.
I can’t let this review close without mentioning Ben Linn, Assistant Manager for Dos Caminos. When our waitress was busy, Ben came by to explain things, see if we needed anything or to try to tempt us with one more dish. I watched him. It wasn’t just for us. Ben was all over that room providing excellent service to all his customers.
Dos Caminos is located on the 2nd floor of Harrah’s Atlantic City, right above the Concert Venue showroom. It’s casual Mexican dining with an average entrée price of $25. There is a full drink menu featuring specialty tequilas and reservations are recommended.
Dos Caminos is open Wednesday through Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. To make your reservation or get more information, please call 877-346-4642. Parties and special events can be arranged.