Nero’s Steakhouse, located in Caesars, has long been one of the premiere dining experiences in Atlantic City. Nero’s recently underwent a change. I have to admit to being a bit skeptical that Nero’s could ever top itself. However, after being invited to dine there recently as a guest of Caesars, I have to say that the new Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar truly outshines its former self.
What’s new about Nero’s? The decor, for one thing. Nero’s has been redecorated in a kind of “1920s speakeasy” fashion, with mirrored walls and a quiet elegance, hearkening back to the bygone era of Nucky Johnson’s Atlantic City. It’s a truly beautiful room which sets the stage for a superb dining experience.
Nero’s has all new menus. All your favorite steaks, fish and sushi are still there, but there are exciting differences, like a gourmet vegetarian menu in addition to beef and seafood. And then there are the new, exclusive drinks that you will not find in any other Caesars’ property. You can see all the new menus HERE.
Are you a martini lover? Then you're in for a very special treat. Nero’s signature martini is mixed and poured to perfection right at your table. You can see photos of this process in the slide show. The recipient of the hand-made martini judged it. . . “perfect.”
It was time to eat and that meant appetizers first. Here are a few of the ones we indulged in.
- Mushrooms stuffed with short ribs, Fontina cheese, pumpkin purée and chimichurri
- House-smoked pork belly with apricot/mustard glaze and 10-year balsamic vinegar
- Escargot Crostini served with whipped Brié cheese, roasted garlic, parsley and pesto
- French onion soup smothered in Sherry, Gruyére and Emmentaler cheeses
- Nero’s Caesar Salad
When it was time for the entrées, we had plenty to pick from there, too. I had some of the best crab cakes I've ever tasted. They were completely free of fillers and served with French green beans and a tarragon/mustard sauce. My husband ordered the Surf & Turf, featuring a generous filet mignon, lobster tail and king crab.
One unique feature of Nero’s is the Wagyu Japanese beef. This is a fattier beef than some are used to with the fat marbled all the way through. Our dining partner who enjoyed this steak said that there is nothing like it for flavor.
If you still have room for dessert at the end of your meal, you have some spectacular choices awaiting you like Cheesecake Bar-None (a personal favorite) and Chocolate Velvet Mesquite Cake. You can see photos of the desserts, before we destroyed them, in the slide show.
No visit to Nero’s would be complete without mentioning the wonderful service. The room is presided over by the marvelous Betty McHugh. Every single person we came in contact with was friendly and efficient, but I have to make note of our waiter that night. As waiters in Atlantic City go, Roger is the best of the best.
By the time we left, I was firmly convinced that the new Nero’s is a huge success. I loved the old Nero’s, but I really love the new Nero’s. If you’re looking for the perfect dining experience in Atlantic City, look no farther than Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar, located in the magnificent Caesars, right in the center of the Boardwalk.
Enjoy your meal!