Knife and Fork Inn
The dramatic exterior of the Knife and Fork Inn features Old-World European architecture, reminiscent of a quaint old-time pub or countryside inn. Once you walk through its doors, you’ll notice the mingling of old-fashioned charm, vintage appeal, and modern convenience. You can feel the decades of history that shaped the place, and you can smell the fabulous food that makes it so popular today.
Established in 1912, the Knife and Fork Inn was a popular and exclusive club during the Roaring Twenties. While Prohibition was going on, the members of the club kept serving alcohol at the bar in defiance of the law, under the protection of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, a local politician. However, the federal government eventually raided the Knife and Fork and smashed everything inside. After a short stint as a Depression-Era restaurant, the Knife and Fork continued to attract wealthy and influential diners, including Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra.
After a brief closure, the place opened again in 2005 under the masterful guidance of Frank Dougherty, owner of the successful Dock’s Oyster House. Frank renovated the Knife and Fork Inn and brought its rich history to the forefront for guests to enjoy. The Inn is now a celebrated landmark as well as a restaurant that offers some of the best cuisine in Atlantic City.
If you’re searching for a wedding reception venue or a place to hold your rehearsal dinner, the Knife and Fork Inn may be the perfect spot. The building has several dining spaces, including the Pageant Room which holds 12 at a cozy round table. The Hearth Room is larger, with enough space for 40 seated guests or 45 for cocktails. For groups of 60-80 people, the main dining room offers fabulous architecture, beautiful windows, rich furnishings, and a full bar. The Ladies Lounge can host 20 for a sit-down meal, while the Wine Room is the ideal venue for dinner or cocktails for groups of 40-60.
Dinner is a sumptuous affair at the Knife and Fork Inn. Start off with a Lobster Spring Roll, Crispy Duck Leg, or Crab, Artichoke, and Spinach Dip, served with homemade tortilla chips. If you’re hungry for some of the Inn’s famously fresh seafood, try the Colossal Shrimp Cocktail or the raw bar. For the entree phase of your meal, the Inn offers up whole lobster, seafood risotto, crab cake, four-spice tuna or pan-sauteed flounder. You can also select from the restaurant’s magnificent cuts of meat, including sirloin steaks, ribeye filets, veal chops, racks of lamb and braised short ribs. The sauces and sides are carefully crafted from fresh ingredients and serve as the perfect complement to your entree. When you’re ready for dessert, try a Banana Chocolate Burrito, Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle or Strawberry Cream Shortcake. If any of your guests have dietary restrictions or preferences, the chefs are happy to make accommodations.
The restaurant is open each day at 4:00 pm for the start of Happy Hour, and the kitchen begins serving dinner at 5:00 pm. Lunch is served on Fridays from 11:30 am until 4:00 pm. If you’re eager to secure a private dining experience at the Knife and Fork Inn, just visit the website to make a reservation, or call 609-344-1133 to speak to a representative about your event.
Everything was amazing, from the food to excellent service to the history… It’s an amazing place to dine, my girls and I had an amazing evening thanks to our wonderful waiter Todd who not only provided excellent customer service but also gave us a wonderful tour and told us amazing history about the building…
Fabulous…it felt like we stepped back in time…the food was out of this world…the drinks just as wonderful…the service impeccable and the atmosphere so very fitting of such a diamond in the rough…we were just waiting for “Nucky Thompson” to come strolling in!?!
We’ve been waiting 40 years to come to the Knife and Fork and it was well worth the wait. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable.
Been a few times, and never had any comparison, but the last time was for my birthday and it was the best visit ever (yet). Food was better than ever and finally got to see the second floor, which had a great view. Service was wonderful.
Hard to pick a favorite. Excellent food, great service. Our family’s favorite place to gather.
Must try the pots de creme dessert. To die for!
Atlantic City, NJ