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Restaurants Are Back in Atlantic City: Here’s What to Expect

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After a summer of dining al fresco, indoor seating at New Jersey restaurants is back this month per Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order. The changes enabled Shore destinations like Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to reopen their dining rooms and welcome more guests inside.

Before walking into a Garden State restaurant, diners should anticipate a few key changes, though. Indoor capacity is limited to 25% and tables must stay at least six feet apart per social distancing guidelines. Understandably, guests must stay seated when eating and drinking and wear masks before and after their meals to protect both themselves and staff members.

At Borgata’s restaurants, additional precautions make the dining experience more seamless. To maintain capacity levels, fine dining outlets like Izakaya by Michael Schulson, Angeline by Michael Symon, Bobby Flay Steak and Old Homestead Steak House now require advance reservations. Just call 609-317-1000 to book a table at one of these popular destination restaurants.

New digital innovations also reduce potential contact points. Diners now receive texts when tables become available. Every Borgata eatery—from the casual to the special occasion—offers digital menus accessed by scanning a QR code with a phone. And for those partial to takeout, BorgataEats now allows guests to place orders online or via phone and pick up their food to go. So in the event that a restaurant is fully booked, guests can still enjoy their favorite chefs’ creations from home or a hotel suite.

These changes all adhere to Borgata’s comprehensive seven-point safety plan. The key tenants include increased employee screening and training; physical distancing; mandatory masks and personal protection equipment; enhanced sanitation; increased air circulation; digital innovations; and incident response protocols (i.e., contact tracing).

Out on the casino floor, guests will notice custom-built handwashing stations, hand sanitizing stations, polycarbonate dividers, and masks on every person not eating or drinking. Every other slot machine is out-of-service and fewer players can gather at tables to maintain social distancing. So while the Borgata experience may certainly appear a little different, gaming, fine dining and more are officially back at Atlantic City’s market-leading resort.

Learn more about Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s reopening and start planning your trip to Atlantic City with rooms starting at $89 per night.