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Review of Back Bay Ale House

Back Bay Ale House
Ranked #48 of 406 Restaurants in Atlantic City
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Back Bay has been open in AC since 2003. We pride ourselves on great service, delicious food and fantastic atmosphere and views. In the warmer months we feature outside dining and bar. We are the home of the Basin Mason, a 32oz mason jar beverage. We have a large variety of craft beers. Nightly on our upstairs deck we do a sunset toast to say goodbye to the daylight :)
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We decided to go to this restaurant to get away from typical boardwalk food. Several items on the menu which we reviewed on their website interested us. The restaurant is located in Gardiner's Basin, near the aquarium. If you have been to Atlantic City recently, you know that the area has not been well maintained. At this time of the year, it looks even more dreary, but we gave it a try and I am so glad we did. The restaurant is a converted house and not very large. The ground floor is a small bar area. The dining area is upstairs, so if you can not walk up and down stairs, this is not the place for you. The dining area is small, but there is a larger area that overlooks the water that opens in the summer.
We ordered "The Carmine" as an appetizer. Shrimp and lump crab sauteed in butter, garlic and other seasonings, served with garlic bread for dipping. Yes it was as good as it sounds, and we had to get more bread for additional dipping. I had the house specialty cream of crab soup. It may be the best soup I have ever had. It had plenty of real crab in it. I had to fight my son, who would have finished it himself. The rest of the menu is a combination of sandwiches, burgers and main courses. Among us, we ordered mini crab cakes (excellent as long as you like your crab cakes fried instead of baked), a ribeye steak (fabulous and reasonably priced) and Chicken Maryland (grilled chicken breast topped with lump crab and the most delicious creamy butter sauce). The portions were plent large, the prices were good and the food was outstanding. The service was also great, expecially considering the waitress had to keep running up and down the stairs.
This place is not at all fancy. Soft drinks are served in plastic cups, so if that will bother you, stay away. But frankly, the food is so good you won't even notice the plastic cup.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We love going here any time of the year they are open! Even if that means bundling up on a brisk March day, we don't care! The food is great and the drinks are better! Make sure to get a mason and enjoy the sunset!

1  Thank FK-Marvelly
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had a great little lunch here. Nice bar and cool stuff on the walls. The Basin Masons are a must. I had the Bob Marley and my girlfriend had the Margarita. We had some chix tenders and fries. got to get fries with seasoning on them.

Thank jabbathawhat
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Back Bay Ale House was off the beaten path, which I like. I'm sure in the spring and summer it's a bit more vibrant. The service was great. The prices were reasonable. The food was a bit greasy - but that's simply the type of food it was - we knew that going into it. Would definitely go again!

Thank BBunney
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Its a cute, nice place. Its quite small though. But everyone was nice. They have a large chalkboard menu out front with the specials. When I say LARGE menu board...its like SCHOOL HOUSE LARGE!

Thank RCostelli
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