New American cuisine with soul food influences. They have an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch on Sundays 10 AM-3 PM ($10.95 for adults, $7.95 for children) that is particularly well-reviewed. The aesthetic is jazz. Service is friendly and helpful, although it seems some of the staff are a bit inexperienced. The original location at 516 Martin Luther King Blvd was bought by the state to make way for a new health sciences center, precipitating the present move to a new location on Market Street; any confusion or disorder during 2016 might be attributed to this.
The main watering hole in downtown Camden, occupying a good chunk of the first floor of the Victor Lofts. A relaxed community bar; the patrons are a mix of students--especially law students and medical students--and assorted others from around the community. Prices for drinks are quite reasonable, although the beer selection is somewhat limited. Drink specials are available some nights and generally quite good. Food is available and ranges from bar snacks to full-price entrees. Try the crab and artichoke dip.
A friendly place with two bars and a dining room. If you are in town after 7PM Monday through Thursday, check the nightly specials. Call about the free buffet on Fridays. Not really much of a drinking establishment; drinks are overpriced (especially beers, as the place does not seem to have a tap system) and the place closes early for a bar (never later than 11 PM).
At the Victor Lofts. Popular with locals and students, it is rather like a Wawa: a convenience store with good sandwiches and other deli-esque fare. Great grocery selection, with imports from the owners' native Turkey alongside more typical convenience-store fare. Very friendly people. Seating and Wifi available. Their Nescafe cafe hot drinks are worth to try.
Don't let the ludicrously simplistic name fool you. If you find yourself in downtown Camden at lunchtime on a weekday ''eat here''. Authentic Dominican cuisine at fantastic prices. The Federal Street location is the original, but as it's in the ''barrio'' it isn't really accessible to tourists.
Family-friendly pizzeria and Italian bistro. On the entrance side of the Victor Lofts. It is such a popular place for Rutgers students, surrounding businesses and aquarium visitors. Their pizzas are made with Grandee cheese. Special pizzas are really special. Not cheap but reasonable.
A diner with almost criminally short hours (as any New Jerseyan would say, what kind of diner isn't open at night or on weekends?). Shirley's is not too far from the Post Office, the Court House, and Rutgers. The cheese steak with onions is great.
Wonderfully eclectic Korean-American fusion, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers with a Korean twist. Popular with Rutgers-Camden students as it's practically on campus.
This is across the street from the Aquarium and has a nice cafeteria style selection.
The chicken caesar salad is wonderful.
Nearly all attractions in Camden are located along the Camden waterfront, which offers family-friendly activities and scenic views of Philadelphia across the Delaware River. The downtown area contains the Rutgers University-Camden campus and the city's small central business district. The Camden waterfront and downtown areas are considered safe and are patrolled by police. Although the rest of Camden is plagued by urban blight, poverty, and gang-related drug violence, you will be safe as long as you stay in the waterfront and downtown areas and take sensible precautions.