You’ve set off on your Bahamas holidays. The destination: a coral anthology of beautiful Islands. You may have come for the laid-back lifestyle, gorgeous scenery, white silver sands and sea fishing. Question is, are you ready to rev up your next culinary adventure? The Bahamas has a diverse compendium of wonderful restaurants, from cool cosmopolitan to casual authentic, serving all types of cuisine. As well as the delicious simple spiced, local Bahamian food, you’ll also find plenty of international eateries to dine, particularly in the tourist centres of Nassau and Freeport.
If you take the atmosphere, striking location and incredibly fresh and diverse ingredients, and mix in some of the world’s most talented chefs, the Bahamas is certainly a recipe of memorable places to dine and an absolute must to visit. Most of our unforgettable dining experiences are located here and we’re not just saying it, you’ll just love them!
Top ten places to eat in the Bahamas to get the taste buds tingling.
Named after a local Bahamian fruit, Sapodilla offers a sumptuous continental menu and elegant décor. It’s a destination for fine dining and the experience starts in the cocktail garden for that all-important sundowner aperitif. Expect incredible attention to detail whilst served with a menu which includes marinated conch salad, freshly made seafood pasta and pan-seared Snapper, and wonderful ‘go on, you have to’ desserts like cherries and homemade ice cream.
West Bay Street, Nassau. Tel: +1 242 327 2161
Just off Nassau’s popular downtown Bay Street, Café Matisse lives up to its name by donning its walls with many Impressionist artworks. As with many of the places to eat in the Bahamas, you can eat al fresco under the restaurant’s tropical palm canopy. Renowned for its Italian flavours and fresh local fish, you can anticipate delicious Lobster infused pasta, grilled ginger marinated salmon, pizza and wonderful salad permutations. It also has some great vegetarian and vegan options. Make sure you try their house ginger lemonade, it’s amazing!
Bank Lane, Nassau. Tel: +1 242 356 7012
Crabs and Ting
If you’re looking for somewhere that epitomizes Bahamas holidays and is truly local, Crabs and Ting is it. This restaurant is located right on the beach and is more indicative of a street vendor with a laid-back atmosphere. Nestle under one of the outside umbrellas, right on the sands, and enjoy traditional spicy crab roll, a selection of freshly caught fish and a plethora of rum cocktails.
West Bay Street, Junkanoo Beach, Nassau. Tel: +1 242 361 0066
The original Café Martinique was the backdrop for James Bond’s first meeting with baddie Largo in the 1965 film classic, Thunderball. Unfortunately, it was demolished to make way for the Atlantis Resort but was re-imagined in the Marina Village. The old-world elegance has been recreated and the restaurant offers the classic elegance of the original movie setting with its birdcage lift and dramatic staircase. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten works his culinary magic to provide an appealing classic French gourmet menu and, in our opinion, this is one of the most special places to eat in the Bahamas.
The Cove, Atlantis, Nassau. Tel: +1 242 363 3000
Luciano’s of Chicago
An absolute stunner and arguably one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Nassau is Luciano’s of Chicago. Not only that, it is set in a beautifully refurbished colonial mansion with a fabulous outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour. Open for lunch specials and fine evening dining, you’ll find a menu offering typical Italian classics including local fish, fresh pasta, vegetarian option and wonderful wines. We recommend booking a table, especially if you’d like to dine outside.
East Bay Street, Nassau. Tel: +1 242 323 7770
Are you a morning person? Head over to Freeport and to Zorba’s for a wonderful and typical Bahamian breakfast. Whilst this is a Greek restaurant, it offers two renowned Bahamian breakfast favourites – boiled fish and Conch stew with freshly baked hot bread and butter. Lunch is fabulous, and dinner is pretty good too. This eatery offers a great selection of both Bahamian and Greek food ranging from grilled Snapper, lamb curry and the Bahamian staple: rice and beans.
Sea Horse Road, Port Lucaya, Freeport. Tel: +1 242 373 6136
Next on our list of the places to eat in the Bahamas is this local treasure. If you’re looking for a happy place, then look no further. Banana Bay is in Freeport overlooking the miles of palm-lined sands along Fortune Bay. More of a relaxed lunchtime eatery and cocktail haven, rather than fine dining, you can enjoy a bacon burger or Conch fritters whilst taking in the view. This is a destination to take an hour out of the hot sun and sip on the house speciality: a wild tropical drink known as the Wacky Frozen Banana.
Bay Street, Nassau. Tel: +1 242 323 3385
In Freeport for a spot of shopping and fancying a pit stop? Rum Runners is a highly recommended and popular open-air bar and restaurant with, as its name suggests, Rum cocktails abound. It also has a wide selection of ice cold local beers too. Whilst you’re there you may want to stop for lunch. The Conch burger or Runner burger are absolute favourites, as are the chicken wings and ribs. Watch the barman chopping the top off the coconuts whilst preparing the Pina Coladas, or shaking up the famous Gully Wash or Sky Juice cocktails. Actually, thinking about it, you may want to stay on into the evening too!
Sea Horse Road, Freeport. Tel: +1 242 373 7233
If budget is tight and you’re looking cheap eats for under about $10 per head, then head to the Oistins district. Uncle George is one such restaurant with Caribbean, seafood and barbecue on the menu. There are also some great vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options too. This is the place to sit watching the staff grilling and we recommend the mouth-watering grilled Marlin. Quick note: Fridays tend to be very busy, so go early, before 5.30 pm to avoid long queues.
Oistins Main Road, Oistins. Tel: +1 705 654 3661
If you venture to Nobu in Nassau, you’ll notice two distinctive things: a spaceship glowing bright green entrance and amazing and beautifully prepared Japanese fare. With a delicately varied menu of sushi, rolls, tempura, soups, noodles and other specialities, with vegan and vegetarian options, you can guarantee both visual and appetite satisfaction. Nobu is one of a chain of restaurants available internationally and a fabulous place to enjoy wonderful company and wonderful food.
Royal Towers, Atlantis, Nassau. Tel: +1 242 363 3000