Bahamian cuisine is simple but sophisticated, and the following guide will help you find some of the best restaurants in the Bahamas.
Bahamians love their tasty beachside and roadside snack huts. However, you can also find more refined European, American and Asian dining all over the islands.
HEAD FOR THE BEST ITALIAN DINING IN THE BAHAMAS
Frangipani Italian Restaurant & Lounge
Directions: Located on the main island of Exuma in Rolletown, just off the Queen’s Highway.
If you’re looking for a special meal, look no further. This authentic Italian restaurant is right on the ocean and boasts only five tables, making it an extremely intimate atmosphere. The owners will make an effort to visit your table.
Directions: Located on Bank Lane in Nassau, New Providence.
To regular visitors to the Bahamas, Café Matisse feels like it’s been around since Roman times and guests keep coming back for the homemade pasta, seafood, real Italian pizza and delicious desserts. The menu changes every three months with exciting new seasonal dishes.
Café Matisse has al fresco dining in a quaint courtyard. It also has a wonderful wine list. The owner, Gregory, has been known to mingle with the diners. Keep an eye out for him.
TRY A GREAT DESTINATION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Chat N’ Chill
Directions: Located on at The Point on Stocking Island, which is a five-minute boat ride from the capital city of George Town. Take the water taxi from the government dock and phone (242) 464 1558 if you want to arrange a specific pick-up time.
Chat N’ Chill is easily one of the most popular venues in Exuma, and you can feel good about bringing either that special someone or the entire family.
Conch salad, perhaps the most famous of all Bahamian dishes, can be made right before your eyes. Chat N’ Chill also features a number of other culinary delights unique to the Bahamas. On Sundays, check out the venue’s classic pig roast from 12pm until 7pm.
After your meal, take advantage of the gorgeous beach, feed the stingrays or play some beach volleyball. Chat N’ Chill is sure to serve up a fun experience for everyone.
WORLD-CLASS FINE DINING IS YOURS IN THE BAHAMAS
Directions: Located at the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island, New Providence.
Thanks to expatriates and tourists, the Bahamas offers world-class dining and celebrity chiefs. The One & Only Ocean Club, located beside Atlantis, is perhaps the most high-end establishment on Paradise Island, and Dune is its marquee restaurant.
You might recognize the resort from the James Bond movie Casino Royale.
World-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten owns the restaurant. Chef Jean-Georges’ acclaimed restaurant serves an innovative blend of French-Asian fare, flavored with herbs from its own organic garden. Dune’s British Colonial design was created by famed French interior designer Christian Liaigre, featuring a display kitchen as well as outdoor patios overlooking the beach. Cocktails, fine vintage wines, and champagnes are served throughout the day at the adjacent beachfront bar.
Directions: Located at Atlantis, at the back of the main casino.
Japanese legend Nobu Matsuhiso set up shop in the Bahamas with his restaurant Nobu. You know you are in for a night that blends art and food as soon as you reach the entrance and enter the glowing green archway. The architecture of the place balances the unexpected into a kind of Zen atmosphere, and so does the food. Do you think you know modern Japanese cuisine? Get ready for a subtle sensory overload.
The Palapa Grill
Directions: Located at Grand Isle Resort & Spa, in Great Exuma
Grand Isle might only have one restaurant, but it’s an excellent one. The Palapa Grill offers a stunning array of foods to meet anyone’s taste, from seafood dishes, to succulent meat, to artisan pizzas. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Feel like something a bit more casual? Take a seat at the bar and order a Kobe beef burger, and wash it down with Bahamian beer.
The Palapa Grill offers a little bit of everything, and it’s perfect for casual dining, large groups and more intimate dining. The incredible view over Emerald Bay is icing on the cake.
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