Bahama food caters to a rich blend of local and international cuisines.
In fact you can expect to find just about all of the main international gastronomies being served up in the islands of the Bahamas.
Despite this the local cuisine stands out as one to beat! Comprised mostly of the freshest seafood cooked in a delicious blend of local spices and herbs, dining on Bahama food is not an experience that you can easily forget.
Most Bahamas restaurants offer a casual dining atmosphere; however there are several others that cater to elegant cuisine.
Here now are a few according to price range and location.
Bahama Food $- US$0-20: No reservations are required for these featured restaurants; cash is recommended, although most accept all major credit cards.
Bikini Bottom: Freeport, Grand Bahama [242-373-7951]
This restaurant features a beachfront location and serves both local and American cuisine. Regular menu items include: Bikini Fettuccine, wings, fish fingers, fried shrimp, cracked conch, caesar salad, garden salad, conch fritters, hamburgers, beef hot dogs, BLT's and club sandwiches.
The chef will also cook your catch for a small fee in whichever way you like. Prices are affordable and there is also live music entertainment.
Becky's Restaurant: E. Sunrise Hwy. and E. Beach Dr, Freeport [242-352-5247]
Cheap and cheerful, Becky’s Bahama food is served in both a local and American cuisine. Opening at 8:00AM, guests can be treated to either a local or all-American breakfast.
If you are running late, there is no consequence; breakfast is served up here all day. Lunch or dinner items can either be minced lobster, curried mutton, fish platters, baked or curried chicken or conch salads.
Don’t let the humble settings of this restaurant deter you; the food is truly delicious!
Plymouth Rock Liquors & Café: Parliament St., Nassau [242-365-4234]
Now where else can you find a business that operates as a liquor store and souvenir shop on select week days and as a luncheonette on others?
Well at Plymouth Rock Liquors & Café, you find exactly that. Opening from 9 am – 6 or 7PM every day except Sunday; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are Café days.
A tasty delight of sandwiches, beef souse, split-pea soup and cracked conch with cucumber slices and potato salad are featured on the menu.
Bahama Food $$- US$20-40: Some reservation may be required for the featured restaurants; most accept all major credit cards.
Travellers' Rest: Nassau [242-327-7633]
A favourite restaurant and watering hole for many within Nassau, Travellers' Rest offers both an indoor and outdoor dining experience. The indoor dining room is beautifully decorated with colourful artworks proving a soothing ambiance; while outdoor, diners get to sit by the shaded patio in full view of the ocean and swaying palm trees.
Be sure to stop and sign the guest book on your way out; it contains signatures from the likes of Julio Eglesias, Sidney Poitier, Sean Connery, Eric Clapton and Diana Ross who have no doubt enjoyed the delectable Bahama food served up here.
Acquapazza Wine Bar & Ristorante: Harbour Island Marina [242-333-3240]
Choices are plentiful at this popular Harbour Island restaurant. The brain child of two Italians Hagmo and Manfredi, Acquapazza is open for both lunch and dinner.
Lunch items include grilled grouper with homemade tartar sauce and fries, seared tuna with onions, burgers, and Mediterranean lobster salad- all served with glasses of fine Italian wines.
Dinner main courses are far more elaborate; you can choose from beef tenderloin with sautéed wild mushrooms, roasted lamb chops and poached grouper with herbs and tomato broth etc.
Pirates of Nassau: King and George St., Downtown, Nassau [242-356-3759]
Set in downtown Nassau, this unique pub and grill offers just the right atmosphere for relaxation and downing a cold one.
There is also an onsite gift shop which offers a range of piratical souvenirs including t-shirts and jewelry.
Santanna’s Grill Pit: William’s Town, Great Exuma [242-345-4102]
This is a restaurant that many have journeyed far and near to dine at, and with good reason; the food served up here is too good!
Located directly on the water, Santanna’s offers an open deck setting which allows guests the opportunity to watch and smell the scrumptious aromas as their food is being prepared.
Featured menu items include succulent steaks, chicken, ribs, lobster, conch, shrimp and fish. Santanna’s is open for both lunch and dinner and offer half or full day fishing or sightseeing boat trips.
No worries if you arrive via private boat, the harbor is right on hand with a spot where you can anchor your vessel.
Chat & Chill: Georgetown, Great Exuma
Bring a big appetite whenever you go to visit this charming restaurant, as everything featured on its menu is simply delicious! Make sure you try their open flame grilled conch burger. Then as you feast, do as the name suggests: Chat & Chill!
Bahama Food $$-$$$- Some menus items fall within the $$ range; however the standard range is over US$40. Reservations are highly recommended; all major credit cards accepted.
Provence Restaurant: Olde Town Sandyport, Nassau [242-327-0985]
Specializing in Elegant French Mediterranean cuisine, Chef Marc Innocenti serves up a wide variety of seafood, poultry, meats and vegetables, all scrumptiously prepared and attractively served.
Dining can be either indoors or outdoors overlooking the harbor. Dinner is available Monday thru to Saturday and lunch Monday thru to Friday; take away is also available. Provence also caters for private functions.
Nobu: Atlantis Casino, Nassau, Paradise Island [242-363-3000]
A whole range of exotic menu items are served up here at this Asian inspired eatery. With dishes such as rock-shrimp tempura with a cream sauce or sushi and sashimi, including live conch and sea urchin; it is no wonder that Nobu is rated amongst Atlantis most hip and happening restaurants.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has welcomed celebrities time and again who have sought out his kitchen to sample his mouthwatering gastronomy.
In addition to cold dishes, you can also order well prepared fish including salmon and octopus.
A fixed price menu is also offered. Bon Appetit!
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub: Port Lucaya Market Place, Freeport, Grand Bahama [242-373-4734]
At first sight, this restaurant might overwhelm you. Beer stained furniture sets the tone for an intriguing ambiance but f-o-o-d, is ab-so-lutely delicious!
Serving dinner only, you can choose menu items such as Irish stew, lobster, French-style rack of lamb for two, seafood Newburg, and chicken prepared in several different ways. A must do if you are ever in the Bahamas.
So there you have it, several choices of Bahama food restaurants to choose from as you travel across the islands of the Bahamas.
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