Restaurants in Bahamas

Bahamian cuisine naturally includes fresh seafood, but also tropical fruits, rice, peas, and pork. Some influence has come from the American South as well. Bahamas restaurants offer both fusion and traditional cuisines. Arawak Cay is a mile west of downtown Nassau, this is a village of seafood shacks with the best conch fritters. It’s also referred to as the “Fish Fry.” Popular spots include Goldie’s and Twin Brothers, but it’s also smart to see what the locals choose as their meal of choice (most visit on Sunday nights).

Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar at Green Turtle Cay is one of the best Bahamas restaurants on the island. It is known for Miss Emily’s signature drink “the goombay smash,” which is a sweet mix of rum and pineapple juice. Tippy’s Bar and Beach Restaurant is a more upscale spot serving global seafood dishes with Bahamian flair. It’s open-air, right on the beach, and often full of “it” people from America, on vacation from Hollywood and elsewhere. It’s touted as one of the best restaurants in the Bahamas, and lives up to its reputation.

The best peas-and-rice, a favorite Bahamian accompaniment to fried-fish dinners.

A recreation of the original Café Martinique, which was featured in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, this upscale French restaurant is the work of renowned Alsatian chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and New York—based designer Adam D. Tihany.

Order the conch chili at this bistro on the bluff above the Atlantic surf. Sip Sip is open during lunch, and available for private parties during dinner hours.

There's no street number, and the restaurant has a decidedly diner-like atmosphere, but this is one of the few places to get local food at local prices. Try boiled fish—big chunks of bone-in grouper with lemons, onions, potatoes, and hot peppers—with a crumbly sweet johnnycake.

The Johnston family's artistic talents flourish in Little Harbour, as they have since Randolph Johnston's arrival over 50 years ago. Their Bronze Art Foundry and Gallery are renowned for sculptures employing the Lost Wax process.

Just west of downtown, the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay is a collection of several restaurants and bars serving some of the freshest, most authentic Bahamian fare on the island. Located along the waterfront, the restaurants are housed in pastel-colored shacks, many of which have outdoor patios.

Don’t let the casual, weathered-wood-and-palm-thatch exterior fool you—this is no ordinary beachside shack. Rather, Tippy’s is (in the apt words of owner David Barlyn) Planet Eleuthera: a superb restaurant that’s also a gathering place for all walks of island life.

At the foot of Government dock, a bright pink-painted shack in Dunmore Town is the first seafood stand visitors encounter as they arrive on the Harbour Island ferry from Eleuthera.

Nobu Matsuhisa's Peruvian-influenced Japanese dishes are now served at more than 15 outposts worldwide.

This Bay Street roadside stand serves the most authentic conch salad in the Bahamas. In fact, the ceviche-style entrée is the only item they serve and it's made while customers watch.

Ma Ruby's simple eatery on Harbour Island in the Bahamas claims to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and the 70-something year-old legend is proud of it.

Occupying the ground floor of an elegant, seven-room, India Hicks-designed guesthouse, this dining room with its red-painted walls, softly glowing candlelight, and charmingly uneven wood floors (they date, like the rest of the inn, to 1800), is the place to have dinner on Harbour Island.

The best backyard barbecue.

The first Caribbean outpost of celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Dune is far and away the chicest restaurant in the Bahamas.

Located on the lobby level of the Cove Atlantis hotel, this oceanfront restaurant was celebrity chef Bobby Flay's first venture outside the United States.