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 natural ambiance of this waterfront spot, at Grand Isle Resort in Great Exuma, is both alluring and intimate. The name refers to the dining space: a thatch-roofed dining gazebo.
My favorite romantic restaurant in Nassau changes its menu every three months—far more often than I hope anyone would have to change romantic partners.
I have no idea how an establishment called Poop Deck could become an iconic seafood restaurant, but in Nassau it certainly has.
It is no coincidence that this old-school elegant restaurant, perched on the top floor of the Club Land’or Hotel on Paradise Island, bills itself as The Seafood Restaurant; just about every item on its menu features seafood. Looking for a meal you don’t have access to everyday?
This fine-dining seafood oasis sits inside Paradise Island’s bustling Marina Village. The original restaurant made a cameo appearance in the 1965 James Bond classic, Thunderball.
Lobster Benedict for breakfast, firecracker shrimp for lunch, stone crab soufflé for dinner...no matter the time of day, seafood is on the menu at Green Turtle Club and Marina on Abaco. This is also a popular fishing hotel, so do bring your catch of the day to the kitchen.
I was skeptical about a recommendation that this Great Exuma restaurant's conch fritters were the best. How good could they really be? After all, they are just fried batter balls filled with a Bahamian slug.
I make no assertions about the origin of this fun and flavorful cocktail, but I do lay claim to it for the Bahamas—it sips as smooth as vanilla icing on a rum-soaked pound cake, and at the same time pays tribute to the country’s famous start in the pineapple trade (we supplied Dole their first c
From its melancholy beginnings as a lovers’ requiem, the Yellow Bird travelled a long and winding path to become a renowned Bahamian cocktail. It started as a beautiful 1883 Haitian Creole poem about a woman named Choucoune, only to be turned into a song with the same name in the early '50s.
Many people think they know the Goombay Smash, but the recipes that abound are only imitations of the original, which is still made from a secret family recipe at the Little Blue Bee Bar in Abaco, Bahamas.
Tucked away in my suitcase when I came of drinking age and headed across continents to attend university was a bottle of Nassau Royale, a vanilla-infused liqueur with a sweet blend of secret ingredients.
The Bahamas’ most popular any-occasion cocktail is Sky Juice, also known as Gully Wash: a combination of gin, coconut water and sweet condensed milk. This local favorite comes in degrees of sweet and extremely sweet, and with coconut chunks (the equivalent of pulp) or without.
This is one of the few restaurants where grits, a Bahamian staple, is elevated and served to gourmet perfection. Do not be ashamed to order an extra serving of fried polenta sticks to prolong the cheesy, crunchy goodness.
Tucked away on a back alley just off Bay Street, the main downtown Nassau thoroughfare, this King Street diner uses the king of all Jamaican spices – Scotch Bonnet Pepper – in balanced portions to spice up their traditional menu.
I always go to the Taj Mahal hungry because their menu tends to incite a gluttonous food splurge. Soft colored interior lights create a homely atmosphere that quiets the spirit.