Top Restaurants of the Bahamas

Dining options in the Bahamas range from casual beachside spots and relaxed venues to fine-dining restaurants, but all take advantage of the islands’ fresh fish, conch, and lobster, as well as the local spices, tropical fruit, and coconuts.

Haynes Ave, The Bahamas
On Eleuthera, visitors and locals alike gather every Friday night near Cupid’s Cay in the town of Governor’s Harbour to enjoy the Anchor Bay Fish Fry. This weekly event is hosted by the Governor’s Harbour Development Association, and it’s a friendly, welcoming celebration of local food, music, and people. The menu includes fried fish, of course, along with other island dishes like BBQ chicken and peas and rice. Once you’ve had your fill of food, you can unwind with a rum drink and dance the night away. The Anchor Bay Fish Fry takes place on Friday evenings starting at 6 p.m.
Delancy St, Nassau, The Bahamas
A visit to John Watling’s Distillery offers both a tour of a historic estate in downtown Nassau and the opportunity to sample locally made John Watling’s rum. The distillery, the only locally owned one on the island, is housed in the Buena Vista Estate, which began construction in 1789. The estate grounds encompass tropical gardens and a 200-year-old water well. Visitors can also take a free tour of the museum and distillery, where you can see the aged white oak barrels filled with rum. Finish the tour with a cocktail from the on-site Red Turtle Tavern, or pick a bottle of John Watling’s rum from the store.
West Hill Street Nassau N.P, Nassau, The Bahamas
The Graycliff Restaurant at the historic Graycliff Hotel was one of the first five-star restaurants in the Caribbean, and it’s the perfect place to go for an exceptional fine-dining experience, with a menu that combines Bahamian specialties with European cuisine. The restaurant has five dining areas, including a garden gazebo, plus private dining in the wine cellar and at the chef’s table. The chef’s secret recipes are masterfully prepared and take advantage of fresh local ingredients like conch and lobster. After the meal, you can take a cognac or a handmade cigar from the in-house cigar makers. Dinners at Graycliff have a dress code of no shorts or sandals, and jackets recommended for men.
1 Stocking Island | Volleyball Beach Stocking Island, The Bahamas
At Chat ‘N’ Chill, a beach bar on Stocking Island in the Exumas, you can enjoy cold drinks with your feet in the sand and eat your fill of local fare like BBQ ribs and grilled fish. The menu also has burgers, hot dogs, and made-to-order conch salad. This laid-back spot is a classic island beach bar, and you can even wade into the clear water to feed the conch scraps to the local stingrays. Chat ‘N’ Chill is also famous for its Sunday pig roasts, a lively event with a whole, slow-smoked pig, drinks, and island music on the beach.
Arawak Cay, The Bahamas
Most Bahamian fish fry events happen once a week, but the Arawak Cay Fish Fry happens every day except Monday, and it features an expansive selection of food trucks, stalls, and restaurants. Along with fried fish, you’ll find freshly made conch salad, conch fritters, and an abundance of starchy sides like mac and cheese, peas and rice, and plantains. It’s definitely at its liveliest on Sunday nights, when the locals come out for an evening of good food, cold beer, and dancing to the local bands. Remember to bring cash, as most vendors don’t take cards.
St Francis Xavier Cathedral Area The, St Francis Xavier Cathedral Area W Hill St, Nassau, The Bahamas
At Graycliff Chocolatier on Nassau, you can do more than just taste delicious, gourmet chocolates—you can learn how to make them yourself with the help of Graycliff’s master chocolatier. The chocolate-making experience is part of the chocolate factory tour, in which guests learn how the chocolate goes from raw cocoa beans to a rich liquid that can be poured into molds. Then you’ll have the chance to mold your own chocolate bars. Of course, if you’d rather taste it than make it, you can purchase a selection of chocolate and truffles, or join one of the chocolate and spirits tasting sessions to learn how to pair gourmet chocolates with spirits like rum, whiskey, and port.
Entrance of Christ Church Cathedral George and P.O.Box N386, King Street, Nassau, The Bahamas
Try authentic flavors of the Bahamas while also learning about the culture and history behind the dishes with the walking tours from Tru Bahamian Food Tours. The Bites of Nassau tour is a small-group experience with a knowledgeable local guide taking you to meet chefs and artisans around downtown Nassau. You’ll sample classic dishes like conch fritters, learn about Bahamian cooking, and get an insider’s perspective on the historic sites and everyday life in Nassau. There’s also a cocktail tour that will introduce you to some of Nassau’s top mixologists, and you’ll taste wine from the only winery on the island.
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