10 of the Bahamas' Top Restaurants

Rock House Restaurant
Rock House Restaurant | Courtesy of Rock House Restaurant
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Freelance Caribbean Writer5 January 2018

Food is a huge part of Bahamian culture and dining in The Bahamas is a must-have experience for visitors to the tropical paradise. While seafood is served at every corner of the island, there are many restaurants that feature a range of international cuisines for those wanting to enjoy a foreign meal. Here are the top 10 best restaurants in The Bahamas.

Aquapazza

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian, $$$
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Italian pasta
Italian pasta | © Pixabay

On Queen’s Highway is where you’ll find Aquapazza, the only Italian restaurant in Harbour Island. The restaurant is located at the Harbour Island Marina so of course, there’s a stunning view of the ocean and sunset that you can watch from the dockside terrace. Aquapazza is famous for its Italian-inspired menu of delicious pasta, seafood and imported Italian wine. There are also vegetarian dishes available on the menu.

Sip Sip

Restaurant, Seafood, Caribbean, $$$
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Sip Sip Harbour Island
Sip Sip Harbour Island | © Cookie Kinkead, Roland Rose

‘Sip Sip’ is a Bahamian slang meaning ‘gossip’ or ‘idle chat’ so naturally, the Sip Sip Restaurant is a popular place where locals go to hang out with friends and have a meal. Sip Sip’s casual atmosphere and waterfront view have made it the most lunch-only spot on Harbour Island. Chef Julie Lightbourn created the restaurant’s menu featuring classic Bahamian dishes and seafood. If you’re in the mood for dessert, try the chocolate-banana bread pudding or the famous Sip Sip carrot cake.

Rock House Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood, Italian, European, $$$
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Rock House Restaurant
Rock House Restaurant | © www.rockhousebahamas.com

The British colonial style Rock House Resort is home to the Rock House Restaurant, one of the most exquisite restaurants in Harbour Island. The menu is made up of Bahamian and Mediterranean meals cooked with the freshest seafood and vegetables caught and grown locally. The fine dining options at the Rock House Restaurant include a seating area on the terrace overlooking the bay, the Chef’s Table, or by the pool.

Social House Sushi & Grill

Restaurant, Sushi, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Nassau’s premier sushi restaurant is Social House Sushi & Grill, located on Cable Beach. The sleek restaurant has a wide selection of sushi and Japanese dishes, as well as vegetarian meals. The restaurant also features a grill section for those who would rather enjoy delicious steak, chicken or seafood. For wines, delicious cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, visit the upscale bar which is operated by professional bartenders.

Sapodilla

Restaurant, Seafood, French, Italian, $$$
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Lounge at Sapodilla
Lounge at Sapodilla | © http://www.sapodillabahamas.com

Experience fine dining and sophistication at the Sapodilla Restaurant in Nassau. Their menu features a variety of international cuisines with a Bahamian twist. The beautiful restaurant is elegantly decorated with Bahamian artwork while the property has a lush garden of trees and exotic flowers. Guests have the option of enjoying a delicious cocktail or a glass of wine at the Kamalame Bar or in the piano Champagne lounge. For a more intimate dining experience, reserve one of the private Cabanas featuring its own private butler.

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Fine Dining

Luciano’s of Chicago

Restaurant, Seafood, Italian, $$$
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Luciano's of Chicago
Luciano's of Chicago | © lucianosnassau.com

Luciano’s of Chicago is one of the most iconic restaurants in Nassau. The restaurant was once the home of Sir Roland Symonette, Bahamas’ first Prime Minister. Today, the waterside mansion is a Tuscan-styled restaurant serving fresh salads, classic Italian pasta, steaks and seafood meals. The garden and terrace are decorated as a seaside villa to give guests the feel of being in a restaurant in Italy.

Pier 1 Restaurant

Restaurant, Sushi, Seafood, American, $$$
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Sushi restaurant
Sushi restaurant | © Pixabay

Pier One Restaurant is exactly what you would expect from a classic seafood restaurant on an island. The restaurant is located near the pier in Freeport so guests can dine with a view of the ocean, watch the sunset or watch the sharks during feeding hours. Pier One Resturant takes full advantage of its location and the abundance of fishermen on the island, by buying freshly caught seafood to prepare their meals daily. Lobster, Shrimp, Stoned Crab, Sushi and Conch are all prepared by the exceptional Chefs.

Café Matisse

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
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Once you see the decor and furniture at Café Matisse, it will be hard to believe that it was originally a horse and buggy firehouse. This picturesque Italian restaurant features a Henri Matisse inspired dining room, an enchanting Garden patio and a large courtyard where guests can enjoy dishes from the menu of pizzas, pasta, seafood and other Italian dishes. Delicious desserts and wine imported from various countries are also on the menu. Café Matisse is a popular spot for business lunches among locals.

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining

The Dune

Restaurant, French, Seafood, $$$
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Salmon dish
Salmon dish | © Pixabay

Renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened one of the most popular restaurants in Nassau at the Ocean Club Resort. The Dune offers an exquisite dining experience like no other. The menu of French-Asain dishes with a Bahamian flair was created by Chef Jean-Georges himself and features dished like Lobster in light curry, Salmon Sushi and Pecking Duck. Cocktails, wines and champagne are served throughout the day at the beachfront Dune Bar. If you’re a James Bond fan, the restaurant will probably be familiar to you as scenes from ‘Casino Royale’ were filmed at the restaurant.

Flying Fish Modern Restaurant

Bistro, Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
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Burger
Burger | © Pixabay

Flying Fish Restaurant offers a truly memorable dining experience. Specialising in local seafood dishes prepared with local ingredients, this restaurant uses a mixture of traditional and modern cuisine techniques that showcase the chefs’ culinary creativity. Choose from a range of seafood dishes, salads, classic burgers or the tapas inspired by Spanish and Italian cuisine. On the wine menu is a variety of wine made by Flying Fish’s sister company, Sea Gate Wines.