The Best Waterside Restaurants in the Bahamas

There is no shortage of incredible waterside restaurants in the Bahamas – our guide will narrow down your options
There is no shortage of incredible waterside restaurants in the Bahamas – our guide will narrow down your options | Courtesy of Dune at The Oceans Club a Four Seasons Resort
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7 December 2021
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Thanks to the Bahamas’ long history as the destination of choice for yachting in the Caribbean, the islands have built a strong offering of quality restaurants. While you’re visiting, look out for fine dining establishments with dramatic ocean views and laid-back beachside shacks. Make sure you try local specialties such as fresh grouper and conch salad for an authentic Bahamian experience at the places below – the best waterside restaurants in the Bahamas.

Bask in the best of the Bahamas by renting a yacht for the day with SamBoat. Alternatively, explore further afield on a multi-day sailing vacation with Dream Yacht Charter.

Dune

Restaurant, Fusion
Various covered and uncovered seating options by the palm-lined outdoor pool at Dune at The Ocean Club
Courtesy of Dune at The Ocean Club A Four Seasons Resort

This waterside restaurant is part of the Four Seasons’ Ocean Club on Paradise Island. Offering a French-Asian fusion menu that changes with the seasons, Dune is a luxurious spot for late-night dining in the Bahamas. Choose a table inside and admire the decor by prestigious designer Jeffrey Beers, or sit outside for the best views of the ocean.

Tippy’s Restaurant

Restaurant, Cocktails
Diners sit at wooden tables in Tippy's Restaurant
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If you’re in the mood for a beach bar with top quality food, head to this restaurant on Eleuthera. Boasting a beachfront location, Tippy’s offers an unbeatable view of the island. Come here for lunch after snorkeling on the reefs or lounging on the pink sand and enjoy local favorites including conch salad and crab claws.

Sabor

Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
The exterior of Sabor as seen across Freeport Marina, where two boats are moored
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Right on the marina at the Pelican Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island, this restaurant is an ideal spot for waterside dining. Serving French, Italian and Caribbean dishes with a twist, the menu might surprise you. Try dishes inspired by seasonal produce, such as Cognac-infused Bahamian lobster bisque, or talk to the chef about transforming your fresh catch into dinner for you and your guests.

Sonia’s Jerk

Restaurant, Jamaican

The clue’s in the name of this waterside restaurant – a hideaway that specializes in jerk done really well. Originally from Jamaica, jerk cooking is all about marinating meat in a heady spice mix before grilling. At this beachside restaurant, you can sample jerk chicken, pork ribs and oxtail, all fresh from the grill. Owner Sonia and her family will make you feel at home with rum cocktails at this friendly local spot.

Café Matisse

Restaurant, Caribbean

Less than five minutes’ walk from Prince George Wharf in Nassau, Café Matisse is a Bahamian institution. Dine outdoors on the sun-dappled terrace and try the house-made pasta with fresh local seafood or indulgent Italian cheese. Alternatively, look out for more inventive dishes such as hogfish with sweet potato mash and slow-cooked spiced lamb shank. Finish with traditional lemon tart, tiramisu or a more daring avocado mousse.

Flying Fish

Bistro, Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$

One of the best waterside restaurants in the Caribbean, this is the place to find fine dining in Freeport. It puts emphasis on sustainability, using only local seafood and making water with a nano filtration machine that enables the use of recyclable glass bottles – dramatically reducing plastic waste. Highlights include sweet chili and lime conch bites, and seared mahi-mahi with coconut rice and fresh mango slaw.

The Dunmore Restaurant

Bistro, Caribbean
The Dunmore Restaurant as seen from above, with palm trees all around and the open water behind it
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Heading to Harbour Island? Check out this elegant beachfront bistro in Dunmore Town. Find a spot on the patio and watch the sun go down as you sample the fresh flavors of dishes including curry grouper with cilantro mango chutney and Caribbean bouillabaisse. The experience is enhanced by the hotel’s flourishing gardens that match the beauty of the beach.

Blue Sail Restaurant

Restaurant, Fusion, $$$

If you’re looking for dinner with a view, Blue Sail Restaurant delivers. With a deck overlooking the ocean, this restaurant offers a serene dining experience in Nassau. Go for the ocean views, stay for the wood-fired pizzas and rum cocktails. With a jetty at the front of the restaurant, you can drive your dinghy straight to dinner. What’s not to like?

Hop between the best Bahamian restaurants by hiring a yacht for the day through SamBoat, or extend your trip to a full week sailing with Dream Yacht Charter.

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