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What to Eat in Bahamas

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Sandals Emerald Bay and other upscale Bahamian hotels and resorts offer a number of gourmet restaurants, but these fine dining establishments rarely serve Bahamian fare, and their dishes are often pricey. To eat well – and like a resident – you'll have to venture outside the hotel district. The islands are renowned for their johnnycakes (which is similar to cornbread) and peas n' rice (a side dish that combines rice with pigeon peas), but seafood is prominent on most restaurant menus. Local staples include grilled and fried grouper; conch served in chowder, as a raw salad and in deep-fried fritters; and broiled and steamed rock lobster. Sweet treats like guava duff (a guava-filled pastry topped with rum or brandy butter sauce) and rum cake (a cake that features rum in its batter and a rum butter sauce) are also available at many eateries.

Highly-regarded restaurants can be found on many Bahamian islands, but travelers say some of the country's best cuisine is offered at casual pubs and bars on New Providence Island, Grand Bahama Island and Eleuthera. A few local favorites include Pirate Republic Brewing and The Bearded Clam Sports Bar in Nassau; Rum Runner's Bar and Da Conch Man in Freeport; and Budda Snack Shack and Sandbar Bar & Grill in Spanish Wells. For nicer meals, diners suggest checking out Nassau's Matisse, Freeport's Flying Fish and Governor's Harbour's 1648 Bar & Grille.

Various beers, wines and spirits are served throughout the Bahamas, but no visit would be complete without trying some of the country's rum. New Providence Island's John Watling's Distillery is considered one of the country's best places to sample the liquor and learn more about the rum-making process. And unlike the U.S., the drinking age here is 18.

Find the Best Restaurants in Bahamas

  • #1
    Louis & Steen's New Orleans Coffeehouse
    #1 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Cajun & Creole
    809 West Bay Street, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #2
    Daiquiri Shack
    #2 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 234 reviewsTripAdvisor (234)
    $ |
    14995 Gulf Boulevard, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #3
    Cafe Matisse
    #3 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1880 reviewsTripAdvisor (1880)
    $$ | Italian
    Bank Lane, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #4
    Curly's Restaurant and Bar
    #4 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 720 reviewsTripAdvisor (720)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
    Arawak Cay Fish Fry, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #5
    Hooters Bahamas
    #5 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 81 reviewsTripAdvisor (81)
    $ - $$ | American
    Woodes Rogers Walk, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #6
    Crabs and Ting
    #6 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 267 reviewsTripAdvisor (267)
    $ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
    Junkanoo Beach, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #7
    La Caverna West
    #7 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 310 reviewsTripAdvisor (310)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Tuscan, Romana, Lazio, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
    West Bay Street Caves Village Shopping Centre, Nassau 00000 New Providence Island
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  • #8
    Lukka Kairi Waterfront Bar & Grill
    #8 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 102 reviewsTripAdvisor (102)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood
    British Colonial Center Of Commerce, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #9
    Sapodilla
    #9 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 455 reviewsTripAdvisor (455)
    $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, European, Bahamian
    West Bay Street Half Mile East of Caves Point, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #10
    Tasty Teas
    #10 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bahamian
    21 Delancy Street, Nassau 1242 New Providence Island
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  • #11
    Athena Cafe & Bar
    #11 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 907 reviewsTripAdvisor (907)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Greek
    Bay & Charlotte Street, Down Town, Nassau, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #12
    Jazz Bar
    #12 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 113 reviewsTripAdvisor (113)
    $$ | Bar, International
    Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #13
    Bahamian Cookin' Restaurant & Bar
    #13 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 423 reviewsTripAdvisor (423)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Bahamian
    Trinity Place Downtown opp.The Central Bank of the Bahamas, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #14
    The Bearded Clam Sports Bar
    #14 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 496 reviewsTripAdvisor (496)
    $ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Bahamian
    International Bazaar Baystreet Tucked away down the arcade, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #15
    Dali Rotisserie & Grill
    #15 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 470 reviewsTripAdvisor (470)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, European, Bahamian, Barbecue, Beer restaurants
    Navy Lion Road East side of Hilton Hotel, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #16
    Exagon Restaurant & Lounge
    #16 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 168 reviewsTripAdvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Bahamian, Caribbean
    Navy Lion Rd. Hilton Center of Commerce, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #17
    Pirate Republic Brewing
    #17 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 670 reviewsTripAdvisor (670)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub
    Woodes Rodgers Walk Opposite Cruise Terminal, between Charlotte and Frederick Streets, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #18
    Luca Fusion
    #18 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 58 reviewsTripAdvisor (58)
    $ | Fusion, Healthy, Bahamian, Caribbean, Seafood
    17 Christie Street, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #19
    Wok N Roll Chinese Restaurant & Bar
    #19 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 249 reviewsTripAdvisor (249)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian
    Henrea Carlette Plaza-West Bay St Cable Beach, Nassau 00000 New Providence Island
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  • #20
    Social House Sushi & Grill
    #20 of 321 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 296 reviewsTripAdvisor (296)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Grill
    1 Skyline Drive Cable Beach, Nassau New Providence Island
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