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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.

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  • #1
    Daiquiri Shack
    #1 of 318 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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  • #2
    Cafe Matisse
    #2 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1880 reviewsTripadvisor (1880)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood
    Bank Lane, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #3
    Louis & Steen's New Orleans Coffeehouse
    #3 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 210 reviewsTripadvisor (210)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Cajun & Creole
    809 West Bay Street, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #4
    Curly's Restaurant and Bar
    #4 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 719 reviewsTripadvisor (719)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
    Arawak Cay Fish Fry, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #5
    Crabs and Ting
    #5 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 269 reviewsTripadvisor (269)
    $ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
    Junkanoo Beach, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #6
    La Caverna West
    #6 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 310 reviewsTripadvisor (310)
    $ - $$ | 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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  • #7
    Hooters Bahamas
    #7 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 81 reviewsTripadvisor (81)
    $ - $$ | American
    Woodes Rogers Walk, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #8
    Sapodilla
    #8 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 455 reviewsTripadvisor (455)
    $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, European, Bahamian
    West Bay Street Half Mile East of Caves Point, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #9
    Athena Cafe & Bar
    #9 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 909 reviewsTripadvisor (909)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Greek
    Bay & Charlotte Street, Down Town, Nassau, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #10
    The Bearded Clam Sports Bar
    #10 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 499 reviewsTripadvisor (499)
    $ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Bahamian
    International Bazaar Baystreet Tucked away down the arcade, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #11
    Bahamian Cookin' Restaurant & Bar
    #11 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 423 reviewsTripadvisor (423)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Bahamian
    Trinity Place Downtown opp.The Central Bank of the Bahamas, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #12
    Lukka Kairi Waterfront Bar & Grill
    #12 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 102 reviewsTripadvisor (102)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood
    British Colonial Center Of Commerce, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #13
    Tasty Teas
    #13 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 121 reviewsTripadvisor (121)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bahamian
    21 Delancy Street, Nassau 1242 New Providence Island
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  • #14
    Jazz Bar
    #14 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 113 reviewsTripadvisor (113)
    $ - $$ | Bar, International
    Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #15
    Pirate Republic Brewing
    #15 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 670 reviewsTripadvisor (670)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub
    Woodes Rodgers Walk Opposite Cruise Terminal, between Charlotte and Frederick Streets, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #16
    Luca Fusion
    #16 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 61 reviewsTripadvisor (61)
    $ | Fusion, Healthy, Bahamian, Caribbean, Seafood
    17 Christie Street, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #17
    Exagon Restaurant & Lounge
    #17 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 168 reviewsTripadvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Bahamian, Caribbean
    Navy Lion Rd. Hilton Center of Commerce, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #18
    Wok N Roll Chinese Restaurant & Bar
    #18 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 250 reviewsTripadvisor (250)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian
    Henrea Carlette Plaza-West Bay St Cable Beach, Nassau 00000 New Providence Island
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  • #19
    Cleo Mediterraneo
    #19 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 288 reviewsTripadvisor (288)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau 89109 New Providence Island
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  • #20
    Fish Central
    #20 of 318 Places to Eat in Nassau
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 112 reviewsTripadvisor (112)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Bahamian
    22 Arawak Cay West Bay Road, Nassau New Providence Island
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