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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
    Daiquiri Shack
    #1 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 207 reviewsTripAdvisor (207)
    $ |
    14995 Gulf Boulevard, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #2
    Cafe Matisse
    #2 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1814 reviewsTripAdvisor (1814)
    $$ | Italian
    Bank Lane, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #3
    Louis & Steen's New Orleans Coffeehouse
    #3 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Cajun & Creole
    809 West Bay Street, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #4
    Crabs and Ting
    #4 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 232 reviewsTripAdvisor (232)
    $ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
    Junkanoo Beach, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #5
    La Caverna
    #5 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 259 reviewsTripAdvisor (259)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
    West Bay Street Caves Village Shopping Centre, Nassau 00000 New Providence Island
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  • #6
    Curly's Restaurant and Bar
    #6 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 520 reviewsTripAdvisor (520)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
    Arawak Cay Fish Fry, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #7
    Sapodilla
    #7 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 396 reviewsTripAdvisor (396)
    $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, European, Bahamian
    West Bay Street Half Mile East of Caves Point, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #8
    Athena Cafe & Bar
    #8 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 880 reviewsTripAdvisor (880)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Greek
    Bay & Charlotte Street, Down Town, Nassau, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #9
    Tasty Teas
    #9 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 114 reviewsTripAdvisor (114)
    $ | Caribbean, Bahamian
    21 Delancy Street, Nassau 1242 New Providence Island
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  • #10
    The Bearded Clam Sports Bar
    #10 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 445 reviewsTripAdvisor (445)
    $ | 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 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 405 reviewsTripAdvisor (405)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Bahamian
    Trinity Place Downtown opp.The Central Bank of the Bahamas, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #12
    Pirate Republic Brewing
    #12 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub
    Woodes Rodgers Walk Opposite Cruise Terminal, between Charlotte and Frederick Streets, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #13
    Dali modernistic Tapas
    #13 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 452 reviewsTripAdvisor (452)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Spanish, Bahamian
    Navy Lion Road Hilton Hotel Towards Pompey Square, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #14
    Social House Sushi & Grill
    #14 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Grill, Seafood
    1 Skyline Drive Cable Beach, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #15
    Jazz Bar
    #15 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 91 reviewsTripAdvisor (91)
    $$ | Bar, International
    Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #16
    Lukka Kairi Restaurant and Bar
    #16 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1496 reviewsTripAdvisor (1496)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian, International
    Prince George Wharf Oceanfront, Beside Senor Frogs 5 Mins From Cruise Ships, Nassau 12345 New Providence Island
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  • #17
    Exagon Restaurant & Lounge
    #17 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 133 reviewsTripAdvisor (133)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Caribbean, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Bahamian
    Navy Lion Rd. Hilton Center of Commerce, Nassau New Providence Island
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  • #18
    Wok N Roll Chinese Restaurant & Bar
    #18 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 229 reviewsTripAdvisor (229)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian
    Henrea Carlette Plaza-West Bay St Cable Beach, Nassau 00000 New Providence Island
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  • #19
    Cleo Mediterraneo
    #19 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 218 reviewsTripAdvisor (218)
    $$ | Mediterranean
    One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau 89109 New Providence Island
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  • #20
    Oh Andros
    #20 of 348 Places to Eat in Nassau
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 832 reviewsTripAdvisor (832)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
    At the Fish Fry Area, Nassau New Providence Island
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