Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Nassau and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Dune thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat The Poop Deck, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Senor Frogs
A small chain with locations in Mexico and the Caribbean, Senor Frog's caters mostly to tourists, functioning as a festive family friendly restaurant by day and a lively nightclub by night. The menu is big, with enough choice to please everyone, even kids. The unique Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is fabulous, and south of the border salads are hearty and satisfying. In addition to specialties like Winter Sabana (a thin beef filet covered with refried beans, salsa verde and Monterey Jack, served with a side of tortillas), there are a few American favorites as well, such as steaks, burgers and ribs. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights Senor Frog's welcomes live bands, and other nights there's karaoke or a DJ, but whatever the entertainment, you can be sure the crowd will be dancing and partying til the wee hours. (242-323-1777)

9 The Fish Fry
What began back in the 1960s as a few ramshackle huts hastily constructed to serve quick meals to folks on their way to and from the customs shed is today a thriving Bahamian institution. Stalls now number close to 40, and they are considerably better built, but the food continues to be as close to homemade as you can find. Seafood is the predominant ingredient, and it is as fresh as it can be. It's a great place to try conch — you'll find conch salad, scorched conch, conch fritters, cracked conch and conch chowder just to name a few of the most popular dishes. But there are plenty of other choices, from grilled shrimp and lobster to fresh fish. Several festivals and public events are held here each year, but the atmosphere is decidedly upbeat and festive every day! (242-302-2000)

8 Anthony's
Anthony's is so authentically Caribbean that one bite will have you hearing steel drums! Invigorating splashes of primary colors provide the backdrop for the equally uplifting service. The salads are mega-sized and can easily be considered a meal. Lunch and dinner platters include lobster, spicy jerk chicken or ribs with coconut mango sauce. (242-363-3152)

7 Double Dragon
Offering a welcome diversion from the local Bahamian fare, Double Dragon specializes in Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine. Indeed, their chefs are natives of Canton province, which gives the food here an element of authenticity that's lacking at some other Chinese restaurants. There are numerous options on the menu, from beef and chicken dishes to seafood and pork, with several vegetarian choices as well. A good choice for fans of super spicy food, especially if their dining companions prefer things a little milder! Full service bar. Dine in, take out or delivery (242-393-5718)

6 Bahamian Cookin
Why not lunch at a restaurant with a name like Bahamian Kitchen? The locals have known about this hangout for a while and now travelers and visitors have been let in on this secret. Known for seafood, but also caters to the salad and sandwich crowd. Casual attire. (242-325-0702)

5 Traveller's Rest
Come here to enjoy breezes blowing in your hair with the best seat in this Caribbean paradise. The authentic Bahamian menu offers fresh seafood and local dishes. The banana daiquiri is reputed to be one of the best on the island. (242-327-7633)

4 Green Parrot Bar & Grill
The Green Parrot is a good choice for a casual lunch or dinner, especially if you find yourself growing a bit weary of conch. To be sure, conch is on the menu (as it is at virtually every restaurant on the island), but mostly you'll find American style burgers, sandwiches, wraps, buffalo wings, quesadillas and even Nathan's hot dogs. Steaks and fresh grilled seafood are also on offer. A fun place to kick back with a cold beer and watch the activity at the marina. (242-363-3633)

3 Montagu Gardens
The garden setting of this lovely restaurant adds a touch of tropical elegance to an otherwise fairly relaxed atmosphere. The food should satisfy folks who prefer fine dining as well as those who would rather keep it simple. Seafood is a specialty — grouper almondine and stuffed lobster are exceptionally well prepared. Steaks are grilled to your specifications, and the daily specials are always good. (242-394-6347)

2 The Shoal
The Shoal serves true home-style Bahamian cooking in a fantastic casual and friendly atmosphere. Try okra soup, creamy conch chowder, cracked conch, crispy grouper fingers, well-spiced mutton and the like, all served with the national dish of peas 'n' rice. And if you're hankering for an authentic Bahamian breakfast, plan to come here on a Saturday morning when they serve up awesome boil fish and johnnycake — your company will be throngs of loyal locals! (242-323-4400)

1 East Villa Restaurant
A bit more upscale than many of the restaurants in town, with quietly stylish décor, East Villa is a great choice if you're looking for something different but still affordable. The restaurant specializes in Chinese cuisine, with lovely mixtures of fresh veggies and meats or seafood in tasty sauces, some spicy, some mild. Other options include a flavorful broiled New York strip steak and a handful of Continental dishes. (242-393-3377)


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Senor Frogs 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Dancing, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
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The Fish Fry 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Caribbean, Seafood
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
COST: $
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Anthony's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Caribbean
Neighborhood: Paradise Island
COST: $
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Double Dragon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Neighborhood: Nassau
COST: $$
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Bahamian Cookin 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Caribbean
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Nassau
COST: $$
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Traveller's Rest 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly, Live Music
Cuisine: Caribbean
COST: $$
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Green Parrot Bar & Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly
COST: $$
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Montagu Gardens 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Continental
Neighborhood: Nassau
COST: $$
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The Shoal 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Caribbean
COST: $$
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East Villa Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Nassau
COST: $$