Nassau's Best Restaurants: Dine on Spicy Native Specialties or Fine Continental Fare

Chelle Koster Walton

By , Travel Expert at Large, Nassau
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Situated at the juncture of Bahamas Out Island culture and American influence, Nassau boasts a collection of restaurants that blend local with global. 

As a major tourism destination, it keeps resort guests happy with on-property restaurants that well surpass "hotel food." This is especially true at Atlantis resort on Paradise island, where celebrity chefs  such as Bobby Flay's Mesa and Nobu Matsuhisa's Nobu bring distinction to dining. The resort has raised the bar for Nassau dining, which promises another elevation with the opening of BahaMar resort in Cable Beach in December 2014.

Away from the resorts, this list also...  Read more »

  • 1

    Graycliff Restaurant

    Graycliff is the long-running gold standard of fine dining in Nassau.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make your reservation for the daily wine luncheon -- a four-course gourmet meal paired with wines from Graycliff's award-winning wine cellar."

  • 2

    Café Matisse

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $88
    • Neighborhood: Nassau

    Near Nassau's business center and cruise ship docks, it's a favorite for locals and visitors who enjoy fine dining.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit the restaurant's web site for a 10 percent off coupon. "

  • 3

    Sapodilla Fine Dining

    • Average Main Course Price: $45
    • Neighborhood: Cable Beach

    The island's newest fine dining sensation, it is making a big splash among foodies.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive early or stay late to stroll the lovely estate grounds and linger on the cigar terrace. Reservations are strongly recommended."

  • 4

    Mesa Grill

    This is some of Nassau's most innovative cuisine - a blend of Southwest U.S. and Caribbean.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mesa Grill's bar stocks just about every type of tequila imaginable. "

  • 5

    Bahamian Club

    This prestigious restaurant tops the list for fine steaks and seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "The items labeled "for two" might take a while to prepare. Order early. "

  • 6


    Another Paradise Island restaurant, another celebrity chef: Jean-Georges Vongerichten enjoys international renown.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start with the signature appetizer The Black Plate, a sampler of crab spring roll, quail with Thai spices, shrimp satay, lobster daikon and tuna in rich paper. "

  • 7

    Ristorante Luciano's of Chicago

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $35
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    This longstanding harbor-side restaurant serves equally tasty food and views.

    Local Expert Tip: "The lunch menu offers many of the same entrees as the dinner menu at more affordable prices."

  • 8


    Operated by famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, it serves Nassau's finest Asian cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Conch Shabu Shabu with Nobu Sauces for a taste of Bahamia with your Japanese meal. Reservations are definitely recommended."

  • 9

    The Fish Fry

    This is Nassau's most the authentically representative spot for true Bahamian cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the conch salad at one of the little stands, where they prepare it fresh before your eyes."

  • 10

    Poop Deck

    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Nassau

    Locals and visitors alike love it for its fresh seafood and harbor views.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're venturing to the island's West End, you'll find a second Poop Deck at Sandyport. "



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