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



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 culls some other gems around the island of New Providence, such as Sapodilla Fine Dining, which opened at the edge of Cable Beach in December 2013. It strives to rival downtown's gold-standard fixture Graycliff Restaurant with its blend of Continental and Bahamian styles and products.

For a taste of old Bahamian such is what prevails in the Out Islands, hit the Fish Fry on Arawak Cay, where everything is authentic island style and lively. 

From Japanese sushi bars and Italian restaurants, to seafood and steakhouse dining, Nassau covers all of the culinary bases, and this lists points you to the best in each genre. 


Poop Deck
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Look out at yachts bobbing in the harbor and the towers of Atlantis in the distance as you contemplate your choice of seafood. The day's just-caught offerings fill an iced bin at the restaurant's entrance. You can pick your meal from the...  Read More


The Fish Fry
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In the Bahamas' Out Islands, the tradition of Fish Fry defines a gathering of small stands and shacks where cooks prepare authentic homemade Bahamian cuisine - from fried chicken and stew' fish to conch salad and guava duff. Within walking...  Read More


Nobu


Internationally known chef Nobu Matsuhisa has acclaimed restaurants in world-class cities such as New York City, London, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Milan and Tokyo. Atlantis' Nobu is every bit as elegant, sleek and design-forward as the rest,...  Read More




Set in a former mansion, Luciano's says elegance from the moment you enter the marble and mahogany foyer. Dining areas benefit from creative atmospheric lighting, which accents the warm colors and mesmerizing harbor views. Traditional...  Read More


Dune
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International super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has added two Bahamas eateries to his ever-growing list of innovative restaurants. At Dune, his creative fusion of Asian and French cuisines, with a hint of local island flavor, makes for a...  Read More


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Paradise Island


Widely regarded as one of the top restaurants in the islands, this Atlantis restaurant has all the hallmarks of a traditional American steakhouse, but with a well-rounded selection of seafood and global dishes. The club atmosphere is...  Read More


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Paradise Island
Mesa Grill
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Celeb Bobby Flay's third venture transplanted his brand of Southwest U.S. fare to tropical climes in a fairly seamless manner. The menu makes some small bows to Bahamia such as the spiced chicken skewers with mango vinaigrette, crispy conch...  Read More


Sapodilla Fine Dining
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Nassau's newest fine dining restaurant is named for a local fruit and is nicely Bahamian in its treatment of Continental cuisine and décor. The experience begins in the garden, where you can enjoy a cocktail and native drummers. In the...  Read More




Matisse the painter may have been thoroughly French, but Matisse the café leans more toward Italian. Set in an 1800s home, the restaurant has a charming courtyard and an abundance of colorful art prints on the walls. It's located behind...  Read More




An inimitable Nassau experience, Graycliff Restaurant is a five-star dining establishment serving Continental cuisine with a Bahamian twist. The dining experience feels like you are settling into an intimate dinner party with friends at...  Read More


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Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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