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 and Baha Mar on Nassau's Cable Beach. The resorts have raised the bar for Nassau dining.

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 as 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



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

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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

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

Cable Beach
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Katsuya has three kitchens, your server will explain. One is the sushi bar, another the robata 1000-degree grill, and the third the "liquid kitchen," aka, bar. Start with a white grapefruit cosmo with two sotted fresh cranberries or the...  Read More

Sapodilla Fine Dining
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Nassau's newest fine dining restaurant is named for a local fruit and is nicely Bahamian in its treatment of Continental cuisine and dcor. 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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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