Brussels Bistro is a quaint establishment whose linen tablecloths, dark wood paneling and cozy bar evoke the old-world charm of an authentic bistro. Menu musts include rich onion soup with freshly baked French bread, chicken and mushroom puff pastry with cream sauce, and fresh steamed mussels in a wine broth, the bistro's specialty. Belgian beer, French wine and decadent desserts complete this unforgettable culinary experience. Brussels Bistro is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. In addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus, there are daily specials that feature an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert.
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.
Breakfast at Aqua can be traditional or trendy. Opt to make your experience full service or join the buffet line. At the breakfast buffet bar choose from fruits, yogurt, bagels or have an omelet prepared your way. Sit down items range from steak and eggs to an egg sampler plate to the traditional boiled or stewed snapper. The Aqua Lobster Benedict, two poached eggs, lobster, sauted spinach in a hollandaise sauce, comes highly recommended. For the health conscious diner, breakfast can be steel cut oats or a fruit parfait with a choice of whole, skim or soy milk. You can get an early start at Aqua, breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m.
Matisse the painter may have been thoroughly French, but Matisse the cafe is completely 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 Parliament Square just steps away from the country's legal and business center in downtown Nassau and is a popular lunch hangout for lawyers, politicians and local business persons. The menu changes every three months, taking advantage of the freshest available produce, but dishes are creative and wonderfully flavorful. You might enjoy an appetizer of thinly sliced veal with a tuna-caper sauce, or lobster salad with hearts of palm and orange-ginger vinaigrette. Pastas and gnocchi are homemade, and main dishes such as rack of lamb, baked snapper with braised fennel, and veal with prosciutto on a bed of spinach are all divine.
Regarded as the best restaurant on New Providence, if not in the Caribbean, Graycliff also happens to have one of the world's top wine cellars. Offering some 250,000 bottles, from an 1865 Chateau Lafitte Rothschild Premier Grand Cru Classe to a 2001 Niebaum-Coppola merlot, the cellar has it all, in every price range. Graycliff is also known for its 90-some varieties of cigars, many of which are hand-rolled on the premises by Cuban ex-pats. The food is crafted with the finest ingredients: beluga caviar, foie gras, truffles, lobster, Certified Angus beef, milk-fed veal, imported Parma ham, and fresh seafood. Reservations are essential.
What began as a few ramshackle huts has grown into a Bahamian dining destination. Andros and Twin Brothers Seafood & Steakhouse are just two of the restaurants you'll find in this strip of restaurants and bars offering fresh seafood and homemade dishes to locals and visitors alike. The Fish Fry is 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. Several festivals and public events are held here each year, but the atmosphere is decidedly upbeat and festive every day.
Van Breugel's is an European-style family bistro located near Rawson Square in downtown Nassau, Bahamas. The bistro serves up old world ambiance in a casual setting. The menu is moderately priced and features European-inspired Bahamian dishes. The chef specialties include beef stroganoff, Thai beef, Weinerschnitzel, shrimp Indienne, braised lamb shank, veal scallopinni, boillabaisse, spicy tomato soup and coconut curry conch chowder. There is also a grill menu, pasta menu, snack menu, bar tapas menu, cocktail menu and a small selection of desserts. Attire is smart casual. Reservations are recommended and can be requested on their web site. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Same great food, new name, Bahamian Kitchen is now Bahamian Cookin. A local favorite for nearly 30 years, this lunch and dinner spot is Nassau's best-kept secret dining spot that's gaining popularity with visitors looking for an authentic Bahamian dining experience. Everything is authentically Bahamian, from the food to the table settings. Known for seafood dishes like cracked conch, friend shrimp and broiled lobster, Bahamian Cookin also caters to the salad and sandwich crowd. Dine in the main dining room or in the sports lounge and enjoy the down-home family atmosphere and service. Friday happy hours include a complimentary treat. Casual attire. Cash only. Closed Sundays.
Via Caffe is a trendy, European-style cafe that transforms into a nighttime hot spot. Great for breakfast, Via Caffe serves lunch and dinner, too, blending European and Caribbean flavors into a creative menu. Come in the morning for a great cup of coffee and a steak & egg wrap. Come back at night and hit the dance floor. There are nightly specials and entertainment themes from jazz and salsa to happy hour and ladies night. Best of all? Its super close to the port if you need to get back to the boat after your night of dinner, drinks and dancing.
Set above Bay Street, at the corner of Bay and Charlotte Streets, Athena Cafe's upstairs restaurant overlooks Nassau's busy downtown shopping district. Open since 1996, Athena Cafe is a family-operated Greek restaurant that is a popular lunch spot for locals working in the financial district as well as visitors to Nassau. Sit outside on the balcony or inside the air-conditioned cafe. Athena Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving up authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with a smile. Takeout is also available. Travel tip: Say hi to Peter Mousis, aka Mr. Opa, and ask for his menu recommendations.