Restaurants throughout the islands offer cuisines that range from Indian and Chinese to upscale French and Italian, as well as native Bahamian cuisine. On the Out Islands, Bahamian food predominates, but international fare is gaining ground. Your Villas Caribe concierge will be happy to assist you with restaurant reservations, Private Chef Service, and additional information.
Most Bahamian cuisine looks to the sea, which provides a cornucopia of fresh products. Meat, on the other hand, is often imported and consequently expensive. The islands' signature seafood is the conch (pronounced "konk"). Conch meat turns up in a variety of incarnations, including cracked conch, conch salad, conch chowder, conch fritters, even conch burgers.
Villas Caribe Bahamas Restaurant Selections
New Providence Island (Nassau and Paradise Island):
Androsia Steak & Seafood Restaurant:
Continental, $30 to Over $40. The specialty here is Peppersteak au Paris, a New York sirloin served with Dijon mustard, cracked peppercorns, cream, and brandy. But you’ll find a wide seafood selection as well at this comfortably upscale restaurant, where rich striped curtains add elegance, and starfish and lanterns on the wall lend a nautical flavor. Closed Sunday. No Lunch. Located on W. Bay Street in the Shoppers Haven Plaza, Paradise Island, New Providence Island.
Blue Lagoon Seafood Restaurant:
Seafood, $20 to $40. The décor tends toward the nautical, with hurricane lamps and brass rails, in this narrow third-floor dining room looking out to Nassau on one side and Atlantis to the other. Choose from simply prepared dishes such as broiled Bahamian lobster tail or grouper, or fancier selections such as almond-fried shrimp and stuffed grouper au gratin. No Lunch. Located at Club Land’Or, Paradise Island, New Providence Island.
Crocodiles Waterfront Bar & Grill:
Eclectic, Under $10 to $40. The informal outdoor grill, with deck table shaded by palms and adorned with signs from a plethora of Nassau establishments, is a good spot to linger under thatched umbrellas and take in harbor views. You can opt for a light bite – conch salad, burgers (standard and conch varieties), calamari, nachos, and sandwiches – or try one of the heartier choices such as mammoth T-bone steak. The sea breezes, relaxing music, and friendly staff make happy hour at Crocodiles (daily 5 to 7:30) a Nassau classic. MasterCard and Visa only. Located on E. Bay St., west of bridge to Paradise Island, Nassau.
Seafood, $20 to $40. Overlooking Nassau Harbour, this casual restaurant has a nautical feel. Watch the boats sail by as you dine on lobster grouper, and conch. Or set aside your seafaring ways and try the steak Diane flambé – it’s served flaming, as the name implies. The tavern serves three meals a day, every day. American Express not accepted. Located on Paradise Island Drive, Paradise Island.
Grand Bahama Island:
Contemporary, $10 to $40. The windowed dining room of this bright restaurant hangs over the water just outside the Port Lucaya Marketplace. Its changing menu, always well executed, leans toward the experimental with dishes like grilled grouper with cardamom carrot puree, rack of lamb with herbed goat cheese, and roasted squab breast. A daily tasting menu includes seven courses for $75. Located at Port Lucaya inside the Bell Channel.
Continental, $20 to Over $40. Linens, soft candlelight, and a twinkling view of the harbor add to the glamour and romance of this sophisticated, second-story Port Lucaya restaurant. Classic Continental specialties include filet au poivre (fillet with peppercorn sauce), grouper almondine, stuffed quail, and chateaubriand for two, served in the formal, subdued dining room or on the veranda overlooking the marina. For a big finish, order the flamed crepes suzette. Closed Sunday. Located in Port Lucaya Marketplace.
Grand Abaco Island:
Continental, Under $10 to $30, Grand Abaco Island. Dine on filet mignon topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms or a broiled lobster tail. Located at the Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour.
Bahamian, $20 to $40. Serves both Bahamian and Continental cuisine. A more casual, kid-friendly option is Thursday night pizza at the Tipsy Seagull and is also a popular drinking and dancing spot. Located on marina, Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island.
Grand Exuma Island:
Big D’s Conch Shack:
Bahamian, Under $10. For the freshest conch salad and the coldest beer, look for the splatter-painted seaside shack. Daron Tucker does the fishing, wife Dianne heads the kitchen. No credit cards. Closed Monday. Located on Queen’s Hwy, Steventon, Great Exuma Island.