There is so much to look forward to in the Bahamas. The unique culture of islanders, breathtaking beaches, quaint islands to explore and, most importantly, food. Seafood is the norm when it comes to restaurants in the Bahamas, but chefs have found ingenious ways to incorporate cuisines from other cultures, too. These five restaurants in the Bahamas not only whip amazing Caribbean delicacies, but they also work with local farmers and groups invested in conservation efforts. If you haven’t dined here yet, then make sure not to miss each of these five exquisite culinary experience during your next visit to the Bahamas.
If you are a fan of Japanese cuisine and happen to be in Paradise Island, then you really must try Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu Restaurant. Located just off Atlantis Resort Casino’s floor, this vibrant restaurant with a glowing green archway serves the most delicious portions of Japanese meals. Indulge in some cold dishes such as salmon or tuna spicy miso chips and bluefin toro tartar with caviar or the famed Nobu mini tacos.
The chef’s style has been called innovative because it marries traditional Japanese delicacies with those from other cultures, hence the new style sashimi and Osusume. Nobu’s small-scale dining areas fill up fast, and so you may want to make a reservation. The restaurant features a large bar and entryway where you can sit with your drink and soak up the views. Or you can check out the ‘Sake cellar’ for Japanese drinks.
The Bahamian Club
The Bahamian Club in Atlantis Resort Casino is an authentic Bahamian setting with its plush fabrics, dark woods, and intimate seating arrangements ideal for a romantic evening out. This restaurant is simply yet elegantly decorated, and the staff serves with a smile. Some soft jazz playing in the background drowns the voices of diners to give an intimate setting. Succulent aged steaks, delicious chicken, and fresh grilled seafood served in a warm environment will make you feel right at home, while some Bohemian coffee will warm you up inside. It’s cocktail hour any time after 6 pm, and if you are not sure what to try, the knowledgeable staff is at your service.
Café Martinique at Atlantis isn’t just famous for its food and drinks. In 1965, it featured in the James Bond film, Thunderball, and since then it has been one of the most evolutionary establishments in the Bahamas. This restaurant that fuses Caribbean culture with modern touches is keen on its wine and champagne list – and diners are advised on what pairs best with meals.
Being the first restaurant to introduce a plant-forward menu, Café Martinique has appealed to those keen on promoting sustainability in Nassau. Menu? A Bahamian-Mediterranean fusion that will not fail to impress the palate. Ingredients – where possible – are sourced locally from farmers and fishers, which is why their Bahamian lobster looks so fresh. The management insists on dress code to match the elegance of this beautiful restaurant.
Fish by José Andrés
Master Chef José Andrés knows how to transform an ordinary snapper into a delicious gourmet meal that diners will rave about for days on end. The dining area is exquisitely decorated with textures and colors of the Bahamian seascape. Booths are wide and accommodating, but there are also smaller tables for two.
The food is on a whole other level. The name might suggest Fish by José Andrés is all about seafood, but that is not the case. And while you will be treated to a juicy Cobia steak, there is also succulent aged rib eye, and jerk chicken on the menu. Fish dishes include crustaceans, tuna, lionfish, and conch that Chef Andres – who has two Michelin stars – prepares in an innovative way and with heaps of creativity.
Even more special is this establishment’s dedication to marine conservation. To ensure the survival of lesser species, the chef personally fishes and serves Lion Fish which is known for out-eating and out-breeding others. Part of the proceeds from a typical Lion Fish platter goes to The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation.
Dune by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Atop a white-sand bluff is Dune, a restaurant within Ocean Club on Paradise Island. Its strategic position gives diners the best view of the ocean on any day. Its British Colonial design gives this restaurant an air of both modern sophistication and a classic vibe. Wooden furniture that matches the floor and ceiling makes the indoor dining area clean and spacious while overhead lamps illuminate the room at night.
The theme is French-Asian cuisine with a hint of Bahamian influence. Whether here for a meal or a tropical drink as you watch the sunset on the outdoor patio, Dune by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges is an excellent choice. The Dune backroom accommodates as many as 40 guests while its open-air terrace would be the perfect place to hold an intimate gathering of twenty.