Nassau

Eating out in the Bahamas isn’t just about the food; it’s about the music, the views, and most importantly, the atmosphere. With so many cafes, restaurants and eateries on offer here, you’re spoilt for choice. Here are our top seven favourite spots for lunch in the capital of the Bahamas, from small, family-run favourites to fancy fine dining venues. Did someone say rock lobster?

1. Café Martinique 

With an address like Casino Drive, this café was never going be anything but ultra-cool. It’s been recreated from the famous venue featured in the James Bond classic, Thunderball – its European and Caribbean fusion décor oozing charm with deep mahogany furniture and high ceilings to create a spacious feel. The sea views certainly don’t hurt either. Tuck into plant-based and elegant French cuisine such as Muscovy duck breast and calamari with green pea cream. 

2. Nobu

If you’ve dined in the Nobu in London, Beijing, New York or Las Vegas, you’ll know not to miss this Japanese-inspired gem. It certainly makes an impression, with its bright green entrance and Peruvian meets Asian cuisine. You’ll find it next to the casino floor in the Atlantis Paradise Island beach resort. Take your taste-buds on a journey with sashimi alongside jalapenos or tuna tempura rolls, and don’t miss the dedicated sake cellar.

3. Dune

Also on Paradise Island you’ll find Dune, which brings together Caribbean, French and Asian food to delicious effect. The venue itself is impressive enough, before you even take a bite to eat: created by celebrated designer Christian Liaigre, it boasts an intricate, British Colonial style. Take a seat on the outdoor terrace to look down over the peaceful white sand beach below as you sip a cool, crisp glass of white wine. We’d recommend going for the mouth-watering local seafood, such as roasted hake or seabass. The restaurant is run by celebrated chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who has a Michelin star. When you taste the delectable dishes here, we think you’ll understand why. 

4. Café Matisse

Been shopping on the popular Bay Street? Stop off at Café Matisse when your feet get tired and your stomach begins to rumble. This much-loved spot is an ode to the Mediterranean, with its Italian menu and walls of French art (the clue is in the name). Soak up the atmosphere by sitting outside in the verdant courtyard or veranda and take your pick from dishes like succulent octopus and peppered tuna loin.

The wine list is particularly noteworthy here, and the menu changes every six months to make the most of local produce and experiment with innovative cooking styles.

5. Graycliff

It’s worth going to the Graycliff restaurant for the building alone (but there’s plenty to recommend it besides). You’ll find it inside the Graycliff Hotel, which occupies a colonial mansion which dates back to the 18th century. As the first five-star restaurant in the area, Graycliff is known for its sophisticated atmosphere and refined menu.

Expect world-class wines and second to none service. If you’re after a more informal experience for lunch, check out the hotel’s Humidor Churrascaria, which celebrates the cuisine of Brazil. 

6. Athena Café and Bar

Fancy something quick, delicious and healthy in the heart of Nassau? Head to the Athena Café and Bar, which fuses Caribbean and Greek fare and is just steps from port. It has an informal, bustling atmosphere, and the menu is bursting with nourishing dishes to fuel you for an afternoon of exploring. Tuck into small plates of grilled octopus and grape leaves stuffed with beef, or experience the best of the ocean with blackened salmon or snapper served with lemon and olive oil. Don’t leave without trying some sweet and sticky baklava. 

7.    Montagu Gardens 

This picturesque villa and its grounds were once owned by the Bahamian Finance Minister, Stafford Sands. They’re now home to the Montagu Gardens restaurant, which looks out over the idyllic Waterloo Lake. Décor is kept minimal and clean to create a relaxed ambience, and dishes on offer range from Mediterranean to Caribbean. The menu specialises in seafood, prepared simply and with love: we recommend the cracked coconut conch, perhaps accompanied by a cocktail. 

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