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New Providence and Paradise Islands Restaurants

Café Matisse

  • Bank Lane and Bay St. Map It
  • Nassau
  • Eclectic
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 07/12/2013

Fodor's Review

Low-slung settees, stucco arches, and reproductions of the eponymous artist's works set a casually refined tone at this restaurant owned by a husband-and-wife team—he's Bahamian, she's northern Italian. Sit in the ground-floor garden under large white umbrellas or dine inside the century-old house for lunch or dinner. Start with beef carpaccio, then dive into freshly made pasta with crab meat, garlic, hot pepper, cherry tomatoes, and shrimp in a spicy red-curry sauce,

or such delights as pizza frutti di mar (topped with fresh local seafood). Be sure to save room for dessert and the delicious handmade cookies that come with coffee.

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Restaurant Information


Bank Lane and Bay St., behind Parliament Sq., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun., Mon., and Aug.

Updated 07/12/2013


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Apr 25, 2014

Nassau Favorite

We came upon this delightful place by happenstance on our first trip to The Bahamas in 2010. We had no idea what a star it was in the culinary landscape, but were charmed by the outdoor patio -- and to be honest, the little cat that was the only "patron" at that time of day. We were lucky to get reservations for that evening and were not disappointed. It's a lively atmosphere, but not raucous. The service is spot-on - friendly, knowledgeable and prompt,

with great wine pairing suggestions. We returned again last year with our granddaughter, who was treated like a little princess by wait staff. All the dishes we've had were delicious, especially the seafood and pastas. Desserts are outstanding as well. Can't wait to get back this September for another visit and will definitely return to our island favorite, Café Matisse.

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