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Graycliff

Graycliff, Nassau

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Graycliff Review

A meal at this hillside mansion begins in the elegant parlor, where, over live piano music, drinks are served and orders are taken. It's a rarefied world, where waiters wear tuxedos and Cuban cigars and cognac are served after dinner. Graycliff's signature dishes include Kobe beef, Kurobuta pork, and Nassau grouper. The wine cellar contains more than 200,000 bottles that have been handpicked by owner Enrico Garzaroli, some running into the tens of thousands of dollars. You can even buy the world's oldest bottle of wine, a German vintage 1727, for $200,000.

    Contact Information

  • Address: W. Hill St. at Cumberland Rd., across from Government House Nassau, New Providence Island | Map It
  • Phone: 242/322–2796
  • Website:
  • Location: Nassau

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 07-12-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Waste of Money, Waste of Time. Bland Food. Rude Waitstaff. Cheap Tricks to Rack Up the Bill.

    I created a Fodor's account just so that I could review this schmaltzy, over-priced restaurant and hopefully prevent a few people from ruining a Bahamas vacation night. As a frame of reference, I am a 31 y/o NYC attorney who traveled to the Bahamas for a Bachelor party. I am used to - and willing to - spend money on nice restaurants. This is not a nice restaurant. The staff is rude, the food is weak, the price is high. Need to know more? Read on.

    Let's start with the Food: over-priced, bland, poor quality, over-sauced, fatty. Want to pay $25 for a Caesar salad comparable to what you get at Wendy's? Then this place is for you! How about a fatty, rough, tasteless steak cooked inconsistently for $100? Yes, Yes, and Yes. A side of 3 cold thin stalks of asparagus for $20? Got that here as well.

    The Cocktails? Sugary, low-alcohol, and pushed upon you by an aggressive waitstaff who seem to be incentivized to trick patrons into buying food and drink they are not interested in. The Graycliff way! We were tricked into ordering an extra round of identical drinks that nobody really wanted. The guy who ordered a second ended up with 3 after the unintentional round. "Did somebody order the Coffee Patron? Oh no? Ok, well I'll just leave it here if anybody is interested,." ($25 per shot)

    The decor? Stuffy funeral parlour chic.

    But, worst of all is the staff. 4 or 5 waiters serving our table of 15. But, none willing to pour a glass of water or do anything that is "free." I was close to getting up to grab the pitcher of water by the door at this $250 pp establishment. No staff willing to actually make this a pleasant dining experience. The waitstaff acted like we were inconveniencing them with our presence. Very rude.

    Oh the cigars you've heard about... "Who wants cigars?" we were asked. 5 or 6 people raised their hands. "Oh we'll just bring enough so everybody can enjoy." Be ready for 15 cigars x $25 on that fun check at the end.

    This place is a RIP-OFF. I am still angry and I ate here a month ago. Do yourself the favor and skip this waste of time, space, and money.

    This place is ripe for a 20/20 Chris Hanson special where they are caught in the act of fleecing tourists. SKIP SKIP SKIP.

    by jeffalexander, 4/16/14
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    great dining experience

    We have visited Graycliff twice and each time were impressed with the atmosphere, the food and the service, which is a bit on the slow side and so typical Bahamian.
    If you are used to the fast pace of American Restaurants and want the same, don't go to Graycliff. From listening to the piano with a drink in your hand, being escorted into your dining room where you can smell the flowers through the open windows, starting your first course, it's all like a performance and you are the star.

    We are going back, soon, and it will be another memorable evening with friends at Graycliff for dinner.

    by bleu, 2/6/08

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