10 Best Restaurants in Elbow Cay, The Abacos

Abaco Inn Restaurant

$$$$ | Hope Town Fodor's choice

Set in the country-club-style main lodge splashed with lively Bahamian colors and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an incredible view of the ocean, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests and visitors in classic island style. Fresh-baked bread, fruit, and lobster or Mexican-style Benedict are breakfast highlights. At lunch, sample the sesame seared tuna or the cheeseburger wrap. For dinner, grilled grouper can be prepared to your liking, but their piccata is a favorite. There's also crawfish in season—blackened, grilled, fried, or coconut-fried—as well as escargot. 

Thirsty Cuda

$ Fodor's choice

Be prepared to get wet to order your meal or drink from this floating food truck—it's anchored in waist-deep water off Tahiti Beach at the end of Elbow Cay. The sesame conch bites, burgers, and potent libations are worth wading out for. Check the weather forecast before making the trip—they're only there if the weather's good. If it is, they'll be there daily from noon until five.

Bridget's Rum Bar

$$$$ | Hope Town

Catch the Hope Town Inn & Marina's free boat shuttle from any of the docks across the harbor in Hope Town and pull up a chair under the open octagonal restaurant or hop in and place your order at the swim-up bar. The Caribbean-inspired menu features lots of seafood for lunch and dinner. The chili lime mussels drowned in local beer and the crunchy parmesan lobster tail are crowd favorites.

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Cap'n Jack's Restaurant and Bar

$$ | Hope Town

This casual eatery's seating is out on the pink-and-white-striped dock–patio. Locals, boat people, and land-based tourists gather here for value-priced eats and drinks. The menu is nothing fancy but provides reliable grouper burgers, Bahamian-style chicken or conch in da bag, fresh fish catch-of-the-day, and a variety of salads. Parents will chuckle at the items on their kids' menu—I Don't Care ( fish fingers), I'm Not Hungry (chicken strips), and Whatever (grilled cheese). Cap'n Jack's serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and offers a full bar.

Elbow Cay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Known For
  • Monday night bingo
  • live music Wednesday and Friday nights
  • grilled or blackened catch-of-the-day Reuben
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends and mid-Aug.–Sept.

Firefly Bar & Grill

$$$ | Hope Town

Whether you pull in by golf cart or tie up by boat, it's worth the trip to this popular restaurant and bar. Seafood is their specialty, and the extensive menu makes choosing just one dish a challenge. Owned by the developers of Firefly Vodkas, this restaurant and bar carries the full line along with the Mo-Tea-To (their take on the mojito) and the Fly Swatter (a delicious mixture whose ingredients are a closely guarded secret). Locals travel from throughout the Abaco Islands chain to enjoy lunch or dinner here and catch one of the best views of the Sea of Abaco. 

Mackey's Takeout


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are simple Bahamian and American fare similar to what's on offer at other spots on the island. And while the delicious Bahamian food menu is worth a stop, it's the ice cream that draws the crowd to this whimsical little takeout restaurant in the middle of the island. There's even a coffee bar for that caffeine fix, served up iced or piping hot. There are a few chairs and tables on the outdoor porch, but most folks carry their food with them.

Elbow Cay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Known For
  • delicious cinnamon rolls, banana bread, and other baked goods
  • excellent breakfast sandwiches and burritos
  • warm, friendly owner
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Sun. mornings


$ | Hope Town

For simple Bahamian food that will fill your belly, check out this small dine-in and takeout spot. Try the conch or chicken thigh snack served with fries or the dinner portion, which gives you the choice of two sides. There's a full range of burgers, including chicken or fish, prepared your way. 

1 Russell's La., Elbow Cay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Known For
  • popular spot for ice cream
  • great breakfast sandwiches
  • fresh fish dishes

On Da Beach Bar & Grill

$ | Hope Town

Burgers, tacos, sandwiches, conch, fish, and icy rum drinks are served up with a terrific Atlantic view at this open-air bar and grill perched high on the beach dunes across the road from the small Turtle Hill resort. Go in your bathing suit and enjoy the beach and snorkeling right out front. 

Sea Spray Resort & Marina


A small hut bar overlooking the ocean and a brightly colored food truck serve simple but delicious small bites—conch fritters, fresh-catch ceviche, and fish tacos hit the spot. In true Bahamian style, the bar is open more frequently than the food truck, so be sure to check the schedule before driving all the way out for a bite. The original spot got completely wiped away by Hurricane Dorian in 2019, but they're slowly coming back.

Elbow Cay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Known For
  • live music Thursday and Sunday
  • fresh seafood prepared perfectly
  • weekly happy-hour drink specials
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: food truck closed Sun. through Weds.

Willie's Kitchen & Bar


There are a few plastic tables and chairs outside this basic kitchen spot, but for the most part it's a takeout joint. The menu is limited, but the food is delicious. You can't go wrong with their burgers, yummy jerk chicken wrap, or seafood options. Some nights there's pizza on offer as well.

Elbow Cay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
Known For
  • good, simple food
  • homemade cinnamon rolls
  • the fried fish burger
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. mornings