17 Best Restaurants in Great Abaco Island, The Abacos

Café La Florence

$ Fodor's choice

Stop off at this bakery–café in the Treasure Cay shopping strip for just-made muffins and some of the best cinnamon rolls you'll ever try. You'll know you've found it by the smell of those fresh-baked treats and the line of people waiting to indulge. They serve American and Bahamian cooked breakfast as well. Lunch is cheeseburgers, grouper fingers, lobster, and conch snacks, as well as a variety of sandwiches. Anglers can order picnic lunches to go. You can also arrange for the chef to cater private dinners of lobster, steak, and more in your rented condo or cottage. 

Colors

$$ Fodor's choice

This brightly painted restaurant is perched on a wooden dock over the southwestern side of the harbor. The Bahamian food menu is simple, but everything is delicious. Be sure to order some conch fritters to start—they're some of the best you'll find. They also have a delicious brunch on Saturday, complete with bottomless mimosas or pitchers of freshly made sangria or mojitos. Specialty nights draw a crowd—there's karaoke on Tuesday evening. Wednesday Hump Day, you can enjoy all-day happy-hour specials on wings, conch fritters, and margaritas. 

Jib Room Restaurant

$$ Fodor's choice

Expect casual lunches and dinners of hot wings, conch burgers, fish nuggets, and steak wraps in this harbor-view restaurant and bar, located inside the Marsh Harbour Marina. If you're dying for a steak after a steady fish diet, these are the best in The Abacos. Unless you're staying on this side of the harbor, you'll need a car or taxi to get here, or expect a long walk from the main street.

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
242-802--1257
Known For
  • barbecue ribs on Wednesday night, barbecue steaks on Saturday night
  • delicious grouper Reuben sandwiches
  • live local music and entertainment
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues., Reservations essential

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Pete's Pub

$$ Fodor's choice

Next door to Pete's Gallery is an outdoor tiki hut restaurant and bar where you can wiggle your toes in the sand while you chow down on fresh seafood, burgers, and cold tropical drinks. Try the mango-glazed grouper, lemon-pepper mahimahi, or coconut-cracked conch while you kick back and enjoy the view of the harbor. It's a long drive, so in the slow season, call ahead to make sure they're open.

Snappas Bar and Grill

$$ Fodor's choice

They've got a new location (just up the road at The Conch Inn), but it's the same good food, great drinks, and lively atmosphere that has made Snappas a longtime must-stop restaurant and bar. The food is a mix of American and Bahamian fare—tacos, burgers, steaks, fish, and conch.

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
242-807-6501
Known For
  • live music most Saturday nights
  • potent cocktails such as the signature guava duff daiquiri
  • lively, fun atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: closed Tues.

The Bistro

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Dine on a rib eye with smashed potatoes or a broiled lobster tail while overlooking gleaming rows of yachts moored in the Boat Harbour Marina at Abaco Beach Resort. For fresh seafood, the seared snapper and lobster ravioli are particularly good. For dessert, try the calorie-drenched guava duff or bread pudding. For lunch, the menu offers a lighter side, with an array of soups, salads, appetizers, and burgers.

Treasure Sands Club

$$$ Fodor's choice
Be sure to make a reservation for a Friday or Saturday night dinner especially during the season, as this restaurant just outside the entrance to the Treasure Cay Resort town draws locals and snowbirds from all over the Abacos. If it's not too cool, the restaurant will be converted to an open-air space, and you're right on the world-famous Treasure Cay beach. A large pool surrounded by lounge chairs and a sound system give this spot a very South Beach vibe. For lunch, enjoy the Asian cracked conch or fish tacos. For dinner, select from the pastas, seafood, duck, lamb, short ribs, or steak Diane. Finish it up with one of the decadent desserts.

Wally's

$$ Fodor's choice

This two-story, pink colonial villa sits across Bay Street from the marina, fronted by green lawns, hibiscus, and white-railed verandahs. This is Marsh Harbour's most popular restaurant—the place to go for good food, potent rum cocktails, and serious people-watching. Lunch is a scene, especially if you sit outside, where you'll find a mix of locals, tourists, and boaters enjoying Greek or Caesar salads, spicy grouper, and mahimahi burgers. Inside there's a stylish bar where you can enjoy cocktails or a meal, a small boutique, and three dining rooms, all adorned with Haitian paintings. Dinner is served every night except Sunday and the menu includes creamy curried shrimp, mahimahi Provençal, or a filet mignon smothered in a mushroom sauce, as well as a daily sashimi. Save room for the irresistible key lime pie or Bahamian bread pudding with coconut and raisins, drenched in a brandy sauce.

E. Bay St., Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
242-367–2074
Known For
  • <PRO>pricey but delicious food</PRO>
  • <PRO>front-porch dining</PRO>
  • <PRO>sweet key lime pie</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential, Credit cards accepted

Calypso Coffee House

$

Start your day off right with a hot Starbucks coffee or an iced frappé and a breakfast sandwich or one of the day's special offerings. Lunch is a variety of soups, salads, wraps, and pasta dishes. The lunch menu changes daily, and it's a good idea to call ahead and place your order.

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
242242242-817–8136
Known For
  • best coffee in Marsh Harbour
  • spot to catch a bit of the local sip sip (gossip)
  • yummy grab-and-go lunch options
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends

Coco Beach Bar & Sea Grille

$$$

Enjoy the stunning scenery of one of the world's top-rated beaches while enjoying lunch or a cocktail at this casual, laid-back spot. Sit at the bar or on the open deck, or, for the best views, enjoy your meal under one of the thatched shades right on the beach. Eggs any style and fluffy pancakes are popular for breakfast. A Bahamian dinner is served complete with a beach bonfire Tuesday nights during the high season. Wednesday night is steak night with a loaded potato bar, and Sundays during the lobster season they offer a real deal - four course dinner for just $40 plus grat and vat with lobster prepared whichever way you want it as the main attraction.

Jamie's Place

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There's nothing fancy about this clean, bright, diner-style eatery, but the welcome is warm, the Bahamian dishes are well executed, and the prices are right, with most meals clocking in under $15. Choose cracked conch or lobster, or fresh-caught dolphin (also called mahimahi), with your choice of hearty Bahamian sides. Jamie's is also an ice-cream parlor, with a wide selection of flavors. Locals love this place, and it has stayed one of Great Abaco Island's best-kept secrets.

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
242-367–2880
Known For
  • <PRO>simple but hearty meals</PRO>
  • <PRO>friendly service</PRO>
  • <PRO>bustling takeout business</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards

Mangoes

$$

An open-air deck makes Mangoes a great place for waterside dining. Enjoy a traditional Bahamian breakfast; feast on cracked conch and zesty salads at lunch; and at dinner, try house specialties like smudder grouper, fried and seasoned with tomato, thyme, and pepper sauce; grilled rack of lamb; or the catch of the day grilled, fried, or blackened. If it's wahoo, order it grilled with lots of extra lime. The restaurant is housed in a complex that contains a boutique selling resort wear and fine jewelry from around the world, and a 29-slip marina—which means you can sail in from the offshore cays, tie up in front, enjoy a meal, and do some shopping. They also offer free Wi-Fi so you can check your email while grabbing a bite to eat.

Meke's Snack Shack

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If you're looking for a simple but tasty lunch at a great price, check out this octagonal wooden takeout-only restaurant on the western end of Bay Street. The burgers are hand-formed and served up on homemade buns—the spicy bacon cheeseburger is a local favorite. Grab a box of their fried chicken if you're headed out in the boat for a day of exploring, and on a hot day, their homemade ice cream in an array of tropical flavors including coconut, guava, pineapple, and mango is delicious and refreshing. The only seating is on a handful of park benches nearby.
Bay St., Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
242-367–4005
Known For
  • <PRO>delicious burgers</PRO>
  • <PRO>cheap eats</PRO>
  • <PRO>ice cream on a hot day</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations not accepted

Spinnakers Ocean Grille & Wine Bar

$$$

Ceramic-tiled floors, rattan furniture, and floral-print tablecloths accent this large resort restaurant—250 guests fit in the main dining area and bar at the Treasure Cay Marina. Open Thursday through Sunday for dinner only, this spot is one of the only places you can dine inside in the airconditoning in northern Abaco. Saturday evening head here for Prime Rib night and choose a pairing from the area's most extensive wine list.

Treasure Cay, Bahamas
242-365–8801
Known For
  • <PRO>theme nights</PRO>
  • <PRO>prime rib on Saturday</PRO>
  • <PRO>cool reprieve from the summer heat</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Monday - Wednesday, Credit cards accepted

The Pavilion

$$$

One of the only restaurants that's made a comeback in the Treasure Cay area offers a menu with the standard delicious Bahamian dishes you'd expect for both lunch and dinner. The poolside spot at Bahama Beach Club is known, however, for its varied theme nights. Steak takes center stage one night, and another it's tacos and tapas or Italian cuisine. Seating is inside or outdoors poolside. If you have a special occasion to celebrate, talk to the team about setting up a table for two or 20 right on the beach.

Touch of Class

$$

Ten minutes north of Treasure Cay Resort, this locals'-favorite, no-frills restaurant serves traditional Bahamian dishes such as grilled freshly caught grouper and minced local lobster stewed with tomatoes, onions, and spices. Reasonably priced appetizers such as conch chowder and conch fritters, and a full bar make this a perfect option for a night out. Be sure to save room for their homemade banana or coconut cream pies. Free shuttle service is available from the parking lot in front of the Treasure Cay Marina.

Queen's Hwy. at Treasure Cay Rd., Treasure Cay, Bahamas
242-365–8195
Known For
  • <PRO>authentic Bahamian menu</PRO>
  • <PRO>complimentary transportation from Treasure Cay resort area</PRO>
  • <PRO>large portions for lower prices than other restaurants around</PRO>
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted

Wally's Fine Dining

$$

Grab a seat on the large porch and enjoy cocktails and sunset before dinner, or escape the heat with an indoors lunch at this top Marsh Harbour spot. Burgers, wraps, pasta dishes, and nightly specials draw a crowd.

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
242-551--5476
Known For
  • fun, friendly staff
  • delicious signature cocktails
  • decadent desserts, including a must-try fried cheesecake
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: closed Sun. through Weds. and September through October