19 Best Restaurants in The Exumas, Bahamas

Big D's Conch Spot

$$$ Fodor's choice

For the freshest—and according to locals, best—conch salad and the coldest beer, look for the splatter-painted seaside shack a stone's throw from Grand Isle Resort. Big D catches the conch right outside the restaurant, and the salads are often prepared in front of customers. Other seafood favorites include grilled snapper, cracked conch, and coconut shrimp. You also can't get a better water view than here, and the beach is great; bring a swimsuit.

Queen's Hwy., Steventon, Bahamas
242-358–0059
Known For
  • Very friendly staff
  • Great local cocktails
  • Must-try conch salad and burger
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon and Tues. Closed Aug. 1 to early Oct., The card machines tend to go out sometimes so carry cash.

Blu on the Water Restaurant & Bar

$$$ Fodor's choice

Blu on the Water is a must-have dining experience when visiting Great Exuma. Chef Ty Wong has crafted a delicious fusion of Asian and Bahamian dishes that will sweep you into culinary heaven. The dining room offers a stunning view of Elizabeth Harbour, and that coupled with the quiet ambience make it one of the most romantic restaurants in Exuma.

Rolletown, George Town, Bahamas
242-345–5258
Known For
  • Must-try Bang Bang conch appetizer
  • Fantastic seafood risotto and other pastas
  • Delicious desserts
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations required, Closed Wed.

Chat 'N' Chill

$$ Fodor's choice
Chat 'N' Chill, Great Exuma
photo by Shari Tellman

Yacht folks, locals, and visitors alike rub shoulders at Kenneth Bowe's funky open-air beach bar on the point at Stocking Island. All the food is grilled over an open fire; awesome conch burgers with secret spices, freshly made conch salad, burgers, and a variety of drinks attract diners from all over Great Exuma. Dances and bonfires on the beach during the winter season are famous island-wide. Sunday pig roasts, which start around noon, are legendary (call first to make sure it's scheduled). Most guests arrive by sailboat, but you can get here by water taxi (242/464–1558; or call Capt. Elvis Ferguson on VHF radio channel 16) from the Government Dock, which leaves on the hour during the day.

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Cocoplum Bistro

$$ Fodor's choice

Whether you want a quick breakfast before heading to the beach or dinner under the stars, this open-air beachside bistro at Paradise Bay is a top place to dine. This bistro serves three meals a day, combining Bahamian and French cuisines. The menu is varied, with poke bowls, burgers, seafood dishes, steak, and even duck. There's also a children's menu for lunch and dinner.

Hill House Restaurant

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Housed in a charming British-style villa at Fowl Cay Resort, this upscale restaurant serves fresh Bahamian-inspired modern cuisine alongside spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding islands and sea. The cocktail hour is followed by an amazing four-course gourmet dinner featuring a creative blend of Bahamian-inspired modern cuisine that the chef prepares daily with the freshest seafood and local ingredients. Sofas and lounge chairs encircle the restaurant’s charming large indoor dining room and bar area. During the day you may find you have the villa all to yourself as you take a dip in the pool, read, relax, and enjoy your picnic lunch. In the evenings, Hill House transforms into a lively and festive place where guests dress up and gather to enjoy drinks and delectable hors d'oeuvres. One can play a game of pool or darts in the bar area or simply socialize with friends and family taking in the gorgeous sunsets.  Premium wines are available at an additional cost. Even if you are not staying at the resort, you can book a table at Hill House Restaurant for an unforgettable evening.

Big Major's Cay, Bahamas
242-557–3179-reservations
Known For
  • New menu daily
  • Delectable hors d'oeuvres and innovative cuisine
  • Lively cocktail hour
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sept., Reservations required for visitors, VHF Channel 16 for dinner reservations

Lorraine's Cafe

$$ Fodor's choice

Located at the Black Point Marina on Great Guana Cay, this quaint restaurant is popular for its barbecue buffet and happy hour combo on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Lorraine's serves three meals per day, but lunch is the most hectic, with flocks of tourists, typically on excursions, stopping by to eat. The menu is varied, with lobster, ribs, tacos, pizza, and sandwiches. 

Santanna's Bar & Grill

$$ Fodor's choice

Santanna's claim to fame, besides the beautiful ocean view and the delicious food, is that it was a favorite dining and hangout spot for the cast and crew during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. The menu features a range of Bahamian and American dishes, and Mom's Bakery next door is famous for its fresh bread and mouthwatering rum cakes.

Shirley's at The Fish Fry

$$ Fodor's choice

At buzzing The Fish Fry hot spot in Great Exuma, Shirley's is the most popular restaurant of them all, with its chill atmosphere and delicious food. The colorful, quaint little shack is just a stone's throw away from the beach, so there's a great view from the outdoor dining deck. There is also an indoor dining area. The menu is a bit limited but offers the best of Bahamian cuisine, with conch, fish, and other seafood dishes.

Queens Hwy., George Town, Bahamas
242-336--3737
Known For
  • Coconut grouper is the best on the island
  • Large portions
  • Variety of delicious pies for dessert
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed. Closed Sept. and Oct.

Splash Beach Bar

$$ Fodor's choice

Splash, located at Hideaways at Palm Bay, is a fun eatery with a stunning view of the harbor and Stocking Island, which you can see from the wraparound windows. There's also an outdoor dining area if you prefer feeling the ocean breeze and warm weather while you eat. The restaurant's menu features a range of Bahamian specialties and American favorites. Indoors, there's a huge bar with swings as chairs, and pool tables for more fun. Take note of the hilarious signs posted on the walls of the restaurant.

The Rusty Anchor

$$$ Fodor's choice

Sip on a cucumber cooler drink while taking in the stunning ocean views at this idyllic, open-air restaurant located at February Point. The menu is varied with a range of Bahamian favorites, along with steak, pasta, and seafood dishes — complemented by a well-stocked bar. You can choose to dine indoors or outdoors and bask in the views of Elizabeth Harbour. After your meal, take advantage of the beach chairs and relax by the infinity pool.

Tropic Breeze Beach Bar & Grill

$$ Fodor's choice

With an outdoor dining area that wraps around the restaurant so you can enjoy the tropical sea breeze and views of the Caribbean Sea, this is one of the most tranquil restaurants in Little Exuma. Chef Khriston, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, prepares the best and most popular Caribbean dishes — be sure to try the Jerk Wings with a cold beer.

Eddie's Edgewater

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In the heart of George Town, this authentic Bahamian restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. The dining terrace offers a stunning view of Lake Victoria, while the indoor dining room and large bar at the front is a popular hangout spot on Monday, when there's live music, lots of drinking, and dancing. If you're visiting for lunch, try to call ahead with your order as lunch hours mean a packed Eddie's.

Queens Hwy., George Town, Bahamas
242-336–2050
Known For
  • Monday night Rake 'n' Scrape
  • Cracked chicken
  • Large portions
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Haulover Bay Bar & Grill Restaurant

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Tucked away in quaint Rolle Town by the bay, Haulover Bay Restaurant is a popular lunch spot serving delicious Bahamian meals and drinks. After your meal, you can walk out to the sandbar and hang out by the water, where you're guaranteed to see starfish, sea turtles, and possibly, a lemon shark. You can also rent a kayak to go to nearby Man-O-War Cay.

Lighthouse Cafe & Ice Cream Parlor

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The number one place to stop for ice cream in Great Exuma is this quaint, colorful restaurant that sits on the beach. Visitors usually plan to make it a quick stop, but end up staying for the stunning ocean views from the back deck. Wraps, milkshakes, wings, and many Bahamian favorites are also on the menu for lunch and dinner.

Queen's Hwy., Steventon, Bahamas
242-358-0400
Known For
  • Affordable prices
  • Unique ice-cream flavors like butter pecan and cherry vanilla peach
  • Delicious barbecue chicken with homemade sauces
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

MacDuff's Restaurant

$$$$

MacDuff’s Restaurant offers a mellow fine-dining experience with delicious food and world-class service. Chef Jason Wallace prepares a blend of contemporary and Bahamian meals, and while at the bar, you'll find bartenders serving specialty cocktails and local favorites. The rustic-chic decor and exposed wood beams are designed to remind customers of the paradise that surrounds them, as does the outdoor dining area with a view of the ocean. 

Norman’s Cay, Bahamas
242-805--2235-reservations
Known For
  • Friendly staff
  • Comfortable sofa and cabana to relax
  • Delicious MacDuff cheeseburger
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Palapa at Grand Isle Resort

$$$

The fusion of Caribbean and Bahamian spices, fresh seafood, and the tropical outdoor setting is not to be missed at Palapa. This poolside restaurant serves three meals a day and offers a stunning view of the ocean. The extensive menu features American classics and Bahamian specialties, with a few international dishes like hummus, poke bowls, and pasta also in the mix. There's also a fun drink menu featuring many frozen specials that complement the food. 

Prime Island Meats and Deli

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Stop by this deli to stock up on deli meats, cheeses, and gourmet meats like steak, filet mignon, pork chops, and more for your stay. Owners Ron and Susan Kemp also sell delicious chicken salad, crab salad, potato salad, and more. All are homemade and perfect for a beach picnic. 

Sandpiper Cafe

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Located in central George Town, just across from Peace & Plenty, this Sandpiper Cafe (formerly Driftwood Cafe) is a pleasant spot for a cup of coffee and a hot breakfast sandwich in the morning. Sandpiper also offers lunch, with specialties such as pizza, subs, and salads, served with fresh lemonade or iced tea. Choose between air-conditioned seating inside or tables outside on the private terrace.

Sea Level at Staniel Cay Yacht Club

$$$

This waterfront restaurant serves up Bahamian specialties such as cracked conch, fresh grouper, snapper, and grilled lobster, with homemade bread. A dinner bell rings when dinner is ready and diners move from the bar to the dining room. You must place your dinner order by 4 pm. 

Staniel Cay, Bahamas
242-355–2024
Known For
  • Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Must-try conch po'boy
  • Some ingredients come from the restaurant's own garden
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: VHF Channel 16 for reservations