Bermuda Restaurants

What's incredible about the Bermuda restaurant scene isn't so much the number or quality of restaurants, but the sheer variety of cuisines represented on the menus, especially considering that Bermuda is such a tiny island. It hosts a medley of global cuisines—British, French, Italian, Portuguese, American, Caribbean, Indian, Ch
What's incredible about the Bermuda restaurant scene isn't so much the number or quality of restaurants, but the sheer variety of cuisines represented on the menus, especially considering that Bermuda is such a tiny island. It hosts a medley of global cuisines—British,
What's incredible about the Bermuda restaurant scene isn't so much the number or quality of restaurants, but the sheer v

What's incredible about the Bermuda restaurant scene isn't so much the number or quality of restaurants, but the sheer variety of cuisines represented on the menus, especially considering that Bermuda is such a tiny island. It hosts a medley of global cuisines—British, French, Italian, Portuguese, American, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, and Thai—palatable reminders of Bermuda's history as a colony.

Many superior independent and resort restaurants attract a constant and steady stream of internationally acclaimed chefs, assuring that the latest techniques and trends are menu regulars. At the same time, virtually all restaurant menus list traditional Bermudian dishes and drinks, so you have the opportunity to taste local specialties at almost any meal.

As you might expect, methods are not all that's imported. Roughly 80% of Bermuda's food is flown or shipped in, most of it from the United States. This explains why restaurant prices are often higher here than on the mainland.

Nevertheless, there are a number of delicious local ingredients that you should look for. At the top of the list is extraordinary seafood, like lobster (best during September through March), crab, oysters, mussels, clams, red snapper, rockfish, tuna, and wahoo. Additionally, many chefs work with local growers to serve fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, leeks, tomatoes, corn, broccoli, and Bermuda onions (one of the island's earliest exports); and in the fruit department, strawberries, cherries, bananas, and loquats (small yellow fruit used for preserves). Imports notwithstanding, Bermudian cuisine really begins and ends with local ingredients and traditional preparations, and therein lies the island's culinary identity.

While in Bermuda, try to eat like a local and put a couple of traditional dishes to the test. Bermuda is a seafood lover’s paradise, with favorite dishes including mussel pie, shark hash, and codfish and bananas. As for soups, you can go for fish chowder, conch chowder, or traditional Portuguese black-eyed bean soup. Don’t forget to kick back and relax after your meal with a rum swizzle, a Black and Coke, or a Dark ’n' Stormy. Ginger beer—which is quite different from ginger ale—remains the island’s most popular soda for the kids.

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  • 1. Barracuda Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    The tastefully decorated contemporary dining room—mahogany-framed chairs and banquettes, soft-gold lights over the tables—is reminiscent of...Read More

  • 2. Fourways Restaurant & Inn

    $$$$ | European

    Fourways has risen to preeminence as much for its lovely 17th-century surroundings as for its award-winning European cuisine and famous Sunday...Read More

  • 3. House of India

    $ | Indian

    Slightly off the beaten track, this authentic Indian restaurant is well worth the 10-minute walk or short cab ride from the town center. Outstanding...Read More

  • 4. La Trattoria

    $$ | Italian

    Tucked away in a narrow Hamilton alley, this family-favorite Italian restaurant has a warm yellow and brick interior and a crew of friendly...Read More

  • 5. Marcus'

    $$$ | Caribbean

    Bringing Marcus Samuelsson's fried chicken and waffles, made famous at his acclaimed Harlem restaurant Red Rooster, to Bermuda, this trendy...Read More

  • 6. Ocean Club

    $$$$ | Seafood

    This seasonal spot at the Fairmont Southampton has earned its reputation as one of the top restaurants on the island for fresh, local fish dishes...Read More

  • 7. Port O' Call

    $$$ | Seafood

    A two-level restaurant and sushi bar (Pearl) with a modern look and elegant atmosphere, Port O' Call is one of the few ground-entry dining spots...Read More

  • 8. Swizzle Inn

    $ | American

    Swizzle Inn created one of Bermuda's most hallowed drinks, the rum swizzle: gold and black rum, triple sec, orange and pineapple juices, and...Read More

  • 9. Tempest Bistro

    $$ | French

    Located a short stroll from King's Square, the inspired Tempest Bistro has a secluded entrance and a stunning view of the harbor, along with...Read More

  • 10. Tom Moore's Tavern

    $$$ | French

    Tucked away from Middle Road, one of the island's oldest restaurants occupies a 17th-century Bermuda cottage with historical charm. Tom Moore...Read More

  • 11. Wahoo's Bistro & Patio

    $$ | Seafood

    With a name like Wahoo's, it's no surprise that this restaurant's menu features a wide variety of fresh, local seafood. Though often crowded...Read More

  • 12. Waterlot Inn

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    This graceful, two-story manor house, which dates from 1670 and once functioned as a bed-and-breakfast, now holds one of Bermuda's most elegant...Read More

  • 13. 1609 Bar & Restaurant

    $$ | Caribbean

    Ascend a short flight of stairs at the end of the Hamilton Princess pier and enjoy the chic island vibe at this harbor-view restaurant. Stylish...Read More

  • 14. Angelo's Bistro

    $$ | Italian

    Located in a busy alleyway between Reid Street and Front Street, this unassuming eatery is a well-kept secret for great Italian food. The menu...Read More

  • 15. Ascots

    $$$ | European

    Housed in an elegant former mansion just outside downtown Hamilton and run under the exacting standards of owners Angelo Armano and Edmund Smith...Read More

  • 16. Astwood Arms

    $$ | British

    At this Victorian-style bar and restaurant renovated from a former jewelry shop, the menu lists traditional gastropub offerings including Scotch...Read More

  • 17. Beau Rivage

    $$$ | French

    This upscale, waterfront French eatery with an alfresco patio, a vast selection of wines, and an extensive menu adds a little ooh-la-la to Bermuda...Read More

  • 18. Bermuda Bistro at the Beach

    $ | American

    Despite what the name suggests, this restaurant is right in the heart of Hamilton, and a good place to savor the day's fresh fish special while...Read More

  • 19. Bistro J

    $$$ | French

    Delivering prompt, impeccable service and outstanding value, this quiet spot offers fixed-price two- and three-course meals at lunch and dinner...Read More

  • 20. Blackbeard's Hideout

    $$ | Caribbean

    Well off the beaten path, overlooking Achilles Bay next to the historic Fort St. Catherine, Blackbeard's Hideout offers a dining experience...Read More

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