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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Bone Fish Bar & Grill

    $$ | Seafood

    Though service isn't exactly speedy, the happy, friendly vibe and huge, covered patio make Bone Fish a local and tourist favorite; the breezy...Read More

  • 4. Breezes

    $$$ | Caribbean

    The flavorful, island-inspired menu and location of Breezes are simply perfect—these beachfront views and ocean breezes are what a Bermudian...Read More

  • 5. Coconuts

    $$$ | Caribbean

    Nestled between high cliff rocks and a pristine private beach on the southern coast, this outdoor restaurant is one of the best, most romantic...Read More

  • 6. Dockyard Pastry Shop

    $ | French

    When you want a quick coffee or a gourmet sandwich in Dockyard, this is the place to stop, just across from the Visitor Services Centre. Focusing...Read More

  • 7. Frog & Onion Pub

    $$ | British

    Housed in the former Royal Naval Dockyard warehouse, this nautical-themed restaurant is loved locally for its good, satisfying food, craft beers...Read More

  • 8. Gulfstream

    $$ | Seafood

    Opposite the entrance to one of Bermuda's most popular beaches, Horseshoe Bay, this restaurant offers a selection of surf-and-turf dishes (including...Read More

  • 9. Henry VIII Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Pub

    $$$ | British

    As popular with locals as it is with vacationers from nearby Southampton resorts, the lively Henry VIII exudes an Old English charm that stops...Read More

  • 10. Somerset Country Squire

    $$ | British

    Overlooking Mangrove Bay, this well-worn tavern is all dark wood and good cheer, with a great deal of malt and hops in between. The food is...Read More

  • 11. The Burger Bar at Wickets

    $ | American

    Simple yet satisfying American fare and prompt service make this social restaurant a great spot for families. Swim up an appetite in the pool...Read More

  • 12. The Dining Room

    $$ | European

    At the base of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, in the old Lighthouse Tea Room, this adorable little restaurant is the perfect place to rest after the...Read More

  • 13. Newport, a Gastropub

    $$ | British

    Named after the biennial Newport to Bermuda sailing race, this nautical-themed restaurant is located in the lobby level of the Fairmont Southampton...Read More

  • 14. Bacci

    $$$ | Italian

    A winning combination of authentic Italian cuisine, fine dining, and gracious service is what you can find at Bacci, which translates as "quick...Read More

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