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, 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. Coconuts

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

  • 2. House of India

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    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 chicken...Read More

  • 3. La Trattoria

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

  • 4. MilanMilan

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    The authentic Italian coffee, along with a delicious assortment of pastries, is only one of the many highlights in this bright, sunny space. After sipping...Read More

  • 5. Swizzle Inn

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

  • 6. Wahoo's Bistro & Patio

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    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, the patio...Read More

  • 7. 10 South

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    Formally the North Rock Brewing Company, the name change and redesigned menu featuring Mediterranean classics with a fresh approach has elevated this neighborhood restaurant from...Read More

  • 8. Angelo's Bistro

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    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 features...Read More

  • 9. Aurora

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    Focusing on "ocean to table," the Aurora restaurant at Newstead Belmont Hills Resort puts a premium on locally sourced ingredients and exceptional service. Though the...Read More

  • 10. Bouchée

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    It's worth the walk west out of Hamilton to see why this charming French restaurant is a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. Rise...Read More

  • 11. Bulli.Social

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    Bermuda's only gourmet burger restaurant spices up Hamilton's lunchtime scene with an array of creatively topped patties, poutines, and hot dogs. Enjoy the social buzz...Read More

  • 12. Buzz N Go Collector's Hill

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    A popular chain that can be found across the island, Buzz Cafes offer a selection of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and a variety of other dishes...Read More

  • 13. Café Coco

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    At this warm, oceanside restaurant with a real European vibe, you can enjoy a candlelit dinner in the dining room, which looks like a white...Read More

  • 14. Café Olé

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    Known for its fresh fish sandwich, Café Olé is a popular spot for taxi drivers on their way to and from the airport, so it...Read More

  • 15. Chopsticks

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    Locals and visitors alike come here for an extensive menu that includes Szechuan, Hunan, Cantonese, and Mandarin favorites. Top Chinese choices include the sesame chicken...Read More

  • 16. Coconut Rock and Yashi Sushi Bar

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    Whether you're in the mood for shrimp tempura and sashimi served in a quiet room with black-lacquer tables and paper lanterns, or you're hankering for...Read More

  • 17. Crown & Anchor

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    Light and airy, with an upscale hotel feel, the Crown & Anchor offers everything from quiet afternoon tea service to lively happy hour specials. The...Read More

  • 18. Dangelini's Cafe & Bakery

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    Watch Hamilton come alive from the shade of a harbor-view table at this little spot located right next to the ferry terminal. You'll find hot...Read More

  • 19. De Island Shack

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    With sandwiches, baked goods, and "the best coffee in the west," there are great options for grabbing something to go from De Island Shack, a...Read More

  • 20. Devil's Isle Cafe

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    With an emphasis on fresh, healthy ingredients, Devil's Isle's large menu has plenty of creative options, many available in both small and large plates. The...Read More

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