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. Bailey's Ice Cream

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    Choose from over a dozen homemade all-natural ice creams at this iconic parlor easily identified by its bright turquoise exterior. There are plenty of options...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Port O' Call

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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Ascots

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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Bolero Brasserie

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    The smartly dressed waitstaff, bustling atmosphere, and art-filled walls lend an authentic European feel to this beloved Front Street bistro. Owner and chef Jonny Roberts...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Flanagan's Irish Pub

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    Bermuda's only Irish pub is a dining, music, and sports hot spot with a balcony overlooking Hamilton Harbour. Choose from an extensive list of tasty...Read More

  • 11. Frog & Onion Pub

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

  • 12. Glaze Bakery

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    No matter what you're craving, there's something to indulge in at this Church St. bakery, just across from the main bus terminal. Whether one of...Read More

  • 13. Homer's Cafe

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    Located in the Masterworks Art Gallery in the heart of the Botanical Gardens, enjoy a peaceful break at Homer's Cafe. Here you'll find daily specials...Read More

  • 14. Huckleberry

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    Set inside the lush interior of the historic Rosedon Hotel (the hotel itself is currently closed but the restaurant within remains open), Huckleberry features classic...Read More

  • 15. Pink Beach Club

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    Perched a stone's throw from the ocean, the open-air restaurant located at The Loren hotel brings major tropical, laid-back vibes with its untreated wood and...Read More

  • 16. Rustico Restaurant & Pizzeria

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    At Rustico, you can dine on colorful Italian specialties and appreciate the beauty of the quaint village of Flatts across from the Bermuda Museum, Aquarium...Read More

  • 17. Speciality Inn

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    You may have to wait in line a few minutes to snag a table, but you can't beat Speciality Inn for satisfying, reasonably priced meals....Read More

  • 18. Tuck Shop

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    Dressed in bright pink, the Tuck Shop stands out against its neighboring stores in stark contrast. The relative newcomer to the Heron Bay complex puts...Read More

  • 19. Yo Cherry

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    When you're in need of a cool, sweet treat, this self-serve, soft-serve spot with frozen yogurt, ice, and gelato is the place to go. Along...Read More

  • 20. Bacci

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

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