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. 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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Blu Bar & Grill

    $$$ | Eclectic

    An expansive vista of aquamarine waters, white roofs, and green palm trees—not to mention the view across the manicured golf course—makes Blu...Read More

  • 9. Bolero Brasserie

    $$$ | French

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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Café Coco

    $$$ | Caribbean

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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Harbourfront Restaurant

    $$$ | International

    Whether you dine inside beside the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows or outside on the dock, every seat in this restaurant next to Bermuda Underwater...Read More

  • 14. Harry's

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    A sleek bar and sophisticated decor provide an elegant backdrop for intimate dinners and classy power lunches. The steak-house classics, which...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Lido Restaurant

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    The beachfront dining room at the Elbow Beach Resort, with waves breaking just below, is regarded as one of the island's most romantic settings...Read More

  • 17. Little Venice

    $$$ | Italian

    It's a little pricey, but Little Venice also sets the bar with its attentive, old-world hospitality, flavorful Italian dishes, and freshly made...Read More

  • 18. Mad Hatters

    $$$ | European

    Guests can spend their meal trying on all manner of crazy hats at this quirky restaurant, but fortunately, the food here shines, mixing traditional...Read More

  • 19. Mickey's Beach Bistro

    $$$ | Seafood

    At Mickey's—hands-down the place for an unforgettable alfresco meal on the beach—you can enjoy the view while you savor a tropical cocktail...Read More

  • 20. The Island Brasserie

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    The signature restaurant of the Rosewood Bermuda resort, Island Brasserie is a classic steak house with a modern colonial atmosphere that captures...Read More

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