13 Best Restaurants in Bonaire

At Sea

$$$ Fodor's choice

Chef Jeroen and his wife Tiffany have created a seaside dining oasis that offers a leisurely, relaxed experience and some of the island's most creative seafood, steak, and vegetarian dishes and utilizing both locally and globally sourced ingredients. Choose from enticing small plates like ceviche lionfish or truffle risotto, or opt for a multicourse feast with optional wine pairings. They also have a special three-course menus for kids and vegan tasting menus with advance notice.

Kaya Hellmund 25, Kralendijk, Bonaire
599-701–0134
Known For
  • four- to six-course chef's surprise menus
  • creative small plates
  • terrific service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Brass Boer

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Owners of the critically acclaimed De Librije restaurant in the Netherlands and longtime Bonaire visitors, Dutch master chef Jonnie Boer and his wife, Therese, operate this hip restaurant in Delfins Beach Resort. Enjoy some of the island's most exciting and creative fusion fare (miso-cured monkfish, sweetbreads with peanut, coconut, and pineapple)—prepared in an open kitchen—in a gorgeous seaside setting with glassed-in banquettes. This beachfront spot is also open for breakfast and lunch. Reserve the private palapa over the sea, called Table 14, for a special occasion.

Capriccio

$$$ Fodor's choice

This splendid, family-run Italian eatery offers casual à la carte dining on a terrace or meals in a more romantic setting in a tonier, air-conditioned dining room. Choose from 50 regular offerings—including thin-crust prosciutto pizzas, caprese salads, linguini with scallops, and red wine–braised lamb shank—or go for the five-course prix-fixe menu.

Kaya Hellmund 5, Kralendijk, Bonaire
599-717–7230
Known For
  • authentic Italian specialties, including seasonal panettone
  • extensive wine cellar
  • homemade pasta, bread, and pizza
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. & Tues. No lunch weekends, Reservations essential

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Foodies

$$$ Fodor's choice

This aptly named, eclectic eatery serves everything from pasta and risotto to ribs and skewers to schnitzels and shareables in a labyrinth of dining nooks, decks, and gardens. At lunch, it attracts hungry crowds with inventive burgers and sandwiches; at night, two bars draw folks for cocktails and tapas, and the chef’s surprise dinners pack in those looking for a full meal. There's live music some weekend evenings.

Hang Out Beach Bar

$$ Fodor's choice

Overlooking Lac Bay, the training ground for the famous Bonaire Windsurf Team, this breezy bar offers libations and tasty sandwiches, salads, and daily specials in a lively surfside setting until 6 pm most days, with the exception of Thursday, when there's a famous barbecue and live music well into the evening, and Sunday. Lounge beds, sofas in the sand, and lots of shady nooks make this a wonderful place to chill and party on the beach.

It Rains Fishes

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This urban-chic establishment housed in a century-old traditional home with a magical seafront setting provides impeccable service and a creative, diverse menu that emphasizes grilled local fish—the restaurant even has its own little seafood market just outside. Open for lunch weekdays with a diverse menu of Dutch-style sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and fish and chips, too, it's a wonderful downtown spot for watching the boats on the water. There's a great kids' menu, too.

Bistro de Paris

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Owner Patrice Rannou has transformed a marina venue into an intimate waterfront dining terrace with two delightful options: Bistro de Paris, which offers a traditional evening menu, and the casual Zazu Bar, which has a light-bite menu. Both serve some of the island's best French-international cuisine featuring fresh fish dishes and house favorites, such as a delectable lamb shank entrée.

Kaya Gob. Debrot 71, Kralendijk, Bonaire
599-717–7070
Known For
  • delighful daily blackboard specials
  • divemaster burger nights with rum
  • jazz every other Tuesday night
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch Sat.

Boudoir

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An excellent patio eatery at the Royal Palm Mall offers a excellent breakfasts and an eclectic range of soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers  for lunch. The vibe shifts at night, when the restaurant morphs into "Avocados," with a special menu devoted to these creamy, nutty-tasting delicacies. There are also rotating theme nights, like Taco Tuesdays, and Sunday brunch is also a treat. 

Grandi Restaurant

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Though “grandi” means “big” in Papiamento, this tiny spot is quite the opposite—the trendy downtown hideaway opened in 2022 and specializes in authentic, artfully plated Italian fare with some fusion accents, and always a fresh catch of the day, oysters on the half shell, and a well-curated antipasto selection. Try the chef’s surprise small-plate menu, which you can pair with wines.

Hofi Restaurant

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Opened in 2021, this enchanting little secret garden enclave is the ideal spot to unwind after a day by the sea with high-end cocktails, gourmet tapas, and other shareables. Look for the oil lanterns outside a golden gate near famous Gio’s Gelateria to discover creative takes on classic meat and seafood dishes; fans of plant-based fare enjoy such meatless dishes as vegan tartare and beetroot tartelette.

Mona Lisa Bar & Restaurant

$$$$

Popular with both locals and visitors, this little dining spot in the town center features continental, Caribbean, and Indonesian fare, which you can enjoy indoors or outside. Popular items include the Wiener schnitzel and the fresh fish dishes.

Kaya Grandi 15, Kralendijk, Bonaire
599-717–8718
Known For
  • house-made desserts like passion fruit cheesecake
  • wahoo with saffron sauce
  • Indonesian saté
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends. No lunch, Reservations essential

Sebastian's Restaurant on the Sea

$$$

Reserve in advance for a sunset dining experience at this chic, romantic, waterfront spot (the pier table, which seats up to 25 people, is one of Bonaire's most sought after). Chef Sebastian has created his own niche, with an eclectic menu of international dishes prepared with a Mediterranean flair. Fly & Dine packages include an aerial sightseeing trip over Bonaire in a small plane with an oceanfront dinner afterward. 

J.A. Abraham Blvd. 60, Kralendijk, Bonaire
599-717–1697
Known For
  • Wednesday "Kitchen Nights" for chef's surprise four-course menus
  • daily fresh-fish specials
  • Sunday Italian nights (pasta and house-made pizza at great prices)

Spice Beach Club

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At this seaside eatery specializing in Caribbean-inspired tapas, the flavors are bold, the plating is artistic, and the water's-edge tables are illuminated by torches. After dinner, head to the neighboring beach bar to enjoy a lively vibe and DJ entertainment. It's next to Eden Beach Resort.

Kaya Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot 73, Kralendijk, Bonaire
599-717–8060
Known For
  • private cabana dinners for two by firepits
  • rocking beach bar happy hours and later-night entertainment
  • creative international fare