Swaying palms, the sounds of gently rolling waves, flickering candlelight, and sweet background tunes set the tone for romantic dining in the Bahamas. The capital city of Nassau is home to plenty of restaurants for fine wining and dining, many of which are located on some of the island’s beautiful beach resorts. Outstanding cuisine, award-winning wines, impeccable service, and friendly Bahamian hospitality are the order of the day, promising an unforgettable dining experience. Here are some of the top spots for romantic dining in Nassau.
© Cleo Mediterraneo
Located at One Baha Mar Boulevard, Cleo Mediterraneo is a casual, unpretentious dining spot that serves inventive Mediterranean farm-to-table fare such as handmade pasta, fresh seafood, prime grass-fed meats, cheeses and charcuterie, and various small plates and fresh salads. Marrying old Hollywood glamour with relaxed Mediterranean charm, Cleo Mediterraneo is helmed by award-winning chef Danny Elmaleh, who creates Mediterranean-infused sharing plates of mezze, flatbreads and seafood-centric entrées. The food is accompanied by a range of drinks, including casual wines, craft beers by the bottle, and classic cocktails. Cleo Mediterraneo is open for breakfast and dinner, daily.
One Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-788-8204
© Aquafire Grill
Situated on West Bay Street, the Aquafire Bar & Grill is a Bahamian restaurant that serves traditional Bahamian delicacies for brunch and lunch. Exuding a laid-back, tropical island vibe, the restaurant features a spacious dining room and a large wooden deck with outdoor seating where guests can dine against a backdrop of beautiful garden views. Signature dishes include Grilled Octopus, Jerk Barbecue Pork Ribs, Crispy Shrimp, and Tuna Burgers. Also on the menu is a variety of fresh local fish and seafood, prime steaks and ribs, and fresh salads and vegetarian options, and a full bar menu accompanies the cuisine.
W Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-698-0119
Based at the SLS Baha Mar on Cable Beach in Nassau, Fi'lia is an award-winning Italian restaurant that serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine, a curated wine list, and inventive cocktails. Using only the highest quality and freshest locally sourced ingredients and produce, the restaurant’s culinary team presents a seasonal menu of rustic wood-fired oven pizzas, crisp salads, homemade pasta like spaghetti or fettuccine with from-scratch sauces, and fresh seafood dishes, all accompanied by handmade artisanal bread and olive oil. A selection of Italian regional vintages and American wines are offered to drink, along with handcrafted cocktails and imported beers. Fi'lia is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Baha Mar Blvd, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-788-8212
Conveniently located just off Bay Street, Café Matisse is elegant French-Italian restaurant that serves outstanding European-inspired cuisine and fine wines in a lush, tropical ambiance. Hailed as the most romantic restaurant in Nassau, Café Matisse is named for the many prints of masterpieces by the celebrated painter that adorn the walls. The café serves a seasonal menu of excellent Italian cuisine such as fresh fish and seafood, such as octopi salad and grilled salmon with spinach and ginger, and homemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, like the paccheri pasta with lobster and chickpea sauce. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of world-class wines from around the world, local and imported beers, high-end spirits and classic cocktails. Café Matisse is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
Café Matisse, Bank Ln, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-356-7012
5.Dali Modernistic Tapas
© Dali Modernistic Tapas
Located just east of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Dali Modernistic Tapas is a casual tapas-style restaurant with bright, vibrant décor and an inviting, friendly ambiance. Named after the famous Spanish painter, artist, and photographer Salvador Dali, the restaurant features an open kitchen designed in the same futuristic style as the artist’s, art-adorned walls, a large, fully stocked bar, and a covered porch with views over the beautifully renewed Pompey Square in the center of downtown Nassau. The Spanish-inspired menu features a variety of tapas ranging from grilled octopus and calamari to Spanish potatoes and empanadas, as well as entrées of paella, grilled lobster, seafood platter, and Spanish Schnitzel. The fully stocked bar serves a selection of Spanish wines, craft beers and international liquors, and classic cocktails. Dali Modernistic Tapas is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
Navy Lion Rd. Nassau, Bahamas, Phone: 242-698-2008
6.Greek Islands Restaurant and Bar
Greek Islands Restaurant and Bar is a charming Greek café that serves a creative menu of Mediterranean-inspired fare in a warm and welcoming setting. The restaurant has a comfortable dining room with wooden tables and chairs, artwork-adorned walls, and a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Boasting a menu that features traditional Greek dishes such as falafel, gyros, moussaka, spanakopita (spinach pie), and a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, the restaurant also serves a range of libations, including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Greek Islands Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-322-3119
© La Caverna
Nestled in the Caves Village Plaza, La Caverna is a rustic Italian restaurant that serves both classic and contemporary Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting. Loved by locals and visitors alike, the casual eatery specializes in authentic Northern and Southern Italian cuisine with starters of antipasti, bruschetta, fresh Caprese salads, and focaccia. Entrées include pasta primavera, chicken piccata, and Frutti de mar, and classics like lasagna and spaghetti bolognese, and desserts of tiramisu, panna cotta, and homemade gelato. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. La Caverna is open for lunch and dinner daily.
West Bay Street in Caves Village Plaza Nassau, Bahamas, Phone: 242-601-0046
8.Blue Sail Restaurant
© Blue Sail Restaurant
Set along one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas, the Blue Sail Restaurant is a shabby-chic restaurant that serves French-Mediterranean fusion cuisine with spectacular views over Sandyport Beach. Boasting one of the best views on the island, the restaurant serves a variety of delicious Mediterranean fare such as wood-fired pizza, fresh seafood dishes, and local Bahamian specialties, along with a wide range of both local and global wines, imported craft beers, top-shelf spirits and colorful cocktails with a Bahamian twist. A large 360-degree bar is a perfect spot to watch the sun go down while sipping cocktails. TheBlue Sail Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
West Bay Street, Sandyport Beach, Nassau, Bahamas, Phone: 242-327-7111
9.Compass Point Restaurant and Bar
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Compass Point Restaurant and Bar serves traditional Bahamian cuisine and global dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant features a charming dining room with white, red and black décor, Junkanoo-inspired wooden chairs, soft lighting, and floor-to-ceiling doors and windows that flood the interior with natural light and boast breathtaking ocean views. Two bars with flat-screen televisions serves casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails, and an outdoor patio offers alfresco dining. Compass Point Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
West Bay Street, Gambier, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, Phone: Phone: 242-327-4500
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10.East Villa Restaurant
East Villa Restaurant has been bringing the tastes and flavors of China to the shores of the Bahamas for the past 20 years. The restaurant features Asian-inspired décor in dark tones, wooden tables and chairs, and large windows and large French doors that flood the interiors with natural light, and the eatery serves a menu of oriental and continental cuisine that focuses on traditional Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. The menu also boasts Broiled New York Strip Steak, Broiled Rack of Lamb, Seafood Platter, Soy-Glazed Salmon, Broiled Fresh Grouper Fillet, and Broiled Fresh Bahamian Lobster Tail, and the food is accompanied by a variety of both local and global wines, imported craft beers, top-shelf spirits. East Villa Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
E Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-393-3377
© Graycliff Restaurant
Located in a historic 18th-century mansion, Graycliff Restaurant is a five-star fine-dining restaurant that offers an unforgettable dining experience. The AAA Four-Diamond restaurant serves an award-winning menu of European cuisine and Bahamian specialties that showcase the exotic tastes and flavors of the island nation. The restaurant features several dining spaces, including the main dining space, a private dining room, a cozy Wine Cellar and a unique Chef’s dining room in the kitchen, which can be arranged for special events. Guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne before dining and can enjoy a sommelier-picked selection of fine wines from around the world, top-shelf spirits, and a collection of more than 9,000 bottles of cognacs, Armagnacs, and ports. Graycliff Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
W Hill St, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-302-9150
12.Luciano's of Chicago
© Luciano's of Chicago
Boasting one of the best views in Nassau, Luciano's of Chicago is an elegant fine-dining restaurant with an Italian theme that serves authentic Italian and Mediterranean fare in a contemporary-chic environment. Set in a Tuscan-style mansion overlooking the ocean, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of Italian cuisine prepared with the highest quality and freshest local ingredients including antipasti platters, housemade pasta, fresh seafood, prime steaks and chops, and classic Italian desserts. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Luciano's of Chicago is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
Luciano’s of Chicago, E Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-323-7770
13.Black Angus Steakhouse
The Black Angus Steakhouse is a long-standing steakhouse that has modern décor and a hip vibe and serves the finest cuts of aged steak, prime rib, and beef in a contemporary chic ambiance. Boasting traditional steakhouse décor with dark wood and leather accents, elegantly dressed tables and gleaming silverware, the steakhouse serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. The Fireside Chophouse is open for dinner only, seven nights a week and hosts live jazz throughout the week.
Melia Nassau Beach 4914, W Bay St, Nassau, Bahamas, Phone: 242-327-6000
Located on the Sapodilla Estate, Sapodilla is a fine dining restaurant that is renowned for its stunning surroundings, superb cuisine, and outstanding service. Floor-to-ceiling windows embrace breathtaking garden views and interiors are decorated in soft, calming tones of creams, pinks, and blues to create and island-style ambiance. Using fresh, local ingredients, chefs prepare dishes with passion and flair, taking diners on a culinary journey around the Bahamas. Expect starters of farm-raised snails sautéed with garlic, white wine, and herb butter and mini crab cakes with escargot butter and plantain cakes with banana butter sauce. Entrées include slow-braised lamb shank with baby bok choy, pan-seared and slow-braised poularde in a red wine jus, and sautéed calf’s liver seasoned with a unique blend of spices. Enjoy a drink in the Kamalame Bar or the Piano Champagne Lounge to the backdrop of soft piano music.
Sapodilla Estate, Nassau, Bahamas, Phone: 242-327-2161
15.Social House Sushi & Grill
© Social House Sushi & Grill
Located on Skyline Drive, Social House Sushi & Grill is a Japanese restaurant that serves fresh handmade sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki in a sleek and stylish space. The restaurant is decorated in sleek and elegant décor and serves a menu of Japanese cuisine such as an array of hibachi, sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, teppanyaki, and other fresh seafood dishes for dinner. Sushi chefs prepare specialty rolls at the open sushi bar, and a range of drinks from sake to classic cocktails are available. Social House Sushi & Grill is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1 Skyline Drive, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-603-7646
16.Spritz Restaurant & Bar
© Spritz Restaurant & Bar
Set on the canal in Sandy Port Marina Village, Spritz Restaurant & Bar is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves contemporary cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant serves seasonal Italian and Mediterranean fare with dishes like grilled mahi-mahi, fresh conch salad, and Bahamian fish stew, along with local beers, casual wines, and colorful cocktails. The family-friendly restaurant boasts beautiful views of the ocean and is open for dinner, daily.
Olde Towne, Sandyport, Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas, Phone: 242-327-0761
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17.Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant & Lounge
© Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant & Lounge
Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant & Lounge is a Chinese restaurant that serves authentic Chinese cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting. The restaurant features Asian-style décor and an elegant cocktail lounge where diners can enjoy a drink before or after dinner. The menu features appetizers such as shrimp egg rolls, garlic chicken wings, and beef skewers, entrées of chow foon, chow mein, vegetarian and chicken noodles and fresh sushi, and steamed dim sum. The extensive menu also features a range of beef, chicken, pork and fish dishes, along with noodles, rice, and vegetarian dishes and a variety of drinks, including original sake, craft beers, global wines, and fruit juices.
Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-698-0118
18.Syrah Wine & Tapas
© Syrah Wine & Tapas
Located in the Cotton Tree Traders Plaza on East Bay Street, Syrah Wine & Tapas is a charming restaurant with a cozy ambiance that specializes in small, sharing plates and fine wines from around the world. The cellar-style café serves a menu of seasonal dishes such as appetizers of falafel balls with creamy tzatziki dip and mushroom and herb balls, followed by entrées of tenderloin tagliata, grilled salmon with roasted asparagus, and mahi-mahi tacos. Don’t miss the Syrah’s key lime tart for dessert. The menu also features a variety of flatbreads and gourmet sandwiches for lunch and falafel burgers, and the food is accompanied by fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Syrah Wine & Tapas is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-676-0962
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19.Shima - The Island House
© Shima – The Island House
Shima – The Island House is a stylish rooftop restaurant on Mahogany Hill Western Road that brings the delicate, aromatic flavors of Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam to the heart of the Bahamas. The restaurant has several dining spaces from an elegant main dining room and an intimate sushi bar to a serene poolside lounge and a large terrace with beautiful ocean views. Signature dishes include Chargrilled Salmon, Massaman Curry, Bangkok Cheung Fun Noodles, Caramelized Pork Belly, and Salt & Pepper Squid. The full-service bar serves a variety of fine wines from an extensive wine list, creative cocktails, and craft beers, and the restaurant is open for dinner daily and weekend brunch.
Mahogany Hill Western Rd, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-698-6300
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© Meze Grill
Set on cable Beach with beautiful ocean views, the Meze Grill is a stylish Mediterranean restaurant with elegant décor that serves a menu of Mediterranean-inspired seafood and meats in a casual, yet refined atmosphere. The restaurant features a chic dining space decorated in soft, earthy tones with designer accents and soft lighting, creating an intimate and romantic ambiance at night. The menu features classic Mediterranean dishes of fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, imported pasta, and organic salads and vegetables, and is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. The Meze Grill is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
West Bay Street Nassau N.P BS, W Bay St, Nassau, Bahamas, Phone: 242-676-5396
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21.Cocoplum Bistro & Bar
© Cocoplum Bistro & Bar
Located in the Harbour Green Shopping Plaza on the corner of Old Fort Bay and Lyford Cay, Cocoplum Bistro & Bar is a charming bistro and bar that serves French and Mediterranean cuisine with an island twist in a friendly and welcoming environment. Owned by Italian-Bahamian interior designer, Gabriella Curry and French Chef Cecile Cathelin, warm, energetic eatery us a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Chef Cecile creates a menu of inventive French-inspired dishes such as tuna carpaccio and bone marrow appetizers, entrées of Tomahawk steak with asparagus and rack of lamb with gremolata, and delicious desserts. The food is accompanied by a range of drinks, including casual wines, craft beers by the bottle, and classic cocktails, and Cocoplum Bistro & Bar is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-677-6776
© Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is an authentic Indian restaurant in the heart of Nassau that brings the rich tastes and flavors of India to the Bahamas. Located at The Old Green Shutters on Parliament Street, close to the cruise ship docks, the restaurant serves a menu of traditional Indian favorites and specialties such as paneer tikka, vegetable pakora, biryanis, tandoori, and specials of Punjabi curry, saag, tikka masala, and vindaloo. An English-style pub serves a wide variety of libations ranging from craft beers and global wines to handcrafted cocktails and top-shelf spirits and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights offers karaoke. Taj Mahal is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
Parliament St, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-356-3004
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23.Montagu Gardens Steak & Grill
Based in the beautiful Montagu Gardens, once the home of Bahamian finance minister Stafford Sands, Montagu Gardens Steak & Grill is a refined steakhouse that serves classic chophouse fare along with Bahamian specialties in an elegant and unpretentious atmosphere. Boasting beautiful views of the picturesque Waterloo Lake, the restaurant serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options, along with signature Bahamian dishes like cracked coconut conch and blackened Bahamian grouper. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Montagu Gardens Steak & Grill is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
Montagu Gardens, E Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-394-6347
24.Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Ocean Club
© Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Ocean Club
Commanding some of the most spectacular views on the island from its exquisite setting atop a white-sand bluff, Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Ocean Club is an award-winning restaurant owned by world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The perfect place for an intimate rendezvous or romantic celebration, Dune serves imaginative French-Asian cuisine with Bahamian influences with signature dishes like yellowfin tuna tartare, Bahamian conch salad, Chilean bass, and roasted Peking duck. The Dune bar serves a selection of sommelier-picked wines from around the world, top-shelf spirits, and classic Bahamian cocktails and hosts live entertainment nightly against a backdrop of stunning views. Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Ocean Club is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
Dune, The Ocean Club, 1 Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Nassau, The Bahamas, Phone: 242-363-2501
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24 Best Restaurants in Nassau
- Cleo Mediterraneo, Photo: Cleo Mediterraneo
- Aquafire Grill, Photo: Aquafire Grill
- Fi'lia, Photo: Fi'lia
- Cafe Matisse, Photo: Svetlana/stock.adobe.com
- Dali Modernistic Tapas, Photo: Dali Modernistic Tapas
- Greek Islands Restaurant and Bar, Photo: alfa27/stock.adobe.com
- La Caverna, Photo: La Caverna
- Blue Sail Restaurant, Photo: Blue Sail Restaurant
- Compass Point Restaurant and Bar, Photo: Anastasiia/stock.adobe.com
- East Villa Restaurant, Photo: fahrwasser/stock.adobe.com
- Graycliff Restaurant, Photo: Graycliff Restaurant
- Luciano's of Chicago, Photo: Luciano's of Chicago
- Black Angus Steakhouse, Photo: lashkhidzetim/stock.adobe.com
- Sapodilla, Photo: Sapodilla
- Social House Sushi & Grill, Photo: Social House Sushi & Grill
- Spritz Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Spritz Restaurant & Bar
- Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant & Lounge, Photo: Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant & Lounge
- Syrah Wine & Tapas, Photo: Syrah Wine & Tapas
- Shima - The Island House, Photo: Shima – The Island House
- Meze Grill, Photo: Meze Grill
- Cocoplum Bistro & Bar, Photo: Cocoplum Bistro & Bar
- Taj Mahal, Photo: Taj Mahal
- Montagu Gardens Steak & Grill, Photo: Jelena/stock.adobe.com
- Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Ocean Club, Photo: Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Ocean Club
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