Great Restaurants In Bermuda
Dining in Bermuda - What to expect
There are over 150 restaurants and pubs in Bermuda offering you a wide choice of cuisine including Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse, French, and American dishes. There are also great Indian, Thai and Continental restaurants and the ones serving Bermudian Cuisine.
Some of the great popular Bermudian dishes include the fish chowder, wahoo steaks, shark hash, mussel pie, Hoppin' John (black eyed peas and rice), spiny Bermuda lobsters and so on. And of course the Codfish has been a very popular item in breakfast since the 17th century.
If you like fish meals, the seafood, especially Bermuda rockfish is quite excellent. However you need to ask and ensure that the local fishers have caught those on the same day and therefore are fresh. A lot of frozen fish and almost always meat which is imported, are kept in cold storage by many restaurants in Bermuda.
In general, dining in Bermuda is more expensive than in the U.S or Canada. And you really need to know the right places to get innovative & gourmet food. Let me also forewarn you that all restaurants in Bermuda are not as great as they might claim to be. In fact most islanders would agree that food quality in Bermuda is average in general. But there are some restaurants that are really excellent and our long time favorites.
Several restaurants in Bermuda tend to be a little formal. Some of them expect men to wear jackets in the evening (although less in fashion these days) while women in general can be in smart casuals. This is mostly applicable for fine dinging though. It’s always a good idea to ask for the dress code at the time of making reservations.
Below are the restaurants arranged by location. We believe that they stand out from the rest in terms of quality, ambience and service in their respective category.
Restaurant Categories- $:Budget; $$: Mid Range; $$$: Upscale; $$$$: Expensive
Indicative cost by category:
$ = Soups & Salads: $5-7, Appetizers: $6-12, Main Courses: $18 - $25
$$ = Soups & Salads: $8-$12, Appetizers: $15-$18, Main Courses: $28 - $35
$$$ = Soups & Salads: $9-$14, Appetizers: $18-$27, Main Courses: $32 - $42
$$$$ = Soups & Salads: $13-18, Appetizers: $16-18, Main Courses: $40 - $65
And the price in one category shoots through the ceiling - an exclusive private dining I have discussed below.
Top Restaurants in Hamilton City
A relatively new brasserie style restaurant, Bolero Brasserie is one of the most attractive dining places in Hamilton City with its quality food, good service and casual but classic ambience. Has a nice balcony overlooking Front Street.
If you are savvy to Indian food, this is one of the best restaurants serving authentic Indian cuisine. It's run by an Indian owner with Indian chefs. They prepare the dishes to the level of spiciness you want - low, medium or high.
This is a small, elegant and friendly restaurant located at the western side of Hamilton City. While Mark ensures that guests get the perfect friendly service and comfort, the head chef Ben ensures that the food quality is something that the guests remember for a long time. The overall ambience, service and food quality have been the reasons the restaurant is so popular with both locals and tourists, and has a lot of returning guests.
Great elegant restaurant on Front street serving excellent fresh seafood as well as various other dishes. It has several nice sitting areas including the main dining room, a private dining room and an open terrace upstairs offering great view of the harbor and the street below.
This is an upscale steakhouse on Front Street offering excellent beef steaks as well as seafood. The ambience inside is elegant. The outside patio seating is one of the largest on Front Street and overlooks the harbor.
It has a nice setting, comfortable & relaxing ambience and overlooks the Hamilton harbor. Serves contemporary Bermudian food along with Latin & Asian items. Lunch on the balcony and in the sun is special, and so are the evenings. Ribs and roasted snappers are our favorites here.
Located at the Waterfront complex in western part of Hamilton, this restaurant not only has been rising to the list of top for its quality of food and service, but also for its service and attention to details.
A relatively new restaurant on Chancery lane offering authentic Indian cuisine. Great relaxed and friendly ambience. While there are outside tables, the inside dining room is nice, cozy and exuberates Indian ambience with Indian art on the walls. This used to be an old wine cellar once. The menu offers both modern and traditional Indian dishes including tandoor items made out of earthen oven.
($$, Pub with British & Bermudian cuisine)
This is an old fashioned Bermuda pub. They say that the ‘Cheers’ pub of Boston took its inspiration from Hog Penny. Our favorites here are the Fish Chowder, Mussels and undoubtedly the famous Indian Masala Chicken.
A relatively new but popular restaurant serving excellent coastal southern comfort food. It has an inside dining and a covered veranda overlooking an open courtyard where the popular cocktail lounge Rumbar is located. It also has a coffee house Java Jive which offers takeaway food.
A great Italian restaurant, it's a favorite for Pizzas and other excellent Italian food.
You get some great local fish and lobster items here. Black rum and sherry peppers are some of the secret ingredients used in the outstanding fish chowder they make. Baked fish and lobsters are also special.
A stylish and modern seafood restaurant, great for families and also for romantic dining. It has consistently ranked high in several magazines and won several awards for its quality dining.
It offers innovative Continental food and the town's some of the best selection of sushi. Great harbor view as well.
This homely bistro style little restaurant offers a chalkboard menu of limited items, but the quality and preparations are excellent. Barbecue duck & ribs are some of the top favorites. You get great choice of desserts as well.
Located on a country lane at the outskirts of Hamilton Bermuda, Ascots has an ambience of an English Country House.
Tucked in a mall off Front Street, this nice small cafe has inside seating as well as outdoor seating on a courtyard. The menu includes salads, steaks, seafood, pasta etc. They have a gluten free menu as well.
Top Restaurants in St. George's
Highlights of this restaurant includes its lovely view overlooking the St. George's harbor and the town, excellent service, great steaks and seafood, and an opportunity (although a bit costly) to try out the chef's table where you can experience a 6-course informative meal of a life time with great selections of wine. They have a well stocked bar as well.
This is an elegant specious restaurant located by the harbor and serving excellent bistro-style food and not too spicy. The restaurant is located in a building which is the Old Carriage House that was once used for housing horse drawn carriages, and is now a historic building. The aura and internal structures of the building have been retained.
Located off Water Street, this is an excellent cafe serving breakfast, lunch and coffee in a laid back, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and at fair trade price and great quality. Paninis & sandwiches are soft and melt in the mouth. They also serve tea, beer, wine, ice creams & smoothies. There is an outside patio and also a comfortable sitting area inside.
If you ask a Bermudian which is the best place in the island to view sunset, 9 out of 10 would vote for this restaurant located at Achilles Bay in St. George's. Many hands will also go up for this restaurant to be one of the best to dine... excellent homemade soups, fish sandwich, steaks and great seafood. Has a bar, ideal for sunset cocktail.
A waterside restaurant with casual friendly atmosphere with great views of the St George's harbor. You can sit at the outside patio. Nice seafood and local fish. As the name suggests, they do have some great menu items with Wahoo. Try out the Wahoo Pat'e which comes with fresh vegetables. Another fish specialty is the rockfish with fresh fruits. They do have pork and other items as well although limited. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Top Restaurants in Sandy's & Dockyard
This is one of the oldest pubs right inside the Kings Wharf dockyard. It gives you the ambience of a traditional British pub.
Located in Somerset Village, this traditional British style Pub and Restaurant has an open terrace that overlooks the beautiful Mangrove bay.
Located inside the Dockyard, it serves some of the freshest fish items as well as contemporary cuisine and has both indoor and outside sitting arrangements.
While the food is good, the best part of this restaurant is its on beach seating and marvelous views of the sunset. Service is friendly and the ambience becomes magical as the darkness falls when the torches on the sand are lit up and the candle lit tables along the beach looks like a string of flickering lights. This beach bar and restaurant with both open and roof covered alfresco seating is located on Long Bay Beach. It is part of the resort Cambridge Beaches.
Top Restaurants in Hamilton Parish
This is the oldest pub in Bermuda and creator of the Bermuda’s well known cocktail drink - The Rum Swizzle.
Located in Hamilton parish, it's ideal for a romantic dinner. The Irish poet Tom Moore had stayed in this old colonial property in 1804. Five dining rooms are spread across two floors. The roof covered open patio overlooks the bay.
Visit the following links for more restaurants in Hamilton parish and Smiths parish:
Top Restaurants in Southampton
The earlier Lighthouse Tea Room has been replaced by this new restaurant after a change in ownership. While our old favorite Tea Room is no longer there, the new restaurant is also a great place to dine.
Part of Reefs Hotel and set up between the sand and the cliffs, Coconuts provides an unmatched view of the ocean and a great choice for alfresco dining in Bermuda.
Located at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel and offering a sweeping view of the ocean, Ocean Club perfectly blends Asian and European flavors in its dishes. Note:
The earlier Whaler Inn
has been renovated and renamed as Ocean Club. The restaurant looks completely different now and has a new menu, but remains our favorite.
It's part of hotel Fairmont Southampton and well known for its Sunday brunch. Persons like Eleanor Roosevelt and Mark Twain have praised its Mediterranean cuisine.
Top Restaurants in Paget & Warwick
Set up in a beautiful manor house and overlooking the harbor, this is a classy elegant restaurant offering excellent fine dining experience. With cedar & coral stone interior, silver & crystal tables with soft candlelight, live pianists, great food and service, you won't easily forget the experience and will like to come back again. They have both indoor and outdoor (garden) seating. The restaurant is part of Fourways Inn hotel.
($$$$, Mediterranean) Paget
Lido is part of Elbow Beach Resort and provides an awesome view of the ocean with excellent Mediterranean food.
It has an impressive view of the Belmont Hill Golf Course. You get standard American cuisine, including steaks and ribs, and also a wide variety of fresh seafood.
This is a nice and quiet family restaurant mostly frequented by local Bermudian families. It's located on South shore Road and abut 10 minute walk from the popular Elbow Beach. Their award winning codfish breakfast is very popular amongst the locals. Other than nice salads, locally flavored soups, wraps and burgers, they also make great grilled items and seafood. Take out is available. open daily.
Restaurants by Type & Cuisine
Bermuda Dining Map
Here is a dining map of Bermuda showing the location of all the top restaurants in the island: Bermuda Dining Map
Great restaurants, now closed
The economy in the island has taken its own toll and some of our all time favorite restaurants have been victims of that. We loved them and they had always been part of our top list of dining choices. Sadly now they are at the bottom of this page where they stand only as old memories.
A casual & friendly restaurant located near the entrance gate of the dockyard serving excellent seafood.
A little away from the city limits, this old time restaurant running since 1942 is a locals favorite as well as ours. We love it because of its plain simple food like the homemade stew and the meatloaf. You will hardly find any tourists here.
If you are looking for hearty local food in a casual atmosphere, this is the place to go. Islanders fill most of the tables at night. Excellent local food. The restaurant is located at St. David's.
This is one of the best Thai restaurants in Bermuda.
It has an elegant setting overlooking the Hamilton harbor.
Located at the base of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and in the old home of the former lighthouse keeper, it serves classic British and Bermudian food.
You can watch the chefs prepare great steaks in an open-flame kitchen.
It was located next to the St. George Harbor in the old Carriage House and offering lovely water view from the open porch and window side tables. It served nice Bermudian cuisine, seafood and Sushi, boasts of fresh local fish and lobsters, and makes all dishes from the scratch. In August 2014, a new restaurant Tempest Bistro replaced Polaris.
Boo Collins (June 2017)
We were recently in Bermuda for America's Cup we ate at several restaurants mostly on your list but I wanted to let you know that the most outstanding great food was at the Rosedon's new restaurant called HUCKLEBERY. Go check it out! you will be happy you did! Great atmosphere too!
Pat LaSalle (June 2017)
Raj, Plan our meal options for next month. Is there any consensus on who makes the best fish chowder.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2017
Pat, while there are varied opinions... Hog Penny and Lobster Pot are our favorites for Fish Chowder.
John Schneider (September 2016)
Soft spot for Somerset Country Square Pub
, first of 5 trips to Bermuda, drove off on the moped leaving behind my 35mm camera and lens..... Back an hour later, tucked neatly behind the bar... in their debt! Great foods, relaxed eatery, a traditional stop on every trip!! Hog Penny
.. Great foods, terrific staff... gets busy, but you will never feel rushed! Last trip stayed a week, do the supermarket
.. priced higher then in U.S. but still an economical way to go to take a break from eating out.
Eleanor Fenkner (October 2014)
Hi Staying at Pompano end of October and are undecided about the meal plan. First of all they don't serve dinner until 6:30pm which is a little late for us second are the 2 restaurants (Cedar Room and Ocean Grill) good at the hotel? Don't know what to do and is this the normal time restaurants in Bermuda serve dinner? Any help would be appreciated thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) October 2014
Hi, the restaurants at Pompano are quite okay. But if you are unsure, then don't combine meals and give yourself a chance to explore some of the other nice restaurants in Southampton where the hotel is located. Go through this link
for information about such restaurants. 6:30pm is a normal time in Bermuda for dinner. However there are restaurants who serve dinner starting 6pm and very few starting 5:30pm as well. When you go through the restaurant reviews in the above link, you will also find the timings. But do check with the restaurants and reserve table in advance before you go.
Eric Haber (July 2014)
Hello Raj, your site is terrific! I was hoping you could help me find a restaurant in Hamilton for this dinner this Sunday, July 27. I am surprising my wife with a trip to Bermuda from July 24-27 for our 10th anniversary, and we are spending our last night at a guest house in Hamilton. I was hoping to have a special reservation for dinner that night, but all the good restaurants look to be closed on Sundays. Can you please suggest restaurants that are open on Sundays? Thanks!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2014
Hi, Unless there are any recent changes, here are some nice restaurants in Hamilton open on Sundays for dinner: Pickled Onion, Barracuda Grill, Harbourfront, House of India, Portofino, Lobster Pot etc. However if you go a bit further down to Baliey's Bay (in Hamilton Parish), Tom Moore's Tavern which is set up in a historical building offers an excellent romantic setting, but quite pricey though. I have reviewed all these restaurants in my website.
Ann Ross (April 2014)
Looking for eat as much as you can buffet restaurants. Are there any such locations on the island either stand alone or in hotels.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2014
There are several restaurants that serve buffet breakfast, brunch and lunch.
1) Harley's in Hamilton Princess hotel (Hamilton city) - breakfast buffet
2) Window's on the Sound at Fairmont Southampton hotel (Southampton) - Sunday breakfast and brunch buffet
3) Ocean Echo at The Reefs (Southampton) - Sunday brunch buffet
4) Grand Cafe located at the corner of Church street and Parliament street (Hamilton city) - breakfast and lunch buffet