Pickled Onion Restaurant, Bermuda
$$, Bermudian and International Cuisine
Pickled Onion is one of our favorite restaurants both for the great international dishes it serves, as well as for the lovely view of the Hamilton Harbor
from its balcony. Located on the Front Street in Hamilton City, Pickled Onion is a popular place for both locals and tourists.
This mid-range yet casual restaurant has a retro modern look, with lots of warm wood and 1950 style furniture and lighting giving it a classy yet urban look.
The Pickled Onion restaurant opened in 1998, although the building dates back to 1800s. There have been many establishments that had come up here and gone with time. Initially it was occupied by wine and spirit merchants. In 1940 it became the 21 Club, a men only club which was essentially meant for elite personalities in the island. In 1960s it became Ye Olde Cock and Feather pub & restaurant which became well known for its lively bar scene.
Then it was the turn for Pickled Onion in 1998 which is still going very strong. In 2007 it had completed a major renovation of the restaurant to give it an urban yet elegant look.
The Pickled Onion Bermuda
If you happen to be in Bermuda on a Wednesday and between May to October, dining in Pickled Onion can be of special treat. Wednesday night between May to September is the Harbor Night
. The Front Street is closed out to motor traffic in the evening.
With lighting, street performers and vendors of varied types, it becomes like a night long festival on the Front Street. The balcony view of the street with the backdrop of the harbor and combined with a cocktail can be a special experience at Pickled Onion. This is something we would never miss out, if we are on the island on that day.
The Pickled Onion has been well known for its creative and contemporary international cuisine. The Angus beef preparations here are unmatched, all cut and trimmed in-house, and grilled to perfection. It’s cooked to your specifications, and accompanied by steak-cut potatoes and peppercorn sauce.
Try out the slow roasted prime rib, or New York steak, or Filet Mignon. Menu is quite comprehensive. Some of the other favorite choices here are flame-seared tuna, dressed with avocado, tomato, and cilantro salsa, or the Roasted Snapper served with Basmati rice. For dessert, Melanie's Bermuda banana bread with bruleed bananas are our favorites.
They also serve several snack items like wahoo burgers, pizza sticks, egg rolls etc. Sunday brunch is quite popular here. They use organic fresh eggs from Wadson's farm. For brunch, go for the Hearty Steak & Eggs, or Eggs Benedict. The long frost colored bar is well stocked. The stools along the bar counter are usually the favorite seating places for the locals. We found the restaurant staff quite friendly.
During the high season, there is a live band entertainment almost all seven nights of the week. You will find DJ Siid James or the band Graffiti Park in action.
Update January 2013: Fresh draft beer locally brewed by the Dockyard Brewing Company is now available at Pickled Onion. You won't have to go all the way to the Frog & Onion Pub in the dockyard to get the freshly brewed local beer. They are now available in Hamilton both in Hog Penny and Pickled Onion. Several different types of beers are served.
Appetizers range from $12 to $19, Soups & Salads $8 to $11, main courses from $20 to $35.
They accept credit cards. Reservation is recommended on the weekends. Dress code is smart casual.
Lunch: 11:30am to 5pm; Dinner: 5:30pm to 10pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am to 5pm.
Bar: 11am - 1am (extended to 2am for Friday & Saturday)
Location and Contact
53 Front Street, Hamilton City, Pembroke Parish.
Bus routes: #1, 2, 10, 11. While coming from dockyard, take a ferry for Hamilton and then walk across. Check out Hamilton Dining Map
to see the location of this restaurant and others nearby.
2) Check out Top Cheap Restaurants
to know about the inexpensive dining choices in Bermuda that serve great dishes and are quite popular in the island.
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