Top outdoor dining in Bermuda
Thinking of sitting on a beach or an outdoor patio, looking at the sunset and sipping a wine
as you dine? Or may be take a table on a shaded balcony or veranda and watch the harbor and city life when you take your lunch or dinner. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in Bermuda that let you dine and wine alfresco and also in the open air right under the sky.
Here are some of our favorites for outdoor dining which I have listed by location and in no specific order:
1609 Bar and Restaurant
(Category: $$$$, Cuisine: International)
This is a relatively new roof covered alfresco bar and restaurant which has come up at the new marina in Hamilton Princess. It has been named after the year in which Sir George Somers from England landed on the island when his ship got wrecked by a nearby reef. Somers then initiated the first ever human settlement in the island.
The restaurant has wonderful view of Hamilton harbor. So as you sip your cocktail and enjoy the food, you can see many boats pass by or anchored. The restaurant serves several different kinds of salads, cold store items that includes kings prawns, oysters, assortment of meat etc. You can go for either burgers and sandwiches, pizzas or one of the main courses like seafood pasta, grilled rockfish or roasted red snapper etc.
Photo: Hamilton Princess and Beach Club
In cocktails they offer some great island specials among others like Rum Swizzle, Dark n' Stormy etc. Island inspired drinks include Bermuda Mai Tai, Tropical White Wine etc. Frozen Rum punch and white peach are also quite popular. The restaurant is open daily between 11am to 10pm (if the weather permits). Infinity Pool service is available until 5pm. You should make a prior reservation. Dress code is resort casual.
Address and Contact Info: 1609 Bar and Restaurant, Hamilton Princess and Beach Club
(Category: $$, Cuisine: Continental)
Nice balcony upstairs which overlooks Front Street and the harbor beyond. The food is good and the menu is more elaborate than a usual brasserie, and the price is affordable. Great place for an alfresco dining and having a beer. An additional attraction here is to dine with the locals ... it has been a long time locals favorite.
(Category: $$, Cuisine: North American/Bermudian)
Located right on Front Street and close to the Hamilton Ferry terminal, this restaurant and bar also has a very nice balcony overlooking Front Street and Hamilton harbor.... so lovely water views, great food and drinks plus affordable.
(Category: $$$, Cuisine: Western)
As the name suggests, this is a waterfront property. They have an outside patio with nice view of the harbor. A bit pricey though. If you are looking for a quiet dinner then avoid Friday happy hour when it gets quite crowded with locals.
(Category: $$, Cuisine: Caribbean/Seafood)
Wonderful alfresco dining as you watch possibly the best sunset on Achilley's bay. You also get great views of St. Catherine's fort, and if you so wish step down to the lovely tiny beach below. On Fridays you can even participate on the barefoot dance that takes place here and on Saturdays listen to live music.
(Category: $$, Cuisine: International)
Located at Somer's Wharf in St George, this restaurant has a huge outdoor patio edging the St George's Harbor. So as expected, you can see the passing and anchored boats all the time. When a ship is docked at the wharf, you can see it right in front of you. They have one of the longest bars in the island. The menu is also varied and offers cuisine from different parts of the world including Indian, Italian, German, traditional American and more.
(Category: $$, Cuisine: Seafood)
The terrace and the waterside patio overlooking St. George's harbor is the best thing to enjoy here other than nice seafood at an affordable price.
Paget and Southampton, on the beach
(Category: $$$, Cuisine: Mediterranean)
This is a bistro style eatery and a bar right on Elbow beach in Paget. As you have a beer and enjoy your grilled fish or meat, you can see the waves pounding right in front. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. The bistro is run by the 5-star Elbow Beach Hotel, so expectedly the food and drinks are not easy on the pocket, but definitely enjoyable.
(Category: $$$, Cuisine: Caribbean)
This is one of the most romantic places in Bermuda to dine alfresco and right on the beach. This is part of the luxury hotel - The Reefs in Southampton. You should book a table in advance. You can literally dig your toe into the sand. The vertical torches erected on the sand create an intimate ambience as the darkness falls.
(Category: $$$, Cuisine: Tapas, Sushi)
Part of Elbow Beach Hotel in Paget, the lounge offers excellent alfresco dining on its open terrace with wonderful views around and the sea breeze soothing you. They serve daily breakfast and dinner. The menu is based on mainly tapas and sushi although you get fusion food as well, and of course a wide range of drinks.
Dockyard and Sandys
(Category: $$, Cuisine: Mediterranean)
Located at the dockyard and opposite to the ferry dock, this restaurant and bar has a large patio for outdoor dining. You can sit under the shades or right under the open sky if you so want. Grilled seafood and meat are best here. Another attraction is the live music on several days of the week in high season.
(Category: $$, Cuisine: British)
Located in Somerset, this is a fairly old pub and restaurant with a large terrace with shaded seating and overlooking the beautiful mangrove bay. Other than usual pub fares, you also get roasted beef, fresh local fish and some nice Bermudian dishes at affordable prices. You will mostly find locals here.
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