Best Places To Eat In Bermuda
What exactly can you expect from Bermudian food? Since the island was truly discovered in the 1500s, meaning there was no indigenous culture when European sailors first crashed on the island, the local cuisine is purely derived from a mix of British, Spanish, and Caribbean flavor profiles. But a unique Bermudian taste has evolved over the years, and these are the best places to experience it.
1. Tempest Bistro, St. George’s
Wait to hear the daily specials for both lunch and dinner before deciding on your meal at the harborside Tempest Bistro. The food is inventive and the specials are usually the highlight since the menu’s focus is on whatever fresh seafood might be available that day. But don’t overlook the daily burger, which may be topped with decadent additions like brie and onion jam. The regular menu is heavy on bistro fare, and all dinner entrees are served with a family-style helping of vegetables and potatoes. Desserts are also part of the allure, including banana bread pudding and a homemade fudge brownie served with house-made ice cream. Although the restaurant only offers indoor dining, the floor-to-ceiling windows in this former carriage house allow for great views of St. George’s Harbour.
2. Pink Beach Club, Tucker’s Town
Pink Beach Club at the hip Loren is one of the few restaurants in Bermuda where you can get three really good meals throughout the day. Breakfast is way more than eggs and bacon: Try the avocado toast with fresh-picked pea tendrils, or lobster hash with Béarnaise. At lunch, opt for the fish tacos—made with whatever’s biting, they're some of the island’s best. When the dinner bell rings, dig into salads, Italian pastas with an island twist (Bermuda lobster gnocchi, for instance), and hearty mains like red wine short ribs and sourdough-crusted rockfish.
3. Marcus, Pembroke Parish
Marcus Samuelsson's love affair with soul food has been well-documented, especially after opening his successful Red Rooster, in New York City, in 2010. At Marcus, you can sample some of the chef's signature dishes, like fried chicken and waffles with roasted garlic-spiced honey or the succulent Obama short ribs, so named for the former President, who loves them. Everything else has a definitive island-inspired spin: try the seafood paella or the snapper, which comes wrapped in a banana leaf and served with coconut curry sauce.
4. Wahoo’s, St. George’s
Wahoo’s offers a dependable variety of seafood staples on the waterfront in historic St. George’s. According to local Bermudians, not all swizzles—the national rum cocktail of Bermuda—are created equal, and the Wahoo’s version is not to be missed. Pair it with their ceviche, conch fritters, and fish chowder (another Bermudian staple).
5. Seaside Grill, Devonshire
The fish sandwich has become an iconic Bermudian staple - piles of freshly caught, crispy fish between thick-cut homemade bread, spread with tartar sauce. It’s not only delicious but is one of the island’s Instagram-worthy meals. Seaside Grill is a simple take-out counter situated just off the road on the north shore, but it makes one of the best fish sandwiches on the island (it also offers the perfect backdrop of the turquoise blue ocean for the sandwich’s beauty shot). Try one made from either mahimahi or wahoo on raisin bread with lettuce and tomato and a dash of hot sauce. But fresh fish, including turbot, snapper, and red hind, arrives daily and doesn’t have to be served as a sandwich. You can have it prepared as a meal (grilled or fried) with two different sides, including Bermuda-style peas and rice.
6. Blu Bar & Grill, Warwick
Blu Bar & Grill, Bermuda’s most beloved restaurant, has an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink menu that might seem daunting at first. After all, there’s sushi, nigiri, and sashimi; Asian fusion dishes; a raw bar; classic osetra caviar; traditional Italian pastas; locally caught seafood; hearty cuts of beef; and—gasp—pizza. The mish-mash of cuisines might make most traditionalists avoid this place, but somehow it all works. If you and your date can’t agree on what style of food you want for dinner but know you’d like a water view, this is just the spot.
7. Art Mel's Spicy Dicy, North Shore Village
Bermudians have a unique palate, insisting that when there is savory there must also be sweet. The Art Mel’s fried fish sandwich is the epitome of this maxim—homemade cinnamon raisin bread encloses fried whitefish and tartar sauce made from an old family recipe. You’ll want to split one (or take a nap post-consumption) and take it to go, as there's not much seating at this outpost. Pair it with a sweet Barritt's Ginger Beer, also made locally.
8. Sul Verde, Tucker’s Town
There are two ways to tackle the menu at Sul Verde, the southern Italian trattoria at Rosewood Bermuda: à la carte or Dinner With La Nonna, a three-course, family-style meal customized to your preferences ($60 per person). If you opt for the latter, the servers will trot out shareable appetizers (like antipasto and fried calamari), bowls of homemade pasta (like penne Bolognese), platters of meat and seafood (like veal marsala), and a quintessential Italian dessert (like tiramisu or panna cotta). Considering Sul Verde’s meatiest entrées cost around $40 a plate, it’s actually a pretty good deal—and you’ll get to try much of what makes this place really good.
9. Woody's Sports Bar, Somerset Village
Located in a bungalow-style structure right off the beach, Woody’s is Bermuda’s take on pub food. This unassuming dive will make you feel like a local Bermudian in no time, and has a fried fish sandwich excellent enough to compete with Art Mel's. Grab a beer and hang out on the porch with locals and tourists alike.
10. The Village Pantry, Flatts Village
The Village Pantry, a family-friendly roadside restaurant with a pleasant outdoor seating area, is an ideal place to refuel any time of the day. It’s also one of Bermuda’s best restaurants not located in the City of Hamilton; so if you’ve found yourself smack in the center of the island and in the need of some really good grub, look no further. Here, wholesome meals are made from local ingredients: health nuts love the poke bowls, which can be made with cauliflower rice and with a range of proteins like fresh tuna, house-smoked salmon, or crispy pork belly, while locals swear by the Bermuda fish curry, made with pan-fried catch and a cashew korma sauce.
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