One of the most genteel islands in the Caribbean, Bermuda instantly conjures up images of plush resorts parked along pink sand beaches, millionaires' yachts in Southampton Parish and world-class cuisine. From fine dining at its finest to no-dinner-jacket-required local haunts, here's where to eat now in Bermuda.
The Lobster Pot Restaurant and Boathouse Bar
For more than 40 years, this Bermudian staple has served hearty seafood dishes to locals and visitors alike. Its namesake spiny lobster notwithstanding, be sure to tuck into a comforting bowl of its award-winning fish chowder laced with black rum and sherry peppers. While the atmosphere is casual and the prices reasonable (by Bermuda standards), we still strongly suggest securing a reservation.
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
When only white tablecloths and candlelight will do, consider the sophisticated Tamarisk restaurant in the Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa. Whether you dine adjacent to a baby grand in the elegant, coral dining room or while drinking in the panoramic views of Mangrove Bay from the terrace, you'll enjoy fresh seafood, local produce and herbs grown on the property. Coat and tie are no longer required, but being able to lend your jacket to a lady while dancing to live music under the stars (from April through October) adds to the air of romance. Right, gents?
For first-timers in Bermuda, beelining to House of India may not be a priority (as much as, say, a candlelit dinner or traditional codfish breakfast), but it should be. Locals have long heralded the authentic Indian cuisine and called it the best ethnic restaurant on the island. While the facade might not impress you, the food (prepared to your preferred spice level) will, and that's what really counts.
For that special vacation splurge meal, don't look past The Point at Rosewood Tucker's Point. Of all the fine dining available on the island, The Point has service that is unrivaled. Whether you spring for an intimate candlelit dinner in the Wine Room or the special 360 menu inspired by the restaurant’s one-of-a-kind Pan Am Sky Club murals, you'll be treated to world-class international cuisine at the hand of executive chef Gerry Adams. Choices include Bermuda yellowfin tuna with wasabi mash, gingered snow peas, enoki mushrooms and ponzu foam.
The upscale Blu, located at the Belmont Hills Golf Club, is best known for its sweeping views of Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound. Time your meal so you can take in the sunset through floor-to-ceiling windows or from the terrace. (For truly unparalleled views, ask for table No. 1.) Not to be outdone, the food is described as "steak-house light," otherwise known as sophisticated American cuisine with a Southwestern twist.