DESPITE THE RELATIVELY SMALL SIZE OF BERMUDA, THE OPTIONS FOR WORLD-CLASS CUISINE ABOUND AND RIVAL THOSE OF MAJOR CITIES. THE HARDEST THING TO DO IS CHOOSE WHERE TO EAT NEXT! Rev up your little scooter and your appetite, and take off to discover Bermuda’s amazing range of restaurants and cafés, which offer everything from traditional Bermudian dishes — such as fish cakes and onion tarts — to international cuisine, including Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, French, Cantonese, Portuguese and Middle Eastern. Everywhere you look, you’ll discover delectable cuisine that will tempt your taste buds. FOR STARTERS Though you can enjoy food of all types in Bermuda, you must try the local traditional meals whenever possible during your visit. Bermudian food combines the best of the Old and New Worlds and mixes it with mid- Atlantic goodness. Because of this, for most new arrivals, our food seems oddly familiar, even if it might be the first time they try it. Let’s start with the basics. Fish chowder is the backbone of every Bermudian kitchen. Thought to have arrived with settlers in the 17th century, this savoury dish — which has more of a soup quality than a true chowder — consists of a stock made with local fish, such as rockfish, in a tomato base. Fish fillets and a number of vegetables and spices may be added, and variations on the recipe run the gamut. There is only one rule to follow with Bermuda fish chowder: It must be seasoned with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers Sauce. Go easy on both of these condiments if you’ve never used them before; though they enhance the flavour of the dish, a little of either goes a long way. Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers is the hot sauce of Bermuda. Centuries ago, sailors used a mixture of sherry and hot peppers to season their spoiled rations in order to mask the taste. Bermudians adopted this condiment and introduced it to their cuisine. But it was not until the 1960s, when Yeaton Duval Outerbridge developed his own version of this sherry peppers sauce, that it became a true icon of the island. You’ll find this hot sauce in just about every restaurant on the island, and the fiery concoction can be added to almost any dish, not just fish chowder. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, meanwhile, is one of the unofficial ambassadors of Bermuda. Used in many dishes and cocktails, it has been made since 1857. It received its “seal” in the early days, when purchasers stopped by the Gosling store in Hamilton to fill their own bottles with rum straight from the cask. These were then sealed with black sealing wax. As mentioned, the rum is used not only in drinks but also as a seasoning in many dishes, including fish chowder and rum cake. Portuguese red bean soup has given Bermudian fish chowder a run for its money as the signature dish of the island because of its popularity with locals and visitors alike. It is believed to have been brought by sailors and immigrants from the Azores and has since become a staple of Bermuda’s cuisine. This hearty dish includes beans and chorizo, which can already be seasoned to be slightly hot, and often includes an extra kick of cayenne pepper. And if that’s not enough, you can always add some sherry peppers sauce to it for good measure. Cassava pie is not something that you’ll find on the menu every day, but if you’re visiting around Christmastime, you may see it offered, as it is part of a traditional holiday meal. This concoction dates back to 1612 and is not a dessert but, rather, a sweet and savoury main course consisting of cassava, eggs, chicken, pork, sugar and nutmeg. Rum cake, however, is very much a dessert that’s cherished in Bermuda. Whilst the English rum cake tradition is not exclusive to Bermuda, only Bermuda’s cakes are made with the distinct flavour of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. You’ll find many places offer cakes as souvenirs, and you can even see it being made at The Bermuda Rum Cake Company in Royal Naval Dockyard. GLOBAL FLAVOUR Beyond the traditional, Bermuda’s culinary offerings soar above expectations. You’ll find many AAA Four and Five Diamond Award–winning restaurants, as well as places that have earned accolades from Wine Spectator and Michelin. Restaurants such as The Point Restaurant & Terrace at Tucker’s Point, Blû Bar and Grill, The Waterlot Inn, Fourways Inn, and Royston’s and Coconuts at The Reefs Resort will tempt your palate with delicious, sophisticated takes on intercontinental dishes. Don’t forget to dress to impress for these establishments, as dress codes are strongly encouraged. Men often are required to wear a dinner jacket to maintain decorum. A more casual ambience can be found at Portofino Restaurant, Bouchée Bistro, Griffin’s Bistro & Bar, L’Oriental, Bone Fish Bar & Grill, Lobster Pot Restaurant, Gulfsteam, Rustico, Bella Vista, Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio, and The Newport Gastropub, all of which offer a decidedly more relaxed vibe without skimping on taste. Local cafés are also a great place to slow down, enjoy a delicious meal and catch some serious people-watching. Places like CV Café, Go Jo’s Coffee Shop and Sweet SAAK Bakery boast tempting treats in St. George’s. AFTER DINNER Whilst Bermuda may not appear to be a party destination, the locals do know how to let loose after the sun goes down. In Hamilton, The Club @ MG turns up the music and lowers the lights after dinner. Sports fans flock to Flanagan’s Outback Sports Bar, which is equipped with 22 wide-screen high-definition Tvs. Over in Dockyard, Club Aqua and the Island Beach Party keep things lively late into the evening, with some of the island’s best Djs welcoming locals and visitors alike to a party under the stars, on the sands of Snorkel Park Beach. In Southampton, check out Henry VIII Restaurant, where you can enjoy great entertainment and dance the night away. Don’t miss Latin Chill Fridays at The Reefs Resort. Here, you can relax whilst sipping on a sweet black raspberry mojito and dance to the sounds of Latin music. Even old St. George’s, with its pristine, unassuming façade, has some after-dark happenings at The White Horse Pub & Restaurant, where the bar stays open late. Whilst in Bermuda, enjoy a classic Cuba libre, daiquiri or piña colada made with BACARDÍ Superior or Gold rum, or have one of the many skilled and knowledgeable bartenders prepare one of their fabulous, delicious signature drinks made with a BACARDÍ flavoured rum. If rum doesn’t suit your fancy, maybe a tantalising GREY GOOSE vodka martini will. Or simply enjoy the wonderful flavour, complexity and smoothness found in the DEWAR’S blended and “double aged” older Scotch whiskies. Remember, whichever brand you may choose, please enjoy it responsibly. Pick up any of these fine brands at Burrows, Lightbourn Limited. (295-1554, 297-0409) The complete island experience features Bermuda’s world-renowned Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. This deep, luscious rum is so versatile it can be sipped like a fine single malt of star in any rum-based cocktail, providing an extra level of richness. It pairs superbly with most any cuisine and is the heart of several popular Bermuda recipes. As Bermuda’s oldest company, you’ll find all three of Gosling’s rums available islandwide, in Gosling’s own shops in town and duty-free at the airport. (298-7337, 298- 7368; goslingsrum.com) ISLAND FEAST As you make your way from parish to parish, you’ll see why Bermuda is a destination cherished by foodies. Here are some of the best spots for dining and nightlife on these islands. A taste of Tuscany on the South Shore, Bacci offers casual elegance, generous portions and reasonable prices in a friendly setting. Bacci’s talented chefs prepare traditional Italian dishes with passion and authenticity. From handmade artisanal pastas to classic comfort foods like Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine Alfredo, each plate is lovingly prepared using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Sweeping views of the ocean, their golf course and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse provide the perfect backdrop for dinner with family and friends. It’s Italian with a passion... bravo Bacci! Subject to seasonal closures. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) The Beach House (formerly Blackbeard’s), located at Achilles Bay, is in the shade of historic Fort St. Catherine, the most easterly point of the Bermuda islands. Check out their new lunch menu and sip their signature cocktail, the Sunset, or elect to have your own keg of cold Heineken at your table. The Beach House is your own personal place to unwind and have a cocktail or two and watch the sun go down. The Beach House then transforms to an upscale eatery with a great Mediterranean menu with local influence, impeccable service and a select wine list that has something for everyone’s taste and budget. Chef Piero and his team look forward to hosting you at one of the most unique spots on the island. (297-1400) Bella Vista, meaning “beautiful sight” in Italian, couldn’t be a more fitting name for the newest and most exciting restaurant in Bermuda. Located at the stunning Port Royal Golf Course, Chef Livio Ferigo invites you to dine in style on the green overlooking a panoramic turquoise oceanfront. Bella Vista features Mediterranean and local fusion dishes, fresh homemade food created with the love that Livio is known for. Owner of popular restaurants Bone Fish Bar & Grill and Café Amici located in the Royal Naval Dockyard, Chef Livio offers his islandwide famous pizza, fresh local catch, great cuts of Angus meats, the best local vegetables available in season and homemade desserts to die for, like Livio’s Tiramisu. (232-0100) The Blû Bar and Grill is ideally located to showcase fabulous views across the Belmont Hills Golf Course and stunning sunsets and water views over Great Sound. Blû offers great food characterised as bold American cuisine and steakhouse with a Southwestern flavour. This effervescent restaurant provides a wonderful atmosphere with wines and service to match. Visit for dinner any day of the week or treat yourself to a delectable Sunday brunch. (232-2323, diningbermuda.com) Bone Fish Bar & Grill in Dockyard has an exquisite view of Bermuda’s breezy Great Sound; an award-winning, top-rated chef at the helm; plenty of fresh fish and top-grade meats. How can you go wrong? Bone Fish offers locals and tourists alike a reasonably priced menu with seafood, homemade pastas, a great wine list, draft beer and desserts to die for. Open seven days a week. Come to enjoy daily entertainment or have a magical cocktail beneath the sky at Boner Bar. All are welcome at the most happening place to eat in Dockyard. (234-5151, bonefish.bm) Bouchée Bistro is one of Bermuda’s best-kept secrets. One of the island’s residents’ most popular restaurants, Bouchée offers amazing breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and French-inspired dinners. Located at the western end of Front Street, it offers the diner an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable dining room setting with excellent service and affordable, delightful food. Their wine list is perfectly balanced with something for everyone’s palate, from a sophisticated burgundy to a charming chardonnay and everything in between. The owners say, “We pride ourselves on the fact that we have a sophisticated-casual atmosphere with a customer-focused menu.” So what would they recommend? Well, they point their patrons towards the French pâté and pan-seared scallops followed by perhaps local rockfish or wahoo, cooked to order. After dinner, sit back and relax and enjoy an after-dinner drink and coffee. Open Monday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., with dinner Monday through Saturday, 6 until 10 p.m. (295-5759, bouchee.bm) Watch the sun rise over the ocean from The Cabana terrace or their pink-sand beach, and allow them to serve you from dawn to dusk at Fairmont’s Private Beach Club. When hunger strikes, enjoy quick, delicious, super-relaxed and satisfying selections, served chaise-side or on the terrace. Their beach bar serves up the best in tropical cocktails to keep you cool under the warm, summer sun. Subject to seasonal closures. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Café Amici, located at the corner of the Clocktower Mall, is an Italian family-style restaurant in the heart of historic Dockyard. It is a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the spirit of Italian culture and cuisine, enjoying laughter, exceptional food and each other. Executive Chef and owner Livio Ferigo has created a menu with many of his favourite childhood dishes that he enjoyed whilst growing up in Italy. Café Amici offers a friendly intimate atmosphere, with casual attire and simple, uncomplicated and affordable Italian cuisine, as well as its Bermuda codfish and potato breakfast every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Business or pleasure, visit for a flavourful and relaxing meal. It is open seven days a week, serving breakfast 9 to 11 a.m., lunch to 5:30 p.m. and dinner 6 to 10 p.m. Café Amici, where friends and family come together. Buon appetito. (234-5009) Vivid beach views are the ever-changing background to a superb dining experience at Coconuts. You can take your midday meal at a table in the restaurant or right on the beach in your lounge chair. In the mood for a sunset dinner with soft warm breezes and a truly romantic ambience? Dine at the water’s edge, under the stars whilst you enjoy one of their fresh Caribbean-inspired dishes. With the stage set, they will serve a special six-course meal complete with a glass of Champagne. Open seasonally April through November; lunch daily noon to 3 p.m.; snack menu until 4 p.m.; dinner 6:30 to 10 p.m.; closed Wednesday evenings. (238-0222, thereefs.com) CV Café & Conscious Vibes Fair Trade store has won “Coolest Café” in the Best of Bermuda 2013 Awards. They are known for their fair trade organic coffees, including cappuccinos and lattes, hot or iced. They serve a great breakfast with a choice of omelettes, English breakfast, bacon and egg muffins, and more. Lunch choices include sandwiches, paninis, Philly cheese and salads. CV Café has freshly baked goodies, Baileys ice cream, wine and beer. They are located a few steps up, across from Tavern by the Sea on Water Street. (297-0208, cvcafe.co) The Dining Room, located by Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Southampton, offers casual dining with breathtaking views of South Shore and the ocean. The restaurant serves an exciting bistro-style modern menu, which changes often, in a wonderful atmosphere. Its goal is to provide courteous, expedient and professional service of the highest calibre. The Dining Room is also available exclusively for larger groups. (238-8679, bermuda-dining.com) Experience the chic, waterside lounge at The Dock at the Waterlot. Sip a refreshing drink from their locally sourced cocktail menu whilst you watch spectacular sunsets over sparkling Jews Bay. Enjoy a beautiful Bermuda evening on the contemporary, stylish loungers listening to great music under a canopy of stars. Join them for grilled fare straight from the outdoor kitchen in the comfort of the dockside living room. The Dock has a chill, sexy vibe, perfect for catching up with friends or relaxing with your special someone. Subject to seasonal closures. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Exclusive Charters offers cruises aboard Holding Firm II, a 37-foot Sea Ray Express Bridge. She has a fully air-conditioned cabin bridge with fully enclosed seating and a capacity to carry up to 20 passengers. Cruise packages vary according to clients’ preferences. They offer cruises for various events such as cocktail parties, birthdays, family days, corporate and sunset, to name a few. Ground transportation, catering menus, photography, pedicures, manicures and massage therapy are available on request. If you have any special requests, they will do their best to accommodate you. Onboard amenities include a bathroom with a hot and cold shower, two flat-screen televisions with DVD player, CD/radio player and microwave. Their captain has more than 15 years’ experience around Bermuda’s waters, and both captain and all crew are CPR-certified. They look forward to having you aboard and providing you with a first-class Bermuda experience. (337- 3700, exclusivechartersbda.com) Recently renovated, Flanagan’s is Bermuda’s premier Irish pub, serving great Irish and local fare daily for lunch and dinner. Located on Front Street in Hamilton, Flanagan’s offers a cosy pub atmosphere, affordable prices and friendly service. It has elevator access and outdoor seating with views of Hamilton Harbour. For a bit of Ireland in Bermuda, where you can enjoy a pint of draft beer and the all-day English breakfast in a lively environment, Flanagan’s is the place. Featuring 22 wide-screen, high-definition televisions, Outback is Bermuda’s only true sports bar. Watch the big game on the big 63-inch HDTV or watch the match from your own booth with your own TV and remote control. No matter what team you cheer for, you have the best seat in the house at Outback Sports Bar, the place to tailgate in Bermuda. Both are located in the Emporium Building at 69 Front Street. (295-8299, flanagans.bm) Elegance, charm and superlative service await you at Fourways Inn. Long recognised as one of Bermuda’s finest gourmet restaurants, Fourways Inn offers a first-class dining experience and an award-winning wine list in a historic 18th-century manorhouse setting. An Old World “peg leg” bar on the premises provides a casual atmosphere for a cocktail before dinner or a relaxing after-dinner drink. Dining service is available Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday, experience the inn’s extravagant, indulgent Sunday brunch. (236-6517, diningbermuda.com) Go Jo’s Coffee Shop, in the old historic Town of St. George, sits on the water’s edge next to the infamous Ducking Stool in King’s Square. Enjoy some of the best local cuisine, freshly prepared for you each day; traditional Bermuda fish chowder, homemade codfish cakes, local fish sandwiches and Jo’s famous sloppy “Go Jo” burgers. A must-try is their ever-popular amazing carrot cake, fudge brownies, old-fashioned fudge and homemade apple pie. (297-0614, firstname.lastname@example.org) The Grand Cafe in Hamilton offers a new, more affordable way to dine. Their menu centres around two sizes of dishes, grand and petite, which come with corresponding set prices. The menu is described as eclectic with a “little bit of everything.” The lunch menu is loaded with wraps, burgers, soups and salads along with entrée selections, including kebabs, hummus and tabbouleh. For dinner, customers can find items such as lamb chops, seafood and a selection of steaks. They also offer a fixedprice hot and cold buffet for breakfast and lunch in addition to their a la carte menu. The Grand Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 6 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Saturdays they are only open for dinner. (292-2777, grandcafe.co) Overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage old Town of St. George, Griffin’s Bistro & Bar is located in The St. George’s Club, a cottage hotel and vacation ownership resort. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef Piero has transformed the bistro with a new menu and a selection of great wines to satisfy both taste and budget. If you want to try something different, the Branzino done in sea salt and plated at the table or the pasta with lobster served family-style are personal favourites. (297-4235, stgeorgesclub.com) Gulfstream in Southampton is the newest addition to the West End dining scene. Casual modern décor offering outdoor dining conveniently located opposite Horseshoe Bay Beach. Gulfstream serves an international menu, fine wines and cocktails. Takeout is also available. (238-1897, bermuda-dining.com) Hammerheads Bar & Grill at Snorkel Park Beach in Royal Naval Dockyard is the place to relax and unwind island-style. Enjoy delicious Bermudian and American food, classic snacks and the most refreshing frozen cocktails and Swizzles at the huge terrace bar whilst you take in spectacular beach and ocean views. Island favourites are served daily, and sunset dining features live entertainment on select weeknights. When the sun goes down, the nightlife heats up at the open-air, top-40 Club Aqua. Tropical fun awaits the whole family at their Island Beach Party. Watch local Gombey dancers perform their ritual dance, learn soca and calypso dances, and be amazed by the thrilling Fire Limbo show. Sing, dance, laugh and have a great, carefree time. Stick around for the open-air nightclub and you can party under the stars all night long. Packages available with transport to and from hotels, as well as a dinner option. Book online or with your concierge. (234-3100) Harbourfront Restaurant, located on the waterfront at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, offers beautiful water views and is the perfect setting for any dining occasion, casual or otherwise. The varied menu features items from its popular sushi and tempura bar, dry-aged steaks and meats, and the freshest fish and seafood. A wide variety of seafood and meats are prepared on the specialised robata grill, which uses charcoal and smoked wood chips. The restaurant opens Monday to Saturday for lunch, 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.; and sushi happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday is dinner only, 6 to 10 p.m. (295-4207, harbourfront.bm) Henry VIII Restaurant, Sushi Bar & Pub has been one of Bermuda’s premier restaurants for more than 40 years, offering inside and outside dining with breathtaking views of South Shore. Enjoy dishes from English and European cuisine to fresh local fish, seafood, plus their famous Bermuda Fish Chowder. If sushi is your choice, sample many different creations at Bermuda’s best sushi bar. For a more casual option, there is a pub menu. Unwind with the daily happy hour or join them later for great entertainment and dance the night away. (238-1977, henrys.bm) Comfortable and sophisticated, The Heritage Court at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess offers the most cosmopolitan setting in Bermuda for cocktails, cuisine and conversation. In fact, it has been deemed the place for Best Exotic Cocktails in the Best of Bermuda awards. Here, an extensive collection of fine wines, rums, spirits and Champagne are available alongside gourmet renditions of traditional Bermudian dishes and international fare. The classic afternoon tea service, complete with delicate pastries and sandwiches, has also garnered a Best of Bermuda award from The Bermudian magazine and was named amongst the 10 Best Afternoon Teas by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. The Heritage Court opens daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., reservations required. Smart casual dress is suggested. (295-3000, fairmont.com/hamilton) The place for the quintessential martini. Elegant and relaxing, Jasmine Lounge is the ideal spot for meeting, greeting or simply relaxing, any time of the day. Your favourite cocktails are served throughout the day along with an elegant selection of light entrées, snacks, sandwiches, salads and sinful desserts. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) With its dragons and Asian mystique, L’Oriental’s restaurant entrance, next to Little Venice, entices customers up the stairs into a world of fusion cuisine. L’Oriental is the islands’ first Orientalfusion restaurant, offering the combined tastes and delicacies of the Far East. The meticulously hand-crafted pagoda and décor provide a unique backdrop to the teppanyaki table and sushi bar, which provides immaculately prepared sushi. This award-winning restaurant is well known for its food, service and outstanding interior. Hours are Monday to Friday for lunch from noon to 2:15 p.m., and Monday to Sunday for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (296-4477, loriental.bm) Little Venice is Bermuda’s first Italian restaurant, celebrating more than 40 years of fabulous service and fine food. It is touted as the best Italian restaurant in Bermuda by The New York Times and The Boston Globe. This Hamilton restaurant is dedicated to producing an authentic taste of Italy with meticulously prepared classic and contemporary Italian specialities. The adjoining wine bar offers the islands’ most comprehensive wine list, providing excellent selections from around the world. Little Venice opens Monday to Sunday for lunch from noon to 2 p.m.; dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (295-3503, littlevenice.bm) A salty restaurant, The Lobster Pot Restaurant and Boathouse Bar is Bermuda’s oldest fish eatery and has a faithful following amongst both visitors and Bermudians. Service is friendly, prices are fair and the menu is enticing. There is always a good selection of fresh seafood from local and foreign waters. Specialities of the house include fish chowder, a succulent seafood feast, pan-fried local fish topped with banana and almonds, escargots and live lobsters. The staff welcomes you for lunch Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for dinner daily, 5:30 p.m. until closing. Reservations for both lunch and dinner are advised; closed on public holidays. (292-6898, lobsterpot.bm) Margarita’s Grill is the place to go for mouthwatering food with a Mexican flair and the best margaritas in town. Offering margarita happy hour specials every Friday evening along with specially priced drinks with scrumptious tidbits and nibbles sure to suit everyone’s fancy. Margarita’s Grill is transformed into The Club @ MG every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with their in-house DJ shaking and stirring the best in House, Euro, Dance and Top 40. This venue is perfect for all occasions, from birthday to anniversary celebrations, catering to as many guests as you would like. Margarita’s Grill is open Monday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Friday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (296-3330, diningbermuda.com) The MV Venetian is luxuriously equipped to ensure that any event, ranging from a private social soirée to a fancy corporate affair, is a spectacular success. Lavish, wellappointed staterooms and state-of-the-art communication systems provide the perfect setting for a relaxing day cruise or an overnight voyage. The well-established catering service offers the finest cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, supported by the best crew available in Bermuda. (704-3000, venetian.bm) No visit to Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in the Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week and featuring only Häagen-Dazs ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurt. Treat yourself to one of the 16 flavours in a cone, sundae or milk shake. It can even be packed for you to take home. Nannini also offers a variety of indulgences from Italy. So give yourself a treat and visit the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour. (234-2474) Let your hair down, take off your jacket and tie, and get ready to experience The Newport, a Gastropub. It’s an imaginative, innovative culinary adventure featuring modern and creative cuisine inspired by the classics. Their warm and cosy atmosphere lends itself to watching major sporting events whilst enjoying friendly service, great food and a creative line up of hand-crafted draft beers and fine wines. Start off with their charcuterie station and fresh raw bar, then explore their original menu that draws upon locally sourced products and modern versions of classic dishes served with a fun twist. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Great seafood simply prepared and served surfside. There’s nothing better. The Ocean Club’s new approach combines the freshest local catch with the relaxed atmosphere of this seaside setting. Take in the ocean. Soak up the sun. Let the breaking waves be your soundtrack. Bermuda’s best ocean views are just as much a part of this experience as the seafood. Come from the beach, come for lunch, come for dinner, come for a cold, crisp glass of wine or a frosty beer. Try a tropical cocktail at the Terrace Bar or a nibble from the small bites menu. Subject to seasonal closures. (238- 8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Set atop the rugged limestone cliffs overlooking their secluded pink-sand beach, Ocean Echo dining room showcases panoramic ocean views through a captivating curved wall of windows. Just as the enchanting views change with weather conditions, so does the menu in this unmistakable, fine-dining atmosphere. Using fresh local ingredients, their culinary staff prepares impeccably and expertly presented dishes for your pleasure. A somewhat less formal dinner experience is available on Ocean Echo’s terrace. Open for breakfast daily 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Sunday brunch noon to 3 p.m.; dinner 6:30 to 10 p.m. (238- 0222, thereefs.com) Polaris Restaurant at the Carriage House is located at 22 Water Street in St. George’s. The harbour views from their porch are spectacular and provide a relaxing atmosphere for dining. Local food is their speciality, and they use only the freshest ingredients, preparing every dish from scratch. Don’t miss their Sunday brunch, featuring the ultimate selection of fish chowder, salads, a cold buffet, breakfast items, curries, a carving station accompanied with many side dishes and, of course, an incredible dessert station. Open six days a week (closed Tuesdays). Lunch 12 to 4 p.m. and dinner 6 to 10 p.m. (297-1730, polarisrestaurant.com) Enjoy the finest culinary experience in Bermuda at The Point Restaurant & Terrace. The stunning restaurant displays Pan Am’s one-of-a-kind Sky Club murals depicting the world’s major ports of the 1880s. The cuisine is clearly influenced by international flavours inspired by the murals, but with an infusion of fresh local ingredients. Fine linen, bone china and French cutlery complement classic service. The Point Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. (298-4070, rosewoodhotels.com/en/tuckerspoint) Experience the flavour of the finest in traditional Italian cuisine at Portofino Restaurant. For over 35 years they have been Bermuda’s favourite Italian restaurant. From a quick, delicious pizza to homemade pastas and exotic dishes, all will delight in their bustling, Italian-town atmosphere. Prices are right, and they now offer alfresco dining. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is served seven days a week from 6 to 10 p.m. Their takeout service is second to none and is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. They are conveniently located just off Front Street on Bermudiana Road in Hamilton. TripAdvisor certificate of excellence. Winner of City of Hamilton Food Festival Bermuda at its best. (292-2375, Takeout: 296-0606) Q’s Bar-B-Q Bar & Grill is the newest authentic barbeque restaurant located on the South Shore (Gold Coast). Their menu offers different kinds and styles of barbeque: ribs, chicken, beef and pork. Also available are whatever-you-please burgers and Bermudian favourites such as Hop & John, coconut red beans and rice, and macaroni, all served on their terrace and patio. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit and towel, as you can relax the afternoon away whilst chillin’ around the only public saltwater pool on the island, sipping one of their signature drinks like the Gold Coast or the Blue Horizon. If you’re not up for a cocktail, visit their ice cream parlour serving 24 flavours, ice cream or fruit smoothies, and snacks. Enjoy relaxing music and Wi-Fi whilst dining at Q’s. (236-7807) With its impressive hand-tiled pizza oven and open show kitchen, there’s a combination of warmth and excitement at Royston’s Grill Room’s dining room. A creative spin is given to salads and appetizers, whilst hand-crafted burgers take centre stage along with Royston’s own thin-crusted pizzas. For those wanting something more substantial, they offer steaks, chops and uniquely marinated skewers. Royston’s Wine Room is the perfect space for a private event. This intimate setting features white walls of Bermuda stone and elegant mahogany cabinetry holding more than 1,000 wine bottles. Open Wednesday through Saturday evenings for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. (238-0222, thereefs.com) Rustico in Flatts Village is a charming Italian restaurant serving traditional dishes with a twist, in a cosy and casual setting. A thoughtfully chosen wine list complements the menu. The restaurant is very popular with tourists and locals, ensuring a bustling but welcoming atmosphere. (295-5212, bermuda-dining.com) Blessed by the scenic tranquility of Mangrove Bay, The Somerset Country Squire is the place to go for picturesque lunches at reasonable prices. On a sundrenched terrace lined by palm trees, the restaurant offers superb dining a la carte. Downstairs is a sports bar with excellent satellite coverage and lots of local character. (234-0105) Start your day right at Speciality Inn. A popular, family-owned restaurant that has become the spot, not just for locals but also for legends like actor Clint Eastwood and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Established in 1985, Speciality Inn is well known for its diverse range of local and international cuisines. Also a pizzeria and sushi bar, the restaurant has won numerous times in Bermuda’s Best of the Gold Awards. Kid friendly, with a welcoming yet relaxed ambience, Speciality Inn, located at Collectors Hill at 4 South Road in Smith’s Parish, is open Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Reservations not needed. (236-3133, email@example.com) The Speciality Cinema is your alternative to the megaplex moviegoing experience. They are by choice the small guy in town, providing a more intimate, personal setting in which to enjoy a perfect afternoon or evening out with friends. Bermuda’s only cinema with two theatres, The Speciality Cinema and Grill provides delicious breakfasts, quick lunches, delicious meals or a quick snack with your movie or for any occasion. With monthly food specials, the cinema is a winner of Bermuda’s Best of the Gold Award. The Speciality Cinema is located in the heart of Hamilton, at 12 Church Street. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday and public holidays, noon to 8 p.m. (292-2135, specialitycinema.bm.) Sweet SAAK Bakery is the quintessential family-run bakery. SAAK is an anagram from the initials of the four siblings that run this homestyle Bermudian bakery. No need for exact directions to this sweet shop on York Street in St. George’s. All you need to do is follow the delicious smells of daily-baked items wafting from their doors. All items are baked on location using family recipes. Ample indoor seating, a library and Wi-Fi available. Make yourself at home and welcome to the family. (297-0663, sweetsaak.com) Enjoy harbourside seating and cosy romantic dining year-round in St. George’s at Tavern by the Sea. The menu reveals culinary skills from their international chefs, offering fresh seafood, juicy meats, healthy salads and signature comfort meals. Try their delicious local lobster specials with a savoury stuffing prepared to your liking. (297-3305) Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is centrally located in the heart of the historic Town of St. George and boasts panoramic views of the harbour. It offers a wide range of menu choices guaranteed to satisfy any picky eater, from the famous locally caught fish items — including wahoo nuggets, rockfish Picasso and, of course, the award-winning fish chowder — to the delicious schnitzel sandwich and ever-changing pasta special. Bring your family for a nice relaxing meal or come for a romantic dinner overlooking the moonlit harbour. (297-1307, wahoos.bm) Defining Bermuda’s steakhouse experience for nearly 350 years, the historic Waterlot Inn remains Bermuda’s best. Serving the finest prime-aged steaks and chops, this classic dining room has introduced a newly updated and inspired menu that spans time-honoured signature specialities and incorporates bold new flavours. Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and award-winning service surrounded by warm furnishings are the hallmarks of The Waterlot Inn. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) The White Horse Pub & Restaurant is Bermuda’s favourite pub and seafood restaurant in St. George’s, well known for its creative and colourful dishes, breathtaking views of St. George’s Harbour and friendly service. The pub offers inside dining, covered waterside dining and an outdoor waterfront bistro area. The White Horse serves a wide selection of fresh local fish, flame-grilled steaks, as well as popular English and Bermudian pub favourites. Great food, great prices, great menu selections, all in a relaxed and casual atmosphere for you to enjoy. Fancy something cool and refreshing? Then sit back and relax whilst sipping on one of their signature cocktails, mojitos or frozen drinks made especially for you. For all you sports fans out there, this is Bermuda’s No. 1 sports bar in St. George’s. Come enjoy wall-to-wall sports coverage of your favourite teams from morning to night. The White Horse is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; bar open until 1 a.m. or later. Takeout is available. (1-441-297-1838, whitehorsebermuda.com) Sun, socialise and dine poolside with family and friends at Wickets Burger Bar. This thoroughly refreshing option for lunch, dinner and light bites features a fabulous variety of creative burgers, sandwiches, salads, shakes and more throughout the day. Hang out on a chaise, hop in the pool for a quick swim. Dine and dip at Wickets. Subject to seasonal closures. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) The only thing they overlook at breakfast at Windows on the Sound is the ocean. The bountiful buffet features made-to-order omelettes, Belgian waffles, smoothies, breakfast pastries, breads and other morning delicacies. Greet the week with a Bermuda tradition: their famous Sunday Brunch. Classic brunch items take the table with island classics sourced from Bermuda’s local harvest, all prepared by seasoned Bermudian chefs. Feast on a tasty array of authentic Bermudian dishes, including codfish and potatoes, Johnny bread, cassava pie, and the unbelievable Bermuda fried bananas. Breakfast is served daily and is enjoyed by hotel guests and locals alike. (238-8000, fairmont.com/southampton) Wong’s Golden Dragon Restaurant, located on York Street, offers the most captivating, high-quality Chinese takeout food in the Town of St. George. The distinguished chef, Chunlee Wong, serves a fusion of Szechuan- and Cantonese-styled food, providing a rich pageant of the foremost seafood, meat and vegetarian meals. Check out their lunch and seasonal specials and their party to go menu. Open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (297-0408)
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