BERMUDA IS BRIMMING WITH WORLDCLASS DINING AND NIGHTLIFE OPTIONS. Bermuda is so packed with cultural flavour and flair that everywhere you look you’ll discover delectable cuisine that will tempt your taste buds. 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. Global Cuisine 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, the 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 spoilt 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. Rum cake 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. 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 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. Bermuda Explorer provides visitors to the island the unique opportunity of experiencing Bermuda the way locals do. Have you ever taken a trip to a country and left feeling like you really did not get to know the local native people and their culture? Bermuda Explorer introduces you to vetted local families that welcome you to their home where you learn their traditional ways of cooking local cuisine, and then you get to eat with the family as they tell you about their island home and heritage. Some families may even take you fishing, “Bermuda style, off de rocks,” then take you back home to cook up the fish you just caught and enjoy some Bermuda Rum Swizzle. Or maybe you prefer to have a traditional afternoon tea at a cosy Bermudian home. Tell them what sort of an experience you are looking for and they will customise it for you. This truly will be an unforgettable experience as you meet new friends and create memories of a lifetime with these friendly and hospitable locals. (534-1797) Nightlife Whilst Bermuda may not appear to be a party destination, the locals do know how to let loose after the sun goes down. Many of Bermuda’s restaurants and bars transform into the hippest lounges and nightclubs after dark, with some parties going on deep into the night. To get the party started, enjoy a classic Cuba Libre, Daiquiri or classic Mojito made with BACARDÍ Superior or BACARDÍ Gold rum, or have one of Bermuda’s 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, or simply enjoy the honeyed, smooth and complex flavour notes found in their range of DEWAR’S Scotch whiskies and ABERFELDY Single Malt Scotch whiskies. For the first time in Bermuda, the FACUNDO line of premium BACARDÍ rums are available, best savoured neat or on the rocks after a fine meal. Remember, whichever brand you may choose, please enjoy it responsibly. Pick up any of these fine brands at Burrows, Lightbourn Limited. (295-0176) 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 or 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 of Gosling’s awardwinning 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, located at Achilles Bay, is in the shade of historic Fort St. Catherine, the most easterly point of the Bermuda islands. Try the casual 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 forwards to hosting you at what Fodor’s comments as “Well off the beaten path, The Beach House offers a dining experience unlike anywhere else on the island.” (297-1400, stgeorgesclub.bm/page/thebeachhouse) For a Best of Bermuda award-winning meal, featuring sushi that can only be described as “the best you’ll ever taste,” visit Beluga Bar. They are located at the base of the stairs on the lower level of Washington Mall in Hamilton. The restaurant is easily recognised by its unusual atriumstyle design and friendly waitstaff. The menu bursts with unusual and compelling flavour combinations and a variety of daily specials. Open Monday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Drinks served from 5 p.m. daily. (542-2859, belugabar.bm) At Bermuda Bistro at the Beach, better known by locals as “The Beach,” there’s something on the menu to cater to all tastes, from breakfast and pub fare to salads, pasta, local seafood and steaks. Serving from 9 a.m. straight through till midnight daily — dine in or take out — they offer a friendly casual atmosphere with porch and alfresco dining. The Beach shows both British and American sports with live entertainment and Djs six nights a week from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and is home of the 50 oz. Bermuda Rum Swizzle or Dark ’n Stormy. (292-0219, thebeachbermuda.com) BermyBerry is located in the city of Hamilton and Royal Naval Dockyard. BermyBerry frozen yoghurt uses only fresh milk, fresh yoghurt and fresh fruit puree blended daily to make the perfect frozen BermyBerry yoghurt treat. Add your choice of toppings, from fresh fruit, a variety of nuts, wholesome granola and other sinful confections, to create your own unique mouthwatering BermyBerry experience. Live Light Bermuda! (292-3411) Tucked away in one of Hamilton’s most enchanting and historic alleys, Bistro J on Chancery Lane offers a unique, wholesome and imaginative daily changing blackboard menu, with an option of six appetizers, six entrées and six desserts for one set price all served in a lively bistro setting. All wines on the list are available by the glass. Open for lunch five days a week and dinner nightly. (296-8546, bistroj.bm) Blû Bar & Grill’s stunning location overlooking the Great Sound gives it an unparalleled view of the water and local yacht and international sailing events. Its floor-toceiling picture windows offer breathtaking vistas of a watercolour sky and a memorable palette of blues. Its central location in Warwick, off Middle Road at the Belmont Hills Golf Course, provides the perfect backdrop of golfing greens and azure waters. Blû’s cuisine is Southwest-American with generous Italian and Asian influences. This restaurant provides a chic, modern vibe in a singularly Bermudian setting where you can enjoy great service, food and wines. Visit for dinner any day of the week. (232-2323, blu.bm) Bouchée Bistro is one of Bermuda’s bestkept secrets. One of the island’s residents’ most popular restaurants, Bouchée offers amazing breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and Frenchinspired 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. to 2:30 p.m., with dinner Monday through Saturday, 6 to 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) Calico Jack’s Floating Barhas been appropriately named after Calico Jack, one of the only pirates having set foot in Bermuda. This 75-foot pirate-themed floating bar has an island vibe and is known for being the exclusive party headquarters on the water. Offering some of the cheapest drinks in Bermuda. You can relax on board and listen to great music and sip on some of their signature cocktails. You can take in the fantastic views of the marina, watch the boats sail by or interact with the locals. For the adventurous guests you can “walk the plank” and use their giant inflatable slide. If you’d prefer to just swim in Bermuda’s crystal blue waters, grab a noodle and float around for a while. Calico Jack’s is permanently docked just through the gates at Heritage Wharf in Royal Naval Dockyard, so you can go aboard for a quick Rum Swizzle or hang out the whole afternoon or evening and party. Calico Jack’s is open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and beyond in peak season (closing hours vary when cruise ships are not in port). Calico Jack’s is available for private buyouts alongside the dock or as a private charter. (504-5225, calicojacksbda.com) Bermuda’s original Chinese restaurant, Chopstix Fusion, has grown its menu over the past 30 years to include the best of Thai, Indian, Filipino and Vietnamese cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for classics — including Sweet and Sour Chicken and Peking Duck — or wanting to expand your taste buds with their rotating specials, Chopstix Fusion is here to satisfy your Far East cravings. Open for lunch Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Located at 88 Reid Street in Hamilton. (292-0791, chopsticks.bm) Confectionsis a Bermudian boutique bakery passionately dedicated to the simple beauty and nostalgia of the traditional Bermuda sugar cookie. Their recipe has been tried, tested and painstakingly perfected for well over 20 years, thereby ensuring that each cookie has a seamless and delectable blend of airy lightness. A respectable crunch and just enough sweet persuasion to keep you coming back for more. Their very special limited-edition America’s Cup cookies, designed in celebration of the 2017 America’s Cup, are available by delivery to your hotel, at select retailers islandwide and at The Gift Garden of Salt Spray Soap Co. Located at 7 Water Street in St. George’s. (505-DIE4 ; confections2die4.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 forwards to having you aboard and providing you with a first-class Bermuda experience. (337-3700, exclusivechartersbda.com) 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 Sports Bar 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) Originally built in the 1720s, Fourways Restaurant has remained unchanged at heart despite extensive renovations. Nowadays an old 18th-century Bermuda fireplace, sturdy cedar beams and original stone walls lend an alluring sense of character to a space already steeped in tradition. Dinner at Fourways is not merely a culinary experience but also a journey back in time. Sophisticated yet relaxed, Fourways’ patrons enjoy unerring hospitality, lavish meals and a Wine Spectator award–winning selection Of reds and whites. An Old World “peg leg” bar on the premises provides a casual atmosphere for a cocktail before dinner or a relaxing afterdinner drink. Dining service is available Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday, experience the inn’s extravagant, indulgent Sunday brunch. (236-6517, fourwaysinn.com/restaurant.asp) Glaze Bakery-Café?is Bermuda’s No. 1 bakery and famous for its unique and flavourful products, warm hospitality and colourful interior design. With multiple store locations, this neighbourhood corner bakery is the only bakery in Bermuda to make everything fresh daily from scratch. Decadent pastries, delectable doughnuts, hot coffees, cold smoothies and delicious sandwiches and deli foods, Glaze Bakery-Café has something for everyone. With a priority on ensuring exceptional customer service, the goal of Glaze Bakery-Café is to provide the food you want to eat depending on the way you want to eat. For wellness, comfort food or indulgence, Glaze Bakery-Café has something special for you. (292-4422, glaze.bm) 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 musttry is their ever-popular amazing carrot cake, fudge brownies, old-fashioned fudge and homemade apple pie. (2970614, firstname.lastname@example.org) Overlooking the old Town of St. George and its harbour, Griffin’s Bistro & Bar is located within The St. George’s Club, a cottage hotel and vacation ownership resort. It is open for lunch and dinner during the high season. Chef Piero has transformed the bistro with a 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. This season they will incorporate a new option with Vespa Pizzeria to cater to younger families visiting The St. George’s Club. (2974235, stgeorgesclub.bm/page/griffinshome) Hammerheads Bar & Grill at Snorkel Park Beach (SPB) in Royal Naval Dockyard is the place to relax and unwind islandstyle. 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 openair top 40’s Nightclub. Tropical fun awaits the whole family at their Sunset Bonfires on the Beach. A hidden oasis inside Royal Naval Dockyard, enjoy the picturesque property and majestic Bermudian sunsets at SPB. There is something for every family member to enjoy; build a sandcastle, get in on a game of volleyball or have a family Competition of Bocce Ball. Or, for the more laid back... chill out to the soft island music, walk the beach, relax oceanside and wiggle your toes in the sand or sea as the waves lap around you. Try to catch the green flash on the horizon, just before the sun goes down. Enjoy a Bermuda Rum Swizzle and roasted s’mores. Later, stick around for the open-air top 40’s Nightclub (entry included; 18+, ID required) and you can party under the stars all night long. Book online or with your concierge. (234-6989, snorkelparkbeach.com) The Harbourfront Restaurant is situated right on the harbour at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI). It offers the perfect setting for either a casual lunch or an elegant dining experience. The varied menu features a selection of the freshest fish and seafood, grass-fed meats, and a wonderful selection of speciality dishes created by your host, Pierangelo Lanfranchi, that are unique to Harbourfront. They also offer a sushi and tempura bar. Group bookings for special Occasions are welcome. The restaurant opens Monday through Saturday for lunch, 11:45 a.m. to 3 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) Harry’s is situated in The Waterfront Complex at Pitts Bay Road, just to the east of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Open for lunch and dinner daily, except Sundays and public holidays, Harry’s philosophy is simple. Their new American steakhouse style incorporates sustainably farmed meats, including their famous dry-aged beef and the best of Bermuda’s fish, which are delivered right to their door. Through their partnership with Miles Market and Miles Farms, they take the finest, freshest ingredients to create their homegrown yet internationally sophisticated cuisine. You are able to choose your Harry’s experience from their different options: Harry’s Bar, waterside patio with Hamilton Harbour views, private dining room or main dining room. So whether you are looking for a light lunch, a drink at Happy hour or dinner for two or 20, Harry’s will meet your requirements. Their extensive cocktail menu and Wine Spectator award– winning wine cellar cater to all tastes and budgets. Harry’s was named in memory of Harry Cox. His achievements, contributions to Bermuda’s culture and love of good food and drink shared with friends are the inspiration for all that they do. (292-5533, harrys.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) 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 island’s first Oriental-fusion restaurant, offering the combined tastes and delicacies of the Far East. The meticulously hand-crafted pagoda and décor provide a unique backdrop to Bermuda’s only teppanyaki table and the elegant sushi bar, which provides immaculately prepared sushi. This award-winning restaurant is well known for its food, service and outstanding interior. Hours are Monday through Friday for lunch from noon to 2:15 p.m., dinner Monday through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m., and Sunday dinner from 6 to 9 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 superbly prepared classic and contemporary Italian specialities. The adjoining Wine Bar offers the island’s most comprehensive wine list, providing excellent selections from around the world and a popular happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Little Venice opens Monday through Friday for lunch from noon to 2 p.m.; Monday through Saturday for 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 through 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) Marcus’ is a visually striking affair, arrayed with modern art from the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club’s owners, including original pieces by Andy Warhol, Liu Ye, Nelson Mandela and many more. The signature restaurant occupies the former Gazebo Room, once a grand ballroom, offering a central bar and harbour views. A preview of menu items includes the Dockyard IPA BBQ short rib for two, fried chicken and waffles, and the fish chowder bites, which pay tribute to Bermudian culture. Marcus’ also features a full beverage menu with a new spin on a local favourite, ginger beer–based Darker and Stormier. (298-2028, marcusbermuda.com) No visit to Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week and featuring only Häagen-Dazs ice cream, sorbets and frozen yoghurt. 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. Its 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 combines the freshest local catch with the relaxed atmosphere of the 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) Located above Port O’ Call on Front Street, Pearl is a welcome addition to Bermuda’s sushi scene. When creating the menu, their skilled sushi chefs have combined their traditional Japanese culinary training along with the culinary styles garnered through worldwide experience. A unique and extensive sake and wine list is available for you. The result is a modern and creative menu, which still satisfies the classic sushi experience. Open for lunch five days a week and dinner nightly. (295-9150, pearl.bm) Set in an opulent dining room of oversized plush chairs, rich cedar and the sounds of fine bone china and crystal clinking softly, diners will experience the grandeur of the golden age of travel at The Point Restaurant & Terrace of Rosewood Tucker’s Point. The eclectic menu takes its inspiration from Bermuda’s rich history, as well as the dramatic ports of call depicted in Gerard Henderson’s Sky Club murals. Dishes include the classic Bermudian Fish Chowder, exotic plates like a Beirut- inspired Cumin Spiced Lamb, and decadent confections like a Dulce de Leche from Rio de Janeiro. (298-4070) One of Bermuda’s most popular restaurants is Port O’ Call, located at 87 Front Street. Enjoy award-winning signature dishes featuring contemporary styles with an emphasis on fresh Bermuda seafood. Enjoy their award-winning wine list, with over 40 selections by the glass, or a cocktail designed by one of their award-winning bartenders. Open for lunch five days a week and dinner nightly, dine inside or alfresco on the harbourview terrace — either way, you’re sure to love the experience of superb service and a masterful menu in an elegant setting. (295-5373, portocall.bm) Portofino Restaurant has been Bermuda’s favourite Italian restaurant for over 35 years. 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) Enjoy the breathtaking Hamilton Harbour views at Red Steakhouse & Bar on Front Street’s largest outdoor patio. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Jason Jones, guests will be welcomed to an “Old World charm, meets New World dining” atmosphere, where the spectrum of senses is delighted with the very best in food, wine, cocktails and interior design. Red’s unique dining options include the classic steakhouse dining room, the vibrant and chic lounge, VIP balcony seating and the contemporary outdoor patio. (292-7331, redbermuda.com) Mixing up the island’s best margaritas and cocktails, Rosa’s offers not only the island’s sole Tex-Mex cuisine but something to please even the pickiest of eaters. From fall-off-the-bone ribs and juicy burgers to sizzling fajitas and Bermuda’s most popular wings, Rosa’s truly has something for everyone. Come and relax on their balcony and enjoy 2-for-1 margaritas from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Rosa’s is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is located at 121 Front Street in Hamilton. (295-1912, rosas.bm) Ruby Murrys is the newest addition to Bermuda’s restaurant scene and is quickly becoming the place to go for discerning diners who yearn for the real taste of India. Their menu features some of the most popular gastronomic delights from the many diverse regional styles of India, all served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Located at 2 Chancery Lane, they are open for lunch five days a week and dinner seven nights a week. Takeout and catering available. (295-5058, rubymurrys.bm) Blessed by the scenic tranquillity of Mangrove Bay, the Somerset Country Squire Is the place to go for picturesque lunches at reasonable prices. On a sun-drenched 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) 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 & 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 through 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) 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 through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Reservations not needed. (236-3133, specialityinn.bm) Italian for “on the green,” Sul Verde offers stunning views of the Tucker’s Point Golf Course to accompany a selection of special dishes from unique regions in Italy. Striving to deliver the most authentic taste, chefs seek out ingredients from each Italian region and combine them with fresh local products from Bermuda. The “Ocean” pizza, for example, marries flour from Napoli, transformed into the perfect “Verace” crust that is both crisp and chewy, and Bermuda waters’ sweet shrimp, scallops and calamari seasoned with garlic, chili and basil. Cheese aficionados will enjoy the house-made mozzarella and creamy Burrata served alongside classic antipasti and house-infused grappas. (298-6983) Sweet SAAK Bakery is the quintessential family-run bakery. SAAK is an acronym 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) No vacation would be complete without a visit to Bermuda’s oldest pub, the Swizzle Inn, at Bailey’s Bay (293-1854), or their newest location, Swizzle South Shore, at 87 South Road, Warwick (236-7459). First, sip an original Rum Swizzle, the deliciously potent national drink. Then, venture onto the patio or indoors to enjoy the award-winning Swizzle burger or Bailey’s Bay fish sandwich, pizzas, or the best nachos or onion rings. Dinner includes local fish, steaks and classic pub fare like shepherd’s pie and fish ’n’ chips. After dinner, stick around for great live pub entertainment. Stop by for the hugely popular weekend barbeque menu with slow-smoked ribs, steaks, chicken and seafood. Portions are good, and prices are reasonable. Be sure to leave your card or a message on the pub walls, which are covered with graffiti from previous “swizzlers.” Both locations are kid-friendly. Check out the gift shops, which offer a wide selection of Swizzle Inn Swagger Out clothing and gifts. (swizzleinn.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) Tempest Bistro is situated in a restored former military warehouse on Water Street, Somers Wharf, and offers international-style bistro variations on local favourites that have proven to be pleasing to both locals and visitors alike. The exposed brick and original archways throughout give warmth and comfort, providing a relaxing atmosphere for any dining occasion. (297-0861) Also located in St. George’s is Temptations Café, which specialises in personally prepared, affordably priced comfort food to satisfy every appetite. Selections range from hearty breakfast bagels, delicious homemade soups, the best sandwiches in town, pastries, ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes and pipinghot cups of tea, coffees, cappuccinos and lattes. Available for eat in or takeout, open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (297-1368) Located at 10 Dundonald Street in Hamilton, TEN is your best choice for home-brewed coffees, fresh and delicious salads, pastas, sandwiches, daily blackboard specials and homemade desserts for breakfast and lunch. And for dinner, join them for Bermuda’s best tapas, wines by the glass and cocktails. (295-0857, ten.bm) Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is centrally located in the heart of St. George’s 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) Hungry? Washington Mall, in the heart of Hamilton, has a wide variety of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. For a full dining experience, head to La Trattoria, one of the longest-standing Italian restaurants in Bermuda; or Beluga Bar, the upscale seafood and sushi restaurant with an innovative Asian inspired menu; or Chatterbox Café, which is the perfect meeting spot. If it’s a sweet treat you’re after, Sprinkles homemade ice cream and baked goods and Glaze doughnuts are sure to satisfy. In addition, the newly opened Eateries Food Court has a variety of options to suit the whole family. (washingtonmall.bm; Facebook: Washington-Mall-Bermuda.) 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, friendly service and breathtaking views of St. George’s Harbour. 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 and 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 at their inside or outside waterfront bar 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. (441-297-1838, or visit whitehorsebermuda.Com for specials, upcoming events and reservations) 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 or 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 Bermuda Breakfast. 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, Thai, Malaysian 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 through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (297-0408, wongsgoldendragonbda.Com) Yo Cherry Frozen Treats is Bermuda’s premier self-serve frozen treats and baked goods store. They are located at 8 Bermudiana Road in Hamilton. They sell the best soft-serve ice cream, gelato, custard, yoghurt, sorbets and Italian ice. With over 50 toppings to choose from, there is something for everyone. At Yo Cherry you can also get freshly made brownies, Pineapple Delight, cupcakes and much more. So come on down to Yo Cherry and have yourself a treat. (292-2020, yocherry.com)
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