A Michelin Star rating can bolster a restaurant’s success as well as the career of the chef at the helm of that restaurant. While Michelin has a limit on the list of areas where they award the famous Michelin star, successful restaurateurs are all over the world. The chefs of some Michelin star-rated restaurants tap into areas beyond the reach of Michelin. The Bahamas is one of those areas. Rich with local cuisine as well as world-class, Michelin star level cuisine, the Bahamas is a designation not to be dismissed for lovers of fine dining. We’ve chosen a few restaurants for you to try on your next Bahamian vacation.
Located at the famed One&Only Resort in Nassau, the resort’s Dune restaurant is headed by Michelin-star rated chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves its famous French-Asian fusion cuisine at lunch and dinner. While they serve up a Bahamian-inspired buffet as well as a la carte dishes for breakfast. Watch the sunrise at breakfast or enjoy the glistening ocean views at lunch, then, dress up and come back for a romantic dinner.
Another restaurant conceived and created by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this one is all about French gourmet food. It is one of the many popular restaurants in The Cove Atlantis resort, but probably the finest of the group. Its dramatic interiors and position overlooking the resort’s harbor provide the ideal setting for a dressy casual vacation dining experience. The restaurant itself may seem familiar as its ambiance is a recreation from the famed Café Martinique from Thunderball, the classic 1965 James Bond film.
For a more casual experience while still in a hotel setting, the restaurant at the Rock House Harbour Island Bahamas is in the British Colonial-style main house of the hotel. You will love the exquisite cuisine and notable wine list. Popular for sunset or poolside dining, the Rock House has a wide appeal for many travelers.
While out exploring Harbour Island, Sip Sip is a popular lunch spot on the water that is only open for lunch, though they call it “lunch and libations”. Focusing on the bounty of Bahamian farms, the sea, and culinary traditions, Sip Sip offers an authentic taste of not only Bahamian food, but also Bahamian culture.
Dalí Modernistic Tapas
Located in Downtown Nassau, Dalí’s Modernistic Tapas isn’t what you may expect on a list of this nature. However, even though it’s in a very touristy location near Señor Frog’s, the food is the draw. Dali’s Chef Werner treats his tapas as sophisticated food art with fresh ingredients and robust flavors all in a casual island setting perfect for dining with friends.
While there are not any official Michelin star restaurants in the Bahamas, this doesn’t mean there is a lack of world-class cuisine at every level from casual dining from local chefs to formal dining from world-famous chefs. So which restaurants will you try on your next visit to the Bahamas?