BERMUDA | WHERE TO EAT

As with its options for places to stay, Bermuda’s restaurant scene is vast and varied. From traditional Bermudian fried fish sandwiches to more upscale continental, and a few celebrity chefs thrown in, you could stay in Bermuda for a month and never eat at the same place twice. These are my standouts.

 

1609
Fairmont Hamilton Princess
76 Pitts Bay Rd.
+1 441 298 2028

Great cocktails, ceviches, burgers and salads are served al fresco outside overlooking the Hamilton Princess’ marina. Sit back and enjoy watching the yachts float by.

Bailey's Ice Cream
Blue Hole Hill, Bermuda
+1 441 293 8605

With flavors inspired by Bermuda (yes, they have Rum Swizzle and Dark + Stormy), Bailey’s is definitely worth the stop (and the calories). It’s also across the street from The Swizzle Inn, so I think it’s perfectly acceptable to drink the drink and then eat the ice cream and call that lunch.

The Beach House at Blackbeards
5 Coot Pond Rd, St George's
+1 441 297 1400

I can’t say anything about the food here at this open-air café overlooking Achilles Bay, because I haven’t tried it. But I’m not sure it even matters, because the views are so spectacular that whatever they’re serving will taste that much better. It’s also the perfect place for a sunset cocktail.

Blu
25 Belmont Drive, Warwick WK06
+1 441 232 2323

The only negative thing I can say about Blu is that it’s only for open dinner, which is a shame because the views overlooking the Great Sound from its spot on the Belmont Hills Golf Course are spectacular. Come here for the sushi, which is always fresh, or if you’re feeling celebratory order a bottle of bubbles and an ounce or two of Osetra Caviar.

Bolero Bistro
95 Front St, Hamilton HM 12
+1 441 292 4507

Tucked into a narrow alleyway behind Front Street, Bolero is a family-run neighborhood bistro offering some pretty classic French dishes. What makes it a star in my book is the fact that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a tourist in the place, which is always a good sign.

Bouchee Bistro
75 Pitts Bay Rd
+1 441 295 5759

With 7 varieties of Eggs Benedict, there’s no better spot for breakfast in Hamilton. And, on Saturdays and Sundays, they serve the island’s traditional Codfish and Potatoes which is hard to find and impossible to resist.

Food Trucks
Various locations
Food trucks have hit Bermuda in a pretty significant way, and this is where you’ll find real, authentic cooking. Look for Smokin’ Barrel near the ferry station in Hamilton for some insane BBQ and DeGraff’s at City Hall for their meat pies.

Huckleberry
The Rosedon Hotel
61 Pitts Bay Rd, Hamilton
+1 441 478 2256

Huckleberry is everything I love about Bermuda in a nutshell: totally unexpected, incredibly charming and really, really good. Chef Lucy Collins who hails from Charleston via New York (she worked at Momofuku and Michael White’s Marea before heading back South to Bermuda) has a Michelin Star and a brilliant way of turning ingredients into magic. Her restaurant, located inside the uber-quaint and newly renovated Rosedon Hotel, brings farm to table to a whole new level. Everything on the menu is locally sourced, non-GMO and organic, and her menu manages to marry the flavors of Bermuda with her incredibly varied pedigree. Her avocado toast leaves all of the other avocado toasts you’ve choked down over the years in the dust, and her Tomahawk Pork Chop is so good you’ll likely be back for seconds. And this will sound insane, but I’m suggesting you do at least one breakfast on the front porch and one dinner in the dining room — both experiences are totally different and totally sublime.

Harry’s
96 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08
+1 441 292 5533

Overlooking Hamilton Harbor, Harry’s is a finer dining spot, but the lounge area — Harry’s Bar – is great and serves some good tapas-like apps. And don’t miss Harry’s special rum blend, which was made to the specifications of Harry Cox, the Bermudian for whom the restaurant is named.

Mad Hatters
22 Richmond Rd, Hamilton,
+1 441 297 6231

Rumor has it that when the owner of Mad Hatters told his grandmother he was planning to get into the restaurant business, she told him he was “mad as a hatter.” And that’s how magic gets made. Chef Ben Jewett turns out new menus on a weekly basis based on what’s fresh and what he can get from the local farms.

Marcus’
Fairmont Hamilton Princess
76 Pitts Bay Rd.
+1 441 298 2028

Inside the Hamilton Princess is celeb Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s airy spot with a gorgeous bar, a view of the marina and a menu of his greatest hits. Try the wings (I promise, this is NOT bar food), the jerk cauliflower, and any of his specialty cocktails.

Mickey’s Bar & Bistro
60 South Shore Rd.
+1 441 236 3535

This is another spot where I can’t attest to what you’re going to eat, but Mickey’s, which sits in the sand at Elbow Beach, is virtually the only restaurant in Bermuda where you can dine al fresco while you have your toes in the sand. So, does it really matter what’s on your plate?

The Ocean Club
The Fairmont Southampton
101 South Shore Rd., Southampton, SN02
+1 441 238 8000
If you’re in the mood to sit outside, eat oysters, drink wine, and stare at the clear blue waters of Bermuda, then The Ocean Club is for you. If you’re not, then I feel sad about what you’re going to miss if you don’t at least do a drive by for a quick snack on the giant patio.

Port O' Call
87 Front St, Hamilton HM 11
+1 441 295 5373
Probably the most refined of the restaurants on Front Street, Port O Call feels a bit like a breath of fresh air on a strip of restaurants that are decidedly pub-like and on the heavier side. There’s lightness to the room as well as the menu. You can’t go wrong with any of the offerings, but I’d recommend the fish of the day, which is delivered daily by local fishermen.

Red Carpet
37 Reid Street, Hamilton
+1 441 292 6195

This is about as far off the radar as you can get. In fact, it’s virtually unknown by tourists, and I almost feel bad letting the cat out of the bag. Word on the street is that they serve the best lobster in all of Bermuda.

Rock Island Coffee
48 Reid Street, Hamilton
+1 441 296 5241

Yes, I consider coffee to be a food group, especially if it’s as good as the coffee at this Bermuda-meets-Williamsburg café. They roast their own beans and have a cute patio perfect for sipping your morning cup.

Rustico and La Trattoria
38 N Shore Rd, Flatts Village FL03
+1 441 295 5212

23 Washington Lane, Hamilton HM11
+1 441 295 1877

Once you’ve had your fill of fish, head over to either of these long-standing Italian spots on either end of the island for some surprisingly good pizza.

Wahoos Bistro + Patio
36 Water St, St.George's GE05
+1 441 297 1307

The thing to order at this waterfront eatery is — you guessed it — wahoo. The tacos are amazing (and enormous) as are the wahoo nuggets and the simply grilled wahoo. If you’re really hungry, though, order the Bermuda Triangle: Wahoo three ways. Other standouts are the traditional rice + peas and the sweet potato fries.

Waterlot Inn
The Fairmont Southampton
Middle Rd, Bermuda
+1 441-238-8000
Great steaks and perfect sunsets make this upscale steakhouse worth the trip for sure. Go early and enjoy a cocktail at The Dock.