When it comes to food and drink, Bermuda is a haven of choice! As a total melting pot of cultures, it benefits from the many spices each nationality has brought along over the last 400 or so years. International Business is a dominant industry in Bermuda and so the level of restaurants on the island are extremely diverse, ranging from high end, white table cloth to outdoor fish shacks. On only 21 square miles it’s easy to find everything to satisfy any craving you may have but here are a few of our top picks:
Best Sushi: $$$
Pearl – 87 Front Street, Hamilton.
Pearl is a welcome addition to Bermuda's Sushi scene. Located above Port O' Call Restaurant on Front Street, Pearl enjoys the privilege of a balcony with stunning views over Hamilton Harbour. The chefs strive to use the freshest fish available, local tuna or yellowtail, and create innovative rolls using such ingredients as truffle and yuzu.
Best Fish Sandwich: $
Art Mel’s Spicy Dicey - 9 St. Monica's Road, Hamilton.
Hand’s down Art Mel’s Spicy Dicey serves the best fish sandwich in the world. Don’t believe me? Check Trip Advisor! This tiny fish shack tucked away in a residential neighbourhood is certainly worth the trek. The sandwich is the size of your head, and is perfect for sharing! If you wish to try it “true Bermudian” style, order it on raisin bread, with coleslaw, cheese and hot sauce. All Bermudians agree it is the best!
Best White Glove Service (Or Steak House): $$$$
Waterlot Inn, Fairmont Southampton Hotel
Defining Bermuda’s steakhouse experience for nearly 350 years, the historic Waterlot Inn remains Bermuda’s best. Gracefully nestled dockside on Jew's Bay, the Waterlot Inn offers breathtaking sunsets and proudly boasts both AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator Awards. Serving the finest steaks and chops, this classic dining room has introduced a newly updated and inspired menu that spans time-honored signature specialities and incorporates bold new flavors. Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and award-winning service surrounded by warm furnishings are the hallmarks of The Waterlot Inn.
Best “Toes in the sand” Experience: $$$
Mickey's Beach Bistro – Elbow Beach Bermuda
The sand and surf are just feet away at this unique beach restaurant of the Elbow Beach Bermuda resort, serving bistro menus in a casual environment. Open seasonally, it is the only restaurant in Bermuda where you can dine with your toes in the super fine pink sand. With salads, burgers, sandwiches and fresh fish on the menu, it’s sure to delight all ages. Great for families to allow the children to play between courses!
Best Innovative Menu: $$$
Bolero Brasserie - 95 Front Street
Just off Front Street down Bermuda House Lane, Bolero opened in March 2007 and is owned and operated by British chef, Jonny Roberts. Enjoy contemporary European cuisine on the porch or inside the dining room, which is adorned with gilt-framed mirrors and local art. Here you'll experience the "buzz" of a casual but classy Parisian brasserie. Menu changes weekly with offerings such as escargot, foie gras and lambs tongue with a “twist”. Certainly not to be missed!
Newest “Hot Spot”: $$$
Marcus’ - Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
An unparalleled epicurean experience awaits at the newest culinary hotspot from internationally acclaimed chef, Marcus Samuelsson. Marcus’ celebrates the best of Bermuda with vibrant flavours, warm hospitality and the freshest seasonal ingredients. Marcus Samuelsson presents a colourful menu where signature specialities are artfully prepared on the wood-burning grill in the open kitchen, infusing the perfect blend of local flavours into world-class dining.
Best “Pub” Fare: $
Frog ‘n’ Onion Pub – Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys
The Frog & Onion Pub was created and opened in 1992 by a Bermudian (the Onion) and a Frenchman (the Frog) and is Bermuda's most unique Pub. Housed in the mid 18th century Cooperage in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, it is only a leisurely walk from King's and Heritage Wharfs and the ferry dock. Serving traditional fare such as “bangers’n’mash” and “fish’n’chips” it certainly lives up to the island's British heritage!
BEST COFFEE SHOP: $$
DEVILS ISLE - 19 BURNABY STREET, HAMILTON
Likened to something you might find in New York or San Francisco, this trendy place serves some of the best coffee in Bermuda. But it's not just the coffee that we love - Devils Isle serve a range of delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with quality and locally sourced food at the heart of their philosophy.