Are you visiting the Bahamas on your honeymoon or planning a special dinner date during your vacation? The islands of the Bahamas are home to a number of romantic restaurants sure to set the stage for a special night out with your sweetheart.
Located in Nassau’s historic Graycliff Mansion, the Graycliff Restaurant is not just a five-star dining experience, but a look into Bahamian history. The stunning mansion was built in 1740 by Captain John Howard Graysmith, a real pirate of the Caribbean. The colonial-style mansion has played an important role in Bahamian history—from incorporating the ruins of the first Anglican Church to being owned by a close companion of Al Capone during prohibition. Graycliff Restaurant serves innovative Bahamian dishes in an intimate setting. Reservations are essential. Enjoy a romantic evening with white-jacketed servers attending to your every desire. Complete your evening with hand-rolled cigars or signature coffee and chocolates. Don’t miss the Graycliff Wine Cellar and Cognateque with over 250,000 wine bottles and extremely rare Cognacs. For the ultimate in romance, inquire about booking a private dining room, including options to dine in the wine cellar or kitchen. Want to bring the magic of Graycliff Restaurant home with you? The on-site Graycliff Culinary Acadamy offers cooking classes that teach you traditional Bahamanian dishes you can recreate for your loved ones.
Café Matisse is another of Nassau’s romantic restaurants—a beloved Italian spot situated in a historic, centuries-old building near the center of town. Choose to dine al fresco in the courtyard or on the veranda, or opt for the intimate dining room featuring artwork by Henry Matisse. The menu changes regularly, and includes multiple prix fixe options. The pasta menu is expansive and showcases a fusion of Italian and Caribbean ingredients, like the homemade cassava gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, bacon, and arugula.
Palapa Grill is located in the Grand Isle Resort on Great Exuma. Here, it’s all about the seafood, and the traditional Caribbean spices set the tone for the night. The vibe is casual elegance, and dining under the stars is the ideal setting for a dinner date. Be sure to enjoy one of Palapa Grill’s tropical concoctions, like their signature Exuma Blue, while you wait for your table.
Tippy’s Restaurant & Beach Bar
Tippy’s Restaurant & Beach Bar is located at the Pineapple Fields Resort on Eleuthera Island. Open-air gazebos don the beach, highlighted by Tippy’s unique decor, like tables made from old shutters or antique piano keyboards hanging from the ceiling. The vibe is casual, but the setting is romantic. The chalkboard menu changes daily as Tippy’s only uses local, seasonal products. Be sure to save room for one of the highly regarded desserts, like the orange caramel flan. Once again, reservations are essential.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa typically needs no introduction—his famed romantic restaurants are found in destinations around the world and he just happens to have an outlet at The Atlantis in the Bahamas. If you’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Nobu, it’s an unforgettable journey through both traditional and creative Japanese cuisine. Don’t miss some of Nobu’s signature items like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeños or the black cod with miso. Nobu’s sake cellar is quite impressive, with a variety of high-end sakes available. Try okusetsu Daiginjo, the original Nobu sake, or Nobu the Sake Daiginjo, which is Nobu’s private stock. Opt for service in the bamboo bottle, it’s quite a treat!
Treasure Sands Club
Located on Treasure Cay, which has been named one of the top beaches in the world, Treasure Sands Club is not-to-be-missed. As far as romantic restaurants go, it’s hard to beat the 3.5 miles of fine white sands against the stunning turquoise waters on Abaco Island. If that alone doesn’t tempt you, Treasure Sands Club has its own farm, Woodstar Farm, which grows the pesticide-free produce used in the restaurant’s menu. Look for sustainable seafood and 100 percent grass-fed beef on the menu. Don’t skip dessert here either, with menu items like roasted banana créme brulée or the chocolate Grand Marnier soufflé waiting to tempt your sweet tooth.