Casual Bermuda Dining: 15 Laid-Back Spots You Won't Want to Miss
Breaking away from the everyday doesn’t have to mean abandoning your budget, especially when it comes to Bermuda dining options. From fish sandwiches to decadent desserts, here are the island’s top spots for casual and affordable dining.
With an intriguing blend of international influences, fresh seafood and innovative chefs found throughout the island, Bermuda's dining scene is incredibly diverse and full of flavour. Dining at the island's affordable, low-key spots will leave you satiated without breaking the bank.
1 HEAD TO WOODY’S FOR A CLASSIC
A perennial staple in any Bermuda dining room, the fish sandwich is a classic. At this locally beloved spot with colourful benches dockside, you can sample expertly fried snapper, wahoo or grouper. Take it with tartar sauce, crisp lettuce and tomato between slices of raisin bread and a lick of hot sauce and wash it down with a can of ice-cold Barritt's ginger beer.
2 EUROPEAN-STYLE TREATS AT THE DOCKYARD PASTRY SHOP
Homemade desserts and gourmet sandwiches are available at affordable prices at The Dockyard Pastry Shop, which sits on the edge of the historic Victualling Yard. The café is a welcome retreat on Dockyard Terrace; the European-style menu offers imaginative salad and sandwich combinations, hearty soups and a pastry case filled with daily quiche, buttery croissants and a gluten-free dulce de leche cheesecake. Their tiny Hamilton outpost on Burnaby Street serves many of the same treats.
3 DE ISLAND SHACK: HEALTHY FARE
A café and boutique in Sandy’s parish, De Island Shack offers made-to-order sandwiches, home baked pastries, vegan options, smoothies, herbal teas, milkshakes and sherbet shakes and highly addictive Blue Mountain coffee. This hidden gem is a shining example of Bermudian hospitality. Husband-and-wife team O'Neil and Carmen Tucker built the business from their passion for art and food. Locally produced arts and crafts and faraway finds from their travels can all be found inside the colourful shop.
4 HOMESTYLE GOODNESS AT ISLAND CUISINE
In the heart of Southampton, you can find classic, homestyle Bermuda dining classics at this local institution and diner. All-day breakfasts, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and seafood can always be found alongside daily specials, such as oxtail stew, lamb chops and barbecue ribs. Find it at the corner of Camp Hill and Middle roads, just north of Horseshoe Bay Beach.
5 Rich Treats At Paraquet Restaurant
For casual, American-style fare with a Bermy twist, head to this retro diner by Elbow Beach. A third-generation family-owned restaurant on the South Shore, this spot's breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer classics like meatloaf, mac and cheese and egg salad sandwiches. Breads, cookies and miniature apple tarts are baked fresh daily and they are known for their traditional codfish and potatoes breakfast, available Friday through Sunday. End on a high note – their mile-high lemon meringue pie is a must.
6 Quick Bites & Cool Treats At Ice Queen
Fast, fresh and affordable, centrally located Ice Queen in Paget is beloved for its wahoo nuggets, burgers (and veggie burgers), delicious fish sandwiches and onion rings. On hot days, this local takeaway spot really delivers, with refreshing cold beverages, soft-serve ice cream and milkshakes in more than 20 flavours. Open from 10 am until 5 am daily, it’s the go-to spot for late-night cravings.
7 Speciality Inn: Global Inspiration
Bermuda’s cuisine, like her people, is a blend of influences, from Britain, the Caribbean, West Africa and Portugal. For a menu as eclectic as the island itself, head to Speciality Inn restaurant, a favourite of locals and visitors – Clint Eastwood and President Jimmy Carter have dined here. The Smith’s Parish restaurant serves everything – breakfast sandwiches, pizza, sushi, burgers, seafood and Asian-style stir-fry. Fresh bread is baked daily – enjoy it with local specialties such as fish cakes and chowder.
8 Seaside Swizzles At Gombeys
A former roller-skating rink on the edge of Clearwater Beach, Gombeys Bar & Restaurant is a genuine beach bar. Its menu is appetizing and relaxed: Bermuda fish chowder, fried fish sandwiches and burgers. You can’t beat the views from this colourful outdoor restaurant with an ice-cold Dark ‘n Stormy or Rum Swizzle.
9 Wake Up With Mama Angie’s
Located in historic St. George's, Mama Angie's, in the bright green Hall Building, serves flavourful and flakey fresh Bermuda fish sandwiches, omelettes, burgers and Bermudian cod cakes. Dine in at one of the tables by or bring your meal across the road to Somers Garden, a sanctuary in the heart of the Town.
10 Jamaican Grill: Caribbean Treats
Expect Caribbean, homestyle cooking at this casual family-run restaurant, located just outside the centre of the City of Hamilton. Menus of Jamaican and West Indian dishes include jerk chicken, curried goat and oxtail stew, with daily specials like garlic conch and ackee and saltfish. Try the house-made hot sauce and cool down with a refreshing Ting, a Jamaican grapefruit soft drink. Eat in or take out for a beach picnic. With affordable options at locations on Hamilton’s Court Street and Bailey’s Bay in the East End, you’ll have your pick of ocean views.
11 Bermuda's Dining Scene Heats Up With Island Spices At D&C Grill
This unassuming local takeout spot with a dock for sitting waterside owes its success to the jerk grill on site. Load up on jerk chicken or pork on rice and peas or creamy macaroni and cheese. At their Southampton outpost, enjoy dinners from the same jerk grill. They can be enjoyed at the restaurant or overlooking the water at West Whale Bay Park.
12 No-Nonsense Food At Big B’s BBQ
For a special treat, head to the World Heritage Centre dock on Saturdays and Sundays for Big B’s barbecued chicken and ribs. Get in early; given how hugely popular this spot is with locals, he can sell out. It’s an unfussy affair – dishes are served in takeout containers to be enjoyed on outdoor benches.
13 The Spot: Classics With an Island Twist
For comfort food, head to The Spot on Burnaby Street. This traditional diner serves up hearty, homestyle American food with Bermudian flavour. A dining landmark in the City of Hamilton since 1941, it's a great place to rub shoulders with locals. Alongside the typical sandwiches, burgers and Bermuda fish chowder, The Spot is famous for its roast turkey dinners and melts. On Thursday and Saturday mornings they serve classic codfish and potato breakfast.
14 Healthy & Hearty At Nonna’s Kitchen
There are even affordable Bermuda dining options for the health-conscious. Situated at the centre of Hamilton’s international business hub on Bermudiana Road, this soup and salad bar serves breakfast and lunch, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, including a delicious vegan lasagna. Healthy, hearty soups and stews are hugely popular. As well as their fresh, bright salads they are famous for their chili con (and without) carne and fresh baked corn bread.
15 Picnic Essentials At Supermart
A full-service supermarket on the edge of Front Street, there are endless aisles from which to fill up your picnic basket. Family-run, Supermart’s deli counter offers classic Bermudian cuisine daily, including fresh, sweet and savoury cassava pie, and other classic and flavourful, hot and cold dishes. Tables on the terrace allow you to eat and run.