The Best Variety of Restaurants on Grand Bahama Island
Traditional Bahamian food is best enjoyed when prepared for you by a local cook, or, if you’re lucky, Bahamian cuisine is even better when it is freshly made on the island. Grand Bahama Island is home to a range of delicious restaurants, showcasing the finest of our food. If you’re visiting the island and are wondering where you can go for a delicious meal, then look no further than this quick list of our favorite restaurants in Freeport, Bahamas as well as the whole of Grand Bahama Island itself.
Buddies by the Bay
A little-known gem, Buddies by the Bay is as authentically Bahamian as you can get on Grand Bahama Island. The only way to Buddies is through our Taste of The Bahamas Tours. Sit under the rustic structure listening to the waves splash across the rock and sandy shore as you enjoy some of The Bahamas’ traditional food. If the tide is low enough you can experience the “Boiling Hole”, a natural cavern in the sea a few yards from the shore that is connected to the Mermaid Pond located across from the old Lewis Yard Primary School, a few hundred yards to the west. This is the perfect off-the-beaten-track experience and we stop at Buddies for a delicious meal during our Premium Food tour. Join us on the tour for not only the food but to discover The Bahamian culture as well.
Manta Ray Bay
Located just off the beach in the William’s Town area, Manta Ray Bay offers an open atmosphere that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the natural breeze. The cuisine is comfortably Bahamian. The bar is fully stocked that you can enjoy just about any beverage while you wait or during your meal. Mood music can be heard on the sound system. The service is appealing and the ambiance unique.
Getting A Conch Experience
There are two standout contenders for trying a conch salad or a deep-fried conch with some fries, Daddy Brown’s Conch Stand and Tony Macaroni’s Conch Experience. Tony is located on Taino beach, the perfect location if you’re looking to escape the tourist crowds for the day. Daddy’s can be found at Port Lucaya Marketplace and is famed for their conch salad as you watch afternoon drift alongside the various boats in the port.
Lizzie’s on the Bay
You might be sensing a trend but our favorite Bahamian food spots are almost always by the water. Let yourself unwind and relax with some fresh seafood as the ocean breeze passes you by and the smell of the salt is in the air. We stop at Lizzie’s during our Taino or Xanadu Beach, Culture, & Food tour for a special home-cooked meal by one of our own local cooks. Our cuisine tours are the perfect opportunity to combine delicious local food with an understanding of the culture and people responsible for the flavors.
Situated at the entrance to Downtown Freeport in the Merport Building is the quaint and attractive Merport Bistro. This is a family-owned restaurant that has all the amenities of hospitality and fine cuisine. The service makes one feel like staying for more while the food gives further encouragement. The menu is well within budget and offers a variety of choices. This would be the perfect place to make that special proposal with a diamond in hand.
Comfortably located in the Port Lucaya Marketplace, Zorba’s is an authentic family-owned and managed Greek restaurant that just happens to serve some tasty Bahamian cuisine as well. You can order Gyros along with cracked conch or whatever your taste desires from the menu that is priced to accommodate most budgets.
Flying Fish Gastro Bar
If you’re looking for something a little bit more upmarket, then Flying Fish’s high quality and beautiful dishes will provide! Although it is less casual and more expensive than the other options, you definitely get your money’s worth here. They have a stunning outdoor dining area and are real specialists in seafood, making the most of one of the island’s greatest resources. Come here for lunch or dinner and enjoy their full bar and breathtaking views.
Located in the Lucaya area, the rustic Banana Bay is a part by itself. Serving delectable Caribbean food and of course, seafood, Banana Bay is one of the best places to eat in Freeport, The Bahamas for lunch and a cocktail. The restaurant has a spacious outdoor patio on Fortune Beach and serves quality food at a reasonable price. Their speciality cocktail is a must-try, aptly named the Wacky Frozen Banana. You can enjoy a leisure stroll before or after your meal on almost deserted pristine beach.
For a small island, Grand Bahama has a diverse food scene waiting to be enjoyed by travelers and locals alike. On your next visit here, join us for one of our food tours to learn more about the rich history and culture of The Bahamas and we would be happy to offer you some advice on the best places to see after the tour.