and Quick Bites in Nassau Port

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Where to have lunch or a quick bite in Nassau when on a cruise The Bahamas. Local cuisine and flavors in gourmet restaurants, cafes, grills and bars.

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Nassau is one the best ports for the cruise ship passenger that enjoys exploring local flavors and delicacies, or just have a quick bite in between excursions or whilst on a shopping spree.

For a gourmet lunch, the Graycliff Restaurant is a must. The Café Matisse is a surprising delight, and Luciano's of Chicago has amazing views.

For typical Bahamian dishes, Conch N'Kalik and the restaurants in the Fish Fry are the places to go. For fun places serving food and drinks, Sharkeez, Señor Frog's, Fat Tuesday or the Hard Rock Cafe are cruise visitor's favorites.

If looking for a coffee, Starbucks, and Via Caffe are the closest to the cruise terminal.

Be Aware: Most restaurants include a 15% service charge. Since January 2015, a 7.5% VAT (Value Added Tax) is mandatory.

Best Restaurants in Nassau

Athena Café - $$
Greek Flavors

Very centrally located for a lunch break after, before or in between all the shopping downtown, savvy cruisers know well this restaurant at the corner of Bay and Charlotte Street, above the shops (on the second floor - upstairs) with a very nice verandah for some people watching. It serves genuine Greek food with a tropical flare but it also has Bahamian flavors on the menu like conch, snapper, grouper, and lobster. The salads, sandwiches, burgers, and snacks are ideal for a light lunch.

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Athena Cafe - Nassau

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Address:At the corner of Bay Street and Charlotte Street.
Open:Monday to Saturday: 9:30am to 6:00pm - Sunday: 9:30pm to 4:00pm
Prices:Between $12.00 to $30
Phone:1 242 326 1296

NOTES: Online bookings are available on the Restaurants website.

Café Matisse - $$$

One of the best restaurants in Nassau, the Cafe Matisse is just a couple of blocks from the cruise ship terminal, in a corner right behind the Parliament Buildings. The exclusive Italian menu has a couple of Caribbean variations and it changes every 6 months. On a very hot day, the air-conditioned dining room is ideal but the editor has a preference for the courtyard shaded by palms.

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Cafe Matisse - Nassau

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Where:Downtown, off Bay Street, behind Parliament Square
Address:Bank Lane
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm - Dinner: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Closed:Sunday and Monday
Prices:Main course between $20 and $50
Phone:(242) 356-7012

NOTES: Booking Online is advisable.

Fat Tuesday - $$
Waterfront Nibbles

Fat Tuesday has a wonderful location on the waterfront, just before Junkanoo Beach. It is a great place to enjoy a good time by the water, dipping in the ocean and enjoying light fares like Conch Salad, Burgers or Paninis.

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Fat Tuesday - Nassau

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Where:Right after the British Colonial Hotel - 10 minute walk from Terminal
Address:West Bay Street
Open:Everyday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Prices:Conch Salad $12.00, Club Panini $12.00
Phone:(242) 323-7483

Graycliff Restaurant - $$$$
Wine Splurge

Renowned for its wine cellar with over 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries, the Restaurant of the Graycliff Hotel is a Bahamian institution. A few cruise lines offer excursions with a wine luncheon or a day at the pool with a 3-course meal but, naturally, you can book your own. Both the Cigar and Chocolate Factories next door should be included in your gourmet experience.

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Graycliff - Nassau

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Where:Downtown - two blocks south of Bay Street - very close to the Government House.
Address: 8 - 12 West Hill Street
Open:12:30pm - 3:00pm
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Prices:Mains between $45 and $80
Phone:Reservation: 1 (800) 476-0446

NOTES: Reservations are mandatory as space is limited.

Hard Rock Cafe - $$ | $$$
Music and Food

The worldwide franchise has its presence in Nassau on a street connecting the Bay Street and Woodes Rodgers Walk right by the cruise ship terminal. It isn't as large as most venues in the U.S. but it has the signature music memorabilia and a shop with the typical t-shirts, pins, and glassware. The menu includes the Legendary Burgers, Ribs, Cobb Salad, Combo Platter and besides the signature drinks you can enjoy the locally brewed Kalik beer.

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Hard Rock Cafe - Nassau

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Where: Downtown - one block from the cruise terminal
Address:Charlotte Street - connects Woodes Roger Walk and Bay Street
Open: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Phone:1 242-325-7625

Luciano's of Chicago - $$ | $$$
Tuscan with a View

Not far from the cruise ship terminal - less than on mile East - Luciano's is located on a stunning mansion that once belonged to the first Premier of Nassau (Sir Roland Theodore "Pop" Symonette) and has beautiful seaside views overlooking Paradise Island and Atlantis. The menu is almost exclusively Italian with an emphasis on Tuscan cuisine although it also includes Bahamian specialties. For a light fare the Panini, sandwiches and wraps, served i the terrace are a delight.

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Luciano's of Chicago - Nassau

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Where:Less than one mile East of the Cruise Ship Terminal
Address:East Bay Street
Open:Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm (Monday - Friday)
Dinner: 6:00pm - 10:00pm (Monday - Sunday)
Closed:Lunch - Saturday and Sunday
Prices:Mains between $18 and $30
Phone:(242) 323-7770

NOTES: Although Luciano's is not that far from the cruise terminal, there isn't much to be seen in the eastern section of Bay Street. Walking there is NOT pleasant.

Señor Frog's - $$
Waterfront Fun

Well known and frequented by the young (at heart) and fun cruisers, Señor Frog's in Nassau (like its siblings in the Caribbean) is the right spot for those looking for drinks and finger bites with party ambiance. All sorts of tropical cocktails, tequila shots, fresh conch salad, fritters and guacamole are on the menu.

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Senor Frogs - Nassau

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Where:Downtown - at the west end of the Woodes Rodgers Walk
Address:Popey Square
Open:Everyday: 11:00am to 1:00am
Phone:(242) 323-1777

NOTES: Service is far from fast but always fun.

Sharkeez - $$
Lunch with a View

It is impossible to miss the shop on the ground floor and the bar upstairs with the emblematic thatched roof of the Sharkeez when on a stroll through the Woodes Rodgers Walk. It isn't the best place if you looking for gourmet, cuisine food, but it has a great location for a drink and finger food with a nice view.

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Sharkeez - Nassau

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Where:Downtown - just around the corner from the cruise ship terminal.
Address:Woodes Rodgers Walk
Open:Monday to Saturday: 11AM – 9PM | Sunday: 11AM – 8PM
Prices:Chicken Parmesan Sandwich: $14.95
Phone:(242) 601 5325

NOTES: Expect to pay for the location and view.

Van Breugel's

If you read great reviews about this Restaurant in Nassau, which the Editor so much praised, be aware that Van Breugel's has been closed since 2016. Obviously, other reviewers don't visit Nassau for some time.

Via Caffe - $$
Italian Delights

When exiting the cruise terminal through the eastern gate, Via Cafe is right across the street in the corner of the Woodes Rodgers Walk and the Rawson Square. This is a quiet spot for a genuine Italian coffee or gelato, but also for a quick bite - the Panini and Salads are delicious.

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Via Caffe - Nassau

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Where:Downtown - just outside the Cruise Ship Terminal (eastern gate).
Address:Rawson Square
Open:Everyday between 7:00 and midnight
Website:Facebook Page
Phone:242 322-7209

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