Where do chefs dine in Bermuda? We caught up with Director of Culinary Enrichment & Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly and Chef Instructor Annie Copps to discover the best spots on the island for food lovers and culinary connoisseurs. As any chef will tell you, cuisine is the key to the soul of a place – the perfect excuse to eat your way through Bermuda! Restaurant prices are typically on par with New York and San Francisco, but with some insider tips the experience will be worth it. From St. George to Hamilton and beyond, here are Chef Kelly and Chef Copps’ top recommendations for markets, restaurants and culinary experiences.
Closest to Royal Naval Dockyard and Hamilton, this sustainable family-owned farm and market is located in the Southampton parish of Bermuda. It was founded by Tom Wadson in 1976 and is home to 40 acres of beautiful farmland, growing everything from arugula and zucchini to basil and yams. You can go on a tour for a behind-the-scenes peek at Tom’s greenhouses, farm animals – including the famed Bermuda hogs, and taste of his passion for local food culture. The market is open Tuesday through Friday and offers an excellent selection of seasonal garden produce and other locally inspired specialties.
All Things Fish
In Bermuda, you simply can’t go wrong with fish chowder or a good fish sandwich – two of the most popular local treats. If you’re looking for something quick, casual and delicious, these are two surefire options. Here are the best spots for each.
Tribe Road Urban Eatery | Hamilton
Art Mel’s Spicy Dicey | two locations: Hamilton and St. George
Seaside Grill | Hamilton
The Wharf | St. George
Restaurants in Bermuda err on the formal side, but the right spots serve as a window into deep-rooted Bermudian culinary traditions. Wherever you choose to dine, you’ll always win if you go with your server’s recommendation or the special of the night. For a “proper” meal, here are a few of our chefs’ favorites.
At Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s visually striking venue at the Princess in Hamilton offers a beautiful harbor view, excellent service and menu items such octopus ragu pasta, fire-grilled wahoo and yes, chicken and waffles.
1609 Bar & Restaurant
Offering a dramatic open-air setting paired with elevated casual fare and a spirited cocktail menu, what’s not to love? Savor fresh-off-the-boat seafood such as butterfly prawns and ceviche alongside a classic Bermuda libation like a Rum Swizzle or Dark & Stormy.
Griffin’s Restaurant | St. George
An islander favorite for fine dining, Griffin’s is located at the main clubhouse of The St. George’s Club and overlooks the Old Town of St. George and the harbor. The atmosphere is jovial and you just might rub shoulders with America’s Cup racers and local yachtsmen.
The Point at Rosewood Tucker’s Point | Hamilton
A stunning restaurant that features Pan Am’s one-of-a-kind Sky Club murals depicting the world’s major ports of the 1880s, The Point brings together fresh local ingredients and international recipes for a memorable dining experience. In homage to the restaurant’s murals, they also offer 5-, 7- or 10-course epicurean journeys with global dishes highlighting 19th century ports of call such as the Beirut Tabbouleh Crusted Cod Fillet and the Canton Glazed Duck Breast.
Tom Moore’s Tavern | Hamilton
With the claim to fame of being Bermuda’s oldest restaurant, Tom Moore’s Tavern was built in 1652 and serves classic French, Italian and Continental cuisine in elegant colonial environs. You might start with the traditional fish chowder with black rum and sherry pepper, followed by the rack of lamb with a mustard crust. Baked to order soufflés make for the perfect ending.
The Perfumery: Lili Bermuda
This unique perfume shop in St. George has been creating exclusive fragrances from the island’s flowers and botanicals since 1928. You can tour the perfumery to learn about their unique techniques of perfume-making, aging and bottling. Every Wednesday and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. you can enjoy a traditional British high tea with scones, finger sandwiches and petit fours.
We hope to see you in Bermuda this spring or summer!