Restaurants on Bermuda

Vacationers will notice a reverence for traditional dining in restaurants throughout Bermuda

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Restaurants on Bermuda
 

Visitors will notice the British reverence for dining on Bermuda, where English colonization has left its mark in the form of afternoon teas and long dinners. A few differences in dining customs may surprise international travelers, but should ultimately serve to enhance their restaurant experience.

Dining on Bermuda has always been a relatively conservative affair, and diners should adhere to a general dress code. Shorts (even the beloved Bermuda variety) are rarely appropriate at respectable sit-down restaurants; bathing suits never are. Some establishments require male guests to wear a jacket and tie for dinner, particularly in the high season. If you are unsure of the exact requirements, feel free to inquire when making reservations.

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Restaurants on the island get extremely busy, particularly during the peak season. Consequently, vacationers are advised to make reservations well in advance to ensure that tables are available. You can even fax your reservations to some restaurants before you leave home. Hotel concierge staff should be able to give personalized recommendations and make reservations for their guests, as well.

Diners who prefer a very casual dining experience may be interested in the small local restaurants that have a diverse menu. These can provide an opportunity to sample the most authentic local fare, and an average meal should cost less than $15(USD) per person. Fast food has also made its way onto the island and can be a familiar alternative for guests looking for an inexpensive bite to eat. Meals at fast food restaurants will cost between $5(USD) and $10(USD).

Moderate dining on Bermuda often showcases many of the cultural influences that have played an important role in shaping the area. The menus generally reflect an interest in international cuisine, and even the local dishes are often served with a continental flair. The cost of dining in a mid-range restaurant is between $20(USD) and $30(USD). See the full list of cuisines available on Bermuda and where they the restaurants that serve them are located in the following table.

Restaurants By Cuisine
Cuisine Restaurants Locations
American 20 Restaurants Hamilton Harbour, Hamilton, St. George, St. George's Island, Warwick Parish, Henrys Hill, Smith's Parish, Hamilton Parish, Par-la-Ville Park, downtown Hamilton
Asian 3 Restaurants Par-la-Ville Park, downtown Hamilton
British 7 Restaurants Hamilton, Ireland Island North, Somerset Village, Henrys Hill, Southampton Parish, Smith's Parish, downtown Hamilton
Californian 1 Restaurant Southampton Parish
Caribbean 27 Restaurants Hamilton, Ireland Island North, Warwick Parish, St. George, Henrys Hill, Southampton Parish, Paget Parish, Smith's Parish, Sandys Parish, Par-la-Ville Park, downtown Hamilton, St. David's Island
Chinese 2 Restaurants Par-la-Ville Park, downtown Hamilton
Continental 4 Restaurants Par-la-Ville Park, Southampton Parish, St. George, Castle Harbour
English 1 Restaurant Hamilton
European 4 Restaurants Ireland Island North, downtown Hamilton, Southampton Parish
French 7 Restaurants Paget Parish, Par-la-Ville Park, downtown Hamilton, Warwick Parish, St. George's Parish
Indian 2 Restaurants Hamilton, Par-la-Ville Park
International 33 Restaurants Hamilton, St. George, Henrys Hill, Southampton Parish, Paget Parish, St. George's Parish, Par-la-Ville Park, downtown Hamilton, St. David's Island
Irish 1 Restaurant downtown Hamilton
Italian 12 Restaurants Ireland Island North, Southampton Parish, Hamilton Parish, Par-la-Ville Park, downtown Hamilton, Bermuda
Jamaican 2 Restaurants Hamilton, Par-la-Ville Park
Japanese 2 Restaurants downtown Hamilton
Lebanese 1 Restaurant downtown Hamilton
Mediterranean 8 Restaurants Paget Parish, Hamilton, Ireland Island North, downtown Hamilton, Par-la-Ville Park
Mexican 1 Restaurant Hamilton Harbour
Middle Eastern 1 Restaurant downtown Hamilton
Moroccan 1 Restaurant downtown Hamilton
Spanish 1 Restaurant Par-la-Ville Park
Tex-Mex 1 Restaurant Hamilton Harbour
Thai 1 Restaurant Par-la-Ville Park
Contemporary 3 Restaurants downtown Hamilton, Southampton Parish
Eclectic 8 Restaurants Hamilton, Ireland Island North, Southampton Parish, Paget Parish, St. George's Parish, downtown Hamilton
Vegan 1 Restaurant Hamilton
Vegetarian 2 Restaurants Hamilton, downtown Hamilton

Traditionally, Bermuda has not been known for adventurous and creative dining. This has started to change as renowned chefs have begun cooking in fashionable restaurants. Visitors can pay more than $35(USD) per person for a meal at one of the more tony restaurants, but can expect a satisfying and innovative treat for their money.

Travelers should be aware that restaurants may add a service charge of 15 percent to the bill. This is a gratuity for your servers and the staff who prepared your meal. If the charge is present, additional tipping is not needed. If your check does not include this charge, the tipping standard on Bermuda, as in the United States, is around 15 to 20 percent. As always, guests should tip to reflect the quality of service.

With world-class service and a blend of colonial refinement and island spunk, hungry vacationers will discover that Bermuda is a great place to enjoy exotic foods in a refreshing atmosphere.

 

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