Oldest Restaurants to Eat in the Bahamas

One of the best things to do in the Bahamas is explore the many great eateries and restaurants that call this area home. You’ll find small take outs along with impressive fine dining. The best of these establishments are the ones that have been here for years. The following is a sampling of what you can expect.

“Sun and …”

The name leaves you hanging, but the food doesn’t. This restaurant was closed for years, but it is now making a huge come back. The building was constructed in the 1930s as a private residence. Today it is the top spot in Nassau for international cuisine. Stone crabs, rack of lamb, and the marinier soufflé are just a few of their excellent dishes. Dining here you’ll find yourself in a tropical setting on Lakeview Drive just off of Shirley Street.

Café Matisse

This Nassau Italian restaurant is picturesque and features homemade pasta, Italian pizza, seafood, and homemade desserts. The menu changes every three months to offer new and exciting dishes. Outside dining is available in the courtyard and on the veranda of this centuries old building. Café Matisse can be found behind Parliament Square on Bank Lane.


Graycliff was the first Caribbean restaurant to be rated as five stars. It has become an institution that now includes a separate Brazilian churrascaria and a Neapolitan pizza restaurant. The four dining areas are themed to resemble how the Graycliff looked when it was a private residence. You’ll place your order in the parlor while enjoying cocktails. Once your appetizer is ready, you’ll be seated for dinner.

The Poop Deck

This East Bay Street eatery has been delighting guests for over four decades. It remains one of New Providence’s best spots for seafood. You’ll find the area’s freshest seafood cooked to your specifications. All fish is caught that day and never frozen. While eating, guests can enjoy the beautiful views of Nassau Harbor. Top your meal off with their popular tropical cocktails.

Traveler’s Restaurant

A hidden gem, this spot was the former Traveler’s Rest. It is located close by the Lynden Pindling International Airport. It includes a beautiful view of the water and traditional Bahamian cuisine. It’s a great spot for nightlife. There are live jazz bands every Wednesday and dance bands each Friday night. This eatery has been a top pick of both locals and tourists for over 40 years. Sundays feature a Bahamian Brunch with live music from Poetic Breeze that easily tops the list of things to do in the Bahamas.

Rock House Restaurant

This restaurant has a casual setting with an upscale menu that allows guests to enjoy fine dining in comfort. Located in Dunmore Town, you’ll dine while overlooking the bay. Enjoy local favorites such as the herb crusted grouper, stone crab spring rolls, and the roasted craw fish. Follow dinner with a Pomegranate Martini or a “Frozen Goombay Smash” while taking in the amazing view.