1 Week in Nassau? Here are 5 Places to Eat off the Resort
Updated: Feb 29
There's a lot of "hit or miss" when it comes to dining in Nassau -- especially if you're a Foodie with high standards and a big appetite. Here are my top five restaurants on the island if you only have one week to indulge, and don't mind leaving the resort behind.
1. Shima at Island House
If your looking for some BOMB upscale Asian food with gorgeous views of Lyford Cay Marina, Shima is where it's at. The atmosphere + the menu is what makes this place my #1 choice. Located on the top floor of Island House with a sweeping patio for outside dining, it's the perfect spot to dine during sunset or to indulge in a massive weekend brunch with 2-for-1 mimosa deals.
My go-to move for Shima is splitting appetizers. I have not met one person who isn't OBSESSED with the ribs (see below). I also recommend the pork & prawn dumplings, bao buns (below), anything from the raw bar, and the white chocolate cheesecake (OMG, I could eat this everyday).
2. Cafe Matisse
Located in downtown Nassau, Cafe Matisse is well known for its European/Italian cuisine -- and it does NOT disappoint. The outside patio is my favorite for dining. It's secluded by lush trees and plants that give off a very tropical feel. The menu is filled with pastas, seafood and meats...but ordering a special is always the move. The specials are ALWAYS on point.
A few things on the menu I recommend:
Calamari (the chili jam is unreal)
Linguine with whole lobster tail and cherry tomatoes
Roasted rack of lamb with mint crust, potato gratin and grilled tomato (see below)
Prawns in a red curry sauce and jasmine rice
But GO FOR A SPECIAL! :)
3. Island Brothers
Welcome to the little French Oasis of Nassau. Cozy with an island-chic flare, Island Brothers is the perfect date night spot for indoor or outdoor dining.
Make sure to start with a charcuterie board. Ironically enough for a French bistro, it serves the best spaghetti bolognaise (below) I've had on the island. The Côte de Boeuf (below) is perfect to share between two if you're craving a melt-in-your-mouth steak.
If you have time for an before or after-meal drink, hit up their neighbor Coco Plum. Or, do Coco Plum for dinner and Island Brothers for a drink. They are both SO good -- I've just eaten at Island Brothers more!
4. Social House
Ask anyone who lives in Nassau what their favorite restaurant is, and you'll get a lot of "Social House" replies. At least I have! Social house is much more than a sushi restaurant -- it's an place that serves some of my favorite plates on the island! With a light up bar that comes alive at night and a back patio for some fresh air, it's a go-to for anyone looking for sushi and beyond. Go ready to share plates and fight over who gets the last bite.
Trust me when I tell you to order:
The scallops with panko butter, jalapeño mash potato and shallot (SO F*ing GOOD, see below)
The spicy rock shrimp
The grilled octopus
Tuna tostada with avocado, onion, cilantro, yuzu soy and chili sesame oil
The crunchy crunch roll (uramaki, nori, shrimp tempura, cucumber, masago, tempura flake and eel sauce / see below)
Last by certainly not least, I recommend eating at Spritz in Sandyport Marina Village -- especially if you're looking for laidback dining with a lively atmosphere. Spritz is a budget-friendly option and the food is STILL amazing. From the pizzas and burgers to the pastas, every item on this menu is worth considering.
I come here A LOT so of course, I have recommendations that I feel passionately about:
The sauteed shrimp in spicy tomato and oregano sauce (pro tip: DROWN the garlic bread in this sauce)
Ravioli stuffed with lobster (see below)
Chicken Parm (for the very hungry, see below)
ANY of the thin crust pizzas
Go for a before/after dinner drink at Blue Sail across the street for amazing ocean views and the perfect island ambiance. The food there is good too -- I always go for the pizza, burger, conch fritters or tuna tacos!