The best local restaurants in Bermuda are where you can taste delicious Bermudian dishes loved by locals. They also provide an escape from the tourist crowds, mostly with affordable prices on tasty fish sandwiches, Caribbean jerk BBQ and creole fusion made according to homemade recipes.

    Local Bermudian food isn’t what you might expect. This melting pot of an island is home to residents from around the globe, all of whom have combined their own traditions with fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and local spices. This island may be small, but its local restaurants bring some of the biggest flavours to the Caribbean.

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    Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio

    Burgers and seafood on a beachside patio

    Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio is the home of pub-style seafood and burgers in St George’s Parish. It features a patio that offers one of the best seaside views in town. The cruise ship terminal and St. George’s Marina are all in view.

    Locals head to Wahoo’s when they’re in the mood for crispy fish tacos or a big bowl of chowder. The atmosphere is just as welcoming if you’re not that hungry – come for cold beers and cocktails on the patio. You’ll see plenty of locals chilling and couples huddling close for the sunset – Wahoo’s is a renowned local date spot in Bermuda.

    Location: 36 Water St, St.George's GE 05, Bermuda

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +1 441-297-1307

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    The New Woody’s Sports Bar & Restaurant

    Enjoy sports feeds and local sandwiches

    The New Woody’s Sports Bar is Bermuda’s local hot spot for watching live sports while munching some grub. Whether you prefer football, American football, rugby, cricket, or tennis, there’ll likely be a screen with your match on. Expect cold beers on draft and bottles by the bucket – don’t forget to try a local Barritt’s ginger beer.

    Not serving your average pub food, this dockside restaurant presents fresh fish sandwiches, fried snapper, grouper and whatever else got pulled up in the nets that morning. Even if you’re not a sports fan, come for Woody’s must-try fish sandwich.

    Location: 1 Woody's Drive, Somerset, Bermuda

    Open: Monday from 11.30 am to 7 pm, Wednesday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm, Friday from 11.30 am to 10.30 pm, Saturday from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 441-234-6526

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    Byrdies

    Legendary food truck serving breakfast and lunch

    Byrdies, known by locals as DeGraff’s, is a food truck that stops near Victoria Park in Hamilton. Byrdies is a local secret – it doesn’t look like much, but it’s been serving heaping Bermudian breakfasts, fish cakes, and burgers since 1939. 

    Order in advance for your breakfast, which consists of fresh cod, beans, eggs, and local fruit. Or, stop in for lunch and get a juicy smashed-patty burger and chips. Locals recommend DeGraff’s for its tender and flaky fish cakes. To eat as they do, grab a dozen fish cakes and some sides and head to the nearby park for a picnic with Pembroke Play Ground nearby.

    Location: North St, Hamilton, Bermuda

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 441-292-6130

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    Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy

    The locals’ favourite fish sandwich

    Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy is a seafood and fast food shack serving some of the fattest fish sandwiches on the island. Art Mel’s serves a true Bermudian style of sandwich, piling tender fried fish and fresh vegetables between sweet raisin bread. It’s finished off with lots of tartar sauce and a side of chips. Not a fish fan? Come by for a burger, chicken wings or a salad.

    The atmosphere at Art Mel’s is that of a Caribbean diner – not much has changed here over the years. The locals preparing your order are always ready to chat and smile. It’s a local spot with true Bermudian hospitality.  

    Location: St Monica's Rd, North Shore Village, Bermuda

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from noon to 8 pm, Friday from noon to 9 pm, Saturday from 11.30 am to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +1 441-295-3965

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    Jamaican Grill

    Caribbean BBQ in a colonial villa

    Jamaican Grill is a BBQ and seafood restaurant in Hamilton that’s known for serving a wide selection of Caribbean cuisine. There’s spicy jerk BBQ, West Indian curries, fresh seafood, and a lot more. The portions are massive enough to satisfy the appetite you worked up at the nearby beach.

    If you’re not familiar with Caribbean cooking, you can start your journey at Jamaican Grill. The local staff are happy to explain their cooking and even let you taste certain items to help you decide what you like. If you’re hungry, their jerk chicken is recommended. Short on time? Stop in for a hot beef pasty – it’s the perfect Bermudian meal to go.

    Location: 32 Court St, Hamilton, Bermuda

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 6.30 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 6.30 am to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 441-296-6577

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    Ice Queen

    A local Bermudian spot for sweet treats and fast food

    Ice Queen is where the locals go when they want an ice cream to take the edge off the Caribbean heat in Bermuda. Choose from soft serve, floats, smoothies, and hard ice cream available in 24 flavours. Locals recommend the Frozen Explosion – a blended soft-serve mixed with your choice of sweets.

    What makes Ice Queen special is their full menu of food items, which includes burgers, fish dinners, and prawns. Sides like homemade onion rings and chips come piled high, and monthly specials mean there’s always something new to try. Ice Queen is a popular spot for hungry families after a day at the beach. It’s also great for late-night cravings as it’s open until 5 am daily.

    Location: 130 South Road Paget BM PG 06, Bermuda

    Open: Daily from 10am to 5am

    Phone: +1 441-236-3136

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    Speciality Inn

    International cuisine prepared with love by locals

    Speciality Inn satisfies hungry patrons on Bermuda’s South Road with its menu of international favourites. Burgers, pizza, sushi, and seafood are among its notable offerings. Locals recommend the sushi, made with massive hunks of salmon and tuna and local shrimp fried tempura-style. But it isn’t just locals that gather here. Famous guests have included President Jimmy Carter and Clint Eastwood.

    In the mood for pizza? Speciality Inn has won awards for theirs multiple years running. Breakfasts are also fabulous, especially the big-as-your-plate pancakes.

    Location: 8 South Rd, Bermuda

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6 am to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 441-236-3133

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    Island Cuisine

    Local food served all day in a maritime atmosphere

    Island Cuisine serves homemade local dishes in a homey atmosphere in Bermuda’s Riddle’s Bay. The quaint, maritime dining room is a great spot to start your day with a hearty Bermudian codfish breakfast or end it with a baked chicken dinner or a ribeye steak. And you can’t beat the view out over the pretty bay.

    Locals come to Island Cuisine when they’re craving homemade dishes. A particular favourite is a flaky fish cake sandwiched between a fresh-baked hot cross bun – the ultimate Bermudian comfort food. The menu changes from day to day, but you can expect local seafood and international dishes like lasagna, pork ribs, and curries.

    Location: 235 Middle Rd, SN 04, Bermuda

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6 am to 9.45 pm, Sunday from 7 am to 2.45 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 441-238-3287

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    Bermy Cuisine

    Home-style cooking and all-day breakfasts

    Bermy Cuisine is the place to go when you want a real Bermudian breakfast. It’s so good here that they serve it until afternoon closing time. The classic local breakfast is seafood-based. At Bermy, the locals come for the fish cakes and eggs. Don’t forget to add a side of crispy potatoes and a glass of homemade lemonade.

    Bermy’s lunch menu consists of classic diner fare – burgers, sandwiches, fish platters, and slices of pie. Grab a homemade root beer to sip with your meal. This rich and creamy beverage is a rare find on the island. For something different, Bermy’s also has a separate menu with homemade Filipino dishes. It’s the only place we know to get homecooked food in this style in Bermuda.

    Location: 70 Serpentine Rd, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6 am to 3 pm, Saturday from 6 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 441-295-1231

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    Keith’s Kitchen

    Food truck famed for wholesome sandwiches

    Keith’s Kitchen is a food truck located in a Hamilton parking lot that’s famed for having the best sandwiches in Bermuda. At least, that’s what many local regulars claim. Keith’s is open for breakfast and lunch, though you might want to arrive early. There’s usually a long line waiting for their stacked fish sandwiches.

    You will have trouble choosing a sandwich at Keith’s, but the classic fish sandwich should be your first choice. Others include the meaty breakfast sandwich filled with bacon and sausage. Or, go for other fish options like the tuna or fish cake sandwich. Not in an adventurous mood? The burgers don’t disappoint either.

    Location: BAA Car Park, Hamilton, Bermuda

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 441-295-1310

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    Benjamin Gorman | Contributing Writer

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