Last updated on February 17th, 2024 at 10:14 am
Fish fanatics beware: vacation in Turks and Caicos and there’s a good chance you’ll start dreaming about living on the islands forever.
The stars of the menus are usually conch and grouper you’ll have plenty of chances to try them served all kinds of ways. But, really, chance up your order a bit here and there. Fine dining in Turks and Caicos means you will enjoy the best lobster dinner overlooking the water or for hanging out at the touristy but fun Thursday-night fish fry off of Grace Bay Beach.
Haute Retreats 10 favourite restaurants in Turks and Caicos
Here you will find conch prepared in different ways, and you will enjoy your meal surrounded by palm trees on the beach. Of course, there are the classic dishes of conch fritters, conch chowder, and conch salad, but you’ll also find entrées such as curried conch and conch creole. The breezy beachfront restaurant on Provo also serves fresh catch, local lobster, and nonseafood items like steaks and burgers.
During your time around Grace Bay Beach you will find it hard to resist Da Conch Shack. You will love trying these mollusks served every possible way. Here you can order conch salad, conch fritters, conch chowder, and so on and so forth. Plus the servers will literally talk a conch right out of your ear—like the conch whisperer in this photo snapped by my colleague Lisa Loverro depicts—even if you never thought one was lodged there. Honestly, it’s a Provo institution, so it really shouldn’t be missed.
Honor the memory of Papa Hemingway’s love of island living with a meal at this popular beachfront restaurant, located at the Sands, along Grace Bay Road, in Providenciales. From the open-air deck, you can enjoy a great view of the ocean and a laid-back island atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Dishes range from filet mignon to local lobster to award-winning conch chowder. Finish things off with a slice of key lime pie or a scoop of deep-fried ice cream dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
The Marine Room
The Marine Room, one of the latest additions to Turks and Caicos’ culinary scene, harmoniously combines various enticing elements. With its stunning oceanfront setting, stylish ambiance, and a commitment to using fresh local ingredients in their gourmet creations, this restaurant stands out. Guests can choose between outdoor seating with ocean breezes and indoor air-conditioned comfort, while a charming little bar adds to the overall appeal.
Situated in proximity to the picturesque Bight Beach, gracing the western edge of Grace Bay Beach, The Marine Room offers a dining experience that is not to be missed. Reservations are highly recommended for a seamless visit.
If you want to experience fine dining in a tropical outdoor setting at Coco Bistro, considered one of the top restaurant on Providenciales. Not only is the dining room set among the largest palm grove on the island, but also the chef is known for artfully blending island flavors with continental ones. Entrées may include homemade conch ravioli or jerk pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes and hot pepper honey. You can also pick up a copy of The Coco Bistro Cookbook to replicate your favorite restaurant dish at home.
Book for sunset and then eat by candlelight under the swaying palms and twinkling stars. The inventive menu is the work of executive chef and owner Stuart Gary, who fuses local ingredients and flavors together in a fashion that keeps diners (both locals and repeat visit tourists) returning.
Mudjin Bar and Grill
Located in a stunning sea cliffs along Mudjin Bay, get a table on the patio of the Mudjin Bar and Grill to savor the scenery a little longer and enjoy a well-earned meal. The restaurant is part of the Dragon Cay Resort and open every day for lunch and dinner. The menu shows off local flavors such as fried local lobster and conch fritters, along with burgers and chicken wings, but it’s the view overlooking the stunning Middle Caicos coastline that steals the show. (Dinner service requires reservations.)
Lobster bites that melted in my mouth, cracked conch that was actually chewable, and delicately grilled, local fish.
Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar
A waterfront chic palapa-style open-air restaurant featuring the most romantic setting along Grace Bay and probably in all of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Despite its elite clientele and higher prices, the restaurant offers a memorable dining experience minus any formality or attitude; guests are expected to wear island chic (men, no sleeveless shirts please). Oil lamps create an evening glow, and the murmur of trade winds adds to the Edenic ambience. Mesmerizing ocean views, along with exquisite service, make this an ideal choice when you want the best without a care in the world. The kitchen uses the island’s bountiful seafood and fresh produce to craft superb cuisine. They also offer a raw bar, featuring a variety of ceviches: scallops, salmon, and mahimahi. It’s a good thing the setting is amazing, as the portions are “elegantly” sized.
The Restaurant at Amanyara
Amanyara is considered one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, when you walk through the grand foyer into the open-air dining pavilion you can sink into a cozy nook and you can choose from one of the tables located facing the pools. But make sure to begin at the bar, with its high wooden ceiling a feat of engineering; all seating has dramatic sea views across the beauty of the lava rock–lined infinity-edge pool. The signature mojito is spectacular with its fresh mint, freshly ground sugarcane, and a shot of champagne. If it’s a glass of wine you’re looking for, they have a wide selection. The food is excellent, with the freshest seafood and choicest cuts of meat available on Provo. The menu changes daily but always includes a good selection so that all members within your dining party are happy. Their team behind the scenes will not disappoint you, but be sure to allow plenty of time for any Amanyara experience, as it is far more than just a meal. If you are not an Amanyara guest, you must make a call for special access privileges. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance for either lunch or dinner.
When you choose to eat at Bay Bistro you are directly on Grace Bay Beach. You have the option of dining on a covered deck, on an open-air patio, or with your feet in the sand, surrounded by palm trees with the sound of lapping waves. You should not miss the coffee-rubbed tuna appetiser with a hint of wasabi or the fish-and-chips that are quite lovely. If you love meat, the beef tenderloin is to die for. Seasonally, lobster is brought to their back door daily by local fishermen. End the evening with homemade ice cream. Their weekend brunches include such favorites as eggs Benedict—one of the few places on island to find it—with mimosas included. Be sure to reserve if you are coming with a large group, as it is quite a popular way to begin a lazy day. Around the time of the full moon, call for the date of their memorable beach barbecue: grilled shrimp, roast suckling pig, side fixings—all enjoyed while sitting around a wonderful bonfire on the beach.
Mango Reef Restaurant & Bar
Mango Reef’s menu features a wide variety of food options, and the staff provides wonderful service. What impressed me most about this menu was the range of vegetarian options.
If you’re looking for a meat-free meal full of flavor, look no further. The Deep-fried Vegetable Spring Rolls were crispy and a great start to my meal.
Try the Vegetable Risotto and you will love it. The other Mango Reef favorite was the dessert.
Don’t miss the Vanilla Creme Brulee, and the unique ice cream flavors like Cinnamon and Rum & Raisin.
Arches on the Ridge is home to the infamous Ridge Cafe. The owners are lovely people, and the food is always fresh.
Breakfast and lunch get served daily, and dinner is served on Thursday through Saturday. The Breakfast Tacos are phenomenal, along with the Iced Latte.
Ridge Cafe’s lunch and dinner menus change daily, so you never know what delicious surprise you’re going to get! (If you’re not fond of surprises, you can check their Instagram account for the daily menu.)
Ridge Cafe’s Brulee Banana Split is one of the best desserts. You should not miss it during your stay in Turks and Caicos.