Want to get off the ship in Nassau for a bite to eat… but don’t want to travel far? Luckily there are a number of restaurants right near the cruise port that cater to cruise passengers. From the typical tourist joints like Senor Frogs and Fat Tuesday to local restaurants serving Bahamian classics, you can get whatever you want, all within walking distance.
To give you an idea of what’s available, we rounded up a list of restaurants near the Nassau terminal. Click each name to read reviews on TripAdvisor.
Nassau Restaurants Near the Cruise Port
Fat Tuesday is in most cruise ports and is well-known as the fun party atmosphere of Mardi Gras. This is a great place to let loose with a huge fruity drink in your hand. The food menu consists of lots of “bar food” with a little Caribbean twist. Burgers, ribs, and wings are all available, along with conch fritters.
What would a cruise port be without Senor Frogs? The party place is in all the major ports, and Nassau is no exception. If you’re hungry, there’s all the Tex-Mex you can handle, including tacos, nachos, and fajitas. Thirsty? Margaritas are always popular, as are the signature drinks, which can have up to four different types of booze.
If you’re looking for something a little more authentic than the party bars, Bahamian Cookin is just the place. The menu is loaded with seafood from conch to grouper to lobster. Ribs and chicken are also available. Want something to drink? The bar menu is plenty long to make you forget any worries you might have back home.
Overlooking the harbor, Lukka Kairi is a modern-style restaurant serving Bahamian classics. The menu contains all the dishes you’d expect in the Bahamas (conch is a big ingredient), as well as lobster, snapper, and ribs. If you’re after finer dining, this is the best bet near the cruise port.
Hard Rock Cafe
With hundreds of locations around the world, Hard Rock Cafe makes an appearance in Nassau as well. The menu is decidedly American, with tons of sandwiches, burgers, and salads to please any appetite. While you might not get a taste of the local culture, you won’t go hungry and sometimes you just need a burger to satisfy your appetite.
Indian food? In the Bahamas? That’s right. While most people don’t think of Indian food in the Caribbean, this highly rated restaurant claims to be the most authentic Indian restaurant in all of the Bahamas. The restaurant is only open from 12-3 on weekdays, so you need to plan your schedule accordingly. If you visit on Sunday, it’s closed until 5 p.m.
Cafe Matisse is a classic Italian restaurant in the heart of Nassau. But if you go just for the food, you’re missing half the reason. The atmosphere is top-notch, where you can sit in a cozy courtyard surrounded by tropical plants and dining on white tablecloths. The menu is mouthwatering, with any Italian food you can want from lamb and filet mignon to pastas and pizzas. It’s also rated the #1 restaurant in Nassau according to TripAdvisor.
If you want the absolute closest restaurant to the cruise port, this is it. The Green Parrot has been around for years, serving bar food staples like burgers, wings, and quesadillas in a fun atmosphere near the water. Expect to pay a little more — burgers alone cost about $15. However, if you need a spot close to the port, then that extra expense is worth it.