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Food & Dining in Turks & Caicos Island
 
 
 

Many of the restaurants in Turks & Caicos Islands are on the island of Providenciales. Not that many years ago, local island tables did not know what was going to be on the menu for dinner until the fishing boats brought in their catch of the day. Today, Turks & Caicos Islands features fine and imaginative cuisine and world class chefs.

Everything from small, family-owned shops to larger, fine dining restaurants are available on the islands. Consider what and where you'd like to eat. Perhaps you'd prefer to avoid the larger restaurants in favour of some local color, or maybe you'd rather dine first class. Alternately, you might just be looking for something a little nicer than your usual. Whatever you decide, you'll find what you want on these islands.

Due to the Islands' location and size, most foods must be imported to the Turks and Caicos. This causes the cost of food to be higher than it is on other islands; it may also be considered high by Western standards as well. Still, low-cost meals can be found for as little as $5. For something mid-grade, expect to spend between $10 and $15. At the most expensive of places, expect to pay more than $20 per plate. Tax, and sometimes a tip, will be added to your bill.

Casual dress will be perfectly appropriate in many dining establishments, but the top-notch restaurants may request that patrons dress accordingly. Black tie may be desirable in some restaurants, but calling ahead is the surest way to find out what to wear.

Places to Dine

Providenciales

Set beneath thatched-roof palapas and the starry evening sky, Anacaona is one of the top dining options in Providenciales. Among its winning attributes is an unbeatable location directly facing the Grace Bay Beach. For great seafood, head to Aqua Bar & Terrace, located in the Turtle Cove Inn. This is the kind of place where you see other chefs, boat captains, and locals congregating on the palm-fringed wooden terrace, with Turtle Cove and parked mega-yachts for scenery.

Hole in the Wall is a popular local hang at Williams Plaza (Old Airport Road) and has some of the best island food on Providenciales.

Caicos Café (Caicos Café Plaza, Grace Bay Road) is a favourite among locals, but visitors also find the warm, romantic ambience and good food hard to resist. It's set on the terrace deck of what appears to be a Caribbean cottage, illuminated with strings of twinkling lights and flaming torches. Colourful Haitian artwork blankets the walls. The menu reflects the French/Mediterranean influences of its chef/owner.

Coco Bistro (Grace Bay Road) lies on a plot of land that in the 1980s was a plant nursery, which has since grown into the largest palm grove on the island. Meals are enjoyed outside under the palms in the romantic garden, and the food is as superb as the setting.

For Italian, head to Baci Ristorante at Turtle Cove Marina. The tasty cuisine, the romantic patio, the stone floors and wrought-iron entrance, and the whirling retro-style overhead fans conspire to make this an agreeable stopover. Situated up in the glass house on a slight rise along Grace Bay Road, Bella Luna is another Italian establishment that provides yet another of Providenciales' many atmospheric dining experiences.

Gecko Grille is a brightly decorated, popular spot in Ocean Club Plaza in the original Ocean Club Resort (East) has a range of foods that runs the culinary range from Italian to all-American to Caribbean. The outdoor terrace is a very pleasant place to dine.

Grace's Cottage (Point Grace Hotel) is a beautifully romantic spot has a leisurely and old-fashioned charm, with the most innovative menu on the island. You dine on the cottage terrace or on one of the patios surrounding the cottage, nestled in tropical vegetation and softly illuminated lighting.

For Thai cuisine, Bangkok Express serves surprisingly good and inexpensive Thai dishes. Try such specialities as masaman curry shrimp, satay chicken, basil seafood, and Siam rolls. Sushi lovers should head to Matsuri Sushi Bar at 101 Graceway House, Grace Bay. Another good Japanese restaurant is Yoshi's, which is located in the Saltmills on Grace Bay Road.

Parallel23 has an elegant setting, overlooking the Palm Place courtyard and situated in the Mansion, the Regent Palms Resort's stately homage to vintage Caribbean estates. Cuisine here is a fusion of tropical and international.

Other popular beach-side restaurants include Bay Bistro (Sibonné Hotel, Grace Bay), Beach Café (Coral Gardens Resort, Grace Bay) and Hemingway's on the Beach (The Sands at Grace Bay, Grace Bay).

 

 
 

 



 


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