While islands like Anguilla and St.Barts are renowned for their food, the Turks & Caicos islands have solidly established themselves as a place with equal amounts of both casual eateries and upscale restaurants. Below are our picks for for the top 13 places to eat in the Turks & Caicos islands, from gourmet dining to in-the-know local gems.
Fine Dining Picks:
Infinity (Grace Bay Club)
For upscale dining, head to Infinity Restaurant (formerly known as Anacona) at the Grace Bay Club. The menu spans from local seafood with thoughtful accompaniments—like passion fruit butter—as well as heartier meat and pasta dishes. Vegans and the gluten-averse will appreciate their own section on the menu, too. 649-946-5050 Visit the website
Coco Bistro (Grace Bay)
Expect to eat amongst the palms and the stars at this fine dining establishment. Their chef is dishing out innovative menu items, using fresh, local ingredients (conch soup scented with saffron, local spiny lobster tacos). *Closed Mondays. 649-946-5369 Visit the website
Bay Bistro (Sibonne Hotel, Grace Bay)
A popular spot on the island, located directly on the white sands of Grace Bay. Menu features familiar favorites like Asian spring rolls, and pear and blue cheese salads, as well as a few award-wining conch dishes. Live music Monday evenings. Weekend brunch 11 AM to 3 PM. 649-946-5396 Visit the website
Coyaba Restaurant (Coral Gardens)
Contemporary Caribbean gourmet cuisine served in an unmatched seaside setting. Wine aficionados will love their extensive wine list. Closed Tuesdays. 649-946-5186 Visit the website
Kitchen 218 at Beach House (Grace Bay, near Turtle Cove)
For a poolside meal, head to Beach House. The innovative and playfully worded menu features their famous pumpkin soup, seared scallops, and handmade crab ravioli. Each dish suggests a wine pairing, and for the daring (and hungry), try their 7 course tasting menu. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. 649-946-5800 Visit the website
Grace’s Cottage (Point Grace)
Dine under the covered verandah or enjoy gazebo seating under the stars. The small but selective menu features the kind of dishes you want to eat: Grace’s lobster salad, rack of lamb with pineapple chuntey, and simply grilled Snapper. 649-946-8147 Visit the website
Casual Dining Picks:
Caicos Café (Governor’s Rd. Grace Bay)
A popular spot in Provo, Caicos café fuses northern Italian, Mediterranean, and Caribbean dishes. Live music Wednesday evenings. 649-946 5278
Somewhere Café (Harborside Turtle Cove)
This two-story restaurant overlooks Grace Bay beach and offers a prime spot to watch the sun set. Dishes are simple, with a Tex-Mex feel (if you’re craving pulled pork Tacos, you’ve come to the right place) 649-941-8260 Visit the website
Las Brisas (Chalk Sound)
Located right above Chalk Sound, Las Brisas offers views and fresh fare. Expect to see local dishes like conch, as well as easy favorites like Caprese salads. Stop at the poolside bar to sample a creative cocktail or two before dinner. Visit the website
Local Favorities for Beers, Burgers and more
Da Conch Shack (Blue Hills Road)
One should make sure to dig in to a Conch Fritter while in the Turks & Caicos – its a local speciality. Our top pick for local conch done every which way- conch salad, grilled conch, cracked conch, conch fritters – is a casual beach front restaurant loving called Da Conch Shack. Its actually a comfortable compound of cottages and tables, where one can enjoy local fare, delicious rum punches, and live music. . 649-946-8877 Visit the website
Chinson Grill Shack (Leeward Highway)
Stop in for some fresh jerk chicken to enjoy at picnic tables outside or take to go. Ask about their weekend chicken and ribs barbecue with music.
Sweet T’s (Airport Road)
This may be Turks’ equivalent of fast food done right- if you’re in the mood for something quick (and delicious), head to local favorite Sweet T’s for its famous fried chicken.
Bugaloo’s (Five Cays)
A local spot known for seaside, casual atmosphere. Snack on conch, and (yes) lightly battered alligator tail. 649-941-3863 Visit the website
While these are our top picks for places to eat in Turks & Caicos, there are many more for you to discover on your own. Book a villa vacation to the Turks & Caicos and start exploring!