The islands of Turks and Caicos are famous for white-sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and magnificently luxurious resorts, hotels, and restaurants. There's a wide range of dining offerings for the curious traveler—from local barbeque spots on remote islands to world-renowned conch shacks overlooking Grace Bay. So, read on for your ultimate guide to restaurants in Turks and Caicos, and get ready to start daydreaming about a night spent dining al fresco beneath the stars.
Da Conch Shack
Da Conch Shack is one of the most iconic restaurants in Turks and Caicos (and arguably, the entire West Indies). After one visit, it's easy to discover why the seaside oasis has captivated legions of devoted visitors who return year after year. Plus, while conch is a staple of all Caribbean cuisine, the pink mollusk holds particular significance in Turks and Caicos. The conch is a national symbol for Turk and Caicos, and cracked conch is the national dish. There is no better place to try it than overlooking the Caribbean Sea at this charming institution in Providenciales.
Coco Bistro is the perfect setting for a chic, sophisticated evening out on the island of Providenciales. The setting—in the largest palm grove on the island—is simply spectacular, with palm trees swaying overhead and stars glistening in the tropical night sky. Trust us, even though you’re inland, It’s just as romantic as dining along Grace Bay. The restaurant is renowned for its culinary program, as well—we recommend the mahi-mahi. But you really can’t go wrong with the menu or the cocktail list.
Bay Bistro is another elegant (and romantic) option for dining beneath the palms of Providenciales, though this time, your meal will also overlook the Caribbean Sea. Order the Caicos grilled lobster if it’s in season, and the Key lime pie is well worth the indulgence any time of year. Other delectable options include the Grace Bay grouper (which is as local as its name implies) and the local snapper sandwich. Be sure to make a reservation in advance and time your seating to catch the sunset.
Triple J's Grill
While there are plenty of high-end restaurants in Turks and Caicos—the archipelago is a haven for luxury travelers—there’s no shortage of laid-back island vibes to be found, either. Head to Triple J’s Grill in Cockburn Harbor, on the sleepy island of South Caicos, for some jerk chicken and callaloo (a traditional Caribbean vegetable dish). Even in this casual setting, the string lights hanging from the trees add some romantic ambiance as you dine beneath the stars.
The Great House
The Great House is a restaurant that lives up to its name. Situated atop a hill at the luxury Sailrock Resort in South Caicos, the panoramic, 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caicos Bank are simply breathtaking—especially at sunset. The setting is outrageously romantic—as is the entire property and the island itself. Sailrock is the first luxury resort to open up on the sleepy island of South Caicos, and the fine dining doesn’t disappoint—order the mahi-mahi, Caicos Bank red snapper, or the jerk chicken.
Bugaloo’s, located on the island of Providenciales, is, simply put, a dream. From its neon pink walls to its collection of outdoor seating between the palms to its magnificent white-sand beach, this restaurant has everything you’re looking for on a tropical vacation. Embark on a conch crawl, check out the specialty cigars, and be sure to order “the Best Conch Salad in Provo”—bold words, certainly, but we doubt anyone would challenge the veracity of the statement after ordering the dish for themselves.
Provence by Eric
The culinary artistry of the chefs at Provence is always available for guests to appreciate, as visitors are allowed to enter the open kitchen and watch the masters at work by reserving a 14-seat Chef’s Table. As you may have guessed by the restaurant’s name, the menu brings a bit of Europe to the West Indies, and Chef Eric is dedicated in particular to the flavors of Italy and France. Provence doesn’t offer the type of food one usually expects in the tropics, so if you’re in the mood for something a little different (and a little fancy), this is a perfect choice.
Mango Reef is ideal for a night out, a date night, private parties, or to toast the end of your vacation. The waterfront setting is divine at Turtle Cove Marina, especially at sunset, and the food is just as magnificent. Arriving for dinner is ideal as the evening menu offers Mango Reef’s most diverse and delicious offerings. We suggest ordering grilled lobster tails, a specialty in Turks and Caicos, or blackened Tiger shrimp with some homemade ice cream for dessert. The best part? This waterfront paradise only becomes more enticing as the night goes on, so expect to find yourself hanging back for just one more round well after you’ve signed your bill to go home. It would be a shame to leave anyway when there’s such an extensive wine menu just waiting to be explored.
This beachfront oasis in the historic Manta House is not only ideal for sampling traditional Caribbean cuisine such as peas and rice, but also for exploring the surrounding tropical waters. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, or horseback riding after your meal if you so desire. But we won’t blame you if the idyllic setting makes you want to sit back and watch the sunset with a cold bottle of Turk’s Head beer.
Hemingway's On the Beach
We like to think that Ernest Hemingway would approve of this Grace Bay institution where the rum is generously poured and the breakfast menu features “The Sun Also Rises,” an order of eggs, any way you like it. Hemingway's is located at The Sands at Grace Bay, a luxury resort overlooking the island’s iconic white-sand beach. Our favorite item on the menu? The Conch Trio, which is perfect for travelers unsure whether they want their mollusk deep-fried or tossed with healthy greens. The Trio comes equipped with conch fritters, conch salad, and cracked conch—and there’s no such thing as too much conch in Turks and Caicos.
The Cove Restaurant and Beach Bar overlook the Caicos Bank on the blissfully secluded island of South Caicos. The Cove is part of Sailrock Resort, the first luxury property established on the idyllic island, and—even if you aren’t staying as an overnight guest—the journey for a seaside lunch is well worth the trip. South Caicos is the island that’s considered the fishing capital of the entire Turks and Caicos archipelago, so your order should reflect your location. (Order the mahi-mahi or the snapper, of course.)