Turks and Caicos is more than just gorgeous white sand and brilliant turquoise water. While sure, most people come for the beaches, a trip to this tropical paradise also gives you the chance to savor some of the best seafood and local Caribbean fare in the world. If you’re visiting and staying at Villa Esencia, you’re in luck! Some of the best and most unique dining experiences are just a stone’s throw away from Long Bay Beach. In this blog, we’ve carefully selected five of our favorite local spots that will help make your trip truly unforgettable. From airstream local favorites to fine dining on the water’s edge, we’ve got it all for you here. Let’s dig into the five must-visit restaurants near Long Bay Beach.
1. Coco Bistro
First up, we’re checking out Coco Bistro. Tucked into a serene coconut grove in central Grace Bay, Coco Bistro is a gem that’s earned its reputation as one of the best-known restaurants in Turks and Caicos. The restaurant offers a delightful blend of international and Caribbean fusion dishes, curated by Executive Chef Stuart Gray – a pioneer of the island’s gourmet dining scene.
The setting is as enchanting as the menu, with the restaurant situated in a grove cultivated by Sunshine Nursery, the oldest botanical garden in the region. Whether you’re a seafood lover or a vegetarian, Coco Bistro has something for everyone. Don’t forget to explore their extensive wine and spirit list. And for those who want a piece of Coco Bistro to take home, you can purchase the restaurant’s very own cookbook full of local recipes that help you bring the tropical flavors right into your own kitchen.
Located in the luxurious Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Seven offers an elegant dining experience with a conscience. The restaurant is committed to sustainability, growing its own herbs and microgreens in a rooftop garden. The menu is a gastronomic journey, featuring everything from roasted Atlantic salmon to slow-braised pork belly.
Seven offers multiple dining settings, including a garden terrace under the stars and an opulent indoor space beautifully decorated with crystal chandeliers. If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood, you can enjoy black-and-white films at the bar while savoring creative bar bites like yellowfin tuna tartare or lobster gyoza. This is the perfect date-night location for your Turks and Caicos vacation.
3. The Patty Place
We understand not every meal needs to be fine dining. Sometimes, you just need a quick bite while you’re out exploring. For those looking for a tasty and affordable treat, The Patty Place is your go-to spot. Located near Ports of Call Plaza, this takeout restaurant specializes in Jamaican ‘patty’ pastries filled with beef, chicken, and even lobster. The Patty Place also serves Devon House ice cream, a Jamaican favorite, in a wide array of flavors. For delicious local food on the go, you won’t regret visiting The Patty Place.
4. Bay Bistro
Located at the Sibonné Beach Hotel, Bay Bistro offers a perfect blend of gourmet dining and value. The restaurant is particularly popular for its beachfront setting, making it an ideal spot to watch the sunset. The menu features a mix of international and local dishes, where the chefs incorporate as much fresh seafood into their offerings as possible. From spiny lobster to snapper and grouper, the seasonal specialties here will never disappoint.
When you visit, don’t forget to check out Cocovan Airstream Lounge and Bar on the grounds! Operating out of a 1974 Airstream kitchen, Cocovan offers a unique dining experience with a menu that changes weekly. Enjoy the island ambiance as you dine under the canopy of palms.
5. Hemmingway’s on the Beach
Last on our list is Hemmingway’s on the Beach. Located at The Sands resort, Hemingway’s offers a casual yet elegant dining experience right on Grace Bay. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu is a fusion of seafood, Caribbean, and international dishes. Popular options include soft fish tacos and conch fritters. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of wines, mixed drinks, and beers. Reservations are rarely required, but if you’re visiting during the holiday season, it may be best to call ahead.
Book Your Turks and Caicos Trip Today
There’s no better addition to your Turks and Caicos vacation than sampling the delicious food and fresh ingredients found in our island’s restaurants. Whether you’re planning a date night at a stunning fine-dining restaurant or grabbing a quick bite from a local staple, the restaurants in Turks and Caicos will elevate any vacation. When you book directly with Villa Esencia, you get the luxury of our villas and suites, as well as the central location of Long Bay Beach. From breathtaking ocean views to exquisitely decorated interiors, our vacation rentals are the perfect home base as you explore all the delicious restaurants in Turks and Caicos. Browse our villas and suites and book your next trip right here with Villa Esencia.