Restaurant Guide: Turks and Caicos
In this article I'm going to outline a brief overview of the food options on Providenciales. To learn more about Turks and Caicos, check out our quick island guide. Some restaurants may also get their own review outside of this article, but I wanted to use this opportunity to put everything in one place.
Turks and Caicos is known for lobster and conch. Lobster is usually available only during lobster season which runs August to March. My trip was in April and lobster was tough to find on any restaurant menu. If you like seafood you are in for a treat. Most restaurants offer a plethora of fresh fish options.
Providenciales is also home to a variety of restaurants representing cuisine from around the world. You'll find sushi, Thai, pub food, Italian, Indian and many others. Dining out in Turks and Caicos is not cheap. All restaurants charge an 11% government tax and mandatory 10% service charge. This service charge is government mandated and is a gratuity to share with the staff. You can leave additional gratuity if you want. I often left another 5-10% depending on the service. Be aware, some servers will tell you this service charge is a tax, that is not true.
My Top Pick
While I ate at many excellent restaurants while on the island my favorite, and the favorite of many, was Coco Bistro. This eatery offer outdoor seating among a garden of palm trees. Make a reservation in advance, walk-ins will have a tough time getting a table. The concierge at my hotel made my reservation about three weeks in advance. During the busy season I've been told to make a reservation at least a month in advance.
Coco Bistro is located in the Grace Bay area, just east of the Seven Stars Resort. It's a short walk from many of the resorts on the East end of Grace Bay. It was about a ten minute walk from the Regent Grand Resort where I was staying.
Coco Bistro's menu is dominated by fresh fish, conch and dishes with a bit of European and Asian flair. The staff was top notch and our waiter took the time to explain the specials and make some recommendations. I'll have a full review of the food in another article.
If you are celebrating a special occasion or just want an amazing meal, Coco Bistro is my top pick. Expect to spend about $50 per person plus drinks.
Another favorite spot is Mango Reef. This restaurant is located on the beach at the Alexandra Resort. This is a perfect spot to watch the sunset and have a few drinks or dinner. They serve a variety of fresh fish. The restaurant specializes in local fare and seafood. I found the menu to be rather creative and the entrées were excellent.
Mango Reef accepts reservations and I highly recommend calling ahead. If you are staying at a nearby resort I highly recommend walking back on the beach. Expect to spend $20-40 per person plus drinks.
Here's a list of other restaurants that I would recommend. These are in no particular order.
- Caicos Cafe. This casual restaurant features a menu of local favorites including conch and fresh fish. It's a short walk from the East side of Grace Bay.
- Garam Masala Restaurant, located in The Regent Village Shops. Great Indian food and a nice outdoor lounge for drinks.
- Caicos Bakery. This is a small French bakery located near the Seven Stars Resort. Get there early for the best selection. This bakery is a bargain with many items under $5.
- Le Bouchon. This is a French restaurant located in The Regent Village Shops. They serve a reasonably priced lunch and I heard dinner is excellent.
- The Deck and Seven Stars Resort. This is a great bar right on the beach at Seven Stars. Good place to catch the sunset and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat.
- Julien's Wine and Deli. This is located next door to Caicos Bakery. Julien's is a great low-cost lunch option and they make great fresh sandwiches.
- Yoshis Sushi. This Japanese sushi restaurant is located in the Salt Mill shops across from The Regent Village.
- Beach BBQ at Seven Stars Resort. On Sunday nights the resort prepares a buffet on the sand. It's pricey, but the view is nice. The food is okay, but you're definitely there for the view.