Baha Mar Restaurants: where and what to eat

There are so many great options at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Restaurants. They have choices to satisfy all cravings, cuisines, and more. PLUS, kids 5 & under also eat free at most restaurants! Here is where and what we ate, all the can’t miss recommendations, and importantly the low cost options.

Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House

This place will not disappoint. Our favorite meal the entire trip from all Baha Mar restaurants. Owned by the famous chef Marcus Samuelson, the menu is infused local Bahamian ingredients and seafood. Its located beachside with ocean views and an impressive rooftop deck with live music. Indoor and outdoor seating options with beautiful coastal décor.

What to eat

We started our meal with the table cornbread with hot buttered rum, just jaw-dropping. Our server even brought the kids a non spiked butter. Also started with the tuna tartar. For dinner, I recommend the red snapper green curry – one of my top 10 dishes ever. Brandon got the shrimp and grits (best he’s ever had). Even dining at Marcus’ joint, Wynn defaulted to buttered noodles, someday she’ll regret! Nixon had the grilled salmon and still believes it may have been his best version of salmon ever. A must have were the side of potatoes with chimichurri. For dessert we ordered the deconstructed pineapple upside down cake. Our server Trey made us feel special the entire time. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and even brought us out a cake with a sparkler.

Tip: Kids 5 and under eat free!

Tip: Marcus also has a food truck beachside called Street Bird. We had lunch there one day and it was great. Conch Fritters were phenomenal. Prices are obviously cheaper. Though this was one vendor that didn’t participate in Kids Eat Free.

Carna

Carna Baha Mar is a contemporary steakhouse created by the famous Italian Butcher, Dario Cecchini. Interior was dark, modern, and romantic located in the middle of the Casino. Also had outside seating.

What to eat

We ordered a Cowboy Ribeye which was great, but the MUST have dish is not a steak. It’s actually on the appetizer menu – Dario’s Sugo Pappardelle. I’m not one to usually order pasta, especially at a steakhouse but it was the best. Dry aged beef, wild mushrooms and truffled breadcrumbs. One of the favorite memories was being presented a tray of perhaps a dozen different styled steak knives to choose for our main. Choose your weapon! We also loved the crisp wedge salad and blue crab cakes. Wynn ate free, again buttered pasta her, a broken record. Nixon loved the grilled grouper and asparagus on the kids menu.

Tip: Kids 5 and under eat free!

The Sugar Factory

If your coming to Baha Mar with kids, The Sugar Factory‘s a must. The name alone will get them hopping. Nixon and Wynn shared the Chicken and Waffles, they will tell you it was their favorite meal. Portions are large, the grilled salmon caesar salad was okay, while the blue cheese burger was way better than expected. Dessert stepped it up – we ordered the Chocolate Blackout – it was enough for 10 people! Giant scoops of chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, and soft brownie bites. Kids went wild. We still probably left half of the plate to melt.

Tip: Next door is a candy shop! We waited to the end of the trip for them to build up their cache of good behavior and allowed the kids to each pick 5 candies for the bag. Doesn’t seem like a lot but each candy can be pretty gigantic. Two bags quickly added up to a whopping $25!

Stix Baha Mar

Stix is a casual fusion of Chinese techniques and Bahamian ingredients. It’s located right next to the casino, by the East Baha Mar tower. Just passing by, the ramen broths and smells will suck you in. Prices are much more tame and affordable than some of the other restaurants. No reservation required and food was quick to hit the table.

What to eat

Nixon was looking forward to our original reservation at Katsuya to have sushi but we had to cancel with timing.So in lieu, we ordered the Ahi Tuna Rice Crisp for an app. It was a little too spicy for the kids. Wynn got ramen (for free – $14) and Nixon grilled chicken and rice. Both loved their meal. I ordered the Drunken Noodles – this was huge. I actually enjoyed Wynn’s Miso Ramen bowl more than my dish. This is your go to place with very little ones if you want to get in and out for easy kid friendly, and delicious food.

Tip: Kids 5 and under eat free!

The Swimming Pig

Major pub feels. Leather bar stools, drum lights, many beers on tap, and live sports from the States. The swimming pig is one of the more causal restaurants on the casino floor. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We went for dinner our first night, didn’t have reservations but they fit us in. They have large TV screens everywhere so perfect place if you want to see a game. Kids ordered sliders & fries and more butter noodles, duh at this point. Nachos were calling, as they sometimes do, so I ordered the brisket nachos which was an appetizer, it was enough for 2. It was good just a little to bbq-y for my liking. Brandon did not like the fish and chips which was disappointing coming from a pub.

Tip: they have balloons for the kids if you ask. Being seated, Wynn saw another kid leaving with a red swimming pig balloon. She asked our server and when we were leaving they made her one. It made her night haha. Named him Balloony.

Regatta Buffet

We’ve only been to Regatta for brunch but they’re also open for dinner. The options are endless. Omelet stations, fresh fruit, pancakes, waffles, all the carbs and pastries you can imagine. They even had international options like dim sum, empanadas, chilaquiles, quesadillas and spring rolls. Kids loved the popsicle stand and hot chocolate bar. Brunch is around $36 per adult and $15 for kids 6 and older. Mimosas are also not included in that price. Dinner is around $60 per adult, but we were told have a large seafood station that includes shrimp and lobster.

Tip: Kids 5 and under eat free!

Pizza Lab

Who doesn’t love pizza? Pizza lab is down on the lower level of the casino floor across from Regatta. They have a wood burning pizza oven, a busy bar, even a line to get slices and fresh gelato to go. Another great more casual and price affordable option. We split cheese bread, a cheese pizza, and caesar salad. Pizza quality far exceeded expectations. The style was a decently thin crust, NY style that used a really flavorful red sauce, and quality cheese. Truly better than many options we get here in our Florida town.

Tip: the fountain light show with music starts at dusk and Pizza lab has outdoor seating where you can see it all.

Katsuya

Katsuya is right in the middle of the action of the casino and close to the fire water feature at night. On a previous visit (we came without kids – woo!) we dined here. Sushi was really good. We planned to go this last trip but they didn’t have reservations on open table and there was always a wait out front. One memory that does stick out was a $15 bottle of Matua Sauvignon blanc back home went for $80 here – oof.

Tip: Kids 5 and under eat free!

Fi’Lia

Fi’Lia Baha Mar is delicious italian food. They offer handmade breads and pasta, wood fired pizzas, fresh seafood and meats and a signature tableside Caesar salad.  Each meal begins with a crusty loaf of bread and olive oil. They pride themselves on their pizza crust from their website “At Fi’lia we take pizza very seriously and we pride ourselves on our artisan dough created by true Italian Pizzaioli. Our crust is made from Naples’ Oldest Mill Antico Caputo Flour mixed with our house made sourdough starter and fresh yeast. Fermented for 72 hours and stretched to order, we deliver dough that has all of Napoli’s traditions with a thin and robust crust that is light and fluffy with a slight crunch.” Fi’Lia is located again on the casino floor in the middle of the action. On a previous visit, we came here twice during that trip we liked it so much!

Tip: Kids 5 and under eat free!

Cleo

We dined at Cleo in 2017 – it’s a Mediterranean restaurant in the SLS. Brandon and I like to share, and the place has many small plate options. Everything was so good. We split the hummus with naan bread, lamb skewer, chicken pita, fries and the show stopping halomi cheese saganaki – flambé tableside. The plates were adorable too, vintage and colorful. This is a must – make sure to reserve it ahead of time.

Tip: Kids 5 and under eat free!

Which Baha Mar Restaurants can you eat at cheap?

Any of the Baha Mar restaurants poolside or in Baha Bay will be the money saving options for lunch and some might be open for dinner.

  • Any of the food trucks or pool side restaurants.
  • Baha Bay water park:
    • Umami burger (eh- I guess a $17 cheese burger isn’t low cost. But the chicken tenders with fries they could feed two for the same price. Also 5 stars for their jalapeño ranch.)
    • The Market & Barracuda food truck.
    • They’re opening soon, Sam’s Crispy Chicken which looks unreal. There are a few locations in the states.
    • Cleo will also have another spot at Baha Bay.
  • Pizza lab: whole pies or even slices to go. Saw a few families with pizza boxes by the pool.

Bahamas is not cheap. See how we save money in the Bahamas – here.

Where to eat breakfast at Baha Mar

Regatta Buffett, Cafe Madeline, Cafe Boulud are your sit down options for breakfast at Baha Mar restaurants. We never tried Cafe Madeline but heard amazing things our last day. It’s a Parisian café with indoor and outdoor seating. Fresh baked pastries, coffee, classic French specialties like quiche and croque monsieur. Cafe Boulud’s menu and interior looks wonderful too.

There are two starbucks, one on west tower and another on east and SLS side. El Jefe is one of the food trucks near the beach that’s open for breakfast. Great place to grab a coffee, croissant or breakfast burrito before hitting the beach.

Do you need to make reservations at Baha Mar restaurants?

Make sure to make a reservation. In general, don’t wait past 4 weeks prior to your trip to start making dinner reservations. Restaurants definitely do book up, and as we are early diners, each restaurant we left for the night, we’d consistently see a build up of dozens of people waiting on hopeful tables.

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