The island of Providenciales has become an excellent destination for gourmet dining, with a wealth of great restaurants and cuisines to sample. Many of the popular restaurants are located in or near the central Grace Bay tourism region of the island, and often within one of the island’s luxury resorts.
Exquisite Dining Settings
A perfect complement to fine dining is a great setting, and there are many establishments on Providenciales that feature an interesting or beautiful atmosphere.
As a Caribbean tourism destination, beachfront dining at least once during your stay is of course a must, whether for a casual lunch or for dinner.
Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar, located at the Grace Bay Club resort, offers an intriguing menu that blends seafood, Italian, and local flavors, and boasts of an unparalleled setting on Grace Bay Beach and the longest bar in the Caribbean.
When considering restaurants with a view, Magnolia, located on the ridge above Turtle Cove Marina in central Providenciales certainly deserves a mention. This wine bar and international cuisine restaurant offers beautiful views over the north coast ocean and the greater Turtle Cove area.
Coco Bistro, located inland at Grace Bay, is surrounded by a tranquil coconut tree grove and offers a different perspective to beachfront dining. This very popular restaurant is often booked up for weeks, so you’ll want to make reservations early.
Mango Reef is another gourmet restaurant with a great atmosphere. This waterfront establishment is located at Turtle Cove Marina and offers seafood, local, and international dishes. The menu includes a wide selection of salads and grill items, too.
Parallel 23, located at the beautiful Palms Resort on Grace Bay, offers unique Asian and Caribbean fusion dishes, with many international favorites as well.
Caicos Café has been a favorite fine dining restaurant with locals and visitors alike for decades. The restaurant is located in central Grace Bay, and offers a menu of international and seafood dishes.
SUI-REN is found at the elegant Shore Club resort on Long Bay Beach, and features a fascinating internationally-inspired menu. The Shore Club resort is a very beautiful setting, yet maintains a quiet laid-back ambiance.
Opus, a wine bar and fine grill restaurant, is located on the quiet eastern side of Grace Bay. The restaurant offers one of the largest selections of wine in the country, and features both indoor air-conditioned and alfresco dining. Opus is an excellent choice for steaks, too.
Bella Luna is a long-established Italian restaurant in the heart of Grace Bay. This establishment offers classic Italian and seafood dishes, and also features a pizza garden, with gourmet thin-crust pizzas baked in a brick oven.
Yoshis, a Japanese restaurant that’s located at the Saltmills Plaza, is another very popular restaurant, and serves sushi, sashimi, and many other classic Japanese dishes, often incorporating local freshly-caught seafood.
Fresh Local Seafood
As a tropical destination, locally caught seafood has traditionally been the centerpiece of cuisine in the Turks and Caicos. Fish, typically snapper, grouper, and bonefish, conch, lobster, shark, turtle, and crab were historically the primary catch, yet today bonefish, turtle, and shark are now rarely caught.
Locally caught deep-sea fish, including tuna, mahi-mahi, and wahoo, also factor into dishes at many restaurants.
It’s important to be aware that several local seafood species have fishing seasons in the Turks and Caicos, and outside of the fishing season it’s typically not possible to serve such types of seafood. The Caribbean spiny lobster season in the Turks and Caicos usually is open from mid-August to April, and the Nassau grouper season is open from March to November.
Locally Sourced Produce
The arid climate in the Turks and Caicos doesn’t lend itself well to most types of agriculture, yet some fresh and organic produce is raised locally.
Providenciales supports a hydroponic farm that raised tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and herbs, and several farms on the green island of North Caicos grow tomatoes, peppers, squash, papayas, and beans.
A couple of the boutique resorts also oversee their own small-scale organic farms, which complement the imported food products with greens, herbs, and vegetables. The exclusive Amanyara resort is one such accommodation, and has a unique organic aquaponics farm.