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The Best Turks and Caicos Seafood Restaurants

Grilled lobster in Turks and Caicos
Grilled lobster from Las Brisas restaurant.

As a small archipelago , it’s no surprise that seafood is the cuisine that’s done best in the Turks and Caicos. Our restaurants offer a great range of local and international styles of fish, conch, and lobster dishes.

Of the islands in the Turks and Caicos, Providenciales has by far the greatest selection of restaurants to choose from, which offer widely varying ambiances and interesting and creative cooking styles.

What is Local Seafood?

The Turks and Caicos has three basic types of local seafood widely available: conch, fish, and lobster.

Queen conch is probably the quintessential seafood in the Turks and Caicos, and there are not many destinations in the world where it can be found on menus. Conch is often prepared in a salad, fried as ‘fritters’ or ‘cracked conch’, or serves as a foundation for soup.

Tagliolini allo scoglio from The Marine Room restaurant in the Turks and Caicos
Tagliolini allo scoglio at The Marine Room.

Fresh fish is a staple in the Turks and Caicos, and common catches include several types of snapper, Nassau grouper and other types of grouper or hind fish, and tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, and mackerel. Traditionally, the offshore and pelagic fish weren’t pursued much, yet are more common today as some of the sport fishing charters bring in their catch. Of the local fish, Nassau grouper is one of the most desirable.

The Caribbean spiny lobster (sometimes called crayfish or crawfish here) is a general favorite with locals and visitors. The Turks and Caicos fishing season for lobster is typically open from August to April. From about May to July, you won’t be able to get lobster in restaurants.

Beyond conch, fish, and lobster, there isn’t much else that’s commonly collected. Occasionally, turtle, shark, and small mollusks such as the West Indian top shell are eaten, yet such practices are becoming uncommon.

Dishes from Local Restaurants

Imported Seafood

Dover sole dinner
Dover sole at BLT Steak restaurant, located at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Imported fish is a bit of a contentious issue, and will often either be an inexpensive alternative to local seafood, or is high-end, such as sea bass, sole, salmon, and scallops. At many casual restaurants that attract tourists, imported fish is actually just as common in restaurants as fresh is. In some cases, there’s no confusion, as products such as salmon, sea bass, oysters, clams, and shrimp simply can’t be harvested anywhere near our tropical nation. However, unscrupulous establishments sometimes attempt to pass off imported fish as local, with the most common scenario being tilapia species marketed as grouper.

Once you’ve had real Turks and Caicos grouper it’s typically easy to tell the difference between local and tilapia, as tilapia will often be a very consistent fillet with a mild flavor and white and flaky meat, whereas local grouper usually isn’t as consistent in shape, has a much clearer and fresher taste, often has a discernible cut that clearly show it came from a mid-sized fish, and in many cases is cooked with the skin still on. Most snapper is cooked whole, so there’s no mistaking a local fish!

Many of the gourmet restaurants on Providenciales and at the Grace Bay resorts feature a menu of both local and imported seafood, and the seafood that’s brought into the Turks and Caicos is usually brought in refrigerated directly from the United States.

Turks and Caicos Cuisine Seafood

Turks and Caicos steamed fish, coleslaw, and peas n' rice
Steamed fish, peas n' rice, and coleslaw. Locally caught snapper will almost always be served as a whole fish. If you get a fillet, it's likely imported!

What is a traditional Turks and Caicos seafood dish? It’s actually a difficult question to answer, as the day-to-day fare in the Turks and Caicos has historically been directly impacted by contact with other nations, and as imports varied over time, so did the food.

Available imports defined the cuisine. Before reliable trade, seafood was often complimented with grits made from locally raised maize, okra, or beans. Later on, rice was imported and became a staple, and eventually cooking oils, sugar, and produce were obtainable. Tastes and cooking styles in our islands were influenced by nearby Caribbean countries as time went on, including the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.

Today, dishes that would be considered to be authentic Turks and Caicos would include conch, fish, and lobster stews, soups, and souse, conch or lobster salad, and fish or lobster that’s grilled, blackened, steamed, poached, or fried, often with sides that may include grits, peas n’ rice, coleslaw, fried plantains, or baked mac n’ cheese.

World-Class Seafood Dining

The fine dining restaurants in the Turks and Caicos offer a delectable array of seafood dishes, which may incorporate either local or imported products, and restaurants often have their own specialties, interpretations, and fusions. Coco Bistro and Bay Bistro have their famous rare seared tuna, Seven restaurant and Caicos Café offer excellent grilled lobster tail, and Mango Reef and Coyaba are well-known for their grouper.

Seafood Restaurants

Casa Nonna
Casa Nonna is a beachfront Italian restaurant, located at The Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos on Grace Bay Beach. The restaurant offers a casual elegant dining experience, with a menu of dishes crafted from fresh seasonal ingredients.
The Marine Room
The Marine Room is a fine dining restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood and ingredients, with a Mediterranean influence. The restaurant overlooks the Bight Beach, and is located on the western side of Grace Bay.
Castaways Conch Bar & Island Grill
Castaways is a seafood and Caribbean restaurant and bar, and is located in central Grace Bay. The restaurant features live music several nights per week, and has a unique coconut grove ambiance.
Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar
Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar is an upscale beachfront bar and gourmet restaurant, located at the Grace Bay Club resort. The restaurant serves a menu of contemporary dishes, created with fresh ingredients.
Le Bouchon du Village
Le Bouchon du Village is a gourmet French restaurant, located at in the Regent Village in the heart of Grace Bay. Discover a varied menu of French classics, freshly caught local seafood, and wine.
Omar’s Beach Hut
Omar’s Beach Hut is a popular beachfront Jamaican and Island Cuisine restaurant, and is located at the turquoise waters of Five Cays Beach. The restaurant specializes in fresh seafood, including fish, conch, and lobster.
Bay Bistro
Beachfront restaurant at the Sibonné Hotel. Serves freshly caught seafood and freshly made desserts and ice cream. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Grill
The Grill is a casual beachfront restaurant, located at the Grace Bay Club Resort. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves a menu of international, Italian, and seafood dishes.
Da Conch Shack
This popular open-air beachfront restaurant specializes in locally harvested conch, seafood, and Caribbean dishes including jerk chicken and ribs. Local bands play every Reggae Wednesday. House-made desserts include Key Lime Pie, Ginger Cheesecake, and Rum Cake. Family and group friendly.
Crackpot Kitchen
Crackpot Kitchen is a Caribbean and Turks and Caicos cuisine food truck restaurant site, located near Grace Bay on Leeward Highway. Discover a wide menu of locally caught seafood and Caribbean favorites.
Barbetta House Restaurant
Barbetta House Restaurant is located at The Somerset resort on Grace Bay Beach, and offers gourmet Mediterranean cuisine dining in an elegant atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Caicos Café
One of the oldest restaurants on Providenciales, the gourmet Caicos Café’s serves a menu of Italian and Mediterranean influenced cuisine.
Simone's Bar and Grill
Simone's Bar and Grill is a Turks and Caicos and Caribbean cuisine restaurant located in Turtle Cove in central Providenciales. Enjoy fresh conch, fish, and lobster dishes in a casual and comfortable environment.
Pelican Bay Restaurant
Discover seafood and international dishes at Pelican Bay Restaurant, located at Royal West Indies Resort on Grace Bay Beach.
Mango Reef
Mango Reef features waterfront fine dining at Turtle Cove on Providenciales. Explore a menu of seafood, Caribbean, and international favorites.
Las Brisas Restaurant
Located at Neptune Villas on the scenic Chalk Sound lagoon, Las Brisas Restaurant offers Caribbean Mediterranean fusion dining. Serves lunch and dinner.
Mangrove Bay Restaurant
Mangrove Bay Restaurant is a Turks and Caicos cuisine establishment near Downtown on Providenciales, and specializes in fresh local seafood dishes. Enjoy island favorites such as whole steamed fish, pea n’ rice, BBQ, souse, conch, lobster, and more.
Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl
Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl is one of the best-known restaurants in the Turks and Caicos. Located on picturesque Five Cays Beach, the restaurant features seafood and conch dishes, a great location, live music, and dining in a coconut grove, on the beach, and in the ocean.
Mr. Grouper's Restaurant
Mr. Grouper's is a seafood and island cuisine restaurant, located on Providenciales in the Bight community, and near Grace Bay. The restaurant serves a wide range of fish, lobster, and conch dishes, as well as sandwiches, burgers, salads, and more.
The Seafood Hub
The Seafood Hub is a casual restaurant in Grace Bay that specializes in crab, shrimp and other seafood, cooked in a boil and Cajun style. Choose from indoor or al-fresco seating.