The various islands in the Turks and Caicos differ greatly in restaurant and dining offerings. You’ll want to check out our island specific dining pages linked to below.
The dining situation in the Turks and Caicos has evolved quite a bit over the last few decades. There’s a wide selection of cuisines and venues to choose from.
As a tourism destination, many of the resorts and hotels have at least one restaurant on their premises, and typically a bar also.
The Grace Bay region on Providenciales is the centre of the culinary delights in the Turks and Caicos.
Before the tourism industry took off in the Turks and Caicos, the common fare to the country tended to utilize rather humble ingredients. Even considering this, a unique and tasty fare developed. Seafood such as queen conch, fish and lobster of course was the primary ingredient of most dishes, and sides of spicy rice with beans or peas, and locally-grown mixed green and vegetable sides was common.
Seafood and some herbs and vegetables could be produced in the Turks and Caicos, but staples such as rice and grains, and to a lesser extent salt meat, sugar, coffee and tea had to be imported.
Although pan-poached fish with peas and rice is still a favourite, breaded and fried conch fritters and conch salad have become the main dish associated with the Turks and Caicos.
Over the last decade, the farming of vegetables, fruits and herbs has seen a welcome comeback to the country. Sites such as the Government Farm on North Caicos and the hydroponic farm on Providenciales produce much-needed fresh and delicious lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, papaya and more.
Over the last decade, Providenciales has become an excellent destination for fine dining and we have a true abundance of restaurants. It's commonly said that San Francisco is the city with the most restaurants per household in the United States (at 39.3 restaurants per 10,000 households). However, the Turks and Caicos Islands easily surpasses the Fog City with a ratio of 74.6 restaurants per 10,000.
Gourmet dining in the Turks and Caicos has had an interesting development. With the influx of luxury resorts, many restaurants evolved a delicious fusion of international tastes and local seafood dishes.
For the traditionalists, authentic Japanese, Italian, French, Moroccan, Thai, Indian, Jamaican and many other restaurants await.
If you're staying on Providenciales, we recommend that you take a look at the local Dining Guide magazine. This quarterly publication features most of the restaurants on Providenciales, and includes a menus, photos and prices.
Each of the islands in the Turks and Caicos offer a unique set of restaurants to choose from.
In recent years several food-oriented festivals have been started, such as the Conch Festival. These events offer a great opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine whilst also offer insight into the cultural history of the islands.