Travelers to the Caribbean have always been aware of the high cost of food on the islands. Virtually everything has to be shipped in and the prices reflect those costs. The Bahamas are no exception, and given the vast array of expensive gourmet restaurants at Atlantis Bahamas, the resort has earned a reputation for being a costly place to dine.
We have taken the best tips for dining and summarized them below so that you are able to dine within your budget at various Atlantis Bahamas restaurants. If you know where to go and plan ahead, you’ll see that feeding the family while vacationing at Atlantis Bahamas doesn’t have to break the bank.
Atlantis Resort Meal Plans
We are not a big fan of the Atlantis Meal Plans. The various plans include breakfast and dinner – but do not cover lunch, beverages, or the mandatory 15% gratuity. Every person on the room reservation must take the same plan for each day of their stay. At the very least, that translates into eating a big breakfast and dinner every day – not something most families will want to do.
There’s nothing included in the meal plans that you can’t purchase on your own, and it limits your family to dining on-resort at a typical sit down or buffet meal. There are many ways that families can economize at Atlantis – without going hungry – that are not possible to take advantage of with the dining plans.
Casual Dining at Atlantis Bahamas Restaurants
The Atlantis Resort is known for its terrific selection of gourmet restaurants – from The Bahamian Club to Cafe Martinique. And yes, one can easily spend $75-$100 per person at these restaurants. However, there are also plenty of casual dining options that make much more sense for families on a budget.
In the Marina Village try the Village Burger Shack for burgers and hot dogs or Frankie Gone Bannanas at Bimini Road for Caribbean and American fare. On the Atlantis Resort Marina itself there’s Murray’s Deli, and right on the lagoon there’s Virgil’s Real BBQ or the Lagoon Bar & Grill.
One of our favorite, family friendly restaurants for selection and prices is actually off resort, just across the street from the Atlantis Marina – Anthony’s Grill.
The Point Restaurant at The Harborside at Atlantis will be the closest restaurant for those staying at the Harborside condos, located next to the Harborside pool. The Point offers an affordable menu of Bahamian and American favorites with a breathtaking view of the Nassau Harbour.
Gourmet Dining At Atlantis Bahamas Restaurants
Try to set aside some of your budget for a splurge at one of Atlantis’ Gourmet Restaurants. Our favorite for taste and price is Carmine’s – a replica of the famous NYC Italian eatery. Yes, the entrees are about $40-$50 each, but they are huge and meant to be eaten family style and serve 3-4 people. For example, if you order one entree of Chicken Parmigiana and pay extra to have it served over pasta you will easily feed three people. Better yet, since we stay at the Harborside condos, we have a kitchen, so we can order 2 entrees over pasta for our family of 5 and bring home plenty of leftovers. Nothing like leftover Italian!
Bring It With You!
If you are staying in an accommodation with kitchen facilities, like the Harborside condos, pack non-perishables from home. You’ll probably not be cooking large meals in your villa, you’re on vacation after all, but the savings and convenience of just being able to eat breakfast in your own condo cannot be overestimated.
Finally, The Atlantis Resort offers non-stop activities and there will certainly be some nights where you simply don’t have the energy to get dressed and go out for dinner. For those times, a call to Domino’s for pizza delivery to your condo is just the ticket.
For more information on dining at Atlantis, check out The Unofficial Guide to Atlantis Bahamas, a new travel book for the Atlantis Resort released in 2020!