Carole & Joe are connoisseurs of fine food & wine. They both have a family history of the hotel and catering industry, and met while attending catering college in England. After graduating they both pursued their own careers. Joe began as a trainee chef at the famous Savoy Hotel London, whilst Carole went into restaurant management and by 22 she was Restaurant Manageress for the fashion house of Weatherall on Regent Street, London. After their move to Bermuda in 1968 they continued working in the hotel industry. Carole soon followed her child hood interest in art and so began her artistic career. Joe joined her to manage the Carole Holding group of shops and studio. A catering background has been a constant bond in their lives with both experiencing major hotels of the world from an early age and during their travels to date. Both are members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs. This appreciation of fine food and wine has been passed onto their two daughters. This background gives them both the ability to easily offer culinary critique on the local restaurant scene. These opinions are their personal thoughts of their favorite Restaurants or meals based on current trends and the opinions of their daughters.
PICKLED ONION, FRONT STREET, HAMILTON
A great casual dining pub atmosphere it can become noisy on weekends when the locals crowd in the bar. The menu has a wide variety of food from pizza to fresh Bermuda fish with pan fried bananas Balcony seating overlooking Hamilton Harbour. Reasonably priced good wholesome food.
FRESCOS, CHANCERY LANE, OFF FRONT STREET HAMILTON
A small restaurant with good reasonable wines available in the restaurant or the wine bar upstairs. On fine days enjoy the outdoor patio. Good for casual luncheon or dinner. The owner Claudio is usually there, service is excellent dinner guests have flavored butters or canapes to munch on whilst waiting for the freshly cooked food. Wonderful deserts especially the soufflé. Reservations advised for the evenings. Dress code is smart casual. Prices are reasonable for quality of service & food.
TUSCANY, FRONT STREET, HAMILTON
As the name implies this is an Italian restaurant. Reservations are required for the weekends. An olive tapenade is offered when one is seated carafes of wine are available. Service can be slow when busy. The food is usually very good. Dress code is smart casual The Italian waiters are always friendly.
PORT OCALL, FRONT STREET, HAMILTON
One of Hamiltons best restaurants also my favorite places to eat (apart from the fact it is almost next door to my Front Street shop). The food is always exceptionally good & fresh, including many local fish dishes. Very obliging chef who will prepare food as you choose should you prefer a different sauce. George and his staff are very attentive, friendly & usually offer a variety of daily specials. The creatively presented desserts are not to be missed. Busy during lunch & reservation suggested for diner. Jacket suggested for the evening unless dining on the patio outside Reasonable priced for the good food and wine. This is one of the in places to go for dinner in Hamilton.
BISTRO J, CHANCERY LANE, HAMILTON
Another award winning restaurant owned by the same company as the Port O Call. The chef and kitchen are the same. The restaurant décor is a little more casual in appearance. This restaurant offers the same excellent friendly service and wonderful food. The menu is chalked on a board and is more reasonable with a set price on all the main dishes. Dessert and chocolates are excellent. A small private dining room is upstairs if you wish to be with a group of friends for a special occasion.
PORTOFINO, BERMUDIANA ROAD, HAMILTON
This restaurant has a wonderful ambiance with good Italian food. Specializing in pizzas and pasta. Bookings taken for 4 or more, otherwise one may have to get in line when Hamilton is busy. Great take out section. Casual atmosphere. Prices are a little less expensive than some other Hamilton restaurants.
LORIENTALE, BERMUDIANA ROAD, HAMILTON
Newly decorated in 2001, above the Little Venice restaurant, with a Teppanyaki & Sushi bar serving wonderful Oriental food with excellent service. The décor is part of the restaurants ambiance, frequented by locals so reservations are usually necessary especially at the weekend. Dress is smart casual Prices are worthwhile for the food and service one receives.
THE LOBSTER POT & BOAT HOUSE BAR, BERMUDIANA ROAD, HAMILTON
Everyone I have spoken with says they enjoyed the Lobster Pot. The restaurant was run by the owner Fritz, for many years and the quality of food served is still as good as when Fritz was the chef. The décor has a typical maritime theme in keeping with the food. Steaks and other none fish items are also available but the Lobster bisque is one of the best and their fresh fish is always an excellent choice. Price a little expensive but worthwhile.
THE LITTLE VENICE, BERMUDIANA ROAD, HAMILTON
This has been in existence for several years and was the first Italian Restaurant to open in Hamilton. The restaurant now operated by Emilio Barbieri who heads the Little Venice Group. One will enjoy the great service and of course the friendly Italian waiters. They will assist with choosing the menu and wines. The antipasto is always excellent and the Veal scallopini is very good, finishing with Zabaglioni or an espresso. Jacket required.
LA TRATTORIA, WASHINGTON LANE, HAMILTON
This family restaurant owned and operated by the Little Venice group is renowned for good food, especially the popular pizza and pasta. It is necessary to make reservations or risk a wait in line. Many staff are most helpful and always offer a carafe of wine or garlic bread as soon as you are seated. You may be lucky to have the Gombey dancers appear on Thursday evening during the summer months. Good for take out pizza The dress code is very casual.
HARBOURFRONT BAR & RESTAURANT, FRONT STREET, HAMILTON
Good for Sushi at the bar. This restaurant also offers good Italian Cuisine and great steaks. It is a member of the Little Venice group. Good view of the Harbour with an out door veranda make it popular in the summer months. Very busy at lunchtime as it is a popular business venue.
HARLEYS, AT THE FAIRMONT HAMILTON HOTEL
This restaurant offers a southwest flavor to its menu, with a great chocolate dessert bar. The newly opened lobby bar is very popular especially for Happy Hour
THE DINING ROOM AT WATERLOO HOUSE
An elegant Restaurant, dine and enjoy very good food on the outskirts of Hamilton. Awarded Membership of the Relais en Chateau. The chef is creative and staff attentive. The hotel offers charming décor with many antiques throughout the property. The Harbour setting is perfect with lunch served waterside on sunny days and afternoon tea is served daily on the veranda, this includes scones and whipped cream. Jacket & tie required for dinner, reservations suggested.
ASCOTS RESTAURANT, AT THE ROYAL PALMS, ROSEMONT AVENUE, HAMILTON
Set in a garden a short walk from the city along Rosemont Avenue, this very elegant Award winning restaurant is well worth a visit. It is small and intimate suitable for a special occasion. Good food , good service and excellent wine. Jacket required
LA COQUILLEAT THE BERMUDA UNDERWATER INSTITUTE, EAST BROADWAY
During the busy months one can take the train from Hamilton to East Broadway and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Dinner reservations are requested and Jacket required. The food is good and it is a part of the Little Venice Group. Sergio the chef has many accolades and offers very good food with great desserts.
The waterside setting adds to the atmosphere and there is ample parking available.
TOM MOORES TAVERN, BAILEYS BAY
Luxurious service and every attention to detail is offered by the owner and Maitred Hotel, Bruno Fiocca. Bruno opened the historical restaurant several years ago and recently has expanded with a wonderful outdoor facility for weddings and banquets Jacket & tie required for dinner. A little expensive but all in keeping with the ambiance and food served.
NEWPORT ROOM, FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON HOTEL
This must be classed as Bermudas most elegant restaurant. You feel as though you are seated on a luxury boat when dining here. The service equals the décor and the food is also on par. I have enjoyed dinner recently with a group of gourmands I must say every dish is a masterpiece of culinary skills with wines to compliment every course. Desserts are good too. Jacket & tie required. Reservation necessary. Rather expensive but very good value which makes it a wonderful evening.
WATERLOT INN, SOUTHAMPTON
The Award winning restaurant is part of the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. It offers an upscale but casual ambiance housed in a centuries old building. Chefs offer a menu of exquisitely prepared and creatively served fine food. The tenderloin is always very good also the soufflé worth ordering. The restaurant offers an excellent wine cellar. Often one can enjoy piano music during dinner. There is a small bar to meet friends or enjoy after dinner liquors with specialty coffee. The gardens are an ideal location for weddings. There is a dock where boats ferry hotel passengers to and from Hamilton. Jacket required for diner. Good food and wine are worth every penny and you wont be disappointed with either.
LILLIANS RESTAURANT AT SONEST BEACH HOTEL, SOUTH SHORE
Now popular with the Sushi enthusiasts also serving Italian cuisine
SEA HORSE GRILL AT ELBOW BEACH HOTEL, SOUTH SHORE
This large hotel restaurant serves a variety of different dishes some using local ingredients. A wine bar is offered. Good attentive service. Great steaks.
DENNISS HIDEAWAY ST. DAVIDS ISLAND
For those who know Denniss it is a great place to go occasionally with a group of friends and enjoy this most unusual restaurant in St Davids only in the summer months as it is mostly outdoor dining
SWIZZLE INN, BAILEYS BAY
A restaurant guide would be amiss if not mentioning one of Bermudas most famous restaurants. Here the swizzle is a must served in a large pitcher and very small glasses with a lot of ice dont be fooled this is a very potent drink. Other pub fare is on the menu all very good and reasonably priced. If you are lucky you may have Diane serve you. Upstairs is a balcony and shop selling Swizzle Inn memorabilia.
Popular for lunch and dinner and very casual, just across the road from the Baileys Ice cream parlour
LEMON TREE CAFÉ
This very small café and take out near the Library on Queen Street, Hamilton is very popular for a quick lunch when in town. The owner, operator, chef is world renowned Jean Claude Garcia. He was awarded this accolade a few years ago as the best French Chef in the world. I think he is one of the best chefs in Bermuda we are fortunate he lives on the Island. He and his partner, Chef Lee Uddin offer a variety of sandwiches, salads casseroles, pasta, tea and excellent coffees. I love his crusty baked bread rolls filled with salad Niçeoise.