Paradise Island› Restaurant
In the Atlantis Hotel, Nassau, Paradise Island
Our Rating Neighborhood Paradise Island Hours Daily 6–10pm Phone 888-526-0386 Prices Main courses $40–$68 Cuisine type French Web site Café Martinique
The gourmet French restaurant in the Atlantis resort’s Marina Village is run by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who also helms the kitchen at the renowned Dune restaurant at the nearby One&Only Ocean Club).
The bar and lounges are an odd, yet elegant, mix of faux British Colonial lines and faux French Colonial decor; the birdcage elevator was carefully reconstructed to match the restaurant’s 1960s incarnation, as seen when James Bond meets his nemesis, Largo, here in Thunderball.
However, once up the mahogany staircase, the high-ceilinged dining room itself it a bit too large for the exclusive, fine dining vibe for which they are aiming. Definitely try to book a table by one of the large windows for a view over the yachts in the marina.
The menu is classic French, with a few nods toward local ingredients and flavors: Steak au poivre with sauteed broccolini, duck topped with cracked Jordan almonds and foie gras, roasted lobster tail with fried plantains, or crunchy roasted grouper with glazed mushrooms, chilis, and mint.
They also offer a kind of gourmet build-it-yourself menu, so you can top your simply grilled meat, chicken, or fish with a choice of sauces (Béarnaise, peppercorn, steak, or tomato vinaigrette) and side it with a risotto cake, mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach, or French green beans. Just save room for a dessert soufflé.
Reservations are highly recommended—not required, but note that it does book up sometimes weeks in advance—and it is important to arrive properly attired as they will turn gentlemen away for not wearing slacks, a collared shirt, and non-sneaker closed-toe shoes (we understand the whole “elegant dinner” thing, but this last seems a little silly, given this is the Bahamas and elegant strappy sandals are just fine for women, but they make the rules).