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Best Restaurants in Turks & Caicos

by Giannina Smith

As a playground for the rich and famous, the Turk & Caicos Islands cater to some very discriminating palettes. As a result, the most populated island of Providenciales, commonly known as “Provo, ” offers an array of tasty options. During your visit, take a moment to stop by some of these Provo picks.

Somewhere Café and Lounge

The ideal place to watch the sunset barefoot or dressed to the nines, Somewhere Café and Lounge makes its home right on the sand of beautiful Grace Bay Beach. The funky two-floor restaurant offers a Tex-Mex menu, but the real draw is the unobstructed view over the turquoise water. Grab a seat at one of the wood tables with concrete bar top and order up a margarita or mojito to accompany the pinch-me view.

Coco Bistro

Dine under swaying palm trees at this popular restaurant in close proximity to Grace Bay’s resorts. Tucked in the largest palm grove on Providenciales, Coco Bistro offers a menu of freshly caught seafood prepared with European and Asian influence. Start off with a tasty Caesar salad with crisp bacon, croutons, anchovy filets and fresh shaved Parmesan cheese in a spicy dressing before moving on to entrées like blackened mahi with red Thai curry sauce or herb ravioli of conch and flame-grilled sweet peppers. Popular with families and couples, Coco Bistro’s rave reviews keep it bustling all through the high season, so reservations are key.

Caicos Café

You can’t miss the expansive al fresco deck of Caicos Café as you drive down Governor’s Road. Pull up to a table and the fun continues with chef Max Olivari’s expansive menu of dishes mixing Italian and Caribbean favourites. House-made pastas and fresh-baked breads appear next to grilled local seafood and barbecued meats. The lobster with linguine fra diavolo with brandy flambéed lobster morsels, chili, parsley and tomato sauce is hard to disregard, as is the homemade ravioli with five cheeses and roasted pumpkin filling. Whatever you pick, make sure to pair your meal with a wine from the long list of vintages and end it with a chocolate and hazelnut cake.

Coyaba Restaurant

Under the watchful eye of Iron Chef Paul Newman, this fine dining establishment offers one of the most sought-after meals on the island. The changing menu of contemporary Caribbean cuisine is served up in a gazebo-style ambiance surrounded by tropical gardens. Named for an old Arawak Indian world meaning Heavenly, Coyaba Restaurant strives to fulfill its namesake with gourmet creations like 12-hour merlot-braised conch bolognase and Turks Head beer-battered strawberry grouper. Other menu items include a 16-ounce Berkshire pork chop and “Millionaire’s Burger” made with five ounces of Kobe beef and seared foie gras.

Parallel 23

Situated on the outdoor terrace of The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, this open-air restaurant provides a romantic candlelit locale for dinner. Along with its whimsical setting overlooking the resort gardens, Parallel 23 offers an enticing menu of gourmet international cuisine. Order a creative cocktail of fresh seasonal ingredients at the Colonial-style bar before beginning your meal with the Caicos conch ceviche—an award-winning combination of conch, lemongrass, ginger, coconut milk and cilantro. For the main meal, entrées range from 21-day dry aged USDA prime cut steaks and a grilled lamb rack to artistically presented seafood dishes of sea bass and lobster.

 

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