Many tout the City of Hamilton as the home of all the best eateries in Bermuda, however, we’d argue that you will find authentic Bermudian cuisine and dining experiences in Somerset, where tourists and locals enjoy digging in. Here are a few of our favourites.
Woody’s – Woody’s in Somerset village is one of the only restaurants on the island that you can arrive by boat. Long days on the water, salty and wind-blown, are best ended at this secluded spot. The food is surprisingly cheap for the quality and quantity of this Caribbean cooking. Enjoy a Dark and Stormy as you dive into their famous fish sandwiches. They even serve spiny lobster when it’s in season (Sept-March). There is lots of outside seating, making it a favourite for a casual dining experience in these strange COVID-19 times. 1 Boaz Island, Somerset Village, Bermuda, 234-6526
Misty’s Take-Out – Although this one-stop-shop has no sit in tables, this has not prevented Misty’s from becoming a sensation with locals. Serving burgers, breakfast sandwiches, and full fish dinners, Misty’s is the perfect place to get food for a socially distanced picnic or a quiet night in that won’t break the bank. 54 Somerset Road, Somerset Village, Bermuda, 234-2449
Tamarisk Restaurant and Terrace – For fine dining in Somerset, you can’t miss the hotel’s luxurious eatery. Tamarisk is the definition of old school Bermuda charm with stunning sunset views, especially if you snag a coveted table on the terrace. The chef boasts of island cuisine inspired by Bermuda, where every dish has a story. 30 King’s Point Road, Somerset, Bermuda 234-0331.
The Bridge Trading Post – What’s not to love about a slice of cake in an old post office? What if I told you that this post office was overlooking the smallest drawbridge in the world? As of 2018, the Somerset Bridge Post Office has transformed into a café with the motto ‘Where every good morning makes a good day.’ Be sure to get here early to enjoy breakfast bakes, cake creations such as Red Velvet, Chocolate Milkshake, and Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding as the opening times are morning only from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, and the specials change daily. 36 Middle Road, Somerset Bermuda, 234-2402.
Baxter’s Pies – On the way into Somerset Village, one can easily miss Baxter’s Pie shop. There is no street sign or indication of the delights it harbours. However, ask anyone around to direct you, and you will not be sorry. Bermudians come from every corner of the island for the flaky pastry and meat, mussel, fish, chicken, or vegetable pies. This hole-in-the-wall also serves more traditional burgers and fries, for those less pie-inclined. 41 Scott’s Hill Road, Sandys, Bermuda, 777-7027.
Green Lite Café – Somerset hosts is fair share of fresh local fish and Caribbean meat stews, but this is one of the few places in Bermuda that takes its vegan menu seriously. They serve a traditional Stake ‘n’ Take sandwich as well as a vegan option. Vegan mac and cheese, Chickpea loaf and even a full vegan breakfast with scrambled tofu and veggie sausage. Look out for their Vegan lunch experiences that moonlight in Hamilton as an introduction into delicious plant-based eating. 15 Cricket Lane, Somerset, Bermuda, 234-1211