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Nearly 4 years after our first trip to the newly opened Baha Mar resort in Nassau, Bahamas, we returned for a relaxing 4 night stay over Thanksgiving.

I’m happy to report not the resort is still as amazing as I remembered it if not even better now.  While some things have changed, most of my reviews in 2017 are still relevant:

This post is going to highlight 5 additional restaurants at Baha Mar not previously reviewed (heck not even opened in 2017).

While ‘3 Tides’ restaurant was closed during our recent trip, both ‘Swimming Pig’ and ‘Stix’ were open – check out Part 3 for a review of them.

Some people are shocked when they see the restaurant/food prices.  Baha Mar is NOT cheap and you should expect to pay what you would in a nice restaurant in a big city.  Please note the prices of items noted below are before 15% automatic gratuity and 12% VAT (tax) are added to your bill.

 

Reservations

Since we were visiting over the busy Thanksgiving holiday, I made reservations all the way back in August.  I highly recommend you make reservations as far in advance as you can unless you don’t mind eating very early or very late and are flexible – the best restaurants book up quickly.

Reservations can be made online directly at the BahaMar website.  Most of the restaurants reservations use Sevenrooms reservation system.  If the website don’t show availability because it’s too far out, you can easily select the email option which I did and received confirmations the next day.

Marcus Fish + Chop House 

Marcus is located almost on the beach – on the path that leads to the new waterpark.  It’s open for lunch each day as well as dinner most nights.  Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s menu is inspired by both Bahamina culture and his travels. Link to menu.

The upstairs is open air and can get really cool in the winter months – be sure to bring a jacket/sweater if you get cold as they can’t guarantee inside even with a reservation (we would have had to wait 1.5 hours!).

We started with Marcus’ Cornbread for the Table with hot buttered rum ($12).  It was fine – the rum butter was best part.  I was a little disapointed in the small size after reading the menu ‘for the table’.

I had the ‘Fried Yard Bird’ ($48) which came with creamed kate, sweet potato mash, and a sour organge hot honey.  This dish was a solid choice and very filling although the chicken was a little too fried.

The family ordered the Island Grilled Pork Chop ($48), Rock Shrimp & Grits ($36), and the Grilled Red Snapper ($48).  We also shared the Baked Mac & Cheese ($12) and Crispy Potatoes ($14).

My daughters really like the shripm & grits and pork chop – both giving their dishes 8/10.  My wife said the snapper was boring, not much flavor and wouldn’t order again.  Gotta love the macaroni tubes which held lots of cheese!

We shared the Caribbean Chocolate ($15) for dessert.

Overall Marcus was a great choice with very good service, would definitely recommend.  Our final bill with service charge & VAT was $328 for a family of 4 with one alcoholic drink.

 

Sugar Factory 

Sugar Factory looked like a fun / casual dinner option that we tried.  It’s located on the lower level of the Grand Hyatt.

It definitely was not our favorite.  First it’s a really loud restaurant with LOTS going on including tons of kids (expected) and lots of emplyees running around all over the place with pretty bad servcie.  Link to menu.

First the good – the over-the-top milkshakes were as good as they looked.  The desserts also looked really good.  

My daughters shared the Chocolate Cookie Jar Milkshake ($17) and my wife got the Campfire Smores Milkshake ($24).  They loved them – so good and HUGE!  

I tried the Watermelon Patch bowl ($46) which was terrible – it was a nice presentation where it comes out smoking but gets so cold the drink turns to slush and freezes the gummy watermelons.  I wouldn’t get again.

 

 

We were starving and immediately ordered the Fried Macaroni & Cheese Pops ($17).  These looked good, but I was disappointed when they were filled with Kraft Mac-n-cheese.

My daughers both got the ‘Signature Sugar Factory Burger’ ($22) while I tried ‘The Big Cheesy ($21) which came topped with mac & cheese and bacon.  And my wife got the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich ($18).

None of us finished any of our meals, at most only half of the burgers were eaten as they weren’t very good.

Service was pretty bad too – I would not recommend eating here but it would be a good dessert only spot.  Dinner here was $243 including service charge & VAT.

 

Carna

Since this was our last night and I had just won $$$ in the casino we treated ourselves to a nice dinner at Carna.

Carna was by far was our favorite (and most expensive) meal of the trip.  It’s the steakhouse located right off the casino floor.  The service here was TOP NOTCH!  Link to menu.

Since were were all getting steaks and sides, we decided to skip appetizers but our server brought out complimentary bread and butter, then brought out house made potato chips with a dip which was really good.

My daughter and I shared ‘Chateaubriand a la ‘Oscar’ for Two 16oz’ ($180).  The wagyu was very tender and melted in our mouths.  It was accompanied by asparagus and alaskan king crab.  My only complaint was the king crab was weak, just some shreaded pieces in a lukewarm butter sauce.

My wife got the 20oz Cowboy Ribey ($85) and my other daughter got the 10oz Filet ($86).  They both enjoyed their steaks although my wife’s was slightly overcooked.

Since we had cripsy potatoes at Marcus, we opted for the Whipped Potatoes ($14) and Mac n Cheese ($18) for sides. The whipped potatoes were really good.

We were stuffed but managed to share one dessert and opted for the Cheesecake ($21). It was much better than I was expecting and a really large piece – all 4 of us could barely finish it.

We loved Carna and the service was excellent.  Our bill ended up being $599 after adding a couple drinks, soft drinks, and bottled water.

 

 

Costa

Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of dinner at Costa 🙁

We headed to Costa our first night which is located in the Rosewood hotel in the lower level.  It’s a really neat location next to water.

Costa was also a favorite of ours.  The service here was also TOP NOTCH!  Link to menu.

We started with Baha Ritas ($22) with a smoky mezcal which were really good.  We had to get the Queso Fundito ($28) and Traditional Guacamole ($21) – they came with blue tortilla chips and flour tortillas – both were outstanding.

 

For entrees we got two orders of Rib Eye Tacos ($42), the Pork Belly ($48) and Chicken Flautas ($32) and ended up sharing everything.  I couldn’t find anything wrong with any entrees other than I wish there was more 🙂

We split Churros ($12) for dessert – this was the only disappointment – the churros were tiny – about the same thickness as a pencil 🙁

I definitely recommend Costa especially if you like mexic. n food. After service charge, VAT, and drinks, our total was $380. 

Globalist Breakfast

Lucky for me that I’m a Hyatt Globalist so I received complimentary breakfast each day since the amazing club lounge is currently closed as it’s being used at the COVID testing location.

Breakfast each morning was at the Regatta buffet.  Regatta is only open for breakfast and much less crowded early (before 9:00am).

Sorry no pictures since I feel weird taking photos of buffet stations with so many people.  It was a solid buffet with many stations located all around the restaurant.  Favorites included the made to order omelettes and pancakes.

Almost all items were server to you but there were a few grab your own such as fruit cups.

The Regatta buffet runs $32 for adults; kids 5-11 is $10, and kids under 5 are complimentary.  Our family of 4 adults’ bill after service charge and VAT was $163 each morning and never showed up folio at checkout.

Wrap Up

 

One thing I didn’t mention above but thought you should be aware of –  all of the restaurants serve you Evian or Fiji bottled water which ranged from $10-$12 each.  My daughter was coughing in the Sugar Factory so I went to get her a glass of water at the bar since our server was no where to be found and the bartender flat our told me he couldn’t give me a glass of water and could only sell me a large bottle of Fiji water.  I did see some people bring the complimentary water bottles they stock your room with every day to dinner (at least I saw this at the Sugar Factory).

We enjoyed 3 of the 4 restaurants we tried on this trip (Costa, Carna, & Marcus) – the food was great along with the service.

I’d steer clear of dinner at Sugar Factory but wouldn’t hesitate to head over there for a fun dessert only night.

And definitely make reservations before you go as you can always cancel them.

What are your favorite restaurants at Baha Mar?

 

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