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Turks + Caicos Restaurants

Caicos Café
Grace Bay , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 946 5278

This popular restaurant on Grace Bay belongs to French restaurateur/chef Pierrik Marziou and his partner, Daphne, who believe in all the right things: Freshness, simplicity, comfort. This means a limited but interesting menu of dishes, with choices that might include conch sashimi, tuna carpaccio, grilled snapper, and steak au poivre, along with home-baked breads. The covered, fairy-lit terrace and buzzing bar feel local—and are a refreshing relief from the resort-crowd vibe. Though prices are on a par for Caicos (an average entrée is $30), portions are big, and the mostly French and Italian wine list is better than most.

Open Mondays through Saturdays noon to 3 pm and 6 to 10 pm.

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Da Conch Shack
Blue Hills Road
Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 946 8877
www.conchshack.tc

It's got a website now, and tour buses sometimes descend upon it, but this really is a shack, and it really does serve some of the best conch on the islands. The few chairs are plastic, and the structure itself is little more than two white wooden walls with turquoise trim and a slanted roof, but the setting is perfect for watching your meal get cleaned on the beach and carried into the kitchen before reappearing on your plate. If you are a novice to conch, order it cracked, or, if a connoisseur, start with the salad, then hope it doesn't take so long to come that you are tempted by the three-rum tasting they offer.

Open daily 11 am to 8:30 pm.

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Grace's Cottage
Point Grace Resort
Grace Bay , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 946 5096
www.pointgrace.com/resort/activitesrestaurant.htm

One of the best examples of just how good Turks & Caicos hotel restaurants can be, this long-time favorite, at often-lauded Point Grace Resort, is on the short list of places you want to be if there is any chance an engagement ring will turn up in the bottom of a champagne glass. Candlelight sets the tone, palm fronds rustle overhead, and the wine list is worthy of just about any special occasion. (How about a nice Penfold's Grange 2000 Shiraz, for $450, to go with the New Zealand lamb?) Or if you've done all that, and you are just here for the food, why not try something contemporary Caribbean, like jerk flavored ox tails with pan-fried sea bass and pimento pumpkin mash? That and a Turks Head beer ought to get you in some kind of romantic, exotic mood.

Open daily 6:30 to 10 pm.

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Hemingway's
The Sands Resort
Grace Bay , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 941 8408
www.thesandsresort.com/content/dining

Casual Hemingway's draws diners—and lunchers and breakfasters—from all the Grace Bay hotels. Why? Reasonable prices, unpretentious food, and a divine deck with grandstand view of the sunset. At lunchtime there are sandwiches, entrée salads, and fish tacos; the evening menu tries to justify the restaurant's random name with dishes such as "The Old Man and the Sea" (catch of the day) and the "Papa" Burger. Luckily the shtick doesn't penetrate too far—there's also Thai chicken stir-fry, crab cakes, grilled lamb chops with mint jelly, pasta primavera, and child-friendly dishes like fish and chips. Reserve ahead for dinner, especially for the deck in high season.

Open daily 8 am to 10 pm.

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Island Thyme Bistro
North District
Salt Cay
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 343 2155
www.islandthyme.tc

When you stay on tiny Salt Cay, Porter and Haidee Williams's place on the beach becomes your second home from the day you arrive and claim your complimentary Voodoo cocktail. It couldn't be more eccentric: You must place your dinner order by 3 pm, at which point you find out who is at the stove and what they feel like cooking (although they do take requests), and if there's a crab race or wine tasting on. Regular dishes include lobster bisque, sautéed snapper sandwich, conch fritters or ceviche, fish nachos, chicken breast with fruit salsa, sushi (!), and chocolate meringue pie. They also do picnics, breakfast (on Tuesdays, don't miss their delicious coconut-rum French toast with bacon), and "meal plans" for the most loyal.

Open Thursdays through Tuesdays 7:30 am to 3 pm and 7 to 9 pm, mid-June through August and October through mid-May.

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Magnolia
Miramar Resort
Turtle Cove , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 941 5108
www.miramarresort.tc/turksandcaicos/providenciales/restaurant/magnolia.htm

Capitalizing on one of the few elevated positions in the islands, this bougainvillea- and palm-fringed candlelit wooden deck, with the Grace Bay resorts twinkling below, is worth the climb. The food is every bit as good as the view: Seafood-focused (natch), the dishes use either Mediterranean or Asian flavors—but thankfully never both at once. Spiced shrimp tempura, and sesame crusted seared tuna with soy ginger salsa are often on the menu; southern Euro dishes may include grouper in olive oil, tomato, and basil; frutti di mare–marinara pasta; and grilled fish with sides of risotto or garlic mash. The favorite here, though, is the grilled local lobster (when it's on the menu). The wine list is strong on New World bottles.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6 to 9:30 pm, October through August.

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Tiki Hut
Turtle Cove Marina
Turtle Cove , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 941 5341
www.tikihuttci.com

If you really want to know what's happening on Provo, show up at this lively dockside watering hole on Wednesday evenings for chicken or ribs night. A crowd of regulars will be there, locals and long-term visitors, bringing with them all the latest island gossip. On other nights, menu favorites tend toward cabana bar standards—burgers, pizzas, nachos—although in addition to finding the expected Caribbean selections, unrepentant carnivores will be able to rip into some serious beef. If you ask nicely, owner Doug Cammozi will even pair them with some especially fine red wines.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays 11 am to 11 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 7 to 11 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.