Bermuda Dining Planner
Reservations are always a good idea. We mention them only when they're essential or not accepted. Book as far ahead as you can and reconfirm when you arrive, especially in high season. Many restaurants close—or curtail hours, or days of service—in the off-season, so call ahead before setting out for lunch or dinner.
What to Wear
Bermuda has had a reputation for strict sartorial standards, but most of the mid-price restaurants are much more casual these days. In many of the pubs and bars in town you would not be out of place in shorts and a T-shirt. It's a different story in more upscale restaurants, often attached to hotels. Even when not required, a jacket for men is rarely out of place. In our restaurant reviews we mention dress only when men are required to wear either a jacket or a jacket and tie.
Restaurant and menu guides are available at any Visitor Information Centre. The island's telephone directory also publishes a good selection of restaurant menus.
Much harder to swallow than a delicious Bermuda fish chowder are the prices of dining out. Bermuda has never sought a reputation for affordability, and restaurants are no exception. A few greasy spoons serve standard North American fare (and a few local favorites) at a decent price, but by and large you should prepare for a bit of sticker shock. Don't be surprised if dinner for two with wine at one of the very top places—Tom Moore's Tavern, for example—puts a $200–$300 dent in your pocket. A 17% service charge is almost always added to the bill "for your convenience."