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“Heard rave reviews, but okay for us”
Review of Coco Bistro

Coco Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $46
Cuisines: Caribbean, Bar, American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Set amidst the largest palm grove on the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Coco Bistro is a food lover's fantasy in a one-of-a-kind setting. Located in the heart of Grace Bay, within walking distance from most resorts, Coco Bistro serves fresh local cuisine under a starlit sky and swaying coconut palms. Complementing the delightful island ambience is a culinary experience considered among the best in Turks and Caicos. Starting with the freshest local ingredients and enhanced by the skills and imagination of executive chef/owner, Stuart Gray, Coco Bistro stands out as a 'must visit' by visitors and residents. Gray has earned a reputation for consistently creating, fresh, flavorful Caribbean cuisine and his personal attention to every detail ensures an exceptional dining experience.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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241 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Heard rave reviews, but okay for us”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

When you have friends, fellow vacationers, and locals highly recommend a place, you have to put it on your list. The restaurant has some particular dishes for which they are known including the shrimp appetizer that has a great spicy flavor without being overbearing. The lobster bisque was okay - nothing unusual about it other than they add about a tablespoon of cream to the top before serving.

The entree selection is varied. We had the grilled tuna and the mahi. The mahi was definitely the better selection of the two. As the server mentioned, they are known for the mahi's preparation.

The atmosphere was probably what draws so many. The canopy of palms embrace the dining areas so that you feel as if you are in the middle of a tropical jungle of sorts. If you wish to go here, you DEFINITELY need to make a RESERVATION in advance. Our concierge told us it was booked for two weeks, but that was not true. They have earlier and later seatings to accomodate their clientele; we found out as we stopped by around 2 pm to make a reservation in person.

The service here was the worst part that made us rank it as very good.
1. We had to ask for someone to refill our water.
2. No one checked back after serving the entreés.
3. We had to go find our server to ask for the bill. We had not seen him for about 45 minutes after the entree delivery. In all fairness, there were quite a few large parties of 6-10 nearby and that has a tendency to backlog a kitchen and its staff especially if there is a special occasion involved.

So RESERVE, go and expect a relaxed, slow evening with great food with unknown service quality. Nearby Coyaba had much better service and prices than Coco Bistro.

Visited April 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Jungle Love”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

The tables are laid out through what looks like a jungle with private areas that seem worlds apart from the other tables. great lightimh and the food/serv. was very good

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Very Romantic, Excellent food, Make reservation Early”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Great place, really romantic between palm trees and torches.
great food. I live in NYC and I'm such a foodie but they did not disappoint us. We had avocado robster spring roll, grilled shrimp on sugarcane skewer for appetizer, Rib eye and Robster for main and their coconut cake for desert, Everything amazing!!! Definitely recommened for couple for special date.

Visited April 2013
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Philadelphia
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A little overrated”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

This was the only place I had to make a reservation to in advance. Based on all the reviews I had high expectations an they simply were not met. It is a beautiful layout and unlike anything I've ever seen that is for sure. I had the tomato and mozzarella appetizer which was just okay, my girlfriend had the grilled shrimp and loved it. I had a bone in Robert for dinner that was very grizzled and chewy, more grizzled than any $40 ribeye you'll get in the states. Service is very good and so is the atmosphere but in my opinion this is not the #1 restaurant on the island

  • Visited March 2013
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Grand Turk
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“Dine under the palms”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Coco Bistro is one of my favourite restaurants on Provo. The setting is absolutely magical, under large plam trees with a backdrop of twinkling stars. Food is excellent, the rum bar provides a great way to end the evening.

Visited March 2013
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