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“Nassau's very own equivalent of an English "greasy spoon" breakfast cafe!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Skans - CLOSED

Cafe Skans
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Bahamian, Seafood, Greek
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Nassau's very own equivalent of an English "greasy spoon" breakfast cafe!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Great staff in this cafe, just like everywhere we've been in Nassau during this trip.

The cafe is situated on the Main Street where all the tourist-trap designer clothes shops and jewellers are located, along with the Straw Market which peddles tat. The obese lemmings pour off the cruise ships into the clutches of these traders, in a daily ritual. Skans cafe is incongruously "real" in such an otherwise plastic environment. Good.

The food is average, bacon and eggs best, coffee fairly disappointing as it is everywhere in the Bahamas for some reason. Avoid the sausages - again, like the coffee, they seem to have only one generic supplier for the whole country. Horrible little thin sausages that don't taste like pork at all.

I enjoyed it - there's a good atmosphere with the local customers and staff; also the view of the street passing by is entertaining, watching Nassau's beautiful people go by.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Authentic Bahamian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

If you want authentic Bahamian food at reasonable prices within walking distance of your cruise ship, this is the place. Great conch fritters and the grilled mahi-mahi was fresh and delicious. Wash it down with a Sands, the local beer. The service is on Caribbean time, so don't expect to get in and out quickly, but they're polite and efficient.

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Bronx, New York
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great food, great value.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We were doing a little shopping on our way back to our ship when we stumbled upon this little gem. I was dying for some conch fritters and when I saw them on the menu, we just had to go in for lunch. This is a casual, basic diner. As other's stated, it's not fancy, but it is very clean. The wait staff are very friendly. I ordered the conch fritters and they were delish. I also had the special which as the combo jerk chicken and pork with some rice and peas. The food was great and the portions were decent. My girlfriend opted for a burger and onion rings (not very adventurous lol). But she did say that was the best burger she had ever had.

I left there very satisfied with the whole experience. Highly recommend.

  • Visited February 2013
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Good Local Food--Fair Price--Nothing Fancy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

My wife and I had a lunch at Skans in February 2013. Atmosphere is very casual diner style, nothing fancy. We started with fried conch strips that were very good fresh large strips lightly breaded. Wife had Grouper with a tomato vegetable sauce. Sides of rice and beans and cole slaw. I had the fried Grouper french fries and cole slaw. We shared plates. All was very fresh and delicious. The sauce was a good addition to the fish. Basic lunch fare at a good price. They add a 15% gratuity to the bill, so don't feel compelled to tip extra. There was a dining room boss lady that keeps thing in order, the waitresses hopping and the food moving to the diners. I think she also keeps the riff-raff from wondering in off the street. Pleasant firm character lady. If you need to use the restroom---she has the key!
Overall delicious, casual and fun. NOT for a quiet or romantic meal.
I will go again!

  • Visited February 2013
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British Columbia
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“Great food for great value!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Great cafe in downtown Nassau on Bay St. Good selection of food, great prices and yummy taste! Stopped in there for a late breakfast/early lunch while shopping and enjoyed a delicious omlette, bagel and cheeseburger for our family. Yummy!

Visited February 2013
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