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“Great Place, Service could be Better”
Review of Bimini Road

Bimini Road
Price range: $15 - $25
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Ellington, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great Place, Service could be Better”
Reviewed June 2, 2009

As a group of four traveling adults, we frequented Bimini Road a number of times during our stay in the Bahamas. Located right in Marina Village, it's amidst the shopping and some other restaurants and really has that traditional-Bahamian flare to it. There's outdoor seating, usually a live singing duo in the afternoon and evening, and a very good menu selection for anyone looking for a casual dining spot.

First time we visited, we did mostly drinks on a Saturday night. Live band was playing and the place was quite busy. We were fortunate enough to grab a table on the outdoor patio and it was great to sit, drink and watch everyone walk through Marina Village. The drink selection is vast - there's an entire page of mixed drinks priced between $9-$11, and all are well-served. Shots are not really shots - they are more like half-cups of whatever you order. A shot of SoCo w/lime was more like half a cup of SoCo and for the price of $6/shot, well-served.

On another visit, we enjoyed some mid-day lunch, ordering:

Conch Fritters - Absolutely delicious, a must if you visit. For $9, you get about a dozen served with dipping sauce. They were great because you could actually see and taste the conch. Definitely worth trying.

Jerk Wings - also delicious, not too spicy, and served with dipping sauce, $10/eight full drums and wings. Sounds weird to eat wings on an island, but the sauce/spice makes up for it.

Shrimp Cocktail - great, but how can you mess this one up?

Other observations - burgers are large, served with fries; conch soup is tomato-based, served with bread-like side; salads are large;

I'd say the only downfall of this restaurant is the service. Our waitress was friendly, but rather unattentive. Some of our questions seemed to annoy her. In several instances, we found ourselves looking for her and waiting at length for what we had ordered or for the bill. At one point, one of us even said, 'don't order anything else because you'll wait too long for it..."

Other things to note - the restaurant is open late (into the morning) most nights, except on Sunday's when it closes at 11. Plantains are on the menu, but only as a side and only served at dinner time. We asked for them at lunch time, but were told our special request could not be met, per the Chef. Fine with us, as they were clearly not on the lunch menu, but perhaps something they would've been able to accomodate with minimal difficulty.

Overall - great experience, great place, would definitely recommend and would definitley go there again.

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“mediocre food and nasty staff”
Reviewed April 5, 2009

On a recent stay we ate at Bimini Road and were rudely treated by the staff. Since we were only a couple we were seated at a table for two in the main traffic area of the restaurant. Other tables were available, but those seated more people which meant we couldn't sit at them. The waitress seemed annoyed when we asked questions about the menu and the size of the salad portions. She had to be asked twice for drink refills.We chose a conch dish and barbequed ribs. The ribs were slightly undercooked. The side dishes and the conch were below average compared to other restaurants on the island. The manager became involved over some charges and was very rude to us which was very unlike the other Bahamian service people we encountered. We were seated in a main traffic area and her tone and attitude was very embarrassing to us. The prices were high at this restaurant for the quality of food and the level of service even considering its location on Paradise Island. It is located in a nice spot at the marina and attracts families with children because it serves hamburgers. Set yourself up for disappointment if you choose to go there however.

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toronto
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“i loved it”
Reviewed March 22, 2009

thought it was lovely...we sat outside so maybe thats why...you can enjoy a drink, eat dinner and watch the dancers in the marketplace and see the wonderful boats(okay who am i kidding, very nice boats lol)...

im going back...

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Morristown, NJ
1 review
“Nice atmosphere with decent food”
Reviewed February 3, 2009

We went to Bimini Road one of our last days in Atlantis, and it was good. Its in the marina village so there is a nice atmosphere. The have people who walk around and do magic tricks and balloon animals for the kids. The food is more reasonably priced then many of the other atlantis restaurants, but is average food..not the greatest but not bad. Me and my husband both had burgers and sodas and paid about $40. It was fairly crowded but our waiter was attentive and nice. You should know that all the restaurants of Atlantis have an automatic 15% gratuity added on to the bill and then a second line for a tip..it is slightly deceiving if you are not paying attention.

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Maryland
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“Bimini Road - so so authentic Bahamian”
Reviewed January 18, 2009

Yet another overpriced Atlantis culinary experience. Food was so-so. The authentic" conch salad was very rubbery with crunchy exterior. Disappointing. Seafood appetizer included dry lobster and average shrimp cocktail. Best culinary offering was a fried plantain with bbq pork and cheese, sort of like their version of nachos. Grouper ceviche was good, but not spectacular. Net net, lots of hype for this place, so-so culinary offerings.

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