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Our dinner at Cafe Martinique was memorable. The service was very good as was the food. We shared the salmon tartar and the wedge salad - both were excellent. As our main dishes, we had the duck breast and the pork chop. Both were wonderfully...cooked and tasted good. The sides of mashed potato and greens were excellent. We skipped desert as the portions were big. Excellent service and a very elegant restaurant for a romantic night. Highly recommended.More
Let's face it. Paradise Island is a bit of a scene with more than a few places to snag fried food and fine food. The array of choices is dizzying. However, on our last night there with the kids and after more than my fair...share of pool bar food, I was ready for a fine dining memory that I could take home with me. Cafe Martinique more than satisfied.
Tucked into the middle of the bustling and noisy Atlantis Marina District behind an iron gate, the restaurant looks a bit imposing. The refined menu outside the gate reveals an elegant selection of foods with the caveat, "Reservations Required;" those words alone beg one to ask oneself if one is suitably dressed for the superior experience of dining there. We are a "let's eat when we are ready" type of people on vacation, since we live and die by the schedule at home, and we are perpetually casual on holiday. Reservations just sound like too much work for us to dress up and show up on time. However, this Friday night at nearly 9 p.m., we had been told by a few restaurants that the wait would be an hour (even though they clearly had empty tables available), so we decided to take our chances on this one.
I entered the opaque doors to be greeted by jazzy piano music wafting down from above a winding staircase. Upon walking up the British colonial staircase and peering into a bar area that radiated similar old world elegance, I spied the talented female pianist in the entry, just across from the very large, candlelit dining room that featured expansive arched windows overlooking the glittering harbor of multi-million dollar yachts and palm trees. I was smitten.
Unlike other hostesses we had encountered, the Cafe Martinique hostess greeted us warmly and accommodated our lack of having made a reservation. Since the resort's credit card system was down that day, its businesses were taking only room charges or cash. We were in luck with our room key! We were seated as dressed (husband in collared shirt and shorts, me in casual pants and smart casual top, and kids in shorts and t-shirts) and presented with heavy, leather-bound menus.
Our delightful and charming server, Deon, wins the proverbial award for being THE most friendly, conversational and accommodating server whom we encountered on the entire Atlantis property. He explained the selections, made recommendations with aplomb and did not fail in any area of fine service, including "serve from the left and take from the right." It was the first time that we felt that an Atlantis resort server actually embraced his work and took pride in the outcome. We were so taken with him that how could we say "no" when he asked if we should like to see the dessert menu?
The Mediterranean-inspired food was delicious and impeccably presented by the chef and his team, who source local ingredients as much as possible. The oyster appetizer was particularly appealing, and when we asked for a slight modification, we were told that it was not a problem for the chef. I was impressed that the kids' menu was not another chicken finger and mac 'n cheese selection. Instead, there were starters, entrees and desserts available that appealed to a slightly more distinguished, youthful palate. Snapper and pasta bolognese are two examples.
Throughout the evening, we witnessed a lively happy birthday song presented by the servers to a gentleman at another table and a similarly lively happy anniversary song presented to a couple nearby. Our evening meal was completed by a small plate of house-made macaroons and two kinds of jelly beans, presented around an elegant ceramic swan.
If we return to the island, we would definitely return to Cafe Martinique and try the tasting menu, which looked enticing but we didn't want to extend an already late evening too much later with the children in tow. Thank you, Deon and Cafe Martinique for a lovely dining memory that I could take home with me.More
Mediocre food. Good service. Don’t blame the staff for the food. Some of it is excellent- the heirloom tomato salad and the chickpeas - plus the bread that they bring is excellent. Would avoid the gnocchi and the tagine - way too much seasoning. Anyone...who is trying to be healthy - not sure this is the place. Anyone who wants decent food - stick with the starters. Manager (Douglas) is excellent and the wait staff is polite.More
Date of visit: March 2020
SydneyE79, Owner at Cafe Martinique, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2020
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your experience at Cafe Martinique at Atlantis. We value all of our guests' feedback and will be sharing your notes with the management team immediately, so that we can continue to improve the...More
Celebrated our 25th anniversary here and booked a few weeks before coming. Atlantis classified this restaurant as resort casual however, reading reviews the day we were supposed to go I was worried my husband didn’t have the proper attire. Resort casual means shorts, golf shirt,...no flip flops but their website states 5 star dining with dress pants, shirts recommended. In the end, the dress shorts, tommy bahama dress casual shirt and nice tennis shoes were just fine. You are on vacation but keep in mind this is a fancy location. The service was quick and friendly with our overall dining experience taking an hour. We ordered the scallops for an appetizer, and meals were the bahamian lobster flambe which was incredible and beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection. Sides are extra. We only had one alcoholic beverage. Little coconut macaroons are served at the end of the meal. Total bill for 2 people with tip $215. One thing I was disappointed in was when i made the reservation I requested a seat with a view of the marina, but were seated in the middle of the restaurant. And i said it was our anniversary and that was not recognized at all by our waiter. I had seen pics on trip advisor of dessert with celebration wishes but nothing like that was done or brought out for us. Not the biggest deal but it would’ve made the evening extra special. The restaurant is beautiful and we are glad we went for our nice night out to celebrate.More
We went to the Cafe Martinique on our last night in Nassau. My husband is vegan and I am a vegetarian. We ordered the meze of hummus as a starter and it was really good. As main, I ordered the gnocchi with truffle - wow!...Amazing. My husband went to de cuscuz which was also delicious. The prices are high but for a special night and for people who like good food it worths a lot!More
The fish was really dry and the Poached Lobster was Chewy. It was pricey for what you get. No salad or bread. Odd! The service was average.More
Date of visit: February 2020
SydneyE79, Owner at Cafe Martinique, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2020
Hi Jeannine Jones,
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your experience at Cafe Martinique at Atlantis. We value all of our guests' feedback and will be sharing your notes with the management team immediately, so that we can continue to improve...More
Restaurant is in a very spacious nicely appointed room but the service was terrible. The waiter seemed rushed even though the place was almost empty. The waiter really had no idea about the menu for food items either which is alright but makes it difficult...when describing dishes. He didn't even know that they served beer.
All in all it was pretty average or below average.More
We tried the tasting menu.
Very good food. The first 2 dishes were excellent.
My wife's veal was a little over cooked.
The desert was great.
Very good wine list.
As everything is at Atlantis; This was not an inexpensive dinner.
I would dine again
Well, I guess I am a 1/2 year late and dollar short in responding...thank TA for getting my ID messed up. To your question: The original is almost in the same area of the Atlantis Resort but major construction to build the... More
Well, I guess I am a 1/2 year late and dollar short in responding...thank TA for getting my ID messed up. To your question: The original is almost in the same area of the Atlantis Resort but major construction to build the new marina and shops and restaurants has totally obscured the original location which I believe is now where Carmines is located. So, don't look for it as nothing remains of the grand old place. However, i give the new one 5 stars for it's similar ambiance and wonderful food and the service in the traditional British colonial manner. Try it out and tell me what you thought as the past is still a wonderful memory to me and will remain so.