Upscale Dining on Eleuthera at the French Leave Resort

Just a short flight from Nassau, Eleuthera is a small outer island in the archipelago of the Bahamas. With miles of pink sand beaches and a relatively small number of hotels, this underdeveloped tropical destination is the ideal place to get away from it all. A lot has changed since our last visit to the island, including the addition of a new boutique hotel. The French Leave Resort is currently only one three Autograph Collection Hotels in the Caribbean.

French Leave ResortEleuthera is not known for being a culinary destination. In fact, due to the lack of restaurants, we tend to stay in and cook most of our meals at our rental house. We were thrilled to learn that the French Leave Resort is home to a trendy new eatery, 1648 An Island Restaurant. Overlooking the marina, with picturesque views, we can see why both locals and visitors are flocking to this swanky new hotspot.

The Restaurant

Restaurants in Eleuthera

Perched high above the waterfront, the restaurant’s deck is the ideal spot for a meal with friends. The outdoor space is a contemporary mix of white washed wood, seashell fossil floor tiles, and modern patio seating. Piped in Caribbean music plays softly in the background contributing to the laid back vacation vibe. It is the kind of space you’ll likely hang out at for a while.

If you must, you can sit indoors. The restaurant’s small dining room has comfortable cream-colored banquettes and turquoise accents complementing the colors of the Caribbean Sea. This chic space is both tranquil and serene.

The Drinks

1648 French Leave Resort Eleuthera

The staff is polite and friendly. However, knowing that the Bahamas runs on island time, we ordered several tropical drinks while waiting for our meal. The bartenders pour fantastic rum-based cocktails such as the Bahama Mama or Pain Killer. There is also a nice selection wine by the glass or if you are parched try a local beer like Kalik.

The Food

Food in Eleuthera

The menu boasts plenty fresh Bahamian seafood. Fish makes its way on to almost every plate. For starters, try the lobster salad in a creamy lime dressing or the coconut cracked conch. For my main dish, I choose the Pan Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich topped with grilled pineapple. I highly recommend it. Other fresh-from-the-water options include Fish Tacos or the Grouper Wrap served with mango coleslaw. Land lovers will enjoy the 1648 burger or pizzas with eclectic toppings like truffle mushroom or jerk chicken.

Food at French Leave Resort Eleuthera

While it is a bit pricey, the food is best we’ve had on the island so far. I’d suggest enjoying a long leisurely lunch in the middle of the day at 1648, especially if you are not comfortable driving at night on Eleuthera’s unlit roads.

Disclosure: While the French Leave Resort and 1648 And Island Restaurant provided my family with a complimentary meal, no other compensation was received for this review. This post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.

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  1. Ooh looks delish! You can’t beat seafood beside the sea 🙂

    • Dana Freeman March 9, 2017 at 8:39 am · · Reply

      Claire,
      It was very good! I loved that the menu was diverse and could accommodate everyone in our party, including vegans and non seafood eaters.
      Dana

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