The Pickled Onion is one of Bermuda’s most celebrated restaurants and bars and a must visit for fine dining and a great night out in Hamilton.
It offers an exquisite, modern atmosphere and its highly-skilled chefs prepare world-fusion food that’s so good it featured on the Food Network in a guide to Bermuda and cuisine.
Located on Front Street, Hamilton’s main thoroughfare, its locale is ideal for tourists and sightseers although it’s dishes are at the fine-dining end of the culinary scale, the prices are very reasonable and don’t reflect the high standard of the food.
The restaurant uses the finest, fresh local ingredients and some unusual ones too, such as the Canadian Prince Edward Island Roast Mussels. Local Wahoo fish, whenever available, are rubbed in paprika and are garlic-smoked (we don’t know either) to produce an amazing and unique local treat.
Opened in 1998 and renovated again in 2007, it’s a very cosmopolitan bar and serves up numerous cocktails to order as well as its own range of fruity, concocted aperitifs that go down a storm with locals and visitors alike. It is great for a night out that has a bit more class than your usual bar or pub and it is highly recommended to book a table to ensure you won’t be disappointed.
It serves lunch and dinner and carries a full wine menu from cheap house red to sophisticated sauvignon blancs and rather expensive champagnes. The restaurant turns from a food purveyor into a classy bar and club as the night progresses, so if you are looking for a stylized yet relaxed evening out, then you should go for dinner followed by entertainment from the Pickled Onion’s own resident band from Bermuda, the aptly-named ‘Smooth’, or the Canadian duo 5-Star, who play every kind of music available to entertain the patrons through to the small hours.
As the restaurant location is bang in the middle of Front Street, on Wednesday nights, the balcony opens and you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the street below as it turns into a carnival-style main street during peak season.
According to locals, one of the best experiences in Bermuda is to sip a cocktail at the Pickled Onion balcony while enjoying the harbour view in the evening – and we agree, although please park your scooter for the evening if you do want to enjoy a drink!
The Pickled Onion has won five ‘Best of Bermuda’ awards and one visit will tell you why. It has everything for a perfect day or evening out from food, ambiance and music to service and value. It’s one of Bermuda top restaurants and bars.
Check it out on Front Street in Hamilton.
The Pickled Onion in Bermuda
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The Pickled Onion, Hamilton in Bermuda – Part of Elbow Beach Cycles’ Things To Do in Bermuda series!