Top 6 Bonaire must try restaurants 2023
Our top 6 restaurants of Bonaire 2023
Even though Bonaire is a small island, the selection of restaurants is impressive. Ending the day at one of these places is the perfect way to end a full day of diving. These are our top recommendations for 2023!
Of course we have to start of this list by mentioning our lovely neighbors from Ocean Oasis Beach Club.
It is located closest and enroute to all southern dive sites, making it the perfect stop only minutes away from some of Bonaire’s best dive sites.
The Fish and Meat Market on Sundays is a must try. A selection of the best local catch and finest meats are cooked to perfection on Charcoal Barrel BBQ’s. Make sure to book well in advance.
2. Sakura Sushi
For those that are looking to get rid of their travel induced sushi cravings, look no further than Sakura Sushi Bar Bonaire.
The sushi bar is located at the southern cruise ship terminal in the heart of Kralendijk close to the ChaChaCha Dive site. you can see the massive ships dock only a couple yards away from you.
Their chef, Simeon is traditionally trained in the art of edo-mae sushi by a Japanese family in the Dominican Republic and isn’t afraid to get creative. The chef and manager Arno managed to figure out how to get traditional Japanese produce, like Ikura, high quality nori and sometimes even sea urchin, to Bonaire. Next to that they rely on a fresh catch selection brough to them directly by local fisherman.
Tell them we send you! We recommend sitting at the counter to see Simeon and his colleagues craft the sushi right in front of you. They will take great care of you.
3. King Kong Burgers
Wether you are exhausted after a guided dive or if you’re enroute back to civilization after some extreme diving on the East Coast… Or if you’re just hung over – Asko and his Food Truck, King Kong Burger, are there to fill your belly and save the day.
His Food Truck is located at the idyllic Bachelors Beach, the perfect dolphin spotting vantage point. so make sure you keep your eyes on the ocean.
The perfect 80/20 beef burgers with incredibly good toppings like his homemade smashed roasted garlic spread are just to die for. People all over the world can’t wait to return to Bonaire to taste his burgers again.
Check out their Bachelor beach burger and order a side of their famous mosquito repellent or truffle fries.
4. Captains Table
A new gem on the island from loved Chef Rick Baak. Welcome to Captains Table
Located right in the city center of Kralendijk, Kaya Grandi, you’ll find Rick’s exciting new restaurant
Rick and his team offer a fine dining experience in a laid back atmosphere. His Côte du Boeuf, or bone-in prime rib and bouillabaise, or creamy fish soup are some of the best dishes in the entire Caribbean.
Their selection of fine wines is second to none and there are great wines at every price level. Also, you’re able to buy most wines from their little wine shop inside of the restaurant. On your way over there make sure to peek into the kitchen to see the team hard at work.
5. The Mona Lisa
The oldest restaurant on Bonaire. Travel back in time and eat in this old school bistrot where indoor smoking is still allowed and you feel the atmosphere of Europe of the last century.
Only open on weekdays, make sure to reserve well in advance to secure a spot outside or soak up the old school atmosphere by eating at the traditionally Dutch “Brown Café” next to their dining room.
The Café is a popular meeting place for locals that have been on the island for decades. You can live your caribbean dreams too by completing your PADI Divemaster Internship and working as a dive pro on the island.
Chef Douwe catches his own fish and is a master of classic sauces. We recommend trying out their catch with saffron sauce or their filet mignon with blue cheese and port sauce.
6. Stadscafé het Consulaat
Last but not least, Stadscafé het Consulaat.
Modern, French bistro style food served in a cozy courtyard. Good beers and wines pair beautifully with the ever changing menu in this exciting little restaurant.
The owner, Jeroen, used to work in the diving industry before he followed his other passion, great food. Now his restaurant is found by tourists and locals alike. Nothing beats a table full of shared dishes to talk over the day of unlimited diving you just had with your friends.
Try the pork belly with ethically sourced foie gras, honey crisp and sweet onions.
Thats a wrap (filled with catch)
This concludes our 2023 Top 6 list for restaurants on Bonaire. Diving makes you hungry so we hope you find your way to some of these incredible places after diving with us. We hope to welcome you soon on our wonderful island. Until the next Bon Bini!