Bermuda Restaurant Weeks 2018 has grown to include 51 participating restaurants this year, with 37 eateries featuring Bermuda-inspired menues.

According to the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), foodies who relish the annual event will have even more choices this year than ever before. Fifty-one local restaurants have signed up for the Bermuda Tourism Authority-managed promotion which will run from January 11th to February 4th.

And there’s a list of new establishments in the line up for the first time in the history of the promotion. They include newly opened Divots at Belmont Hills and Astwood Arms on Front Street. Meantime, popular haunt Mad Hatters has joined up for the first time as well.

“We decided to participate in Restaurant Weeks this year as we wanted to be able to offer a reasonably priced menu that could still showcase our cuisine,” said Mad Hatters Manager Edward Barnes. “Also we have found Restaurant Weeks to be a very popular event and have seen the interest increasing over the past few years. It’s a great way for Bermuda restaurants as a whole to show their culinary delights and hospitality; people look forward to it!”

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“We are delighted to see the continued growth of Bermuda Restaurant Weeks,” said Bermuda Tourism Authority’s (BTA) Chief Product and  Experiences Development Officer Pat Phillip-Fairn. “For a market our size, three dozen restaurants is a great showing. To have 51 is outstanding. It gives visitors and residents a wide selection to choose from and confirms that Bermuda Restaurant Weeks successfully drives revenue into local restaurants at a time when the extra business is welcomed.”

Once again this year, Bermuda Restaurant Weeks coincides with the Bermuda Marathon and the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, enhancing the stays of more than 1,000 visitors.

Diners can choose from two-course lunch menus priced at $22 and three-course dinner menus with three price tiers at $32, $42 and $52. The price points are the same as last year. This is the second year lunch has been made available as part of the promotion.

Thirty-seven restaurants will receive added promotion because they’ve agreed to provide Bermuda-inspired menus. Serving local cuisine also makes them eligible for the People’s Choice Award. The BTA created the award to motivate restaurants to feature Bermuda’s culinary heritage because food culture is central to the visitor experience. During the course of the campaign diners who vote for their favourites at also qualify for prizes.

It’s also possible to be a randomly selected winner for sharing images of your Restaurant Weeks dining experience on social media using #BermudaRW.

Visitors highly value the recommendations of locals when deciding where to eat and the media activity helps to serve that purpose, but residents should also be encouraged to share their Restaurant Weeks experience in person.

Six participating restaurants are either new to the island, new to Bermuda Restaurant Weeks and/or newly refurbished and renamed:

  • Astwood Arms
  • Boundary Sports Bar & Grille
  • Divots Bar & Grill
  • Mad Hatters
  • Mediterra
  • Tapas

The full list of the 51 participating restaurants are available on the BTA’s website, and a downloaded brochure is also available.