Bahama Breeze Island Grille in Virginia Beach may have just opened last week, but if our visit last night was any indication of what this place has to offer, they are on track to become a Hampton Roads favorite. From the relaxing and laid back atmosphere to the live music (played daily outside) you will feel as if you have been transported to a tropical island. The food was well-seasoned, had the appropriate temperature and was plated (presented) beautifully. The staff was courteous, helpful and very attentive. The managers (Eric, Tim and Jamie) are very passionate and knowledgeable about the food and the brand as a whole. Tim described the Bahama Breeze experience as being one that should be relaxing and enjoyable, and it was for us from the beginning to the end.
The Lemon Breeze (Non-Alcoholic) is Bahama Breeze’s version of fresh Island lemonade and it is delicious! It is made with freshly squeezed lemons and sugar cane juice. No artificial flavors or ingredients, which I love!
After out waitress Javier discovered I do not drink, she asked if any virgin drinks had been made for me. One of the drinks she recommended was the Bahamarita. Yum! It was wonderful; great for a summer night! It featured kiwi, strawberry and mango ice.
Thankfully, I brought my husband along to try out the alcoholic drinks. He started with the Bahama Mama. He was very impressed with how smooth and well mixed it was. It was not overwhelming at all. If you like a fruity, smooth alcoholic drink, Bahama Mama is the way to go. The rum-soaked pineapple and the cherry were very fresh! The Bahama Mama features Malibu, Myers Dark and Bacardi Rums, Banana liqueur, pineapple and orange juice.
If you want something tropical with a little more kick, try out the Yaka Hula Hickey Dula (Hawaiian-inspired). It features pineapple juice, Chateau Ste. Riesling Wine and Myer’s Dark Rum.
For those who can handle it and want an even stronger kick, try the Painkiller. Self-explanatory! The Painkiller features Pusser’s Dark Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple & orange juice with freshly ground nutmeg. It was interesting to hear the back story of the drink and how it came to be a part of the menu at Bahama Breeze! Ask the bar manager Eric about it ;-).
Our first food sampling was the Jumbo Lump Crab Stack. This was my favorite! It was so fresh, flavorful and delicious. The Sriracha and honey mix served around the plate was amazing and gave the crab stack an extra kick! I highly recommend it if you want something light to eat. It’s perfect for summer! The crab stack features premium jumbo lump crabmeat, chilled shrimp, avocado and apple-mango salsa.
The Jamaican Chicken Wings were seasoned to perfection! They were so good, my husband asked how they were prepared. We were told they are allowed to marinate in authentic jerk seasonings for 48-hours before being baked – twice I believe. The sauce it is served with is great as well.
The Steamed Edamame with ginger-infused sea salt is good if you are a fan of edamame. My husband is not big on trying new things, especially of this nature, but he kept eating them. The only recommendation he had was that the outside be seasoned a little more.
Last, but not least, we tried the Warm Goat Cheese and Flat bread Crisps. I had never tried goat cheese before, but I was pleasantly surprised; it was really good. The goat cheese melted in your mouth. The pico de gallo was a perfect compliment. Bahama Breeze also decided to serve the warm goat cheese in a sweet red pepper cup versus a bowl, to give an extra level of flavor. Very good!
Overall, I highly recommend Bahama Breeze Island Grille! There is a vast variety of dishes (and drinks!) to choose from and they are very appropriately priced. The staff was very proactive in asking about any dietary restrictions. I am following a gluten free diet due to possible celiac disease and they let me know what I could and could not eat. They were upfront about the presence of gluten in their sauces and the possibility of it being in something they may be unaware of due to pre-packaging. But I had no problems with the food I chose to eat (didn’t eat the crisps, I ate everything else). I can usually tell if I have eaten something I should not have and I had no reactions at all. It is also noted on the menu that items can be made to order, so you can discuss any dietary specifics with your server.
Have you tried out Bahama Breeze Island Grille? Share your experience below! If you choose to go after reading this review, let them know Kira from 757 Lifestyle sent you! 😉 Enjoy!
*Special thank you to Sarah for the invite to come out and review the menu.
*Photo credit: Kira Riley for 757 Lifestyle