Located on the lobby level of the Cove Atlantis hotel in the Bahamas, Mesa Grill Atlantis was celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s first venture outside the United States.
Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell, the oceanfront restaurant blends Southwestern motifs such as cow-print chairs with island-inspired elements like the terrazzo-and-seashell bar and large windows framing views of Paradise Beach.
The Southwestern-tropical fusion also appears on the menu, which includes Flay’s signature dishes, such as the New Mexican spiceâ€”rubbed pork tenderloin with bourbonâ€”ancho chile sauce, as well as Bahamian-style options like pan-seared mahi mahi with curry coconut sauce. I went with the spice rubbed New York strip steak with house-made MESA steak sauce, which really kicks it up a notch.
The prices are what I’ve come to expect from Atlantis: expensive and more expensive. Nearly all the dishes at Mesa Grill Atlantis were higher than the Mesa Grill in Las Vegas. As luck with have it, my New York strip was $4 less than the strip in Las Vegas. Still, $48 for a NY steak, plus 15% auto tip, is on the high side. Good thing it was one of the best tasting steaks I’ve ever had.