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Take your Valentine to dinner in 'Paradise' at Todd English's Olives Atlantis

The dining and entertainment experiences at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas are as fabulously varied, exciting and multi-faceted as the resort itself. Atlantis is home to gourmet restaurants by several world-renowned chefs, and has also welcomed several popular American-based franchises, including Starbucks and Quiznos.

Atlantis always has something going on!
Atlantis always has something going on!
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Several chefs with noted celebrity clientele, and their own celebrity status, have chosen Atlantis as the location for their Caribbean outposts, creating fine-dining options through the entire destination. These chefs, including Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-George Vongerichten, Bobby Flay, and Todd English, have added Bahamian influences to their distinctive cuisines for a new dining experience.

Atlantis’ most recent addition to the dining scene is renowned Chef Todd English’s famed Olives restaurant. Olives Atlantis offers a warm, interactive dining experience for guests in the bustling Atlantis Casino, complete with a three-meal-a-day menu, featuring English’s signature interpretive Mediterranean cuisine and a variety of coastal dishes, each prepared using high-quality, seasonal, and fresh ingredients. Designed by world-renowned interior architect and designer Jeffrey Beers, Olives Atlantis features an expansive open kitchen where English’s team prepares dishes from a rotisserie grill where guests can enjoy made-to-order cuts of meat and grilled fish.

If you're feeling more in a mood for traditional Japanese fare, you can satisfy your desires at Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famed restaurant, Nobu, through a glowing green archway, just off the casino floor. The restaurant features a large bar and entryway, which provides seating for dinner guests as well as those simply looking to relax with a glass of wine or cocktail.

In addition to two small-scale dining areas on either side of the main dining space, the hidden “jewel” of Nobu is the sake cellar. This intimate twelve-person dining area is located inside a domed tower, where guests can enjoy dinner in a room lined with sake bottles and windows providing breathtaking views of the marina. Over 700 bottles of Nobu’s exclusive sake adorn the walls and encase the diners.

Arguably America's favorite chef, Bobby Flay brought the vibrant Southwestern cuisine of his nationally-acclaimed Mesa Grill to The Cove Atlantis. He created several unique dishes exclusive to The Cove including Bahamian Spiced Chicken Skewers with Yogurt Cilantro Sauce, Crispy Squid and Cracked Conch Salad with Orange-Chipotle Vinaigrette, Bahamian Lobster Tail with Red Chile-Coconut Sauce and Green Chile Rice and his take on Black Eyed Peas and Rice.

The epicurean delights at Atlantis extend to the resort’s Marina Village, where Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten recreated the legendary Café Martinique, originally made famous by its appearance in the 1965 James Bond classic, Thunderball. The restaurant features a delectable menu of Classic French gourmet fare for which Chef Vongerichten is known. Iconic elements including a wrought-iron birdcage elevator, a dramatic mahogany staircase and elegantly etched glass windows help to rekindle its much celebrated old-world ambiance.

In addition to the restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs, Atlantis will satisfy any connoisseur’s palate with its myriad of fine-dining establishments throughout the destination’s grounds. Casa D’Angelo, helmed by Italian-born Chef Angelo Elia, features traditional Tuscan dishes with Southern Italian accents. Chopstix features Chinese food, including a dim sum menu. The Bahamian Club is a wonderful location for a celebratory meal in an elegant environment.

Atlantis offers another tempting dining experience with Virgil’s Real BBQ, utilizing the world-famous BBQ styles of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri. Here, family-style dining is taken to new heights in this rustic and casual restaurant using a range of rubs and marinades all enhanced by hours of gentle smoking over hickory, oak and fruit woods.

Situated around The Marina at Atlantis, Marina Village resembles a quaint Bahamian marketplace, with three main plazas each defined by their own sense of place and style. Colorful, paved walkways flanked by lofty coconut trees, boldly painted buildings and lush vegetation, combine to create a spirited and authentic Bahamian setting.

Seafire, a modern steakhouse located in Marina Village, offers an extensive menu of delicious grilled meat, poultry and fish entrees in addition to its signature dish—Spit Roasted Prime Rib. The high-pitched ceilings, large chandeliers and rustic brick wall illuminated by amber glass in the dining room at Seafire create an elegant yet relaxed ambiance.

Diners looking for a thoroughly Bahamian experience will have their desires satisfied at Bimini Road, this restaurant offers a casual and festive dining experience, featuring colorful Junkanoo décor and energetic live music on the outdoor deck. The centerpiece of Bimini Road is a conch bar serving fresh, local conch, prepared to order.

The ever-popular New York institution, Carmine’s, offers classic Italian cuisine, served family style on sumptuous platters meant to be shared. Diners are forewarned to leave room for dessert – the Titanic, an ice cream laden chocolate torte, sure to leave the entire family satisfied and smiling.

Another option for guests at Marina Village is the New York-inspired Murray’s Delicatessen. Serving traditional diner fare, Murray’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, including berry and whipped cream topped pancakes and waffles, freshly sliced pastrami and corned beef and Matzo ball soup.

Visitors looking for a quick bite can enjoy All-American favorites such as juicy hamburgers, hand-dipped shakes and malts, and freshly-baked apple pie at Johnny Rockets. The Marina Pizzeria offers traditional pizza pies with your favorite toppings, and a few new Bahamian-inspired ones, at this modern, dockside pizzeria. Popular with many United States residents, Starbucks and Quiznos offer their signature menu items, as well as incorporate local Bahamian ingredients for new favorites.

The Moon Club offers guests a variety of cocktail options Atlantis’ newest bar/lounge, complete with a marine habitat with Moon Jellyfish directly behind the bar. The Moon Club’s unique look is complete with wood paneling, marble floor and a cutting edge colored LED lighting system. The Moon Club not only features cocktails, a high-end wine collection (by the glass or by the bottle), and a plethora of draft beer options, but also a selection of cigars available for purchase.

Of course, food isn't the only reason to visit Atlantis. Th resort features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.

Atlantis is also home to Aquaventure, a non-stop water experience consisting of thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges, and never-before-seen special effects. Dolphin Cay, the resort’s interaction and education center, was created with the goal of enlightening visitors about the wonders of these remarkable ocean inhabitants.

For further information about Atlantis, Paradise Island; call 954-809-2000 or visit their website. For reservations, call your travel agent or 800-ATLANTIS.

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