Just about all sit-down chain restaurants have a goal of transporting you to some far-flung locale, be it the South or Tuscany. But few succeed more than Bahama Breeze Island Grille, which through décor, food, and drink sets its customers’ watches to “island time.” Read on for 10 things you didn’t know about this popular chain.
The first location of Bahama Breeze opened in March 1996 on International Drive in Orlando; its original name was Bahama Breeze Caribbean Grille. The Caribbean theme proved to be a hit, and today there are about 40 locations scattered throughout the country, mostly in suburban retail districts and neighborhoods that are popular with tourists.
Bahama Breeze is owned by Darden, the Orlando-based restaurant group that also owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s, The Capital Grille, and Yard House (it also owned Red Lobster before selling it off in 2014). The chain is a perfect fit for the group’s portfolio and has a unique concept that’s in the enviable position of being synonymous with laid-back fun.
Read on to learn 10 things about Bahama Breeze, from its origins to the best ways to get discounts. From Jamaican jerk chicken to mango glazed redfish and Bahamian seafood chowder (not to mention a full roster of tropical cocktails), its chefs make a real effort to emulate the experience of dining at a real Caribbean restaurant. Yes, that real Caribbean restaurant may be a tourist trap, but it still sounds like one we can get behind.