For our trip to Turks & Caicos, Coco Bistro was the one restaurant that we had reservations for and had planned to visit in advance. In fact, I had read online that they can fill up a month in advance, so that’s why we made reservations in October. We were there in the off-season (November) so I can’t really say if we could have gotten in or not. I do know that we showed up for dinner and they turned a family away that did not have reservations and said that they were booked solid for the night. So better safe than sorry!
I do have two helpful tips about making reservations. First, even though the website says that reservations can only be made by calling, we emailed and they were kind enough to help us out. We don’t have international calling on our cell phones and really appreciate that they were able to help us. Second, when making reservations make sure you get an email confirmation. The family that got turned away did not have an email confirmation, therefore the reservation that they thought they had wasn’t honored.
When we arrived at Coco Bistro they were expecting us and we were immediately shown to our seats. After going through a small enclosed bar area, you step out into the prettiest dining room. It was everything that a tropical restaurant should be. Small dining “rooms” were lined by palm trees and decorated with twinkly lights. It was magical.
We were immediately asked if we wanted sparkling or still water. And, pardon my small-town upbringing, even the still water came in a bottle and an ice bucket! That was a first for me. Even their liquor cabinet was decorated and lit up so that it looked like a wishing well. We ended up choosing a pina colada and the rum punch for cocktails, both were delicious!
After looking at the menu, I noticed immediately that the pork chop which I had seen online was not listed. That meant that the steak was really the only non-seafood option and I knew that’s what Brian would order. Since we like to try as many different things as possible, I confirmed with the waitress who noted that the menu had recently been updated. Therefore, if you’re like me and planning ahead, just note that the menu online may differ slightly from the menu when you arrive. If you’re a fan of seafood, they had at least a handful of different entrees, so I’m sure you would have found something that you enjoy.
Ultimately we ordered the lettuce wedge with chorizo and gorgonzola cheese to share for a starter. It was a delicious combination that we both really enjoyed. The chorizo, which sounds a bit unusual for a salad, actually paired really well with the smoky dressing. Brian even stated that he wished he’d have ordered a second plate instead of sharing. That’s high praise for a salad from my Texan!
Halfway through our appetizer it started to sprinkle. The waitstaff quickly passed out umbrellas which we thought was really fun. It takes more than a little rain to ruin our evenings. Bottom line, make your reservations and don’t worry about the weather. It’ll be a fun evening rain or shine!
For our main courses Brian ordered the steak and I initially ordered the tomato cream pasta in a vegetarian version. Surprisingly, the waitress asked me if I didn’t like to eat seafood and offered to add chicken to my pasta. So impressed with her insight and thoughtfulness! So another helpful tip, if you want the pasta, you can order it with chicken. And it was delicious! If there would have been a way to heat my food up, I could have easily made 2 meals of my pasta and I would have loved the leftovers. It was so good. I’m actually a little bummed that I only got to eat it at one meal!
Brian thought his steak was excellently prepared, and he especially loved the peppercorn sauce which he dipped his french fries in! I think it would have been really good on his steak, but my stubborn Texan insists that steak should be eaten plain. Oh well – he still enjoyed the sauce a ton!
For dessert, Brian couldn’t make up his mind and we ordered two desserts! First we selected the coconut cream pie, because as noted on the menu, it’s “famous”! And then Brian ordered the key lime dessert because he loves everything lemon and lime. Overall the dessert was good (all desserts are), but it wasn’t our favorite part of the meal. Both came beautifully prepared, However, the coconut cream pie was actually not as the coconut cream pie that my mom makes at Christmas. The key lime dessert was also good, but the lime taste was very strong. I think Brian enjoyed it, but he didn’t rave about it like he did the salad and the peppercorn sauce.
In all we had a great time at Coco Bistro and highly recommend it! It’s a bit pricey ($200+ for 2 people) but the food and the setting were perfect for two people on a romantic getaway together. 🙂