You can tell a lot about a place by its culinary scene; by the chefs who flock there, the local ingredients that inspire its menus and the international flavors that enliven its dishes. From classic favorites to contemporary chic destinations, here’s a look at five restaurants shaping the foodie scene in Turks & Caicos.

COCO BISTRO - Who wouldn’t want to sip frozen drinks beneath swaying palms on a Caribbean island? This top-rated restaurant is set amidst the largest palm grove on Provo’s picturesque Grace Bay. Inspired local cuisine by acclaimed chef Stuart Gray includes fresh ahi, conch and lobster, as well as duck confit and roasted lamb rack, infused with local herbs and spices. It’s a not-to be-missed culinary experience situated within a tropical garden paradise.

COYOBA RESTAURANT - An island favorite for nearly 20 years, the award-winning Coyoba Restaurant in Grace Bay features a Signature Menu that changes frequently. Chef/Owner Paul Newman and his team continually create new, inventive dishes with a wide variety of exotic seafood, tropical fruits, spices and herbs, as well as classic favorites with a locally inspired twist. Whether craving fresh seafood, pasta or steak, Coyoba offers a little something for every discerning palate.

INFINITI REST. & RAW BAR - The premier, gourmet oceanfront restaurant (formerly known as Anacaona) at Grace Bay Club, offers fine dining in a sophisticated, modern atmosphere. The Raw Bar boasts delicious mahi mahi, conch and lobster ceviche, ahi poke and yellowtail crudo, while the dinner menu features a flavorful mix of entrees, greens and small plates. Dine with the waters of Grace Bay gently lapping the shore, and enjoy live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

PARALLEL23 - Talk about the wow-factor. Located at The Palms on Grace Bay, Parallel23 has a stunning al fresco dining terrace and display kitchen with wood-burning oven so guests can enjoy the “theater of food preparation” first-hand. Featuring cuisine by Executive Chef Lauren Callighen, the menu offers land and sea favorites, from coconut-marinated conch ceviche to 21-day aged steaks.

SEVEN - The renowned, flagship restaurant at Seven Stars Hotel on Grace Bay offers an exquisite blend of local and international dishes in a candlelit seaside setting. An award-winning, gourmet destination, the restaurant blends island spices, fresh seafood and contemporary flavors, bringing a sophisticated elegance to the thriving Turks & Caicos culinary scene.