Bahama Breeze

★★★★☆
Bahama Breeze is celebrating rum & fun every day in October with Rumtoberfest; including rum cocktails, sipping rums & vacation sweepstakes.
  • 1600 Bergen Town Ctr

    Paramus, NJ 07652

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  • 201-368-5860

About Bahama Breeze

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Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M. Friday - Saturday: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M. Happy Hour = Monday - Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Late Night Happy Hour = Sunday - Thursday: 9:00 P.M. - Close

Food

Food
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As of January 11, 2013, we have dined as a family at this location twice in the last 6 weeks, and I have done a curbside pickup. This brand is brand spanking new in this area, featuring a Caribbean inspired menu - a rarity, especially on a national restaurant chain level. This is a new structure built in the parking lot of the extensively renovated Bergen Town Center, formerly the outdated ghost town of Paramus that was called the Bergen Mall.

Bahama Breeze just opened in Fall 2012 and shares this perch along the eastbound roadside of the mercilessly busy Route 4 corridor with it's sister eatery, the much more well known Olive Garden. Olive Garden is also making an appearance in an area that does not have another one for miles around. The Darden corporate conglomerate owns many national chains and have worked in recent years to polish up the punchline image that such establishments used to invoke. The refreshing menu selection makes this a popular addition to the local offerings. It is wise, as with most eateries, to come in on a off peak time for shorter wait times, especially with children.

A few dishes blew us away, like the Beef version of the Empanadas that detoured from the Hispanic classic and instead were rich in curry, but not overpowering. The Jerk Chicken also tread lightly with the spice intensity. I married into a West Indian family and their jerk chicken will make your eyes cross! Bahama Breeze has a rich seafood chowder, and the fish tacos surprise you with a substantial portion of fish, unlike the hide and seek you have to play with similar version at competitors (hint: rhymes with Meesecake Smacktory")

As expected for an island theme, there is no shortage of syrupy sweet drink concoctions to spike up your tab and your insulin levels. The search for a pleasant sugarfree beverage was once again stymied on our 1st visit by the diet cola or unsweetened ice tea rut that so many restaurants leave you in. On the second visit, it was explained that there was an unsweetened ice tea that also had a flavoring, and it was specialty brand that came bottled at about 4 bucks a pop. It was better than nothing, but hopefully more restaurants will begin using that "Sodastream" style carbonated beverage maker that will allow them to vastly expand their sugarfree soda choices. Selected Burger King and McDonalds have begun doing this, bragging about the 100+ possible combinations. But I guess all those teetotaler choices that would take away from the cash cow of the alcoholic drinks - a pair of specialty bar drinks can spike the bill by as much as 20 bucks!

But back to the food - in three visits, I've found NOTHING to complain about, even the coconut shrimp that look like they were the usual, made at the factory supplier, pre-breaded clones, were fried to a turn, tender and crispy. I even tried a burger, the one with that strange cheese, Manchega(?), and portabella, it was flawlessly delicious.

I recommend this restaurant highly and pray they don't get complacent after settling in. They have a large outdoor seating area that is of course going unused in the winter. It is a key feature that it is completely shaded from the sun. But it's right along the horrendously noisy Route 4. I bet it's been strategized by corporate that it's not so much the outdoor dining experience as it is the visual enticement for passing traffic to pull over in warmer weather. Amazingly, they have flat screen TVs outside in the patio area! They must be heavily bolted in and alarmed! Parking is next to impossible in the super small area right outside this pair of restaurants, but the huge covered parking structure of the shopping center looms right behind - in fact, signage points the way there to try to save you the scramble for the prime spots. I do a drive by, as I drop off the family, and I have been lucky on the off hours to get a spot - felt like George Constanza!

I recommend this restaurant for those comfortable with anything from a Red Lobster or Applebees to a Macaroni Grill or Carrabas. Without the alcohol, you might get two adults and two children in and out for $50 or so.

4
★★★★☆

As of January 11, 2013, we have dined as a family at this location twice in the last 6 weeks, and I have done a curbside pickup. This brand is brand spanking new in this area, featuring a Caribbean inspired menu - a rarity, especially on a national restaurant chain level. This is a new structure built in the parking lot of the extensively renovated Bergen Town Center, formerly the outdated ghost town of Paramus that was called the Bergen Mall.

Bahama Breeze just opened in Fall 2012 and shares this perch along the eastbound roadside of the mercilessly busy Route 4 corridor with it's sister eatery, the much more well known Olive Garden. Olive Garden is also making an appearance in an area that does not have another one for miles around. The Darden corporate conglomerate owns many national chains and have worked in recent years to polish up the punchline image that such establishments used to invoke. The refreshing menu selection makes this a popular addition to the local offerings. It is wise, as with most eateries, to come in on a off peak time for shorter wait times, especially with children.

A few dishes blew us away, like the Beef version of the Empanadas that detoured from the Hispanic classic and instead were rich in curry, but not overpowering. The Jerk Chicken also tread lightly with the spice intensity. I married into a West Indian family and their jerk chicken will make your eyes cross! Bahama Breeze has a rich seafood chowder, and the fish tacos surprise you with a substantial portion of fish, unlike the hide and seek you have to play with similar version at competitors (hint: rhymes with Meesecake Smacktory")

As expected for an island theme, there is no shortage of syrupy sweet drink concoctions to spike up your tab and your insulin levels. The search for a pleasant sugarfree beverage was once again stymied on our 1st visit by the diet cola or unsweetened ice tea rut that so many restaurants leave you in. On the second visit, it was explained that there was an unsweetened ice tea that also had a flavoring, and it was specialty brand that came bottled at about 4 bucks a pop. It was better than nothing, but hopefully more restaurants will begin using that "Sodastream" style carbonated beverage maker that will allow them to vastly expand their sugarfree soda choices. Selected Burger King and McDonalds have begun doing this, bragging about the 100+ possible combinations. But I guess all those teetotaler choices that would take away from the cash cow of the alcoholic drinks - a pair of specialty bar drinks can spike the bill by as much as 20 bucks!

But back to the food - in three visits, I've found NOTHING to complain about, even the coconut shrimp that look like they were the usual, made at the factory supplier, pre-breaded clones, were fried to a turn, tender and crispy. I even tried a burger, the one with that strange cheese, Manchega(?), and portabella, it was flawlessly delicious.

I recommend this restaurant highly and pray they don't get complacent after settling in. They have a large outdoor seating area that is of course going unused in the winter. It is a key feature that it is completely shaded from the sun. But it's right along the horrendously noisy Route 4. I bet it's been strategized by corporate that it's not so much the outdoor dining experience as it is the visual enticement for passing traffic to pull over in warmer weather. Amazingly, they have flat screen TVs outside in the patio area! They must be heavily bolted in and alarmed! Parking is next to impossible in the super small area right outside this pair of restaurants, but the huge covered parking structure of the shopping center looms right behind - in fact, signage points the way there to try to save you the scramble for the prime spots. I do a drive by, as I drop off the family, and I have been lucky on the off hours to get a spot - felt like George Constanza!

I recommend this restaurant for those comfortable with anything from a Red Lobster or Applebees to a Macaroni Grill or Carrabas. Without the alcohol, you might get two adults and two children in and out for $50 or so.

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