Dine at Ma Ruby's Famous Restaurant

Dine at Ma Ruby’s


Ma Ruby’s restaurant staff claim Tingum to be the proud home of the famous “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, as featured in Jimmy Buffet’s Parrot Head Hand Book. Ma Ruby confirmed it and she added that sometimes when Jimmy is in the Caribbean, he will stop on Harbour Island just to have one of Ma Ruby’s cheeseburgers and will only then continue on his journey. Once you have had one of Ma Ruby’s cheeseburgers, you will understand.

Ma Ruby’s is your haven on Harbour Island for affordable and delicious comfort food, marrying the authentic styles of the Bahamas and the United States respectively. In addition to the famous cheeseburger and expansive dinner menu, there is also a full restaurant service available for breakfast and lunch at Ma Ruby’s. It’s so good that it’s even been featured on the Travel Chanel!


Ma Ruby’s specialties include locally caught fish, delicious toasted sandwiches with a variety of fillings and, of course, cheeseburgers! These classic American dishes comes with a twist of the lively Bahamian spirit, the heritage of which is passed through generations of authentic Caribbean home cooking. Ma Ruby and her team have been mastering the art of tasty local cuisine for decades, utilizing the best fresh ingredients.

Here’s what other diners have said:

  • Terrific burger and key lime pie. The best I’ve ever had!
  • Great value, amazing conch fritters, and sublime tropical grounds.
  • Amazing lobster and fantastic service from the friendly staff.

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  • What guests say…

    Tingum Village Hotel was an irresistible choice for our stay on Harbor Island — scintillating pink beaches and lush vegetation dominate the landscape, and what better place to enjoy it from than a guesthouse with cosy, peaceful rooms as well as friendly staff and mouthwatering eats at Ma  Ruby’s. Fantastic!
    Paola S.
    These guys do all the simple things just right. This is a guesthouse rather than a luxury hotel and has an affordable price to match. The hotel staff were delightful, kind… faultless, frankly! Its a great choice for people who like a warm, family vibe and a convenient ‘base camp’ to explore the island.
    Stefan I.
    Ma Ruby is a truly special host — friendly, gracious and kind. The family atmosphere she fosters makes Tingum Village feel just like home. Once up in our room we found more home comforts including an amazing whirlpool bath tub: a fantastic way to unwind and clean up after a long day wandering the island […]
    Angela W.
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