Preparing your own meals in your St. John villa is definitely an option, but be sure to head out to sample some of the local restaurants as well. Italian places like Café Roma serve up pastas, sauces, and more, while those with an appetite for Asian cuisine will enjoy the pork dumplings and noodles at Asolare. No matter what your taste buds prefer, there's a St. John eatery that you'll be happy with and located not far from your villa on St. John.
Chateau Bordeaux is like a five star tree house with breathtaking views of Coral Bay and Tortola B.V.I. in the distance.
The atmosphere is uber romantic with a dark wooden interior, filled with wrought-iron chandeliers, lace table cloths, and lit candles. Tall crystal wineglasses with solid white china plates sit at each setting, and fabric swags hang from the ceiling. It is fine dining caribbean-island style, and as it should be, the view is the true feast for the eyes. Picture windows surround the dining room looking out towards the east. It's best to dine before sunset to catch the spectacular view. The wine list is impressive, and the food has a French/Caribbean flare with fresh and creative dishes. Try the Caribbean Lobster Crepe, Chilean Sea Bass, or West Indian seafood chowder. Filet Mignon and rack of Lamb are also some of the offerings, as well as an assortment of decadent homemade desserts.
Located on North Shore Road.
There is no sign, but it is across the street from the post office on the corner. They have a limited menu, but serve excellent barbeque - and big portions. Pasta salad and ribs are popular.
Expect long waits here. They offer take out, if you're impatient.
This upscale open-air eatery is located in the Estate Lindholm Hotel and overlooks picturesque Cruz Bay (and some of the British Virgin Islands).
Menu items include pork dumplings served with a glass noodle salad, seared tuna served with an orange-and-greens salad. Top a meal off with desserts like the chocolate pyramid, a rich cake with homemade ice cream melting in the middle.
Located in the heart of Cruz Bay, here you can get traditional Italian cuisine - lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and the like.
They are open seven days a week.
Excellent pizzas are also available, but they are for takeout only.
Located in the Westin, Chloe and Bernard's regularly changing and eclectic menu lures guests for a return meal. Many Asian offerings are delicious, and a variety of other options are available.
Choose from wasabi-potato pancake, marinated tuna served with mandarin fried rice and a lobster-mango summer roll, or steaks and traditional sides.
Whether it's pizza or breakfast you want (or pizza for breakfast), the Donkey Diner is the place to go. Located in the Coral Bay area along the main road, this diner serves up just about everything from fried eggs and pancakes to pepperoni or raisin topped pizzas (among other items).
Don't stop by Monday or Tuesday, though - they're closed.
This lively downtown bistro is located in downtown Cruz Bay.
The cuisine is Mediterranean and Spanish inspired cuisine, and the menu changes nightly.
Serving dinner only, La Tapa is a fun place to come for live jazz, tango night, or just for the cool atmosphere. Reservations are recommended.
You'll find this restaurant across from the National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay. They are open for lunch and dinner.
Boasting a Mexican-Caribbean fusion cuisine, Margarita Phil's offers tacos, burritos, vegetarian combos, and seafood specialties, as well as legendary conch fritters and other local fare. The house specialty is Caribbean Lobster tail served out of its shell, sauteed in garlic herb butter & accented with pineapple salsa and chipolte potatoes.
For dessert, choose from six types of Margaritas.
For a true taste of the islands, stop in for a meal here. Before becoming the island's most famous female chef, Miss Lucy was a big hit with tourists as St. John's first female taxi driver.
Her specialties include traditional conch fritters served with picante sauce, callaloo soup made from fish caught fresh locally, and her paella made with hot Italian sausage, deep-fried chicken, shrimp, and mussels over perfectly cooked saffron rice. Main dishes come with fungi, a cornmeal-and-okra side dish.
Miss Lucy's is located on Salt Pond Rd. near Estate Concordia, Coral Bay. Reservations are recommended.
Located in Cruz Bay, their menu incorporates many Caribbean cuisines - Creole, Bahamian, Cuban, Jamaican, Haitian, Puerto Rican and Mayan. All of these cuisines have been influenced by the original inhabitants of the islands, the Arawak and Carib Indians, as well as the Africans, East Indians and Chinese who arrived later.
The drink menu also boasts many "drinks from the Caribbean", such as Iced Cafe Cabano, Jamaican Planter's Punch and Chabaco.
Fine Italian dining near Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay. Great happy hours in the bar!
The menu features, burgers, sandwiches, salads and the like.
Dine by the sea in Coral Bay. Award winning Chef Rose Adams serves up delicious West Indian Creole with bold East Indian, French Caribbean & Latin flavors; They have a well matched wine menu with "New & Old World" styles & pairing suggestions; great cocktails (try the Erotic Spiced Martini & the Local Guava Berry Libation); The rum tasting was fun & informative. And save room for the sweet endings. Execellent food, service and ambiance. A MUST GO...
Located across the street from Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay, it overlooks Cruz Bay Harbor.
They serve American and Tropical cuisine in a casual atmosphere, and are open for lunch and dinner.
The Fish Trap Restaurant and Market have won "best of" for 2008. The casual, covered patio setting lets you to enjoy the sunshine and tropical breezes while you eat. If you prefer, the inside is air-conditioned, and you can eat at the bar.
The menu is pretty extensive. They serve appetizers like conch fritters, mussels, and shrimp. Salads, soups, seafood specialties and other items are also available.
This courtyard restaurant is located in the hotel. They serve breakfast daily from 7 am - 11 am, and feature a "Guest Chef" for dinner every night (but Saturday).
The bar is a popular place for locals and tourists.
Their nightly dinner schedule is: Monday: Greek, Tuesday: Mexican, Wednesday: Stir Fry, Thursday: Etta's West Indian, Friday: Home Cookin' featuring Prime Rib, and Sunday: Diner Night.
The bar is open until 5 pm.
Pan-seared blackened snapper in Cajun spices for lunch, daily pasta specials like Caribbean blackened shrimp for dinner, and quick bite favorites like burgers, salads and sandwiches are a few reasons to stop in.
Not to mention specialty frozen drinks in an intimate bar setting that overlooks the sea.
The Shipwreck Landing is located eight miles east of Cruz Bay on the road to Salt Pond Beach. In addition, entertainment is featured Thursday and Sunday nights, with no cover.
Aptly named, this little "by the road side" shack is a great place for tasty local food. Conch fritters, garlic chicken legs, johnny cakes, and desserts like homemade pineapple and coconut tarts will fuel you for a day of exploring.
You'll find Vie's on Hansen Bay. Note they are closed Sunday and Monday, and they don't serve dinner. They also don't take credit cards.
Serving up bar-style seafood and burgers, Woody's is also known for their Happy Hour. They are open lunch, dinner and late night (till 2 am).
Zozo's is located at Gallows Point Resort, and is open for dinner only. Fried calamari served with a pesto mayonnaise, roasted grouper with a pistachio crust served with a warm goat cheese and arugula salad are a couple of menu options.
With views that may rival the menu, plan a meal just before sunset for dinner and a "show".