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Jamaica Local Restaurants

Where to Eat in Jamaica

If you get tired of cooking for yourself in your villa in Jamaica, or having the chef at the villa prepare all your meals, try some of the excellent restaurants in Jamaica for a change. For a night you'll never forget, try some Jamaican fare beside the backlit waterfalls at The Ruins, or go native at Bibibips with authentic Jamaican food served to the beat of live reggae music. You can find food options from nearly every ethnicity in and around Jamaica, and prices to accommodate every pocketbook.


Jamaica Dining Map


Local Restaurants


Norma's Restaurant (Caribbean) - Negril, Jamaica

 Norma's Restaurant

An eclectic fusion of different nations! Whether it is called New World Caribbean, Carib Asian or Nuevo Latino, one thing is for certain, some creative minds with a passion for flavour have melded together earth's edible treasures. All the food at Norma's is cooked with the finest ingredients and freshest produce available. Sit back and enjoy a nice bottle of wine or one of our many fabulous tropical drinks.


The Ruins at the Falls (International) - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

 The Ruins at the Falls

Relax, kick back and enjoy spectacular views of the flowing waters of the Falls cascading down a dramatic waterfall while enjoying the best of Jamaican and Asian dishes. One of the most romantic spots in the world, with illuminated waterfalls in the back round. Dinner is an experience at the Ruins.


Bibibips Restaurant & Bar (Local) - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Bibibips Restaurant & Bar

Located on the main strip of Ocho Rios, Bibibips is Jamaican food at its best. The restaurant occupies a sprawling open-air compound of porches and verandas. Don't miss the live Reggae band on most weekday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday.


Bullseye Steakhouse (Steakhouses) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Bullseye Steakhouse

Bullseye Steakhouse is located on the "Hip Strip" of Montego Bay. Enjoy steaks, fajitas and more at this local hot spot.


Chill Out (Local) - Jamaica

This is a tropical Eden, of sorts ... with an extensive menu! Located on the south end of the bay, Chill Out, a lively beachside bar, is an ideal place to do just as its name suggests. An open-air restaurant, wonderfully casual and the epitome of Jamaican style, sample traditional or creative Caribbean fare, including jerk and seafood options, native fish, rice and peas. A favorite of reggae-lovers and locals alike!


Day O Plantation Restaurant (Local) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Day O Plantation Restaurant

Located in the lush tropical hills just 3 miles west of Montego Bay City, the Restaurant, surrounded by a colourful tropical garden offers the finest in Jamaican and foreign cuisine in elegant Jamaican splendor. Serving Jamaica's most popular local dishes such as Boston Style Jerked Snapper, 1/4 Jerked Chicken & Conch Creole, you don't want to miss out on this unique experience.


Dickie's Best Kept Secret - West of Port Antonio, on the main road. After the Cool Oasis gas station, coast side of the road

Tel: 1 876

Dickie's Best Kept Secret is run by Dickie Butler in a quaint cottage which is built in to the cliffs West of Port Antonio. Most of the decorations are crafted by local artists and many of them were actually designed by Dickie himself.

The name "Best Kept Secret" comes from the restaurant's out-of-the-way location. However, after 30 years in business, the secret is well and truly out, with plenty of word-of-mouth business passing through the doors


Evita's Italian Restaurant (Italian) - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Evita's Italian Restaurant

Enjoy fine dining in Ocho Rios at Evita's Italian Restaurant. Have dinner inside an authentic 1860's Gingerbread house with wood floors or outside overlooking the cruise ship piers and Ocho Rios. Established in 1984, Evita's has been a favorite destination in Ocho Rios for over twenty years. Specializing in a Northern Italian dishes, lunch offers the more traditional Jamaican cuisine.


Golden Shore Bar and Restaurant (Caribbean) - Jamaica


Golden Shore Bar and Restaurant is a friendly family restaurant located directly on Long Bay`s beach with fabulous views of the Caribbean. The Bar & Restaurant, are specialising in West Indian homemade food, that changes weekly. Outside tables provide a great setting for hanging out and watching the world go by.


Il Giardino (Italian) - Jamaica

(876) 953-2211

Step into the elegantly frescoed Il Giardino and you are instantly transported to a wonderfully romantic restaurant, somewhere on the coast of Italy. The mouth-watering menu was created by our internationally-trained chefs and offers a variety of beautifully presented authentic Italian dishes.

* Dinner only. Reservations required.

* Closed for dinner on Mondays and Fridays

* Dress code: Elegantly Casual

* Seats 60


Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Montego Bay (American) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Montego Bay

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is perfect for anyone looking for exciting entertainment, a lively, fun atmosphere, delicious food and concoctions. Known for their 52 tropically-flavored margaritas, world famous hamburgers, and their mouth watering dessert menu, you can't go wrong. A popular attraction for all ages is the 120ft waterslide, which winds its way from the rooftop terrace above into the warm Caribbean below, the two giant water trampolines connected by a log cross or the floating Margaritaville deck anchored offshore.


Kuyaba (Seafood) - Negril, Jamaica


Imagine a starry night and a cool Caribbean breeze, then...a large plate of steaming lobster garnished with sharp garlic or hot curry arrives and is placed gently on the table before you. This is Kuyaba. This is your feast.


Margaritaville (American) - Jamaica

876-952-4777 (Montego Bay Jamaica); 876-957-4467 (

Ready to party Jimmy Buffet-style!? Grab your friends and head over to one of three Margaritaville restaurants in Jamaica - Negril, Montego Bay and Ochos Rios. At each hot spot you'll find non-stop Buffet-tunes, delicious food, signature 22-ounce bongs of beer and of course, a rainbow of tropically-flavored margaritas. Bikini-clad patrons help brighten the ambiance. By day you can catch a game on the large-screen TVs, chill on the open-air patios or partake in the water activities. At the Montego Bay and Negril Margaritavilles you'll find giant water trampolines anchored 10 yards off shore. Also in Montego Bay and at the Ochos Rios location are rooftop whirlpool tubs and 110ft-waterslides, which winds their way down from the roof to the Caribbean below. All this fun is a 'don't miss' for both adults and children.


Ocho Rios Jerk Centre (Local) - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios Jerk Centre

Looking for a casual dining experience with good beer and great food? Try Ocho Rios Jerk Centre! Located outside, this open-air restaurant offers an authentic Jamaican experience. Whatever your choice, delight in the mouthwatering spices that are so popular to this region. Reggae is always playing in the background. A vegetarian menu is also offered and if you don't drink beer, enjoy a natural fruit juice instead.


Restaurant Le Vendome (Mediterranean) - Negril, Jamaica

Restaurant Le Vendome

Restaurant Le Vendome is located at Charela Inn. Le Vendome is a healthy gourmet's delight reflecting fresh produce of their farms. A unique experience of wholesome home made products with no colouring or additives, Le Vendome serves Mediterranean dishes subtly blended with Jamaican spices. Enjoy local entertainment on Thursdays & Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.


Rick's Cafe (Caribbean) - Negril, Jamaica

Rick's Cafe

Since 1974, Rick's Café has offered visitors to Negril, Jamaica outstanding views from their cliffside location. Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine voted it one of the ten best bars in the world! Two hurricane's have destroyed Rick's but its popularity made for quick re-builds each time getting bigger and better. For more than 30 years, this spot has been the premier destination for gatherings and sunset gazing. By day, visitors can take advantage of the spacious decks, resort-style pool and diving cove. Adventure-seekers jump off platforms, the highest 35 feet above the sea, into the crystalline water below. The evening offers world-famous sunset views, Jamaican-style food and tropical drinks. When the sun slides behind the waves the party is on. With live entertainment and exotic drinks, Rick's is transformed into a moon-lit lounge.


Sweet Spice (Caribbean) - Negril, Jamaica

As good as it gets for quality Jamaican food. I always eat there the first night and the last night, and sometimes in between. It's great.


The Cocoro (Japanese) - Kingston, Jamaica

(876) 929-0970
The Cocoro

4 West Kings House Close

Kingston 10, Jamaica

Phone (876) 929-0970

Telfax (876) 929-0979


The Houseboat Grill (Seafood) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Houseboat Grill

Located in the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary, The HouseBoat Grill offers a unique setting for a one of a kind dining experience. Enjoy dinner inside, on the upper deck under the stars or waterside entertained by the nightly aquatic ballet performed by snook & tarpon game fish. Come casually elegant. Heels not recommended.


The Lodge (Caribbean) - Jamaica


The open-air main dining house brings guests together in an intimate setting overlooking the blue Caribbean sea. Continental Breakfast is served daily in the main dining house and includes such indulgences as fresh tropical fruits, blue mountain coffee, cereals, toast and local jams.

For dinner, the Chef prepares Jamaican-style feasts using the finest ingredients and organic-grown vegetables. Daily menus change depending on the seasonal ingredients and local grilled lobster, sweet curried Black River Shrimp, fresh caught fish and traditional jerk chicken are standard fare at Tensing Pen.


The Pelican Grill (Local) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Pelican Grill

Located on the "Hip Strip" is Montego Bays place for mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine, serving families for over a quarter of a century. You can choose from a wide array of Jamaican dishes, including stewed peas and rice, curried goat, Caribbean fish, fried chicken, and curried lobster. A "meatless menu" is also featured.


The Sugar Mill (Other) - Jamaica

(876) 953-2211

Tiny twinkling lights softly illuminate the original stone terrace and entryway that welcomes guests to the enchanting Sugar Mill restaurant. Dine al fresco and enjoy a magical evening of gourmet contemporary Caribbean Fusion Cuisine, live music and romance. The Sugar Mill is open for dinner only and is available for private parties and receptions.

* Cuisine

* The Sugar Mill Wine Cellar

* Private Dining

* Perfect for Any Size

* Keeper of the Mill

* Dinner only. Reservations required.

* Dinner: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

* Dress code: Elegantly Casual

* Seats 140


Toscanini's Italian Restaurant (Italian) - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Toscanini's Italian Restaurant

Toscanini's Italian Restaurant had style and sophistication. Located in Ocho Rios, the restaurant occupies the gracious street level of a 19th-century stone pavilion. The menu includes classic Italian dishes supplemented by changing specials, daily. Backed up by a terrific wine list, Toscanini's is a place you will want to try. Closed one week in June and one week in September.


Town House by the Sea (Local) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Town House by the Sea

Town House by the Sea is not only know for their excellent cuisine but also for their A-list celebrity guest who have graced their tables for over 30 years. Guest include Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Jerry Lewis, and Danny Glover to name a few. The Town House is located on Montego Bay's famous "Hip Strip".


Woody's Low Bridge Place (Caribbean) - Jamaica

Woody's Low Bridge Place has been operating in Port Antonio since 1986 and is run by Charles "Woody" Cousins and his wife, Cherry Cousins.

Woody's specialises in homemade burgers, all made from local ingredients. Vegetarians are also well catered for with vegetarian burgers, cheesedogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. Hotdogs and fries are also available. Three course meals and Jamaican classics such as curried goat and jerk chicken can also be made to order. If special food is required, it is necessary to call in the morning, as all food is cooked to order, just how Cherry and Woody would cook for themselves