St. John has some
elegant and upscale dining, especially at the luxury resorts, but it also
has a number of West Indian restaurants with plenty of local color and
flavor. Many of the restaurants can be very expensive, but lunch can be
reasonable at most restaurants. The island has limited nightlife so dining
out can be the big event for the day.
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Road Cruz Bay, $$$$
(340) 779-4747 Main courses $22-$28. Open: Daily 5:30-9:30pm.
Reservations required. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V.
a menu of Euro-Asian cuisine in spectacular surroundings. This is
probably the most beautiful and elegant restaurant in St. John, with a
hip and attractive staff. It is located on top of a hill overlooking
Cruz Bay and some of the British Virgin Islands. The chef travels the
world for inspiration and it shows in his dishes. He uses some of the
best and freshest ingredients available on island.
Hour Daily 4-7 – Open 11AM-?
John’s newest Hot Spot - overlooking the harbor
Live Music - Great Food - American/Caribbean Flair
Tropical Bar with Large Party Deck. "We loved the Banana Deck,
delicious as well as economical. Nice open air dining in the cool
breeze. Friendly people as well. The Tuna/Wasabi was to die for."
Lee, December 2002
- $$ (340)776-6524
Main courses $9-$18. Open: Daily 5-10pm.
Credit Cards: MC, V
local's favorite! Chicken, Veal, & Seafood Entrees. Specialty Pies
or Pizza by the slice. Nightly specials.
$$$$ (340)776-6111 Main courses $28-$38;
Main night grand buffet $50; lunch buffet $24.
Open: Daily 11am-2pm and 7-9pm. Reservations required for dinner. Credit
Cards: AE, DC, MC, V
|Breakfast 7:30-10:30 Lunch 11:30-2:20 Dinner
6:00-9:00 as well as sumptuous buffets on a covered terrace over looking
the beach. Caters to an refined palate.
|Chateau le Bordeaux -$$$$ (340) 776-6611
Main courses $21-$34. Open: Mon-Sat with two nightly
seatings, 5:30-6:30pm and 7:30-8:45pm. Closed Sun-Mon in
summer. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: MC, V
dining / International Cuisine, located on the highest outlook point on
St. John, it is known for having some of the best views on St. John.
Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm there is a lunch grill on
the patio serving hamburgers and drinks. West
Indian seafood chowder, smoked salmon, Filet Mignon and rack of Lamb are
some of the offerings.
Billy's - $
the Lumber Yard in Cruz Bay. Breakfast Lunch - Daily 8:00am to 2:00pm,
Saturday Sunday Breakfast All Day.
Main courses $26-$39. Open: Winter daily 6:30-10pm. Off-season Wed-Thurs
and Sun 6:30-10pm. Reservations required. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V
restaurant lies behind the tower of an 18th-century sugar mill. A flight
of stairs leads to a stunning circular dining room, with a wraparound
veranda and lovely views of a park. In its center the restaurant grows a
giant Asian tree. Islanders call it "woman's tongue tree."
The cuisine is
the most daring on the island. Try the spicy and delicious appetizer of
Caribbean jerk seasoned crab cakes with a smoked yellow pepper aïoli.
Caribbean callaloo soup, a classic is offered, and the salads use farm
greens such as Roma tomatoes and endive. There are daily Caribbean
selections offered. For the more traditional palate offerings include
aged Angus steak or grilled veal chop .
$$ (340) 693-9994
and Flying At Raintree Court in Cruz Bay Tropical Patio. Fresh fish
specials, early-bird specials, homemade deserts. "We have found the
Fish Trap to consistently have excellent seafood...it is a nice outdoor
but under roof facility with always good service and we have had some of
the best seafood dishes anywhere while dining here...the prices are
consistent with other nice dining on St. John. The restaurant is well
established having been on the island a long time. Great desserts
G. March, 2000
Tamarind Court -
Sushi and Sandwiches. Breakfast 7:00 -11:00 Dinner 5:00 till
|La Tapa -
Tapas $4-$5. Main courses $15-$25.
Open: Mon-Sat 6-10pm. Reservations
recommended. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V
are bite-size morsels of fish, meat, or marinated vegetables that the
Spanish produce in large numbers for consumption with pitchers of Sangría.
Sounds good doesn't it? Menu items include seared Tuna, Filet Mignon,
and linguini with Shrimp.
Lime Inn - $$
Main courses $6.25-$20; lunch $3.95-$9.95. Open: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm
and 5:30-10pm, Sat 5:30-10pm. Closed 3 weeks in July. Reservations
recommended. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V
restaurant with an outdoor terrace is casual and relaxed (limin' is West Indian for relaxing).
at the Lemon Tree Mall in the heart of Cruz Bay, it has a reputation for
fresh grilled Caribbean-style lobster. Other grilled seafood choices
range from shrimp to the fresh catch of the day. There are also daily
chicken and pasta specials or you can have a grilled steak or grilled
filet mignon stuffed with crab meat. Wednesday is the most popular
night of the week when the Lime Inn offers an all-you-can-eat,
peel-and-eat shrimp feast for $17.95.
$$ (340) 693-8141
Main courses $7.95-$24.95. Open: Daily 6-10pm. Bar opens at 5:30pm.
Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V
of the Caribbean, fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes, frozen tropical
drinks. An open air restaurant that combines the flavors of the
different islands in the Caribbean. The bar wraps around the main dining
room and offers some 30 frozen drinks. Thursday is Margarita Night, when
a soft rock duo plays. They serve everything from Anegada lobster cakes
to a spicy Jamaican pick-a-pepper steak, flying fish served as an
appetizer, followed by Haitian voodoo snapper pressed in Cajun spices,
then grilled and served with fresh fruit salsa, Mahi Mahi in a Cruzan
rum and mango sauce. Standard steak, chicken, and vegetarian dishes are
Main courses $20-$30. Open: Daily 11am-3pm and 5:30-9:30pm. Bar, daily
5-10pm. Closed Aug-Nov. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: AE, MC,
their air conditioned dining
room, the only one on St. John that's air-conditioned, or sit and watch the world go by on the balcony.
Paradiso has the most beautiful bar on the island, crafted from
mahogany, purpleheart, and angelique.
Each dish has
real flavor. Appetizers include shrimp and lobster dumplings with
pineapple salsa and a mango vinaigrette and goat cheese ravioli with
pastrami cured smoked salmon in a shallot vinaigrette. A roasted garlic
Caesar salad with sun-dried tomatoes and a Parmesan grizzini is offered
as a change to a traditional Caesar. The main dishes, especially the
pan-roasted sea bass with baby beets and cannellini or the grilled veal
medallions with pastrami-cured duck breast and arugula are wonderful.
The chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, Asiago cheese and basil, and
served with garlic mashed potatoes is delicious. Located in Mongoose
Main courses $9.75-$15.25; lunch from $5.75-$10.75. Open: Daily
11am-10pm. (Bar, daily 11am-11pm.). Reservations requested. Credit
Cards: AE, MC, V
Bay, Best Conch Fritters on the Island, frozen drinks, fresh seafood,
specials nightly, open air dining on Coral Bay, "the Real St. John
Experience"! You dine amid palms and tropical plants on a veranda
overlooking the sea. The bar specializes in tropical frozen drinks. For
lunch, there's a lot more than sandwiches, salads, and burgers--try a
pan-seared blackened snapper in Cajun spices or conch fritters. Dinner
includes a pasta of the day and such specialties as the tantalizing
Caribbean blackened shrimp and the grilled Mahi Mahi in lime butter.
Entertainment, including jazz and reggae, is featured Friday through
Sunday nights, with no cover charge.
"Shipwreck Landing has wonderful food." Cherry
G. March, 2000
|Skinny Legs -
Coral bay local hideout, Light grill w/sandwiches, soup, & fish Open
7 days a week 11 am - 9:00 pm.
"As everyone knows, Skinny Legs has the best cheeseburger in the
G. March, 2000
Restaurant - $$ (340) 779-4404.
in the heart of Cruz Bay. Specializing in West Indian and American
Cuisines. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Terrace Restaurant -
Main courses $18-$40. Open: Tues-Sun 6-10pm. Bar daily 5-11 pm.
Closed Sept. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: AE, DC, DISC, MC, V
is a newer restaurant which is set on a large stone terrace. Most of the
tables are under a retractable awning. Menu items are likely to include
rack of lamb with pistachio-pesto crust, set on a bed of
pineapple-studded sweet potatoes; plantain-crusted snapper with a
mushroom salad and poppy seed vinaigrette; and grilled medallions of
duck breast with dasheen-flavored gnocchi and a roasted garlic and Brie
Cage- Mongoose Junction
(340) 693-8340 Lunch Only $6-$10
Credit Cards AE MC V
away into the second floor of gracious Mongoose Junction, the Sun Dog
Cafe is one of St. John's most popular places for lunch. The menu is eclectic,
casual and interesting: Jamaican Jerk Chicken Sandwiches, Gourmet
Pizzas, Certified Angus Cheeseburgers (Voted #1 on St John-Daily News),
Tex Mex, Salads and more. Great Frozen Drinks from the Gecko Gazebo Bar
overlooking the native stone central courtyard. Open Mon-Sat 11 am-
an American Seafood Grill - $$ (340)779-4625
Main courses $7.95-$15; lunch $5-$7.95. Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-1am,
Fri-Sun 11am-2am. Reservations not accepted. Credit Cards: AE, DC, MC, V
Caribbean's best happy hour". This
local hangout at Cruz Bay is famous for its beers on tap. A mix of local
fishers, taxi drivers, tour guides, aimless island drifters, and an
occasional husband and wife show up here to
the spicy conch fritters. There are a number of shrimp dishes, and you
can usually order fresh fish and other dishes, including burgers,
blackened shark, drunken shellfish, and mussels and clams steamed in
beer. There's reggae on Wednesday
and mixed live music on Saturdays.
Zo's - recently relocated
to Gallows Point.
food - great service. Their fried calamari with pesto sauce is unique."
William A. Rini January 2003