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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Asolare - Northshore Road Cruz Bay, $$$$
(340) 779-4747
Main courses $22-$28. Open: Daily 5:30-9:30pm. Reservations required. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V.
Offers a menu of Euro-Asian cuisine in spectacular surroundings. This is probably the most beautiful and elegant restaurant in St. John, with a hip and attractive staff. It is located on top of a hill overlooking Cruz Bay and some of the British Virgin Islands. The chef travels the world for inspiration and it shows in his dishes. He uses some of the best and freshest ingredients available on island. 
BANANA DECK
Happy Hour Daily 4-7 – Open 11AM-? 
Tel. 340-693-5055
St. John’s newest Hot Spot - overlooking the harbor
Live Music - Great Food - American/Caribbean Flair
Tropical Bar with Large Party Deck. "We loved the Banana Deck, delicious as well as economical. Nice open air dining in the cool breeze. Friendly people as well. The Tuna/Wasabi was to die for." 
Lee, December 2002
Cafe Roma - $$ (340)776-6524
Main courses $9-$18. Open: Daily 5-10pm.
Credit Cards: MC, V
A local's favorite! Chicken, Veal, & Seafood Entrees. Specialty Pies or Pizza by the slice. Nightly specials. 
Caneel Bay Beach Terrace- 
$$$$ (340)776-6111 Main courses $28-$38;
Main night grand buffet $50; lunch buffet $24.
Open: Daily 11am-2pm and 7-9pm. Reservations required for dinner. Credit Cards: AE, DC, MC, V
Breakfast 7:30-10:30 Lunch 11:30-2:20 Dinner 6:00-9:00 as well as sumptuous buffets on a covered terrace over looking the beach. Caters to an refined palate.
Chateau le Bordeaux -$$$$ (340) 776-6611
Main courses $21-$34. Open: Mon-Sat with two nightly
seatings, 5:30-6:30pm and 7:30-8:45pm. Closed Sun-Mon in
summer. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: MC, V
Fine dining / International Cuisine, located on the highest outlook point on St. John, it is known for having some of the best views on St. John.  Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm there is a lunch grill on the patio serving hamburgers and drinks. West Indian seafood chowder, smoked salmon, Filet Mignon and rack of Lamb are some of the offerings.
Chilly Billy's -  $ (340) 693-8708 At the Lumber Yard in Cruz Bay. Breakfast Lunch - Daily 8:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday Sunday Breakfast All Day.
Equator - $$$ 340/776-6111
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
This 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 .

The Fish Trap -  $$ (340) 693-9994 Open and Flying At Raintree Court in Cruz Bay Tropical Patio. Fresh fish specials, early-bird specials, homemade deserts. "We have found the Fish Trap to consistently have excellent seafood...it is a nice outdoor but under roof facility with always good service and we have had some of the best seafood dishes anywhere while dining here...the prices are consistent with other nice dining on St. John. The restaurant is well established having been on the island a long time. Great desserts also!" Cherry G. March, 2000
Inn at Tamarind Court -
$$ (340)776-6378.
Pasta, Sushi and Sandwiches.  Breakfast 7:00 -11:00 Dinner 5:00 till 9:00 
La Tapa - 340/693-7755
Tapas $4-$5. Main courses $15-$25.
Open: Mon-Sat 6-10pm. Reservations
recommended. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V
Tapas 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.
The Lime Inn - $$ (340) 776-6425
Main courses $6.25-$20; lunch $3.95-$9.95. Open: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm and 5:30-10pm, Sat 5:30-10pm. Closed 3 weeks in July. Reservations recommended. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V
This restaurant with an outdoor terrace is casual and relaxed (limin' is West Indian for relaxing). Located at the Lemon Tree Mall in the heart of Cruz Bay, it has a reputation for fresh grilled Caribbean-style lobster. Other grilled seafood choices range from shrimp to the fresh catch of the day. There are also daily chicken and pasta specials or you can have a grilled steak or grilled filet mignon stuffed with crab meat.  Wednesday is the most popular night of the week when the Lime Inn offers an all-you-can-eat, peel-and-eat shrimp feast for $17.95.
Morgan's Mango- $$ (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
Cuisines 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 also available.
Paradiso -  340/693-8899 $$/$$$. 
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, V
Dine in 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 Junction.

Shipwreck Landing- $$ (340)693-5640
Main courses $9.75-$15.25; lunch from $5.75-$10.75. Open: Daily 11am-10pm. (Bar, daily 11am-11pm.). Reservations requested. Credit Cards: AE, MC, V
Coral Bay, Best Conch Fritters on the Island, frozen drinks, fresh seafood, specials nightly, open air dining on Coral Bay, "the Real St. John Experience"! You dine amid palms and tropical plants on a veranda overlooking the sea. The bar specializes in tropical frozen drinks. For lunch, there's a lot more than sandwiches, salads, and burgers--try a pan-seared blackened snapper in Cajun spices or conch fritters. Dinner includes a pasta of the day and such specialties as the tantalizing Caribbean blackened shrimp and the grilled Mahi Mahi in lime butter. Entertainment, including jazz and reggae, is featured Friday through Sunday nights, with no cover charge.
"Shipwreck Landing has wonderful food."
Cherry G. March, 2000
Skinny Legs -  $ (340)779-4982 A Coral bay local hideout, Light grill w/sandwiches, soup, & fish Open 7 days a week 11 am - 9:00 pm.
"As everyone knows, Skinny Legs has the best cheeseburger in the world."
Cherry G. March, 2000
Sogo's Restaurant - $$ (340) 779-4404. Located in the heart of Cruz Bay.  Specializing in West Indian and American Cuisines.  Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Stone Terrace Restaurant - 340/693-9370
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
This 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 glaze.
Sun Dog Cage- Mongoose Junction 
(340) 693-8340 Lunch Only $6-$10
Credit Cards AE MC V
Tucked 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- 4:30.
Woody's Seafood Saloon
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
"The 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 order 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 Zo's - recently relocated to Gallows Point.   "Great food - great service. Their fried calamari with pesto sauce is unique." William A. Rini January 2003

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