The Best Restaurants in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay restaurants are located in two areas, Gloucester Avenue on the waterfront, and Queen's Drive in the hills overlooking Montego Bay. Lobster, like anywhere else in the Caribbean is expensive, but restaurant prices in Jamaica are generally moderate.
Cuisine: Seafood, $10 - $30
Off Howard Cooke Blvd.
Located in the marina the Pier tends to get packed on the weekends with all the party cruises departing in the vicinity. Grilled lobster and several preparations of snapper are recommended. Go on Friday to dance with the locals.
Sugar Mill, Half Moon Club
Cuisine: Steak and seafood, $10 to $30
Located on the golf course at Half Moon the Sugar Mill specializes in seafood and local cuisine. Major credit cards accepted and reservations are a must.
Day-O Plantation Restaurant
Next to Barnett Estate Plantation
Cuisine: Eclectic, $10 to $20
Located in a beautiful Georgian-style plantation house guests dine on the garden terrace. Day-O specializes in steak and seafood with a local twist. Major credit cards accepted. Great Jamaican style deserts. Closed on Mondays.
29 Gloucester Ave.
Cuisine: Eclectic, under $20
Overlooking Gloucester Avenue, this open-air stone terrace serves Jamaican and international dishes. Be sure to try the "boonoonoonoos" platter (a sampler of local dishes), and round out with coconut pie or "duckanoo" (a sweet dumpling of cornmeal, coconut, and banana wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed). Reservations essential and major credits card accepted.
27 Gloucester St.
Cuisine: Jerk and other local specialties, Inexpensie
The most famous of all Jamaican cuisines is Jerk and you haven't really experienced the island without trying at least two variations of this mouthwatering . This incendiary barbecuing seasoning is concocted from scotch bonnet peppers, allspice (known as "pimento" in Jamaica) and other spices. The delicious scent of jerked pork wafts from jerk shacks all over town, but many more touristic restaurants offer jerk fish and chicken. Also, because the Jamaican Rastafarians, famous for their dreadlocked hair and reggae music, are vegetarians, it is usually easy to find meatless selections in Jamaican restaurants.
Cuisine: Seafood, $10 to $30
Table side Caesar salad preparation and "flambed" seafood specialties make this a popular spot for romantic. Reservations necessary, no lunch and major credit cards accepted.
Margueritaville Caribbean Bar And Grill
Cuisine: Fun, comfort food and under $20
Look for the big water slide that connects to the water. Casual dishes including jerks, burgers, pizzas and the like. Major credit cards accepted.
32 Gloucester Ave.
Cuisine: Chinese and Jamaican, less than $20
Don't judge a book by its cover! Located in strip mall and the French name don't convey how really good the Chinese and Jamaican food is here. Don't miss this one. Tastiest lobster for less than $20 on the island. AE, MC, V. No lunch Sunday.