Sun seeking travelers have long been drawn to the Caribbean by its stunning blue sea and sugar-white sands. Dining was often an afterthought. But that has changed, and the Caribbean islands are now home to a wealth of highly-rated restaurants.
To help you find the best fine dining in the Caribbean, we have compiled a list of the top restaurants on the islands. We broke down the list into the following categories:
Keep in mind: many of these restaurants are quite popular and require you to make reservations in advance. If you need help securing a restaurant reservation, please contact our concierge department.
Overview: Chef Jean-Claude Dufour, formerly of Eden Rock, is well-known on the island for his culinary artistry. At L' Esprit, diners are treated to beautifully plated French-inspired dishes, changing the menu weekly. Examples of this restaurant's cuisine include medallion of lobster, mushroom ravioli, and its signature seared foie gras.
Ambiance: Romantic garden setting.
What we love: The service is attentive and efficient.
Insider tip: L' Esprit is open for lunch and offers excellent to-go fare.
Location: Saline, Address: Anse de Grande, Phone: +590 590 52-4610
Insider tip: Reservations are highly recommended.
Ambiance: Coco Bistro is in the middle of the largest palm grove in Providenciales, so the overall vibe is tropical magic.
What we love: Chef Stuart Gray grows many of the herbs he uses in his dishes.
Overview: At Coco Bistro, you'll dine under swaying palms on Chef Gray's masterful culinary creations. Think seafood fettuccine studded with mahi-mahi, Caicos lobster, and shrimp. Or jerk pork tenderloin with fried plantains and ratatouille.
Location: Providenciales, Address: Grace Bay Road, next to Sunshine Nursery, Phone: +1 649-946-5369
Overview: The dishes on Veya's menu aren't limited to one country or region. Instead, this restaurant borrows ideas from tropical cuisines from around the world. So, you'll find jerk tuna featured on the menu alongside a vegetarian dish of roasted cauliflower, potato, tofu, and an Indian spinach purée.
Ambiance: Romantic tree house where you'll dine by the soft glow of candles.
What we love: You won't want to skip the restaurant's signature shrimp cigars, flavored with Moroccan spices and accented with apricot jam.
Insider tip: The lunch menu is vegetarian with some vegan options. However, the restaurant can modify dishes with meat or fish upon request.
Location: Sandy Ground, Address: Reverend Carty Road, Phone: +1 264-498-8392
Overview: Le Tamarin is run by two brothers -- Jerome, the chef, and Frederic Lebeau, the sommelier. Together they have created a superb dining experience with fusions of French food and local flavors featuring seasonal produce and fine wines. The restaurant's offerings include a veal chop smoked in hay or cod loin and caviar.
Ambiance: Tropical garden elegance, romantic.
What we love: Le Tamarin's sommelier will help you find the perfect wine pairings for your meal.
Insider tip: Le Tamarin has a garden hour menu that features tapas and a charcuterie board.
Location: Grande Saline, Address: Saline Saint-Barthélemy BL 97133, Phone: +590 590 29 27 74
Overview: La Villa Restaurant serves delicious, classic French fare, including a beef filet served with a foie gras sauce, a John Dory filet served Meuniere, or sliced duck breast served with sweet potato mousse. This outstanding eatery has earned the Best of the Best award from TripAdvisor, which means it's been ranked in the top one percent of properties worldwide.
Ambiance: Candle-lit, romantic, and welcoming.
What we love: The staff and owners are attentive and dedicated to providing the best service possible to their guests.
Insider tip: Complimentary valet parking is available.
Location: Grand Case, Address: 93 Boulevard de Grand Case, Phone: +590 690 50 12 04
Overview: Extra Virgin Bistro prides itself on serving the freshest produce and products in its farm- and sea-to-table cuisine. This restaurant even grows many of its own herbs. Examples of the elevated food you might enjoy here include a Wagyu steak tartar or a wild mushroom pappardelle in a truffle cream sauce.
Ambiance: Tropical chic.
What we love: Attentive, excellent service.
Insider tip: Check out the restaurant's Facebook page for specials and additions to the menu.
Location: Cruz Bay, Address: 18-11A Estate Enighed near the Round-About, Phone: +1 340-715-1864
Overview: This beautiful clifftop restaurant has been renovated and will reopen as a fine Italian restaurant by the end of 2021 under Michelin Star chef Antonio Mellino. His menu will spotlight the flavors of the Campania region, Napoli, and Southern Italy. Chef Mellino uses fresh local ingredients as well as the best products from around the world for his dishes.
Ambiance: Romantic and stylish.
What we love: The stunning 180-degree views of the ocean.
Insider tip: The Cliff Restaurant's name was due to change to Quattro Passi at The Cliff by the end of 2021.
Location: St. James Parish, Address: Highway 1, St. James, Phone: +1 246-432-1922
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Overview: Bistrot Caraibes has been serving gourmet French food in St. Martin since the early 1990s. Some of its most popular dishes are lobster thermidor or grilled veal escalopes. This restaurant has won the TripAdvisor Best of the Best award, plus, in 2019, USA Today readers also named it one of the 10 best restaurants in the Caribbean.
Ambiance: Romantic, yet welcoming and relaxed.
What we love: This restaurant has a tank where you can select a live lobster for your dinner.
Insider tip: Reservations are recommended at this popular, 50-seat restaurant.
Location: Saint Martin, Address: 81 Boulevard de Grand Case, Phone: +590 590 29 08 29
The best Caribbean restaurant? It really depends on what you're in the mood for. To help you find the best restaurants for your itinerary, we've curated the following lists into three specific categories -- fine dining, lunch spots, and local fare.
At this iconic Turks & Caicos eatery, the views are stunning; the food is delicious, and the vibe is laid-back. As for its menu, Da Conch Shack serves – not surprisingly – conch in just about every way imaginable.
Some examples include curried conch stew, in a salad, or in a chowder. Of course, this restaurant serves other dishes, as well, including fresh seafood, tacos, and burgers.
Location: Providenciales, Address: Blue Hills Rd (Aka Cove Rd), Phone: +1 649-946-8877
This waterfront restaurant will take you on a culinary journey around the world with an emphasis on the cuisine of France, Spain, and Thailand. Some standouts on Nikki Beach's menu include sushi and rotisserie chicken enhanced with a truffle sauce or a Provencal herb jus.
Location: St. Barthelemy, Address: Plage de St. Jean, Phone: +590 590 27 64 64
These are two separate eateries. Blanchards Restaurant's menu will take you on a culinary trip around the world. Examples of some of the restaurant's dishes include a grouper Nicoise or char siu ribs. Then there is the Beach Shack, which serves up more casual fare, including sandwiches, burgers, and jerk chicken at affordable prices. Both eateries pride themselves on using local and organic produce whenever possible.
Location: West End Village, Address: Meads Bay, Phone: +1 264-498-6100
This beachfront restaurant has a lunch menu that has something to offer just about anyone, with flavors from France, the Caribbean, and Asia. For example, you'll find poke bowls, tapas, and burgers. The Rainbow Cafe also has an award-winning pâtisserie chef, which means you can end your meal with an incredibly sweet treat.
Location: Grand Case, French side, Address: Boulevard de Grand Case #176, Phone: +590 690 88 84 44
This beautiful restaurant is slightly more casual than its big sister, The Cliff. But it still has the same stunning views. And like its sister, the Cliff Beach House will have a new name by the end of 2021 -- QP Bistro. This restaurant will feature a bistro menu and have a large Italian pizza oven.
At Bonito, you will dine on creative dishes that fuse French gastronomy with the flavors and products of South America. This restaurant is especially proud of its Peruvian-style ceviches, tiraditos (similar to sashimi), and anticuchos (marinated meat street food). Its entrees include tempting dishes such as suckling pig confit, or a Wagyu flank steak served with truffle jus.
Location: Gustavia, St. Barthélemy, Address: Rue Lubin Brin, Phone: +590 590 27 96 96
Gorgeous views of the sea will delight your eyes, while Ocean 82's sublime French fare will tantalize your taste buds. Ocean 82 believes in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. At Ocean 82, your dining experience might include Lamb Pave with saffron potatoes or roasted sea scallops with smoked duck breast carpaccio kissed with a foie gras sauce.
Location: Grand Case. Address: 82 Boulevard de Grande Case Grand-Case, Phone: +590 590 52 98 12.
Exceptional service and beautiful ocean views -- The Tides offers these to its guests, plus more. This restaurant has four separate rooms, each with its own special ambiance.
The most special is the Tree House section, an open pavilion with Casuarina trees growing through the floor and out of the roof. The menu focuses on seafood, and some of the dishes you'll enjoy here include Fresh Prince Edward Island mussels or grilled Caribbean lobster.
Morgan's Mango is a showcase for the flavors of the Caribbean and South America. To help guide diners on their gastronomic journey, the menu includes the countries inspiring the restaurant's dishes. Representing Cuba, for example, is the restaurant's Citrus Chicken. And Martinique is repped by ginger and sugarcane rubbed pork tenderloin.
Location: Cruz Bay, Address: 18-1 Enighed Cruz Bay, Phone: +1 340-693-8141
Eddy serves local fare and dishes with Thai and French influences in a tropical garden setting. Some dishes include a hearty Creole curry with goat or the grilled wahoo.
Location: Gustavia, St. Barthélemy, Address: 12 Rue Samuel Fahlberg, Phone: +590 590 27 54 17
If you're in the mood to try the local fare, you'll want to hit Captain's Rib Shack on St. Maarten's Dutch side. Here, you can sample delicious, authentic, and affordable traditional dishes such as ribs, grilled pigtails, curry goat, or salt fish accra.
Location: Simpson Bay, Address: 117 Welfare Road, Phone: +1 721-524-6395
A cutter is a traditional Barbados sandwich made with Bajan salt bread and typically filled with fish. And one of the best places to try these sandwiches is at Cuzz's Fish Stand. This no-frills eatery is popular with both locals and visitors looking for an inexpensive, tasty meal.
Location: Bridgetown, Address: Pebbles Beach, Phone: +1 246-254-8928
St. Barths is the top island for upscale fine dining experiences. It's long been a playground for the rich and famous, so it's not surprising that this island is home to many gourmet restaurants.
But if you're searching for variety, head to Turks & Caicos. This island has a good mix of restaurants -- from upscale dining to authentic local fare and everything in between.
While in the Caribbean, some of the dishes you might want to try include conch, jerk-flavored dishes, flying fish; saltfish and ackee; cutter sandwiches in Barbados.
Jamaica's cuisine is known for its bold flavors, especially for its very popular jerk seasoning. In addition, this island is home to hundreds of restaurants -- from small roadside shacks to upscale restaurants.