The Best Restaurants in The Caribbean
Caribbean dining is about more than just food. It is an experience. Here are the 7 best restaurants in the Caribbean.
Plethora of seafood and flavors
It is easy to acknowledge the distinctive nature of Caribbean food. Filled with spices, a plethora of seafood and flavors, Caribbean meals are as colorful as the islands themselves. Anyone visiting the Caribbean should ensure that they fully immerse themselves in the multicultural dishes this region offers. We have helped you achieve this by compiling a list of the 7 best restaurants in the Caribbean.
Factors That Influence Our Decision
Many factors influence our decision on the best restaurant. Our top choices are food, service, and ambiance. Recognizing that each of these islands has a unique dish, we have tried to be as inclusive as possible. Although there are so many top eateries that this list is inexhaustive, our selection is exclusive to those that have distinguished themselves.
Graycliff Restaurant, Bahamas
In the heydays of luxury Caribbean dining, Graycliff was among the first 5-star restaurants in the region. Graycliff is a Nassau landmark built by a notorious Caribbean pirate and later used as a church and garrison.
IIt is an exclusive location where tuxedoed waiters serve world-class French, Italian and Bahamian cuisine. Signature dishes here include Nassau grouper, Kurobuta pork, and Kobe beef. These are bookended by champagne cocktails and house-made cigars, the signature product of the Garzaroli family, who own the restaurant.
Caribbean Fish Market, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Caribbean Fish Market is an elegant indoor-outdoor restaurant located at the Elysian Beach Resort in St. Thomas island, within walking distance of the Ritz Carlton.
Caribbean Fish Market
The restaurant possesses an international menu that combines seafood with flavors from the Caribbean, Morocco, Italy, Asia, and many other regions. Here you will find a menu comprising of crab cake-stuffed lobster, seafood and couscous tagine, seafood risotto, and tamarind calamari.
Fusion Rooftop, Barbados
At the top of the Limesgrove Lifestyle Complex is an indoor rooftop restaurant with a stunning view of the ocean and Barbados island. Located in Holetown, a small city on Barbados’s west coast, this restaurant’s modern, lounge-like space and retractable walls stand out.
The furniture is carefully selected and in black and white contrast. Meals comprise sushi, grilled Piri Piri shrimp, smoked shrimp tagliatelle, Red Thai curry, and truffle mac and cheese. Capable of seating 72 guests, this alfresco restaurant blends feng shui with the four natural elements. You can feel the harmony from the moment you step into the restaurant's walls until well after leaving.
Zimbali's Mountain Cooking Studio, Jamaica
Zimbali’s Mountain Cooking Studio is a must for lovers of food. The restaurant, located a short distance from Montego Bay, is unique at making its guests play an active role in the meal’s creation. A typical afternoon or evening at Zimbali’s begins with a farm tour followed by a cooking demonstration. Guests then engage in a three-course meal that changes seasonally with what’s available on the farm.
Zimbali's Mountain Cooking Studio
The restaurant highlights Jamaica's extraordinary passion for food through its ackee and saltfish, a sauteed combination of the ackee fruit, salt cod, Scotch bonnet pepper, and various seasonings. It also offers jerk meats using spicy, flavored chicken or pork.
Ocean 82, St. Martin
Ocean 82 is an indoor-outdoor dining overlooking the Baie de Grand Case and the horizon beyond. The ideal time to visit Ocean 82 is at sunset. Unsurprisingly, seafood is the focus of this diner. Signature dishes include the lobster thermidor, sesame-crusted tuna steak, Mahi Mahi tartare trilogy, and tuna spring rolls. The wine is predominantly from France.
Passions on the Beach, Aruba
Passions on the Beach is located directly on the sand at Amsterdam Manor on Eagle Beach. This ambiance elegant restaurant is as tropical as it can be. Live music sets the tone and accompanies a dinner packed with fresh seafood and plenty of vegetarian options.
The Landing, Turks, and Caicos
The Landing restaurant is interestingly a restored boat that serves up some of the best drinks on the island. Surrounded by sand and open sky, the Landing offers a picturesque setting with lounges, string lights, and a fire pit ideal for a drink before or after a meal.
The food includes seafood and American dishes such as pulled pork sliders, beef, grouper and chicken burgers, and coconut pineapple rice with lobster tail. Cocktails are where the Landing shines, with options such as daiquiris, fruit-infused Champagnes, a dark and stormy, and several martinis. Turks and Caicos is a small grouping of islands surrounded by the world's third-largest coral system, making for especially turquoise water and clean beaches.
Dining in the Caribbean
The best restaurants in the Caribbean offer more than just food. They offer a taste of their local culture, whetting not just your appetite but your curiosity, urging you to explore. Our restaurant choices will make your journey into the Caribbean more interesting. Every bite feels like a taste of the essence of these remarkable islands. Like the region itself, they are an otherworldly fusion of cultures and cuisines, celebrated mixology, and the musical ambiance unique to the Caribbean.
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