Tag: Dining

Driving around our islands, you'll see brightly colored fruit, strange-looking root vegetables, flourishing herbs and even foot-long spiny lobsters – all for sale at roadside markets. This rich bounty represents just a few of the local ingredients which makes up the heart-and-soul of our Caribbean cuisine – a melting pot sifted, stirred and savored by many cultures throughout the ages.

Long before Columbus, the Arawaks cultivated foods like cassava, sweet potatoes and pumpkins in fertile Virgin Islands' valleys. These ancient people also hooked, speared and netted a number of fin fish and shellfish like king mackerel, conch and whelks. Danish colonists arrived in the 1600's, followed by the Spanish, French, British and Dutch. Africans were imported to work the sugar cane fields, then came the Chinese and East Indians who labored as indentured servants after emancipation. Each wave of newcomer brought something unique to the culinary table – a different cooking method, a new spice or another way of preserving food.

Today, our ethnic diversity has led to a variety of eating options. Sizzling seafood scampi, schnitzels galore, pasta's tossed with island-grown herbs or Caribbean-caught fish, Danish-style smorgasbords, sushi bars, Cajun crawfish etouffe, chateaubriand and even Peking Duck – you name it, we've got it, the Virgin Islands' rivals many major cities in it's number of food choices per square mile.

But if you're going to indulge in our sun, sea and sand, then you must sample some of our local Creole soul food as well. Start a Caribbean feast with a creamy bowl of nutmeg-topped pumpkin soup or hearty kallaloo stew made thick with fresh spinach and shellfish. Move on to coconut-curried chicken, succulent roast pork marinated in sunny citrus juices and savory herbs or a Caribbean lobster tail hot off the grill and topped with a smooth avocado-based mayonnaise. You'll find the cornmeal and okra combination called `fungi', fried plantains or spicy beans and rice are fulfilling entree accompaniments. And for dessert? Nothing equals a frosty wedge of key lime pie.

Whether you're overlooking Charlotte Amalie Harbor, snuggled in downtown Cruz Bay, or seated along the Christiansted or Fredericksted waterfronts – twinkling lights reflected off the surrounding seas at night create the perfect backdrop for any fine dining experience.

Reservations are always recommended for dinner in season (December through April). You won't need a coat and tie for dining in our islands, but do wear a shirt and pants, shorts or skirt – no bathing suits, please. Major credit cards are accepted in most restaurants.

The Looney Bien

Also locally known as “The Crazy Good”.  Featuring Mexican Food & Drinks along with lots of the local community to converse with.  They have a daily Happy Hour with special pricing on their Tacos & Special Drinks.  We definitely  suggest you stop by and check it out for yourself.

Bella Blu

Located in the Frenchtown community Bella Blue offers both indoor & outdoor dining.  They cater to  both Australian & German cuisine.  It’s a casual spot  for elegant dining. 

Hook Line & Sinker

A good place to go if you like the opened air, on the waterfront atmosphere.  Located in the Frenchtown community makes this locations a good place to go for a comfortable & relaxed ambiance.   Serving lunch & dinner Monday through Saturday and Brunch on Sunday.

Havana Blue

Chic fusion of Cuban and Pacific Rim dining and exotic drinks.  Not formal, but if you have a fun dress with you, wear it. At Marriott Morning Star Beach in St Thomas. Highly recommended. Yes, it’s expensive.  

Betsy’s Bar & Grill

Betsy’s Bar is a GREAT place for food, drinks and social action. Open 7 days a week serving lunch, dinner and one of the only places you can find serving late night menu.  There are plenty of VTL machines, pool tables ,foos ball and darts.  Just like a home away from home It’s easy to spend…

Beach Side Cafe St. Croix

Enjoy lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch in an open-air restaurant overlooking a magnificent stretch of white, sandy beach on the West End of St. Croix! Taste the delicious flavors of our Le Cordon Bleu cuisine team featuring daily specials and new spring menus. Choose affordable wines from the 2009 Spectator Award of Excellence Wine List…

Mahogany Restaurant St. Croix

Dine in the casual luxury at Carambola Beach Resort in our signature restaurant where Continental cuisine combined with Caribbean ingredients create delicious and unique entrees. Select a wine from our well-stocked wine case to highlight the innovative flavors. Live entertainment on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Cultured Pelican Restaurant St. Croix

Come for the view, stay for the food. Experience homemade pasta, succulent grill specials and local seafood dishes with fabulous desserts and wines. All selections on our menu are prepared fresh daily from local produce and some of the finest ingredients available. Also, The best pizza on St. Croix is available for take-out. We are…

East End Pizza St. Croix

Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino enhanced its property by launching an open air pizza restaurant in 2008. Equipped with a wood stone pizza oven, East End Pizza Kitchen boasts the finest wood fired pizza on the entire island and a fun family dining experience. The restaurant, located directly across from the miniature golf…

The Palms Restaurant St. Croix

Our chefs know well how to balance a menu with a combination of Caribbean inspired gourmet dishes and all American favorites like a good ole’ char-broiled ribeye steak. The dinner menu is complete with daily specials, but you can always rely on a locally caught and prepared fresh fish, a selection of beef, pork, chicken,…