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.

Duggan’s Reef St. Croix

One of the most popular restaurants on St. Croix and only 10 feet from the still waters of Reef Beach which makes it an ideal perch for watching windsurfers and Hobie Cats. At lunch, an array of salads, crepes, and sandwiches are on offer. The more elaborate night menu features the popular house specialties

Jen’s Island Cafe’ & Deli

Homesick New Yorkers especially head for this small eatery for breakfast or lunch while touring in Charlotte Amalie.  At breakfast you can order yogurt with granola, or else ask for a three-cheese omelet with sausage, bacon, or ham. At lunch you can enjoy fresh salad platters, or else opt for one of the well-stuffed sandwiches, including slow-roasted…

Happy Fish Sushi

The only sushi restaurant on St. John Happy Fish is a sushi lover’s dream. Expertly prepared sushi is offered at amazingly low prices. Sit at the sushi bar to watch your food being prepared. Happy Fish offers a large selection of sushi, appetizers and entrees. Cooked entrees are available for those who do not want…

Rhumb Lines Restaurant

Located in the heart of Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI. Rhumb Lines Restaurant encompasses the flavors of the Caribbean as well as Pacific Rim cuisines. Owned & operated by long-time St John residents, Rhumb Lines is located on the site of the original restaurant on St John and has been renovated to reflect the comfort…

The Fish Trap Restaurant

Our casual, comfortable, covered patio setting allows you to enjoy the outdoors and cool tropical breezes while you dine, or you can eat in our air-conditioned bar. Enjoy the mahogany wood bar with its hand painted tiles, our unique works of art on the walls and our flat-screen TV showing sports and other specials.

Morgans Mango Restaurant

Our food covers many Caribbean cuisines – Creole, Bahamian, Cuban, Jamaican, Haitian, Puerto Rican and Mayan. All of these cuisines have been influenced by the original inhabitants of the islands, the Arawak and Carib Indians, as well as the Africans, East Indians and Chinese who arrived later. Add to these the foods of the Spanish,…

Paradiso Restaurant St. John

One of the most talked-about restaurant on St. John and one of the few that’s air-conditioned. The interior has lots of brass, glowing hardwoods and nautical antiques, not to mention the most beautiful bar on the island, crafted from mahogany, purpleheart, and angelique. The food is excellent, with fish, pasta, beef and vegetable dishes highlighting…

The Cellar

 The Cellar’s Caribbean inspired American cuisine is rapidly making it one of St Thomas’ hottest restaurants. Let us tantalize your taste buds with a starter dish from our “From the Start” menu before indulging in something “From the Sea” or “From the Land”. We’re sure to delight your palate with pleasures such as daily fresh…

Walkers By The Sea

Primarily a seafood restaurant, Walker’s by the Sea pays attention to the details, whether it’s the fine table setting or the artfully presented plate. Favorite dishes include fried or steamed ole wife (a local seafood specialty) and braised oxtail in a herb-accented sauce. Walker’s by the Sea is unique as the only restaurant on the…

Mafolie Hotel and Restaurant

At our independently owned St. Thomas hotel, we invite you to experience an unrivaled combination of luxury amenities, gourmet dining and boutique hotel services at remarkably affordable prices. Winning raves from the International Press, the New York Times wrote of Mafolie, “Some of St. Thomas’s most reasonably priced accommodations and a view that even the…