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.

Shipwreck Tavern St. Thomas

This is a great tavern to hang out, have a few drinks, listen to music, watch sports on 13 screens, and shoot some pool. For late night hunger , the guys at Shipwreck Tavern have hamburgers down to a science because they are good. In-fact they are the best 3/4 lbs hamburgers on St. Thomas.…

Grande Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar

Grande Cru presents an upscale dining experience in a casually chic setting with a superior selection of 23 wines by the glass, and an expansive array of house infused Martinis and Cocktails. Chef inspired Mediterranean cuisine uses only fresh ingredients to create a cutting edge menu, and is served in a totally hip ambiance. The perfect waterfront…

Beni Iguana’s Sushi Bar & Restaurant St Thomas

Since February 14, 1991 It’s been a great change of pace from the Caribbean and steak choices that dominate the islands. There are nearly 30 vegetarian and seafood rolls to choose from, including avocado, spicy crab, and red snapper. The real favorite here is steamed mussels in a house-made creamy sesame dressing dubbed iguana sauce,”…

Tickles Dockside Pub

This friendly establishment sits on the corner and is open-sided with views of the cruise ships and yachts that inhabit this harbor. The menu features a simple American-pub fare of burgers, including a veggie burger; sandwiches; fish; and pasta. Choose from ham, turkey, or corned beef for your Reuben, grilled with Tickles’ own special Russian…

Oceana Restaurant and Wine Bar

Oceana is regarded by most as one of the finest upscale restaurants in St Thomas. Long time St Thomas chef and rerstauranteur,                 Patricia LaCorte, offers a creative selection of delectable fish dishes as well as tappas. Located on the site of Villa Olga, former Russian Consulate,  …

Delly Deck Restaurant

Since 1976, Delly Deck has consistently served good breakfast, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and drinks to locals and vacationers. This Havensight Mall eatery, located adjacent to the cruise ship dock, sees a good crowd of locals stopping by for breakfast and lunch along with their daily newspaper. You will sit near senators or taxi drivers &…

Old Stone Farmhouse

Prepare yourself for a culinary journey that is second to none. Old Stone Farmhouse is one of the most elegant and romantic settings you will ever enjoy. From the stunning centuries-old architecture to the dramatic courtyard and cascading fountain, you will feel the grace and ambiance of the island throughout the night. You’ll feel like…

Tavern on the Waterfront

Celebrate your Virgin Islands holiday by joining us at the only waterfront night club in St. Thomas. Check our entertainment page for special live music and vocal engagement schedules. Relax and enjoy the fabulous harbor view while sampling the best food and wine selection downtown. Some of the many celebrities that have enjoyed our prestigious…

Petite Pump Room Restaurant & Catering

Join us at our water’s edge bar & restaurant with views of the beautiful Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Indulge in our great frozen & tropical drinks, fresh seafood & other favorites. Serving breakfast & lunch, we specialize in local & American cuisine, catering & special events. Catering is offered at the restaurant or at a private…

Mim’s Seaside Bistro

For over two decades, Mim’s has delighted guests with a blue ribbon menu and romantic seaside ambience. Award-winning hosts Mim and Jerry DeFreitas are seasoned restaurateurs. The chef is a Tommy Star winner. When you arrive, you are greeted with a warm smile and cool seating choices: under the stars or on the festively-lit covered…