I start drooling when I think of the buffet offerings at Little Dix Bay. There are salads and all kinds of apetizers. There are several varieties of main courses plus a cook to grill you a stake or make you a burger. And my favorite part, a whole table of desserts. Oh, the desserts, cakes, cookies, pastries...
This is absolutely worth every penny and if I remember correctly it was 30 USD per person plus drinks. The food was all good, service a bit too fancy but friendly enough (of course it is a 5* hotel with a clientele to match) and you get a lovely seaview. A must at least once.
Great restaurant. DO NOT DRESS UP!!! The wait staff was adorned with tuxes, so I made the mistake of wearing pants and a dress shirt. Everyone else looked like they just got off a boat that they'd been on for quite a while (but they were comfortable, unlike myself).
Outside dining with a terrific view of a bay.
Favorite Dish: Everything was great.
Good value popular casual dining in the main courtyard of the Spanish Town Harbor Mall. Open from 8:30am for breakfast, lunch & dinner, with bar & live music several nights a week.
Favorite Dish: Good burgers, pizzas, seafood, wraps, rotis, salads, fish & chips, in addition to various specials.
The various restaurants at Little Dix Bay are notorious for being way overpriced for what you get - and with so many other fine restaurants to choose from on this amazing little island, why bother?
The restaurant selection here includes a beach bar & gril however that does cook a mean (and huge) burger at a slightly more feasible rate.
If you are lucky enough to find an opportunity to get lunch from a street vendor at a local event, don't pass it up! Some of the homemade pates & rotis & fresh grilled seafood goodies are excellent!
Favorite Dish: The Virgin Gorda annual Christmas Fair was being held for the last few days of my visit, so I had a great time snarfing down fish pates & tasting the local coconut pie. Came home with a bottle of homemade West Indies Yellow Pepper Sauce too!
This is a fine waterside Italian restaurant, located on a terrace right at the Mango Bay Resort below the landmark Katitche Point Greathouse. Chef's are flown in seasonally from Milan, Florence & Venice so you know this is the REAL THING in fine Italian dining!
It is open for lunch & dinner daily noon-3pm and 6:30-9pm
Favorite Dish: Anything made with fresh lobster is wonderful here, and the freshest anywhwere - when you order it, they send a snorkeler down under the dock to get one from the holding cage!
Although it is open for Breakfast, lunch & dinner, it is most popular as a lunch spot at Nail Bay Resort for those driving down to see the old sugar mill plantation, with lovely view of the Channel & a swim-up bar to boot. Here's a bit from their website to give you an idea:
Breakfast is from 7:30 to 10:30 am. All you can eat, continental style.
Lunch is from 10:30 to 3:30 pm. A delicious and varied menu featuring everything from light and tasty snacks such as "Conch Fritters" and "Carnival Salad" to heartier helpings of "Chicken Roti", "Dolphin Burgers", "Ackee & Saltfish" (an island favorite) and "Flying Fish". Served by our pools with a fabulous view!
Light Bites is from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, have a variety of light bites to keep you going till dinner time.
Dinner is from 6:30 to 9:30 pm: A different menu every night of the week, designed to tantalize your taste buds and to introduce you to a little West Indian Gourmet Cuisine. Give us a little notice if you would like lobster and we will try to oblige.
Favorite Dish: Features such seasonal island specialties as ackee & saltfish, conch fritters and flying fish , as well as the usual burgers etc. from the grill.
This is a comprehensive collection of the Marina's various eateries: More casual dining at the Cove Bar & Grill (my favorite, outside by the pool and docks), the Java Connection for coffee & breakfasts, fine dining on the terrace at the restaurant upstairs, Jumbie's Beach Bar with Friday night BBQ & Buffet, and the Chef's Pantry for gorceries & provisioning.
Daily Serving Breakfast at the "Java Connection" 8 to 12 - Internet All Day
Lunch at "The Cove Grill" poolside 12 to 5
Happy Hour at "Jumbies Beach Bar 5 to 7 daily and 5 to Midnight Tuesdays
Fine Dining Upstairs 6 to 10 nightly except Friday (reservations recommended)
BBQ Buffet and Beach Party Friday 7 to Midnight
Favorite Dish: I can't begin to list all lthat's available here with the every-changing menus, so for a quick sampling have a look at their various menus. Just remember, they feature fresh seafood catch-of-the-day, so the offerings may change a bit from what you see here.
I had a Seafood Roti with mango chutney & side fresh green salad for lunch one day, and the Tagliatelle Pasta with king prawns and creamy lobster sauce the next visit; both were delicious! Anything you eat is bound to be delicious - and don't miss out on ordering a PainKiller from the bar - they are gaining quite a reputation for them, and they are terrific! Best I had on this trip!
I'm so used to parks inthe USA, where the concessions are held by the very worst greasy expensive food services in the country, the situation at the Baths was a bit of a shock to me - in a GOOD way, a VERY good way!
The Top of the Baths is a fine restaurant, offering primarily seafood but also steak and chicken dishes, with an utterly gorgeous view of the Channel. The setting is of course amidst the dramatic big black boulders for which the Baths park is famous (see Things To Do tip).
The Top serves breakfast, lunch & dinner and a full bar is onsite as well. On Sundays catch some live music from noon to 3 pm, when they fire up their big BBQ and up cook ribs & chicken.
If you're in the mood for something a little more casual with local Caribbean color, just stop at the Mad Dog Cafe instead out by the entrance to the Baths, and meet the Mad Dog himself (likely snoring away in a corner, having dreams of chasing rabbits). There's also a little snack food/cold drink concession on the park premises, with restroom available for patrons.
Favorite Dish: Lunches are great, but dinners are even better, and a nice little wine list complements the menu. Try the Fillet Of Yellow Tail Snapper Steamed in Napa Cabbage and Scallion Vinaigrette for a real treat! I had mine with a nice Count Placido Pinot Grigio, with a dry crisp zing that balanced out the vinaigrette very nicely.
Just want a quick snack or cold drink, or maybe you want to have a leisurely cup of coffee while you read your morning paper? Buck's Market at the Harbour Mall has chairs and tables outside that overlook the view of the yacht harbor.
Now this place is one eating experience you should not miss on Virgin Gorda. Even if you feel you can't quite afford dinner (it's not that expensive, really!), go for lunch. The views are incredible, 360 degrees of heaven. And the food really is that good, very worth it.
Dress is pretty casual for lunches, but I hear the locals get dressed up for dinners here. I'd guess reservations are a good idea.
Favorite Dish: I went for lunch after viewing Copper Mine Point (see Things To Do tip), with 2 new-found friends Rick & Karen, and we lingered for hours after eating a wonderful lunch of lobster rotis and salad with mango dressing. We sipped rum punches that were really good, some of the best I've had so far.
Another hot spot that's a favorite with locals and visitors alike, the Flying Iguana serves up some killer West Indies style cuisine, which to the uninitiated is a flavorful blend of East Indian flavorings with African influences and foods unique to the area. I've always loved curries and chutneys and spicy foods, so I'm a sap for good West Indies food, and this place is IT on Virgin Gorda!
Sutffed iguanas are eveidently the owner's passion, they are everywhere. And you'll be dining right over the VG airstrip, watching one of the small 8-seater flights take off with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. I loved this place!
Favorite Dish: Puck, the chef here, is endlessly creative. You just have to try any of his tasty delights to believe me, and if it's not on the menu, he'll whip it up for you anyway. Everything from moderate lunches to full-blown gourmet meals can be had at the Iguana.
This is a fine restaurant, with outdoor garden dining by a beautifully landscaped rock wall & waterfall, or inside dining in the air conditioning. There's also a piano bar that's very popular with both tourists & locals. Currently playing were a pair of baby-faced scallawags from the UK who played like angels, and they drew quite a crowd every night. There's even a dance floor to help work off all that delicious food.
Upstairs is another open air casual bar with widescreen TV for sports.
The restaurant seating is large enough that you may not need reservations, but it's still recommended since this is a popular restaurant with Islanders as well as visitors.
Favorite Dish: Love the Tropical Lobster Salad & the Mussels Au Gratin - those made one meal one night, but I had to go back again for more of the demon piano players, and to try the Mahi Mahi Con Salsa Dei Caraibi (Yum!) . This restaurant also offers a very comprehensive wine list, including some fun ones from the UK world wide that I'd never tried before.
A slice of the real local life, this one is right around the corner from Fischer's Cove Hotel. A huge grill cooks up whatever Grandma is fixin' tonight, and reggae music keeps the patrons hoppin'. Stop in for a cold beer and a chat with some of the local fishermen, and sample some real traditional Caribbean Island fare!
How about some New Orleans jazz in a fragrant garden setting, with Cajun cuisine that Frommer has rated as one of his favorites for the BVI's? Chez Bamboo has gained some reknown for their delicious conch gumbo. Though it's elegant in a kind of island casual way, you still don't want to wear your beach attire to this dinner restaurant & night club, but a nice pair of shorts with sandals will work just fine.
Come in on Friday nights for live jazz and party till the sharks swim home.
Favorite Dish: Bouillabaisse and creme brulee!