Sheer Rocks named Best Restaurant in the Caribbean in 2018!
Bistrot Caraibes takes runner-up spot
The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures and ethnic influences, and that diversity is reflected in its food. Culinary gems here range from fine dining to beachside seafood shacks serving up dishes good enough to make even the most discerning foodie swoon.
Da Conch Shack (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos)
da Conch Shack, situated on the island of Providenciales, specializes in conch, but other fresh seafood dishes include lobster, snapper and grouper. Non-seafood enthusiasts can chow down on fiery jerk chicken at this delightfully casual beach bar. Photo courtesy of Da Conch Shack
The Stone Barn at Park Hyatt St. Kitts (St. Kitts)
The adults-only Stone Barn at the new Park Hyatt St. Kitts gets its name from the stone barns once used to protect crops during the island's rainy season. The menu features hearty dishes designed to share, like spiced lamb skewers, mahi mahi crudo, seafood paella and twice cooked pork belly. Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt St. Kitts
Kome is the local word for "eat," and this Curacao restaurant was designed for travelers who love great food. Locally-sourced ingredients feature heavily on the internationally inspired menu, which might include items like crispy Asian rice cracker calamari with yuzu foam, BBQ hoisin plum pulled pork, fish tacos a la plancha or the fresh catch of the day. Photo courtesy of Kome / Facebook
Elements Restaurant (Aruba)
The spectacular oceanfront setting at Elements complements the menu of globally-inspired dishes made from sustainable and locally grown ingredients. Local Aruban classics are served weekly during Sunday evening Local Arts - Local Eats events. Photo courtesy of Elements Restaurant / Facebook
Flying Fish GastroBar (Freeport, Bahamas)
A casual neighborhood eatery on Grand Bahama, Flying Fish GastroBar is best known for its tapas, small plates and charcuterie perfect for sharing with friends old and new. Highlights of the always evolving menu include Piri Piri shrimp, local stone crab claws with hot drawn butter, cracked conch burger and crispy skin snapper. Photo courtesy of Flying Fish GastroBar / Facebook
Seven at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)
Named for the famous Seven Mile Beach just outside, Seven serves steakhouse fare in a casually elegant setting. The menu, featuring items like conch and crab cakes, Nimah Ranch steaks, salt-crusted yellowtail snapper and all-natural jerk chicken, is served alongside a wine list of 350 selections. The Sunday Champagne brunch is quite the extravagant affair. Photo courtesy of iStock / jjpoole
The Smoking Rooster (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I)
The Smoking Rooster on St. Thomas specializes in meats slow-smoked with American oak seasoned with house made rubs and sauces and served alongside rum-infused cocktails – the rum selection ranks among the best in the Virgin Islands. Photo courtesy of The Smoking Rooster / Facebook
Hibernia Restaurant & Art Gallery (Anguilla)
Hibernia Restaurant melds French preparations with the flavors of Thailand and Japan, with dishes like roasted lobster with lemongrass and black garlic sauce, beef tenderloin with brie and kampot pepper, or salted almond mahi mahi with a gratin of butternut squash, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. The restaurant reopened in November. Photo courtesy of Hibernia Restaurant & Art Gallery
Bistrot Caraibes (Saint Martin)
This French restaurant in Grand-Case has become of one Saint Martin's most popular dining establishments. The seafood-centric menu includes lobster pulled from a fountain out front, served grilled, garlic butter braised or thermidor. Photo courtesy of Bistrot Caraibes / Facebook
Sheer Rocks (Antigua)
Perched atop a sunset-facing bluff, Sheer Rocks specializes in tapas, cocktails and an a la carte menu with dishes made from locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Everything is handmade in house, and all the seafood is line-caught or hand dived. Photo courtesy of Sheer Rocks
The top 10 winners in the category Best Restaurant in the Caribbean are as follows:
- Sheer Rocks - Antigua
- Bistrot Caraibes - Saint Martin
- Hibernia Restaurant & Art Gallery - Anguilla
- The Smoking Rooster - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
- Seven at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman - Cayman Islands
- Flying Fish GastroBar - Freeport, Bahamas
- Elements Restaurant - Aruba
- Kome - Curacao
- The Stone Barn at Park Hyatt St. Kitts - St. Kitts
- Da Conch Shack - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon (JetSetSarah.com), Melanie Reffes and Chelle Koster Walton (10Best) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of Caribbean travel.
Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!
A note on Irma and Maria: The 2017 hurricane season greatly impacted the Caribbean, with hurricanes Irma and Maria leaving destruction in their wakes. Where some islands were able to bounce back quickly, recovery continues on others. Each of our nominees in this contest is either currently open to visitors or has an expected opening date in 2018.