Best U.S. Virgin Islands Restaurants

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    10. La Tapa

    This stylish street-side restaurant offers a taste of Spain in the heart of Cruz Bay. The ever-changing menu includes starters such as hearty gazpacho, boquerones, and seared foie gras with grape-gewurztraminer...

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    9. Thirteen

    Don't let Thirteen's remote location on St. Thomas northside and drab exterior fool you -- it's definitely one of the top five restaurants on the island. The innovative American cuisine includes lots of lobster,...

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    8. Eat @ Cane Bay

    By day, Eat @ Cane Bay is a fabulous restaurant with friendly service, amazing food and innovative drinks. And after dark, it's a fabulous nightspot with... you guessed it, friendly service, amazing food and...

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    7. Havana Blue

    This sleek, stylish Asian/Latin-fusion restaurant located at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas offers perhaps the most innovative cuisine on the island. Start at the fantastic minimalist bar, which sits...

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    6. Duggan's Reef

    After 30-some-odd years, Duggan's Reef has earned its reputation as one of the finest seafood restaurants in St. Croix. The long list of celebs and senators who have dined here are testament to its popularity....

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    4. Alexander's Bella Blu

    Centrally located in the funky Frenchtown neighborhood, Bella Blu is ideal for a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner. This 30+ year old island favorite serves up high-caliber European-inspired fare, with an emphasis...

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    3. Kendrick's

    Kendrick's, located in the historic Quin House complex in downtown Christiansted, is probably St. Croix's most elegant restaurant. Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, the restaurant's formal upstairs dining room...

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    2. Asolare

    The name of this elegant, open-air St. John restaurant means "a leisurely passing of time without purpose." Diners are encouraged to start with drinks as they soak in the beautiful sunset vistas over Cruz Bay....

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    1. Old Stone Farmhouse

    Menu descriptions read like poetry at this award-winning restaurant overlooking Mahogany Run golf course on St. Thomas' northcheck shore: pickled peach and fresh burrata salad, truffle honey stung chicken with...

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About U.S. Virgin Islands Restaurants

The USVI offers a wide variety of dining options, from upscale gourmet seafood restaurants to bare-bones beach bars -- with most falling somewhere in the middle. Due to the high cost of importing even commonplace foods, dining out is not cheap, and there's not a whole lot of ethnic diversity. But with over 300 restaurants, cafes and snack bars, you won't go home hungry or dissatisfied. 

The high-end restaurants have primarily "surf and turf" (meat and seafood) menus, often with a unique interpretation of that theme: Latin-Asian, French-Asian, neo-Caribbean, or old-world European. And fittingly for a laid-back tropical island, there's nothing stiff or snooty about the top restaurants; even the finest, priciest places have a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

If you're on a budget or really want to go barefoot, there are plenty of casual beach bars, wing shacks, hole-in-the-wall West Indian diners and even food trucks selling pates and callaloo.

About Karen Elowitt

Karen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before becoming a travel writer. She worked for renowned  travel expert Peter Greenberg before going freelance, and now edits a website about African travel. Over the last two decades Karen has visited 129 cities in 30 countries and lived in the UK and South Africa. Highlights of...  Read more »

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