Island of Jamaica: Top Talent in Best Restaurants

Visitors to Jamaica are in for a culinary treat! When visiting this Caribbean island, you'll find an array of fresh fresh, lobster, shrimp, and other types of seafood prepared with island spices, rice and peas, plantains, and breadfruit. Jerk chicken is the signature dish of Jamaica, and can be found at street vendors and almost every restaurant across the country. Some of the best jerk chicken can be found at Scotchie's, a legendary restaurant that now has several locations, while Murphy's West End in Negril has authentic dishes and an isolated location to truly relax. Float down a raft in Port Antonio to Belinda's outdoor kitchen for a home-cooked meal.

When you've had your fill of Jamaican dishes, we suggest heading over to Evita's for quality Italian fare or Tamarind for Asian fusion dishes. We've also tracked down a bakery in Kingston, Devon House, for out-of-this-world rum cheesecake, pastries, and shrimp and chicken patties.

For an elegant evening out, the Houseboat Grill serves up an eclectic menu on a floating restaurant in the calm waters of Montego Bay, or the Rockhouse Grill offers fine dining at a boutique hotel situated on the Negril's cliffs. Listen to peaceful reggae music and watch the sunset over the sparkling waters.

Here are the 10 best restaurants in Jamaica to help make your decisions easier.

As part of the luxury Rockhouse hotel, this cliff side restaurant has a fantastic menu and sweeping views to match that make for a romantic dinner. Outdoor seating is available overlooking the sparkling water, and reggae music playing in the...  Read More

This quaint restaurant's unique setting aboard a houseboat gives diners an opportunity to dine on the sea--literally and figuratively. Moored in the calm waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary, the Houseboat Grill offers a...  Read More

The smell of fresh pastries from the brick oven draws visitors in, but this darling little bakery also serves refreshing tea, coffee and house lemonade. Devon House is known for their chicken and shrimp patties which feature flaky dough,...  Read More

Set on the water, this shack might not seem like much but it has some of the best seafood on the island. You'll find fresh parrot fish, snapper, lobster, shrimp, and conch at this local dive, and diners can even choose their own seafood to be...  Read More

This Kingston restaurant offers Indian and Asian fusion dishes with two chefs that specialize in kebobs and Chinese cuisine. The flavor of the items is enhanced with traditional spices from India, and then prepared in a traditional Tandoor oven....  Read More

For a laid-back environment that is sure to put you in the relaxed, "no worries" mood, the Chill Out Hut is just the place. It offers sublime sunset views and dining on the beach or inside the hut, as well as swinging hammocks to kick off your...  Read More

Ocho Rios

Scotchie's restaurant in Ocho Rios is said to have the most authentic jerk on the island. In fact, their food is so popular it now has three locations in Jamaica and has become somewhat of a legend on the island. Tiki huts provide covered...  Read More

Evita's Italian Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Evita's Italian Restaurant

Located in Ocho Rios in an 1860's "gingerbread house" with wooden floors and a mahogany bar, Evita's earns its reputation as one of the city's most authentic Italian restaurants by serving a full menu of savory entrées, not just the standard...  Read More

This family-run jerk chicken spot is tucked away past the Negril lighthouse and also serves up the freshest fish made to order. The friendly owner whips up items like grey snapper, shrimps and lobster in a spicy curry and coconut cream sauce, or...  Read More

Belinda's is an institution in Port Antonio and is a perfect lunch stop that can be reached via a peaceful ride down the river on a bamboo raft. Belinda and her daughter cook outdoors in several different pots on the river with a woodfire in her...  Read More


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