U.S. Virgin Islands: Foodie Paradise Like No Other

Dining is one of the favorite pastimes in the USVI, and the goods are served up in a wildly diverse selection of venues, from casual diners to elegant beachside bistros. The restaurant scene is heavy on "surf and turf" (meat and seafood), but most eateries offer their own interpretation on that theme, whether it be a Latin-Asian flair, a Caribbean twist, or an old-world European sensibility. 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. Plus, there's nothing stiff or snooty about dining in the USVI – even the finest, priciest places have a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

In St. Thomas, Havana Blue's Latin-tinged fusion and Old Stone Farmhouse's exotic meats draw the biggest kudos, while Alexander's Bella Blu and Thirteen remain perennially popular due to their innovative fish and pasta specialties – including schnitzel at Bella Blu.

St. Croix's elegant Kendrick's and casual Duggan's Reef may be polar opposites in terms of atmosphere, but they are rivals in terms of the quality of their food and the loyalty of their clientele. Same goes for Eat @ Cane Bay, which dazzles diners with its food shots and uber-fresh fish.

On St. John, dining spots like Asolare and Zozo's combine achingly beautiful views with top-notch food, while La Tapa offers a taste of Spain in the Caribbean.

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 compote. Main courses are heavy on...  Read More

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, steak, pasta and fish, often...  Read More

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 innovative drinks. Plus lots of...  Read More

Havana Blue
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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 right in the middle of the...  Read More

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. Located ten feet from Reef Beach in...  Read More

Classic northern Italian cuisine is on the menu at this popular restaurant, located at Gallows Point Resort. The menu changes four or five times a year, but you can usually find staples like veal scallopini and eggplant Parmesan, plus unique...  Read More

Alexander's Bella Blu
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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 on Austrian, Italian, Greek...  Read More

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 is one of the only places on...  Read More

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. Appetizers include the excellent...  Read More

Old Stone Farmhouse
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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 lavender waffles and guavaberry...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Karen