Dockside Dining: Sail In, Fill up, Ship Out

The Havensight cruise ship terminal, otherwise known as the West Indian Company dock, is where the majority of cruise ships berth while in St. Thomas. Which is why there's a larger dining scene in its vicinity than at the other cruise ship dock.

Those seeking familiar brand-name eateries will find time-honored favorites such as Hooters and Senor Frogs, which offer lively bar action as well as gooey, calorie-laden grub. Locally-owned joints such as Fat Turtle, Pizza Amore, Delly Deck and Havensight Cafe offer sustenance and a casual, fun vibe for visitors looking to take a break from shopping and sightseeing. Barefoot Buddha, the Asian-themed coffee shop across the street, offers perhaps the most unique environment, with artisanal coffees and teas, plus gourmet sandwiches and pastries as well as clothing, gifts and jewelry.

Crown Bay, the site of the other cruise ship terminal, sees less ships and has fewer dining options – but you won't go hungry. Tickles Dockside pub, a fun waterside bar and pub, is just a five-minute walk from the ships, in the adjacent Crown Bay Marina. A short walk up the road takes you past Rescue Me, a food truck that dispenses authentic West Indian food and drink – which you have to try while you're on the island, right?

And last but not least is the Greenhouse. Located on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront equidistant from both ports, this well-loved island institution offers hearty grub and a great ocean view to day trippers taking a break from shopping and sightseeing.

This small, unassuming pizza joint may not look like much, but offers some of the best pies on the island. Unlike chain stores, Pizza Amore offers handmade pizzas, ranging from 16 to 20 inches with a wide variety of toppings. You can also order...  Read More

Fat Turtle
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This casual island restaurant is located in the elegant Yacht Haven shopping center, facing Charlotte Amalie harbor. It's known for its home-cooked barbecue with family-size portions, exotic cocktails, and fabulous frozen drinks. House favorites...  Read More

Yes, the chain that bills itself as "delightfully tacky yet unrefined" has a branch in St. Thomas. The usual offerings of beer, rum, fried food (try the battered shrimp) and busty waitresses can be found, as well as copious amounts of sports on...  Read More

Rescue Me
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Food trucks are common in St. Thomas, but are not overly popular with tourists since they tend to be far from touristed areas, and not too user-friendly for those unfamiliar with the local foods and lingo. However the "Rescue Me" food truck...  Read More

Tickles Dockside Pub
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Tickles serves familiar, American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Morning patrons will want to sit outside on the deck and enjoy a cup of coffee while they wait for their cooked-to-order omelet. For lunch, try the house specialty...  Read More

Delly Deck
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This simple Havensight Mall diner has been feeding locals and tourists alike since 1976. Located adjacent to the cruise ship dock, you'll find cheap tasty food piled high, with most breakfast items available all day – except the house...  Read More

If you're coming off a cruise ship at Havensight and are more interested in drinking than sightseeing, Senor Frogs is your best bet, as it's literally steps from the dock. And if you overdo it on the tequila, no need to worry about how to get...  Read More

This waterfront eatery is popular with cruise ship passengers who come to refuel between shopping binges. Start with zesty jalapeno poppers, and then try the chef's special baby-back ribs. Chicken can be ordered island-style, with mangoes and...  Read More

Havensight Cafe
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Havensight Cafe is an ideal spot to nosh and decompress during a day of shopping at the surrounding Havensight Mall. The menu is extensive, with well-priced burgers, sandwiches, salads and even bagels and lox among the selections. There are also...  Read More

Barefoot Buddha
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This Asian-chic coffee house across the street from the Havensight shopping center offers a huge array of coffees, teas, homemade pastries and sweets, inventive sandwiches and soups, and other food items. Nearly everything is made in-house from...  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