St. Thomas' Best Restaurants: Folk Food to Fusion

St. Thomas has garnered a reputation as one of the Caribbean’s foodie capitals based on a palette of restaurants that range from small cafes and food stands that serve native fare to fine dining bastions where the local seafood shines and kitchens turn out cutting edge cuisine that stirs the imagination. This list culls from that colorful palette the cream of the crop restaurants that excel at their philosophy de cuisine, whether that be hearty West Indian fare such as what Gladys’ Café serves or inventive fusion like you will find at Havana Blue.

Downtown Charlotte Amalie is the scene of a lively casual dining scene. You will find West Indian specialties such as pate (the Virgin Islands’ version of Caribbean meat or seafood patties) and the islands’ signature kallaloo soup of spinach like greens with okra and meat or seafood. American food also feeds downtown’s hungry shoppers at al fresco restaurants. You will find some of the island’s finest restaurants at its resorts. For the freshest seafood, try the restaurants in Frenchtown and Red Hook, where commercial fishermen bring their day’s catches. The Yacht Haven Grand shopping and marina complex is another place to find good eats.

Buddha Sushi
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Although "sushi" commands half of its name, this simply decorated Asian themed restaurant stretches beyond its sushi bar to a kitchen that creates a number of Asian entrees, even some that use local Caribbean fish. Try, for instance, the...  Read More

Fish Tails
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Red Hook, at St. Thomas' east end, has a salty feel and taste. Open air Fish Tails overlooks the harbor where boat traffic includes commercial fishermen, yachties and ferries to St. John and the British Virgin Islands. Like the BVI's iconic...  Read More

Stewed oxtail, curry goat, kallaloo, fungi and pan fried Ole Wife: Do not be frightened by Miss Gladys' menu. Try her West Indian specialties for a taste of true island tradition. Ole Wife is just the local name for trigger fish and is delicious...  Read More

Hook, Line & Sinker
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In the morning, fishermen sell their day's catch out of the back of their pickup trucks right across the street from this nautically decorated harbor front restaurant. It does not get any fresher than that! Watch the boats bobbing in the harbor...  Read More

Mafolie Restaurant
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Something of a hidden gem at hilltop Mafolie Hotel, it goes the continental route cuisine wise, while adding authentic Caribbean accents to the whole concept. Start with a cocktail at the bar with its straight on view of St. Thomas' mountainside...  Read More

Oceana Restaurant & Wine Bar
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A stylish and elegant surprise in St. Thomas' Frenchtown community, it is a shooting star on the island's culinary horizon on the waterfront. Owner and Patricia LaCorte has put together a succinct but inspired menu that uses local seafood and...  Read More

Fresh Bistro
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By the same inspired chef who brought Oceana to St. Thomas, Fresh Bistro is the latest yachtie food stop at Yacht Haven Grande. Its indoor and outdoor setting overlooking the yachts in harbor makes it appealing to locals and visitors alike. Its...  Read More

Banana Tree Grille
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One of the island's poshest restaurants, it inhabits a charming Caribbean house-like structure with twinkly hilltop views of Charlotte Amalie harbor below. Its pasture fed Angus beef wins high praise, but the kitchen also has a flair with...  Read More

Havana Blue
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A little bit Asian and a lot Latin, this fusion hot spot lives above the beach at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef resort. A vision in blue light, its décor is as hip as the tapas and ambitious dishes it serves. It tweaks the same old standards...  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' north shore: pickled peach and fresh burrata salad, truffle honey stung chicken with lavender waffles and guavaberry syrup,...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle