USVI - Dining


Willi Miller

From sushi and saltfish cakes to West Indian–style chicken legs and Asian fusion, if your palate craves it, you’ll find it in St. John and St. Thomas.

Awardwinning professional chefs and popular local cooks provide a head-spinning array of dishes for the adventurous, as well as for the hamburger and french fry crowd.


In St. John, the path of both elegant dining and casual noshing starts at Wharfside Village at the end of the ferry dock; winds through the town past Lime Inn, The Marketplace and Mongoose Junction; and then continues out to Coral Bay and East End via Centerline or North Shore Road. The roads may be narrow, but the selection is wide. If you spot a line at a lunch wagon along the way, that’s a fair sign that tasty local dishes are on the menu. Resorts generally have beach bars where bathing suits are welcome and dining rooms call for island elegant attire, and both are open to the public.In general, “island elegant” usually means men Wear a jacket, but no tie, and deck shoes — no sneakers allowed. Women might throw on a simple sundress, but nicely accessorized capris are also quite acceptable.

For elegant dining in Cruz Bay, visitors flock to St. John Waterfront Bistro for classic French cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Boasting beautiful vistas of Cruz Bay beach, it‘s the perfect place to enjoy fine dining and spectacular sunsets.

On the more casual side, beer aficionados should head to Mongoose Junction to enjoy a few brews with the locals at The Tap Room.Wine connoisseurs will prefer Island Cork, the place to go for daily wine tastings, fine wines, and premium liquors and cigars.

With regards to some of the smaller restaurants, returning visitors may have to go with the flow, as restaurants come and go, change location or alter their schedules often. ZoZo’s Ristorante, long at the Gallows Point Resort, has moved to the site of the Sugar Mill at Caneel Bay Resort. A favorite of locals and visitors, Donkey Diner in Coral Bay has closed and reopened under new management several times in recent years. Call before you go.

Despite a few changes, the good news is there’s always something new popping up. A new popular spot for brunch by the sea is Miss Lucy’s Restaurant on Friis Bay, which treats guests to jazz music with their eggs Benedict.


Joanne Curcio-Quiñones

Whether a decadent dining room or a funky beach bar, St. Croix’s restaurants pack a powerful flavor punch. The island is the perfect place to send your palate on a gastronomic excursion. So indulge in its eateries, sample its ethnic and fusion cuisine and savor the local West Indian fare for a true tour of this culinary hot spot.


The Christiansted Boardwalk is home to several casual dining spots celebrated not only for their gorgeous views of the harbor but also for their hearty portions of traditional American dishes served up with West Indian–style flair. Here visitors can be treated to a substantial breakfast or the fresh catch of the day — which might be wahoo, mahi-mahi or yellowfin tuna. The fish is so fresh, in fact, that you might see your lunch Arriving slung over a local fisherman’s shoulder as the day’s bounty is hand-delivered to the many restaurants along the Boardwalk.


On the west side of the island, the town of Frederiksted has a few quaint oceanfront dining spots beloved for their superb Sunday brunches and stellar sunsets. The east end is home to a couple of longstanding restaurants frequented by locals in the know for the mouthwatering lobster and the incredible ocean views. Cane Bay in particular has several innovative restaurants and funky beach bars and has become a popular spot for noshing on creatively presented gourmet fare served in a casual atmosphere.

No matter where you venture on St. Croix — from the east end to south shore — you’re never far from fabulous eats, warm hospitality and a gorgeous tropical setting in which to enjoy it all.


To get a true taste of St. Croix cuisine, one must sample the traditional eats of West Indian cuisine. These local specialties are offered throughout the island. Callaloo, for example, is a flavorful soup stocked with hearty greens and seasoned with chili peppers and various herbs. For a great snack or appetizer, try pates, savory pastries filled with spicy beef, chicken or conch.

Johnnycakes are very yummy, unleavened deep-fried dough served plain or stuffed with cheese. For a West Indian version of polenta, try fungi, a cornmeal-based side dish often served with fish and topped with Creole sauce. And to wash it all down, reach for a bottle of ginger beer, a refreshing, nonalcoholic brew.

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