What can you say about Barbados that has already been said. It’s has stunning beaches, friendly people, and it’s the birthplace of rum. The perfect ingredients for a memorable 7-day villa vacation. But there’s one more thing that Barbados is known for that must not be overlooked…it’s food.
Let’s venture out and find the best places to dine at during your Barbados vacation. Whether you are looking for a superb fine dining experiences or want to enjoy a fish sandwich on the beach with locals, you’ll be able to find it here. 7-day vacation, seven must-try restaurants; coincidence? Not a chance. Let’s dive in.
Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant
Champers is located in a quiet area just off the main South Coast road in a classic Bajan building. The restaurant is known as one of the best on the island. Not only does it serve a bounty of seafood and meat-based dishes, it also treats guests to a cliff-top view which overlooks Accra Beach. Here you’ll find two dining areas – a waterside casual gazebo downstairs and an elegant dining room upstairs, both of which provide diners with lounge and bar, as well as internet access.
With an incredible collection of wines and champagnes from all over the world, it’s the perfect place to order up a bottle, settle in and watch the waves roll ashore. If wine isn’t your thing, you’ll enjoy their cocktails made with local Bajan rum and fresh fruits.
Picture this: beachfront, gentle breeze, beautiful sunset, sparkling wine and delicious seafood. Daphne’s is one of Barbados’ most highly acclaimed restaurants, situated on the West Coast in Paynes Bay. Here diners can enjoy a mixture of island seafood and classic Italian dishes, each of which as a contemporary touch bringing it straight into the 21st century, all in sophisticated surroundings overlooking the glistening ocean.
Oistins Fish Fry
Just a short drive away from Dover Beach in the lively fishing town of Oistins, Oistins Fish Fry in Oistins Bay Gardens is always packed on Friday and Saturday evenings, when locals and visitors alike head to the area to sample freshly prepared local delicacies. Here you’ll find a number of stalls to choose from, each of which is grilling or frying batches of fish. There is an excellent selection of food available, including swordfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, marlin and flying fish, as well as lobster and chicken.
There is plenty of casual, rustic seating available for everyone, although because of the popularity, you’re almost guaranteed to find yourself sharing a table with other diners or possibly some locals playing dominoes. The atmosphere is truly Caribbean with the smell of fresh fish floating through the air alongside the sound of Bob Marley, with a beautiful sunset taking place in the distance.
Regarded by many as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Barbados, Tides Restaurant is located at the water’s edge in a prestigious coastal area of Holetown. There are four different dining areas to choose from, each with its own ambiance and character. The treehouse is an open-air dining area ideal for casual meals, whereas the red tile section is also open, but it imbues a more sophisticated atmosphere and features amazing sea views. The garden gazebo is the most popular dining area, where you can enjoy your meal surrounded by lush flora, as well as fantastic ocean vistas.
There are various menus available for diners to browse – including a dedicated vegetarian menu and a comprehensive kids’ menu – ensuring something for everyone to enjoy. The main evening menu features several fish and seafood dishes, with a few meat-based options to choose from, too. To accompany your meal there is a vast array of red, white and rosé wines, as well as several champagnes, available which have been imported from all over the world.
As the name suggests, The Cliff is found perched on top of a small cliff overlooking the shimmering Caribbean waters, with each candlelit table awarding diners with stunning sea views. Situated in a quiet area of St James, this well-known restaurant can put a dent in the pocketbook, but it’s worth it for a special occasion or an ultra-romantic evening. When in Rome right?
The well thought out menu will dazzle you with amazing dishes. A few recommendations include char grilled swordfish with Thai yellow curry sauce and seared tuna with saffron caper sauce or smoked salmon ravioli with garlic sauce. Be sure to save room for dessert, The Cliff offers items such as warm bread and butter pudding, caramelized lemon tart and chocolate mousse, for those who really want to indulge during their time in Barbados.
Due to the immense popularity and sparkling reputation of The Cliff, it’s recommended to make reservations days or even weeks in advance.
Cuz’s Fish Shack
Although it might not look like much, this little shack boasts some of the best fish sandwiches you’ll ever get on any beach anywhere. Their sandwiches are so good that tour drivers will take visitors to the beach just for this little blue shack right beside the Hilton Resort. Locals will drive from all over Barbados to grab a bite before it shuts for the day, which is at 17:00 or when they run out of fresh fish (which is pretty often!). The dish to try is the fish sandwich, called a Cutter, which even comes with a beer. Don’t judge a book by its cover – this is a classic which you’ll always return to on every visit.
Your staying in a fabulous villa which means you like to soak in the island vibe. You want to see what Barbados has to offer, and not be secluded behind resort walls. This list of restaurants will give you a complete experience of fine dining and casual island-style options. Enjoy your stay in Barbados and don’t forget to save us a bite!
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