Posted: 23 May 2014
No 1 The Cliff, Derricks, St James
The Cliff is one of our all-time favourite restaurants, which is not surprising as it is consistently rated very highly by food critics. It has a striking setting and is built into the cliff at the edge of the sea, with a lobby area with bar, as well as three dining areas, all with lovely views. The Waterside is the most popular spot (and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment), while there are two tiered levels situated higher up. It’s an amazing place to savour a trend-setting menu of rich and delicious International dishes, including a good choice of vegetarian options. The Cliff comes highly recommended for a special dinner and the open-air lounge area is perfect for drinks afterwards. If you’re looking for an extra special celebration with family or friends, you can even hire part of the bar for drinks (like celebrities including Justin Timberlake), or the front Waterside area for dining for up to fifty guests.
No 2 The Tides, Holetown, St James
If you like seafood The Tides offers a superb choice of dishes, along with a fantastic range of meat, vegetarian and vegan options. Our team suggests taking a stroll along the boardwalk in front of the restaurant, before an early dinner to watch the sun set over the water and then after-dinner drinks in the lounge. The restaurant also boasts the informal Tides Art Gallery that displays the work of Caribbean artists.
Fish Pot, Little Good Harbour, St Lucy
Many of our repeat clients count Fish Pot as one of their favourite places to eat. It's a quirky restaurant, located in part of a converted historic fort, right beside the water on the beach at Sherman’s. The setting is more casual than many of the glitzy restaurants on the west coast, but the food is just as fine. As the name suggests, fresh local fish of every kind – including Caribbean lobster – is one of the main attractions, while flavours are influenced by International and Mediterranean cuisine styles. Helen from our Barbados Office says that the Salmon Cheesecake (pictured above) tasted superb. We’re told that booking a table away from the main entrance is a good idea too – that area can be noisy as the road to Checker Hall is immediately in front of the entrance.
No 4 The Lonestar, Mount Standfast, St James
This fashionable beachfront restaurant – that occupies the former Lonestar Mechanics Garage – has become one of the ‘must-go’ places on the west coast restaurant circuit. It has a delightful breezy beach bar-style ambience during the day and transforms into a chic restaurant in the evening when delicious world food with a Caribbean twist is served. It’s a good choice if you are staying at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion
and don’t want to venture too far, but do book early for the best tables with a sea view.
No 5 Cin Cin By The Sea, Prospect, St James
This contemporary, chic restaurant has a designer, cool, white décor and offers the opportunity to dine alfresco whilst enjoying sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. If you prefer, enjoy the views from the air-conditioned lounge/bar that features an expansive glass wall. You can look forward to dishes that are a delicious combination of Mediterranean-style cuisine with a Caribbean twist.
No 6 Bajan Blue at Sandy Lane, Sandy Lane, St James
Located on the Lower Terrace at Sandy Lane, Bajan Blue is an informal restaurant that offers sumptuous all-day dining and a mélange of European, Caribbean and Asian influenced cuisine. It’s open for lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, themed cuisine nights and the elaborate Sunday Brunch, which is a must. The latter, is a brunch buffet with a mouthwatering selection of starters and mains including hot and cold dishes, Sushi, seafood, salads, breads and desserts, plus cheese and biscuits.
No 7 Scarlet, Paynes Bay, St James
Décor is distinctly chic and the atmosphere is fun and funky. Walls are painted in red and pictures of fashion icons including Marilyn Monroe adorn them. Whether you fancy a few nibbles to share as you sip a Martini, or you wish to choose from the à la carte dinner menu of Asian, Caribbean and Fusion cuisine, the service is always excellent and the food is equally as delicious. It’s an ideal place to have dinner and then move on to the cocktail bar for drinks until late.
No 8 Champers, Skeetes Hill, Rockley, Christchurch
Champers is nestled in a traditional Barbadian building and enjoys a beautiful cliff top setting overlooking Accra Beach, affording diners stunning panoramic ocean views. There is a friendly, fun atmosphere and a vibrant Caribbean décor, with a gazebo dining area downstairs and a spacious elegant dining room upstairs – both with their own lounge and bar. When our Barbados Team had an evening out at Champers recently, they were given a waterfront table and were very impressed by the staff’s knowledge of the menu – which was particularly handy for the strict vegan/vegetarian in the group. They were very flexible with the menu and recommended a sweet and sour sauce instead of the hot chilli sauce that the coconut shrimp came with, to suit our team's palates. Dishes, which all use the very best locally sourced fish, meat and vegetables, were all excellent. Our team recommend booking an indoor table for lunch to avoid the sunshine that beats down on the waterfront tables, but for dinner the best tables are on the waterfront.
No 9 Orange St Grocer, Speightstown, St Peter
This deli-style cafe is open from 8am to 5.30pm and is a great for place for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy a salad, bruschetta or one of the amazing pizzas that are renowned for their thin crust and baked in an authentic brick oven. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll also be pleased to learn that there is a scrumptious choice of cakes. The menu is written up on the black board every day according to what has been freshly sourced locally. Take a seat either indoors or out and enjoy the lovely atmosphere as you eat amongst locals and tourists alike.
No 10 Daphne’s, Payne’s Bay, St James
Daphne's is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Barbados and the service is always attentive and friendly, yet discreet and unobtrusive. The décor is 'sophisticated minimalism' and diners are promised a luxurious waterfront dining experience with a menu that showcases the best Italian classics enhanced by fresh local seafood. If you fancy an aperitif, do try the bar’s signature Watermelon Martini – it's divine!
Cafe Gianluca, Speightstown, St Peter
Our team’s most recent discovery is Gianluca's Café. It’s a new artisanal-style Italian bistro secreted away inside the Timothy Oulton Gallery, that is described as a ‘destination shopping experience’ and sells furniture and interior design pieces. So when you’re out and about shopping why not treat yourself to lunch here? The atmosphere is very relaxed and typical dishes include pizzas and grilled meats, that are reasonably priced.
Reservations are recommended for all restaurants, so please do ask your Travel Consultant for assistance before you travel.