Built in 1908 as the Petra Plantation House and transformed into the island's first upscale establishment decades ago, this grande dame evokes bygone grandeur sans pretension. The interior rooms, awash in crystal, recall its plantation-house origins. Outside, hundreds of sparkling lights adorning the gazebos compete with the starry sky. Live nightly music and rumors of a charming blond ghost trailing white chiffon complete the picture. This is a place to propose or let someone down easily. Expertly executed classics include panfried foie gras with ice wine–raspberry compote, broiled lobster tail with smoked bell-pepper butter, and filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce. The subtle yet complex flavor interactions, stellar service, and encyclopedic if stratospherically priced wine list ensure legendary status. Nightly happy hours with discounted tapas are a sensational bargain.
Feb 27, 2008
Without reservation, I recommend this restaurant. A world class dining experience. The macadamia nut crusted fish was the best fish dish I have ever eaten. We loved the place so much, that we returned the next night. Next night, I enjoyed an Indian dish (apparently the chef is Indian) that was spectacular. The place looks like a plantation. The service was excellent. It is very expensive, but well worth it.
Mar 21, 2007
I can not begin to describe how wonderful dinner was at the Grand Old House. You should keep it as "Fodor's Choice."