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Jacques Waterfront Dining

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Jacques Waterfront Dining Review

Chef–owner Jacky Rioux creates magical dishes in his waterfront restaurant overlooking Rodney Bay. The cooking is decidedly French, as is Rioux, but fresh produce and local spices create a fusion cuisine that's memorable at either lunch or dinner. You might start with a bowl of creamy tomato-basil or pumpkin soup, a grilled portobello mushroom, or octopus and conch in curried coconut sauce. Choose among main dishes such as fresh seafood, perhaps oven-baked kingfish with a white wine–and–sweet pepper sauce, or breast of chicken stuffed with smoked salmon in a citrus-butter sauce. The wine list is impressive. Coming by boat? You can tie up at the dinghy dock.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Reduit Beach Avenue, at the end of the road, Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet
  • Phone: 758/458–1900
  • Website:
  • Location: Castries

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential
  • Closed Sun.
Updated: 02-28-2014

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    Jacques> the best this season

    We were at Jacques twice in the past 10 days and had two wonderful expereinces. Our St Lucian friends had not been for 18 months and concurred was far better than the Coal Pot which is now far larger and mediocre at best. The coconut chocolate creme brule was wonderful as were both the meat (prepared as requested) and fish (not overcooked) entres. The crab appetizer was fabulous with little breadcrumbs and a lot of crab. Thank you for two memorable evenings Jacque & staff.

    by YYZGUY, 1/6/08
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    What are you thinking?!!!!

    The first indication of a dismal meal was the fact that only 2 tables were occupied when we entered the room. The next was that they had no water - neither still nor sparkling. All the dinners were disappointingly pedestrian - the crab appetizer a breadcrumb mush. The vegetables were perhaps the worst. An assembly of unrelated boiled-to-smitherines vegies jammed together in a little dish to keep them off the sauces. No attempts were made to "present" the meal in any artistic way. Even the wine list was spare and uninspiring. Everything was disappointing after the big build-up on this site. All in all this was the worst meal we had in St. Lucia!

    by 711, 2/12/08
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    Jacques - I like it!

    I have been visiting St Lucia for years and Jacques is one of my favourite restaurants. The meat and fish are always beautifully cooked and never over-cooked, something I am fussy about. The presentation is ok but the food is not trying to be arty-farty as such! I particularly love the Mahi-Mahi there as a lot of resorts overcook it. Crabback happens to be one of my favourite starters and is always stuffed with crab. Maybe the previous reviewer had an off night? I have been to the coalpot too and it is ok but I prefer the style of cooking at Jacques. The setting is very romantic with the twinkling lights from the houses and boats across and in the bay. I know they do a strong lunchtime cruise trade and, because the restaurant is a little off track by road, it is quieter in the evenings so don't let that put you off!

    by Caribbean_Lover, 10/1/08

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