Barbados Restaurants

First-class restaurants and hotel dining rooms serve quite sophisticated cuisine—often prepared by chefs with international experience and rivaling the dishes served in the world's best restaurants. Most menus include seafood: dolphin (mahimahi), kingfish, snapper, and flying fish prepared every way imaginable. Flying fish is so
First-class restaurants and hotel dining rooms serve quite sophisticated cuisine—often prepared by chefs with international experience and rivaling the dishes served in the world's best restaurants. Most menus include seafood: dolphin (mahimahi), kingfish, snapper, and
First-class restaurants and hotel dining rooms serve quite sophisticated cuisine—often prepared by chefs with internatio

First-class restaurants and hotel dining rooms serve quite sophisticated cuisine—often prepared by chefs with international experience and rivaling the dishes served in the world's best restaurants. Most menus include seafood: dolphin (mahimahi), kingfish, snapper, and flying fish prepared every way imaginable. Flying fish is so popular that it has become an official national symbol. Shellfish also abounds, as do steak, pork, and local black-belly lamb.

Specialty dishes include buljol (a cold salad of pickled codfish, tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, and celery) and conkies (cornmeal, coconut, pumpkin, raisins, sweet potatoes, and spices, mixed together, wrapped in a banana leaf, and steamed). Cou-cou, often served with steamed flying fish, is a mixture of cornmeal and okra and usually topped with a spicy creole sauce made from tomatoes, onions, and sweet peppers. Bajan-style pepper pot is a hearty stew of oxtail, beef, and other meats in a rich, spicy gravy, simmered overnight.

For lunch, restaurants often offer a traditional Bajan buffet of fried fish, baked chicken, salads, macaroni pie (macaroni and cheese), and a selection of steamed or stewed provisions (local roots and vegetables). Be cautious with the West Indian condiments—like the sun, they're hotter than you think. Typical Bajan drinks—in addition to Banks Beer and Mount Gay, Cockspur, or Malibu rum—are falernum (a liqueur concocted of rum, sugar, lime juice, and almond essence); mauby (a nonalcoholic drink made by boiling bitter bark and spices, straining the mixture, and sweetening it); and Ponche Kuba, a creamy spiced rum liqueur (Caribbean eggnog) that’s especially popular around the holidays. You're sure to enjoy the fresh fruit or rum punch, as well.

What to Wear: The dress code for dinner in Barbados is conservative, casually elegant, and, occasionally, formal—a jacket and tie for gentlemen and a cocktail dress for ladies in the fanciest restaurants and hotel dining rooms, particularly during the winter holiday season. Jeans, shorts, and T-shirts (either sleeveless or with slogans) are always frowned upon at dinner. Beach attire is appropriate only at the beach.

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  • 1. Brown Sugar

    $$$ | Caribbean

    Set back from the road in a traditional Bajan home, the lattice-trimmed dining patios here are filled with ferns, flowers, and water features...Read More

  • 2. Champers

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Chiryl Newman's snazzy seaside restaurant is in an old Bajan home just off the main road in Rockley. Luncheon guests—about 75% local businesspeople...Read More

  • 3. L'Azure at the Crane

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Perched on an oceanfront cliff overlooking Crane Beach, L'Azure is an informal breakfast and luncheon spot by day that becomes elegant after...Read More

  • 4. Beach One

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Whether you dine beachside or on the balcony, you're just steps from the smashing waves at the eastern end of Dover Beach. Add twinkling stars...Read More

  • 5. Café Luna

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    With a sweeping view of pretty Miami (Enterprise) Beach, the alfresco dining deck on top of the Mediterranean-style Little Arches Hotel is...Read More

  • 6. Café Sol

    $$ | Mexican

    Have a hankerin' for good Tex-Mex food? Enjoy nachos, tacos, burritos, empanadas, fajitas, and tostadas in this Mexican bar and grill at the...Read More

  • 7. Shaker's

    $$ | Caribbean

    Locals and visitors alike gather at this no-frills hangout for drinks—perhaps a Banks beer or two, a margarita, a pitcher of sangria, or whatever...Read More

  • 8. Sharkey's Tropical Café

    $$$ | French

    Although it's primarily a bar, you can also enjoy a top-of-the-line meal here at Sharkey's. Extraordinary dishes include lobster thermidor,...Read More

  • 9. Zen at the Crane

    $$$$ | Asian

    Thai and Japanese specialties reign supreme in a magnificent setting overlooking Crane Beach. The centerpiece of the sophisticated, Asian-inspired...Read More

  • 10. Waterside Restaurant

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    You won't get much closer to dining on the water without being on a boat. Tables here are set on a broad porch suspended over the beachfront...Read More

  • 11. Black Pearl Seafood and Steakhouse

    Greek

    If you're in the mood for an authentic dinner of souvlaki, moussaka, or gyros—or simply a perfectly grilled steak or fresh catch of the day...Read More

  • 12. David's Place

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    Come here for sophisticated Bajan cuisine in a prime waterfront location on St. Lawrence Bay. Waves gently lap against the pilings of the open...Read More

  • 13. Josef's Restaurant

    Seafood

    The signature restaurant of Austrian restaurateur Josef Schwaiger, in a cliff-side Bajan dwelling surrounded by gardens, is one of the most...Read More

  • 14. Pisces

    $$$$ | Seafood

    For seafood lovers, this is nirvana. Prepared in every way by chef-owner Larry Rogers—from charbroiled to gently sautéed—seafood specialties...Read More

  • 15. Bellini's Trattoria

    $$$ | Italian

    Classic northern Italian cuisine is the specialty at Bellini's, located on the main floor of the Little Bay Hotel. Toast the evening with a...Read More

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