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 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. L'Azure

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    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

  • 2. La Cabane

    $$$$ | Mediterranean

    The chef and his brigade whip up a Mediterranean inspired, organic, farm to table menu at this relaxed, beachfront spot that's popular with...Read More

  • 3. Lone Star

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    At the tiny but chic Lone Star Hotel, a short drive north of Holetown, the finest local ingredients are turned into gastronomic delights. Lunchtime brings...Read More

  • 4. Apsara Samudra

    $$$$ | Indian

    This romantic Indian and Thai restaurant has a large outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. You can dine under the stars, or escape to one of...Read More

  • 5. Café Luna

    $$$$

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

  • 6. Round House

    $$$

    Owners Robert and Gail Manley oversee the menu for guests staying in their historic (1832) manse-turned-inn, as well as tourists enjoying the east coast and...Read More

  • 7. The Atlantis

    $$$

    For decades, an alfresco lunch on the Atlantis deck overlooking the ocean has been a favorite of both visitors and Bajans. A pleasant atmosphere and...Read More

  • 8. The Fish Pot

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    Bright and cheery by day and relaxed and cozy by night, The Fish Pot offers a tasty dining experience in a setting that's classier than its...Read More

  • 9. The Cliff Bistro

    $$$$

    The seaside views here are dramatic, the atmosphere is informal and fun. Lunch options include sandwiches, burgers, fish-and-chips, soups, and salads. For dinner, choose from...Read More

  • 10. Cliffside Restaurant

    $$$

    The outdoor deck of this restaurant in the New Edgewater Hotel provides one of the prettiest, breeziest ocean views in all Barbados, and therefore is...Read More

  • 11. The Lobster Pot

    $$$

    Overlooking the beach in the middle of Speightstown, this is the place to come for lobster: lobster bisque, lobster salad, grilled lobster, lobster thermidor, lobster...Read More

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