20 Best Restaurants in Grenada

Aquarium Restaurant

$$$ Fodor's choice

As the name suggests, fresh seafood is the specialty here and the dinner menu always includes fresh fish and grilled lobster, as well as specialties such as jerk chicken and callaloo cannelloni. Spend the day at adjacent Magazine Beach (you can rent kayaks or snorkeling gear) and then break for a cool drink or satisfying lunch—a salad, sandwich or burger, fresh fish, or pasta—served on the waterfront deck at the restaurant's La Sirena Beach Bar. Tropical plants and palms surround the dining room, and a waterfall adds a touch of romance in the evening. On Sunday, there's a beach barbecue with live reggae music.

Coconut Beach Restaurant

$$$ Fodor's choice

Take local seafood, add butter, wine, and Grenadian spices, and you have excellent French-creole cuisine. Throw in a beautiful location at the northern end of Grand Anse Beach, and this West Indian cottage becomes a perfect spot for either an alfresco lunch, snacks at sunset, or dinner by moonlight. Lobster is a specialty, whether it's lobster thermidor or perhaps wrapped in a crepe, dipped in garlic butter, or added to pasta. Homemade coconut pie is a winner for dessert. Dine "wet or fine" at a table on the beach or inside. At lunch, you can walk down Grand Anse Beach to the restaurant; at night, either drive or opt for a taxi. And on Saturday, stick around for late-night drinks and DJ music.

La Belle Creole

$$$$ Fodor's choice

The marriage of contemporary and West Indian cuisines and a splendid view of the twinkling lights in distant St. George's are the delights of this romantic hillside restaurant. The five-course menu is based on original recipes from the owner's mother, a pioneer in incorporating local fruits, vegetables, and spices into "foreign" dishes. Try, for instance, Grenadian caviar (roe of the white sea urchin), green-banana soup, callaloo quiche, creole fish, baked chicken roulade, or shrimp in coconut/ginger sauce—with house-made mango cheesecake for dessert. The inspired cuisine, romantic setting, and gracious service are impressive.

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La Sagesse Restaurant

$$$ Fodor's choice

The perfect spot to soothe a frazzled soul, this open-air seafood restaurant is on a secluded cove in a nature preserve. Combine your lunch or dinner with a nature walk or a day at the beach. Linger over sandwiches, salads, or grilled lobster for lunch. Lambi (conch), smoked marlin, tuna steak, chicken piccata, filet mignon, and a daily vegetarian options may be joined on the dinner menu by Chef specials, such as flying fish or an upscale version of Grenada's national dish, oildown. All fish is locally caught; all vegetables, fruit, and spices are grown on La Sagesse's own organic farm in the rain forest. La Sagesse is a 25-minute drive from St. George's or Grand Anse; public transportation is available.

Lazy Turtle

$$ Fodor's choice

On the waterfront at the edge of Tyrrel Bay, Lazy Turtle has been a favorite eatery and watering hole for divers, yachting families, and vacationers for years. Claiming "the best thin-crusted pizza in the Caribbean"—baked in a specially imported Italian pizza oven—the 12-inch pizzas range from the usual, and delicious, toppings of tomato/cheese/oregano to the Lazy Turtle Special (artichoke/fresh tomato/onion/mushroom) or seafood (lobster sautéed in garlic and butter/anchovies/lambi). In addition to pizzas, the menu offers a full range of pastas, salads, seafood (lobster in season, deep-fried or curried shrimp, fresh-caught fish), and chicken dishes. Desserts are all homemade.

Oliver's

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Enjoy a memorable dining experience at Oliver's, the seaside restaurant at Spice Island Beach Resort. Assistant Head Chef Brenda Joseph, a Grenadian, turns out some of the most delicious, savory, and elegant culinary creations that you'll find on this island. The prix-fixe menu, which changes each evening, lets you choose from a pair of appetizers, a hot or cold soup, a salad or sorbet, and a half-dozen entrées—such as roasted rib of beef with rosemary roast potatoes and Shiraz reduction, nutmeg-glazed stuffed chicken breast with cassoulet of vegetables and Cajun gnocchi, or pan-fried snapper with bell pepper mash and pineapple and spring onion salsa—along with one "light" and a couple of vegetarian options. Desserts are made in-house, as are the ice creams and sorbets, and reflect local fruits, flavors, and spices. Service is impeccable, as it is throughout the hotel. Most nights, dinner is accompanied by soft music from a local calypso, reggae, or steel pan band. (No children under five.)

Rhodes Restaurant

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Named for the acclaimed British chef Gary Rhodes, this open-air restaurant is surrounded by palms, flowering plants, and twinkling lights—a wonderful setting for a romantic dinner or special occasion. Local produce and spices have never appeared (or tasted) more elegant. You might see dishes like these on the menu: shrimp and callaloo tartlet or pumpkin and coconut risotto as starters; grilled swordfish steak with breadfruit cake and ginger sauce or warm lobster with lemon butter sauce and sautéed potato as main courses. For dessert, passion-fruit panna cotta, light as a soufflé, is nothing short of divine.

Victory Bar & Restaurant

$$$ Fodor's choice

Boaters, businesspeople, vacationers, and anyone else looking for good food in a waterfront atmosphere close to town keep the Victory busy. Overlooking the docks at Port Louis Marina, with views of the lagoon and masts swaying in the breeze, the restaurant is open every day for all-day dining, starting with breakfast and ending with a lively bar. The extensive lunch and dinner menus include pizza, pasta, salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, chops, and, of course, fresh seafood. Friday night features Texas-style barbecue and there's a daily happy hour between 5 pm and 6 pm.

BB's Crabback Caribbean Restaurant

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Overlooking St. George's Harbour, on the north side of The Carenage, BB's Crabback features Grenadian and West Indian dishes prepared by Grenada-born, England-trained, Chef BB (Brian Benjamin). Crabback (local land crab) is a house specialty, but you'll want to try some of his seafood dishes, as well, like prawns in lobster sauce. Other dishes to try: the signature curried goat dish, the breast of chicken marinated in 12 herbs and spices, the pan-fried barracuda in a crab and lobster sauce, or oildown (Grenada's national dish). The views of the harbor and out to sea are nothing short of spectacular. It's definitely the place to go for lunch or dinner in downtown St. George's.

Belmont Estate

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If you're visiting the northern reaches of Grenada, plan to stop at Belmont Estate, a 400-year-old working nutmeg and cocoa plantation. A waiter will offer some refreshing local juice and a choice of callaloo or pumpkin soup; then head to the buffet and help yourself to salad, rice, stewed chicken, beef curry, stewed fish, local vegetables, and more. Dessert may be homemade ice cream, ginger cake, or another delicious confection. The breezy open-air dining room overlooks enormous trays of nutmeg, cocoa, and mace drying in the sunshine. After lunch, feel free to take a tour ($6) of the museum, tree-to-bar chocolate factory, sugarcane garden, and old cemetery. Farm animals (and a couple of monkeys) roam the property, and there's often folk music and dancing on the lawn.

No alcohol is served here.

Bogles Round House

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Surrounded by gardens and a handful of cottages for rent, this small round structure was built with a concrete-filled tree trunk as its central support and a long bench that was once the jawbone of a whale. The food is less peculiar—Chef Roxanne Rock is celebrated for her elegant style of Caribbean cuisine and her three-course menu, which changes according to market availability, may include starters such as fish cakes and cream of callaloo soup and entrées such as rack of lamb au jus and grilled lobster with garlic butter. There's always a vegetarian dish on offer, as well as pasta and pizza for kids upon request. Desserts, including the ice cream, are all house-made.

Opening hours vary in low season (Apr.–Nov.), so call ahead.

Gary's Sauces and Snacks Beach Bar

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Just a two-minute walk from the picturesque Mang Beach, this is the go-to spot on the island for quick bites, lunch, and dinner. The owner of the beach bar, Gary Blair, is passionate about cooking and will make dishes that are both on and off the menu for his guests like cracked lambi (conch), grilled lobster, and fish coupled with your choice of sides. The signature and most popular drink at the bar is the Petite Martinique Gem, which is a rum punch made from a local rum distilled in Carriacou called Carriacou Jack. You can stop by for a quick bite or stay and enjoy the sound of the waves as they crash at the foot of the bar while enjoying the tranquil ocean view or sunset. 

Petite Martinique, Grenada
473-414--3915
Known For
  • Grilled lobster
  • Sunset views
  • Burgers and wings

Kayak Kafé & Juice Bar

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A tiny spot just steps from the jetty, the "dining room" is simply the back porch of a Main Street building with a handful of tables overlooking Hillsborough Bay. Enjoy freshly prepared local food—callaloo soup, lambi (conch) fritters, cracked lambi, fish cakes, fresh fish, fish chowder—or staples such as a good burger, fish-and-chips, delicious sandwiches, tasty wraps, and freshly prepared salads. Wash it down with local juice or a fresh fruit smoothie. All baked goods—wonderful bread and even better pies, cakes, and pastries—are house-made each day. Breakfast—try a sausage roll—is served from 8 to 11 am, lunch until about 3 pm. 

Main St., Hillsborough, Grenada
473-443--6523
Known For
  • Diverse menu
  • Fresh local juices
  • Vegetarian-friendly
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Laurena II

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As you approach this popular restaurant and bar on Main Street, you're greeted by the unmistakable scent of authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and pork. That's the specialty (and personal favorite) of Chef Purgeon Reece, who hails from Jamaica, although his menu also includes other local and regional dishes such as curried goat, baked chicken, or grilled fish with rice and peas. Daily specials are posted on a streetside blackboard. This "jerk center" is definitely a casual spot, the best bet for a delicious lunch, and a good place to catch the local vibe.

Off the Hook Bar & Grill

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Settle into a seat at a colorful picnic table, set right in the sand, and gaze out to sea at the picture-perfect view of Sandy Island. Your mouth will water from the scent of lobster, chicken, fish, and ribs being barbecued on the grill. Curtis, the extremely laid-back owner, is usually around and will even arrange a water taxi to take you to Sandy Island to swim and snorkel for EC$40 ($16) round trip. Come for a frosty drink or hang around all day, but you won't be able to resist the barbecue.

L'Esterre Bay, L'Esterre, Grenada
473-533–5242
Known For
  • Great beachside barbecue with bonfire
  • Live music Wednesday nights
  • Will arrange water taxi to/from Sandy Island

Palm Beach Restaurant

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This family-owned business provides a panoramic view of the Grenadine islands from its beach-front property. Menu favorites include the lobster bisque, coconut shrimp, and the cracked conch, but chicken, fish, and pork dishes are also prepared using local herbs and spices.

Petite Martinique, Grenada
473-443--9103
Known For
  • Lobster, conch, and grilled fish
  • Beachfront location
  • Relaxed atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Patrick's Local Homestyle Restaurant

$$$

The fixed tasting menu of 20 or so local dishes, served family-style, will astound you—it's Grenadian home-style cooking at its casual best. The restaurant, in a tiny cottage on the outskirts of St. George's, is named for the late and very charismatic chef Patrick Levine. Owner and chef Karen Hall has continued Patrick's legacy since his passing in 2010. You'll sample successive helpings of superb callaloo or pumpkin soup, lobster salad, codfish fritters, breadfruit salad, ginger pork, fried jacks (fish), cou-cou (cornmeal cakes), lambi creole, curried goat, stir-fried rabbit, oildown, rice pelau (layered with meat and vegetables), starchy tania (yautia) cakes with shrimp, green papaya in cheese sauce, carrot or banana cake, and more—all for $23 per person. Everything is cooked fresh, so you must call ahead for reservations.

Kirani James Blvd. (Lagoon Rd.), Grenada
473-449–7243
Known For
  • Usual and unusual local dishes
  • Definitely no rush here
  • Truly local atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekends, Reservations essential

Patty's Deli

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At this delicatessen, a short walk from the jetty in "downtown" Hillsborough, you can get takeout sandwiches made to order with freshly sliced meats (ham, smoked turkey, herbed chicken, etc.) and cheeses. Baguettes, croissants, and pastries are baked on-site and fresh daily. Anyone provisioning a boat or a house will find a wide selection of coffee, tea, preserves, condiments, local seafood, and a freezer full of USDA meats.

Main St., Hillsborough, Grenada
473-443–6258
Known For
  • Gourmet food shop and deli
  • International wine selection
  • Perfect picnic lunch provider or provisions for your boat
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Spice Affair by Red Crab

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For a real taste treat, head to Spice Affair for Indian cuisine fused with local seafood and Grenadian spices—and an Asian flair. After renovating and modernizing the original Red Crab restaurant, an island institution for many, many years, the chefs here offer a completely different dining experience. The extensive menu goes well beyond curry, tandoori, masala, vendaloo, Goan, and Kashmiri specialties to include less spicy dishes like Italian pasta, rotis, and grilled pork chops. The kids menu offers mac 'n' cheese, chicken nuggets, grilled flatbread with loads of cheese, brownies, and other favorites.

Umbrellas Beach Bar

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Whether you're spending the day on Grand Anse Beach or just looking for a quick bite, Umbrellas is the place to go. Right on the beach, next to Coyaba Beach Resort, this classic beach bar is open from breakfast until well into the evening. The burgers and sandwiches are great, the salads are freshly made, and there's barbecued fish or steak with wedge potatoes or sweet potato fries. Everything's reasonably priced—yet another reason it's so busy. Of course, you can also just sit on the top deck with a beer or rum punch and a plate of appetizers and stare at the waves—or watch the sunset.