St. Lucia Restaurants

Bananas, mangoes, passion fruit, plantains, breadfruit, okra, avocados, limes, pumpkins, cucumbers, papaya, yams, christophenes (also called chayote), and coconuts are among the fresh fruits and vegetables that grace St. Lucian menus. The French influence is strong, and most chefs cook with a creole flair. Resort buffets and res
Bananas, mangoes, passion fruit, plantains, breadfruit, okra, avocados, limes, pumpkins, cucumbers, papaya, yams, christophenes (also called chayote), and coconuts are among the fresh fruits and vegetables that grace St. Lucian menus. The French influence is strong, and
Bananas, mangoes, passion fruit, plantains, breadfruit, okra, avocados, limes, pumpkins, cucumbers, papaya, yams, christ

Bananas, mangoes, passion fruit, plantains, breadfruit, okra, avocados, limes, pumpkins, cucumbers, papaya, yams, christophenes (also called chayote), and coconuts are among the fresh fruits and vegetables that grace St. Lucian menus. The French influence is strong, and most chefs cook with a creole flair. Resort buffets and restaurant fare include standards like steaks, chops, pasta, and pizza—and every menu lists fresh fish along with the ever-popular lobster.

Caribbean standards include callaloo, stuffed crab back, pepper-pot stew, curried chicken or goat, and lambi (conch). The national dish of salt fish and green fig—a stew of dried, salted codfish and boiled green banana—is, let's say, an acquired taste. A runner-up in terms of local popularity is bouyon, a cooked-all-day soup or stew that combines meat (usually pig tail), "provisions" (root vegetables), pigeon peas, dumplings, broth, and local spices. Soups and stews are traditionally prepared in a coal pot—unique to St. Lucia—a rustic clay casserole on a matching clay stand that holds the hot coals.

Chicken and pork dishes and barbecues are also popular here. Fresh lobster is available in season, which lasts from August through March. As they do throughout the Caribbean, local vendors set up barbecues along the roadside, at street fairs, and at Friday-night "jump-ups" and do bang-up business selling grilled fish or chicken legs, bakes (fried biscuits), and beer—you can get a full meal for less than $10. Most other meats are imported—beef from Argentina and Iowa, lamb from New Zealand. Piton is the local brew; Bounty, the local rum.

Guests at St. Lucia's many popular all-inclusive resorts take most meals at hotel restaurants—which are generally quite good, and in some cases, exceptional—but it's fun when vacationing to try some of the local restaurants, as well—for lunch when sightseeing or for a special night out.

What to Wear: Dress on St. Lucia is casual but conservative. Shorts are usually fine during the day, but bathing suits and immodest clothing are frowned upon anywhere but at the beach. Nude or topless sunbathing is prohibited. In the evening the mood is casually elegant, but even the fanciest places generally expect only a collared shirt and long pants for men and a sundress or slacks for women.

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  • 1. Coal Pot

    $$$$ | French

    Popular since it opened in 1966, this tiny waterfront restaurant overlooks pretty Vigie Cove. For a light lunch, opt for a bowl of creamy pumpkin...Read More

  • 2. Dasheene at Ladera

    $$$ | Caribbean

    The terrace restaurant at Ladera resort has breathtaking, close-up views of the Pitons and the sea between them, especially beautiful at sunset...Read More

  • 3. Jacques Waterfront Dining

    $$$$ | French

    Chef-owner Jacky Rioux (aka Froggie Jacques) creates magical dishes in his waterfront restaurant overlooking Rodney Bay. The cooking is decidedly...Read More

  • 4. Rainforest Hideaway

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    Enjoy high-end Caribbean tastes and flavors at this romantic and upscale hideaway on the north shore of pretty Marigot Bay. It's definitely...Read More

  • 5. Tao

    $$$$ | Asian

    For a special evening, head for this Cap Estate restaurant on the premises of the Body Holiday resort. On a second-floor balcony at the edge...Read More

  • 6. The Cliff at Cap

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    High on top of a cliff at the northern tip of St. Lucia, the open-air dining room at Cap Maison welcomes diners to what Executive Chef Craig...Read More

  • 7. Apsara

    $$$ | Indian

    India has had an important influence on the Caribbean islands, from the heritage of their people to the colorful madras plaids and the curry...Read More

  • 8. Bayside Café/Baguet Shop

    $$ | Café

    Join the yachties and nearby hotel guests for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, an evening snack, or just dessert at this café in the Marina...Read More

  • 9. Boucan

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    Aah…chocolate! Here on the Rabot Estate, a working cocoa plantation, that heavenly flavor is infused into just about every dish—cacao gazpacho...Read More

  • 10. Buzz Seafood & Grill

    $$$ | Seafood

    Opposite the Royal St. Lucia by Rex Resorts hotel and Reduit Beach, this dining spot is part of Rodney Bay's "restaurant central." Starting...Read More

  • 11. Cap Grill

    $$ | Steakhouse

    At the St. Lucia Golf Resort & Country Club, this restaurant serves breakfast and lunch all day every day (7 to 7) and Sunday brunch in...Read More

  • 12. Chateau Mygo

    $$$ | Seafood

    Walk down a garden path to Chateau Mygo (a colloquial corruption of "Marigot"), pick out a table on the deck, and soak up the waterfront atmosphere...Read More

  • 13. Doolittle's

    $$$ | Seafood

    Named for the protagonist in the original (1967) Dr. Doolittle movie, part of which was filmed in Marigot Bay, this indoor-outdoor restaurant...Read More

  • 14. Jardin Cacao at Fond Doux Estate

    $$$ | Caribbean

    The small, rustic restaurant at Fond Doux Estate—a working plantation—is one of the most popular spots to enjoy a creole lunch when touring...Read More

  • 15. KoKo Cabana Bistro & Bar

    $$$ | Caribbean

    Poolside at the Coco Palm hotel, this alfresco bistro and bar attracts mostly hotel guests for breakfast but a wider clientele for lunch or...Read More

  • 16. Orlando's

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    British-born of Jamaican/Barbadian heritage, chef Orlando Sachell is a man on a mission. He opened his restaurant in downtown Soufrière to present...Read More

  • 17. The Hummingbird

    $$ | Caribbean

    The cheerful restaurant-bar in the Hummingbird Beach Resort specializes in French creole cuisine, starting with fresh seafood or chicken seasoned...Read More

  • 18. The Still

    $$ | Caribbean

    When you're visiting Diamond Falls and other Soufrière attractions, this makes a convenient (buffet) lunch spot. Located on a 400-acre working...Read More

  • 19. Boudreau

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Simple but sophisticated are words that come to mind when dining at Boudreau. The chef's passion for incorporating St. Lucian ingredients into...Read More

  • 20. Green Parrot

    $ | Caribbean

    One reason to dine in this English colonial–style hotel atop the Morne is the romantic view overlooking Castries Harbor and the twinkling lights...Read More

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