17 Best Restaurants in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Amalia Café

$$$$ Fodor's choice

A great place to take a break and get a bite while shopping, this open-air café tucked into the alleyway of Palm Passage serves authentic Spanish cuisine for lunch and dinner. Try tapas such as mussels in brandy sauce, escargots with mushrooms and herb butter, or Galician-style octopus and baby eels served in a sizzling garlic sauce. Ask for an inside table if the idea of passersby checking out your meal isn't too appetizing.

Oceana Restaurant & Bistro

$$$$ Fodor's choice

In the old Russian consulate house at the tip of the Frenchtown peninsula, this restaurant offers superb views along with an eclectic array of dishes expertly prepared by longtime Virgin Islands chef Patricia LaCorte and her staff. Choose from the more casual bistro-style menu, which features taste-and-share charcuterie and artisanal cheese plates and entrées like flatbreads and burgers, or splurge on the more formal dinner selections like butter-poached local lobster and filet mignon. After dinner, take a five-minute stroll to nearby Frenchtown, where several bars offer live music on the weekends.

Old Stone Farmhouse

$$$$ Fodor's choice

At this beautifully restored plantation house, guests can dine on sophisticated small plates such as warm olives and basil focaccia or simple entrées such as New Zealand lamb chop or a lobster-based seafood medley. Personalized attention makes dining here a delight, as does the incredible decor—think 18th-century stone walls meets modern-day elegance, with fine silver and china set on white-tablecloth-topped hardwood tables. 

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Pizza Pi

$$ Fodor's choice

Sail up in a boat, paddle by in a kayak, or drive out in a dinghy to pick up freshly made New York–style pizza from this "floating" food truck. This 37-foot motor sailor is an authentic brick-oven pizzeria, serving pizzas topped with locally grown basil and fresh lobster. There are 15 toppings to choose from and gluten-free crust is available. The boat is moored daily in the protected waters of Christmas Cove off Great St. James island, easily accessible on day sails and powerboat excursions.

XO Bistro

$$$ Fodor's choice
Tucked into a Red Hook shopping center, this down-home eatery has a congenial atmosphere and well-prepared sandwiches, flatbreads, and entrées that make it popular with local professionals. Come early for a seat at the bar and get the scoop on local island news. Lunch features sandwiches (the tuna burger is from fresh catch rather than a can), salads, and grilled flatbreads with tasty toppings like barbecue pulled pork. There's more of the same at dinner, plus entrées such as crab-topped mahi and New York strip.

Beni Iguana's Sushi Bar & Restaurant

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Edible art is an apt description of the sushi and sashimi feast that draws visitors and locals alike. The favorite here is steamed mussels in a house-made creamy sesame dressing dubbed "iguana sauce," which is, happily, not made from the spiny reptile that roams the island's hillsides and roadways. There are nearly 30 vegetarian and seafood rolls to choose from, including avocado, spicy crab, and red snapper. The 5-foot-tall reef tank will definitely put you in the mood for seafood.

West Indian Dock Rd., Charlotte Amalie, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-777–8744
Known For
  • Vegetarian options
  • Fresh seafood
  • Red snapper roll
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Café Amici

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Within the historic stonework and cascading tropical blossoms of A.H. Riise Alley, this charming open-air eatery will pull you in by the nose and send you straight to the wood-burning brick-oven pizza. Toppings range from everyday to eclectic, from Asiago cheese and portobello mushrooms to tandoori chicken and clams casino. The menu is not all pizza: there are fresh salads, sub sandwiches, and unique pastas made to order. The local business crowd keeps this place hopping for lunch Monday through Friday, so go early or late to be sure of a table.

37 Main St., Charlotte Amalie, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-714–7704
Known For
  • Pizza, subs, and pasta
  • Popular with the local business crowd
  • Alfresco seating
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner. Closed Sun.

Caribbean Saloon

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Sports on wide-screen TVs and live music on weekends are two added attractions at this hip sports bar that's in the center of the action in Red Hook. The menu ranges from finger-licking barbecue ribs to more sophisticated fare, such as the signature filet mignon wrapped in bacon and smothered in melted Gorgonzola cheese. There's always a catch of the day; the fishing fleet is only steps away. A late-night menu is available from 10 pm until 4 am.

Duffy's Love Shack

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If the floating bubbles don't attract you to this zany eatery billed as the "ultimate tropical drink shack," the lime-green shutters, loud rock music, and fun-loving waitstaff just might. The menu has a selection of burgers, tacos, burritos, and salads, and bartenders shake up such exotic concoctions as the Love Shack Volcano—a 50-ounce flaming extravaganza. Try the Caribbean Pu-Pu platter, which includes conch fritters, coconut shrimp, and sweet fried plantains.

Fat Turtle

$$$

Graze on local lobster, burgers, and salads, as well as pizza baked in a stone-floored oven while gazing at the million-dollar megayachts docked right next to this hip seaside eatery. Even if you aren't hungry, stop here on Friday nights for the DJ Dance Party and Laser Light Show that starts at 10 pm.

Mafolie Restaurant

$$$$

Enjoy a romantic meal with an iconic bird's-eye view of the Charlotte Amalie harbor. For starters, there's kallaloo soup (shrimp and crab in a thick, creamy spinach broth) and entrées include chicken with mango and chili, and seafood jambalaya. Side dishes definitely offer a taste of the tropics: fried plantain, mashed breadfruit, and sweet potato–and-coconut dumplings. Key lime pie is the most sublime dessert.

7091 Estate Mafolie, Charlotte Amalie, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-774–2790
Known For
  • Sublime key lime pie
  • Tropical flavors
  • Sweeping views

Navy Beach, St. Thomas

$$$

With its colorful maritime flags, blue-and-white decor, and million-dollar views of megayachts docked just yards away, this open-air eatery has a seafood-centric menu to match its nautical theme. Small plates include tuna crudo, lump crab cakes, and shrimp ceviche, while entrée-size offerings feature soy-glazed red snapper and island-spiced blackened mahimahi. Add burgers, steaks, and pasta, and there's something for everyone. Sunday brunch, with standard eggs and pancake fare, is popular with locals. Yacht Haven Grande's cannon-studded lawn adjoins the property, where live music, themed events, and holiday celebrations happen throughout the year, giving diners a front-row view.

5403 Yacht Haven Grande, Charlotte Amalie, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-714–3566
Known For
  • Excellent views
  • Creative house cocktails
  • Seafood
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Credit cards accepted

Sib's on the Mountain

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With live music and football on TV, Sib's is the perfect place for a casual dinner after a day at the beach. In addition to burgers, barbecue ribs and chicken, and beer, there's also a breakfast café outside with island-roasted coffees, including the signature "Bushwackercappuccino."

Smoking Rooster BBQ

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House-smoked, hand-rubbed meats with a side of rum are the specialty here. Order the sampler platter for a taste of everything: choice of two meats like pulled pork and beef brisket, two sides such as potato mac salad (a mishmash of two favorites with a flavor all its own) and brisket beans, plus pickled veggies and Texas toast. There's smoked tofu, too, for vegetarians, and more than 70 choices of rum from throughout the Caribbean.

Texas Pit BBQ

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The smell of smoky barbecue ribs, beef brisket, and chicken wafts enticingly from these mobile stands, which set up daily around 4 pm. Austin native and longtime Virgin Islands resident Bill Collins perfected his signature sauce, which received a thumbs-up from the late culinary great James Beard. Your choice of homemade seasoned rice, coleslaw, or potato salad completes the meal. There's no seating, but you can always head over to the nearest beach and make it a picnic. Besides the two Charlotte Amalie branches, you can also find one at the northern end of Red Hook Shopping Center.

Charlotte Amalie, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-776–9579
Known For
  • Barbecue
  • Coleslaw and potato salad
  • No seating (head to the beach for a picnic)
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Sun.

Tickles Dockside Pub

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Nautical types and locals come here for casual fare with homey appeal: chicken-fried steak, meat loaf with mashed potatoes, and baby back ribs. Hearty breakfasts feature eggs and pancakes, and lunch is an array of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and soups. From November through April, the adjacent marina is full of enormous yachts, which make for some great eye candy while you dine.

Virgilio's

$$$$

For the island's best northern Italian cuisine, don't miss this intimate, elegant hideaway that's on a quiet side street. Come here for more than 40 homemade pastas topped with superb sauces, like capellini with fresh tomatoes and garlic or peasant-style spaghetti in a rich tomato sauce with mushrooms and prosciutto. Eclectic art covers the two-story brick walls, and the sound of opera sets the stage for a memorable meal.

18 Dronningens Gade, Charlotte Amalie, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-776–4920
Known For
  • Tender osso buco
  • Rich creamy tiramisu
  • Eclectic art and decor
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential