Antigua and Barbuda Restaurants
The majority of restaurants on Antigua are located either very near to hotels, or right in them, so getting to dining hot spots is very easy.
Antiguan restaurants offer many varieties of food and have an amazing way of mixing tropical ingredients, fresh seafood and tropical fruits, with international dishes and their own methods of cooking, a wonderful ‘fusion cuisine’ which delights and excites the taste buds. The majority of restaurants on Antigua treat dining as just part of the whole experience which should always include live music and entertainment.
For those of you who would rather experience the more traditional island food, Antiguan cuisine is renown for its pepperpot soup, (a stew made of several meats, dumplings, spices and vegetables), fungi, (a dish made of okra and cornmeal) and ducana (a sweet potato, coconut, sugar and spices steamed in a banana leaf). Of course there are many other local favourites such as salt codfish, roast suckling pig and many varieties of seafood to be found in Antiguan restaurants.
Prices for dining out in Antigua ranges from very cheap - $5 US dollars – to very expensive - $70 US dollars, but no matter what your price range you will be guaranteed an interesting and unique meal. The location and climate of Antigua means with certainty that fresh catches from the sea (red snapper, mahi mahi, shark, conch and shrimp) and an amazing array of local produce including black pineapples, coconuts, papayas and breadfruit will determine the mouth-watering cuisine available on the island.
For your information and hopefully to enhance your stay in Antigua we have taken it upon ourselves to add a selection of restaurants available on the island:
Abracadabra English Harbour, 4602701/460-1732 One of the trendiest spots in Antigua and by far the most popular. Abracadabra is located in a 17th century building surrounded by a lush tropical garden. The restaurant serves 100% Italian foods such as homemade pasta, fresh seafood and a large variety of starters all accompanied by a long list of wines and tropical drinks. After Dinner the music is turned up and Abracadabra is transformed in a disco bar with open air dance floors. Occasionally live Reggae, Rock and Jazz bands perform live. Costume parties are also arranged. This restaurant is very popular with the rich and famous, tourists and local residents, it is open till very late.
Bumkins Pidgeon Beach, Falmouth 562-2522 Set on the beautiful Pidgeon beach in Falmouth, this restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Specializing in freshly made cocktails and seafood dishes. If you'd like to try their delicious lobsters its wise to call ahead.
Caribbean Taste Behind Dockyard Drive, English Harbour 562-3049. A menu that brings the Caribbean under one roof. Specializing in Antiguan & Caribbean dishes made with fresh seafood, vegetables, fruits and spices of the Caribbean. Open for Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Also caters for any occasion.
Coconut Grove Beach Restaurant Dickenson Bay 462 1538 Set amongst the palms on the water's edge; this excellent open-air restaurant has become the favourite of many. It is unique in its truly Caribbean ambience. Relax with an exotic cocktail on beach chairs right on the water's edge or make the most of their moorings and dinghy if needs be. Supposedly, the freshest seafood on the island. Full bar, very popular happy hour, 4-7pm. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations advised.
Cocos Jolly Bay, Five Islands 460-2626/9700 A peaceful romantic West Indian style restaurant. This table service restaurant has an interesting menu with a distinctive Caribbean touch. Dine in sheer tranquillity, overlooking the clear blue Caribbean Sea and unspoilt hills in the background.
Dianne's Bar & Restaurant on the road to Shirley Heights 460-1116 This roadside restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Specializing in fresh local dishes of fish, conch, lobster & more... Great bar, ice cold beers all at great prices.
Drydock Bar & Restaurant & NITROX Nightclub English Harbour 460-3040 Steaks, Seafood, Ribs, Roties, Burgers, Steak Pie etc. Great food in an open air setting on the Dockyard Drive. Often with live entertainment, they also show movies and sporting events on a large satellite TV with cool music and dancing in the ever popular air-conditioned Nitrox nightclub.
Eden Cafe Abracadabra English Harbour 460-2701 A lovely little Mediterranean Cafe with a Caribbean twist. Fresh pastries, cappuccinos, renowned smoothies made with all fresh fruits and juices, healthy lunches with the freshest ingredients, salads, seafood and crispy foccacia or French baguette sandwiches. Open breakfast and lunch.
Famous Mauros Cobbs Cross 460-1318 Over 30 different Pizzas to choose from, all made fresh to order by the Famous Mauro himself in his wood-burning brick oven. He uses only authentic Italian and freshly grown local ingredients served with fine wine from Italy. At the roadside bakery bread, croissants & pastries are baked fresh daily including panetone for Christmas. Special orders welcome and major credit cards are accepted. Pizzeria closed Wednesdays.
Harmony Hall Brown's Bay 460-4120 Located at Brown's Bay, opposite Green Island, Harmony Hall is an exceptional old plantation property comprising of a sugarmill bar, terrace restaurant, art gallery and gift shop. There is a pool for guest use as well as moorings for visiting yachts. Simple food prepared with the finest fresh ingredients mixing Italian and Caribbean flavours. Classical music accompanies meals served on the terrace with stunning vistas of Nonsuch Bay. Open every day for lunch and for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays only.
Home Restaurant "Caribbean Haute Cuisine" 461-7651 The freshest of ingredients to create authentic West Indian dishes that include local fish, fruit and vegetables, plus herbs from the owner/chef's garden.
HQ Restaurant & Bar Nelson's Dockyard 562-2563 vhf 68 A fusion of taste. An experience to savour. Exotic cuisine. All made from the freshest ingredients. Fine wines. Breathtaking location set in the unique historical ambiance of Nelson's Dockyard. Open for lunch & dinner, reservations are recommended.
Jackee's Quick Stop Restaurant English Harbour 460-1299 Jackee serves breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days a week. Full English breakfast, local lunches of fish, mutton or beef, burgers and delicious roties all at very reasonable prices.
Jimmy's Restaurant Catamaran Marina, Falmouth 463-8866 Relax in an ambience that is second to none. We specialise in fresh fish caught by our local fishermen including lobster and shrimp. Our crispy calamari is a must, meats and pasta are also available. Come dine with us and enjoy.
Last Lemming Bar & Restaurant AYC Marina, Falmouth 460-6910 Outdoor waterfront dining below the Antigua Yacht Club. International menu includes fresh local fish, mussels & sushi. Live music Tuesday & Fridays, with the sounds of local bands.
Le Cap Horn French Restaurant & Pizzeria English Harbour Tel: 460-1194 vhf 68 after 6pm Conveniently located between Falmouth & English Harbours, Le Cap Horn offers a diverse menu of traditional French cuisine and inspired daily chef's specials served with freshly baked bread in a relaxed yet elegant setting. Delicious pizzas are served next door from their wood burning brick oven.
Life English Harbour 562 2353 vhf "Life Bar" NEW, welcoming, colourful, fun filled party & music bar located on the water just before the Dockyard. Imaginative range of reasonably priced, good quality food, cocktails & wine available all day. Accessible by dinghy.
Mideast Fast Food Redcliffe Street, St. John's 562-0101 or Newgate Street, St. John's 562-3663 The best Lebanese food on the island. Fresh Pita bread baked daily at both Redcliffe Quay and Newgate St. Special orders welcome! Caribbean dishes served alongside Shwarma, Gyros, Shish kebab, Falafel, Kebeh and Hummous. Outside catering welcome with special orders for Mezza, Baklawa and all your Lebanese favourites. Call owner and chef George for more details.
OJ's Crab Hill 460-0184 Join husband and wife team Oliver and Angie at the "only true Caribbean beach restaurant in Antigua", as OJ (Oliver) proudly states. Serving fresh, simple fare that is simply good - try their famous Lobster Salad! Surrounded by the fruits of Oliver's passion for beachcombing, listen to live jazz every Sunday between 4pm and 7pm and tap your feet in the sand.
Sea Breeze AYC Marina, Falmouth 562-5739 Inside the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, an authentic Italian Gelateria, Cafe and Bar. We offer not only superb ice cream but also delicious breakfasts, cappuccinos, lunch and snacks all served on the terrace overlooking some of the most prestigious yachts that visit Antigua. Italian Prociutto sandwiches are a speciality. Open for breakfast and lunch, as well as evenings.
Shirley Heights Lookout English Harbour 460-1785 vhf 68 Enjoy great food in these magnificently restored 18th century buildings which overlook Nelson's Dockyard and English Harbour. There can be few prettier or more photographed views anywhere in the world. Live band on Thursday & Sunday nights.
Skullduggery AYC Marina 463-0625 and The Coffee Shop Nelson's Dockyard 562-2544 Dougie's great Cafe/Bar serving locally roasted coffee from the Caribbean basin along with fresh pastries, grilled sandwiches and gourmet pasties. Very friendly staff, internet access on I-Mac & PC and marine photographs by Den Phillips all in a cool & breezy relaxed atmosphere. A real favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Southern Cross Restaurant AYC Marina 460-1797 On the first floor of the AYC Marina is the island's most sophisticated restaurant. With elegant mahogany furnishings and a bar in wood and stone, Southern Cross is an Italian restaurant for refined palates and lovers of beautiful surroundings. Excellent service, attentive and courteous. The menu includes seafood starters, fresh fish and meat accompanied by wines from an enormous wine cellar. Open for lunch and dinner.
Steely Bar Restaurant & BBR Sportiv Jolly Harbour 462-6260 A lively, friendly bar/restaurant with great food. Open daily from 8am until late, featuring fresh lobster, light international cuisine, daily specials & snacks. Fully stocked bar, daily happy hour 5-6pm and live entertainment in the evenings as well as live sportscasts on huge satellite TV.
Sticky Wicket Restaurant and Bar, 7000 Airport Blvd, Coolidge 481-7000 "Where Carnival Meets Cricket" combines the West Indian passion for cricket with a selection of Caribbean and Antiguan specialties, international cuisine, desserts and beverages. Conveniently located near the airport next to the cricket field. Meeting, reception and banquet facilities also available.
The Inn at English Harbour 460-1014 The traditional Stone Bar and Terrace Restaurant provide a perfect setting for dinner beneath the tropical night sky. Lunch is served right on the beach in the waterfront restaurant. The cuisine is excellent and the wine list extensive. Interesting dishes such as Antiguan Crab Cakes, Thai salad and much more, with attention to quality service.
Trappas Restaurant English Harbour, 562 3534 delicious & affordable. Simply the best. Open for dinner only.
Zanzibar Restaurant at the Hale Inn, English Harbour, 463-7838 This restaurant/bar is at the charming guesthouse Hale Inn run by Hyacinth Hale. Her full English breakfasts are excellent and in the evenings she often has guest chefs appearing to provide a varied menu of mainly fresh Caribbean cuisine.
Here is a list of even more restaurants to be found on the island of Antigua. Should you wish to add any of your own comments on any of the following restaurants or those above then please e-mail our contact address and we will be happy to add your comments to their details.
The Admiral's Inn - International/West Indian, Nelson's Dockyard,460-1027/1153
Al Porto Ristorante - Italian, Jolly Harbour, 462-7695
Al Sottovento Restaurant -Italian, Hodges Bay, 462-5387
Aly's Roti and Grill Shop - Caribbean Cuisine, 20 Long Street, 460-7684
17 61 Airport Restaurant - V.C.Bird International Airport, 480-6979
The Beach Restaurant - Dickenson Bay St. Johns, 480-6940
Big Banana 17°61° - Italian, Jolly Harbour, 462-5387
Blue Lagoon Restaurant - International/Seafood, Deep Bay/Five Islands, 460-6060
Catherine's Cafe - Various, Antigua Slipway, 460-5050
Chez Pascal - French, Galley Bay Heights, 268 462 3232
Chutney's - Indian/International, Fort Road, 462-2977
Colombo's - Italian, English Harbour, 460-1452
Commissioner Grill - Commissioner Alley and Redcliff Street, 462.1883/462.1856
Crazy Horse Saloon - Bar & Grill, Lower Redcliffe Quay, 462-7936
Curtain Bluf - International, Morris Bay, 462-8400
The Dogwatch Tavern - Bar & Grill, Jolly Harbour Beach, 462-6550
Famous Mauro - Bakery/Pizza/Bar, Cobbs Cross, 460-1318/VHF 68
Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant - Chinese/Cantonese, Church Street, 462-4505
Harmony Hall - Italian-influenced with Caribbean highlights, Nonsuch Bay, near Freetown, 460 4120
Hemingway's - Caribbean/International, St. Mary's Street, 462-2763
Home Restaurant - Local/International, Luther George Pl., Gambles Terr., 461-7651
The Hub - Restaurant/Bar, Soul Alley, St. John's, 462-9442
The Inn at English Harbour - International/West Indian, English Harbour, 460-1014
Joe Mike's Cocktail Lounge & Casino - Restaurant/Bar, Corn Alley, 462-3244
Mike's Restaurant - Caribbean, Joe Mike's Hotel Plaza, 462-1142/3244
Julian's - Fine Dining, Church St. & Corn Alley, 462-4766
Kentucky Fried Chicken (Two Locations) - Fast Food, High Street/ Fort Road, 462-1951/2 - 462-1973/4
Lashings Beach Cafe and Inn - Caribbean/International, Mexican, Seafood & pizza 24hr bar with live entertainment from Thursday to Sunday, Sandhaven Beach at Runaway Bay, 462 4438
Le Bistro - French/International, Hodges Bay, 462-3881
The Lobster Pot - International, Dickenson Bay (Siboney), 462-2855/6, 464-0928
M&B's Swiss and Sweet - Bakery/Pastry/Coffee Shop, Jolly Harbour, 462-7716
The Ocean Grill - Seafood, Trafalgar Beach Villas, 462-2548
O'Grady's Pub - Bar/Restaurant, Lower Nevis Street, 462-5392
Pari's Pizza - Italian/International, Dickenson Bay area, 462-1501
Patio Caribe - West Indian/International, Yopton Beach Resort, 462-2520/3240
Peter's BBQ Steak House - Barbeque, Jolly Harbour, 462-6026
Philton's Bakery Cafe - Bakery, Gambles Medical Centre, 463-2253, 462-9447
Pizzas on the Quay - Pizzeria, Red cliff Quay St. Johns, 480-6985
Pizzeria - Music Bar, Redcliffe Quay, 462-2621
The Redcliffe Tavern - International, Redcliffe Quay, 461-4557
Shirley Heights Lookout - West Indian/Seafood, Nelson's Dockyard, 460-1785/VHF 68
Spinnakers Beach Bar & Restaurant - Continental/Caribbean, Dickenson Bay, 462-4158
Steely Bar and Restaurant - International, Jolly Harbour, 462-6260/VHF 68