Top Restaurants in British Virgin Islands
Fine Dining in the British Virgin Islands
Sailing around the British Virgin Islands is an idyllic way to de-stress and enjoy leisurely days swimming, snoozing, snorkelling and fishing from the deck of your sailing yacht charter. When you want a change from your gourmet chef’s delights, these prosperous islands offer plenty of anchorage and a wealth of tempting restaurants that are well worth stepping ashore to try.
Fresh seafood naturally dominates most menus in the BVI with an abundance of spiny lobster, top quality conch, fresh mahi mahi and succulent grouper. You might want to brave the national dish of fish and fungi - white fish braised with tomatoes and spices and served over a cake of okra and cornmeal. Local chefs tend to be generous with spices including jerk chicken, curry and garlic, so order a fruity “painkiller” (pineapple and orange juice with coconut , nutmeg and rum) to put out the fire!
Top restaurants in the BVI
Coco Maya. Photo by @fischettie. Used with permission.
Virgin Gorda, one of the largest and most populous of the BVIs, has some excellent restaurants including Coco Maya, a casual toes-in-the-sand beachfront restaurant and bar. Start with a juicy Tempura Shrimp Lettuce Wrap or spicy Calamari Salad before savouring mouth-watering burgers with truffle fries, crispy aromatic duck and other specialities.
Oil Nut Bay Beach Club Restaurant is another upscale BVI favourite, but you’ll need to make a reservation well ahead of time. Part of a resort with the same name, this exclusive Virgin Gorda hideaway in North Sound serves world-class gourmet cuisine in a stunning setting. Menus change daily but generally include a selection of meat and fish from the grill with vegetarian options. Plan to stay the night in the marina and purchase a day pass to enjoy the beach club, wellness studio, spa and tennis courts. Sail south and dine at The Pavilion at the Rosewood in Little Dix Bay. It offers a sophisticated dining experience in an extraordinary thatched open-sided pavilion. Sample the amazing lunch buffet spread or try the á la carte dinner menu that describes itself as “international cuisine with a little island zing!”
Best restaurant in St Thomas, USVI
Grande Cru Restaurant. Photo by: @enriquerodriguezvi. Used with permission.
Further west, those sailing around the USVI should moor in Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St Thomas and dine at the waterfront Grande Cru Restaurant. The decadent martini bar and delectable cuisine are legendary.
Top dining in St John, USVI
Extra Virgin Bistro. Photo by @leahruns100. Used with permission.
Another USVI gem is the Extra Virgin Bistro in Cruz Bay, St John which has an outstanding reputation. Chefs combine locally grown ingredients with freshly caught fish, providing much-appreciated support for local businesses.
Where to dine on Scrub Island, BVI
Caravela Restaurant on Scrub Island has its own marina, making it ideal for alfresco dining just steps from your luxury sailing yacht. Whether you’re in the mood for a premium aged steak or a four course “Dinner in Paradise” menu in a private cabana, this high-end restaurant in the BVI has it all.