Dining in paradise

St. John USVI is blessed with many restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.  The island has dozens of restaurants with offerings from sandwiches and fries to local cuisine, Mexican food, Chinese food, bar-b-q, continental cuisine and of course, seafood.  Virtually every restaurant has a bar and every bar has a grill.  
St. John has always had good food but in recent years the scene has changed some as the "foodie" movement has caught on. may of the restaurants on St. John are now serving food on par with some of the nicest restaurants stateside though prices tend to be a bit higher due to transportation costs.

Landing Shrimp at Cruz Bay Landing Crab dip at the Beach Bar The pit at the Cowboy Lounge Painkiller at the Beach Bar Seared Tuna app at the Beach Bar, Cruz Bay, St. John

One way to gauge the popularity of restaurants in a particular place is to ask those who have been there to name a couple of places they remember. When people who have visited Cruz Bay, St. John are asked to name a couple favorites, one name seems to pop up more than any other.  The Fish Trap.   The Fish Trap offers the freshest fish, seafood, and much more at surprisingly reasonable prices.

In Cruz Bay, one of the favorites of locals and visitors in the know is Ronnie's Pizza.  Ronnie does traditional pizza plus a whole lot more and is one of the cheapest places in town to get some grub.

Ronnie's Pizza sign Ronnie's Pizza register

While on the island, one should be sure to seek out some of the local fare.  An island favorite is the Pate', a sweet bread filled with a variety of fillings including fish, lobster, beef, chicken and of course, conch.  Cuisine in the Virgin Islands is an interesting blend of cultures thanks to the history of the islands.  Influences from the Americas, Europe, Africa, India and China all come together in Caribbean Cuisine and St. John is a great place to taste all these influences.

Miss Lucy's Restaurant
Miss Lucy's offers dishes such as roasted pig or freshly caught wahoo, served with pigeon peas and rice, sweet potato stuffing, okra, fungi, and plantains.
If you happen to be on St. John on the night of the full moon, Miss Lucy's is a must!  (340) 693-5244
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YELP Reviews for many of St. John's Restaurants

De' Coal Pot
137 Reviews
Holy heck.... We were debating between this and The Terrace, were told this was a local gem, and were not disappointed. Steven got the ox tail, which he had...+1-340-714-2625
The Longboard
137 Reviews
Great place! Great food ! Devoted to the community! Top place for drinks and sandwiches!+1-340-715-2210
The Beach Bar
120 Reviews
My favorite place on the island! Really good food (we had burgers, nachos, chicken burrito, fried cheese and of course the Bushwhackers). The atmosphere is...+1-340-777-4220
Morgan's Mango
133 Reviews
We loved this place!! Absolutely delicious food and drinks, and very friendly staff. We would surely be regulars, if we lived on the island.+1-340-693-8141
Extra Virgin Bistro
67 Reviews
Amazing ambiance, food, and service! The cutest little restaurant filled with string lights and wooden planters. They are tucked into the palms on a big...+1-340-715-1864
Cruz Bay Landing
107 Reviews
Stumbled on this great shaded spot while shopping in St John! Sat at the bar with Nick- our great mixologist! He told us all about the special drinks and...+1-340-776-6908
ZoZo's Ristorante
91 Reviews
We had reservations for 630p and the view of the bay and sunset was absolutely gorgeous; there wasn't a bad seat in the house! The wait staff were attentive...+1-340-693-9200
La Tapa
86 Reviews
World class food! My husband and I ate their 3 times in one week. Chef's Alex and Patrick truly care about every dish that is prepared. Thursday night...+1-340-693-7755
90 Reviews
Based on our experience, I don't know how Asolare could have anything less than 5 star ratings. We made our reservation on the same evening we wanted to...+1-340-779-4747
Lime Inn
86 Reviews
Great food, drinks. They even make their own pasta. Owners on sight checking in on everything. Don't miss this stop+1-340-776-6425
Umami Bar
18 Reviews
Amazing food and great atmosphere! Everyone at Umami was friendly, welcoming, and very knowledgeable about the menu. We had the best meal we had throughout...+1-340-244-2824
The Tap Room
72 Reviews
Great food and beer. The hot pretzel was great. Reasonable prices too. The buns they use for the burger and pulled pork are amazing! Will definitely be...+1-340-642-7776
Rhumb Lines
99 Reviews
The best dinner we've had on St. John!!!! Started with the cilantro lime and blackened shrimp and it was the best we've ever had! So fresh and seasoned to...+1-340-776-0303
Woody's Seafood Saloon
102 Reviews
Love love this place!!! Just a short walk from the ferry in St. John. This place is a great laid back casual stop before and after the beaches. We stopped...+1-340-779-4625
Sun Dog Cafe
88 Reviews
I don't do a whole lot of reviews- especially on my vacation travels. But this is a serious "pay it forward" for all you yelp folks. If your wondering what...+1-340-693-8340
High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill
77 Reviews
We arrived on the ferry to St.John around 11:00 on Saturday morning and were starving. We hadn't eaten before we left for the day so we stopped at High Tide...+1-340-714-6169
Ocean Grill
52 Reviews
We went here for the first time on our last evening on St. John. Place was very quiet. Maybe 4 tables. I would have turned around and walked to plan B...+1-340-693-3304
Knox and Ollie's
25 Reviews
My new favorite restaurant on the island! Everything is local, made to order and simply just amazing. The waitress was very knowledgeable about local...+1-340-693-3499
Candi's Barbeque
11 Reviews
Another spot that was relatively vacant when we went, but we were so pleased with what we got and the price. My husband and I split a BBQ chicken dinner and...+1-340-779-1452
Sogo's Restaurant
29 Reviews
We saw the great reviews on this place and the yummy looking food that was exactly up my husband and I's alley so we sauntered on down only to feel very...+1-340-779-4404

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