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
122 Reviews
great food bruh, always satisfied and dont forgetvto try thier rotie as that's my favorite!!+1-340-714-2625
The Longboard
108 Reviews
You HAVE to stop in at The Longboard while in St. John. I am passionately obsessed with this restaurant because there is nothing like it anywhere else on...+1-340-715-2210
Cruz Bay Landing
87 Reviews
The food at Cruz Bay landing was GREAT and not overpriced like a lot of other restaurants in that area. We got the: - Jerk chicken - Fish & chips -...+1-340-776-6908
Extra Virgin Bistro
48 Reviews
Exceptional service and exceptional food. You will be very pleased when you make reservations and dine with these folks. We are frequent diners and I can...+1-340-715-1864
The Beach Bar
102 Reviews
Does this even require a review? Drinking at a table with your feet in the Caribbean Sea is always going to be five stars.+1-340-777-4220
La Tapa
79 Reviews
I would endeavor to write a witty and clever review but it's all been said by other reviewers (the meat, ahem, of the review anyway) I will keep this...+1-340-693-7755
Morgan's Mango
126 Reviews
Snagged last minute reservation and glad we did... Twinkling lights on the veranda, live (and talented) sax/guitar duo, an inviting vibe. And more...+1-340-693-8141
ZoZo's Ristorante
75 Reviews
According to my wife, this is the best dinner she's ever had. According to me, it's the 2nd best restaurant that I've ever been. The restaurant has an...+1-340-693-9200
The Terrace
35 Reviews
We ate here twice during our stay in January. First night I ordered the yellowfin niscoise salad. It was so good and fresh. Instead of hard boiled...+1-340-779-8550
The Tap Room
65 Reviews
Easily the best establishment in St. John's. Best vibes, best staff, and this is going to be important: best prices. Rumor has it this is the only place...+1-340-715-7775
Indigo Grill
21 Reviews
Great food and service, dishes were fresh, good variety, and friendly service. We returned for a second dinner+1-340-776-4433
Woody's Seafood Saloon
89 Reviews
Stopped in for late night snacks. Best fried pickles I have ever had! Really friendly staff and prices were refreshing for this island.+1-340-779-4625
Sogo's Restaurant
26 Reviews
I was here with my Girlfriend back in August, it was empty everytime we went, and we were so perplexed as to why! Now we're not that experienced with...+1-340-779-4404
87 Reviews
Wow, what an enjoyable experience. The view (even after dark) is special, and the creative menu didn't disappoint. Apps.: The crispy rice cakes with...+1-340-779-4747
Sun Dog Cafe
85 Reviews
We are still sitting at our table and I'm compelled to write this review...... we both decided on the mahi mahi soft tacos. Three soft tacos with sides of...+1-340-693-8340
Lime Inn
78 Reviews
Fresh local seafood, great ambiance and very service oriented owners and staff! The restaurant came recommended by a Belgium chef we met at the brewery...+1-340-776-6425
St John Waterfront Bistro
73 Reviews
Nice restaurant next to the water! I ordered the crusted tuna over coconut rice and my husband had the duck breast with conch fritters and the duck egg...+1-340-777-7755
High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill
68 Reviews
A surprise find! High Tide is located within view of the ferry so I had low expectations but everything was great. Good prices, portions, and service. Our...+1-340-714-6169
Rhumb Lines
91 Reviews
The staff is very friendly and it has a nice vibe in the restaurant... a great change of pace from a busy street. The bar tender was very happy to tell you...+1-340-776-0303
The Banana Deck
31 Reviews
The Banana Deck was amazing!!!! The Penne Pasta was delicious, and the sauce was... wow. Literally no words for it. The service was very good. The...+1-340-693-5055

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