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

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
146 Reviews
Longboards is my favorite place on St. John's. I love everything about it from the food to layout to staff, location, and drinks. I could eat here every day...+1-340-715-2210
Cruz Bay Landing
111 Reviews
The best afternoon apps around by far. Great vibes, people watching and hanging with the locals. Great for families as well as couples. Make sure to have...+1-340-776-6908
Extra Virgin Bistro
74 Reviews
Our favorite dinner of our vacation! The space is beautiful, the waiters are top notch, and each of our party of four loved their dinner selections. The...+1-340-715-1864
Morgan's Mango
139 Reviews
5 star fish. Best fish on the island! Wow, they are back and better than ever. We dined last night. The restaurant looks amazing. So, we were told we didn't...+1-340-693-8141
The Beach Bar
119 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
La Tapa
88 Reviews
10/10 would recommend -- flavorful food with great potion sizes of small and large plates. Between four people: sharing 4 small plates, 2 large plates and 2...+1-340-693-7755
Rhumb Lines
104 Reviews
I had the Pad Thai bowl, and we got spring rolls and corn and shrimp fritters fit appetizers. Everything was delicious. The Pad Thai was spicy (though I...+1-340-776-0303
Lime Inn
88 Reviews
Really great food! I had the pan fried grouper sandwich which was cooked to perfection. Normally I prefer a soft bun that doesn't "compete with the meat"...+1-340-776-6425
Woody's Seafood Saloon
103 Reviews
We stopped in after a day on the beautiful beaches of St John. We were so sandy and salty, but were hungry and thirsty too. We had seen the evening crowds...+1-340-779-4625
Sun Dog Cafe
95 Reviews
Amazing fresh shrimp& Mahi Mahi soft tacos! Buckwacker and drunken money drinks are a MUst!!!+1-340-693-8340
The Tap & Still
170 Reviews
Great burgers, great beer, good service and an awesome atmosphere. I have now been to both Tap & Still locations on St. Thomas and this one at Red Hook is...+1-340-642-2337
The Banana Deck
34 Reviews
Great place for lunch, and some awesome t-shirts for sale too. We all had a burger or wrap, and everything was fantastic. Of course the adult beverages and...+1-340-693-5055
Ocean Grill
56 Reviews
Run do not walk for the desserts here. Most amazing desserts. We dream about Patty's desserts all year. She is gifted. We had Vietnamese coffee ice cream...+1-340-693-3304
The Tap Room
79 Reviews
This is hands down the final stop of the STJ day for me on my best planned days! The lite relaxing yet still in a bar feel... Always have great staff and...+1-340-642-7776
The Terrace
40 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
High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill
85 Reviews
Such a place comes straight from a Kenny Chesney music video! Decided to stop in for a beer (turns out they have Carib!!) and ended up staying for a a...+1-340-714-6169
Ocean 362
45 Reviews
Hello Yelp Friends, what a marvelous hotel and restauarant, Gallows Point Resort and Oceans 362 is I am tired of staying in crappy Airbnb Condos in the...+1-340-776-0001
Driftwood David's
20 Reviews
We found this place on a review website and decided to give it a try. Very simple menu, but the food was excellent. Service was very friendly and helpful....+1-340-777-4015
Sogo's Restaurant
30 Reviews
Terrific true West Indian food but with a varied enough menu that everyone will find something to enjoy. We asked friends who have lived on St. John for...+1-340-779-4404

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