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
135 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
136 Reviews
Delicious food and cocktails Got the michelada with salmon poke( better than what I've had stateside). Split (I didn't want to) the coconut crusted daily...+1-340-715-2210
Cruz Bay Landing
103 Reviews
Cruz Bay Landing is probably the best place to get reasonable prices for delicious seafood in Cruz Bay. My husband and I stopped here for lunch and shared...+1-340-776-6908
Extra Virgin Bistro
64 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
The Beach Bar
119 Reviews
Food=Delicious , crab & shrimp dip, fish tacos fresh & tasty! View=***** Drinks=strong & priced right Service=quick! Loved it, will continue to recommend...+1-340-777-4220
La Tapa
84 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
132 Reviews
A chill spot near mongoose junction. Come for the lobster nights on Tuesdays and Saturdays! The lobster dinner comes with a glass of white wine. The...+1-340-693-8141
ZoZo's Ristorante
89 Reviews
Wow, this is a beautiful venue. Absolutely idyllic scenery and unparalleled. The view is breathtaking. We had 5:30 reservations which was perfect to enjoy...+1-340-693-9200
The Tap Room
69 Reviews
It's a bit of a scavenger hunt to find this hidden treasure. Well worth the hide and seek game though. Delicious craft beer and cocktails. Get the pretzel...+1-340-642-7776
91 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
Woody's Seafood Saloon
99 Reviews
Was greeted and sat quickly. We were in the mood for some seafood. This was the perfect spot. Fish tacos were real good best ive had so far big piece of...+1-340-779-4625
Knox and Ollie's
23 Reviews
If you are staying at the Westin, Knox and Ollie's is a must visit. Even if you are somewhere else on St. John its still worth the trip! Went here twice...+1-340-693-3499
Sun Dog Cafe
87 Reviews
Vegetarian friendly. Fantastic veggie burger with refreshing couscous on the side. Bean tacos and cucumber salad. Awesome! High quality food. Relaxed and...+1-340-693-8340
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
The Terrace
37 Reviews
A special find on the island. Wonderfully delicious French cuisine with a romantic atmosphere. The staff was warm and very accommodating during our dinner...+1-340-779-8550
Lime Inn
82 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
Rhumb Lines
97 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
Umami Bar
17 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
Ocean 362
44 Reviews
Steven and I went here for drinks, apps, and the amazing sunset!! Unfortunately, it became cloudy and we didn't see the actual sun setting, but the process...+1-340-776-0001
High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill
75 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

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