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
138 Reviews
Great place! Great food ! Devoted to the community! Top place for drinks and sandwiches!+1-340-715-2210
Extra Virgin Bistro
68 Reviews
This has to be the best restaurant on STJ. Their fish dishes in lobster broth are delicious, as are the short ribs. Try the spinach/beet/goat cheese/popcorn...+1-340-715-1864
Cruz Bay Landing
109 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
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
92 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
Morgan's Mango
133 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
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
Knox and Ollie's
25 Reviews
Staying at the Westin and needed a convenient place to have dinner after our late spa massages. I don't usually like to go to the restaurants on resort...+1-340-693-3499
Sun Dog Cafe
91 Reviews
Great lunch spot in Mongoose junction! Spend the day shopping through the shops & getting lunch at sun dog! Our favorite menu items are the burrito that ate...+1-340-693-8340
The Tap & Still
167 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 Tap Room
73 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
Lime Inn
86 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
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
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
Ocean Grill
53 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
Lime Garden Lounge & Restaurant
13 Reviews
Great food, great vibe, amazing service! We came here after being at coki beach all day. This is one of the few restaurants in this area, and we were...+1-340-642-1587
The Banana Deck
32 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
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
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

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