A day of sailing, golfing, or touring the lush island of Antigua may not be fast-paced, but it will certainly enhance your appetite for dining on local delicacies.
Whatever you crave, from Italian to contemporary eclectic to traditional West Indies fare, you'll have no trouble finding a restaurant to accommodate. Though there are many fine restaurants throughout Antigua, most are located at the island's hotels and resorts. Visitors will also find a selection of independent restaurants in St. John's, English Harbour and Dickenson's Bay.
Vacationers also find that hotel restaurants generally provide excellent fare, but keep in mind that there is the possibililty that you won't be able to eat at some of all-inclusive resorts unless you're a guest there. Make sure to call the resort restaurant in advance to make a reservation and confirm that non-guests can dine there. Many locally owned restaurants on Antigua close on Sundays, so this would be a great time to try out a hotel restaurant. Search hotels with restaurants by visiting our Best Hotels for Dining Options page.
Most hotels and restaurants automatically add a service charge of 10 percent and a government tax of 7 to 8.5 percent, depending on the type of establishment, such as a hotel restaurant or a free-standing eatery. It's always worth asking if the service charge is included in the quoted price or if it will be added later. If the service was good, you might want to leave extra over the 10 percent service charge. Most hotels accept major credit cards, but again, it is best to call ahead to check.
Antiguans generally dress more formally for dinner than other Caribbean islanders, perhaps because of Antigua's British heritage. Wraps and shorts - but not beachwear - are typically considered appropriate attire for the lunch meal, but dinner attire may require more formal attire, even jackets and ties for men and dresses for women.
During the winter season (December through April), reservations are recommended at restaurants around the island. If you have your heart set on a particular place, call a couple of days in advance. For contact information for the restaurants you plan to dine in, check out our Restaurant Directory, which is organized by cuisine. You will find a description of each restaurant, contact information and much more; just click on the name of the cuisines that interest you, in the list below.
|American||11 Restaurants||English Harbour, St. John's, Antigua, Mamora Bay, Redcliffe Quay, Five Islands, Pigotts, Dickenson Bay|
|Asian||2 Restaurants||Jolly Harbour|
|British||1 Restaurant||English Harbour|
|Cajun||1 Restaurant||Runaway Bay|
|Caribbean||53 Restaurants||English Harbour, Jolly Harbour, St. John's, Five Islands, Mamora Bay, Cedar Grove, downtown St. John's, Nonsuch Bay, Redcliffe Quay, Willoughby Bay, Runaway Bay, Dutchman Bay, Valley Church, Freeman's Village, Cobbs Cross, Dickenson Bay, Antigua|
|2 Restaurants||Redcliffe Quay, Pigotts|
|Continental||1 Restaurant||Dickenson Bay|
|Creole||2 Restaurants||Jolly Harbour, Runaway Bay|
|European||2 Restaurants||Five Islands, Dutchman Bay|
|French||7 Restaurants||Willoughby Bay, English Harbour, Cedar Grove, Antigua|
|Fusion||3 Restaurants||English Harbour, Cedar Grove, Antigua|
|Indian||3 Restaurants||Redcliffe Quay, Jolly Harbour|
|International||31 Restaurants||English Harbour, Jolly Harbour, St. John's, Antigua, Mamora Bay, Falmouth Harbour, Cedar Grove, downtown St. John's, Redcliffe Quay, Five Islands, Long Island, Dickenson Bay|
|Italian||17 Restaurants||English Harbour, Jolly Harbour, Antigua, Mamora Bay, Falmouth Harbour, downtown St. John's, Redcliffe Quay, Runaway Bay, Cobbs Cross|
|Mediterranean||7 Restaurants||English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour, Long Island, Nonsuch Bay, Valley Church, Cobbs Cross|
|Mexican||1 Restaurant||English Harbour|
|1 Restaurant||St. John's|
|Pan Asian / Pacific Rim||1 Restaurant||Antigua|
|1 Restaurant||Redcliffe Quay|
|Contemporary||2 Restaurants||Redcliffe Quay, Antigua|
|Eclectic||7 Restaurants||downtown St. John's, Jolly Harbour, Antigua, Cedar Grove, Runaway Bay, Five Islands, Dickenson Bay|
|Vegan||3 Restaurants||Redcliffe Quay, Runaway Bay|
|Vegetarian||4 Restaurants||Redcliffe Quay, Freeman's Village, Runaway Bay|
When spending time in Antigua, it's easy to find your style of restaurant, but it's best to consider your preferences before stepping out to dine.
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