Restaurant Options in the BVI

It should be of no surprise that casual dining are the norm on the British Virgin Islands

Photo credit: © Jim Barnes
 

As you review the list of restaurants in the British Virgin Islands, you'll notice something that is quite unique. Almost all are locally owned properties which have successfully flourished amongst locals and tourists without big companies backing them. Although there are a few international chains here and there, for the most part, every meal will be a unique experience as local chefs create dishes unlike any other.

Dining establishments on the British Virgin Islands run the gamut from casual bar and grills to upscale eateries. Still, even the most refined restaurants have a laid back atmosphere that permeates the islands. 

Every restaurant throughout the islands has its own individual style, but there are a few things you can expect encounter no matter where you eat. Casual is the name of the game here, and many beachside restaurants have no problem letting customers roam around in just bathing suits. However, you shouldn't expect this to be the case everywhere. Resort casual is a nice compromise for most places on the islands, and dressing to the nines for a date night out at a fancier establishment would certainly not be out of the norm. If you are unsure of what to wear and don't want to offend, simply call ahead and ask for the dress code. 

After eating, don't be surprised if a 10 percent gratuity is added to your bill. This is a common practice, however, if the gratuity has not been added you may tip your waiter or waitress accordingly. 

Food in the Virgin Islands is influenced by the culinary styles of the world. Restaurants here often serve fusions of French, Italian, Asian, Mexican, and Caribbean food, and barbecue is a favorite as well. Of course, being that these islands are surrounded by waters teaming with fresh fish, seafood is a popular offering in pretty much any restaurant you step in to. While vegetables are available with every meal, you may notice that tropical fruits are just as often on the menu, especially in soups which are made sweet with fruits rather than heavy and hearty with vegetables.

While you're in the island's, however, a great way to get to experience a number of local restaurants all at once is by participating BVI Restaurant Week.  Events include the taste of BVI on Tortola and Virgin Gorda in which restaurants gather together at one venue and offer up samples of their best dishes; the Visiting Chef Cook-Off where two chefs from Tortola and two chefs from Virgin Gorda will compete with a celebrity chef to see who does it better; and finally, the Barefoot Gourmet Soirée.  This takes place at the Peter Island Resort & Yacht Harbour and welcomes guests to sit down for an elegant five-course meal prepared by international and local chefs.  The proceeds go to students interested in pursuing a career in tourism.

Caribbean Cuisine

Foxy's Restaurant

Caribbean cuisine is never very difficult to find in the BVI. Since this kind of cuisine has features borrowed from a wide variety of cultures and culinary techniques, just about any type of diner will find something they'll enjoy at Caribbean-style restaurants. Be sure to remember that you can read further details on each place on the page by clicking the links.

Pusser's Road Town Pub is an eating establishment that serves chicken located within downtown Road Town. As a Caribbean pub, this Pusser's location is known for taking the flavors of the Caribbean and blending them with the pub atmosphere. They are known for having some delicious jerk chicken and pork, as well as a variety of beer and liquor to fit the mood. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (284) 494-3897.

1748 is a great restaurant in the area that's worth considering. Set in an 18th century sugar mill that has been converted into a restaurant, 1748 is so named because it is the year that the building was originally built. Guests have the option of dining on the upper or lower level, where views of seagrape trees and one of the finest beaches on the island of Tortola only add to the experience. If you'd like to call ahead of time, you can do so at (284) 495-4252.

Big Bamboo Restaurant: Frequented mostly by day-trippers and pleasure sailors, this beach bar and grill is the most popular spot on the bay. The food is some of the best and the bar tender keeps the drinks flowing, allowing guests to sit back and enjoy their short time in the shaded alfresco dining room. If you want to call before booking a room, do so at (284) 495-2019.

Just below are the 59 restaurants serving this cuisine.

Caribbean Restaurants in the BVI
Name Location Island Phone Number
1748 3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola (284) 495-4252
Abe's by the Sea 1.5 mi. East of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9329
Ali Baba's Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9280
Bananakeet Cafe Tortola Tortola (284) 494-5842
Big Bamboo Restaurant 1.6 mi. North of Central The Settlement Anegada (284) 495-2019
Big Banana 0.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola (284) 495-4606
Brisani's At The Reef 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-2593
Callaloo 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-7600
Callwood's Restaurant & Bar 0.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola --
Coco Loco Beach Bar 0.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 496-6854
Coconut Junction 0.5 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 499-6357
Cool Breeze Bar & Restaurant Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke (284) 440-0302
Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant 5.2 mi. Southeast of Central Parham Town Cooper Island (284) 495-9084
Cow Wreck Restaurant 1.9 mi. Northwest of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-8047
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill 5.5 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Peter Island (284) 495-2000
Elm Beach Bar 0.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola --
Flash of Beauty Restaurant 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central The Settlement Anegada (284) 495-8014
Flying Iguana 2.2 mi. East of Central Parham Town Beef Island (284) 495-5277
Foxy's Restaurant 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9258
Gertrudes Beach Bar Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9104
Harris' Place 1.6 mi. East of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9295
Hog Heaven 0.7 mi. North of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda --
Islands The British Virgin Islands None (284) 494-7752
Ivan's Stress Free Bar Restaurant 0.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (340) 513-1095
Lobster Trap 1.5 mi. North of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-9466
Mariner Inn Restaurant 0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-2333
Mermaid's Dockside Bar & Grill 0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 495-6663
Midtown Restaurant Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-2764
Mrs. Scatliffe's Restaurant 2.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 495-4556
Myett's Garden Grille 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola (284) 495-9649
One Love Bar and Grill 0.6 mi. West of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9829
Pomato Point Restaurant 1.1 mi. West of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-9466
Potter's by the Sea 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-9182
Pusser's Road Town Pub Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-3897
Quito's Gazebo Bar & Restaurant 0.2 mi. North of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola (284) 495-4837
Rhymer's Beach Hotel Restaurant 0.0 mi. Northwest of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola (284) 495-4639
Rita's Restaurant Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-6165
Rock Cafe & Sports Bar 1.8 mi. South West of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5482
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Beach Grill 0.7 mi. North of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5555
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Sugar Mill 0.7 mi. North of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5555
Roti Palace Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-4196
Sand Box Restaurant 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Santu Patia Prickly Pear Island (284) 495-9122
Seaside Grill 2.6 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola (284) 495-4212
Sidney's Peace and Love 1.5 mi. East of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9271
Sip 'n Dip Bar and Grill Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5544
Sugar Apple 1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda --
Sugar Mill Restaurant 2.1 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola (284) 495-4355
Sugar and Spice 0.0 mi. Southeast of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 543-9016
Sugarcane Restaurant 1.7 mi. West of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda (284) 543-9494
The Reef Restaurant 0.5 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5252

Local Cuisines

CocoMaya Restaurant

Travelers will encounter a good handful of chances to try out local dishes throughout their stay in the BVI.

Chez Bamboo offers a variety of cuisines to choose from, including Asian and Cajun. Chez Bamboo is a labor of love for owner Rose Giacinto, who stalked the property for years waiting for it to go on the market. When it finally did, she snatched it up and turned it into one of Virgin Gorda's most popular restaurants.

CocoMaya Restaurant has several different dishes to choose from, including desserts and sushi. Asia meets Latin America on this unique menu of haute cuisine. Visitors will be able to find them on Valley Trunk Road.

While there are very few relevant options that can be found while in the BVI, you are able to find more information about them by viewing the table found just below.

Other Local Restaurants in the BVI
Name Location Island Type Phone Number
Chez Bamboo 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda Asian, Cajun, International (284) 495-5752
CocoMaya Restaurant 0.6 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda Asian Fusion, Latin American (284) 495-6344
The Jamaican Kitchen Downtown Road Town Tortola Jamaican (284) 494-1010

European and Asian

Travelers wanting to enjoy some European food have many different options to pick from. Alongside French food, you will also be able to find Italian and Continental restaurants.

Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill is located at Peter Island Resort & Spa and has various different cuisine options to choose from, including Caribbean and Continental. If you're looking for a casual dining experience with a tropical feel, Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill is it. From the location on the beach, to the tropical decor and light menu, Deadman's Beach is an ideal choice for holiday dining. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (284) 495-2000.

The Dove is a place you might try. As you review your dining options in Road Town, you'll notice that many of them follow the same pattern of being relaxed, al fresco bar and grills. Not the Dove. If you are looking to call before booking a room, do so at (284) 494-0313.

Brandywine Estate Restaurant: One of the most elegant, classy restaurants on the island, this spot is perfect for a romantic night out or when you're looking for haute cuisine. You'll find them on Sir Francis Drake Highway.

Ginny's is located at Mooring-Mariner Inn and has several different specialties to enjoy, including coffee and sandwiches. During the coffee shop hours, there are numerous coffee flavors, pastries, sandwiches, and homemade Italian gelato available. For dinner on Friday and Saturday, when Asian is the theme, there is a mixture of Japanese, Thai, and Indian cuisine. They're located at 2 Wickhams Cay, on Tortola.

View the collection just below for details on these kinds of possibilities in the region.

European and Asian Restaurants in the BVI
Name Location Island Type Phone Number
Brandywine Estate Restaurant 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Parham Town Tortola Italian, Mediterranean (284) 495-2301
Capriccio di Mare Downtown Road Town Tortola Italian (284) 494-5369
Charlie’s 0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola Italian (284) 494-2333
Chez Bamboo 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda Asian, Cajun, International (284) 495-5752
CocoMaya Restaurant 0.6 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda Asian Fusion, Latin American (284) 495-6344
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill 5.5 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Peter Island Caribbean, Continental, Fusion (284) 495-2000
French Deli Downtown Road Town Tortola French (284) 494-4518
Frenchman's Slipway Restaurant 2.7 mi. North of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay French (284) 495-4684
Ginny's 0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola American, Asian (284) 494-2333
Giorgio's Table 2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda Italian (284) 495-5684
Kong Ming Asian Terrace Tortola Tortola Asian (284) 495-1174
Le Grand Cafe Downtown Road Town Tortola French (284) 494-8660
Seaside Grill 2.6 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola Caribbean, Continental (284) 495-4212
The Clubhouse at Frenchmans 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay French (284) 494-8811
The Dove Downtown Road Town Tortola Asian Fusion, French (284) 494-0313
Virgin Queen Downtown Road Town Tortola Caribbean, Eclectic, English (284) 494-2310

International

Rosewood Little Dix Bay Pavilion

International food is especially easy to find in the BVI. This is a region that has tremendous cultural diversity, so it's no surprise that you can find a lot of culinary diversity too.

Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant is a nice restaurant you might try. Corsairs serves an eclectic menu of Northern Italian fare, Caribbean cuisine, and Tex-Mex, as well as a full bar of funnily named drinks like Pirate Punch and Wench Juice. Corsairs has the only Yaggermeister machine in the territory.

Saba Rock Restaurant: The dinner menu, where each dish is prepared with the freshest available ingredients features seafood and grill favorites, including conch pasta, barbecue ribs, and steak. Although the spot is renowned for their burgers you won't find a single one on their main menu. You can call them at (284) 495-7711.

Bath & Turtle Restaurant is a top dining venue you might visit. You'll find all of your pub favorite on the menu here, from pizzas, pastas, sandwiches to fish and chips, but there are also a few items that drive home the locale like conch soup.

See more information about these types of dining options within the BVI by taking a look at the table down below.

International Restaurants in the BVI
Name Location Island Phone Number
1748 3.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola (284) 495-4252
Bath & Turtle Restaurant 0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda --
Brisani's At The Reef 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-2593
Callaloo 0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-7600
Chez Bamboo 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5752
Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grill 2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda (305) 468-0168
Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9294
Flying Iguana 2.2 mi. East of Central Parham Town Beef Island (284) 495-5277
Lobster Trap 1.5 mi. North of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-9466
Marias Restaurant Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-2595
Mariner Inn Restaurant 0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-2333
Neptune's Treasure Restaurant 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-9439
Pam's Kitchen 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-9237
Potter's by the Sea 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Setting Point Anegada (284) 495-9182
Pusser's East 1.0 mi. South of Central Parham Town Tortola (284) 495-1010
Red Rock Restaurant & Bar 0.6 mi. East of Central Parham Town Tortola (284) 495-1646
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Pavilion 0.7 mi. North of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5555
Royal BVI Yacht Club Restaurant & Bar The British Virgin Islands None (284) 494-8140
Saba Rock Restaurant 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda (284) 495-7711
Sandcastle Restaurant 1.0 mi. West of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke (284) 495-9888
The Almond Walk 2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda (305) 468-0168
The Cove 0.6 mi. North of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda (284) 340-3005
The Dog & Dolphin Restaurant Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda (284) 494-8000
The Pub 0.7 mi. South of Downtown Road Town Tortola (284) 494-2608
The Restaurant at Leverick Bay 0.6 mi. North of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda (284) 340-3005
Top of the Baths 1.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5497

American and Other

Fort Recovery Restaurant

There are many establishments serving eclectic cuisine in the BVI. Additionally, guests will be able to pick form eclectic and American fare, among other options.

Pusser's Marina Cay is located at Marina Cay Beach and is a local lunch possibility found within Marina Cay, the BVI. Although there are numerous Pusser's outposts throughout the Caribbean, this spot on Marina Cay is a true gem because Pusser's has acquired the entire island, which also includes a small hotel and shop. Guests on the island find Pusser's restaurant to be a friendly and enjoyable place to take a meal while reveling in the beauty that surrounds them. If you want to call in advance, you can do so at (284) 495-4554.

Myett's Garden Grille: An extensive menu comes out of the kitchen headed by award-winning chef Brian Wasbaur. Garden and Grille Restaurant serves fresh seafood and a menu of International favorites often grilled right before your eyes. Visitors can call them at (284) 495-9649.

A pleasant food venue you could visit is The Crawl Pub. An International array of offerings from shepard's pie to burgers and hot wings are available. If you're looking to call ahead of time, you can do so at (800) 872-2392.

Pusser's Landing is a local lunch spot Frenchman's Cay, in southwestern the BVI. Yachters flock to this waterfront restaurant all day through in search of good food and drink where they can savor the freshly made delicacies like sandwiches, rotis, fish-and-chips, and pizzas. Pusser's Bar and Restaurant serves many exotic lip smacking delicacies and a variety of fine wine to lift your spirits. For customers who want to call before making reservations, do so at (284) 495-4554.

View more about these types of places inside the BVI by scrolling to the table down below.

Other Restaurants in the BVI
Name Location Island Type Phone Number
Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant 0.0 mi. Northeast of Central Setting Point Anegada Eclectic (284) 495-8002
Bananakeet Cafe Tortola Tortola Caribbean, Fusion (284) 494-5842
Brandywine Estate Restaurant 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Parham Town Tortola Italian, Mediterranean (284) 495-2301
CalaMaya 1.0 mi. South of Central Parham Town Tortola Eclectic (284) 495-2126
Callwood's Restaurant & Bar 0.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola American, Caribbean --
Calypso Cafe Downtown Road Town Tortola Eclectic (284) 494-8158
Captain Mulligans 1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town Tortola American (284) 494-0602
Coconut Junction 0.5 mi. South West of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda Caribbean, Vegetarian (284) 499-6357
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill 5.5 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town Peter Island Caribbean, Continental, Fusion (284) 495-2000
Dockside Bar & Grille Downtown Road Town Tortola American (284) 494-2771
Fort Recovery Restaurant 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola Eclectic (284) 541-0955
Foxy's Taboo Restaurant 1.6 mi. East of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke Mediterranean (284) 495-0218
Gertrudes Beach Bar Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke American, Caribbean (284) 495-9104
Ginny's 0.3 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town Tortola American, Asian (284) 494-2333
Islands The British Virgin Islands None American, Caribbean (284) 494-7752
Jewel's Snack Shop 0.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke American (284) 495-9286
LSL Bake Shop & Restaurant Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda Eclectic (284) 495-5151
Mine Shaft Cafe 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda Eclectic (284) 495-5480
Myett's Garden Grille 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola Caribbean, Eclectic (284) 495-9649
Peg Leg Landing 2.1 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town Tortola Eclectic (284) 494-0028
Pusser's Landing 2.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay American (284) 495-4554
Pusser's Marina Cay 3.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Parham Town Marina Cay American (284) 495-4554
Rita's Restaurant Downtown Road Town Tortola American, Caribbean (284) 494-6165
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Beach Grill 0.7 mi. North of Central Spanish Town Virgin Gorda American, Caribbean (284) 495-5555
Sugar Mill Restaurant 2.1 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola Caribbean, Eclectic (284) 495-4355
The Crawl Pub 2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda Eclectic (800) 872-2392
The Genaker 2.1 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town Tortola Eclectic (284) 494-2512
Virgin Queen Downtown Road Town Tortola Caribbean, Eclectic, English (284) 494-2310
Winston's Bakery 2.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Santu Patia Virgin Gorda Eclectic (284) 494-2746

When dining on Virgin Gorda it is important to procure reservations simply because there are so few restaurants available. Restaurants on Jost Van Dyke are popular with the sailing set, offering travelers the chance to swap stories or just listen in, and on Anegada, only six to 10 restaurants are usually open at any given time of year.

If you have not yet booked your stay, you may want to take dining into consideration before you do. Many resorts and hotels having dining on site, and the type of food they serve may just influence your final decision. 

Whether you're looking for casual eating or a refined spot for a quiet, and perhaps romantic, meal, the dining establishments throughout the British Virgin Islands can easily accommodate your needs. Although some islands have fewer restaurants than others, the variety is enough that everyone will find something to satisfy their dining style.

 

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