Culinary Styles

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Although the amount of dining options available on Saba is somewhat limited by the island's size, travelers can still find deliciously appealing cuisine, ranging from fine French food and wine, to barbecue and burgers, and even Chinese and Indonesian dishes.

Vacationers on Saba can enjoy a number of culinary styles in intimate atmospheres that can be either refined or relaxed. Although locals (about 1,200) and visitors (less than 25,000 per year) are relatively few in numbers, Saba boasts a wide spectrum of influences and populations.

...tantalizing Creole spices and sauces...


Much of the island's cuisine is dominated by fresh seafood from the local waters and prepared in the West Indian Creole style. Many of the small restaurants and eating establishments serve freshly caught fish daily. Local fish such as grouper, snapper, and mahi-mahi are prepared with tantalizing Creole spices and sauces of peppers and tomatoes. Curries are often used with lobster and shrimp. Calalloo soup, a Creole dish made with a spinach-like root leaf, spices, and a number of other ingredients, is available on Saba and throughout much of the Caribbean. Rotis, wraps filled with ingredients such as chicken, pork, beef, and seafood, are another representation of West Indian Creole cuisine on the island.

In addition to local seafood, travelers can also find curried goat, jerk and barbecue chicken, and other meat and game dishes. Indonesian rijstaffel can be found on the island, using sauces made from curry, soy, peanut, and coconut with beef, pork, and seafood. French cuisine is also found on the island with dishes such as foie gras and filet mignon au poivre.

American and international cuisines are also represented on Saba, with burgers and pizza available alongside Chinese and Italian food. Some restaurants may also have nights where they represent various culinary influences by serving international food such as Mexican or Indonesian.

The Caribbean has a long list of exotic and mouthwatering fruits that are unique to the region, and vacationers on Saba can sample the unique mangoes, figs, starchy breadfruits, and tart soursops.

Travelers looking to sample fine wines from around the world will be able to find selections of French, Italian, Spanish, and California wines at select establishments on the island. The local drink for which the island is famous is Saba Spice, a drink made with 151 proof rum. There are many ways to create this rum made from herbs and spices, and there are a number of different recipes that combine ingredients such as brown sugar and cloves in varying amounts. Saba spice can be taken as a shot or can be used with intoxicating results in a number of rum-based mixed drinks.

After reading about Saba's edible offerings, visit our Restaurant Directory to read about the island's handful of restaurants. Search restaurants by name, or if you are interested in a particular cuisine, click here. Reading descriptions of the restaurants and their menu will give you a better idea of which locales you want to eat in when you arrive on Saba.  Visit our article listing the where you can determine which hotels on the island offer on-site restaurants.  If there are a few hotels you are deciding between, check out our extensive list of Saba's accommodations (A to Z: Hotels in Detail) where you can read about each hotel's restaurants, and restaurants in the surrounding area within our detailed discussion of the property.

After a day of scuba diving in the Saba Marine Park or hiking to the peak of Mt. Scenery, visitors are likely to enjoy their meal regardless of its culinary style on Saba.


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