Contemporary Cuisine in the USVI

While staying in the Virgin Islands, you'll be impressed by the delicious array of restaurants, cafes, and places with delicious cocktails. If you have a taste for contemporary food in particular, then you won't want to miss the places that dub it their specialty. Luckily, you're likely to come across quite a broad selection of restaurants serving this style.

With everything from the fine dining locale of Turtle Bay Estate House to the inviting dinner and lunch at H2O Caribbean Bistro, there is a choice for every guest and every style of vacation.

The list below allows you to read more about the restaurants in the Virgin Islands that quench cravings for contemporary food. For each restaurant, you can click its name to see more important info about its dress code, food, or even nearby attractions.

Tavern On The Waterfront

Downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas | (340) 776-4328

Tavern On The Waterfront is found within downtown Charlotte Amalie, just outside the heart of Charlotte Amalie. Guests should expect a fine, formal meal that offers a well-deserved break from street or bar food. Unique in its offerings of modern cuisine with a polish twist, some menu items at Tavern on the Water include Jumbo Vegetable Pot Pie, Pan-Fried Pork Cutlet, and Filet Mignon with Roasted Shallots.

La Tapa

Downtown Cruz Bay, St. John | (340) 693-7755

La Tapa

Situated near the center of downtown Cruz Bay, La Tapa is a smart choice that's worth considering if you're thinking about staying near this neighborhood or nearby. People that desire tapas will particularly like eating here during a visit to downtown Cruz Bay. At once elegant and eclectic, guests may choose to dine indoors or out on the sidewalk. Live jazz provides an extra boost to the ambiance on Tuesdays.

Turtle Bay Estate House

Caneel Bay, St. John | (340) 776-6111

Located on the outskirts of Cruz Bay, a half mile northeast of "downtown," Turtle Bay Estate House is a part of Caneel Bay Resort, and is a logical selection for you to consider if you're going to be spending time seeing this neighborhood. This restaurant offers a fine setting with even finer dishes, which means those travelers who aren't opposed to splurging on contemporary fare should learn more. The flavors here are unique and bold, with the team in the kitchen using locally grown produce to create a highly refined and varied menu

Ocean Grill

Downtown Cruz Bay, St. John | (340) 693-3304

Ocean Grill, part of Mongoose Junction, can be found in downtown Cruz Bay, near the heart of Cruz Bay. Fresh catches from and contemporary food both share the spotlight at this informal place. The restaurant was designed to resemble an colonial Danish Plantation, and the result is a comfortable and eloquent surrounding.

H2O Caribbean Bistro

St. Croix | (847) 699-8030

H2O Caribbean Bistro, which is on the premises of Hibiscus Beach Resort, is located 2.1 miles northwest of downtown Christiansted; it's two miles (three and a half kilometers) to the west-northwest of Christiansted. The style of service at this awesome bar and grill is completely casual, and that's good because folks can wear something comfortable, and feel free to order and indulge in whatever sounds good. H2O Caribbean Bistro is a lively spot that prides itself on its ever changing appearance that allows guests to create the perfect venue for their personalized event. However, there are some attributes that can't be overlooked, like the exposed beans in the ceiling painted bright purple and sky blue, and the open air setting that allows for views of the nearby beach.

contemporary Restaurants
Name Location Island Type Phone Number
Beach Side Cafe 0.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Frederiksted St. Croix Contemporary (340) 772-1266
H2O Caribbean Bistro 2.1 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix Contemporary (847) 699-8030
La Tapa Downtown Cruz Bay St. John Contemporary, Mediterranean (340) 693-7755
Ocean 362 Downtown Cruz Bay St. John American, Contemporary (340) 776-0001
Ocean Grill Downtown Cruz Bay St. John Caribbean, Contemporary (340) 693-3304
Tavern On The Waterfront Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas Contemporary, European (340) 776-4328
Thirteen 2.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas Contemporary, International (340) 774-6800
Turtle Bay Estate House 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John Contemporary (340) 776-6111

Some of the best places to grab a bite in the Virgin Islands are those that you find suddenly while journeying to and from your hotel. However, jotting down the important details of a few tasty-sounding cafes and bars on your itinerary, means even your fall-back options are good ones. To find out even more regarding the kinds of food waiting for you, check out this page.


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