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The 18 Essential Barbados Restaurants

From seaside fine dining to a casual fish fry, this Caribbean island’s got it all

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“Barbados is a culinary gem of the region,” says writer, editor, and self-described proud Bajan Tamara Best of the Caribbean island. “Don’t be fooled by its size. At 166 square miles, the island has plenty to offer: outdoor food markets, restaurants perched seaside, great bakeries hiding in plain sight, and much more.”

For those looking for a traditional taste of Barbados, Best recommends two dishes: “Don’t leave the island without trying flying fish or pudding and souse, a local delicacy made of various pig parts served with sweet potato pudding, typically eaten on Saturdays.”

Here now, the 18 essential restaurants of Barbados.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

Price per person, excluding alcohol
$ = Less than 30 BDS (Less than $15 USD)
$$ = 30-80 BDS ($15-40 USD)
$$$ = 80-160 BDS ($40 -80 USD)
$$$$ = More than 160 BDS ($80)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Restaurant at Animal Flower Cave

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If you’ve trekked all the way up to the northern tip of the island, it’s likely to visit the tourist attraction for which this restaurant is named. Head to the bar after taking a dip in the cave and admiring the panoramic views. Buy a pack of Shirley biscuits — a popular snack similar to vanilla wafer cookies but with a slightly creamy taste — to nibble on with a glass of rum punch. The extra sprinkles of cinnamon offer a subtle counter to the the drink, which packs a punch but will quench your thirst. [$$]

Fish Pot

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Drive too fast leaving the Animal Flower Cave and you might miss this seaside restaurant along the coastal highway. Located on the the premises of the Little Good Harbour Hotel, the Fish Pot is perfect for afternoon lunch. As the name implies, fresh fish is the go-to here, whether added to a salad or mashed potatoes or served pan-fried or grilled as a main. If you’re not in the mood for fish, try the curry. Want to get back down to the west coast quickly after your meal? Step gingerly onto the floating dock and into the boat taxi. [$$]

Red Door Lounge

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Technically a lounge, this Holetown nightlife spot with a slightly industrial yet cozy feel opens at 7 p.m. Before the crowds arrive, head to the bar and order the Fragrancia, made of Grey Goose vodka, rosemary, simple syrup, and elderflower liqueur. If rum is calling your name, request a taste of Mount Gay 1703 Master Select. [$]

The Tides

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With options to dine both indoors and out, the Tides is one of the most beautiful restaurants on the west coast, also known as the “platinum coast.” The chicken Thai curry is a feast for the eye and palate — served in a coconut shell with slices on top, the curry has a perfect amount of heat, and the accompanying basmati rice arrives perfectly cooked. In Barbados, you can never go wrong with bread pudding, and the version at the Tides is no exception. The two-course set lunch option for BBD $75 is a great deal for one of the best meals on the island. [$$-$$$]

Chutney's — The Walk

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Sometimes you just need a quick meal. After you leave Harrison’s Cave, hit the highway and pop into the St. Thomas Chutney’s for a roti that is compact but hearty in flavor and light on your wallet at roughly $7 USD. Spring for the “all vegetable” roti with pumpkin, plantain, curried sweet potatoes, chana, and mango chutney, or opt for the chicken roti for a meatier option. Because you’ll end up craving more than one, order a few to go. (To note: There are three other locations in St. Michael, and any is worth visiting.) [$]

Cin Cin By The Sea

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Another west coast favorite among tourists and locals alike, Cin Cin by the Sea focuses on Mediterranean cuisine served up with stunning views. Start your meal with a selection from their extensive wine list, then dive into appetizers that will please seafood lovers: escabeche with sambal chili, cilantro, olive oil, and citrus or crab cakes with pickled mango. The menu works as well for a light lunch as it does for a more hearty dinner. [$$-$$$]

Crumbz Bakery

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Stepping into Crumbz Bakery is a delightful game of guess-the-pastry, but in the end it’s hard to go wrong. Keep it simple and grab a slice of the fruit cake, or try the coconut bread. A note: Most of the pastries and sweets aren’t labeled, so be sure to inquire about ingredients, particularly if you have allergies. [$]

Coffee Barbados Cafe

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Located in the Garrison area, a UNESCO heritage site, Coffee Barbados has good vibes and better coffee. After wrapping up a tour of the George Washington House, pop into the small shop, which serves Caffe Torelli exclusively, and grab an iced coffee for momentary relief from the heat. [$]

Brown Sugar

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Brown Sugar has perfected the art of Sunday lunch — a local tradition of gathering with family and friends in the early afternoon, usually over a home-cooked meal. With an extensive buffet, there’s a lot to choose from, including rice and peas and pepperpot, but save space on your plate for the macaroni pie. Reservations fill up fast, so call ahead. [$$]

Bubba’s Sports Bar & Restaurant

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With enough television screens that you can be sure you’ll catch your event of choice, the bar is the place for watching big events like the Super Bowl. Grab some friends, order a few sliders and fries (or the loaded fries, covered in sauces, bacon, and cheese), and settle in. [$$]

Situated along the picturesque Richard Haynes Boardwalk, Tapas offers three areas for seating with no shortage of views. The bar is the real star, however, serving up some of the best drinks in the capital. Take a hint from the restaurant’s name and order your spirit of choice with a few tapas, then enjoy a sunset stroll. If you’re staying for dinner, try one of the delicious curries. [$$-$$$]

Champers Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Whether you’re planning to have lunch or dinner, arrive hungry and expect to leave stuffed. If you’re looking to save room for dessert (you should), order the mini fish cutters: sandwiches often served on hamburger buns with various fillings, accompanied by a salad. Whether you keep your meal light or opt for a full entree, end with the bread pudding. [$$]

Mojo and the Chopping Board Kitchen

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Mojo is a south coast gem if you’re looking for a late-night drink — it stays open till 2 a.m., a rarity on the island — and a quick bite to eat. Grab your drink of choice and a burger from the Chopping Board Kitchen and you won’t go wrong. [$]

Christine’s Just Stop Restaurant

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A five-minute drive south pass the hum of activity in St. Lawrence Gap is Christine’s, formerly known as Just Stop. It’s a small, dinner-only restaurant with roughly 10 tables, and you’ll want to call before heading over to confirm what time dinner service begins that evening. Expect to be personally greeted by Christine — owner, waitress, and cook — who usually dishes up a few nightly entrees, all with an elevated-home-cooking feel. Even with her multiple hats, her food sings, the lamb liberally seasoned and tender, with generous portions of peas and rice and salad — a staple of Bajan home cooking. Thirsty or craving sweets? Those items aren’t on the formal menu, but pop over to the cooler and grab an ice-cream sandwich or beer. [$$]

Oistins Fish Fry

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There's a reason why Oistins is recommended time and again as a must-visit in Barbados: With countless food stalls serving an abundance of fresh fish, grilled or fried (sometimes right in front of you), the market is packed on Friday and Saturday nights with locals and tourists. Order your food, grab a seat at a picnic table, and “lime” (relax) the night away. [$$]

Mr. Delicious Snack Bar

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Before you grab a chair and umbrella on Miami Beach, swing by this tiny food stand and order a set of fishcakes: round fried goodness usually made up of fish, pepper, flour, and other seasonings. It’s one of the most popular orders, though, so be prepared to wait for the bite-sized treats. [$]

Cafe Luna

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Atop the Little Arches Hotel, Cafe Luna is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner by candlelight. Head around sunset and start with a round of cocktails, skip the appetizers, and head straight for the main course. The restaurant offers flying fish, an iconic Barbados delicacy, in a myriad of ways that are worth a try. [$$]

L'Azure

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Seaside at the Crane hotel in St. Philip, this spot has plenty of breakfast options suited to any mood. The hearty Crane Breakfast, which includes flying fish, baked beans, and salted bread, is a sure thing. While there are breakfast options everywhere on Barbados, L’Azure is among the best for its variety and ambiance. One note: Make sure you call ahead. Depending on the occupancy, the a la carte menu is replaced with a buffet and the food offerings don’t always overlap. [$$]

L’Azure Restaurant

The Restaurant at Animal Flower Cave

If you’ve trekked all the way up to the northern tip of the island, it’s likely to visit the tourist attraction for which this restaurant is named. Head to the bar after taking a dip in the cave and admiring the panoramic views. Buy a pack of Shirley biscuits — a popular snack similar to vanilla wafer cookies but with a slightly creamy taste — to nibble on with a glass of rum punch. The extra sprinkles of cinnamon offer a subtle counter to the the drink, which packs a punch but will quench your thirst. [$$]

Fish Pot

Drive too fast leaving the Animal Flower Cave and you might miss this seaside restaurant along the coastal highway. Located on the the premises of the Little Good Harbour Hotel, the Fish Pot is perfect for afternoon lunch. As the name implies, fresh fish is the go-to here, whether added to a salad or mashed potatoes or served pan-fried or grilled as a main. If you’re not in the mood for fish, try the curry. Want to get back down to the west coast quickly after your meal? Step gingerly onto the floating dock and into the boat taxi. [$$]

Red Door Lounge

Technically a lounge, this Holetown nightlife spot with a slightly industrial yet cozy feel opens at 7 p.m. Before the crowds arrive, head to the bar and order the Fragrancia, made of Grey Goose vodka, rosemary, simple syrup, and elderflower liqueur. If rum is calling your name, request a taste of Mount Gay 1703 Master Select. [$]

The Tides

With options to dine both indoors and out, the Tides is one of the most beautiful restaurants on the west coast, also known as the “platinum coast.” The chicken Thai curry is a feast for the eye and palate — served in a coconut shell with slices on top, the curry has a perfect amount of heat, and the accompanying basmati rice arrives perfectly cooked. In Barbados, you can never go wrong with bread pudding, and the version at the Tides is no exception. The two-course set lunch option for BBD $75 is a great deal for one of the best meals on the island. [$$-$$$]

Chutney's — The Walk

Sometimes you just need a quick meal. After you leave Harrison’s Cave, hit the highway and pop into the St. Thomas Chutney’s for a roti that is compact but hearty in flavor and light on your wallet at roughly $7 USD. Spring for the “all vegetable” roti with pumpkin, plantain, curried sweet potatoes, chana, and mango chutney, or opt for the chicken roti for a meatier option. Because you’ll end up craving more than one, order a few to go. (To note: There are three other locations in St. Michael, and any is worth visiting.) [$]

Cin Cin By The Sea

Another west coast favorite among tourists and locals alike, Cin Cin by the Sea focuses on Mediterranean cuisine served up with stunning views. Start your meal with a selection from their extensive wine list, then dive into appetizers that will please seafood lovers: escabeche with sambal chili, cilantro, olive oil, and citrus or crab cakes with pickled mango. The menu works as well for a light lunch as it does for a more hearty dinner. [$$-$$$]

Crumbz Bakery

Stepping into Crumbz Bakery is a delightful game of guess-the-pastry, but in the end it’s hard to go wrong. Keep it simple and grab a slice of the fruit cake, or try the coconut bread. A note: Most of the pastries and sweets aren’t labeled, so be sure to inquire about ingredients, particularly if you have allergies. [$]

Coffee Barbados Cafe

Located in the Garrison area, a UNESCO heritage site, Coffee Barbados has good vibes and better coffee. After wrapping up a tour of the George Washington House, pop into the small shop, which serves Caffe Torelli exclusively, and grab an iced coffee for momentary relief from the heat. [$]

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar has perfected the art of Sunday lunch — a local tradition of gathering with family and friends in the early afternoon, usually over a home-cooked meal. With an extensive buffet, there’s a lot to choose from, including rice and peas and pepperpot, but save space on your plate for the macaroni pie. Reservations fill up fast, so call ahead. [$$]

Bubba’s Sports Bar & Restaurant

With enough television screens that you can be sure you’ll catch your event of choice, the bar is the place for watching big events like the Super Bowl. Grab some friends, order a few sliders and fries (or the loaded fries, covered in sauces, bacon, and cheese), and settle in. [$$]

Tapas

Situated along the picturesque Richard Haynes Boardwalk, Tapas offers three areas for seating with no shortage of views. The bar is the real star, however, serving up some of the best drinks in the capital. Take a hint from the restaurant’s name and order your spirit of choice with a few tapas, then enjoy a sunset stroll. If you’re staying for dinner, try one of the delicious curries. [$$-$$$]

Champers Restaurant & Wine Bar

Whether you’re planning to have lunch or dinner, arrive hungry and expect to leave stuffed. If you’re looking to save room for dessert (you should), order the mini fish cutters: sandwiches often served on hamburger buns with various fillings, accompanied by a salad. Whether you keep your meal light or opt for a full entree, end with the bread pudding. [$$]

Mojo and the Chopping Board Kitchen

Mojo is a south coast gem if you’re looking for a late-night drink — it stays open till 2 a.m., a rarity on the island — and a quick bite to eat. Grab your drink of choice and a burger from the Chopping Board Kitchen and you won’t go wrong. [$]

Christine’s Just Stop Restaurant

A five-minute drive south pass the hum of activity in St. Lawrence Gap is Christine’s, formerly known as Just Stop. It’s a small, dinner-only restaurant with roughly 10 tables, and you’ll want to call before heading over to confirm what time dinner service begins that evening. Expect to be personally greeted by Christine — owner, waitress, and cook — who usually dishes up a few nightly entrees, all with an elevated-home-cooking feel. Even with her multiple hats, her food sings, the lamb liberally seasoned and tender, with generous portions of peas and rice and salad — a staple of Bajan home cooking. Thirsty or craving sweets? Those items aren’t on the formal menu, but pop over to the cooler and grab an ice-cream sandwich or beer. [$$]

Oistins Fish Fry

There's a reason why Oistins is recommended time and again as a must-visit in Barbados: With countless food stalls serving an abundance of fresh fish, grilled or fried (sometimes right in front of you), the market is packed on Friday and Saturday nights with locals and tourists. Order your food, grab a seat at a picnic table, and “lime” (relax) the night away. [$$]

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Mr. Delicious Snack Bar

Before you grab a chair and umbrella on Miami Beach, swing by this tiny food stand and order a set of fishcakes: round fried goodness usually made up of fish, pepper, flour, and other seasonings. It’s one of the most popular orders, though, so be prepared to wait for the bite-sized treats. [$]

Cafe Luna

Atop the Little Arches Hotel, Cafe Luna is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner by candlelight. Head around sunset and start with a round of cocktails, skip the appetizers, and head straight for the main course. The restaurant offers flying fish, an iconic Barbados delicacy, in a myriad of ways that are worth a try. [$$]

L'Azure

L’Azure Restaurant

Seaside at the Crane hotel in St. Philip, this spot has plenty of breakfast options suited to any mood. The hearty Crane Breakfast, which includes flying fish, baked beans, and salted bread, is a sure thing. While there are breakfast options everywhere on Barbados, L’Azure is among the best for its variety and ambiance. One note: Make sure you call ahead. Depending on the occupancy, the a la carte menu is replaced with a buffet and the food offerings don’t always overlap. [$$]