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British Virgin Islands Restaurants

Bath and Turtle
Yacht Harbour
The Valley , Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 5239

The place for a taste of the yachting/bareboat scene—or the essential stop if you're in said scene. Here's local and all-nation food—patties, rotis, pizza, burgers, grilled fish—and a constant people-watching show of dockings and disembarkations and swabbings and sailings. There are regular happy hours and live music, plus a liquor store next door.

Biras Creek
North Sound , Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 494 3555

This chic resort's restaurant makes for a big night out—as long as you have the boat to get there. Set in a hilltop castlelike stone gazebo, this romantic place offers four-course prix-fixe dinners to match. Food is pan-Euro contemporary: papaya-glazed duck confit with orange-and-pine-nut salad; roasted loin of lamb with a mint-and-caper sauce. The atmosphere is hushed and sophisticated—and possibly a little strange off-season if the (60-capacity) place is not full, or perhaps perfect if you like peace and quiet. The wine list is one of the best in these islands. Collared shirts and trousers are required in the evenings for gents. Reservations a must.

Brandywine Bay
Brandywine Estate
Sir Francis Drake Highway
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 2301

Dining amid the candlelight of Brandywine Bay feels at once intimate and open. The three-tiered restaurant was built in an old home on the site of an 18th-century British fort, but an open wall provides uninterrupted views down to the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Whether you come by boat (four mooring balls await yachties) or by car (a ten-minute drive from Road Town), you'll want to start the evening with drinks and cicchetti (Italian tapas) under the tent on the terrace. Chef-owner Davide Pugliese presents the menu on a dry erase board—a necessity, because he changes it daily depending on which fresh ingredients are available. The fare, like the chef, is nominally Tuscan—carpaccio, homemade tortelloni, and ravioli—but veers off on delicious detours such as Thai-pumpkin-and-coconut-milk soup or roast duck with mango chutney.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm, November through July.

Capriccio di Mare
196 Waterfront Drive
Road Town , Tortola
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 494 5369

Across from the ferry dock in Road Town, this cute café with its shaded wooden terrace couldn't be handier—and the food's great. It's the second-string place of Tuscan chef Davide Pugliese and his wife, Cele, better known for the excellent, expensive Brandywine Bay Restaurant (three miles east of Road Town; 284-495-2301). Here, get frittatas and fresh-baked croissants with your breakfast cappuccino; pastas, salads, and panini for lunch; and excellent thin-crust pizzas for dinner.

Chez Bamboo
Opposite Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Spanish Town , Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 5752

Expat American Rose Jiacinto's bistro is secreted in a quaint brightly painted gingerbread building. It has a lot of fans—for the candlelit dining room and patio, for the frozen cocktails and Friday night live jazz, but mostly for the French-Creole cooking: conch gumbo, steak New Orleans and Anegada rock lobster, with chocolate bourbon cake for dessert.

Cow Wreck
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 8047

Once upon a time, a ship loaded with bovine bones came to grief on the extensive coral reef just off the coast of Anegada island. The name Cow Wreck stuck to the beach, and the casual sand-floored dining spot here is a fine place to find yourself washed up. Cow Wreck's kitchen is the best of Anegada's collection of beachfront bar/restaurants, serving lobster, conch, and today's catch. The broad roof over the bar extends across the beach, providing shade for the picnic tables and simple plastic chairs. This toes-in-the-sand ambience is the island ideal, and it's common for boaters to taxi over for lunch (the anchorage is on the other side of the island) and stay all day, snorkeling the lush reef and drying off in time for dinner.

Open daily 10:30 am. Closing hours vary with the crowds.

Dog and Dolphin
Nail Bay Resort
Nail Bay , Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 494 8000

A fun swim-up, poolside, Caribbean-side bar/restaurant with an echt West Indian bent, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner (until 9:00 p.m.). Lunch features dolphin burgers (grilled mahi mahi in a bun), rotis, conch fritters, and mango chicken; dinner is a bit more formal, with specialties such as coconut-curry shrimp. There's quite a cocktail scene, especially around sunset on the open patio.

Fat Virgin's Cafe
North Sound , Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 7052

At the foot of Biras Creek resort, but operated separately by a group of island women, this is a great, casual lunch (or dinner) place to tether your boat (which is the only way to get here). Food is simple and satisfying—soups, sandwiches made to order, burgers—and the view is perfect: nothing but blue. Next door is the Fat Virgin's Treasures boutique for a spot of postprandial shopping.

Great Harbour , Jost Van Dyke
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 0218

In an amazing testament to his people-pleasing personality and barefoot entrepreneurship, 2008 will mark the 40th anniversary of Philiciano “Foxy” Callwood's archetypical Caribbean beach bar, Foxy's. The place has certainly grown, from humble tiki bar to tiki bar backed by a full restaurant and facilities vast enough to host Foxy's huge parties (especially his Wooden Boat Regatta in May and Old Year's Eve) that draw thousands to Great Harbour. Foxy still entertains most afternoons, and after having him sing songs poking fun at their sunburn, picture-taking abilities, and hometown (he's incredibly well-traveled), guests can dig into a satisfying roti or burger lunch (kitchen opens at 11:30 am) or an excellent West Indian–style dinner of lobster or fresh fish with peas 'n rice or, on Thursdays and Fridays, barbecued ribs, chicken, and mahi mahi. Foxy's most recent expansion was to the other side of the island, where he built Foxy's Taboo. This is gourmet dining (wild boar, artisanal pizzas) where you'd least expect it, tucked into a secluded corner of Jost Van Dyke. For boaters, Taboo is an ideal stop after playing Gilligan on picturesque Sandy Spit. Dock and moorings available.

Open daily 9:30 am until the crowds leave (usually in the wee hours of the night). Closed mid-August to mid-October.

Sugar Mill Restaurant
Sugar Mill Hotel
British Virgin Islands
Tel: 284 495 4355

This elegant eatery—part of a fine small hotel of the same name—on Tortola's Little Apple Bay is one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. Presided over by the charming Irish manager Patrick Conway and owned by food writers Jinx and Jeff Morgan, Sugar Mill manages to consistently deliver highly creative dishes (the menu changes nightly, in itself a considerable feat for an island restaurant) based on West Indian treatments of imported duck, lamb, salmon, scallops and shrimp or fresh local fish, lobster and conch, usually with California-Asian flair. Candles flickering against the hushed stone walls of the 17th-century sugar mill lend a historically romantic ambience to the dining room. A large copper boiler anchors a garden at one end of the room, which remains open to the night air. The combination of fine food, service and setting make it the island's best choice for a splurge night out for those either staying on Tortola or anchored in Soper's Hole or Cane Garden Bay. Sugar Mill also offers a casual lunch restaurant, Islands, on the water adjacent to their pocket beach.

Open nightly. Seatings every half hour from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.