Tel: 473 444 1410
Cloaked in tropical gardens and perched just above the beach, the open-air Aquarium is seaside dining without the wet feet. The daily menu of grilled meats and seafood is tasty, but locals love the weekend lobster barbecues starring nutmeg-spiced rum punch and live Calypso music. The restaurant is covered with works by local painter Rebecca Thompson, who has exhibited throughout the island and in Europe.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 12 midnight.
Woodlands on the Grand Anse Valley main road
Tel: 473 444 2151
Boots Cuisine is named after owner Roland "Boots" McSween. Along with his wife, Ruby, McSween operates a stylish upscale temple of traditional Grenadian cuisine in the comfort of their own home. The menu varies from day to day—depending on what the McSweens have bought at the market. Specialties include everything from pumpkin soup to conch fritters, and curried chicken to grilled Creole fish, and "The Big Daddy," a potent concoction of local rum, bark from the mauby tree, lime, and bitters. Meals are accompanied by spicy hot sauces that Boots makes himself.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10 pm.
Tel: 473 442 8558
This is as local as local gets. There’s not even a sign to this faded colonial-era building near the waterfront of Grenada's second-largest town (ask anybody though). The décor is—well, never mind—you’re here for the Grenadian classics like callaloo soup and lambi (conch) stew and, for the more adventurous, a "hunter's catch" of manicou (possum) or tattoo (armadillo). All are served with "provisions" of rice and beans, cabbage, and carrots, and best washed down with ice-cold sorrel, a blood-red drink made from roselle flowers.
Open Mondays through Thursdays 11 am to 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 9 pm.
Tel: 473 439 0001
Considering the Laluna hotel's Italian ownership, it's hardly surprising that its restaurant has emerged as the island's top Italian table. Seafood is the specialty of Sicilian chef Benedetto LaFiura, and he serves dishes like lobster tail; fusilli pasta tossed with zucchini, shrimp, tomatoes, and basil; and a risotto of the day under a thatched roof right next to the beach. The kitchen imports most of its ingredients—cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, pasta—from Italy. The wine cellar is well stocked, too, with 10,000 bottles, including Limoncello and grappa, for an after-dinner sip.
Open daily 7:30 to 11 am, 12:30 to 3 pm, 7 to 9:30 pm.
Spice Island Mall
Tel: 473 439 3663
OK, so it's in a mall, but at least its intentions are pure. Native Fruits and Foods is the island's natural juice-and-smoothie HQ. It blends seasonal, local fruit, and regulars swear by the mango and soursop blends.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm.
Tel: 473 440 2539
After touring historic Fort George, head to Nutmeg for lunch. Go for a roti, an Indian burrito-like snack filled with spicy potatoes, meat, or shrimp. The restaurant also serves callaloo soup, curried conch, and—not surprisingly—a strong nutmeg rum punch and nutmeg ice cream.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 8 am to 11 pm, Sundays 4 to 11 pm.
473 442 9330
The rambling flower garden and panoramic views alone are worth the drive to this north-side dining room, set in a funky 100-year-old Victorian mansion on a hilltop overlooking Sauteurs and Mount St. Catherine, Grenada's highest peak. The walls, which are plastered with a mixture of white lime and molasses, have a lot to talk about: Prince Philip and Princess Margaret were guests here, and President Reagan enjoyed a postinvasion meal. It was a great executive decision. This is a popular lunch stop for local favorites such as spicy "pepper pot" stew.
Open for lunch daily 12:30 to 3 pm. Dinner by request.
Calabash Hotel & Villas
Tel: 473 444 4334
With influences from Africa, India, and Europe, Grenadian cuisine has always been a fusion affair. In January 2004, Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes brought a bit of urban sizzle to the island when he opened his namesake restaurant (overseen by executive chef Kevin Derbshire) at the enchanted Calabash Hotel. Though its airy garden setting feels oceans away from Britain, the restaurant's menu—roasted pork with spare ribs on pineapple, Grenadian fish stew, eggs Benedict with seared tuna—is inspired by London's Rhodes on the Square. (Hey, colonialism dies hard.)
Open daily 7 to 9:30 pm.
Tel: 473 443 5650
Perhaps it was the local meat-free Rastas who convinced Margaret Strachan-Weise to open Rumors, Grenada's only upscale vegetarian eatery. It has the requisite veranda on which to dine alfresco, but inside, there's a colorful, ochre- and blue-tinted dining room—a good place to sample rich breadfruit soup and "oil down," a national specialty of vegetables and breadfruit steamed with coconut. Along with the fine food, Strachan-Weise educates her guests on the health benefits of veggie living and shares recipes from her cookbook.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 6 to 10 pm.
Bel Air Plantation
Tel: 473 444 2822
Brazilian slate, Trinidadian cedar, Burmese teak, and Spanish alabaster sconces give Water's Edge, at the Bel Air Plantation, a global feel, but its food is all about local riches. Executive chef Debbie St. Paul (a Grenada native) relies on local herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables to create dishes like fresh fish and shrimp Plantation Fisherman's Broth, and chicken flamed in rum then served in ginger cream sauce. Sometimes, the food has a hard time competing with the 360-degree views.
Open daily 7 am to 11 pm.