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U.S. Virgin Islands Restaurants

52 King Street
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Tel: 340 692 9922

Bacchus does its namesake proud with an impressive 150-bottle wine list—by far the longest on St. Croix. Located in downtown Christiansted and housed in a restored Danish townhouse, the restaurant serves island-inspired cuisine under the guidance of husband-and-wife team Tim and Natalie Collins. Choose from whimsically worded dishes like the "Bonsai Bonsai Burger," sashimi-grade tuna tartare sandwiched between crispy wontons; "Pastafari," fettucine with spinach, mushrooms, pine nuts, truffle oil, and Asiago cheese; or the roasted pork tenderloin with a Cruzan rum–maple glaze, aptly named "Hey, Porky, Good to See Ya!" The dimly lit booths are perfect for a romantic night out; larger groups should book a table near the bar—after dinner, you can finish your dessert over a game of billiards in the adjacent poolroom. Entrees range from $20 to $30, and reservations are recommended.

Open Sundays and Tuesdays through Saturdays 6 to 10 pm, December through March; Tuesdays through Saturdays 6 to 10 pm, April through November.

Barefoot Buddha
Charlotte Amalie , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 777 3668

Caffeine fiends previously found it hard to get a fix on St. Thomas. Enter the Barefoot Buddha. Though its motto is "Hang Zen," you'll be doing more fueling up than blissing out with tea and coffee specialties such as chaispressos and Vietnamese lattes. Justine Callwood, daughter of legendary British Virgin Islands bar proprietor Foxy, opened this organic breakfast and lunch spot where daily specials include hearty breakfast sandwiches and Asian-style noodles. Brightly-colored cushions, a disco ball, and tables hand painted with Asian-inspired imagery make for a funky, laidback spot for checking e-mail on the restaurant's Wi–Fi.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 7 am to 3 pm and Sunday 8 am to 3 pm.

Coco Blue Restaurant
American Yacht Harbor
Red Hook , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 774 7253

Formerly Lotus Asian Grill and Sushi Bar (and owned by the same team that operates Havana Blue at Frenchman's Reef), Coco Blue Restaurant retained the sushi menu of its predecessor and then upgraded the offerings with superb island-inspired fare, such as banana leaf–wrapped mahi mahi and pork ribs glazed with rich guava and fiery habañero peppers. Much of the seafood is off-the-boat fresh: You might even see a fisherman carrying a huge yellowfin tuna through the dining room. And the sides—risotto with bacon and roasted poblano peppers, mashed potatoes with Manchego cheese, spinach flash-seared with rum—are equally memorable. Daily happy hours present the ideal opportunity to sample a "guavito," a mojito enhanced with aromatic guava juice. The location—a small, nondescript strip mall adjacent to a marina—belies the lively vibe and up-to-the-minute decor (including ocean-themed wall graphics and plasma-screen displays of sea creatures).

Open daily 5 to 10 pm.

Cuzzin's Caribbean Restaurant & Bar
7 Back Street
Charlotte Amalie , St. Thomas
U. S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 777 4711

After a morning scouting the shops of Charlotte Amalie, stop for lunch at this cozy restaurant, where the exposed brick walls and planked ceilings hint at the building's former incarnation as a livery stable. Though the menu offers sandwiches, burgers, and fries, it would be a shame not to sample some of the authentic local specialties such as conch Creole, "old wives" (more commonly known as trigger fish), and the intensely flavorful mutton (also known as goat). A sampling of three side dishes comes with most main courses. Try the fungi (a peppery blend of cornmeal and okra), local stuffing (a zesty mix of potato, tomato, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins that is refreshingly unlike anything you'd eat at Thanksgiving), and ducana, a sweet potato dumpling that often accompanies salt fish.

Closed Sundays.

The Galleon
5000 Estate Southgate
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Tel: 340 773 9949

Adjacent to Green Cay Marina, this nautically inspired restaurant caters to the yachties that dock their boats just outside. But it's popular with landlubbers as well, serving a mix of Italian, French, and Caribbean cuisine. The classic Caesar salad is prepared tableside; duck confit is finished with a Cruzan rum glaze; osso buco comes with Parmesan risotto. Some tables have a marina view, and all are within earshot of the baby grand piano.

Open daily 6 to 10 pm.

Havana Blue
Morning Star Beach , St. Thomas
U. S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 715 2583

What do you get when you mix a buzz that's worthy of South Beach, the culinary prowess of New York, and the serenity of the Virgin Islands? This sexy, open-sided restaurant above the lobby of the Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. From the 20-foot windows with flowing sheer curtains to the bowls of warm cinnamon and cloves passed between courses when you order one of the specials (for smelling only), Havana Blue nails every detail—courtesy of stylish ex-Manhattanite owners Nicole Horstmeyer and her husband, Eric. They didn't overlook the menu, either, a mix of Cuban and Pacific Rim fusion dishes devised by Puerto Rican wunderkind Omar Sanchez. The ahi in the ceviche starter tastes like it was caught just minutes before; duck confit with chile-scented corn masa and mole reduction is ingenious fusion; and punchy yuzu sauce gives the tres leches dessert a new—but no less creamy—life.

Kendrick's Restaurant
King Cross Street
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 773 9199

For inventive fare in a charming setting, reserve a table in the leafy courtyard of this historic cottage (built in 1762). Waiters pull trays of warm, fragrant rolls topped with coarse salt out of the outdoor oven. The rolls are a harbinger of yummy things to come. The piquant Champagne gazpacho has the perfect balance of spice and depth, and locally caught wahoo is served with pesto and buffalo mozzarella, highlighting the creamy texture of the fish. The self-taught chef, David Kendrick (who has been at the helm here since 1986), has won some culinary accolades, including the Discovery Channel's "Great Chefs of the World" distinction.

54 King Street
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 719 4417

Detox from rum-fueled indiscretions and deep-fried island fare at Lalita, a vegetarian café whose ever-changing menu includes creamy carrot and dill soup (made with soy milk) and vitamin-packed fruit juice blends. Add the yoga studio and holistic medicine/general practice in the Kalima Center next door, and you've got a one-stop health shop. Co-owner and artist Jonathan Lowis serves as chef and decorator—the vibrant island paintings on the courtyard's coral walls are his—while wife and co-owner Dr. Cheryl Wade tends to patients next door. Chat with them over a refreshing hibiscus iced tea as you kick back on the couch or at one of the casual round wooden tables.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

La Tapa
Centerline Road
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00830
Tel: 340 773 9949

Located in the heart of Cruz Bay, this European-style sidewalk café and bistro began serving tapas and sangria in 1996. Chef Alex Ewald has changed the menu quite a bit since then—in fact, she changes it daily—but the focus is always on quality and freshness. Josephine Salad is named after the local horticulturalist who grows the greens (which are dressed in a fresh herb Dijonnaise). You might also find duck with a port, orange, and currant jus, or grilled yellowfin tuna topped with a roasted corn, tomato, and basil salsa. La Tapa has an extensive international wine list and live jazz each Monday. The rustic two-tiered dining room is painted in warm shades of yellow and red, with lots of original artwork (the restaurant used to double as a gallery).

Open Wednesdays through Mondays 5:30 to 10pm.

P&P By-the-Sea
Moravian Point
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 693 8587

Authentic Caribbean cooking doesn't get more down-home than this word-of-mouth spot just outside Cruz Bay, where St. Lucia native Patricia Moorehead whips up West Indian classics in her backyard. Her kitchen? A converted moving van. Her dining room? A gazebo with four tables overlooking Turner Bay. Her menu? Well, that's up to you. Call her at least a day in advance to discuss what you'd like to eat: perhaps shrimp fritters, johnnycakes, and a seafood soup for starters; chicken roti with homemade mango chutney, spicy Creole shrimp stew, savory curried goat, or grilled lobster stuffed with conch for a main dish; and cinnamon cake with roasted bananas for dessert. Friends and neighbors often pop by for beers or a game of dominoes, adding to the cookout atmosphere. The five-course prix fixe meals generally start at $25 per person (seafood entrées like shrimp, conch, or lobster are pricier). Moorehead also serves a set lunch Tuesday through Friday; the menu changes daily, and no reservation is required. Libations are extra, but the funky, friendly vibe is free.

Open Tuesdays through Fridays 1:30 to 3 pm and 6 to 10 pm, Saturdays 6 to 10 pm; dinner is by appointment only.

Meada's Plaza
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands

Rhumblines serves up Caribbean and Pacific Rim cuisine in a relaxed backyard setting. Diners can mix and match pupu portions of dishes such as coconut-crusted shrimp and spicy vegetable samosas. If you're not the sharing type, order the entree of sesame-crusted Szechuan tuna, served with bok choy stir fry and crunchy fried noodles. After dinner, grab a stool­—or a swing—at the bar and sample specialty drinks like the Rhumbwacker, a chocolatey take on the bushwacker (a trademark Virgin Islands cocktail of more than half a dozen spirits, including rum, vodka, and amaretto).

Open Wednesdays through Mondays 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

Romano's Restaurant & Art Gallery
97 Smith Bay
Smith Bay , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 775 0045

The subdued white-wall aesthetic of this St. Thomas standby has let chef Tony Romano's culinary and artistic creations shine for nearly 20 years. Celebrities and diplomats alike have come for Romano's fine Northern Italian cuisine, with well executed standards such as the four-cheese lasagna or the veal osso buco. The nightly soup selections have a cult following: Call a day ahead to request favorites like the cauliflower and roasted red pepper purees, both prepared sans cream to enhance the purity of the flavors. This is one of the few island eateries that calls for more formal attire, so trade the flip flops for slingbacks.

Open Mondays though Saturdays 6 to 10:30 pm.

Room With a View
Bluebeard's Castle
Charlotte Amalie , St. Thomas
U. S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 774 2377

Given its moniker, it's no surprise that this softly lit eatery in Bluebeard's Castle Hotel is known for a dazzling vista—in this case, the bobbing boats and red-roofed buildings of Charlotte Amalie. (After an evening watching the sunset, make way for twinkling lights, and you'll see why many consider this Danish-built harbor the Caribbean's prettiest.) But even without the panorama, the restaurant, which has won Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, would be a notable culinary destination. Greek proprietor George Hajimihalis has a range of standout menu items; worthy picks include appetizers like spanikopita (based on his mother's recipe) and prosciutto-wrapped mango (especially succulent during summer), and entrées such as seared tuna with a ginger-teriyaki glaze.

Closed Sundays.

Salud Bistro
Northside Road
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Tel: 340 718 7900

Tucked away in a shopping plaza about five minutes west of Christiansted, this Mediterranean newcomer is easy to dismiss based on its location. But Salud Bistro serves some of the island's most well-executed dishes. Standouts include a confit of pulled pork served with whole grain mustard, cornichons, and sour cherry chutney; a Turkish duck and lamb mixed grill; and a Mediterranean seafood stew in a saffron-tomato broth. The walls of the colorful dining room are lined with Mexican Talavera pottery and ornate artwork painted by the owners. If you're looking for a more casual (and budget-friendly) meal, grab a seat at the bar, which offers a range of sandwiches and snacks. There is live flamenco music every Friday night, and two-for-one Spanish wines on Tuesdays.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 5:30 to 10 pm.

4C Hospital Street
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00822
Tel: 340 713 8666

This candlelit restaurant on the outskirts of Christiansted is the perfect place for a romantic dinner. There are ten tables in the shabby-chic dining room, and owners Tom Miller and Kate Bartoldus recently unveiled a picturesque patio with artfully carved concrete walls. If it rains, servers unfurl a sailcloth taken from the mast of a 70-foot boat—instead of being hoisted straight up, it's pulled sideways above the dining area, and you can listen to the raindrops pitter-pattering overhead. The reasonably priced menu is a mix of Asian, Mexican, and Caribbean flavors, with standouts like Thai red curry with sweet basil, garden vegetables, and coconut milk; cassava-crusted catch of the day; and enchiladas stuffed with cheese, black olives, and pico de gallo.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 6 to 10 pm.

Skinny Legs
Route 10
Coral Bay , St. John
U. S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 779 4982

This Coral Bay hangout is popular with islanders and other salty types, many of whom live on ships anchored just offshore. It's not uncommon to see someone checking their e-mail while chickens peck about. Accordingly, the menu isn't fancy, but the juicy cheeseburgers and mahi mahi sandwiches are the perfect way to refuel after a morning of hiking nearby at places such as the Lameshur Bay Trail on Bordeaux Mountain, St. John's highest point. The friendly bartenders don't mix frou-frou blender drinks, but the beer is cold and the Painkillers (a Virgin Isles punch of Pusser's rum, cream of coconut, nutmeg, and pineapple and orange juices) are plenty potent. Check out surf gear and footwear at the nearby Jolly Dog, or go to Mumbo Jumbo to pick up some island-made hot sauce or spicy jelly (plus recipe suggestions from the staff).

Open daily 11 am to 8 pm.

Tutto Bene
2006 Eastern Suburb
Christiansted , St. Croix
U. S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 773 5229

Though Italian food may be the last thing you'd associate with the Caribbean, you won't regret a night at this bustling, local favorite just east of Christiansted. The main dining room is warm and homey, with hand-painted mirrors, beamed ceilings, and sturdy wooden tables topped with checkered cloth napkins. Friendly servers are happy to recommend specialties like deliciously tangy peel-and-eat shrimp, spaghetti alla bolognese, or roast half duck. For dessert, the tiramisu is appropriately fluffy.

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