There is a wide variety of culinary options in the Virgin Islands ranging from local food carts to fine dining restaurants. Prices for dinner on average for two people is usually around $30-45 for a casual bar/restaurant. The more higher end hotels and resorts usually offer more choices and accommodate larger parties with checks averaging around $30-60 per person. Tipping is customary in the Virgin Islands when dining just like anywhere in the world with 18-20% the norm. Some restaurants and bar include 15% gratuity in the bill so be sure to check.
There are 2 bars that serve beer on tap in the USVI:
- Tap & Still in Red Hook, St. Thomas across the street from Fat Boys
- Tap Room in St. John a short walk from Cruz Bay
- If you know of another please let us know!
Rum is by far the most popular drink of choice in the islands since its so cheap! A 750ml bottle at K-Mart is about $6.00, and happy hour is served usually from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with $2-3 drinks. Callwood Rum Distillery is the oldest operating rum distillery in the Caribbean located in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. There is a small batch rum distillery at Blackbeard’s Castle in St. Thomas as well.
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EmailPrintSunday Brunch at Surfsong Villa Resort 10:00 – 2:00pm Visit www.surfsong.net for complete info. The Courtyard at Surfsong. Nestled among towering granite boulders, warmed by the romantic glow of an open fire, and serenaded by the soothing rhythm of falling water, the ambiance of The Courtyard at Surfsong pairs perfectly with Chef David’s adventurously creative yet refined cuisine, which at all times prominently features fresh local ingredients. Located at Surfsong Villa Resort on Beef Island, The Courtyard at Surfsong offers BVI’s latest fine dining culinary experience on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. In order to preserve the tranquility of the resort, we have very limited seating available to outside patrons, strictly by advance reservation. Please make your reservations well in advance. The Courtyard at Surfsong | 495-1864 | firstname.lastname@example.org Now open to the public. Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Strictly by advance reservation. Limited seating available. Sample Menu Sample Brunch Menu...read more
EmailPrintThe Longboard in St. John recently introduced a new addition to their menu that includes a variety of raw fish...read more
EmailPrintFoxy is now offering guided night and day time kayak tours in his new clear bottom kayaks. Also on offer is boat charters on Excellent Adventure to all of the beaches of Jost van Dyke as well as Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Norman, Cooper, The Indians to snorkel and just about anywhere you want to go. The watersports area is located right at the famous Foxy’s sign in front of the bar. There is also a water taxi service from Great Harbour to West End Tortola for after hours entertainment you can hope on the taxi from West End and spend the evening at Foxy’s then return back the same night. Visit on Facebook...read more
EmailPrint Capture the essence of Italy’s best with handcrafted, authentic Italian dishes exquisitely prepared in our refined and inviting new space. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Great Bay while the fragrant aroma of warm bread and rich Italian flavors divulge the unforgettable dining experience to come. Whether it’s a dish featuring locally sourced seafood or prosciutto imported directly from Parma, Essenza offers familiar Italian dishes crafted and served to feel like home. Treat yourself to rustic, traditional Italian fare paired with our superb selection of wines and pristine cocktails, served in a beautifully moonlit space built to inspire all the senses. Open 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Reservations recommended Resort casual attire In order to ensure timeliness of service, parties of 10 or more guests will be offered set menus with a choice of items, or a family-style menu. Please reach out to our concierge with any inquires....read more
EmailPrint PRESS RELEASE – The only craft brewery in the region has commenced brewing in Rodney Bay. The Antillia Brewing Company of St. Lucia produces traditional hand crafted ales designed for the region’s climate and tastes. Canadian owner and brewer Andrew Hashey has 20 years experience in the world of craft brewing having opened his first brewery 20 years ago in Atlantic Canada. “We came to the island and fell in love with everything but the choice in beer. It became apparent that the island, and in fact the entire region, was devoid of any small artisanal breweries,” says Hashey. “We worked closely with the excellent people at Invest Saint Lucia and associated government agencies and the vision to establish a brewery on the island became a reality. ” “In time we hope to grow our capacity to enable export to other islands and back to Canada, marketing the region’s only craft beers. At the same time we are investing in the island and its people and are proud to employ 6 Saint Lucians full time and those numbers will grow.” Currently producing 3 styles of ale in its facility; Golden Wheat, Pale Ale and Stout, the brewer intends to soon introduce an ale flavoured with island fruits and begin experimenting with barrel aging. Hashey notes that the growth in the craft/micro sector in North America is achieving fantastic growth and that the complete absence of craft breweries in the islands results in a unique opportunity and challenge. “On one hand we are back to our roots, introducing the styles, educating the people one by one but on the other there are over a million visitors annually to this island, a great proportion of which are craving what we make. They are asking for craft beer at resorts, hotels and restaurants. The market is untapped.” Producing in the heart of Rodney Bay, Antillia has commissioned a small brewing system and is selling their fine ales at their adjoining brewery taproom. Hashey invites all Saint Lucians to come have a pint and celebrate something truly special on the island. – See more at:...read more
EmailPrint Enjoy classic Italian at Essenza, or locally brewed coffee at Zest MIAMI, FL – DEC. 14, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas proudly introduces two new culinary offerings, just in time for travelers heading to the United States Virgin Islands this holiday season. Celebrating their debut this week are Italian inspired “Essenza”, along with the fun, casual “Zest” coffee house. “We are thrilled to present two exciting new additions to our resort’s dining collection,” said Bernd Kuhlen, general manager of the hotel. “We are confident that guests and locals alike will love the culinary experiences that we have created, whether enjoying classically prepared Osso Bucco at Essenza, or grabbing a freshly made smoothie with friends at Zest.” The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, hopes to create lasting memories with the newly opened, Essenza, inspired by the “essence” of what makes Italian cuisine so extraordinary: delicious, rustic fare served against a beautiful backdrop. The new menu is grounded in hearty Italian favorites including Osso Bucco, Saltimboccas, Truffle Risotto, Lasagna especially prepared in a cast iron pan, anti pasti, pizzas and specialty pasta dishes featuring freshly caught local fish. The luxury hotel’s culinary team will present their home-made creations in the St. Thomas restaurant’s bread and oil presentation, including warm rustic flavors and fresh herbal accompaniments. Served family style in a casual environment, the menu is created with a focus on simple ingredients and robust flavor. “Zest,” is poised to be the island’s hottest new destination for coffee and frozen treats. Zest offers a true coffee house experience, featuring renowned local coffee from Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters, as well as smoothies and frozen yogurt. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is perfectly situated on a 30-acre secluded estate overlooking Great Bay on the eastern tip of the island. The award winning resort features 180 newly enhanced guest rooms, including 55 Club rooms, 19 suites and four Presidential suites. Travelers may enjoy an array of unique dining experiences including Bleuwater, Essenza, Coconut Cove and Sails. The Ritz-Carlton Spa features eleven luxurious treatment rooms, indigenous offerings and an infinity pool. For entertainment and activities, travelers may enjoy a sunset cruise on the resort’s famed luxury catamaran, the Lady Lynsey, or participate in an eco-adventure with the St. Thomas resorts’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, curated by Jean-Michel Cousteau. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is one gem within the renowned portfolio Ritz-Carlton Hotels in the Caribbean & Mexico, representing the largest collection of luxury resorts in the region. In addition to St. Thomas, the portfolio also includes world-class experiences in San Juan, Grand Cayman, Aruba, Cancun and Dorado Beach (Puerto Rico). To book a stay this season or for a full complement of culinary or festive activities happening at each hotel, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/ for further details. Share your culinary memories with The Ritz-Carlton by using #RCMemories on Twitter and Facebook and for more at-home recipes, tips, and trends, explore The Ritz-Carlton Pinterest boards for...read more
EmailPrintIf you are looking for free local advice stop by Myett’s in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. The staff knows everyone and everything there is to see and do in the BVI. Their service is free of charge and they can help you find rental cars, hotels, restaurants, bars, water sports and more. The office is open everyday and located at Myett’s, off to the side of the restaurant in the lobby area. Visit www.myetts.com for more...read more
EmailPrintNorman Island, home of Pirates Bight Bar, Restaurant, and Gift Shop, is perhaps most famous for being the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. However, Norman Island also has a rich documented history of acting as a hiding spot for Pirate booty. Documented history for the island dates back to the early 18th century when a Spanish galleon called Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe buried 55 chests of silver coins after the crew mutinied aboard the ship. Although most of the treasure has been discovered by Tortolian residents and later by Lieutenant-General of the Leeward Islands, Gilbert Fleming, more pirate treasure is rumored to exist today on Norman Island. Today, Norman Island offers one of the safest and most scenic harbors in the British Virgin Islands. The anchorage known as “The Bight” offers over 100 moorings available for guest use and is central to numerous world famous SCUBA dive and snorkel sites such as the Caves and the Indians. The 610-acre privately owned uninhabited island also boast numerous hiking trails and a breath taking white sand beach, which is the site of Pirates Bight Restaurant. For more info visit...read more
EmailPrintWith a reputation that far exceeds its modest size, Saba Rock (located in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda) boasts not only a famous over the water lounge bar and restaurant, but also an 8 bedroom hotel, 10 slip marina, gift shop, gardens and sun deck. Saba Rock Restaurant is one of the more respected establishments in the British Virgin Islands, offering both a lounge menu and a dinner menu with a wide selection of seafood (including local conch and lobster in season), salads and grills. The boutique hotel, which is consistently ranked among the top hotels in the BVI, is accessible via a 10 minute ferry ride from Virgin Gorda. Alternatively, you can arrive on your own boat and take a slip in the Marina. The Saba Rock ferry is available to pick up guests from any dock in the North Sound, simply phone ahead (1 284 495 7711) or hail us on VHF channel 16 to make arrangements. Saba Rock Bar opens at 11.00am daily. We offer our Lounge Menu from 12pm and we have a Dinner Menu available from 6pm. The kitchen closes at about 9pm. In addition, Happy Hour is from 4pm – 6pm daily; we offer Painkiller, Rum Punch, Presidente and Carib for $4. During Happy Hour, you can join in when we feed the Tarpon from the end of our dock – a must for children! For those wanting to explore beyond the North Sound, there are a variety of ways to do so. There are so many must-see spots within the BVI, from the natural wonder of The Baths to stepping back in time on nearby Anegada. There’s enough here to keep you coming back for years to come. The best way to get around is by boat. There are a number of day charter companies in the area from whom you can rent a powerboat, with or without a captain. Additionally, numerous ferries run throughout the islands giving you easy access to all of the sites within the BVI. It is very simple & easy to make arrangements for any activity you desire once you arrive. We are here to assist you in making your trip to the BVI a memorable one. However, should you wish to research your trip further or make bookings in advance, please find below a list of useful...read more