The tropical island of Antigua is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations. A historical island that offers a fascinating culture, friendly people, spectacular Antigua rentals and best of all there is endless sunshine. What makes Antigua so popular is its stunning sun-kissed white sandy beaches of which there are 365, one for every day of the year and as they say on the island, ‘the beach is just the beginning’. Antigua is also home to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean but with so many restaurants to choose from it can be difficult to decide on the where to eat in Antigua. This guide provides you with a comprehensive overview of the Top 9 best places to eat in Antigua – all from personal experience.
Many Antigua restaurants are located on the water offering breath-taking ocean views with some restaurants being situated right on the beach. While visiting the island, you can enjoy a mixture of local Caribbean cuisine as well as 5-star gourmet restaurants.
Whether you feel like enjoying local street food such as jerk chicken or fresh fruit at the market in St Johns or you might want a more gourmet experience at the famous Sheer Rocks Resort. There is something to suit all budgets and all taste buds too!
It is worth noting that some of the Antigua restaurants are closed in the low season, but most of the restaurants remain open from November until April. In the high season we would recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you want to research a table close to the water.
It is also good to know that the prices in Antigua are quoted in EC Dollars. You can pay in US Dollars, and most restaurants take both cash and credit cards however if you pay in US dollars your change will be given to you in EC dollars.
The Top 9 Best Restaurants in Antigua
There are so many amazing restaurants in Antigua it was difficult to pick the best 9. Having visited the island on several occasions while inspecting our luxury villas, I have always taken time out of my schedule to dine in Antigua and here is a list of my personal favourite restaurants in Antigua that I would highly recommend.
1. Sheer Rocks at Cocobay Resort, Ffreyes Beach
Top of the list is Sheers Rock’s Restaurant located at Cocobay Resort. Sheer Rocks was recently voted as the best restaurant in the Caribbean by a panel of Caribbean travel experts. As the name suggests, the restaurant is set on the cliff-side overlooking the azure sea. The menu offers Mediterranean inspired cuisine with lots of fresh fish served daily.
One of the most popular dishes to enjoy is the delicious sticky pork belly. They also offer a wonderful Tapas menu which is great for sharing with family and friends. Cocobay is a great spot to enjoy lunch overlooking the beach and sea. There is also a selection of four-poster day beds that surround the infinity pools, making it a wonderful place for daytime lounging. The ambiance is relaxed, elegant and romantic.
My Top Tip: Get there early to enjoy a sunset cocktail before dinner.
2. C & C Wine Bar and Restaurant, St Johns
C and C Wine Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of St. John’s which is the capital of Antigua. As the name suggests, this Antigua Restaurant offers a fantastic selection of international wines. A casual, but sophisticated wine bar offering a deliciously varied menu. Visitors can enjoy a fresh and tasty selection of pasta, salads, burgers, steak and coconut shrimp. I have dined here many times, and I love going on a Saturday night which is Karaoke night. Head to C and C if you are looking for a fun atmosphere and great food with a superb wine list.
My Top Tip: Book in advance – I recommend dining on a Saturday night to enjoy the after-dinner Karaoke which can be a fun way to finish the evening.
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About Linda Browne
Linda is the Marketing and Sales Executive for Exceptional Villas and has an in-depth knowledge of the travel industry. Linda's qualifications are in the area of business, marketing and tourism. Linda travels for much of the year inspecting all of our luxury villas; the majority of her time is spent in the Caribbean and Europe.