While on a recent visit to Barbados the Exceptional Villas team experienced some of the best cuisines Barbados has to offer. Although we have our own wonderful Chef Stephensen at Smugglers Cove 6 we couldn’t resist dining out.

There is an abundance of fine dining in Barbados, with a cosmopolitan blend of cuisine, from local Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Italian dishes, to name but a few.  While dining in Barbados you are guaranteed to find something to satisfy your appetite. We enjoyed some fantastic meals in gorgeous beachfront restaurants, oceanfront cafes and we even had something to eat in a Rum Shack!


Here are some of our favourite Barbados restaurants.

Daphne’s Restaurant, Paynes Bay, St James, Barbados

Three of us dined in Daphne’s Restaurant located right on Paynes Bay. We walked along Paynes Bay beach which took about 5 minutes from Smugglers Cove to get to this stunning beachfront restaurant.

I had the Catch of the Day with Bajan Seasoning, Mediterranean Salsa and Green Pea and Potato Mash. It was to die for; the fish was so fresh and cooked to perfection. My colleagues had the lamb which was presented beautifully and we also had the blackened Dorado with Mixed Peas Rice, Garlic Broccoli and Carrots and Ginger Puree. Yummy!

We enjoyed the main course so much that we couldn’t resist a dessert so we decide to share one. A lot of the Bajan dessert consists of their famous Mount Gay Rum, so we decided to try a Rum Crème Brûlée with Banana Flambé it was scrumptious!

Overall we had a fabulous meal with great service and it was wonderful to work off the dessert by enjoying a walk along the beach back to the villa.

The Beach House, Holetown, St James, Barbados

A group of us went to the Beach House in Holetown which is located right on the waterfront and offers a fabulous Caribbean ambience. The restaurant is open and has a warm tropical breeze passing through; we loved it from the moment we sat down.

I opted to share a starter of their Bajan Fish Cakes with pepper sauce (the restaurant’s famous 37-year-old recipe) they were so delicious and used the freshest fish. Others enjoyed the Cesar Salad and their famous coconut shrimp. For mains, we enjoyed the Mahi Mahi and Seafood Linguini in a white wine sauce. Lots of Cream but Yummy!

We enjoyed the beach house so much that we went back two days later. We all had to go for the famous coconut shrimp, spicy mango and coconut dip with homemade fries.

Overall the welcome we received from the staff and the fresh food was just what we wanted. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a casual seaside dining experience in Holetown.

Round House Restaurant, Bathsheba, St Joseph, Barbados

On a wet a windy day in Barbados (which doesn’t happen too often)  we were driving on the east coast and stumbled upon a little restaurant overlooking the beach and ocean in Bathsheba. The Round House was such a treat. We enjoy the beautiful location and sea views, the fantastic Jazz player and singer and the food was fantastic too.

Barbados food

We were dining out that night too so we decided to opt for some sandwiches. We had a Flying Fish Sandwich and Classic double-decker chicken sandwich. When it arrived we had some French fries on the side but also we were given some homemade breadfruit chips with spicy aioli which were really nice.

Although we didn’t have their signature dish of a pulled pork sandwich (Local pork slow-braised in saints beer, fresh herbs and spices and topped with caramelized onions and garlic aioli) it looked scrumptious.


Sandy Lane Hotel, Sandy Lane, St James, Barbados

We made a booking at the exclusive Sandy Lane hotel and dined there for lunch. We started with cocktails, they were simply delicious. We really enjoyed the food. The setting at the sandy lane is incredible. Located right on the beach with a fabulous sea view it is just a perfect setting for a light lunch or evening dinner. Be sure to make a reservation or will not be able to enter the hotel.

The Cliff, Derricks, St. James, Barbados

I am saving the best for last…. As a treat for my Birthday, we went to the Cliff Restaurant. Wow is all I can say.


From the moment you enter the restaurant, you will just be amazed at the stunning location set in a cliff overlooking the ocean. We had pre-dinner drinks upstairs in the bar area overlooking the sea. Then we dine right by the water’s edge.

Birthday Plate from the Cliff

Happy Birthday from the Cliff!

There was three of us and for started I had the Sautéed Scallops with creamed leeks and truffle mash. The scallops were cooked to perfection! My friends had the confit of duck leg which was so tender and perfectly cooked. For the main course, I had a tender and tasty lamb shank while my friends had a gorgeous succulent piece of beef and some red snapper.

To top it all off we had stunning chocolate and rum dessert. The waiters sang Happy Birthday to me while presenting me with a nice Happy Birthday plate…..a nice touch! We will be back.

Some other restaurants we have been to on previous visits that I would also recommend:

  • Cin Cin by the sea – (Pronounced Chin Chin) Contemporary 5* restaurant offering a mixture of meat and fish dishes
  • Il Tempio – Authentic Italian  cuisine in a beachside setting
  • The Tides – Gorgeous location right on the water’s edge serving European dishes
  • Lone Star – Really nice local cuisine in a beachfront setting
  • Nishi – Holetown famous sushi restaurant
  • Zaccios – Great for Pizza and pasta in the evening menu
  • Flindt – The best pastries in Holetown

You can read more about some of our favourite restaurants in our Essential Barbados Travel Guide.

Have I missed one of your favourite restaurants in Barbados?  Do you have any recommendations for us?  If so; please share your thoughts and leave us a comment?

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.

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