Din­ing by the Water’s Edge — St. James

From Fine ele­gant din­ing, to a more casual set­ting, “Din­ing by the Water’s Edge” in Bar­ba­dos is an expe­ri­ence not to be missed. We con­tinue this series spec­tac­u­lar with din­ing in St. James

Fine Din­ing

Bajan Blue

Located on the lower ter­race of the Sandy Lane Hotel, the Bajan Blue offers all day din­ing with a blend of Euro­pean, Caribbean and Asian cui­sine. Each Sun­day, the chefs pre­pare a lunch buf­fet. Bajan Blue aptly caters to all tastes – from those who pre­fer some­thing casual like pizza, to those who pre­fer the more elab­o­rate fine din­ing meals such as seafood.

What they said:

…The ser­vice was excel­lent and the selec­tion was also very good. I had the lunchtime BBQ and the meat and fish was great. They were also very good with the kids…Would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend this place for lunch. @Bigfishz

First off, you can’t beat the set­ting. The hotel is fab­u­lous and pro­vided a won­der­ful back­drop for the lovely lunch we had. The staff was incred­i­ble — very atten­tive, effi­cient, and so friendly. Hav­ing dined at many a restau­rant in Bar­ba­dos, I can say that this restau­rant has the best cus­tomer ser­vice I have expe­ri­enced on the island. The food was deli­cious, plen­ti­ful, and arrived promptly…I will def­i­nitely come here again! @A h

The Beach House Bar and Restaurant

Open daily for lunch and din­ner, with live enter­tain­ment avail­able on select nights, the beach house restau­rant has an amaz­ing beach­front set­ting with out­door seat­ing. The lunch buf­fet fea­tures West Indian cui­sine, while the din­ner menu blends the local dishes with a bit of Mediter­ranean cuisine.

What they said:

Per­fect loca­tion, right on the Beach, with good atmos­phere, good food & quick, friendly ser­vice, at a decent price. @Brutiffany

Ask for a table by the sea and enjoy the ambiance as well as the food. There weren’t many restau­rants we went to twice in our fortnight’s stay, but this was one of them. Good food and good ser­vice. @Hilaryandray

Cin Cin by the Sea

Cin Cin by the Sea offers al fresco (open air/​outdoor) din­ing, with an air con­di­tioned lounge bar for casual lim­ing, com­plete with a beau­ti­ful view of the west coast of Bar­ba­dos. Its spe­cialty cui­sine is Mediter­ranean but with a Caribbean twist. Serv­ing both lunch and din­ner, Cin Cin by the Sea offers a din­ing expe­ri­ence not to be missed.

What they said:

I went with my wife 2 weeks ago…The whole place was stun­ning — the inside out­side lounge /​bar /​din­ing areas — all designed to take advan­tage of the beau­ti­ful view over the sea crash­ing against the rocks. How­ever, the best part is the out­door din­ing ter­race with a spec­tac­u­lar awning — must be an engi­neer­ing mas­ter­piece how it’s kept in place. The menu, food prepa­ra­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion was excel­lent, and the ser­vice and friend­li­ness of staff score 10 out of 10. Top of the class. @Les H

We were over­whelmed by the beauty and loca­tion of the restau­rant. The many shades of blue in the water mes­mer­ized us. I ordered the three course lunch for $89…For dessert I had the best bread pud­ding I have ever had…The ser­vice was very pro­fes­sional. @Arvid O

The Cliff Restaurant

This is one of the most celebrity-​frequented restau­rants in Bar­ba­dos. Set on a coral clifftop above a tiny cove in St. James, The Cliff has one of the best expe­ri­ences of din­ing by the water’s edge on the island. The open air set­ting lit by Olympian style torches means that there is no such thing as a bad seat at this restaurant.

What they said:

The Cliff lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion and deliv­ered a superb meal from start to fin­ish. The food, ser­vice and set­ting were just fan­tas­tic. I will most cer­tainly be return­ing on my next visit to Bar­ba­dos. @JulesFerd

Stun­ning views, so roman­tic and you are treated like roy­alty. It’s expen­sive but I believe you get what you pay for. We went for din­ner dur­ing our hon­ey­moon and we would love to go back one day. Just amaz­ing :-) @K B

Coral Reef Club Restaurant

This restau­rant, located at the Coral Reef Club, presents a lovely al fresco din­ing expe­ri­ence. The A La Carte menu changes daily and the cui­sine is a mix­ture of clas­si­cal and Caribbean. Live enter­tain­ment is pro­vided every evening dur­ing the win­ter months and five evenings each week dur­ing the sum­mer. On Mon­days, they host a West Indian/​International buf­fet, and Thurs­day is Bar­beque night.

What they said:

Six of us went to Coral Reef for their Thurs­day night BBQ Buffet.…absolutely brilliant.….all kinds of fish includ­ing lob­ster, prawns and fresh fish.….fillet steaks, lamb chops and numer­ous other meats…great salads.…..and finally great deserts (too many I am afraid !!)…Excel­lent staff and atmosphere…can’t see us bet­ter­ing the food and value for some time. @JohnboyOxon

We have dined at the Coral Reef a cou­ple of times before, it never dis­ap­points us. The bar staff are out­stand­ing, food is top class, a buf­fet this time, great choice too. The Resta­raunt staff are cour­te­ous and very atten­tive plus live music for din­ner, great duo, back­ground music; thanks for a great evening. @Ray R

Daphne’s Restau­rant

Also located on the West Coast is Daphne’s restau­rant. It is known as one of Bar­ba­dos’ most acclaimed restau­rants, com­plete with a Zagat rat­ing. Their spe­cialty is Mod­ern Ital­ian cui­sine, infused with island seafood. Daphne’s also hosts spe­cial weekly theme din­ners such as Bajan Din­ner beach buf­fet on Tues­day nights or Fisherman’s night on Fridays.

What they said:

Sophis­ti­cated West Coast restau­rant com­bin­ing up-​market Ital­ian cui­sine with Caribbean touches. The food has del­i­cacy and finesse, the ser­vice is atten­tive with­out being suf­fo­cat­ing, and the atmos­phere relaxed and relax­ing. Not cheap, but highly rec­om­mended. @Phil M

The set­ting is per­fect. It is relaxed but ele­gant and you are right on the beach. What a change from rainy old Lon­don — sip­ping a rum cock­tail, eat­ing deli­cious Ital­ian food and hear­ing the lap­ping of waves on the beach. I am SO sad to be back in the UK! @Fulhamfamily

Il Tem­pio Restaurant

“The best Ital­ian food in Bar­ba­dos” were the words used by late opera sen­sa­tion Luciano Pavortti. Located on the West Coast, Il Tem­pio spe­cial­izes in Ital­ian cui­sine and was reviewed in the New York Times as the as “an Ital­ian expe­ri­ence not to be missed”. It is the ideal loca­tion for a roman­tic din­ner for two.

What they said:

My par­tic­u­lar dish was absolutely incred­i­ble. I had the aspara­gus and ricotta ravi­oli and I have never tasted any­thing like it! So many flavours. The pasta is all freshly cooked…Service was good and had a nice atmos­phere. @Jinchbald

Il Tem­pio is on the beach at Fitts vil­lage, a per­fect set­ting. The food was very good as was the ser­vice and I would defi­nately eat there again…@WESTBAY1665

Kathy’s Restau­rant

Kathy’s Restau­rant at the Trea­sure Beach Hotel is famous for its abil­ity to use local pro­duce to cre­ate new dishes, using a Mediter­ranean style to go with the Bajan fla­vor. The restau­rant offers break­fast lunch and din­ner, and every Fri­day, it relo­cates pool­side for a Bar­beque night.

What they said:

Won­der­ful staff. Mar­vel­lous food. A loca­tion on the edge of the most per­fect beach that is to die for. @Pambie_8

We went to this restau­rant for break­fast twice, din­ner once and lunch twice. We loved it. Sim­ple, quiet, delicious…we were thrilled with the food and loca­tion and view! @Wendykay12

The Lone Star Restaurant

This Restau­rant is located directly by the water’s edge of the beau­ti­ful Lone Star Bou­tique Hotel. The cui­sine is Ital­ian, includ­ing pizza made from their wood fire oven and it also offers a wide vari­ety of sal­ads. Cock­tails are also avail­able at this lovely estab­lish­ment and the well lit area is beau­ti­ful at night, espe­cially with the set­ting sun nearby.

What they said:

We went twice; it was so nice, the food was great — beach front seats is a must. Cock­tails are a must and the desserts are to die for. @andytudor46

The food, ambiance and set­ting all fab­u­lous! Well worth a visit if you’re in Bar­ba­dos. Ser­vice [was] very good…Bar area very nice. @davenmaz

The Palm Ter­race Restaurant

Part of a wide vari­ety of fine din­ing restau­rants on the West Coast, the Palm Ter­race Restau­rant is quickly estab­lish­ing itself as one of the most sought out venues for fine din­ing It is located at the Fair­mont Royal Pavil­ion, and its open air set­ting offers a stun­ningly beau­ti­ful view. The menu fea­tures Caribbean style dishes, suit­able for any taste. Also fea­tured the menu is a selec­tion of tasty Inter­na­tional wines. It is a nice loca­tion for host­ing spe­cial occa­sions, whether an inti­mate fam­ily din­ner to a roman­tic date for two and also pro­vides live enter­tain­ment each night, show­cas­ing local talent.

What they said:

The food was quite good, the ambi­ence per­fect for our first night at The Fair­mont, when we were inter­ested in just hangin’. @Juan A

Great food, spe­cial ambi­ence! Had the Weds night buf­fet — great choice of hot and cold dishes. Fab enter­tain­ment too. @LoveofTravel65

The Tides Restaurant

The Tides Restau­rant, located on the west coast of the island, per­fectly com­bines beau­ti­ful ambiance with cui­sine to die for. The menu caters to per­sons of dif­fer­ent tastes, whether you love your del­i­cate meats, or you are more of a veg­e­tar­ian. The Zagat noted that the atten­tion received by the excel­lent staff is “dot­ing” and “the epit­ome of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.”. Open for lunch and din­ner daily.

What they said:

Excel­lent restau­rant, very accom­mo­dat­ing and great atmos­phere. Food deli­cious! Highly rec­om­mend the tuna. Expen­sive but worth it for a spe­cial evening out. @Weedebz19

Food was amaz­ing, ser­vice friendly and not over the top. The view over the sea from the restau­rant was excel­lent. Highly rec­om­mend a visit. @Neilandog

Casual Din­ing

Surf­side Restau­rant and Bar

One of the old­est run­ning beach bars in Hole­town, this restau­rant offers a unique expe­ri­ence. Not only can you watch sports out­doors on the beach, but you can do so while din­ing and hav­ing a swim in the nearby ocean! Ideal, for locals and tourists alike, it is trans­formed at night into an ele­gant yet casual beach­front din­ing expe­ri­ence with some nice Bajan cui­sine to com­plete the experience.

What they said:

This beach bar has a vari­ety of great food on their menu. They also show sport­ing event and serve drinks and cock­tails. Staff are friendly and effi­cient. Spend major­ity of our beach time near this delight­ful water­ing hole :-). @Tamar A

Zac­cios

Located directly on the beach, this restau­rant offers an infor­mal din­ing expe­ri­ence for lunch and din­ner in a relaxed, casual atmos­phere. The dishes offered are of an inter­na­tional vari­ety rang­ing from veg­e­tar­ian dishes and seafood, to pizza and pasta. Patrons can also eat on the board­walk itself, but it is always best to make a reser­va­tion for that added option.

What they said:

Sit­ting at the edge of the water lis­ten­ing to the waves lap­ping the shore while hav­ing an excel­lent din­ner and cock­tails, this is what hol­i­days are all about. Steve in the bar ‘remem­bers your name’ and your drink. All in All a nice place. @Dm06110

All reviews from TripAdvisor

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