St. Lucia is located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea and offers so much to those who visit its shores. From the twin-mountain World Heritage Site at the Pitons to the different natural springs, it is a land filled with gorgeous sunsets, hotels, restaurants and not to forget, the lovely and welcoming locals. Whilst the food might not be the defining factor when choosing St. Lucia as a destination, tourists come here for the islands beautiful beaches, and ecotourism, but, if you are reading this post, it is because food is the first thing that comes to your mind when visiting any country, new city or island, and luckily, you are in the right place to discover the essential eats of this beautiful spot in the Caribbean. You can read my other posts about St. Lucia HERE.
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This post will highlight some of the Top Restaurants in St. Lucia with a “seven restaurants recommendation list” that offers a selection of the island’s superb culinary experience to compliment the adventures that can be had on this island paradise. The order of the restaurants is inverse, the best restaurant shall be saved for the end.
Martha’s Tables is a locally owned restaurant on the west coast of Saint Lucia and is very close by to “The Hotel Chocolat” and “Ladera Resort”. The decoration is warm and casual and offers a perfect opportunity to have lunch after visiting all the touristic spots in the Soufriere area. The amount of food served is substantial, so it will be a great way to recover all the energy spent either from the Piton’s hike or from bathing at one of the multiple waterfalls, rivers or beaches close-by. The pan-fried chicken breast with house sauce and vegetables, rice, beans, mac & cheese, and potato salad will leave the belly feeling more than satisfied – this dish is juicy, spicy and full of Caribbean flavor.
Duke’s Place is open only on Friday and Saturday and waiting all week to go try the fish barbecue at this shack in the village of Gros Islet is totally worth the wait, it offers a truly cultural experience. It is smart to arrive early at around 6:30pm to avoid the large queues of people from all over the world lining up to try some local flavours. The secret to these dishes is the amount of onion, butter, and garlic they put in their rice, and fish marinade – it really tastes magical. Some of the types of fish you can find are dorado, snapper, barracuda, pod fish, blue marlin, conch and lobster when in season. Prices are very affordable and the amount of food will feed the hungriest of diners. Another tip is to have part of the group grab some cold drinks from the bar and find a table for the feast that is about to ensue! The fish is served right off the barbeque so most people can expect a 30-minute wait to enjoy a few drinks with friends before digging in. A very local beverage worth trying is the “seamoss” and don’t forget to ask the vendor for some extra rum to give it that extra kick!
Cariblue Windows is an intimate restaurant with a vibrant and chic atmosphere. It is located in front of tropical gardens and a beautiful ocean view. Unique to St. Lucia, the venue offers customers the chef’s modern creations, tasting menus and wine pairings in a tranquil and relaxing setting. The menu changes constantly, but one might find an exquisite curried goat as the highlight of the evening. You can read more about this restaurant in my post, “Eating at The Body Holiday.”
Jambe De Bois, opened in 2000 and is one of my favourite restaurants in St. Lucia. The decoration is soothing, full of colors and has a rustic design to it, built in a classical Caribbean style with a Balinese style roof. The best days to go are Saturday’s and Sunday’s as apart from the delicious food and ambient, there is live Jazz music, full of soul and makes this experience complete and worth the visit. Getting to the restaurant is an experience in itself, as you have to walk for a bit inside Pigeon Island National Park until you get to this secluded yet magical spot. The cocktails are exquisite, and some of my favorites are the “Jambe De Bois” a cocktail made with rum, cream, coconut cream and coffee liquer. As I tried each one, I wanted to keep on ordering to make it down the list and try the full sleeve of cocktails. There is a special menu that changes everyday. My favourite choices from my first visit was the crunchy deep fried calamari, the cheese and mushroom pie which had a soft consistency and was appealing to the taste buds and of course, not to forget, the freshly made fish cakes which exploded with flavor and crunch in every bite.
TAO is located at BodyHoliday Saint Lucia, a world-renowned wellness resort. The restaurant has maintained its AAA Diamond Award since 2007. It has also been named by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine as one of the “60 Hottest Tables” in the world. Tao is hidden away on a second-floor balcony in one of the most enchanting and secluded locations at the resort, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The gentle lighting lends itself well to the ambient and stylish oriental restaurant; it’s an ideal setting for a romantic evening. The fusion of Eastern and Caribbean flavors is divine. You can read more about this restaurant in my post, “Eating at The Body Holiday.”
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is just perfect to experience the cacao cuisine. The view to the Piton is just the cherry on top. This restaurant beautifully incorporates cocoa into every savory and sweet dish on its menu; as a light and subtle spice, delicate infusion, or simply adding cocoa to any dish in a natural, healthy and harmonious way. It was hard to decide which dish to feature as every single dish is worth a try at this restaurant. You can read more about this restaurant in my post, “Chocolate Heaven in St. Lucia.”
Spice of India was founded 20 years ago, and it can be truly noticed as the service is exceptional and every detail is taken into account. The ambient feels sophisticated, and the traditional Indian Tandoor technique is portrayed in every one of their dishes. The décor is beautiful, and a special mention to the bar has to be said, as it is beautifully decorated with artifacts from many regions of India, which give authenticity to the restaurant. Spice of India offers daily-changing lunch menus that are served in a traditional Indian way, and the price is around EC$53.00 which was very fair considering the amount of food served and especially considering the great taste and quality. It is all about the details, and as you enter you are welcomed with a small appetizer. The day I visited it was a small smoothie made with guava, yogurt, milk, and ice – deliciously sweet and refreshing. The chefs tasting lunch menu was succulent, that day chicken masala was on the menu, and it was seasoned with all the traditional Indian Spices which made this dish one to remember. For cheese and flatbread lovers, the cheese naan with spices is superb.