This place is overflowing with Rasta flavor and enough Bob photos to make you think you’re in a college dorm room. It’s hard to tell how authentic the Rastafarianism is, with a good selection of carnivorous items on the menu – but no matter, the food is tasty and the vibe is, as you’d expect, chilled out. Go for the lobster.
The end of many an evening – in more ways than one. This large and somewhat shambolic bar and restaurant sits in the middle of town and is open to the harbor. Floor tiles are as incongruous and random as the utterances of the regulars at the bar. The rum punch tastes as cheap as its price (EC$5) but the food is much better: budget-priced curries, stews and fried fish.
A simple wooden building on the water just in front of Grenadines Dive, the West Indies serves excellent regional favorites such as fish soup, locally smoked fish, Creole conch and more. It’s dead simple and very good.
The food in this French and Italian fusion restaurant is top flight, both in preparation and presentation. Right on the waterfront, it is the best choice locally for a night out. One wall is dominated by an enormous aquarium with all manner of fish including eels and small shark – none of whom are on the menu. The French accent means the wine list is above par.
Enjoy an espresso at a sidewalk table at this cafe-deli. A distinctive French flavor permeates and the baked goods are the best – and really only – choice locally.
Famous Basil’s is a delightful open-air thatch-and-bamboo restaurant that extends out into Britannia Bay, and is the place to eat, drink and meet up with others in Mustique. It is a must-stop for every day-tripper and seemingly every passing sailboat. Who could imagine that a menu that combines tasty banana pancakes and lobster could be such a hit?
North of Hillsborough
Overlooking the Esplanade, this is often the liveliest spot in town. The Jamaican chef cooks up piles of jerk, fried or barbecue chicken, curried lambi or oxtail served up with rice and peas and salad to queues of hungry locals. The bar is also a nice option for a rum, beer or local juice.
A basic little place, with a wonderful location on a deck over the beach. Sandisland is best for a down-home breakfast of saltfish and eggs with still-warm roasted bake; regular eggs and bacon are also available. Sandwiches, roti and local dishes are served up for lunch.
The most sophisticated option in the Hillsborough area, with tables on a veranda overlooking the sea. The menu changes according to what’s fresh and available, but will be sure to feature fresh fish, steak and lobster if you’re lucky. Though the cooking is refined, it’s a laid-back place; the owners have children and are happy to accommodate kids.
South of Hillsborough
Sometimes the best restaurants have the worst names: take Cow Foot, a uniquely local establishment near the microtown of Belview South, just off the south coast. There’s nothing flash here, just tables, chairs and hands-down the best roti on the island. The owner is a real character who makes it a memorable dining experience, not just for the delicious food.
South of Hillsborough
Near the center of Paradise Beach, this green, yellow and red shack dishes out cold beers and fresh fish meals oozing with local flavor. A serene, quintessentially Caribbean setting: locals, lifers, expats and the odd traveler pony up to the bar and settle in for a cold one on a hot day.
Right on the sand – in fact you can squish it between your toes, this cafe serves up fresh seafood and comfort food through the day. The bar is skilled with rum punch and you can have yours on a lounger in the sand. Take a dip in the perfect surf and have another. Hugely popular on Sundays.