Top Restaurants in Antigua



Helen Tabois | 4 Feb, 2020

Antigua is a rich paradise full of amazing cuisine, idyllic locations and vibrant locals who understand the value of great service.

Their chilled out way of life combined with the traditional cuisine and drinks offer a luxurious way to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

You’ll never be disappointed with the level of service in Antigua, as the beautiful people seem to always go out of their way to make your meal special. Much of the trade in Antigua revolves around the tourism industry, and due to the beautiful weather, they get tourists pretty much all year round.

If you’re planning a trip to Antigua, one of the best ways to explore the island is via the food. With delicacies and amazingly vibrant dishes that you need to try, your taste buds are sure to enjoy the trip as much as you do.

Take a look at our selection of the top restaurants in Antigua, so that you can plan your culinary journey before you get there. The restaurants in Antigua we recommend are:

  • Terrace Restaurant
  • Trappas
  • Carmichaels
  • Sheer Rocks
  • Le Bistro
  • Estate House
  • Cove Restaurant (Blue Waters)
  • Catherine's Cafe
  • Abracadabra

Terrace Restaurant

The terrace restaurant is located on the top of the hillside in the Inn at English Harbour resort. This traditional restaurant conjures a colonial atmosphere amongst stunning gardens and offers a mix of Caribbean flavours and global cuisines. Perfect if you’re looking for food to suit everyone, coupled with a great atmosphere and stunning views.

As an all-round resort, they also have a secluded beach and well-appointed rooms. Guests can enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset as well as indulging in a special "al fresco" candlelit dinner beneath the stars. You’ll be within touching distance of the Antiguan National Park with stunning views across the English harbour.

This high-end restaurant is the full package for those looking for something a little bit special when visiting Antigua.

Terrace Restaurant at Inn at English Harbour

Terrace Restaurant is a decadent place to eat at during your time in Antigua

Trappas

Nestled in English Harbour, you’ll find a delightful restaurant that’s full of Caribbean flavour. Trappas has become one of the must-visit restaurants on the harbour because of its fabulous traditional food and drinks and location at the heart of this yachting paradise.

Customer favourites include the flatfish, Cajun Shrimp, Fried Green Tomatoes and Phat Pan Fried Italian Sausages that offer a real taste of Antigua. You won’t be disappointed by the delicious sides on offer too. Don’t be shy when you visit this restaurant. If you’re not sure what something is, the staff are always more than happy to help and absolutely love it when you try new things.

The service is one of the best parts of this gorgeous Antiguan hideaway.

Expect down to earth dining, full of local favourites, plus an amazing location with views that will make you feel every inch the Antiguan local.

This is more of a locals joint than a tourist hot spot, so is ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in a truly Antiguan experience.

Carmichaels

Carmichaels is a renowned Antiguan restaurant that offers a romantic setting and beautiful fine dining. The restaurant is nestled at the top of Sugar Ridge, offering stunning views of the Caribbean scenery of lush greenery and beautiful bays - perfect for photo opportunities.

If you’re looking for fine dining with amazing views, then Carmichaels has got you covered. Executive Chef Gregory Williams has been with Sugar Ridge since 2009, and has created a menu emphasising fresh seafood and local ingredients with a Caribbean flair.

Plus, if all you’re looking for is a drink, visit Carmichael’s bar for an exotic cocktail to punctuate the beginning or end of your evening. 

Dining at Carmichaels in Antigua

Fine dining and Caribbean flair combine at Carmichael's

Sheer Rocks

If you’re looking for a sunset-facing bar and restaurant to wind down within, then Sheer Rocks is ideal. Located on the cliffside, and protruding over the rocks of Ffryes Bay, this bar offers an optional wine-paired tasting or à la carte dinner menu is designed to excite.

Perfect for a chilled lunch or drink, this place oozes Caribbean flair. It’s a romantic, fun and elegant place with plenty of menu choices for all the family. Friendly staff meet chilled Caribbean music, and offer a stunning location to relax and unwind together after a day of exploring Antigua.

Equal parts relaxing and elegant, you won’t find a place that nails the shabby chic aesthetic more than Sheer Rocks. Located on the side of the rock, you’ll be able to gaze into the Caribbean sea and explore the island taste bud by taste bud.

Oh and don’t forget to try their artistic cocktails - just one of the many reasons that they have been nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Beach Bars in the Caribbean!

Le Bistro

Antigua’s first authentic French restaurant, opened in 1981, is still full of charm and charisma today. One of the most popular spots on the island for luxurious French/Caribbean fusion dining, you won’t be disappointed by the style and elegance of this place.

It’s a little fancier than some of the other restaurants on the island, but if you’re a fan of French fusion cuisine you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy a delicious mushroom risotto and an array of fresh pasta dishes in this french restaurant with a Caribbean twist.

The Estate house

This beautiful restaurant situated within Jumby Bay comes highly recommended by tourists and locals alike. The fine dining on offer combines classic fare with modern flavours to reveal a taste of Antigua. The circa 1830 plantation house, once the centrepiece of the island’s sugar plantation, is a wonderful backdrop to discover the delectable dining that Antigua has to offer.

The Estate House’s design represents a modern interpretation of the Colonial spirit. This restaurant is more than just fine dining, it’s an experience and an adventure into the history of Antigua. You’ll find glorious artwork, vintage maps and gorgeous tableware that beckons to classic colonial Antigua.

This restaurant is a must-go when you are staying at the luxury hotel. For the full refined dining experience, we recommend sampling the freshest seafood, meats and produce of the Caribbean in this stunningly elegant foodie heaven.

Jumby Bay Estate House

The Estate House in Jumby Bay offers a luxuriant place to eat

Cove Restaurant (Blue Waters)

Cove Restaurant is a charming and luxurious French/Caribbean cuisine mix that offers fine dining with stunning views. It’s uniquely situated on a clifftop and offers mesmerising views of the Caribbean sea. Definitely one to add to your list of places to dine in Antigua.

As you arrive at the Cove Restaurant, you’ll see flaming torches and a dramatic entrance that lights up the breath-taking views of the Caribbean Sea.

This place doubles up as a stunning resort and spa, that can make an amazing day trip for those who like to fully relax into things.


Insider Tip

If you’re heading into the restaurant in the evening, you’ll need to be dressed in tailored shorts and smart casual wear including collared T-Shirts. No Flip Flops Permitted.


Cove Restaurant In Antigua

Surely this is one of the best places to dine whilst the sunsets?

Catherine’s Café

Catherine’s cafe is located on Pigeon beach - one of the most popular beaches on the island - and offers the perfect location to unwind all day. Catherine’s offers classical French cuisine with Provence-style influences and local ingredients, alongside a chilled-out atmosphere that is ideal for day and night dining.

Their luxe wine list makes them stand out as a great location for those who know a thing or two about their wine. You’ll find food served from 10-6 every day, with extended hours on the weekends.

This location offers an unparalleled relaxation experience with beautiful areas on the beach perfect for groups to lounge all afternoon.

The menu is full of French Tartines designed to share and has a little Caribbean flair too.

Catherine’s offers a refined but relaxing setting to enjoy delicious food and the cool sea breeze.

Abracadabra

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to enjoy the Antiguan vibe, then Abracadabra will be perfect for you. 

The European influence is clear at Abracadabra, but their beautiful beachside location means you can’t forget that you’re nestled in the heart of the Caribbean. They also have native dance celebrations and an array of events that are ideal for those looking to party the Caribbean way.

Full of incredible restaurants, wonderful local people and new landscapes to explore, Antigua is a great holiday location. If you’d like more information on any of the restaurants listed, get in touch so that we can point you in the right direction. Plus, for more information on how to enjoy Antigua to its full potential, why not speak to an ITC specialist today?

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