Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views, romantic ambience or a laid-back vibe, a luxury holiday to St Lucia is guaranteed to have a dining venue to suit your requirements.
International flavours including French, Chinese, Italian, Indian and Thai are most likely to be found in tourist hot-spot Rodney Bay, but if you’re longing for a more local dining experience there are many authentic establishments offering Caribbean and Creole flavours throughout the island too.
In St Lucia, tipping is at the customer’s discretion - the amount should reflect the level of service received, however a minimum of 10 to 12% is suggested. Some restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge to your bill, so watch out for this to avoid tipping twice by mistake.
Our top picks of the restaurants in St Lucia include:
- Martha's Tables
- The Cliff at Cap
- Big Chef Steakhouse
- The Naked Fisherman
- Masala Bay
- Pink Plantation
- Jade Mountain Club
- The Coal Pot
- Jump Up
Read on to find out more about our favourite places to eat in St Lucia.
Malgretoute Jalousie Rd, Soufrière
Tel: +1 758-459-7270
Open for lunch only, Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 3 pm. Closed weekends
Close to many popular tourist favourites including the sensational Sugar Beach and picturesque Piton Falls, technically Martha’s Tables isn't a restaurant - but don’t be put off by the no-frills approach on offer here.
Far from fancy, guests visiting Martha’s describe the experience as akin to being treated to a rustic, traditional home-cooked meal on a beautifully decorated patio at a friend’s house.
And while the menu here is far from extensive, each of the simple-yet-delicious dishes are prepared on-site using fresh, local ingredients and served by Martha’s welcoming and friendly front-of-house team.
Dine here to enjoy traditional St Lucian hospitality, generous portions and good value-for-money.
The menu includes local specialities such as grilled meat and seafood (the creole shrimp comes highly recommended), all served with authentic side dishes including rice and beans, potato salad and plantains. A vegetarian menu is also on offer.
Our advice? Head to Martha’s early on in your trip, as you’re bound to want to eat here more than once. Reservations are advisable.
The Cliff At Cap
Cap Maison, Smugglers Cove Rd, Gros Islet
Tel: +1 758-457-8681
Open daily. Lunch: 12pm to 2:30pm. Dinner: 6pm to 10pm.
Part of the magnificent Cap Maison hotel, island-inspired The Cliff At Cap is perched upon a private oceanfront bluff, offering spectacular views of Pigeon Island and the nearby island of Martinique.
The chefs at this elegant, fine-dining establishment take great pride in their commitment to serving French-West Indian cuisine, created using seasonal, local ingredients that are guaranteed to tantalise your tastebuds.
And the food here doesn’t just taste wonderful - it’s a real feast for the eyes too. The contemporary, inventive menu is regularly updated so there’s always something new to enjoy.
The delicious cuisine is complemented by first-class service and a decadent, inventive cocktail selection. This luxurious restaurant is the ideal venue for a special occasion or celebration dinner.
With views like this, will you even focus on the food?
Big Chef Steakhouse
Reduit Beach Avenue, Rodney Bay Village
Open daily from 6pm
You’d be forgiven for thinking this elegant, airy restaurant was reserved exclusively for the steak fans - but really that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Of course, if steak is what you fancy, this is probably one of the best places to visit on the island - after all, Big Chef Steakhouse is proud to serve only certified Angus, which the kitchen team promise to season and grill to your exact preferences.
But the menu also offers the freshest locally-caught seafood and lobster - and if you just can’t decide between meat and lobster, why not order the Lobster Surf ‘n’ Turf Burger, guaranteed to give you the very best of both worlds. End your meal with a tropical cocktail or delicious dessert, crafted using a colourful array of island fruits.
Aside from the delicious food offering, Big Chef Steakhouse boasts accommodating staff, a decent kids menu selection and regular entertainment from some of St Lucia’s finest musicians.
The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill
Smugglers Cove Rd, Gros Islet
Open Tues, Weds, Thurs, Sat, Sun. Lunch: 12:30pm to 3pm. Dinner: 6pm to 11pm.
Closed Fri evenings for dinner during July. Closed Mon and Fri for the rest of the year.
Tucked away in a natural bay just south of Cap Maison, a visit to The Naked Fisherman presents the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and cast aside all of life’s stresses.
Laid-back, welcoming and popular with the locals, the menu here includes locally caught dorado, grouper, snapper and lobster, as well as fresh, juicy steaks, burgers, ribs and platters - all of which can be washed down with a classic or signature cocktail while listening to the calming sounds of the waves.
Guests can enjoy artfully-presented delicacies from the beach, deck or casual bar seating area. The ocean views here are spectacular day and night, but the evening sunset is simply unmissable.
Capella Hotel, Marigot Bay, Castries
Open daily. Lunch is available from Tuesday to Sunday, 12 pm to 3:30 pm. Dinner is available daily, 5:30 pm to 10 pm.
Set on the waterfront, this Asian-fusion restaurant combines Indian and Hakka delicacies to create new and exciting flavours. Sister restaurant to Spice of India in Rodney Bay, Masala Bay is incredibly popular, so it’s advisable to make a reservation.
Ask for a table at the front of the balcony for the best views of the boats sailing in and out of Marigot Bay.
Visit at lunch to indulge in Chef’s tasting menu, available for the set price of ECD 65 per person. This option gives diners the opportunity to experience all the delights of Hakka cuisine, described by the chef as a deliciously unusual combination of Chinese and Indian flavours.
All dishes are cooked to order, so you can specify exactly how spicy (or not!) you want your meal to be. Impeccable service from the professional front-of-house team makes Masala Bay the obvious choice for lunch or dinner close to Castries.
Pink Plantation House
Chef Harry Dr, Castries
Open for lunch from Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 3 pm. Open for dinner on Friday’s, 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Open for breakfast on Sunday’s, 9 am to 12 pm.
Hidden away in a centuries-old plantation, Pink Plantation House is a little off the beaten track, but we think you’ll agree it’s definitely worth the effort. Our advice? Make a reservation and book a taxi, making sure you allow plenty of time to wander through the grounds and listen to the tropical birdsong after your meal.
Perched high above the port of Castries, this enchanting restaurant boasts lush rainforest views and efficient, friendly service which is never overbearing. Locally-sourced ingredients are combined to create fresh, Caribbean dishes that are delicious and visually-pleasing in equal measure.
Vegetarian and vegan options are plentiful here - and the rum punch might just be the best on the island. Don’t forget to check out the on-site pottery studio too if you’d like to keep a souvenir of your meal at the Pink Plantation.
Jade Mountain Club
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Exclusive to resident guests at Jade Mountain, the sparkling infinity pool is the centrepiece at this luxurious restaurant, but the stunning panoramic views of the Piton Mountains are simply off-the-scale.
Enticing beauty and daring, exotic flavours are combined to create locally-sourced, seasonal Caribbean dishes to celebrate Chef Allen Susser’s ‘Jade Cuisine’, winner of the James Beard Award.
Designed to nurture the mind, body and soul, the modern-fusion delicacies served here are perfectly complemented by regular live music from classical acoustic guitarists to local jazz musicians.
Make the most of the spectacular views on offer by heading to the rooftop lounge for pre-dinner cocktails - you won’t regret it.
The restaurant alone is enough to make you want to stay at Jade Mountain
Cemetery Rd, Soufrière
Open daily. Lunch: 12pm to 2pm. Dinner Weds-Sun only, 6pm to 9pm.
Chef Orlando Sachell’s authentic Caribbean restaurant is at the base of the Pitons, just a stone’s throw from Soufrière Bay.
Fine-dining, farm-to-table cuisine is delicately seasoned and presented beautifully here, alongside a generous serving of charm from the friendly front-of-house team.
One of only a few independent restaurants in Soufrière, Orlando’s promises cosy, sophisticated and modern interiors and an ever-changing menu that’s sure to keep you wanting to return again and again.
The team is proud to offer traditional St Lucian flavours and an unrivalled dining experience.
Choose from Orlando’s balanced selection of gourmet tasting menus to sample an array of culinary delights.
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The Coal Pot
Seraphine Rd, Castries
Open for lunch Mon-Fri, 12 pm to 3 pm. Open for dinner Mon-Sat, 6:30 pm to 9:45 pm.
Just a five-minute car or ferry journey from Castries, The Coal Pot’s twinkling lanterns, cosy lounge bar and flickering candlelight makes it the perfect venue for a romantic meal.
Established in 1966, this family-run restaurant sits on the waterfront of Vigie Marina. The welcoming dining room is always cool and breezy thanks to the year-round trade winds flowing through.
A selection of delicious local fish, poultry, meat and seafood dishes are offered, all created with Chef Xavier Ribet’s trademark French twist.
Generous plates, attentive service and a wonderful atmosphere are the perfect complements to the tasty menu. Request a table on the water’s edge to hear the soothing sounds of the waves lapping against the rocks and take in stunning views of the boatyard as you enjoy your meal.
Castries-Gros Islet Hwy, Rodney Bay
Friday evenings from 6:30 pm until late
Jump Up is a street food extravaganza rather than a restaurant, but it’s still a foodie experience you won’t want to miss while you’re in St Lucia.
The barbecued food and rum stalls begin setting up from around 6.30 pm, but the party doesn’t really get started until a lot later.
If you’re more interested in the food than the festivities, aim to arrive at around 7.00 pm - if you want to experience Jump Up with the locals, aim to arrive from 11.00 pm onwards, as that is when most of the local people will have finished their shifts at the bars and restaurants nearby.
Be warned, it gets pretty crowded.