With 2018 designated the ‘Year of Culinary Experiences’ in Barbados, we thought we’d take the opportunity to showcase the amazing food and drink highlights this stunning Caribbean island has to offer.
Barbados offers a truly superb selection of fine dining venues, more than 100 in fact, as well as authentic Bajan-fare eateries, and we’re proud to have fantastic relationships with the very best. From award-winning enclaves to open-air fish fries, there really is something to suit every taste.
What’s more, at the Inspiring Travel Company we know Barbados better than anyone else, having sent clients here for over 40 years and boasting a dedicated office on the island. So, when it comes to first-hand knowledge, we really are the experts.
So to celebrate the start of the Year of Culinary Experiences, we’ve collated our top 10 recommendations for eating out in Barbados…
Cobblers Cove is an all-suite, boutique hotel with a focus on culinary excellence. Foodies flock to Camelot Restaurant, where they can enjoy the menu of Executive Chef Michael Harrison. Born and bred on the island, Chef Michael is one of the few Bajan head chefs in the island's top hotel kitchens, bringing authentic Bajan twists to every scintillating dish on offer here. True to their reputation as a gastronomic powerhouse, Cobblers Cove also play host to international chefs.
Relatively new on the Bajan foodie scene, this stunningly located restaurant offers both indoor and al fresco dining, with all patrons enjoying uninterrupted views of Caribbean Sea.
Here you can relish European-inspired fare, with signature Caribbean flavours. Fresh fish and seafood dishes are abundant, as well as tempting classics such as steak frites and beef carpaccio. Plus, Cin Cin By The Sea's location on the west coast means it’s within easy reach of many of the very best Barbados hotels.
The Lone Star is an iconic eatery and boutique hotel which has been called "the Ivy of the Caribbean" by Michael Winner. Upon entering this 1950s-chic setting you really do feel like movie star, enjoying stellar service and views of the white-sand beach just metres away.
The menu here largely comprises mouth-watering Italian fare, including wood-fired pizza, alongside some 'Lone Star Classics' such as homemade shepherd's pie. Unusually for such an illustrious eatery The Lone Star carry a 'Little Stars' menu for children, with sure fire hits like fish fingers and chips! We can't think of a better location for an extra special lunch on a luxury family holiday.
This world-renowned restaurant has more than earned its legendary status over the years, with an exclusive Platinum Coast location and truly incredible food. For a special evening out on your luxury Barbados holiday, dinner here is a fantastic option. Though tables here are in high demand our Concierge team can pre-book for you in advance of your trip, guaranteeing you won't be disappointed.
If you're looking for the quality of The Cliff with a more informal feel, recently opened sister-property The Beach Club by the Cliff offers fine fare on the beachfront.
Sandy Lane has long been a favourite haunt for the rich and famous. Some of our most discerning customers return again and again to its glorious platinum sands, impeccable service and delicious fine dining. Among its culinary offerings is à la carte dining at signature restaurant L'Acajou.
Tables are scattered around a spacious, columned terrace with views out to sea, lending an incredibly romantic atmosphere. Exquisite modern European cuisine is offered here, which can be enjoyed along with an impressive wine list and the legendry Caribbean sunset. Buffet brunches at Bajan Blue on the beach each Sunday are also renowned on the island and beyond.
Celebrating over 10 years of exceptional catering, Daphne's is another platinum coast stalwart. Patrons at the elegant restaurant enjoy a refined setting and beachfront location. Food here is a fusion of modern Italian and island seafood flavours. Ask our Concierge to book you a table in advance; this place is popular!
Those lucky enough to be enjoying a stay in the exclusive environs of The House by Elegant Hotels will be thrilled to learn that Daphne's caters for The House's famed themed nights. From the Bajan Dinner beach buffet to Fisherman's Night buffet, you won't be disappointed by these tantalising offerings.
This charming family-run Barbados hotel and its celebrated restaurant are hidden away on the island's north-west coast, making it a tranquil spot to enjoy a meal. It's worth making a trip up here - perhaps combined with a visit to Speightstown - for a lunch or dinner on the charming terrace, right at the water's edge.
As you may guess from the name, fresh seafood features prominently, as do local ingredients on the whole. Simple yet exquisite flavours are always on the menu. We recommend the lobster ravioli!
Barbados's newest fine-dining restaurant, 13°/59°, is located within the island's most recent luxury complex; Port Ferdinand. This elegant marina, occupied by two to four-bedroom luxury apartments is the place to experience in Barbados.
There is a focus on local, seasonal ingredients here too, which make for an innovative and evolving modern menu. Guests can choose to eat à la carte or enjoy a 10-dish sharing menu with wine pairing option. A dedicated vegetarian menu is also available; a rarity in Barbados.
Sitting atop the Limegrove Lifestyle complex, Fusion Rooftop is an incredibly stylish eatery with décor inspired by the four elements; from the ‘live wall’ and zen water table to refreshing trade winds and spectacular fire pit. Fabulous views of the West Coast abound, but the real treat here is al fresco dining – as night draws in, the roof is pulled back and guests dine under a blanket of stars! Choose from the sophisticated a la carte menu, or try some of the Caribbean’s best sushi.
Though not technically a restaurant, you can't talk about dining in Barbados without mentioning Oistins Fish Fry. Oistins is a fishing town on the Bajan south coast and a fantastic place to visit on the weekend. On Friday night in particular, Oistins Bay Gardens host a 'fish fry'; an informal outdoor grill using the freshest of Bajan ingredients all cooked right in front of you.
Whether you prefer lobster, swordfish or even chicken, you'll find a vendor who'll pile your plate high with delicious fare. Then just find a spot to eat your food whilst listening to the music and taking in the dynamic atmosphere. Many hotels run shuttles or even boat transfers to Oistins; it really is a Barbados 'must do'. Best of all, it will usually cost less than £10 per head!
Call our Travel Specialists - most of whom have visited the island at least once - on 01244 355 600 to discuss the perfect setting for your own luxury Barbados holiday, or check our Essential Guide to Barbados for more expert insight into this coveted Caribbean holiday destination. Don’t forget, we can pre-book your table, transfers and any special requirements you may have at any of the restaurants featured above, and more, through our Concierge team.