A Barbados luxury holiday offers many unforgettable experiences, and dining out is chief among them.
This exclusive Caribbean island is famous for its fantastic restaurants and culinary flair. At the Inspiring Travel Company, we know Barbados better than anyone else, having sent clients here for more than four decades.
Many of our staff take their annual holidays on the West Coast and we even have a dedicated Barbados office on the island. So, when it comes to firsthand knowledge, we really are the experts.
From fine dining to open-air fish fries, there really is something to suit every taste on this sunny island. So we thought we’d offer ten of our top Barbados restaurants and eateries to tempt your taste buds on the Caribbean island. Our Concierge team can arrange reservations and transfers; as well as suggesting alternatives should something different take your fancy.
1. The Lone Star
The Lone Star is an iconic eatery and boutique hotel which was nicknamed "the Ivy of the Caribbean" by the late Michael Winner. Upon entering this 1950s-chic setting you really do feel like a 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 at lunchtime, 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 fishfingers and chips! We can't think of a better location for an extra special lunch on a luxury family holiday. Sunday Lunch is a Lone Star speciality.
2. The Cliff
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 are in high demand our Concierge team can pre-book for you in advance of your trip, guaranteeing you won't be disappointed.
On the menu is a wide selection of both Caribbean and worldwide favourites, from chargrilled mahi mahi and The Cliff rum baba, to open ravioli of shrimp and warm bread and butter pudding. Celebrations are a Cliff speciality, and our Concierge team can assist with all arrangements for your wedding or private party here.
3. The Tides Restaurant
Located in Holetown, and set in a coral stone and mahogany post-WW2 former Bajan home, The Tides Restaurant is a superb setting for a West Coast water’s edge lunch or dinner.
The restaurant itself has a décor of Bajan blues and crisp whites, with spectacular sea views showcased through the open frontage. Delivered by a team with expert credentials, guests can indulge on the likes of pot roast chicken breast, The Tides seafood tower and roast pineapple. Younger gusts meanwhile can tuck into chicken curry served in a coconut, followed by a traditional banana split!
Be sure to pop into the adjoining art gallery too, for stunning works by local artists.
4. The Fish Pot, Little Good Harbour
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 delightful 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!
5. Oistins Fish Fry
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!
6. Scarlet's Restaurant
In Payne’s Bay, St James, this retro bistro is renowned for its cocktails and Caribbean classics with a twist. Housed in a bright red building, the interiors are moody, with pictures of Hollywood greats on the walls and low-level lighting. Why not begin with a Bajan iced tea and some mini poppadums and curry sauce, before being seated at your table for lemon and rosemary arancini followed by the belt-loosening 'Baxter's Road' fried chicken with mash, greens and Bajan gravy. Apparently, “this street is famous for its fried chicken at 3am”!
7. Fusion Rooftop
On the top floor of the Limegrove Lifestyle Complex (where you’ll also find our Barbados destination office) Fusion Rooftop is a 72-seat al fresco restaurant and trendy lounge with feng shui design and chilled out features; like the ‘live wall’, fire pits and water features. The retractable roof means dining here in the evening will be under a blanket of stars.
The menu has been designed to suit all manner of tastes, with sushi and premium sake a specialty. In all, the Fusion Rooftop can accommodate up to 250 guests; making it a wonderful setting for a contemporary wedding reception.
Daphne's is an exceptional 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 from Chef Marco Festini Cromer.
9. The Cliff Beach Club
If you're looking for the quality of The Cliff with a more informal feel, sister-property The Beach Club by the Cliff offers fine fare on the beachfront. Experience laidback luxury with a view, cocktail in hand and a delicious lobster sandwich…yum!
Our top tip? Head down at sunset for a Bajan garden punch, consisting of rum, ginger ale, apple juice, elderflower liqueur, marinated Bajan garden fruit, mint and marjoram.
10. Lobster Alive and All That Jazz
This Bajan institution in Holetown will give you a new-found love of this scrumptious crustacean!
Caribbean spiny lobsters are caught by scuba divers – in the Grenadine Islands – and flown to Barbados alive by private plane…so they really are as fresh as you’ll get! The feet-in-the-sand dining is seriously laidback, and there is a “Lobster Man” who will jump in and out of the live lobster tank to retrieve your selected lobster!
Expect cold local beer, live jazz music and a menu that lets the namesake ingredient do the talking.
Call our Travel Specialists - most of whom have visited the island at least once - to discuss the perfect setting for your own luxury Barbados holiday.