L’ACAJOU (at Sandy Lane)

LIMEGROVE CENTER

http://www.limegrove.com


This is located on the west coast in the center of Holetown - it has lots of high-end shops like Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton, entertainment including a great cinema with reclining seats and food/drink service, and many wonderful great restaurants and bars to enjoy.  Be sure to follow the link to check out all this area has to offer.  It's within walking distance of many hotels, including The Sandpiper and Coral Reef Club to mention a couple.

Insider tip:  Table 50 (for 2) is in a prime spot.  We have been fortunate to have that table on many visits.  Others for 2 close to that would be 48, or 51 -- gorgeous view (as close to the water as you can get).  Best to make reservations months in advance to be sure you get the type of seating you want (especially near the water - they assign rail seating based upon when the reservation is booked).  

RAGAMUFFINS BAR & RESTAURANT

EAST COAST


ZEN AT THE CRANE:  We have been here several times and always enjoyed it.  Experience the world of Zen... a restaurant that offers authentic Thai and Japanese delicacies in a spectacular cliff-top setting with a majestic view of the renowned Crane Beach.  Zen's sophisticated, Asian-inspired architecture and interior decor complement its dramatic setting, complete with an all-glass frontage offering spectacular views of the sea. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a 12-person Sushi bar overlooking the sea 50 feet below, where Sushi chefs prepare delicious, exotic fare as you relax, chat and enjoy the amazing view.  Intimate Tatami rooms, designed in traditional Japanese style, provide an option for parties from 4-14 to dine in privacy.  Reservations required.  Closed on Tuesdays.  Dinner only.  

See menu and pictures at:  http://www.thecrane.com/Dining/Zen-Restaurant/

Sandy Lane St. James, Barbados

Phone:  (246) 444-2000

We have stayed here many times and enjoyed this wonderful Relais & Chateaux Restaurant.  The food is always exceptional.  Their fisherman, Barker, catches fish daily.


They also have an incredible High Tea.


Camelot Restaurant held the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association's 'Restaurant of the Year' for 2014 - 2015.  With exceptional menus from Head Chef Jason Joseph, the food is fresh and seasonal, offering a true taste of Barbados.

THE CLIFF:  west coast - Derricks, St. James, Barbados (246) 432-1922 email: info@thecliffbarbados.com
Open Monday through Saturday, and Sundays during the high season for dinner service only.


Cuisine is International/Caribbean.


The service is good, food is excellent, and the setting is magical.



JUST GRILLIN' WEST

SUNSET CREST, Holetown, St. James

By the Chattle House Shops


Mon - Sat: 11.30am - 10:00pm
Sun: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

To place a Pick Up Order from this location 
call:  (246) 432 5410



BLAKEY'S BAR & RESTAURANT

JUST GRILLIN' WEST

Insider Tip:

Get here early to snag a table overlooking the water or enjoy the bar area for some gorgeous, west coast sunsets.

Insider tip:  

For $20 US 2 people can eat with a drink each.  

If the owner, Francis Gonsalves, is there, tell him we highly recommended.

Wandering around Holetown one evening we met Neil Patterson, the owner who was inviting people in to try their menu.  It has simple local Bajan food and other specialties.  We decided to try it out.  Turned out to be very tasty and a reasonably priced evening for us - $80 US for both of us - that included a couple of beers, Pumpkin Soup, Seafood Pasta, and a Stir Fry Chicken dish.  Check out Ragamuffins in the future for a good meal that won’t break the bank.   

Insider Tip:

We sat in the patio area outside and it was great.  Good entertainment too and prices were inexpensive.  The pizza we had was good, but they have a great, casual menu.

SOUTH & EAST COAST RESTAURANTS

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Insider Tip:

Although there is a bar at L'acajou, you may want to visit the Monkey Lounge for pre-dinner drinks.

At Little Arches Hotel, Enterprise Beach Rd, Christ Church, Barbados


BREAKFAST: 9am -11:30am
LUNCH: 12pm - 2:30pm
DINNER NIGHTLY: 6pm - 10pm
​​COCKTAIL HOURS: 4pm - 6pm


Ph (246) 428-6172
or (246) 420-4689
Email:  
cafelunabarbados@gmail.com

JUST GRILLIN' SOUTH


QUAYSIDE CENTRE, Rockly, Christ Church

Main road across from Accra Beach Resort

Mon - Sat: 11.30am - 10:00pm
Sun: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

To place a Pick Up Order from this location call:   (246) 435 6469

Some of the other restaurants we enjoy include those mentioned here.  But there are many more to enjoy.  You can find some in the "Menu" magazine at many hotels.


WEST COAST:


​THE CLIFF

JUST GRILLIN' - There are 2 locations for this great, casual restaurant. We initially went to the south coast location across from Accra hotel. Then Francis, the owner, opened another Just Grillin' on the west coast near the Chattle House Shops in Sunset Crest.


They offer great food that is simple and delicious:  grilled burgers, fish & chicken, and grilled vegetables.  

CAFÉ LUNA (at Little Arches):  Cafe Luna is located open-air on the very roof of Little Arches.    The restaurant is a bit tricky to find.  This is one of the top 3 in several categories of the Zagat 2008/2009 review.  


The chefs are Mark 'Moo' de Gruchy and Wayne Jackman.  They create a journey for the senses with internationally acclaimed dining that specializes in Pan-Tropical fare (fusion Caribbean Asian and Mediterranean flavors).


For our meal for starters I had the tempura shrimp and my husband had the seafood chowder.  I had the Grilled Chicken Breast, pan-seared and oven-roasted with Spanish feta crust, and guava jelly demi-glace.  My husband had the Fresh Caribbean Swordfish grilled with Crab Meat in an Asian reduction sauce.  We had cocktails before dinner and a bottle of wine with dinner.  Everything was delicious and the total was $150 US/couple.

Hastings, Bridgetown

On the south coast boardwalk near the bandstand
Hours:  Lunch Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30

             Dinner Tuesday - Saturday:  6:00-10:00

Bar open until 1 a.m.

Phone:  (246) 228-5284

The Cliff is pricey - they have a Prix fix menu per person of $133 US for 2 courses (starter and main) or for 3 courses it is $155 US, plus your drinks, and gratuity (the VAT of 15% is included), so it can easily run you $300 US/couple with a moderate wine/drinks and gratuity.  

Holetown, Barbados

Phone:  (246) 432-0134

Insider tip:

A recent Barbadostips reader contacted me as he wanted to do something special when he was proposing.  I suggested Cobblers Cove and The Camelot Restaurant.  After the proposal he wrote me back to say that Cobblers Cove made it an incredible experience.  He said that they could not have been any better in catering for this, and even arranged a candlelit walk on the beach for the actual proposal.


So keep this in mind if you have something special you would like done.  Just contact the hotel see what they can arrange.  You don't need to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy special treatment at their restaurant.

CAMELOT RESTAURANT at Cobblers Cove

#1 Clarke’s Gap, Derricks, St. James

HIGH SEASON - Monday to Sunday: 6:00PM - 9:30PM;

LOW SEASON closed on Sundays

Phone:  (246) 432-8737


Insider Tip:

Their most popular night is Sundays -- reservations are a definite must.  That’s the night their have their “drag show” and it makes for an interesting evening.

L'AZURE AT THE CRANE:  This is definitely a good spot to enjoy lunch, or a drink on the balcony, and admire the gorgeous beach below -- one of the prettiest in the world.  We were there for lunch and just walked over to the restaurant.  It ran us about $60 US/couple.  Definitely go daytime - the view is spectacular.  And the pool there, with its Roman columns, is used in many magazine ads.  It will be a memorable experience.  They also have a gospel brunch here on Sundays, and in the afternoon you can enjoy lunch with steel drum music.

See menu and prices at:  http://www.thecrane.com/Dining/LAzure/

Harlequin Restaurant - Bistro style, family-friendly restaurant in the center of The Gap.  Dine outside on starlit terrace.  See menu and pictures at:  http://www.harlequinrestaurant.com

CARIBA RESTAURANT


​Modern Caribbean with an Asian Twist

Cobblers Cove, Road View, Speightstown,

St. Peter, Barbados
Phone:  (246) 422-2291  

Email for reservations:

reservations@cobblerscove.com

CAFE SOL - Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar - located at the entrance of The Gap.

See menu and pictures at:  http://www.cafesolbarbados.com

PRIMO BAR & RESTAURANT (located where Pisces used to be - completely renovated and gorgeous). Under the patronage of Barbadian chef, Larry Rogers of Cin Cin fame.  Good spot to watch the sunset and enjoy the sea.   See menu and pictures at:  https://www.primobarandbistro.com

Sandy Lane's Signature restaurant is located on the Foyer Level.  Two hundred and fifty years ago the land on which Sandy Lane is built was a dense mahogany grove.  Today several of these beautiful trees remain in front of the terrace to L'Acajou, which is the French translation for mahogany.  We had a very private nook overlooking the water -- it was wonderful.  

Our meal there was among the best on the island.  For starters I had the Pan Seared Scallops, Butternut Squash, Beurre Noisette, and  Parmesan Tuile and my husband had the Tartar of Yellow-Fin Tuna, Pepper Coulis, Edamame Beans, and Pistachio Praline.  For our mains I had the “Angus” Beef Fillet, Sweet Potato Puree, Braised Endive, Baby Spinach, and Rosemary Jus and my husband had the Fillet of Halibut, Hazelnut Crust, Ratte Potatoes, Capers, and Tomato Butter.  With this we each had a bottle of Evian and a glass of wine.  At the time, the total cost for this came to $245 US.

A few of the moderately priced restaurants in this area include:  


CASTAWAYS BAR & GRILL (located where Bellinis used to be - at the entrance to The Gap).  

Check their menu at: http://www.castawaysbarbados.com/menu.html









Insider Tip:

We have gone to L'Azure for lunch, but also just for drinks on their balcony during the daytime - the view is of one of the prettiest beaches in the world.

Also, there are other restaurants you can enjoy within The Crane complex.  Just tell the guard at the gate you are going to one of the restaurants.

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1st Street, Holetown
Phone:  (246) 432-1295


Phone: 1-246-432-8737
Email:
 info@caribarestaurant.com

This restaurant is great for a moderately priced meal (water side) - probably about $40-$70 US/couple at lunch.  At lunch we had things such as hamburgers, tuna sandwich, Bajan crab cakes, Macaroni Pie, etc.  This is a great family restaurant, and an inexpensive way to enjoy a table by the sea.

A few years ago a former restauranteur on the island mentioned a place nearby his home that he thought we would enjoy - Cariba.  It's in a little chattel house on a side street not far from Beach View condos on the west coast in Derricks.  It's run by a husband and wife team, Glen & Faye.  They opened Cariba in 2008, and it appears to be going strong.  Zagat rated it in it's food guide.  
 
We arrived about 8:30 and were promptly seated at a nice table in the side room of the chattel house.  Shortly after we arrived, several more couples came in.  The staff were so warm and welcoming.   It's not by the sea, but the home and the owners have a warm charm that makes it an enjoyable evening.
 
Glen is quite a master chef, having worked at 5 star restaurants worldwide including the prestigious Sandy Lane in Barbados before opening his own place.
 
Their menu was great.  The day we were there the homemade soup was pumpkin and it was delicious.  My husband tried their shrimp curry with coconut rice, herbed flatbread, and mango with tamarind chutney - he still raves about it.  I had the Thai Chicken Satays and Cashew Nut and Mango Sauce on a Carrot, Alfalfa & Coconut Salad, and also a lemon Chicken dish.  Everything was delicious and reasonably priced.  With wine we spent $116 US for both of us.
 
Following our meal Glen came out and we had a nice chat with him and his wife.  This was certainly a great find that we can highly recommend.

Insider Tip:

This is a very romantic restaurant.

Sundown cocktails are perfect after a hard day lounging by the waters edge, but equally intoxicating is the view from your table; overlooking the setting sun above the Caribbean Sea and the silver-white sands of Miami Beach. 


We had table #3 - their best, and perfect for a gorgeous sunset. 

CAFÉ LUNA

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ST LAWRENCE GAP AREA

South Coast:

ZACCIOS

Casual restaurant and bar located on the boardwalk in Hastings. Indoor and outdoor seating, great sea view, street parking only. They also offer entertainment.