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Dining in Barbados

Updated on May 15, 2017

A Guide To The Best Restaurants In Barbados

Dining at the Coral Reef Club Restaurant (pictured here) is always a treat... their grilled chicken caeser salad is absolutely delicious, and who can deny the incredible view?

Whether you're looking for a taste of our local delicacies such as the national dish of cou cou and flying fish, planning to enjoy a quiet dinner for 2, or in the mood for an exciting dinner show, you'll enjoy the ambiance and cuisine found across the island in a variety of settings.

Rated internationally as a prime dining destination, Barbados is renowned for its world class restaurants and fine dining options.

During the day, casual attire is acceptable in most Barbadian restaurants, but at night a more formal dress code is usually enforced. It is also recommended that dinner reservations be made in advance, especially during the winter months. With many fine restaurants offering local, specialty and international dishes, and the diversity of dining options available in Barbados, you are guaranteed to find something to suit every taste and budget.

You can watch the sun sink slowly into the turquoise, Caribbean Sea while enjoying a sumptuous dinner at one of many fantastic restaurants along the south and west coast of Barbados in laid-back, beach bars or elegant, romantic settings. Enjoy meals prepared by internationally awarded and imaginative chefs in these restaurants who have created variations on traditional and local menus to produce a distinctive Caribbean flavour. Along the south coast, particularly in St. Lawrence Gap and on the west coast in the Holetown area, many restaurants display their menus outdoors so you will be able to look over menus and prices beforehand.

If you're travelling with children, your main goal will be to get everyone fed with the least hassle as quickly as possible. Also, considering children are not typically going to appreciate the finer creations of leading chefs, the basic requirements usually involve a standard kids menu and a nice setting for the adults to enjoy the ambiance as an added bonus. A few of the tourist attractions have cafes where you can eat after touring. It's always nice to round off a perfect day by going to the beach late in the afternoon - choose one with a bar and restaurant where you can get the kids a meal before heading home.

Visit MyDestination.com/Barbados to learn more about all the terrific options available when you're Dining in Barbados.

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Quick Service

Chefette Restaurants which has 14 locations island-wide, offers the most varied fast food menu in Barbados. From burgers to pizzas and rotis, they also serve milk shakes, ice cream and salads and 2 of their locations feature a BBQ Barn where the menu includes steaks, grilled fish and a soup & salad bar. Chefette also has playgrounds and drive thrus at select locations.

KFC is their major competitor, however, Burger King and Chicken Barn and the food courts at many of the local malls also offer great quick service menus.

Sports Bars

Bubba's Sports Bar is an air-conditioned, family-friendly bar with 15 flat screen TVs including three 10 ft screens, which are just perfect for watching all of your favorite sports. There are happy hour specials on a selection of finger foods on Friday evenings between 5 and 8 p.m. Their portions are large and satisfying - you're always in the game at Bubba's!

With 4 locations - 2 in the Warrens area, another in Bridgetown, and 1 in Worthing, all open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week the Lucky Horseshoe Restaurant offers a unique service and remains a huge favorite with its patrons - major attractions include the slot machines and a full breakfast menu which is available 24 hours of each and every day!

The 1lb Roti: served buffet style - choose your fillings!

The 1lb Roti: served buffet style - choose your fillings!
The 1lb Roti: served buffet style - choose your fillings!

Buffet Style Retaurants

The Ackee Tree Restaurant is the "home of the 1 lb roti" - as seen above!! Gina, de cook, is a Trinidadian who takes pride in providing the authentic fillings that perfectly compliment your roti (or rice if you prefer), they are prepared separately and your roti is wrapped before your eyes while you select the ingredients. The restaurant is also open for breakfast offering regular continental fare and delightful Caribbean dishes like bake and salt fish. Gina's Husband, Martyn, de proprietor, prides their reputation for providing great service with a smile!

Looking for a Bajan Buffet? Then I highly recommend the Brown Sugar Restaurant or, once you do not suffer from motion sickness, then you should definitely go on a lunch or dinner cruise!

If you're planning on visiting the East Coast, the restaurant at The Atlantis Hotel is another great option.

Barbados Fish Fry & Rum Shops

A trip to Barbados won't be complete without a visit to the local rum shops and pubs. The Oistin's Fish Fry is an institution in Barbados - here's a really nice article about the genuine local feel of the atmosphere. Oistins is first and foremost a fishing village, although it has taken on a more distinctive commercial aspect in recent years - there are still plenty of the bright blue and yellow boats sitting on its shore, while the town comes to life during the evening as all the small bars and the open air courtyard welcome patrons as the vendors' coal pots and BBQ grills are fired up along the main street on the waterfront. People come from all over the island, particularly on a Friday night, to mingle in a relaxed setting and enjoy the local culture.

You may also want to visit a rum shop and find a spot to sample our national dish of cou-cou and flying fish. A weekend favorite: pudding and souse, is usually available on Saturdays. Many Barbadians head to Lemon Arbor and the Souse Factory on Saturdays to get their fix of a variety of local delicacies... pickled sea-cat anyone? Frankly, even if you are not the most adventurous eater and prefer to have a burger, or fish and chips, the real appeal of these shops is that their food is good and relatively cheap.

How About A Dinner Show:

The Beach Extravaganza at Harbour Lights is my favorite dinner show suitable for the entire family. For those who enjoy being on the ocean, another great option is aboard the Barbados Black Pearl Jolly Roger.

& Finally There Are Many Fine Dining Restaurants In Barbados...

Hmmm...Where Do I Start?

The Top Rated Restaurant in Barbados is The Cliff.

To make up a top 10 list I can also recommend...

ON THE SOUTH COAST:

Waterside,

Pisces,

Champers,

& Tapas

ON THE WEST COAST:

Cin Cin

Daphne's,

L'Acajou, *at Sandy Lane Hotel

The Tides

& Sitar

& ON THE EAST COAST:

Zen *at The Crane Resort

These are just some of the most successful fine dining establishments that cater to a discerning palate. With outstanding culinary skill, the chefs at these restaurants provide their Signature Dishes and many other Local, Caribbean and International treats, ensuring there is a menu everyone will enjoy while Dining in Barbados!

Where Would You Like To Dine In Barbados?

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      KandH 3 years ago

      @norma-holt: So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your kind words :)

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Barbados has such a romantic ring about it. I was once planning to head off to that part of the world after visiting England but something came up - I got married instead. Thank you for the trip around and introduction to some of the foods and restaurants. Well done.

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      KandH 3 years ago

      @smine27: I hope you do!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      The roti looks really good! Barbados just sounds so exotic and fun! I would love to visit one of these days.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Excellent dining lens KandH! With a nice variety of dining selections. I've been to Barbados on 2 occasions and loved it! But then again, who wouldn't? It's the Caribbean :)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I think I'd love to sample all the restaurants you've mentioned in Barbados. Lots of great insider info; thanks!

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      Oh I wanna go!!!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      sounds cool

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to go to Barbados you have made it sound wonderful, I think that I would like to go to the Pisces restaurant because that is my star sign but I wouldn't say no to the others either

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      I have been to the Caribbean for vacations, but never to Barbados, but it sounds and looks enchanting and warm. Winters are so long in Canada.

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      Sue Dixon 5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I like Cariba at Payne's Bay, I'm a Just Grillin' fan too. Nice lens.