Best St. John Restaurants 2017:
These three were chosen basically for their views. Get there for the first seating to enjoy the sunsets. Make sure you bring your wallets – cause these three “ain't” cheap. Expect to drop a hundred dollar bill or more per person.
This restaurant has been around for years. It's located on the left side of the road just as you're coming up the North Shore Rd. Sunsets are amazing as this place looks down on Cruz Bay Harbor and toward St. Thomas. Get a table “at the rail” so you can experience the full effect of a St. John sunset. I recommend you give the Sesame-Encrusted Pan Seared Tuna a try.
Telephone: (340) 779 4747
I run hot and cold on this place. I say hot and cold because I've had some great meals but also in all honesty, a couple of not so great. It is located upstairs in Gallows Point and actually is the former location of Zo Zo's (when it was called a restaurant then, not “ristorante”). Definitely, make an early hour reservation and get a table directly facing the water for great sunsets. I recommend the Catch of The Day. Heard some great things about the bartender being a true drink specialist.
Tel: (340) 776 0001
Actually the name is Zo Zo's “Ristorante” and you gotta figure if they spell it in Italian and located on St. John, get ready with your wallet! This restaurant has only been at this location for a couple of years. It is located on the grounds of Caneel Resort. The actual restaurant site is in an old sugar mill ruin. Again get there early for sunset and reserve an outside table facing the water. I recommend the House Age Steak – Rib-eye.
Tel: (340) 693 9200
Second Down Recommendations:
These restaurants are every bit as good as Top Tier, but just lack that direct ocean and sunset view. Also, you “may” not have to hold onto your wallet with both hands at these places.
Great funky favorite restaurant one block from Mongoose Junction right across the street from the Jost Van Dyke ferry departure terminal. I really like this place and it feels real islandly get a table close to the street – good people watching regardless of when you’re there. For a refreshing drink try the Mango Tango – it’ll knock your socks off, if you’re wearing any.
Try the Creamy Seafood Paella it’s a A Caribbean twist on a traditional dish. Fresh mahi, shrimp, mussels & calamari sautéed with peppers, onions, peas & rice, with a cream sauce. I’ve never gotten further on the menu than this dish.
I recommend reservations if during the winter season. If you go, tell Carlos the owner “Mulley” sent you! Have a great time.
Tel: (340) 693-8141
I actually started off with a bad incident at this place. It was October and I got here early with not another guest or staff in sight, Took a rail table and waited. Pretty soon a waiter arrives and orders me to move saying all the rail tables are reserved! Told him that was not the case, he just wanted two people at the table. Anyway, we got into a shouting match and I demanded to see the manager. Actually, the owner came out from the kitchen settled us down and I got my rail table and two free drinks. I've been back a number of times since and always get the same thing – Colorado Rack of Lamb. I've never tasted a rack better and I live in Colorado.
Tel: (340) 779 8550
While this place doesn't have an ocean view it's certainly got a view. Located right on the street next to Woody's you have a constant flow of locals passing your table. Make sure you sit outside and enjoy the people. I usually don't have dinner here but opt for their cheese board and an order of mussels.
Tel: (340) 693 7755
This one is located in Coral Bay right on the water. As you come into Coral Bay turn right and follow along the water. A good place for both lunch and dinner. I usually get there Fish and Chips.
Tel: (340) 693 5640
This and That:
Again in Coral Bay, great for Sunday Brunch and they usually have some Blue's music going. But get there early and have a Mimosa.
Tel: (340) 693 5244
Other Cruz Bay Spots:
Only place with a drive through beer window and you just might spot Kenny Chesney.
Tel: (340) 779 4625
Music and hold a green beer while you rest your feet on the wall and watch the ocean and sunset.
Tel: (340) 777 4220
Closest place to the ferry dock. Again, music good drinks and good food.
Tel: (340) 714 6169