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Antigua Restaurants Near the Cruise Port

Antigua dining
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The small island of Antigua is often featured for its incredible culinary selection. Read on to discover our top picks for the most interesting Antiguan restaurants and dining experiences.

Although some are within walking distance of the cruise port, others require a taxi, rental car and side trip via excursion bus.

Al Porto


Located on the water's edge in Jolly Harbour by the Super Yacht Terminal, Al Porto prides itself on great quality, simple, freshly prepared pizza and homemade pasta served in a stylish contemporary surrounding.

This spot is not about fine, formal dining, but a hangout spot where diners relax and indulge. Yachts and dinghies literally tie up marina side, reminding diners that they are in the Caribbean. A large deck on the water offers a constant breeze.

The menu is strictly Italian with authentic dishes from various regions in Italy. Diners can start with simple treats such as caprese, bruschetta, or calamari fritti. Also, enjoy a large selection of traditional pizzas like florentine, prosciutto and pepperoni. Not to mention their mains -– chicken caciatora, veal limone and fillet steak.

Abracadabra Restaurant and Disco-Bar


Abracadabra Restaurant, which emphasizes southern Italian dishes, is just outside Nelson's Dockyard. It's not near the cruise port, but it's easy to access for shore excursion visitors to the Dockyard.

The executive chef at Abracadabra, Salvatore Piras, better known as "Saggie," is the keystone to Abracadabra's consistently high quality offerings. In fact, Saggie is widely regarded as the "King of the Suckling Pig" (Porceddu), and his other specialties include his variety of homemade pastas and seafood dishes.

The menu at Abracadabra is derived from classical Southern Italian and Sardinian Cuisine. This sets Abracadabra up as a special restaurant offering flavors that wake up the taste buds.

Big Banana


Big Banana Restaurant, www.bigbanana-antigua.com, dates back all the way to 1985. Since then, Big Banana or "Pizzas", as it is more affectionately known by locals, has established itself as a local hotspot and meeting point.

Big Banana is downtown less than 200 yards northeast of the cruise terminal on Redcliffe Street. This location is defined by a modern ambiance complemented with a diverse menu.

The Big Banana menu offers a range of café items, including pizzas, subs, baked potatoes, salads, daily specials, pastas, and homemade desserts. A full bar serves all varieties of soft drinks, locally made fruit juices, wine, beer, cocktails, and spirits. Beyond that, visitors speak highly of their fruit crushes and rum cocktails.

The Admiral's Inn


The fascinating Admiral's Inn, www.admiralsantigua.com, is another restaurant available for anyone who takes a shore excursion to Nelson's Dockyard.

Located on the waterfront at English Harbour, the Admiral's Inn is newly renovated and hosts a historic setting.

Beyond accommodations, Admiral's offers dining experiences via their restaurant and cafes.

Le Bistro


Established more than 30 years ago, Le Bistro, www.lebistroantigua.com, is Antigua's first authentic French Restaurant. In fact, Le Bistro is Antigua's oldest continuously operated restaurant. It is less than 20 minutes northeast of the cruise port at Hodges Bay.

With a laid-back flair featuring an informal but romantically airy atmosphere, the restaurant is housed in a stone-sided structure of a repurposed clubhouse and is set between a pleasant villa and a cool, open veranda.

Classed as highly creative, Le Bistro changes its menu annually fusing West Indian dishes with French cuisine to create a decadent style. A typical meal may feature homemade onion soup or a duet of fresh salmon and tuna sashimi appetizer followed by fresh grilled filet or a grilled fresh lobster main course.

Other popular choices include the Crispy Long Island duck served with caramelized orange sauce as well as the Smoked Marlin Carpaccio with lime and fresh herbs.

Bay House


About 13 minutes north of the cruise terminal, Bay House restaurant on Trade Winds Drive forms part of a family-owned hotel. This friendly establishment is complete with an intimate, open-sided dining room set in a colorful garden along the hillside and offering sweeping views of the jagged coastline.

Bay House serves international cuisine at lunch and dinnertime. Typical lunch choices include freshly made salads, baguette sandwiches, and various grilled dishes.

Later in the evening or into the night, the restaurant serves up dinner, demonstrating their culinary prowess. A typical meal may begin with a salad of baby shrimp with grapefruit segments and continue with lobster in lime and garlic, grilled lobster, steak in light soy sauce braised Chinese cabbage or grilled fish.

Cocos


Cocos Hotel, www.cocoshotel.com, provides a restaurant built along the beachfront where guests can experience unimpeded views of the Caribbean Sea as well as the Antiguan highlands. Because of its all-inclusive status, the staff encourages its visitors who aren't hotel guests to make early reservations. The location is about 23 minutes south of the cruise terminal.

The restaurant is set in three small gazebo like terraces on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean waters. The menu is comprised of the standard Euro-American fare with various elements of West Indian touches including light salads, wraps , burgers, sandwiches, and pastas.

Top choices include their grilled catches, grilled mahi-mahi prepared in puff pastry and steak served in slow-simmered Creole sauce.

Papa Zouk


Infusing French Creole with strong African influences, Papa Zouk less than a mile from the port on Hilda Davis Drive is all about seafood.

Beyond its culinary choices, this restaurant is well known for its extensive collection of rum. There's also their signature tropical fruit drink, ti-punch.

Included in their exotic list of seafood dishes are stuffed clams baked with cheese, savory bouillabaisse, pan-fried red snapper. The house special is called Carnival Platter and is a combination of seafood such as scallops, mussels and shrimp.

Interestingly, the Zouk is also known for its namesake soundtrack, zouk, of the Guadeloupean Creole music.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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June 10, 2021