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

Al Porto

Located on the water's edge in Jolly Harbour, 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 an amazing hangout spot where diners can relax and indulge. The air is warm and yachts and dinghies can literally tie up marina side, reminding diners that they are in the Caribbean. A large deck on the water with a constant breeze makes for a perfect experience.

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 mouthwatering mains – chicken caciatora, veal limone and fillet steak.

Abracadabra Restaurant and Disco-Bar

Located just outside Nelson's Dockyard, this renowned Southern Italian restaurant is rated highly by many visitors.

The legendary 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 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 Bananas has two locations:

Downtown: This location is defined by a modern ambiance complemented with a diverse menu, including some of the best pizzas in the Caribbean.

Airport: An airport location is not only convenient but offers great service. The airport location allows travelers to grab a bite before catching their flight.

The Big Banana menu offers a range of café items, including subs, baked potatoes, salads, daily specials, pastas, and delicious 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.

Australian Homemade

Located smack in the historic Redcliffe Quay, alongside the cruise ship dock, the Australian Homemade is one of the newest places to buy ice cream and sorbet in St. Johns.

Obviously, Homemade is unlike the traditional restaurant that offers the spectacular dining experience. It is more of a hangout spot here one goes to appease the taste buts every once in a while. Items on the menu includes:

Ice Cream: Chocolate chip, pistachio, macadamia nut, banana, vanilla, chocolate, mocha and papaya to name a few.

The Sorbets: Sorbets include mango, passion fruit, pineapple and papaya all made form 100% fruit, water and sugar.

Chocolates: Simply put, Australian Homemade houses one of the widest varieties of chocolate on the island.

Drinks and more: Other items include baked waffles for visitors to eat with their sorbets and ice creams, coffees, mochas, etc.

The Admiral's Inn

The fascinating Admiral's Inn is spoken of in all of Antigua, with each new visitor adding a special chapter in the story of gourmet cuisine.

Located on the waterfront within Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour, the Admiral’s Inn is newly renovated and hosts the perfect setting for a singular vacation adventure.

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

Le Bistro

Established more than 30 years ago, Le Bistro is Antigua's first authentic French Restaurant. In fact, Le Bistro is Antigua’s oldest continuously operated restaurant.

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

Only 10 minutes away from the renowned Dickenson Bay Beach, Bay Hose restaurant 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.


Conveniently located along the main road to the west coast, Coco’s Hotel 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 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 is all about seafood.

Beyond its culinary choices, this restaurant is well known for its extensive collection of great tasting 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 well loved for its namesake soundtrack, zouk, of the Guadeloupean Creole music.

Antigua offers a wide variety of restaurants, bars and nightly entertainment throughout the island. Restaurants in Antigua offer fine dining with both international and authentic Caribbean & Antiguan cuisine.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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May 30, 2014

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