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St John 9 Best Restaurant Guide

During our two weeks in St John, we had more than our fair share of burgers, as dining can be challenging on the island. Depending on what part of the island you are staying in, the choices can be limited. And the hours of operation vary greatly. Here is my Best Restaurant Guide for St John USVI, to help you on your next trip.

We were based in Coral Bay, which had much less to choose from than Cruz Bay. And although it’s a 20-minute drive from one end of the island to the other, with the crazy roads and parking, driving to Cruz Bay for your meals isn’t always possible.

But in the end, we found some good options and visited a few more than once. So let’s start the St John USVI Best Restaurant Guide with the top choices in Coral Bay. (You might also want to check out the Top 9 Beaches On St John.)

Skinny Legs

Skinny Legs is Coral Bay’s top place to eat and drink. The slogan is “A Pretty Ok Place.” And that sums it up. It’s a fun and casual place. Unlike most other places in Coral Bay, it is open more hours, Tuesday thru Sunday, from 11 am to 8 pm. The island closes early, so only a few places are open after 9 pm. Skinny Legs is a sandwich place (in fact, all of Coral Bay is a sandwich place). The burgers are delicious. Other options are the Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich, some veggie options, and a Grilled Chicken. The Painkiller here is also pretty good (we tried them just about everywhere). And the one dessert option was a frozen Key Lime Pie, which was pretty good. Also, the service was good; they keep things moving since it gets crowded.

Overall Skinny Legs is a reasonably good option, and if you stay in Coral Bay, you will eat here at least once.

Miss Lucy’s

Many consider this the best food on the island. This quaint shack is located on the south end of the island. It has a waterfront location and lots of seating under the trees and on a covered patio. But like a lot of places, it only serves lunch and brunch. You will have a wait for a table at peak times. And don’t be surprised if the place is closed; the hours seemed a bit erratic.

The top dishes included Lucy’s Grouper Ruben, which was really good. They also have an excellent dish called a West Indies Fish Fry, a lightly coated grouper served over a bed of rice and vegetables with a remoulade sauce. The Crunchy Fish Sandwich was also excellent, and they do serve fries (not many places on the island do). The Conch Fritters were delicious here as well. They serve an excellent Painkiller, but I would opt for the Dirty Banana; I’m still thinking about that a few weeks later!

Ekate Pink Corner

We had been waiting all week to find this place open. And on our way to PizzaBar (which we never did make it to), we saw it was open, so we stopped. The family that runs this place was so friendly and happy. On an island that doesn’t seem overly welcoming and happy at times, this place stood out for excellent service.

You need to be adventurous here; the food is genuinely home-cooked Caribbean family recipes. We had two different curries, one chicken and one goat. The flavors were delicious, including the side salad with an excellent dressing. Beware of the bones in both.

Rhumb Lines

Rhumb Lines is Coral Bay’s upscale dining option. We wish we had gone here earlier in our trip since it was close to our villa. The service was excellent, and the food was good as well. We started with great cocktails (they make them strong). Our starter was a chicken pot sticker with a delicious soy lime dipping sauce. For our entrees, we chose the Cuban Mojo Pork, which had a lot of layered flavors, and a Pad Thai, which was good but not a traditional Pad Thai.

Johnny Lime BBQ

Billed as a Caribbean BBQ, this restaurant is part of the Lime Out/Lime Inn franchise. It’s right on the bay, with outdoor picnic tables. You order at the counter, and the food is brought to your table. They serve traditional BBQ fare, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and brisket. You can order just meat, or you can get it in a sandwich. It has some good flavor, and the side dishes, including the Mac & Cheese, Potato Salad, and Rice & Beans, were good. This place always seemed crowded, and one night we ordered take-out and enjoyed it at our villa.

Cruz Bay Options

In Cruz Bay, you will find a lot more food options. We tried several of them, and here are some of our favorites.

Cruz Bay Landing

Cruz Bay Landing was our go-to breakfast place. It is close to the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We only had breakfast here (which is hard to find, especially in Coral Bay). We sampled a lot of the menu and loved the Huevos Rancheros, the Big Breakfast, Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes, and the Meat Lovers Omelette. The serving sizes are large and will fill you up for the day.

Sun Dog Cafe

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sun Dog Cafe is a good choice. We went for a late lunch and enjoyed the tacos. I had the fried Mahi, and Mike had the chicken. Both had a lot of flavor and were the perfect afternoon break.

1864 Restaurant

We had one of our favorite meals at 1864. It is tucked away in the Mongoose Junction and has a very intimate tropical feel. We did not have reservations, so we sat at a high-top table in the bar, which was perfect. The service was wonderful, and the food and drinks were excellent. The Ginger Mai Tai was a good choice, but they also have an excellent wine list. We chose a house-made burrata for an appetizer, and it was delicious. Our main courses were Sausage & Seafood Saffron Risotto and Jumbo Stuffed Prawns. Both were nicely prepared and tasted wonderful. They were substantial sized portions. Overall, this was an excellent choice for a more upscale dinner on St John.

Windmill Bar

We found ourselves here three times during our stay. The burgers are delicious, and so are the Painkillers. The real draw is the view, high on a hill looking out over the north shore; it’s perfect for sunset. The menu has several options, including tacos, entrees, and hot dogs (every place seems to serve a hot dog on St John). But we consistently ordered the Cruz Bay burger and the Windmill burger. We called this our hamburger vacation since we ate so many, but these were our favorite of all the burgers we ate!

Windmill Bar also had a fun Sunday afternoon BINGO; no, we didn’t win. But the real draw is the view, the burger, and the drinks!

Overall I would not suggest St John for a culinary trip. This is a destination for beaches (check out my list of the Top 9 Beaches On St John), snorkeling, and casual dining. The food is not the focus, but if you look around, you will find some good options. I hope this St John USVI Best Restaurant Guide helps. And not every meal needs to be a taco, burger, or hot dog, but you will find many of those!

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