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It’s hard to select a list of best St. John restaurants when there is such a range of options! On St. John, you will find casual outdoor dining, romantic dining, fine dining with choice cuisine, and even beach shack dining for take-out. Because of this wide spectrum, narrowing the best restaurants down to a particular category is simply impossible. That is why we are bringing you the first in a series of ultimate guides to the best St. John restaurants. We begin by including two restaurants from each range of the spectrum so you can select which atmosphere and food combination suit you best during your stay with CimmaronStJohn. We’ve got you covered for every mood and moment!

Casual Outdoor Dining

Aqua Bistro

For some casual outdoor dining, consider choosing Aqua Bistro of the many St. John restaurants. This seaside bar and restaurant in Coral Bay features a happy hour from Monday through Friday from 4-6pm. This is the ideal place to relax under the umbrellas in the outdoor courtyard while enjoying your choice from the variety of tasty options on the full menu. The tiki-hut outdoor bar will keep the refreshments flowing, from a Lime in Da Coconut to your typical Daiquiris and Coladas in a spectrum of flavors. Pink Seaglass and Little Iguana are also some drink names on that list!

The Longboard

For a St. John restaurant with casual outdoor dining on the Cruz Bay side of the island, check out The Longboard for light and healthy bar snacks, small plates, or full entrees all prepared with a Caribbean flair. Stop by at happy hour from 3-6pm for house-crafted cocktails, beers, wines, specialty drinks, and their world-famous Frozen Painkiller. Enjoy some people-watching as locals and tourists stroll by on the street in the heart of the village of Cruz Bay.

Upscale Dining with a View

Waterfront Bistro

For a more upscale flare, maybe for date night out with the significant other, select Waterfront Bistro of the spectrum of St. John restaurants. Waterfront Bistro St. John in Cruz Bay has lunch, dinner, and drinks menus that will entice your palate. The name also alludes to the restaurant’s ideal location right on the water, with gorgeous views of the crystal clear ocean. For dinner, start off your meal with some chilled white gazpacho,a local green papaya salad, or braised octopus tartine. Then, for your entree, enjoy pan roasted organic chicken breast, seared yellowfin tuna, or the nightly seafood entree.


Asolare offers different but still spectacular sunset views of the Caribbean Sea from its hilltop location overlooking Cruz Bay and Pillsbury Sound. This upscale eatery offers the island’s finest ingredients and fresh, locally-sourced products. Appetizers include a scallop tataki with citrus ponzu, micro green, and truffle oil, along with Vietnamese summer rolls. Try the Kashmir cheese sesame salad with miso vinaigrette and goat cheese or dig right into an entree. Featured menu items include the signature shrimp and grits and a Caribbean conch layered Mahi with coconut shrimp broth.

Authentic Caribbean Dining

Miss Lucy’s

At Miss Lucy’s in Coral Bay, you will discover stellar food with a true Caribbean flair. Sunday jazz brunch is a favorite option, featuring the sweet potato hash and blackstrap French toast. The outdoor tables are right along the rocky coral beach, allowing for some great views, food, and rejuvenation. Steel pan music and other live bands serve as a great touch while listening to the waves roll in!

De’ Coal Pot

Another great option for authentic, award-winning Caribbean cuisine for lunch or dinner is De’ Coal Pot in Cruz Bay. This St. John restaurant features a variety of local dishes ranging from a starter of wings or roti to full entrees including mMahicreole, oxtail stew, and Crucian garlic herb conch.

Stay With CimmaronStJohn, and Enjoying St. John Restaurants

After indulging in one of these St. John restaurants, come back to your CimmaronStJohn vacation villa for a relaxing end to your day. We hope that this St. John restaurants guide will satisfy both your cravings of atmosphere and food! We can’t wait to see you here on the island!

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