La Tapa St. John in downtown Cruz Bay began in 1996 with a small restaurant vibe, evolving over time into a traditional menu with appetizers and entrees along with the namesake variety of delectable tapas. The inviting island and French bistro charm has not left during the double decades, though, with tables still lining the streets and scrumptious menu options available as always. Exceptional service and fantastic experiences await along with delicious yet elegant plates. With some of the best food on the island, you won’t regret your visit to La Tapa St. John. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit La Tapa St. John during your vacation stay with CimmaronStJohn!
La Tapa St. John Menu
The menu at La Tapa St. John changes every day, owing new plates and presentation ideas to the mastermind chef and kitchen team. However, a sample menu will give you a flavor of what there is to be had.
The Con Pan with three sauces, la tapa oil, or marinated olives will get your mouth watering when thinking about your meal at La Tapa St. John. You can also enjoy a gazpacho soup or a variety of salad options, one daily menu offering gorgonzola caesar with romaine, celery, radicchio, endive, frisee, hazelnut, and apple crouton. Another option under the Verduras Y Quesos category is rosemary tempura fried Coral Bay eggplant with a local honey drizzle. Our tastebuds are already tingling!
Follow things up with some Del Mar, including squid ink linguini, Mike & Alex’s lobster bisque, or sauteed Portuguese octopus with spicy chorizo, potatoes, and pimenton. The Para Carnivoros include another wonderful variety, this menu giving options that range from braised pork belly with red beet, carrot, green apple slaw, and local honey mustard to crispy veal sweetbread with shaved fennel, micros, lemon, and truffle vinaigrette. Follow up with one of the Platos Grandes, such as seared local yellowfin tuna with green papaya, christophene citronette, avocado mousse, and Minnesota wild rice pilaf or West Indian organic chicken pot pie with green curry, coconut milk, lemongrass, pumpkin, and sweet potato.
Follow up your exquisite meal at La Tapa St. John with some Postres, such as chocolate hazelnut truffle cake with carajillo ice cream, banana and lemongrass creme brulee, or apricot raspberry bread pudding with lemon lavender ice cream. The apple tarte tatin with vanilla saffron ice cream or a selection of sorbets and fresh fruit are other great ideas. Pair with a choice dessert wine for a truly magical and romantic evening.
After Dining at La Tapa St. John
After dining at La Tapa St. John, come back to your CimmaronStJohn vacation villa for more quality time with your loved ones. With breathtaking views of St. John beaches, bays, and mountains, you will truly be encompassed by paradise during your stay with us! After a relaxing sleep, wake up in the morning to birds chirping, blue skies, blue water, and incredible panoramic scenery that will leave you awestruck. Trust us; once you’re here, you won’t want to leave!
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There are many different restaurants on the island of St. John that offer some incredible seafood entrees and truly delicious Caribbean fare. However, Miss Lucy’s St. John offers all that along with seaside dining. The variety you will discover on the menu is a testament to the blend of old St. John favorites with fresh and flavorful modern classics. Take in the waterfront sights of Friis Bay as you indulge in your Caribbean classics with a contemporary flair.
For information on amenities and availability at the CimmaronStJohn vacation home nearest Miss Lucy’s St. John, check out Maison Miele!
Miss Lucy’s St. John Brunch Menu
On Sundays, you can enjoy live jazz along with delicious food from the Miss Lucy’s St. John brunch menu. Whether you’re looking for lunch favorites like tender conch fritters or a generous paella filled with seafood or want a stellar brunch plate featuring a hit-the-spot omelet, Miss Lucy’s has got you covered! The Sunday brunch menu will have your mouth watering in no time. Some of our favorite dishes include banana pancakes, Eggs Benedict, and crab cakes with poached eggs on an English muffin. Yum!
Miss Lucy’s St. John Lunch & Dinner Menu
If you’re looking for a recharge in the middle of the day after a morning full of adventures, make a stop at Miss Lucy’s St. John for lunch. On Route 107 south of the village of Coral Bay, you will discover this favorite of St. John restaurants. Enjoy hearty meals, such as chicken sausage, delicious seafood, great paella, and snack-worthy conch fritters. You can also get dinner here, since Miss Lucy’s St. John is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 9pm. On Sunday, you will have to find elsewhere to eat dinner, since Miss Lucy’s closes at 2pm.
Miss Lucy’s St. John Atmosphere
Though good food is the main draw for a restaurant, atmosphere comes in at a close second. Here on St. John, taking in as many stunning views as possible should be your vacation goal. You can achieve one beautiful scene while dining at Miss Lucy’s St. John. You will receive a wonderful view of Friis Bay while you lounge with a fresh sea breeze in the shade under waving palms. You will be truly relaxed in no time after enjoying both the wonderful landscape and food!
Miss Lucy’s St. John is located in a great area of Coral Bay. Nearby, you can enjoy several popular attractions. Two of the closest hiking destinations are the Ram’s Head Trail and the Fortsberg Ruins, just a short drive away. You can also enjoy an outing to the National Park Beach at Salt Pond Bay. We suggest sunbathing here in the morning and then bringing your appetite to Miss Lucy’s St. John!
Stay With CimmaronStJohn
During your island adventures and culinary escapades, stay with us at CimmaronStJohn.Our private, luxury vacation homes offer a wonderful way to experience St. John! We hope to see you soon in paradise.
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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
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!
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
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
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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St. John Brewers is the only microbrewery on St. John! Featuring a restaurant along with a tap room that showcases the St John brewery’s popular beverages, St. John Brewers is a great destination for a drink and some fun during your stay with CimmaronStJohn. The doors are open from 11am to midnight Monday through Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday. A full bar is available for the beer and non-beer drinkers alike, featuring a great signature menu. The air-conditioned interior bar is complimented by two outdoor patios meant for relaxing and catching some extra rays. You can cool off inside or keep those sunglasses on and enjoy the pristine St. John weather that you just can’t find anywhere else!
The Tap Room
Take a break from the beach during your vacation and head inside to the air-conditioned bar at St. John Brewers tap room. Whether you opt for a beer or homemade soda or St. John Brewers root beer, you will find plenty of cold beverages waiting to be served. The flagship beer at St. John Brewers is the Tropical Mango with subtle malt notes and some hop. This light pale ale with a mango taste will have you on Caribbean time in no time! The Island Summer Ale is a filtered half wheat, half pale ale with a smooth finish. Liquid Sunshine Ale will bring you coriander spice and Curacao orange peel, while the Island Hoppin’ IPA has a bright copper color and citrus hop aroma. The Amber Jack is a year-round favorite among locals, while the seasonal Frozen Cistern Winter Ale features roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate malt. During happy hour (from 4-6pm), all draft beer is $1 off, and pizzas are half-price! There is also a coffee stout, great to pair with a chocolate dessert, and double IPA, ideal to drink with some spicy menu options or strong cheeses.
You will want to pair your St. John Brewery beers with some delicious, rejuvenating food. After all, the beach and more island adventures are still waiting for you! Appetizers on the St. John Brewers menu include a warm Bavarian soft pretzel with nacho cheese, homemade hummus with toasted pita chips and veggies, bacon-infused beer cheese with pretzel bites, baked potato skins, and pulled pork nachos. Yum! You can also opt for a personal pizza, with flavors such as meat lovers, Mexican, and margarita. Sandwiches include a staff favorite pulled pork, blackened Mahi, Caribbean jerked chicken, hot dog, and burger. Wraps, such as a gyro or fish tacos, are served with a pickle and coleslaw, pasta salad, or chips. Top everything off with a root beer float!
After St. John Brewery Fun
The great atmosphere, including the two spacious outdoor patios, at St. John Brewers offers great food and beer along with some island fun. Enjoy the crowd, let loose, and enjoy your vacation! After all the fun is had, head back to your peaceful CimmaronStJohn vacation villa and indulge in spectacular panoramic views, private pool decks, and the ultimate luxury. You deserve the best!
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St. John is full of beautiful views and exciting attractions, including the resort-style villas available at CimmaronStJohn, but it is also home to some truly delicious and picturesque restaurants that are awaiting your palate. There are some great restaurants in Coral Bay that feature a great blend of spectacular scenery, live music, and yummy tropical drinks. If you’re looking for the best casual beach dining, we’ve got you covered. Here are just 5 of the best restaurants in Coral Bay.
One of the quieter restaurants in Coral Bay, Aqua Bistro has a casual but elegant atmosphere with an umbrella-spattered courtyard and tiki-style outdoor bar. For lunch or an appetizer, try calamari in a chipotle dipping sauce or grouper fingers lightly battered and served with fries and tartar sauce. Conch fritters are another sure favorite! Or, enjoy a sandwich, like jerk chicken, cracked conch, or grilled Mahi. Dinner plates include chicken parmesan, macadamia down island grouper, and house cut steak.
When selecting from restaurants in Coral Bay, a great option is Shipwreck Landing. Soak in the view, people, and atmosphere here and indulge in an enjoyable meal with family and friends. A favorite stop for good music and happy hour, Shipwreck Landing offers a great lunch menu with sandwiches like the barbeque chicken or Maryland style crab cake. Then, indulge in a delectable entree such as the curry-nut crusted grouper, Jerkiyaki grilled Mahi Mahi, or classic fish and chips. In between lunch and dinner, try the breaded shrimp, conch fritters, or soup du jour. Then for dinner, try shrimp scampi, grilled ribeye steak, or the pasta of the day. Pair with a golden margarita, passionfruit daiquiri, or pina colada!
Miss Lucy’s has a true old Caribbean taste with a fresh and flavorful menu. The unforgettable views, however, are the true gem at Miss Lucy’s. Start off with some yummy rum punch and then try the steamed mussels with extra bread to soak up all the mouthwatering broth. Listen to some casual jazz music during Sunday brunch while you watch the surrounding nature, such as lizards and chickens on the island. The Lime in Da Coconut is another favorite drink that you don’t want to miss!
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis
Comfort food is available at one of the best restaurants in Coral Bay, Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis. Large portions and pour your own drinks will make you feel right at home, and the constantly changing menu has a little bit of something for everyone. There’s also some great local live music to get you in a beach mood!
Sweet Plantains Restaurants and Bar
Sweet Plantains Restaurant and Bar has great pub grub, happy hour, and live music- the three necessities when choosing from restaurants in Coral Bay, obviously! The Skipper’s pub menu includes delicious appetizers, wraps, and sandwiches, as well as vegetarian options and Caribbean alternatives. The Sweet Plantains menu comes into play in the evening as well as the pub menu, and this one includes curried goat, grouper, and a vegetarian Bob Marley stew as just a few of the options. There is also some prime Italian cuisines available with a Caribbean twist.
Stay at CimmaronStJohn After Trying The Best Restaurants in Coral Bay
After enjoying one of these restaurants in Coral Bay, come back to CimmaronStJohn for some rest and relaxation fueled by the healing salt air. Stay in one of our beautiful Coral Bay vacation rentals like the Coral Rhapsody villa and enjoy a luxurious stay in St. John. Leave all your worries behind when you arrive on St. John and let the sunshine seep into your pores and let all your troubles melt away!
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Here at CimmaronStJohn in the beautiful Virgin Islands, we are surrounded by gorgeous beaches, calming waters, and beckoning sunshine. We’re also surrounded by some pretty delectable restaurants. Where to eat in St. John might be the last thing on your mind, with your focus on white sandy beaches, watersports, and island exploration. However, you will get hungry after a morning in the sun and on the water. If you’re wondering where to eat in St. John, here are just a few of the best places, ordered from classy to casual.
Where to Eat in St. John
Extra Virgin Bistro
The Extra Virgin Bistro in St. John is dedicated to providing locally grown and sourced products, and the restaurant’s herbs are grown on-site. At this fine dining location, start off with a grapefruit margarita or Old San Juan before crispy calamari, potato gnocchi, lump crab cakes, or duck confit warm sweet potato salad. Then enjoy a premier entree, selecting from dishes such as local panko fried smashed conch, surf & turf, and cioppino.
Zozo’s at the Sugar Mill
Zozo’s in St. John is located in Caneel Bay within the ruins of an 1800s sugar mill. Zozo’s is a great option when looking where to eat in St. John, not only because of its historic and relaxing atmosphere and spectacular views but also its high-class menu, though you can expect to break out your wallet. Grilled octopus, filet mignon meatball, and wild boar cacciatore are just a few primos, while beet or watermelon salad make the starters as well. Choose from duck confit ravioli or scallop lasagna for your pasta, or indulge in pan-seared jumbo shrimp, veal chop, or grilled swordfish for your pesce e carne.
The Terrace Restaurant
When deciding where to eat in St. John, a waterfront location might be on your list. If that is the case, then go to the Terrace Restaurant in Cruz Bay. With French-inspired fine dining and an extensive wine menu, this could be a romantic getaway with a sunset backdrop. Appetizers include escargots, seared sea scallops, and cream of garlic soup, while featured entrees are butter poached Caribbean lobster tail, seared yellowfin tuna nicoise, and grass fed black angus filet mignon. The desserts are to die for, from a honey lavender pound cake to salted butter caramel crepes.
A great bar and restaurant option when choosing where to eat in St. John is Rhumb Lines. You can begin with summer rolls, fusion chicken cool cups, or shrimp & corn fritters or choose from some delectable soups and salads such as fresh mango gazpacho, trans-Pacific ceviche, or pistachio-crusted goat cheese. The unique entrees are really a treat, with menu items such as grilled banana Mahi-Mahi, Cuban mojo pork, spicy blackened diver scallops, plum glazed chicken, or vegetarian nirvana.
The Longboard Coastal Cantina
Healthy, fresh options are available at The Longboard Coastal Cantina in Cruz Bay. If healthy choices are at the top of your list when considering where to eat in St. John, this is a great option. Bar snacks include passion fruit pico, island guacamole, and cilantro lime hummus. Longboard sliders, conch and shrimp lettuce wraps, and a mango pepper quesadilla make the small plates while taco and bowl options include Caribbean spice, roasted cauliflower, avocado, ahi tuna, and shrimp. You can also get sushi or a salad.
Cruz Bay Landing
When selecting where to eat in St. John, Cruz Bay Landing hosts a brilliant location just a few steps off the ferry dock. This more relaxed eatery includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner options 7 days a week. Recharge in the morning with specialty blue banana or cinnamon swirl pancakes, a selection of omelettes, or a crab cake bennie. Then, enjoy a house burger, fresh fish sandwich, baja fish tacos, or pretzel Philly for lunch with waffle fries, sesame coleslaw or a watermelon slice on the side. For dinner, choose from the surf & turf menu with selections such as fish or shrimp and chips, coconut shrimp with crab cakes, a grilled chicken sandwich, or a Caribbean roti.
Sun Dog Cafe
The Sun Dog Cafe is a great selection for where to eat in St. John with live music. This casual courtyard dining option in Mongoose Junction offers classics like grilled cheese sandwiches, hamburgers, caesar salads, quesadillas, and pizza. If you’re looking for something simple and inexpensive but still delicious, Sun Dog Cafe is the place to go!
Skinny Legs Bar & Grill
Skinny Legs in St. John, VI, calls itself “a pretty ok place.” However, it is in fact a favorite on the island. The menu includes classics like hamburgers, hotdogs, and sandwiches that range from BLTs to grilled Mahi-Mahi. After a long day on the beach letting the sun drain your energy while giving you that sought-after tan, these great American plates will be sure to satisfy. Then, follow them up with some key lime pie or ice cream!
Come back to your CimmaronStJohn vacation rental after dining at one of these choice restaurants on the island. After deciding where to eat in St. John and enjoying a delicious meal, relax in your private home, taking in the spectacular ocean views that await!