Best restaurants in the Virgin Islands

Dazzling dining for making memories

St. John
The Fish Trap • St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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The Fish Trap, nestled in a tropical family friendly setting, has become a landmark for the freshest seafood in the entire region. Over the years chef owner Aaron Willis has garnered accolades from local regional and national press including Bon Appetite and Gourmet. The Fish Trap chowder, conch fritters and tuna with soy glaze and wasabi mayonnaise are legendary, along with a coconut cake, served with a spice rum caramel sauce. But it’s the daily features that continue to keep it all creative for Willis and his following.

NOTE :The Seafood Market next to the restaurant takes special orders for your seafood celebrations. Order shrimp by the pound, fresh oysters, clams, mussels, sushi quality tuna, The Fish Trap's award winning seafood chowder by the quart or gallon and much more. Don't miss The Fish Trap's Valentine's special "Surf and Turf." • 340-693-9994

Miss Lucy's • St. John U.S. Virgin Islands

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This landmark restaurant was originally run by Miss Lucy, a well known St.Johnian. Now her relatives keep her tradition of great cooking alive at the restaurant’s sublime waterfront location in Friis Bay, just beyond Coral Bay. The menu offers a wonderful mix of continental and West Indian fare, with the best West Indian crab kallaloo and vegetarian, chicken, and conch rotis anywhere. Jazz Sunday brunches and full moon parties are local favorites.

340-693-5244. Visit Miss Lucy’s here

St. Thomas
Grand Cru • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Grand Cru features boutique wines from around the world, designer cocktails and a Mediterranean inspired menu befitting its location at Yacht Haven grande, a megayacht marina. Relax dockside either in air conditioning at the contempory wine bar or on the sun drenched deck. You can choose among an adventurous array of appetizers, small and big plates, paired with wines by the glass or bottle. You'll find steak and seafood, artisanal cheeses, along with signature "ceviche spoons” and "crostini creations." We're partial to the New Zealand lamb lolipops with tzatziki and a fresh tomato chutney. Open for lunch and dinner. • 340-774-726

Craig and Sally’s • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

If you love innovation, and want fabulous food you won’t find anywhere else, Craig and Sally’s in St. Thomas will make you a fan forever. Run by savvy chef Sally Daresh and her affable husband Craig, it offers some of the best food on the island. A globally inspired menu changes daily, but there are a few sensational staples like roasted eggplant cheesecake. You can construct a meal with tapas, salads and appetizers or order a full-blown entrée, with wonderful wine by the glass or bottle. Everything is extraordinary. (How about a grilled duck breast drizzled with a sauce of pomegranate and soy, served with local pumpkin gnocchi?) Prices range from about $17 to $34 for entrees, with tapas for just $6 or a trio of tapas for $14.

Click here to see today's menu. • 340-777-9949

Oceana Restaurant and Wine Bar at Villa Olga • St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands

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A stunning seaside setting on the patio of an historic villa, and fabulous food help make Oceana an incredible dining experience. Visit any evening an you’ll be mesmerized by the view and a menu with passionate and contemporary cuisine, created by Cordon Bleu trained executive chef and owner Patricia LaCorte and chef de cuisine Jennifer Litwin. You'll find appetizers like potato crusted goat cheese terrine with baby arugula salad and Prince Edward Island mussels with a garlic, pernod and fennel cream. Don’t miss the signature bouliabaisse teeming with lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams in a savory broth infused with saffron and local garden grown herbs. Dinner served nightly. • 340-774-4262.

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