The RESTAURANTS

Here some of the restaurants that are fairly near the villa, and a few of our personal favorites in other areas of the island. We update this periodically, but the information may be somewhat outdated by the time of your visit. Many places have websites that we have included, and we’ve also included the link to the TripAdvisor review.

We have included these in approximate order of driving distance from the villa. The map provided is intended only to give you a general idea of where the restaurants are located – do not use it for precise driving directions. Consult their website, call them, or ask Doxie for detailed directions if you are driving yourself and not taking taxi service.

We recommend you call ahead for dinner reservations at most of these restaurants, especially during “the season” (mid-December through the end of March). If they ask you what resort you are staying at when you make a reservation, tell them “a private villa near Anse Chastanet” (they won’t recognize “Villa Grand Piton”).

Dining hours can be somewhat limited – many restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner (many close at 2:30 pm and reopen at 6 pm), and late dining options (after 9 or 9:30) are also limited. St Lucians typically have their big meal at lunch, and many of the local restaurants are not open for dinner. Please plan your dining accordingly. You may find appetizers or bar food outside of the typical lunch and dinner hours at some restaurants. Mango Tree at Stonefield does have extended hours (they do not close in the afternoon, and dinner is served until 10 PM), and the Great Room’s last dinner seating is at 10:30 pm.

What about tipping and service charges? Many restaurants add 10% service charge to the bill. Sometimes the wait staff gets some of this, sometimes it ends up in the hands of the owners. If we experienced good service, we leave a little extra. We try to leave it in cash, as anything added to the credit card bill may not be received by the staff. The same goes for any service personnel you interact with on your trip – tips are not expected, but greatly appreciated to help stretch their salary a little further.

We recommend you call restaurants to verify this information or make reservations, as St Lucian websites are not always kept up-to-date, and response to email may be delayed or checked only sporadically. The St Lucian area code is 758.

Map of some of the restaurants near the villa – approximate locations

restaurant map

You can download a pdf copy of this information: Restaurant Guide PDF file

“Eat like a local” in Soufriere

In St Lucia, the main meal is lunch. They usually start serving at 12 noon, and keep going until they run out! Here is a list of truly local places if you are interested in experiencing life “like a local”. “Local” food (Creole-influenced, local products) is also served at many of the restaurants we are covering later, but most of the restaurants on the next two pages are places that might fatten your waist but won’t lose a lot of weight from your wallet!

Thanks to the experts on Tripadvisor for such helpful information in one place! “Eat like a local” in Soufriere

Alleyne’s
The Beacon
Big Stone
The Big Yard
Captain Hook’s
Club Whispers
Deja Vu
Fedo’s
Jah Lamb
Marie’s Cuisine
Ruby’s Pizzeria and Grill
Sa Nou Iration Foodie Truck
Skipper’s
Still Beach House
Sue’s
Zaka Art Cafe
Purity Bakery

Alleyne’s

On the corner by the Catholic Church & Soufriere Square for lunch… daily plate and rotis

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The Beacon

Breakfast and lunch 7 AM – 4 PM. Local food and panoramic views of Soufriere and the Pitons. It is a five minutes’ drive from the Hummingbird (turn left on the main highway when coming down from the villa), on the right-hand side of the road when travelling from Soufriere. Park your vehicle on the wide spot by their fence. Don’t let the tour busses scare you off from entering the restaurant – they sometimes bring lots of cruise ship passengers just for a drink and a photo opportunity, so the dining area may not be full. And the vendors may tell you that you have to have a reservation for lunch, which may or may not be true. If you are there, walk in anyway – there is a good chance they will have room for you.

We ate lunch there in March, 2016. They serve a buffet that includes a glass of local juice and a dessert for $35 EC per person. The food is decent, but the reason to go is the view. You can see the steam from the drive-in volcano, the string of little cottages with teal-colored roofs that comprise Ladera, the entire town of Soufriere and the tops of both Pitons. The buffet is comparable to the one at the Still Beach House but a bit more expensive. After we finished our meal, the hostess told us we could go visit the Marantha (Prayer) Gardens just a few hundred feet down the road at no charge. Leave your car parked at the Beacon and stroll down the hill, crossing over to the other side of the road. We were not even asked for an entrance fee, and did not see a collection or tip box (we didn’t even meet other people, except one person that seemed to work there sitting in a chair who just pointed us to the exit when we went the wrong way). They have a couple of bird pens with some birds, including one Amazona versicolor parrot. We spent about 45 minutes there, walking through and enjoying the plants and birds.

Review: Tripadvisor

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Big Stone

Big Stone (Zenon East side, close to Toraille Falls) for lunch, dinner, try the fish plate or rotis

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The Big Yard

On Bridge Street, for lunch, dinner and “liming” (hanging out and talking)

Review: Tripadvisor

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Captain Hook’s

West Coast Road, North side for lunch, dinner

Review: Tripadvisor

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Club Whispers

Downtown Soufriere, just north of the bridge for lunch, dinner & liming at the disco

Review: Tripadvisor

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Deja Vu

In the Excelsior Plaza (big yellow building) for breakfast, lunch, dinner (+ ice cream & milkshakes) except Sunday

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Fedo’s

New Development, East side, for lunch only, try the daily fish plate or rotis

We had lunch at Fedo’s in March, 2016. Fortunately, we had a taxi driver take us there – it would have been rather hard to find otherwise! Everyone liked their food and cleaned their plates. The creole fish plate was very nice, lots of food and about $8 US. A roti is under $6 US. A lot of schoolchildren came in and had lunch while we were there.

Review: Tripadvisor

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Jah Lamb

On High Street for lunch, Rasta Vegetarian, try the daily plate, Pumpkin Pizza

Review: Tripadvisor

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Maries

Adjacent to Diamond Falls & Botanical Gardens entrance) for lunch, dinner

Review: Tripadvisor

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Ruby’s Pizzeria and Grill

From the villa – drive into Soufriere. On the south side of the church, make a left. Follow that road until you see Ruby’s.

We had carry-out pizzas from Ruby’s in December of 2016. The pizzas were good (very thin crust, at least on the ones my husband bought). They had some burnt cornmeal on the bottom in a few places which created an unpleasant texture, but the restaurant tells me they have fixed the problem. I will update on our next trip (or if any of our guests let me know their experience).

Review: Tripadvisor

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Sa Nou Iration Foodie Truck

On the waterfront (by Bank of St. Lucia) for lunch, Sheran’s best Rasta food

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Skipper’s (The Bamboo)

On the side street near the Police Station for lunch, dinner and liming.

Review: Tripadvisor

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The Still Beach House restaurant

On your right, just before reaching the Hummingbird when going down the mountain. (The sign is easy to miss, but it shares a turn-off with the Calabash House). On the beach, for lunch only, views of Petit Piton and across the bay.

I ate there in November 2015. They had a buffet that day. Very nice local food and reasonably priced.

Review: Tripadvisor

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Sue’s

On Bridge Street for lunch (rotis, burgers, Lucian-style pizza)

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Zaka Art Cafe

On High Street, for lunch, dinner by reservation only

Review: Tripadvisor

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Purity Bakery

And don’t forget to get fresh bread and pastries at Purity Bakery, the local bakery in Soufriere (or ask Doxie to bring some up for you). It’s just down the street from Eroline’s grocery.

Review: Tripadvisor

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“Eat like a visitor” in Soufriere and beyond

HummingBird Restaurant
Orlando’s Restaurant
Petit Peak Restaurant
Afternoon Tea at Anse Chastanet
Jungle Grill at Anse Mamin beach
Emerald’s at Anse Chastanet (vegetarian)
The Treehouse at Anse Chastanet
Trou au Diable Beach Restaurant on Anse Chastanet beach
Apsara at Anse Chastanet
Jade Mountain
Mango Tree at StoneField Estate Resort
Dasheene Restaurant and Sky Bar at Ladera Resort
Boucan Restaurant by Hotel Chocolate
Jardin Cacao and Cocoa Pod Restaurants at Fond Doux Plantation
Martha’s Tables (near Sugar Beach)
The Great Room at Sugar Beach and Cane Bar
The Bayside Restaurant Sugar Beach (on the beach)
Delice Restaurant at La Haut Resort
Rainforest Hideaway (Marigot Bay)
The Pink Plantation (Castries)
Spice of India (Rodney Bay)

HummingBird restaurant at HummingBird resort

The HummingBird is probably the closest restaurant to the villa – just at the base of the mountain as you enter Soufriere. The service can be an extremely slow in the evenings – you may finish one or two bottles of wine while you wait, so don’t go there for dinner after skipping lunch! The Humming Bird also has a nice swimming pool. It is lovely to sit by the pool and have drinks in the evening. Introduce yourself to the owner, Joyce Alexander and tell her that you are guests at our house. You don’t need to eat to use the pool.

We’ve included a picture of a sample menu (it is outdated, but shows the style of food served). Like most St Lucian menus, the menu changes often or even daily, as they use local food according to availability.

Website: Humming Bird Resort

Phone: (758) 459-7985

Review: Tripadvisor

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Orlando’s restaurant

Orlando’s is one of the closest restaurants to the villa. It’s only about a block further into Soufriere than the Humming Bird. It’s on the left-hand side when headed into Soufriere from the villa. It’s hard to miss with all the colorful flags with large “O’s” on them.

Unfortunately, we’ve had mixed results with Orlando’s. The first time we went in June of 2015, we thought it was wonderful. Dinner was a fixed-price five-course tasting menu plus a beverage (alcoholic) for around $50 – $55 US. The portions were small, but with five courses, we were full when we left. But the second time (Christmas Eve dinner 2015), we were less than impressed. Less food, higher priced, not as good quality, and the cocktails took 20 minutes to arrive. Maybe it was due to being in the high season – many places increase prices then.

Orlando definitely has talent as a chef, but needs to work on quality and value consistency to earn an unqualified recommendation.

We’ve not had a chance to try Orlando’s for breakfast or lunch. We did see a lunch menu, and it consisted of three-course menus for about $25 US and looked delicious! He advertises being open for those meals, but we’ve never seen their door open those hours, so be sure to call ahead if you are interested in lunch or breakfast.

Website: Orlandos’ restaurant

Phone: (758) 459-5955

Review: Tripadvisor

Hours (We highly recommend you call – they are not always open these hours!):
Breakfast: Sun – Sat 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Lunch and Dinner:
Tue 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wed – Mon 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Petit Peak restaurant in downtown Soufriere

The Petit Peak Restaurant is across from the Rubis Gas Service Station. In Soufriere, after crossing the bridge, make the first right you can, then the first left. Petit Peak is down about a block from there.

Open for lunch and dinner. Local food; mixed reviews – but mostly good reviews – about the food on TripAdvisor. It seems to depend on what you order. We have not tried it yet.

Nice sunsets over the Caribbean, and a great place to have a drink and watch the fishermen come in with their catch in the afternoon.

Website: Petit Peak Facebook

Phone: (758) 459-7838

Review: Tripadvisor

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Restaurants at Anse Chastanet

Website: Anse Chastanet’s Dining Options

Phone: 459-7000

Email: ansechastanet@ansechastanet.com

Anse Chastanet has five choices for restaurants: Emeralds’s (vegetarian), Apsara (St. Lucian – Indian fusion), The Treehouse (fine tropical Caribbean cuisine), Trou au Diable (beach restaurant on Anse Chastanet beach), and Sample lunch menu from Anse Chastanet beach Restaurant “Trou au Diable”, (beach restaurant on Anse Mamin beach – lunch only). They also have a bar called the “Piton Bar”, and a Beach Bar located in the Trou au Diable beach restaurant. Specialty drinks are expensive at the Piton Bar – about $17 US (includes tax and service fee).

Tuesdays at Anse Chastanet restaurants:

All of the restaurants are closed on Tuesday, except their Trou au Diable beach restaurant, which has a special event – their Caribbean cuisine night. If you are interested in this, call the resort at 459-7000 and ask them whether they will accept non-guests as diners for the Tuesday night event. They may accept, especially in the off-season.

Dress code for restaurants and bars at Anse Chatanet: Dress code in the evenings is smart casual. Gentlemen usually wear collared shirts and bermuda shorts or trousers in the evenings. Light cotton or linen clothing is the most comfortable. At lunch, dry clothing in the beach restaurant and a light cover up for bathing suits is requested.

Afternoon Tea at Anse Chastanet

Afternoon tea is served from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily in the Piton Bar, and an afternoon snack menu is also available at that time in both the Piton and Beach Bar.

Jungle Grill at Anse Mamin beach

The restaurant on Anse Mamin beach is open from 10 am to 4 pm, and serves lunch from noon until 3 pm. It is closed on Saturdays.

Emerald’s at Anse Chastanet (vegetarian)

Emerald’s dinner menu is entirely vegetarian, showcasing the organic produce grown on our resort farm Emerald Estate in the Soufriere hills, using only certified organic seeds. Menu selections offer new tastes and combinations: Appetizers such as Goat’s Cheese Fondant, Balsamic Caramel, Apple Curry and Crispy Rain Forest Calabza Gnocchi; Entrees such as Tofu, Smoked Paprika, Sour Cream, Cilantro, Cumin and Sweet Potato and Plantain Satay. Dinner is served daily with the exception of Tuesdays.

The Treehouse at Anse Chastanet

Anse Chastanet’s Treehouse is the resort’s fine dining restaurant. It gets mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, and we have not tried it yet.

From their website:

Caribbean Fine Dining – Treehouse Restaurant

Dine in our two open air treehouses overlooking lush tropical foliage and the Caribbean Sea. Celebrating award winning Tropical World Cuisine, a blend of Caribbean with other tropical world cuisine experiences. The dinner menu changes daily and is served in a romantic candlelit ambiance, surrounded by beautiful original artwork. Breakfast is served here daily and dinner is served daily with the exception of Tuesdays.

Review: Tripadvisor

Trou au Diable Beach Restaurant on Anse Chastanet beach

The beach restaurant at Anse Chastanet is called “Trou au Diable”. The restaurant has good burgers (but expensive – $18US before tax and service charge), and the drinks are expensive, too. But it is very convenient to the villa, especially if you are spending the day at Anse Chastanet beach.

Lunch is served until 3 pm, and then bar snacks are served. In the evenings, the restaurant switches to a “grill menu”.

From their website:

The Trou au Diable Restaurant is located right on the Anse Chastanet beach. Here we serve lunch daily. The lunch menu offers a wide and varied choice of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and Caribbean and Creole specialties. On Tuesday evenings, all guests enjoy a special Caribbean culinary evening in the Trou au Diable Restaurant, which commences with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm. The atmosphere is festive with the entire stretch of beach in front of the restaurant lit up by flambeau candles.

Apsara at Anse Chastanet Resort

Apsara at Anse Chastanet is another restaurant very close to the villa – about 10 minutes away. On your way down the mountain, instead of taking a left on Anse Chastanet road, take a right, and you will arrive at Anse Chastanet resort a few minutes later.

Their specialty is a fusion of Indian and Caribbean cooking, and they have a tandoor oven. We ate there in December 2015, and we were not impressed. When we ate there, the menu was very limited (about five entrees), and it shared the space with the Trou Au Diable grill. You could order off either menu. The chef never visited our table, as they claim on their website. We still prefer Spice of India in Rodney Bay (although it is a 90 minute drive away). However, some of our guests ate at Apsara in November 2015 and said it was the best Indian they ever had.

From their website:

Located directly on the Anse Chastanet beach on St.Lucia’s Caribbean coast near Soufriere, APSARA is part of the world-renowned Anse Chastanet Resort. APSARA is an innovative fusion of modern East Indian and Caribbean cooking, a celebration of St. Lucia’s historical and cultural ties with East India. A vibrant and flavourful menu awaits our guests featuring stunning vegan and vegetarian selections, authentic curries, tandoor grilled meats and Caribbean infused entrées that tantalize the senses. Accessible by land or water, guests will enjoy an interactive dining experience with the chef visiting your table, learning about the history and art of tandoor cooking and listening to the gentle waves rolling up the sandy shore.

Website: Anse Chastanet’s Apsara Restaurant

Apsara can be booked through OpenTable

Review: Tripadvisor – Anse Chastanet’s Apsara Restaurant

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Jade Mountain Restaurant

Beautiful, high in the sky, dramatic, unbelievable. The view gives a different vantage point than the one from the villa and the Pitons seem to float on top of the Caribbean.

Jade Mountain is reserved for guests of the resort, but if you call at least 1 to 2 days in advance, they may accept outside guests for lunch or dinner (many of the reviews from TripAdvisor seem to come from people not staying at Jade Mountain). Contact the Jade Mountain main switch board operator at 758-459-4000 and say you want to make a reservation for lunch or dinner. Let them know you are guests of a nearby villa. Jade Mountain is located just a bit further north than Anse Chastanet.

Website: Jade Mountain Restaurant

Phone: (758) 459-4000

Review: Tripadvisor

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Mango Tree at StoneField Estate Resort

Beautiful views and overlooking their pool to the Caribbean and the Pitons. Comfortable and friendly.

From their website: Our chef and his culinary team use all fresh local market ingredients and build on Mrs. Brown’s home cooking recipes to make the freshest, most delicious St Lucian fare. All herbs and vegetables grown on property are organic and the former plantation still yields the seasonal citrus, mango and breadfruit which are incorporated into the daily menus. The Mango Tree Restaurant also features a special vegetarian menu.

Special events

Thursday night:Barbeque with baby back ribs and fire eaters and limbo dancers as entertainment with a live DJ.

Sunday night: “Tapas” night. Fixed price for a selection of six small plates and a bottle of wine. Caribbean steel band starts playing at 7 pm.

We’ve included two sample menus – one regular, one vegetarian (downloaded from their website July 18, 2015)

Website: Mango Tree Restaurant

Phone: (758) 459-5648

Review: Tripadvisor

Breakfast: 7:30 am to 11:00 am
Lunch: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Dinner: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Dasheene Restaurant and Sky Bar at Ladera Resort

Consistently good food is at the located at the Ladera Resort just outside Soufriere with a spectacular view overlooking the Pitons. It has an international menu. You may want to take a sweater with you as the canyon between the Pitons can be a little chilly at night, especially in the winter. Call in advance for menu listings and reservations for lunch/dinner. The view is magnificent during the day and worth going for a drink even if you do not eat there (although there is a minimum spend of $25 per person in the late afternoon – so we always at least order appetizers in addition to drinks to make it to the $25).

Dinner dress code: “Ladies are asked to wear casually elegant attire and gentlemen are asked to wear long pants and collared shirts. Jackets are not required. No shorts, tank tops, or beach footwear in the evening.”

Afternoon Tea at Ladera Resort

Afternoon tea has always been a special celebration at Ladera. At one of the most majestic times of the day, guests enjoy a selection of our complimentary imported teas along with light snacks and pastries. Served in the Tchloit Bar from 3:30pm to 5:30pm with a spectacular panoramic view, there is no better way to enjoy the afternoon.

Website: Dasheene and Ladera

Phone: (758) 459-6617

Review: Tripadvisor

Lunch – 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
“Lite Bites” – 3:00 pm to 9 pm
Dinner – (call for reservations) 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Dasheene’s “Sky Bar”: open 9:00 am to 12:00 am. Music starts after 6:00 PM

– Monday: The group called “Forth Word”
Tuesday: – Father and son group performing island music
Wednesday: – “Youlena” Great female singer with a rasta band
Thursday: – Serena – woman singer with band Chant of Fire
Friday: – (Mer. Benton) DJ
Saturday: – “Youlena” Great female singer with a rasta band

Samples from past menus at Dasheene
Appetizers:

– Seventh Heaven Carrot Soup – Roasted carrot blended with fresh herbs and ginger topped with labelle fruit salsa.
– St. Lucia Fish Pot Consomme – Caribbean broth with spaghetti of Christophene and Callaloo, topped with blackened scallops.
– Green Papaya & Pumpkin Fritters (v) – Served with lettuce remoulade dressing.
– Fried Green Tomato & Plantain Tart (v) – With goat cheese salad and guava balsamic dressing.
– Smoked Poulet & Coconut Salad – Chicken breast seasoned then smoked and served in a coconut shell with pineapple salsa.
– Saltfish & Green Fig Salad – Saltfish sautéd with spring onion and green fig. Served in a green banana basket with a pickled cucumber dressing.

Main Courses

– Shrimp Dasheene – Pan-fried shrimp with a simple blend of local seasoning, peppers & herbs. Gold medal winner, St. Lucia National Menu.
– Rhythm of Rasta Pasta (v) – Pasta with cream of vegetable sauce, local tomato marinara or olive oil and fresh herbs. Add jerk seafood or chicken or vegetables.
– What the “Fisherman” Caught Today – Served with your choice of mild jerk butter, local flower butter, lemon caviar butter or Creole sauce.
– Dasheene Lucian Lamb Curry – Rack of lamb seasoned with fresh local spices, then grilled and served on a coconut risotto with traditional island curry sauce.
– Tropical Lady Poulet – Breast of chicken marinated with cinnamon spice, then stuffed with plantain mousse on sweet potato Dauphinoise with Lady Labelle sauce.
– St. Lucia Mojo Steak – Fillet of steak marinated with lime and pepper seasoning, then pan-seared and served with Dasheen fries with Ladera mojo jus.
– Island Vegetable Tamales (v) – Sautéed pumpkin, carrots, Christophene and lentils with Cajun spice then wrapped in cornmeal and steamed with sweet chili sauce.

Desserts

– Ladera Coco Orlando’s Chocolate Rum Mousse – Served with coconut waffle.
– Rum and Banana Cheesecake – On local coffee sauce.
– Award-winning James Beard Coconut and Banana Brulée
– Island Sorbets – Served in a sweet potato basket with Seventh Heaven crystal ginger.
– Selection of Imported Cheeses – Served with crackers and fruit.
– Choice of Caribbean Ice Creams
– Selection of Aperitifs & Cigars

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Boucan Restaurant by Hotel Chocolate

Boucan is rated by Tripadvisor as the #4 restaurant in Soufriere, and is a chocolate-lover’s heaven! Many of their dishes feature cacao. Several (European) wines in their wine list are bottled exclusively for them. We’ve included a sample menu downloaded from their website.

The restaurant does suggest reservations for dinner, which may be made by phone or on their website.

The restaurant is located along the main highway between Soufriere and Vieux Fort, a mile or so beyond Ladera when driving from Soufriere to Vieux Fort.

Website: Boucan Restaurant

Phone: (758) 572-9600

Email: reservations@hotelchocolat.com

Review: Tripadvisor

Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Lunch is served from 12.00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dinner is served from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

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Jardin Cacao and Cocoa Pod Restaurants at Fond Doux Plantation

Jardin Cacao and Cocoa Pod Restaurants are situated amidst a 250 year old working cocoa plantation with historic buildings, gardens, and a tour. It is near Tet Paul trail, so a nice combination would be to spend the morning at the Tet Paul Trail, then head over to the Cocoa Pod for a buffet lunch featuring mostly St Lucian food.

The Cocoa Pod Restaurant is open for all meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with lunch usually a buffet that features both local St. Lucian and international fare served in traditional Creole earthenware. The Jardin Cacao Restaurant caters for a la carte lunch and dinner dining.

We’ve included two sample menus – one regular, one vegetarian (downloaded from their website July 18, 2015)

Website: Fond Doux Restaurants

Phone: (758) 459-7545

Review: Tripadvisor

Cocoa Pod Restaurant:
Buffet Lunch – from 12pm to 2pm.

Jardin Cacao Restaurant & Bar:
Serving A la carte lunch and dinner.
Bar Service from 10am
A la Carte Lunch from 12pm – 4pm
A la Carte Dinner from 6:30pm

Sample Dinner Menu at Jardin Cacao Restaurant & Bar
Appetizers:

– Vegetable Fritter: Placed on a bed of garden Lettuce with a Sweet and Sour dip
– Lamontagne’s Cous Kaye: Octopus and Conch in a broth of Bell Peppers, Garlic, Spring Onions and, Lime juice, local seasoning and hot sauce
– Chicken Kebab: Grilled tender strips of Chicken, Onion & Bell Peppers, drizzled with a Creole sauce and presented on a selection of shredded Vegetables
– Soups: Carrot and Pumpkin, Potato and Basil, Black Eyed Peas and Red Beans

Salads
– Garden Salad: Lettuce, Tomato, Bell Pepper, Red Onions, Parsley
– Vegetable Salad: Carrots, Christophen, Eggplant, Plantain, Sweet Peppers
– Caesar Salad: Lettuce, Parmesan, Croutons, Anchovies, Bacon Strip
– Greek Salad: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Red Onion, Feta Cheese

Main Course:
– Ribs: Oven glazed Pork Ribs, sticky Garlic Barbeque sauce, creamed Potatoes, organic resort Vegetables
– Red Snapper: Line caught Red Snapper, lightly curried Rice, Greens and a fresh Mint sauce
– Pasta: Mixed Seafood, Fusilli Pasta, rough cut local Herbs, White Wine Cream sauc presented on a Banana Leaf
– Chicken: Slow cooked Chicken Breast in a Coconut Cream sauce served with Carrot and Pumpkin Mash and resort Vegetables
– Vegetables: Organic Produce, Herbs, Curried seasoning, mixed Green and Creole vinaigrette, wrapped in a warm shell
– Beef: 12oz New York strip, shredded Vegetables, oversized Rings, creamed Potato and an Orange, Sugar Cane & Peppercorn sauce

Desserts:
– Flambe: Strips of Banana in a light Golden Syrup laced with Saint Lucia Bounty Rum
– Chocolate: Fond Doux Tian of Chocolate Cake, Ice Cream and Organic Chocolate sauce
– Tropical Fruits: Crepe Suzette with Coconut Rum Syrup
– Grapefruit Meringue Pie

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Martha’s Tables

Local cooking at very reasonable prices. This is the kind of place where the menu is written on the blackboard, and is probably one chicken dish, one pork dish, one seafood dish, one fish dish, and maybe one other. Sides might include breadfruit, mac and cheese, green fig (green banana) salad, red beans, or vegetables. Only open for lunch during the week. Try stopping on your way back from snorkeling at Sugar Beach in the morning, or have lunch here and then spend the afternoon basking in the sun or playing in the sea at Sugar Beach.

They accept VISA and Mastercard.

From their website: Nestled under the Majestic Petit Piton with a breath taking view of the Caribbean Sea, ENJOY traditional home cooking at an affordable price. This cozy open air verandah restaurant is open from Mondays to Fridays, closed on weekends! We are only open for lunch presently and lunch starts from 11:30 am until 3pm. Reservations are required for large groups. Couples and a family of 4 could just walk in. We offer delicious home cooked local cuisine, sea food, meat and vegetarian dishes.

Martha’s tables is located on the road to Sugar Beach Resort on the left-hand side, about halfway between the main highway and the entrance to Sugar Beach.

Website: Martha’s Tables

Email: info@marthastables.com

Phone: (758) 459-7270

Review: Tripadvisor

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The Great Room and Cane Bar at Sugar Beach

The Great Room restaurant is at Sugar Beach resort (formerly Jalousie). It’s about 25 minutes from the villa, south of Soufriere. Make a right (when headed towards the airport) at the sign for Sugar Beach. Continue for about 10 minutes (you will head down the mountain, then back up a mountain) before reaching the entrance to Sugar Beach resort. Tell the guard that you are dining at The Grand Room or visiting the Cane Bar, and they will direct you on where to park and what to do.

The Grand Room is quite expensive, but the restaurant is beautiful (see the picture above left) and is air conditioned. The food is very good, but the expectations are extremely high given the steep prices. The Cane Bar is an extremely elegant bar (see above right picture).

From their website:St Lucia Elegant Dining and Caribbean Chic Restaurant. For the most discerning diners, the Great Room evokes Old World colonial charm while serving up Caribbean-influenced delicacies in candlelit, air-conditioned surroundings. Beautifully presented personalized tasting menus are also available nightly and reflect the cultural influences of Sugar Beach’s expert culinary team. Our St Lucia elegant dining offerings utilize the freshest local ingredients, such as succulent seared scallops on a puree of Jerusalem artichoke, tender Kobe beef with a rich red wine jus, and perfectly cooked Mahi-Mahi with green fig mash and tropical salsa. A well-conceived wine list ensures an ideal accompaniment for every course.

Dress code: “resort elegant attire”. Dress shirts, dress T-shirts or dress polo shirts, slacks or dress jeans, cocktail dresses or skirts and similar apparel, closed toe shoes or dress sandals.

Website: Great Room and Cane Bar

Phone: (758) 756-8000

Review: Tripadvisor

Hours: Daily, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm, but the schedule of nights open may vary seasonally.

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The Bayside Restaurant at Sugar Beach

Bayside is the outdoor restaurant at Sugar Beach, and is directly on the beach. It’s good for a snack if you are spending the day on the beach, but they focus on imported resort food that you could get at any resort in the world (despite their website description). They do have good burgers and Margarita’s. But it is very expensive for what you get, and there are options closer to the villa and less expensive than Bayside for dinner. We had a beverage, an appetizer and pizza there after snorkeling, and were not really impressed.

Dress code for Lunch, Casual: T-shirts or polo shirts, shorts or jeans, sundresses or skirts. Bathing suit cover-ups and footwear are required.

From their website:Caribbean Delicacies Served at the Water’s Edge.

Set on the white powder sands of one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, Bayside Restaurant in St Lucia offers relaxed a la carte dining for lunch and dinner.

Just feet away from the crystal waters of Anse des Pitons and the main swimming pool, you can enjoy gourmet pizzas baked in the wood-fired oven, specialty sandwiches, or the grilled catch of the day. Unique among restaurants in Soufriere, during dinner, a myriad of menu selections and the upbeat live entertainment showcase the flavor and culture of St Lucia.

Website: Bayside Restaurant

Phone: (758) 756-8000

Review: Tripadvisor

Open daily. Hours:

Lunch 12:30 pm – 3 pm
Dinner 6 pm – 10 pm
“Lite Bites” 3 pm – 5:30 pm

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Delice Restaurant at La Haut Resort

A lovely small restaurant & bar just outside of Soufriere, Delice has a great view of Soufriere, the volcano, the Pitons and the sea. Meals are enjoyable and many times the sunsets are magnificent, be sure to go at least for a drink at sunset! It’s located north of Soufriere on the main highway from Soufriere to Castries. It is about a 15-20 minute drive from the villa.

La Haut is a working plantation, and much of the food they serve at the restaurant is grown on the plantation. Ask your server for information. When you are done with lunch (or whatever you had), stroll around the grounds and enjoy the view.

Website: Delice Restaurant at La Haut

Phone: (758) 459-7008

Email: lahaut@candw.lc

Review: Tripadvisor

Open daily. Hours:

Breakfast is served from 7:30 – 10:30 am
Lunch is served from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Dinner is served from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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The Rainforest Hideaway on Marigot Bay

Rainforest Hideaway is a wonderful restaurant located on a pier over the calm waters of arguably the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. (Marigot Bay was the location where “Dr Doolittle” with Rex Harrison was filmed.) The restaurant is only accessible by water taxi (one runs regularly from the parking lot on the south side of the bay), and is set amongst mangroves, creating a very private and tropical setting, while providing a wealth of aquatic and bird life in the mangroves.

The food is excellent, although somewhat expensive (three-course fixed price for $60 US). The Bananas Foster (Rum sautéed bananas) with local bananas, local rum and homemade ice cream is still memorable (10 years after we ate it!)

But the setting is incredibly romantic, as your table will most likely be out over the water (but under a roof, of course, if there is a chance of rain). When we were there, it was about 9 pm and raining lightly, which created a cool breeze along with the soothing sound of the rain hitting the seawater. That, plus the lights reflecting off the water, a nice bottle of wine, wonderful food and good service, and we still remember that experience 10 years later!

Marigot Bay is about one hour’s drive north of the villa. You also might want to take a water taxi – ask Doxie if you are interested in this.

Website: Bayside Restaurant

Phone: (758) 451-4485

Email: rainforesthideaway@marigotbay.com

Review: Tripadvisor

SAMPLE MENU for Rainforest Hideaway (downloaded from their web site July 17, 2015)

Please note the sample menu is subject to frequent change, based on the availability of produce.

To Start…
– Thai Spiced Coconut and Pumpkin Soup
– Rainforest Caesar Salad with Bacon
– Chicken Samosa Filled with Homemade Goat Ricotta, Parma Ham & Chicken, with Christophene Gratin & Tomato Coconut Sauce
– Lump Crab Cake & Scallops with Banana Chutney ($8 Supplement)
– Tuna Tartar with Ponzu Sauce & Pickled Ginger Dressing ($5 Supplement)

Main Courses…
– Mergues Filled Chicken Breast: Quinoa Salad, Black Bean & Mango Salsa, Corn Reduction
– Grilled 6oz Beef Tenderloin: Yam Fries, Vegetable Gateaux & Rooibos Infused Jus ($15 Supplement)
– Cardamom & Sugar Cane Infused Duck Breast: Vegetable Galette, Spiced Pumpkin Puree, Plum Reduction
– Chili Marinated Shrimps: Arugula Pesto Risotto, Lime Sauce ($10 Supplement)
– Coconut crusted Sea Bass: Green Fig & Salt Fish Croquettes, Vanilla Veloute, Chipotle & Coco Relish ($12 Supplement)
– Pan Fried Salmon: Mustard Creamed Potatoes, Tropical Mojito Salsa
– Spice Dusted Lion Fish: Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes, Tropical Fruit & Vanilla Chutney, Ginger & Carrot Cream
– Chef’s Vegetarian Special

To End…
– White Chocolate Crème Brûlée with Lime & Raspberry Compote
– Rich Velvet Chocolate Tart & Ice Cream
– Cashew Croquant Cheese Cake with Tea & Vanilla Infused Pineapple
– Passion Fruit Panacotta with Guava Foam, Almond Crisp
– Rum Sautéed Bananas with Rum & Raisin Ice Cream
– Coconut Mousse with Coconut Frangipane & Mango Crème Anglaise

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The Pink Plantation – Castries (Chef Harry Drive, above the Governor’s House)

The Pink Plantation house is a wonderful restaurant, tucked high up in the hills overlooking Castries. It is reported that, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Martinique. It is up past the Governer’s house, so you will get a little tour of the area when you go up to the restaurant. It is literally a pink colonial-styled house. Yes, the house is old (170 years old!) and sags in a few places (we can say the same thing about ourselves!), but the view is gorgeous, the breezes delightful, the staff friendly, and the food delicious

The lucian-bakes (small pieces of dough, fried, a little like a doughnut) that started the meal were addictive. And the rest of the meal was delightful – and reasonably priced. (We had lunch there in the summer of 2014.) They also sell locally-made pottery. Local artist Michelle Ellis owns the restaurant.

Call ahead to ask about hours. They appear to be a lunch-only restaurant, and there are reports they are closed on Saturday.

If you are anywhere near Castries in the middle of the day, this is an excellent choice for lunch.

Website: The Pink Plantation

Phone: (758) 452-5422

Review: Tripadvisor

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Spice of India (Baywalk Mall, Rodney Bay)

Spice of India is one of our favorite restaurants in the world, and our favorite Indian restaurant in the world. We make up reasons to go to Rodney Bay just to eat here at least once when we are in St Lucia (and several times if we are lucky). And we always order a few dishes for carryout, so we can enjoy more of their food a few days later without the long drive.

Spice of India quickly shot up to the #1 restaurant in all of St Lucia on TripAdvisor shortly after Chef Adil opened it, but has now been eclipsed by Chef Adil’s new restaurant in Marigot Bay, “Masala”.

Spice of India prepares traditional Indian dishes, but adds some local flavor and style.

Do call ahead to verify open days and times, as they sometimes close for vacation and do not post that on their website!

Website: Spice of India

Phone: (758) 458-4243

Email: spiceofindia@candw.lc

Review: Tripadvisor

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday Dinner: 6pm onwards
Closed on Mondays
Lunch: 12 Noon to 4 pm; Last order at 3:45 pm

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