Our guide to the best restaurants in Barbados, including oceanfront eateries, the best seafood restaurants and top spots for lunch.
Not only does it boast year-round sun, stunning beaches and plenty to pique your interest, Barbados is one of the best places to eat out in the Caribbean. From fresh local fare to international fine dining, Barbados offers an abundance of excellent restaurants and dining options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Cin Cin By The Sea
This uber-chic oceanfront venue is currently known as the place to be seen in Barbados. Opened in 2011, Cin Cin offers an inventive and interesting Mediterranean menu, prepared by renowned chef and restaurateur Larry Rogers. This trendy establishment offers alfresco dining plus an air conditioned lounge bar with sweeping views over the island’s exquisite west coast. Cin Cin boasts an extensive lunch and dinner menu with unique eats such as pan fried gnocchi with sweet pea puree, Cin Cin bouillabaisse and best end of lamb with a polenta and vegetable ragu. Booking in advance is highly recommended.
- Address: Prospect, St James.
- Opening hours: Lunch, Mon-Fri, 11.30am – 3pm; dinner, every day, 6pm – 11pm.
- Prices: Lunch BDS $125, dinner BDS $160, for three courses excluding drinks.
- Know before you go: The champagne bar serves nibble and drinks.
Champers is known as the best restaurant on the south coast. Nestled in a dreamy cliff top location overlooking Accra Beach, this cosy oceanfront tavern offers tasty food, spectacular views and great value for money. Expect plenty of fresh seafood, generous portions and exciting flavours served inside or out on the spectacular cliff top terrace. The menu is a medley of contemporary Caribbean cuisine including ceviche with lemon zest, fried flying fish with lime vinaigrette and West Indian shrimp curry.
- Address: Skeetes Hill, Christ Church
- Opening hours: Lunch, every day excluding Saturday, 11am – 3pm; dinner, every evening, 5.45pm – 9.30pm.
- Prices: Lunch BDS $105, dinner around BDS $130, for three courses excluding drinks.
- Know before you go: Allow time for a look around the art gallery upstairs.
The Tides Restaurant
Located on the island’s legendary Platinum Coast this acclaimed fine-dining restaurant serves expertly crafted seafood dishes with an interesting Asian twist. Tides is best known for its unique ‘treehouse’ design located just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. Shrimp & crab cakes, pan seared scallops and yellow fin tuna with soy honey marinade are recommended, as is the sticky toffee pudding and mars bar cheesecake. The service here is excellent but unpretentious.
- Address: Balmore House, Holetown, St James
- Opening hours: Lunch, Sun-Fri, 12.30-2.30pm; dinner every evening, from 6.30pm – 10pm.
- Prices: Lunch, BDS $115; dinner BDS $180, for three courses excluding drinks.
- Know before you go: Guests can arrive early for a drink at the bar, which doubles as an art gallery.
Owned and operated by award-winning cookbook writer Laurel Ann Morley, this down-to-earth eatery serves sumptuous lunches in the author’s charming east-coast home. Menu offerings include old and new Bajan delights like Caribbean curry, calaloo soup, fried flying fish fillet, and pepperjelly shrimps. The raisin and rum bread pudding is highly recommended as is the ‘wicked’ rum punch. A hearty lunch buffet is available on Sundays.
- Address: Atlantic Park, Cattlewash, St Joseph.
- Opening hours: Lunch only, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun, most months of the year.
- Prices: Approx BDS $90 for three courses, Sunday buffet BDS $85 excluding drinks.
- Know before you go: Expect to dine in remote surroundings, with a view of the sea in the distance.
- Contact: 001 246 433 9495
Nestled right on the beach overlooking Oistin’s Bay this south coast surf shack functions as a daytime cafe, a night-time bar and a casual dining restaurant. The food is simple but satisfying with a menu of cooked breakfasts, salads, fresh grilled fish, steak, homemade brownies and bread pudding. The best tables are located out on the the beach deck – the ideal location to view the area’s stunning sunsets.
- Address: Maxwell Road, Oistins.
- Opening hours: Food is served Mon, 8.30am-3pm and Tue-Sun, 8.30am-9.30pm; the bar is open Tue-Sun nights “till whenever”
- Prices: Lunch BDS$25; dinner BDS$40 one course.
- Know before you go: There is live music on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.