If you’re like most of the other visitors to the islands, “where are we eating tonight?” is the most important question of the day. There’s no reason to research any farther because we put together BRB’s picks for the top restaurants for only 7 nights on the island. Enjoy!
Extra Virgin (St. John)
Extra Virgin will be the favorite of those that like the farm-to-table concept (or sea-to-table in some cases) as “EVVI” focuses on locally grown and sourced ingredients. They procure their fish from local fisherman (and even put their names on the menu!) and grow their herbs on site. The fish entrees on their menu evolve over time based on what’s available, but they have dependable “turf” stalwarts like Double Pork Chop or the 6-hour braised ribs. You’ll appreciate the bold flavor of every dish on the menu and you can do no wrong no matter what you order.
Pangea Terra Table (St. Thomas)
Pangea earns a spot on the list because their seafood specials are always spectacular. The locals’ move is to call ahead and find out what their specials are before you arrive because their menu isn’t exhaustive. If they are serving lobster on that night, YOU MUST GO! Chances are you will end up ordering one of their specials but you won’t be disappointed (ceviche is always all the menu and highly recommended as an appetizer).
The Longboard (St. John)
The owners of the Longboard are Charleston, SC expats and they brought a dependable mix of plates to St. John. The Longboard has the type of menu I could eat everyday with ceviche, tacos, poke bowls, and an eclectic variety of small plates. What the longboard might sacrifice in creativity, it makes up for with freshness and execution of crowd-pleasing dishes. They have gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options to cover any dietary requirements, but … they don’t take reservations.
The Easterly (St. Thomas)
The Easterly is the new kid on the block and they are taking the local dining scene by storm. The combination of the local-inspired cuisine, top-shelf cocktails and magical ambiance makes The Easterly immediately one of our favorites. We’re looking forward to continuing to explore this menu but it will be hard to resist ordering the lamb shank (for 2) again which I haven’t stopped thinking about since I left. The food is only half the story with the Easterly as the vibe and cocktails all come together for an unforgettable island experience.
La Tapa (St. John)
In contrast to The Easterly, La Tapa has been around for decades and it continues to be an island favorite thanks to its menu that changes nightly. The menu is streamlined but always impresses with a mediterranean flavor with local influences. As the name would suggest, La Tapa was originally started as a tapas / small-plates style restaurant, but that has changed over time to a more traditional menu. They still always have great small plates though. The vibe is refined but relaxed which is another reason to love La Tapa.
Old Stone Farmhouse (St. Thomas)
Any dinner at Old Stone Farmhouse is an enchanting experience that feels like you’ve been sent back in time. It’s hard not to believe the beauty of the 200-year old converted farm building and surrounding plantation doesn’t influence your opinion of the food. But you will almost forget where you are once you start tasting their plates. To match the old-time feel, their menu focuses on traditional dishes but they execute as well any kitchen on the island. If you’re in the islands for only a week, “OSFM” should not be missed. Reservations are recommended.
Taco Chelles (St. Thomas)
An island vacation isn’t complete without a night for fish tacos with classic margaritas. The vibe at Taco Chelles is rustic and laid-back but the island feel is part of its charm. This isn’t the restaurant for your white-linen event, but it’s for the night you plan to drink too much. After you try any of the tacos with homemade tortillas and a hair-raising margarita, you’ll see why Taco Chelles made the list.