BUZZ SEAFOOD & GRILL
Rodney Bay 458-0450
Pat Bowden, a restaurateur in St. Lucia for the past 26 years opened Buzz (her fifth successful restaurant) last year. Pat has created a restaurant and bar with a warm ambiance, friendly atmosphere and lots of charm. Cocktails are original and fun. Try the "Buzz Cooler" or "The Buzzing Bee Stinger." The Bar Menu includes "Spicy Shrimp Pizza" and "Beer-battered Fish & Chips."
Although Pat is always eager to make changes to the menu, this has to be done very carefully. Regular guests appear devastated when their "favourite" is no longer there!! Making your selection can take time - besides Charbroiled Steaks and sumptuous Baby Back Ribs their specialties include "Lobster & Crab Cakes" 'Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb" "Potato Crusted Red Snapper" (fresh from the Caribbean Sea) "Grilled Scampi on Lemon and Chive Risotto" "Homemade Lobster Cannelloni." Besides their creative al la carte menu there is also a selection of 'nightly specials.' By popular demand, "Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shanks" have become an addition to their regular menu - definitely worth having. If you fancy something local try their "Pepperpot" or "Seafood Creole." Buzz is also one of the few restaurants catering to vegetarians. Sample their irresistible desserts. Plenty of well-priced wines are available. A "three course fixed price menu" for EC$65.00 (approx. US$24.00) available.
Buzz is only open for Sunday Brunch during the season - it is a must. Starting at 11.00 a.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon. Children's portions available.
Dress is casual and guests may dine in one of the dining areas or in the tropical garden. Buzz is open nightly from 5.00 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted. Reservations are advisable.
BIG CHEF RESTAURANT - Rodney Bay 450-0210
If what you're looking for is a chance to indulge your senses with delectable steaks, then you want to reserve a table at Big Chef Steakhouse in Rodney Bay. Conveniently located just after the Mall, the Big Chef Steakhouse entices you with its cozy but casual atmosphere. The walls are beautifully decorated with steakhouse decorations and oil paintings.
The "Big Chef," himself a certified expert boasting more than 25 years in the business, adds his personal seal of satisfaction to the dining experience. He seasons all steaks with his unique secret sauce, and additionally, "Big Chef" is on hand Monday to Saturday (Closed on Sunday) to make sure everything is well marinated.
The Steakhouse features the biggest juiciest succulent tender USDA pure Angus Steaks. There are strip loin and rib steaks cut at 16oz, 24oz and 32 oz.. There is also the favorite 8oz tenderloin, which is used for Fillet Steak, Pepper Steak, Surf and Turf and Jasmine Royal. If 32oz is not enough "Big Chef" will cut a 40oz or bigger, as big as you can handle.
The Big Chef Restaurant is designed to maximize your eating time out. Order the Steak Challenge and if you consume a 32oz Rib or Strip Steak in full, you will get a certificate and enter the rank of "Big Steak Master." You will also receive a free one-pound rib or strip steak. Remember to ask about the pasta, or seafood or the mussels and salad, or Mrs. Chef's heavenly home made cheesecakes. For reservations call 450 –0210.
THE CHARTHOUSE - Rodney Bay 452-8115
The Charthouse is one of the longest established restaurants on the island. It has always maintained its reputation for excellent food, combined with impeccable, friendly service with staff virtually unchanged since its inception 17 years ago. Situated on the waterside in Rodney Bay, The Charthouse is naturally air-conditioned by the trade winds blowing through the open-plan building. The food is simple, honest-to-goodness cooking and everything is prepared to order. Specialties are charcoal broiled US prime steaks, fall-off-the-bone hickory smoked baby back spare ribs, roast prime rib of beef and the freshest seafood on the island, including local lobster (delivered daily by the fisherman who caught it). There is a large selection of wines and a wide choice of Cuban cigars. All major credit cards accepted.
THE COAL POT - Vigie Marina 452-5566
The Coal Pot has been a fine dining experience for the last forty years. Michelle Elliot and her French husband, Xavier, own and manage the restaurant – voted Restaurant of the Year in 1999. Michelle is the elegant hostess, Xavier is the chef sans pareil.
New World cuisine, the marriage of the freshest Caribbean ingredients with simple yet exquisite, French cooking methods is The Coal Pot's trademark. At lunch, a daily special is served alongside dishes like Greek and shrimp salads. Fresh, local fish prepared in a variety of excellent sauces is an ideal lunch choice. Dinner, with linen service, is a relaxed affair. Coquilles St. Jacques and smoked salmon add a continental flair to local delicacies, such as curried chicken served in a coconut shell. There is also a selection of fine wine.
The Coal Pot's ambiance is as special as the cuisine. The walls of the wood and stone open-air structure are decorated with colorful Caribbean art. These acrylic and water designs are Michelle's imaginative creations. Just a few feet away from the dining tables, the waters of the Vigie marina lap against the coral stone beach. On full moon nights, tables are set under the stars.
The Coal Pot is not only a food lover's delight but an intimate place to lunch and dine.
An extension of The Coal Pot is the Café au Lait. Open for breakfast and all day for light meals, Café au Lait serves French pastries, ice creams and specialty coffees.
Ferry service available from Pointe Seraphine.
DASHEENE - Ladera, Soufrière 459-7323
The cuisine at Dasheene has been created by world-renowned Caribbean chef Orlando Satchel, who makes Ladera his winter home (in his absence, St. Lucian chef Nigel Mitchell runs things in the kitchen). Menus change every six months but the golden rule for Dasheene's cuisine is to combine St. Lucian ingredients with modern cooking styles.
The restaurant, overlooking the Pitons, has one of the best views in St. Lucia.
Lunch is an uncomplicated yet tasty menu with appetisers like Jazzy Ti-Zel (the manager's favourite) marinated chicken wings, a Cajun Caesar Salad and a selection of main courses.
The dinner menu is described as "St. Lucia's Peak Experience." Appetisers start with lobster and seafood sausages and include the signature Dasheene Palm Tree salad.
The main course menu makes decisions difficult. Choose from Shrimps Dasheene, a gold-medal winning dish, to "What the Fishmen Catch Today," all served with fresh vegetables. The desserts are positively sinful: Ladera Coco, a chocolate rum mousse served with coconut waffle, and Paw-paw Créme Brulée are just a couple of suggestions.
There is also a menu du jour. Every Sunday, Dasheene throws a Sunday lunch party with a barbecue buffet and live music. Dinner reservations are requested. American Express accepted.
FROGGIE JACK'S - Vigie Marina 458-1900
During the last 20 years, Jacky Rioux, the restaurant's owner and chef, has travelled all over the world. His voyages have given him a great appreciation for indigenous ingredients and he has developed his own style of fusion cuisine that combines fresh ingredients with French cooking methods.
Jacky Rioux specialises in fish and seafood (fishermen are always bringing him unusual delicacies) and he shops personally for fresh produce.
The result is meals cooked to perfection. Colourful appetisers and entrées have "Eat Me" written all over them. Chef Rioux mixes his own spices and seasonings and, like most French chefs, he is a talented sauce maker. He also smokes his own meats.
The restaurant's extensive wine list carries vintages from just about every wine-producing country in the world. The cocktail list contains old favourites and some seductive new concoctions.
Cathy Rioux, the chef's wife, is the hostess at Froggie Jack's and the service is excellent. The restaurant is set in a tropical garden overlooking the Vigie Marina. Every evening the water is lit up to enhance the dinner-time ambiance.
The lunch menu is a set selection written up on a blackboard. Dinner is à la carte and each dish is prepared to order. Popular selections include starters like octopus and conch in curried coconut sauce and main courses of boneless chicken breast stuffed with smoked salmon in a citrus butter sauce or oven baked kingfish with a white wine and sweet pepper sauce. Froggie Jack's is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations are advised. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
KEY LARGO - Rodney Bay 452-0282
The specialists in Italian food, Key Largo serves real Italian pasta with a variety of homemade sauces created by Carlo — chef and restaurant owner. Key Largo's spaghetti pomodoro or pescatora satisfy the hungriest customer.
Right before your eyes, Key Largo's pizza chef puts together a variety of great pizzas that are then quickly cooked in the brick, wood-fired oven.
Key Largo's dessert menu features an excellent cheesecake. Fresh, local juices are another specialty.
With its Latin decor, Key Largo is spacious with an open and friendly atmosphere. Children are most welcome at Key Largo. The ice cream selection features countless different flavours and there are two trampolines with safety nets that allow kids to enjoy themselves while the adults chat. Key Largo specialises in children's birthday parties. Large groups are easily accommodated and the big screen shows everything from sports programmes to kids' videos.
Key Largo is open every day with a Happy Hour from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm daily. American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
THE LIME RESTAURANT - Rodney Bay 452-0761
This excellent restaurant, owned and managed by an exquisite lady named "T," has, for years, been offering consistently good, reasonably-priced food. Lunch and dinner include fresh seafood, steaks, pork, chicken and barbecue ribs served with typical St. Lucian sauces and accompaniments. Jamaican-style pork, chicken and fish are other house specialties. The Lime's fast-food kitchen is a quick way to enjoy fresh St. Lucian cuisine at an unbeatable price. Dine al fresco or in the covered dining room. Ask about daily specials. The Lime is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Live music every week, with Karaoke night on Sunday. Visa and MasterCard accepted.
THEGREEN PARROT HOTEL - Morne Fortune 452-3399
The Green Parrot Hotel, a prestigious resort with an excellent restaurant. The property is tucked away on the hillside of the famous and historic Morne Fortune, commanding a superb panoramic view of the capital city of Castries, the Vigie coastline and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The internationally acclaimed Green Parrot offers an excellent St. Lucian Caribbean and European cuisine. An impeccable service awaits guests and visitors alike, in an equally delightful and pleasant atmosphere, so much so in fact, that many have had the benefit of Chef Harry's glorious food. His Green Parrot Hotel has been home to Royalty and world famous people, from The Pope's entourage (1980's) to Princess Marguerite, to Alexander Haag and Pierre Trudeau. If you have not had the privilege of visiting the Green Parrot and St. Lucia's Chef Harry, then your taste buds have not yet been excited or tantalized by his heavenly delights.
Chef Harry is world-renowned for his culinary expertise, backed by his 10 year cooking experience and professional training at the most exquisite and renowned Claridges Hotel in London. To experience the Chef's wonderful cooking creations, for lunch or dinner, call 452 3399 to make reservations. By the way, parking is available.
SANDALS ST. LUCIA GOLF RESORT & SPA - La Toc 452-3081
Specialising in Caribbean cuisine, The Pitons is open for West Indian dinner every night of the week. The restaurant also opens for breakfast and lunch everyday except Mondays.
Reservations are required and the dress code is casually elegant.
This is Sandals' authentic French restaurant featuring fine European dining with white-glove service. La Toc is open for dinner every night. Reservations are required and the dress code is formal. Smoking is not permitted at La Toc.
This restaurant serves exotic oriental cuisine. The setting is theatrical Teppanyaki style and due to Kimono's popularity, reservations are required. There is a no-smoking rule at Kimono and the dress code is casually elegant. Reservations are required.
This outdoor restaurant at Sandals St. Lucia specialises in every type of grilled meat and fish. A magnificent salad bar awaits diners and the Sandals' staff are appropriately dressed in ten gallon hats and cowboy boots. The ambiance is casual.
The newest speciality restaurant at Sandals St. Lucia. This restaurant will leave your palate begging for more Italian cuisine. Perched beautifully on the Sunset Bluff, the dining experience is perfected by the ambiance.
SANDALS HALCYON ST. LUCIA - Choc Bay 453-0222
This Italian restaurant offers a typically European setting. Excellent Italian specials are the order of the day and there is a good wine selection. Reservations are required and the dress code is formal.
The Pier Restaurant:
As the name indicates, this restaurant is situated on a pier right over the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The setting is quite unique. The cuisine at The Pier pays tribute to the best in West Indian cooking traditions. Reservations are required and the dress code is casually elegant.
WHARF RESTAURANT AND BAR - Choc Beach 450-4844
A golden beach fringed with palms and views overlooking Choc Bay, Castries. We offer a wide range of excellent food, specializing in local and European cuisine. Fresh local lobster(seasonal) is available plus house speciality fish dishes and our catch of the day. We are open every day for breakfast, beach snacks, lunch and dinner from 9am to midnight including nightly entertainment. Sample our fully stocked bar with a wide range of beers and cocktail specialities and enjoy romantic views across the bay from our deck terrace. Join us for Sundowners Happy hour from 6pm til 7pm every day and weekend BBQ with watersports competitions, Salsa music and dancing on the beach. Tel: 450 4844.