Antigua offers a wide variety of dining venues from sensentinal views with gormet food to vibrant restaurants with traditional Caribbean dishes.
Perched on a rocky embankment at the foot of Valley Church Bay, Sheer Rocks sits within the luxurious confines of Cocobay Resort – offering unparalleled ocean views with a mouth-watering menu to match. Several wooden pavilions stretch out over the water, enabling diners to soak up the rays during a refreshing lunch. As night falls, however, small lights illuminate the rocks below whilst the seductive plunge pool forms a gorgeous centrepiece. The laid back atmosphere lends itself well to a few stylish cocktails crafted by the bar’s expert mixologists, whilst the menu boasts seared yellowfin tuna, braised beef ribs and lobster tail ravioli, to name but a few. And don’t forget to stop by during the afternoon for a lazy tapas lunch by the poolside.
Carmichael’s at Sugar Ridge
Set within the luxurious Sugar Ridge boutique hotel, the bright and airy Carmichael’s restaurant boasts spectacular views over the surrounding coastline, along with an exquisite menu of fresh seafood and other local Antigua delicacies prepared by Executive Chef Andrew Jean.
Tempt your taste buds with the seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, which features the likes of pan-seared Atlantic wahoo with a casserole of turnips, artichoke barigoule and tomato tarragon relish, followed by pancetta pork tenderloin roulade with pork belly and a cassoulet of flageolet beans.
Alternatively, you can relax around the restaurant’s infinity pool with a selection of small plates and refreshing drinks for a laid-back Sunday gathering. Looking for an intimate, romantic setting? Book one of the private dining gazebos that look out onto the Caribbean Sea and enjoy an idyllic meal for two.
The Larder is a gourmet café and sushi bar which also specialises in catering – the first of its kind in Antigua. Yachts, private parties, barbeques and weddings; whatever the occasion, the Larder is on hand to provide first class catering.
The vibrant menu changes on a daily basis, offering the finest seasonal ingredients cooked to exacting standards. Fresh salads and a wide-ranging BBQ menu makes for the ideal lunchtime feast, whilst finger foods and a selection of dips are perfect for a cocktail party aboard a yacht. Alternatively, order in a generous helping of the renowned ‘Larder Burgers’ – served with shoestring fries and a heavenly BBQ sauce. And don’t forget, you can also swing by The Larder for a sit-down meal thanks to its extensive sushi menu. From spicy salmon tamaki and crab stick-filled California rolls to shrimps and tuna, you won’t be left disappointed.
The Bay @ Nonsuch
From the wooden floors of the outdoor dining deck at Nonsuch Bay Resort, five small steps lead up to a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking Nonsuch Bay. For the lucky diners seated at the surrounding tables, the glistening ocean appears as a captivating extension to the pool – a magnificent setting for a feast by both day and night.
The refreshing lunchtime menu features crab cakes, shrimp cocktails, classic The Bay burgers and zesty tuna wraps, with imaginative cocktails to match. The evening offerings are equally tempting, with pan fried soft-shell crab, sirloin steak and lobster in a shellfish bisque forming the nucleus of a wonderfully varied menu.
Le Bistro Antigua
Located within a stone’s throw of the shores of Judge’s Bay on the island’s northern tip, Le Bistro Antigua has served up classic French cuisine to locals and visitors for over three decades. Giant palm trees tower above the restaurant’s modest entrance, but once inside one can’t help but feel completely at ease amidst the cosy, intimate interiors, where wine bottles hang from the ceiling.
As you’d expect, the menu features all the French classics – many of which are enhanced by a light sprinkling of local flavours. From snails in garlic butter to grilled salmon, veal medallions and beef tenderloin, there’s no shortage of delicious dishes to savour.
Shirley Heights Lookout
Every night’s a party at Shirley Heights Lookout, where diners are spoiled with sweeping views of the English Harbour, as well as the beats and flavours of Antigua. Specialising in traditional Caribbean dishes, this vibrant establishment has long been a favourite with both residents and holidaymakers thanks to its easy-going atmosphere and cosy, rustic décor.
This is the place to let your hair down, particularly on Sundays when it plays hosts to one of the islands best loved parties. Live music and cocktails is the name of the game as people flock to watch the sun set over the harbor. It all kicks off from 4pm onwards, with generous helpings of freshly prepared seafood and juicy chicken marinades available.
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