Head to these great restaurants in Barbados, whether you’re looking for a fine dining restaurant to mark a special occasion or somewhere simple to enjoy a casual meal. Many of the island’s top dining spots are beside the water, making the most of those breathtaking views over the Caribbean Sea.

    As you’d expect from an island destination, locally caught seafood features heavily on the menu, but many visitors that come here ensure that there’s a market for international favourites too.

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    Daphne’s

    A stylish sister restaurant to Daphne’s of London

    Daphne’s is an elegant, oceanfront restaurant on Barbados’ aspirational Platinum Coast. It’s a celebrity favourite: Rihanna, Simon Cowell, Claudia Schiffer and Gerard Butler have all been spotted here. It’s flanked by The House and the Tamarind Hotel, part of the Elegant Hotels group.

    As with its Chelsea counterpart, Executive Chef Marco Festini Cromer’s cuisine is modern Italian but here it’s given a Bajan twist. At lunchtime, opt for a simple plate of pasta or a pizza overlooking the water. After dark, go for the risotto, pan-seared scallops or fresh lobster.

    Location: Highway 1, Paynes Bay Beach, Barbados

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 12.30 pm to 3 pm and from 4.30 pm to 7 pm, Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 246-432-2731

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    Champers

    Upscale dining overlooking Rockley Beach

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    Champers is an established restaurant offering waterfront dining on the southern coast of Barbados. This upmarket place prides itself on excellent service and high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. The international menu offers staples such as ribeye steaks and grilled prawns as well as dishes with a Bajan flavour like coconut shrimp or oven-roasted barracuda.

    There’s an outside, candlelit terrace from which you can listen to the sound of the waves while enjoying your meal. Alternatively, an air-conditioned interior space boasting panoramic views over the Caribbean Sea is ideal for those rare occasions when the weather’s not at its best.

    Location: Skeetes Hill, Bridgetown, Barbados

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 3 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 11.30 am to 3 pm and from 5.45 pm to 9.30 pm, Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm and Sunday from 11.30 pm to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 246-434-3463

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    The Tides Barbados

    Fine dining overlooking the Caribbean Sea

    The Tides is one of the fanciest restaurants on Barbados’ west coast. The principal dining room of this Holetown institution was built around 4 casuarina trees that grow out of the floor and up through the delightful timber-clad ceiling. The Centre Lanai and Garden Gazebo rooms are light, airy and stylish.

    Relax before a meal with a cocktail in one of the attractive outdoor lounges which offer comfortable armchairs surrounded by tropical planting. Seafood is a speciality: the menu combines international favourites like Colchester oysters and Prince Edward Island mussels with local must-try dishes such as flying fish.

    Location: Holetown, Barbados

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 7 pm, Sunday from 11.30 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 246-432-8356

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    Café Luna

    Charming rooftop restaurant ideal for couples

    Café Luna occupies the rooftop of the Little Arches Hotel in Barbados. This south coast gem is an intimate adults-only place which makes this one of the most romantic restaurants on the island. The vibe is ‘Caribbean meets the Med’ thanks to the alfresco dining and fusion menu.

    The chef sources local ingredients where possible – anything that’s missing is shipped in only where necessary. The weekend brunch is a highlight. Enjoy a leisurely start to the day feasting on pumpkin pancakes or Luna’s delicious take on eggs Benedict.

    Location: Enterprise Beach Rd, Oistins, Barbados

    Open: Monday–Friday from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 246-428-6172

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    Brown Sugar

    A local favourite with plenty of character

    Brown Sugar serves up exceptional Caribbean cuisine in the heart of Bridgetown, the Bajan capital. Its tables are set amid fern-filled patios and delightful water gardens. It’s highly regarded for its all-you-can-eat planter’s lunch, a great opportunity to sample a wide range of local and Creole dishes.

    As the sun sets and the tree frogs begin to chirp, this casual yet chic restaurant ramps up a gear. Keep it local with a bowl of piping hot pepperpot stew, pudding and souse (steamed sweet potato served with pickled pork) or a plate of cou cou and flying fish, Barbados’ national dish.

    Location: Bay St, Bridgetown, Barbados

    Open: Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 246-436-7069

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    Fish Pot

    Informal dining in a historic setting

    Fish Pot is a renowned restaurant that forms part of the family-run Little Good Harbour Hotel. Located just north of Speightstown within an old fort, this relaxed oceanfront bistro features coral stone walls adorned with colourful works of art.

    The chef and his team serve up tempting dishes all day long. Enjoy a filling breakfast of tropical fruit, homemade bread and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Reserve a table for a lazy seaside lunch – perhaps some grilled octopus, pan-seared scallops or a light, fresh salad? As night falls order braised lamb shank, slow-cooked so it falls off the bone, sweet coconut curry or grilled fish fresh off the boat.

    Location: Little Good Harbour Hotel Shermans St. Lucy St. Lucy, BB27190, Barbados

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 246-439-3000

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    Lone Star

    Sophisticated restaurant attracting a celebrity clientele

    Lone Star’s enviable location on Barbados’ exclusive Platinum Coast ensures this beachfront restaurant attracts glamorous and well-heeled VIPs. These discerning diners aren’t disappointed with what they find – when this place was converted from a garage, the new owners knew what they were doing.

    This elegant, contemporary establishment serves up crowd-pleasers and comfort food, like Wagyu beef cheeks, shepherd’s pie, and crispy duck. The result is an eclectic menu but one on which you’ll always find something you like.

    Location: Hwy 1b Mount Standfast, Barbados

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm and from 6.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 246-539-0600

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    Round House

    A gem worth the detour to the island’s east coast

    Round House began in 1832 as a private residence and a stop on the island’s railway, but it’s now one of the most attractive restaurants in Barbados. Its deck overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, where the swells lure surfers and waves crash dramatically on the beach.

    The food’s unmistakably Caribbean, with a menu that features okra, plantain, flying fish, breadfruit and buljol alongside the more familiar burgers, chicken breasts and pulled pork. This is the place to be adventurous in Bathsheba, both in and out of the water.

    Location: Highway Z Bathsheba BB BB21054, Bathsheba, Barbados

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +1 246-433-9678

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    Cutters of Barbados

    The best place on the island to sample its famous cutters

    Cutters is a restaurant in Crane Beach that takes its name from the traditional sandwich found all over Barbados. These take penny bread, also known as salt bread, and fill the roll with a popular filling such as flying fish or seasoned baked ham. Add a liberal squirt of Bajan pepper sauce and you’ll have the most authentic snack on the island.

    Run by a couple of American expatriates, Cutters of Barbados is a laidback place that’s easy to find close to Crane Beach Hotel on the south coast. Check out the walls lined with leftover wine bottle corks.

    Location: Crane Beach Crane St. Philip, BB18076, Barbados

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 246-423-0611

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    The Dive

    Casual restaurant with a beach shack vibe

    The Dive is a shabby chic eatery with a laidback vibe in St Lawrence. The restaurant has a saltwater aquarium, which is the largest on the island.  Staff feed the lionfish twice weekly – check their social media to find out which days.

    Seafood dishes are a house speciality. While the menu is dependent on the catch of the day, expect to find kingfish, swordfish, lionfish, marlin, barracuda and of course flying fish on the menu. The seafood platter’s a great option if you can’t decide which to order. Sip a rum punch and groove to the sounds of reggae and calypso as the kitchen prepares it for you.

    Location: 3C9F+7XG, Oistins, Barbados

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 5 pm until late

    Phone: +1 246-622-2025

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    Julia Hammond | Contributing Writer

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