Saint Kitts And Nevis

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From elegant meals at plantation inns to lowbrow seafood shacks beloved by locals, dining in Nevis is something to savor. In recent years, the culinary scene has benefitted from several new upscale restaurants, once mostly the domain of expensive hotel properties. At these establishments, expert chefs infuse local dishes with international flavors, resulting in decadent, creative fare worth splurging on. No matter where it’s served, however, seafood is a standout (choose from abundant offerings from the Atlantic like spiny lobster, shrimp, and mahi mahi). Nevisians are also fans of the grill, with BBQ chicken, pork, and grilled fish featuring prominently on many menus. Adventurous palates should try goatwater: locally made soup made with goatmeat, usually with chunks of bone in the bowl. Some of the more touristy restaurants close in late August and September, while those that have a strong local clientele stay open year-round. Most people sit down to dinner on Nevis at around 7:30pm.

Top Restaurants in Saint Kitts And Nevis

Bananas Bistro

You wouldn't expect wicker furniture, elaborate chandeliers, and Moroccan lamps to work together aesthetically, but somehow it all makes sense at Bananas, the second venue from English expat Gillian Smith (Café des Artes is the first). The global cuisine is equally mismatched (and equally successful) - choose from dishes like lobster tails with pineapple-ginger salsa and bourbon-glazed ribs. Reserve ahead; Bananas is always buzzing with both tourists and locals.

Upper Hamilton Estate, Nevis, 869-469-1891
Tags: international | moderate | seafood

Café des Artes

Grab a quiche or a croissant while taking in fine artwork at this quaint little café. Guests can eat in the gallery area or dine alfresco in a cheery courtyard filled with umbrella-protected tables. Owner Gillian Smith, an English expat, also runs a popular dinner venue in Charlestown called Bananas Bistro.

Main Street, Hamilton House, Nevis, 869-469-7098
Tags: moderate | patio | cafe

Coconut Grove

Restaurateur Gary Colt and his wife, Karin, brought a taste of Indonesia to Nevis with their thatched-roof, timbered restaurant, which has quickly become known as one of the best on the island. On the menu you’ll find French-inspired continental cuisine with seafood taking center stage: scallop spring rolls, seafood Napoleon with shrimp and lobster in a Madras curry sauce, and red snapper doused in a spicy Creole sauce. The wine list is staggering in length.

Pinney’s Beach, Main island road, Nevis, 869-469-1020,
Tags: seafood | expensive | indonesian | notable wine list

Double Deuce

Mark Roberts, the former chef at Montpelier Plantation Inn, is at the helm of this hopping beach bar, where he demonstrates his skill as much with typical bar food like cheeseburgers - reputed to be the best on the island - as with succulent seafood dishes. The décor is a mix of maritime (sailing and fishing pictures) and kitsch (hot dog umbrellas and wind chimes).

Nevis, 869-469-2222
Tags: budget | seafood | american | great value | waterfront

Eddy's Bar & Restaurant

On Wednesdays, the action is at Eddy’s, a popular second-story restaurant and local expat hangout in Charlestown named after its affable owner. Menu favorites include conch fritters, hamburgers, and fish and chips, but the main course for the evening is the dancing – in the evening, tables are cleared for a makeshift dance floor. On the weekends, karaoke and music spun by a local DJ pump into the wee hours.

Main Street, Nevis, 869-469-5958
Tags: nightlife | dancing | dj | karaoke

Hilltop Restaurant

On the Main island road from Charlestown, not far from the Golden Rock Plantation Inn, is the Hilltop Restaurant, a local favorite in Nevis for its goatwater (goat stew). The restaurant isn’t visible from the road, but if you get lost, any local will be able to tell you how to get there.

Off main island road, Nevis, 869-469-3635
Tags: budget | great value

Mem's Pizzeria

Mem’s serves up the best homemade pizzas on the island. The house specialties, including lobster pizza and the “Mem's Inferno,” topped with spicy scotch bonnet peppers, are winners. As with most local hangouts, the schedule can be irregular – call ahead to make sure it’s open before you trot on over.

Nevis, 869-469-1390
Tags: budget | local favorite | pizza

Miss June's

Call in advance for reservations at this unforgettable restaurant, which also happens to be the private home of Trinidad-born June Mestier. While media mogul Oprah Winfrey was visiting Nevis in 1991, she arranged a private dinner with June, known as the best chef on the island, and encouraged her to open a restaurant. Today, Miss June’s is undoubtedly one of the island’s best culinary experiences. The chef interweaves spicy flavors from New Orleans, India, and her native Trinidad in a prix-fixe, multi-course, all-inclusive meal, which includes fish, local vegetable dishes, and Trinidadian curries. Following dinner, guests enjoy port and chocolate in the lounge – a nice extra that adds to the “dinner party” feel.

Main island road, Nevis, 869-469-5330
Tags: expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | global fusion

Sunshine's Beach Bar & Grill

Sunshine's Bar and Grill on pretty Pinney's Beach, just south of the Four Seasons Resort Nevis (recent winner of a Sherman's Travel Smart Luxury Award, it is set to reopen once renovations in the wake of Hurricane Omar are complete). Sunshine's owner Llewelyn "Sunshine" Caines is Nevis's unofficial goodwill ambassador, and both his charm and his infamous creation, the Killer Bee-a deceptively strong rum concoction topped with freshly grated Grenada nutmeg-lures locals, ex-pats, guests, and, judging from the photos on the walls of the cozy, Rastacolored shack, celebrities such as Bill Gates, Beyoncé, and Tiger Woods. Dinner and lunch menus are pretty much the same; try the grilled lobster.

Tags: moderate | seafood | great value | waterfront

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