Just like everywhere else in the Caribbean, when you dine in the Grenadines, you can expect nothing but freshness and mouthfuls of flavor coming from locally-grown fruit, spices, and seafood straight from the local waters. Seaside dining setups under swaying palm trees accompanied by a gentle ocean breeze, a starlit sky, and candlelit ambiance are unmatched and you can easily spend hours enjoying chefs’ creations and beautifully refreshing cocktails. Unpretentious yet undeniably impressive – that’s what it’s all about!
Royal Palm Restaurant & Bar
It’s easy to assume that the Royal Palm Restaurant attracts its clientele mostly with its seaside setting, offering beachfront views while being sheltered by a lovely veranda. However, this idyllic restaurant offers so much more and most of it has been created by the talented Executive Head Chef Baka and his team. The dinner menu features both flavors from around the world as well as local delights, and, of course, fantastic seafood. The menu isn’t stuffed with endless options, yet the offer is concise and brilliantly-crafted, ticking all the boxes. The appetizers balance flavors from the Mediterranean and the Caribbean alike – starting with home smoked local marlin and guacamole or creamed hummus with garlic and plantain crackers. Herb-roasted beef sirloin and slow-braised duck are timeless options, but the true shining star of the menu is the grilled line-caught swordfish served with aromatic saffron and lobster risotto and champagne cream – absolute opulence on the plate.
Exuding old-time charm and relaxed island vibes, the Veranda Restaurant is set in the beautiful Cotton House hotel. As the day advances, the space turns from leisurely breakfast and open bar setting into a gorgeous dining setup complete with intimate tables, soft lighting, and a delightful a la carte menu filled with locally-sourced ingredients and the freshest seafood available. The long-established restaurant enjoys praise from long-time patrons, locals, and first-time diners alike. The menu is infused with local and world flavors alike – sesame, soy, honey, and chili marinades, pickled mustard seeds, lime, charred onion, and passionfruit. Peppered tuna carpaccio and refreshing crab with cucumber are perfect to start with, and the mains don’t cease to impress as well – kingfish with pickled cabbage and breadfruit is all about local flavors and traditional ingredients, while the barbecued pumpkin served with a vegetable patty and eggplant caviar offer the same culinary indulgence but for diners preferring plant-based options. It wouldn’t quite be island dining without freshly grilled options too and the Veranda Restaurant offers the best – whether you opt for the catch of the day or grilled half lobster, or one of the steak options, you can’t really go wrong.
Tides Bar + Grill
Mandarin Oriental Canouan is the epitome of luxury and its in-house restaurant Tides Bar + Grill follows suit by offering only the finest options from both land and the sea. Locally-sourced here isn’t just a phrase that subtly pays homage to the local surroundings – they truly mean it. Inventive dishes with a Caribbean flair are created to suit a variety of taste preferences, and the menu is as elegant as is the setting. Seared scallops with saffron mayo and crispy jackfish with a dusting of spices and creole garlic dipping sauce are our top picks from the small plates and both are incredible. The island conch chowder with local provisions is a must-try for anyone craving a taste of the island cuisine, while various specialty cuts like filet mignon and tomahawk will please anyone who prefers the more timeless options.
Petit St. Vincent Main Pavillion Restaurant
The private island of Petit St. Vincent is nothing short of stunning thus also earning the title as one of the world’s finest and most enchanting hideaways. Stellar service carries through the resort and it’s no less impressive in the main pavilion restaurant located atop a curved stone staircase on the gorgeous terrace, offering breathtaking views and a slightly rustic island charm. A five-star dining experience awaits you in the most romantic setting imaginable, as you overlook the dazzling Caribbean waters and swaying palm trees. Both indoor and outdoor seating options are available and while both are equally comfortable, we wouldn’t think twice about booking an outdoor table with panoramic views. Perfect for romantic dinners for two as well as larger groups, it’s not just the setting that excites the senses – it’s all about the full dining experience here. The carefully thought-through à la carte menu changes daily, showing the dedication of the team as they strive to offer only the best and freshest options available. Well-balanced recipes include fresh and organic local produce grown nearby in the restaurant’s own garden. While the fish is caught locally, the finest cuts are imported from international sources – succulent Black Angus beef and tender New Zealand lamb. Petit St. Vincent takes pride in being one of the most luxurious resorts in the Grenadines so you won’t find a better place for bespoke service, and their main restaurant will cater to any culinary needs and requirements truly exceeding expectations.
The Firefly Restaurant on Mustique is a part of the hotel of the same name and anyone who has ever visited Mustique wouldn’t think twice about recommending this particular restaurant as it’s not easy to find a better option for locally-infused service, food, and atmosphere. One of the key parts that make Firefly Restaurant exceptional is the personal approach taken by all staff and owners. Things like this resonate, and from the moment you arrive at your table you can feel at ease and make sure that your evening will be elevated to new heights. Start your evening with a specialty cocktail or a bottle of one of the restaurant’s selected wines which are not only exceptional but also perfect pairings for the fantastic dishes. As with most places in the Grenadines, the menu here changes rather often to allow only the finest seafood options to be served. Sustainably-sourced and local are two words that mean the world here, thus you won’t find anywhere better to enjoy local flair on Mustique. The space itself is relaxed yet island-chic in its own charming characteristic way – their colonial-style veranda overlooking the bay is the place you’ll want to be.