As varied as the Caribbean nations are, so are their local cuisines. Thus it’s not only great to explore the wondrous nature and local scenery but also the flavors that are inherited in each place. Restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago serve a number of dishes that are curried, stewed, or barbecued, and, as you’d expect, there’s a plethora of seafood here. Nonetheless, some of the finest restaurants on both islands explore a much wider culinary range, from local to international, so there’s always something new to discover. While Trinidad has a better selection of fine dining establishments, Tobago celebrates a local tropical flair. Both, however, will leave your tastebuds wanting more.

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Aioli

Aioli

Aioli is among Trinidad’s most celebrated fine dining restaurants. The menu features an exquisite blend of French, Mediterranean, Italian, and Spanish/Basque cuisines. Tucked away in Ellerslie Plaza shopping center, it might not be easy to spot at first but it is certainly worth exploring as the delightful journey of flavors, scents, and textures will satisfy all senses. Experience fantastic culinary creations by chef John Aboud in an inviting setting where time seems to have stopped. Start with fried oysters or beautifully aged Jamon Iberico before moving on to gorgeous roasted lamb chops or a butter-poached salmon fillet. There is also an excellent selection of freshly-made pasta and ravioli. The food is beautifully indulgent so make sure you treat yourself to a dinner here.

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BUZO Osteria

BUZO Osteria 

Bringing Italian cuisine to Trinidad, Buzo Osteria Italiana offers a selection of creative, delicious dishes prepared from the finest fresh ingredients. Passion for honest cooking and great food, as well as an appreciation for the arts, all come together here at Buzo Osteria Italiana. Moreover, the dishes are complemented by an extensive and eclectic wine list. The restaurant finds its home in an absolutely stunning old stone building. Its courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy some pre-dinner cockteils, and it’s not without reason that the restaurant has earned praise as one of the best restaurants in Trinidad. Feast on authentic dishes that include freshly-made antipasti and pasta, and flavorsome ingredients like gorgonzola, portobello mushrooms, crab, squid, and lobster.

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Chaud

Chaud

“Eat well, drink merrily and laugh often,” reads the motto of Chaud Restaurant in Port of Spain, Trinidad. And how true it reads! Chef Khalid Mohammed’s restaurant is all about exceptional ingredients that come together to form some of the most unique dishes you will have tried. Subtly paired flavors that reflect the culinary scenery of Trinidad and Tobago are at the very core of the restaurant. Moreover, all of this in a beautifully relaxed and intimate setting. The menu is both modern and international as well as authentic with a Caribbean flair. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include guava-barbecued shrimp as well as creamy cheddar grits with applewood-smoked bacon. Sugar cane-glazed twice-cooked pork belly sounds particularly mouthwatering and so does the sorrel-lacquered roasted duck breast. Honestly, the whole menu is full of wonders and you won’t be surprised finding yourself coming back here time and again.

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Krave

Krave

Krave has been an important player in Trinidad’s dining scene since 2014, even though many doubted that the restaurant would surpass a few month mark in its existence. In these five years, however, it has proved to be a magnet for those seeking a unique Caribbean flair and a fantastic dining experience. Excellent customer service and innovative menus are the defining terms when considering the reputation of this restaurant. Furthemore, to celebrate its five years, the restaurant recently underwent a remodel and now boasts an even more luxe experience for its customers. Feast on peach-marinated duck breast, Caribbean fish ceviche, or a classic seafood risotto. Really, it’s impossible to go wrong as anything you order will be equally delightful.

Hyatt Waterfront

Hyatt Waterfront

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the Waterfront restaurant at Hyatt Regency Trinidad is perhaps among the most scenic restaurants on the island. Boasting remarkable sunset views over the Gulf of Paria and an equally dazzling interior, Waterfront is the finest restaurant at the edge of the water. The restaurant’s menu is an ideal match to complement the setting. Only using the most fresh, natural, and local ingredients, both local and international chefs come together to show their skills in creating the most delightful dishes. Enjoy your dinner either on the al fresco waterfront terrace or the air-conditioned dining room. The dinner menu is equally fit for both omnivores as well as vegetarians and the selection is truly impressive. Herb-crusted red snapper, a range of grilled meats and seafood, as well as beautiful vegetarian curries and Mediterranean-inspired options await you.