Not only is Antigua known for its picture-perfect tropical beaches but also the mouthwatering local cuisine that any food lover should experience at least once in their lifetime. Restaurants in Antigua look to fuse local and international tastes together – and the result is an eclectic mixture of delightful platters. Seafood, sourced locally and caught fresh from the ocean, ensures that each meal is as flavorful as the surrounding scenery.
The Cove Restaurant
The entrance of the Cove restaurant has to be the most dramatic on this part of the Caribbean – flaming torches that lead you into a candlelit hall overlooking the sea. The ambiance is relaxed and mood romantic for an intimate dinner. Its open design gives diners the best view of the wide-open ocean, something that’s made even more magical by the location of the restaurant – on a clifftop. Each meal is a treat as The Cove’s fusion of the Caribbean and French cuisines gives you lots of options. A particular treat is the ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ selection with delicious cuts of meat available to diners as a supplement to the main menu. The lobster thermidor at the Cove is a must-try.
Sheer Rocks Restaurant
As the name suggests, Sheer Rocks is set up on the rocks of Ffryes Bay. Its sunset-facing position makes it the ideal spot for a sundowner. The outdoor setting features four-poster daybeds and a plunge pool that make this restaurant an afternoon haven for vacationers in this humid island. The restaurant’s Mediterranean tapas menu is vibrant and innovative to reflect the nature of its young owners. In the evening, diners are treated to a full à la carte menu with optional wine pairings. Ingredients are sourced locally from farmers and fishermen, and only the freshest will do. Menu items change seasonally to incorporate what’s in and to keep meals interesting. You don’t want to leave before trying their artisan cocktails. Sheer Rock’s house-made sorbets, 7-grain bread, and ice-creams are an absolute delight to the palate.
Harmony Hall, built on a former sugar plantation that overlooks Brown’s Bay is on a serene private beach accessible by ferry. The restaurant’s flare is Italian with a mix of seafood sourced locally. After lunch, you can relax by the outdoor pool and watch the sun go down or read a book. Lunch and breakfast are served daily, but you can only catch dinner here from Wednesday to Saturday. You won’t want to miss mouthwatering grilled mahi-mahi with a champagne cream sauce, prawn and rice, and banana pudding that the chef whips up as you wait. The cheesecake at Harmony Hall is to die for. Catch a ride to the secluded beaches of Green Island in the property’s boat, Luna to end a beautiful day.
Catherine’s Cafe Plage
For six days a week – Wednesday to Monday – guests are treated to long and relaxed lunches and tapas till sunset at Catherine’s Cafe Plage. Dinners are only served on Wednesday and Friday, and so you may want to reserve a table if you’re going to taste the best local seafood with a French flair. An open-plan dining room with scenic views of the ocean makes this restaurant the ideal spot for private gatherings. The wine list at Catherine’s is French only and paired perfectly with meals. ‘La Plage’ beach bar and lounge that is only a few steps away from the water serves creative cocktail and platters of tapas until sunset. Lobster cakes, snapper papillote, and tartiflette are only some of the French goodies that you can try at Catherine’s after platters of local seafood.
South Point Restaurant & Lounge
South Point Restaurant offers an ambitious menu that combines the delights of locally available seafood with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. With locally sourced and handpicked ingredients, the restaurant infuses international influences to local ingredients to create an exciting experience for diners. To give off a café-style vibe, South Point’s deck is suspended over water and is equipped for tying up dinghies and paddleboards. Pop into the Lounge Bar for some creative cocktails and a discerning wine list after hours. Whether you are a guest of the hotel or a walk-in adventurer, South Point is a gem in Antigua. It’s open daily from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm and for lunch on Friday till Sunday.