Few Caribbean countries can match the quality of eateries that Barbados offers. The island may only be 166 square miles in size, but it has plenty to offer – restaurants perched seaside, quaint bakeries and coffee shops that you could easily miss if you don’t check closely and outdoor food markets. Simply put, you can never have a bad meal in Barbados. On top of the diverse offerings, the chefs are creative too, fusing international cuisines with the local flavors to create unique tastes for the discerning diner.
The Cliff is only open at night for dinner with good reason; its theatrical setting with torch-lit decks positioned above an idyllic cove is best appreciated at night. If the view is legendary, the food is even better. Such delicacies as spicy Thai style beef salad with peanuts, coriander, mint and pickled cucumber make up the ‘Specials’ list, while the dessert corner is just as enticing.
The menu looks into all needs, which is why vegetarian options are just as many as the main choices. The Cliff’s wine list at is extensive and the attentive staff will gladly suggest ideal pairings with your meal. Being so scenic, The Cliff is often picked for private parties and weddings. Fills up quite fast too and especially during winters and so you may want to book a table in advance.
Cin Cin Barbados
Cin Cin by the Sea is a trendy spot that features an expansive glass wall for an unobstructed view of the ocean. You have two options when you come to this beautiful restaurant; dine inside the air-conditioned dining room that is so beautifully decorated with neutral colors, or head on to the terrace to feel the breeze as you eat. Either way, you’re in for a treat.
Meals are Mediterranean-style with a Caribbean twist. It’s not uncommon to be served fried gnocchi with strips of jerk pork in some sweet sauce for a starter and battered kingfish fillets with oh-so-delicious grilled asparagus, tomato and mushroom salad for the main. Desserts are just as memorable. As the evening settles in, sip some artisan drinks with nibbles as you watch sea vessels.
The ambiance and good food are some of the main reasons revelers come back to the Tides every evening for dinner. Set up in a World War II Barbadian home with coral stone and mahogany, the open-air design brings in the sea’s breeze with an unobstructed view of the ocean. Trees growing through the roof of the building complete the picture. The bar serves as a gallery for local art too and so the view here is breathtaking.
If you can, book a table at the waterfront for a great shot of the sunset. The theme here is seafood with Asian touches made with the day’s catch. The Tides sources its ingredients from local suppliers and so every component is fresh. An absolute treat for a starter is spiced shrimp and Thai scented crab cake, saffron risotto with the day’s catch as the main and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert.
Award-winning Daphne’s, set behind Paynes Bay beach, has been one of Barbados’ upmarket spots for over a decade. Stylish and romantic without being over-the-top, this restaurant serves Italian dishes with a local twist. Chef Michele Blasi only uses the freshest ingredients from local farmers and fishers. You may want to try the linguine with shredded spicy crab, though frankly, all home-made pasta dishes here are simply amazing. Delicious platters of cured meats make rounds, but you want to leave room for panna cotta with guava, one of the puddings the chef makes excellently. If you get a table by the beach, you will be treated to unobstructed views of the ocean as you sip your cocktail.
The Fish Pot
The Little Good Harbour’s Fish Pot Restaurant is set within an 18th-century fort by the Caribbean Sea. Its airy, informal dining room is finished with coral stone walls and diverse artwork while the open-air covered terrace gives uninterrupted views of the sea. Simple wooden furniture completes the relaxed island vibe, making The Fish Pot an ideal spot for lunch, dinner and even breakfast.
The meals are delectable, with the chef ingeniously fusing the Caribbean style with international cuisines. Seafood and other ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. You can expect top-notch salads, creatively-presented fish dishes and delicious curries at The Fish Spot.