Dominica Restaurants

You can expect an abundance of vegetables, fruits, and root crops to appear on menus around the island. Dominica's economy, after all, is based on agriculture. Sweet ripe plantains, kushkush (cornmeal), yams, breadfruit, dasheen (also called taro), fresh fish, and chicken prepared at least a dozen different ways are all staples. The local drink is a spiced rum steeped with herbs such as anisette (called nanny) and pweve (lemongrass). Dominican cuisine is also famous for its use of local game, such as the manicou (a small opossum) and the agouti (a large indigenous rodent), but you'll have to be an intrepid diner to go that route. The government has banned "mountain chicken" (a euphemism for a large frog called crapaud) because a fungal disease, overhunting, and other problems have greatly reduced its numbers.

What to Wear: Most Dominicans dress nicely but practically when eating out—for dinner it's shirts and trousers for men and modest dresses for women. During the day, nice shorts are acceptable at most places; beach attire is frowned on unless you're eating on the beach.

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  • 1. Palisades Restaurant

    $$$ | Eclectic

    At the southern end of Roseau's bayfront, this elegant and romantic restaurant overlooks the Caribbean coastline. You can dine outdoors on the...Read More

  • 2. Cocorico

    $ | Eclectic

    It's hard to miss this bright yellow-and-blue Parisian-style café on a prominent bayfront corner in Roseau. Breakfast crepes, croissants, baguette...Read More

  • 3. Guiyave

    $$ | Caribbean

    This popular restaurant in a quaint Caribbean town house also has a shop downstairs serving a scrumptious selection of sweet and savory pastries...Read More

  • 4. Miranda's Corner

    $ | Caribbean

    Just past Springfield on the way to Pont Casse, you'll begin to see hills full of flowers. At a big bend, a sign on a tree reads "Miranda's...Read More

  • 5. Old Stone Bar and Grill

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Stone walls, lots of plants, and red accents make this restaurant near the waterfront a very cozy place. The menu offers tasty chicken, pork...Read More

  • 6. Pearl's Cuisine

    $$ | Caribbean

    Located in downtown Roseau, chef Pearl, with her robust and infectious character, prepares some of the island's best local cuisine, such as...Read More

  • 7. Rainforest Restaurant at Papillote

    $$ | Caribbean

    Dine at an altitude cool enough to demand a throw blanket and warm enough to inspire after-dinner conversation. First, try a strong rum punch...Read More

  • 8. Sea Surge Terrace Restaurant & Bar

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    You can find classic local food with a very elegant twist at this restaurant in the Evergreen Hotel. Selections include starters like fresh...Read More

  • 9. The Banana Tree Bar + Grill

    $$ | Eclectic

    This former garage has become the only true grill on the island. It boasts "cool drinks, great food." The menu includes prime steaks, pasta...Read More

  • 10. Zamaan Restaurant

    $$$ | Eclectic

    The setting, whether you sit out on the covered, open-air patio or inside the comfortable beamed-ceiling dining room, is sublime, and the food...Read More

  • 11. La Maison

    Eclectic

    At arguably one of the island's best and most romantic dining spots, Chef Vincent Binet changes the way he hones tasty fish, chicken, shrimp...Read More

  • 12. La Robe Creole

    $$ | Caribbean

    A cut-stone building only steps away from the Old Market Plaza houses one of Dominica's best restaurants. In a cozy dining room with wood rafters...Read More

  • 13. Le Bistro

    $$$ | French

    At this intimate French bistro in downtown Roseau, the food gets raves and is as creative as the centerpieces on the tables—upside-down wineglasses...Read More

  • 14. Cornerhouse Café

    $ | American

    This Internet café offers an eclectic menu to sustain you while surfing: bagels with an assortment of toppings, delicious soups, vegetarian...Read More

  • 15. Port of Call Restaurant & Bar

    $$ | Caribbean

    This haunt of middle-aged barristers and laid-back locals is just around the corner from the bay front in downtown Roseau. A breezy restaurant...Read More

  • 16. TAO Lounge Bar & Grill

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Just across from the water sits a cottage that has been converted into a small bistro that's as lovely inside as it is on the patio. Dark woods...Read More

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