St. Lucia Restaurants

Bananas, mangoes, passion fruit, plantains, breadfruit, okra, avocados, limes, pumpkins, cucumbers, papaya, yams, christophenes (also called chayote), and coconuts are among the fresh fruits and vegetables that grace St. Lucian menus. The French influence is strong, and most chefs cook with a Creole flair. Resort buffets and restaurant fare include standards like steaks, chops, pasta, and pizza—and every menu lists fresh fish along with the ever-popular lobster.

Caribbean standards include callaloo, stuffed crab back, pepperpot stew, curried chicken or goat, and lambi (conch). The national dish of salt fish and green fig—a stew of dried, salted codfish and boiled green banana—is, let's say, an acquired taste. A runner-up in terms of local popularity is bouyon, a cooked-all-day soup or stew that combines meat (usually pig tail), "provisions" (root vegetables), pigeon peas, dumplings, broth, and local spices. Soups and stews are traditionally prepared in a coal pot—unique to St. Lucia—a rustic clay casserole on a matching clay stand that holds the hot coals.

Chicken and pork dishes and barbecues are also popular here. Fresh lobster is available in season, which lasts from August through February. As they do throughout the Caribbean, local vendors set up barbecue grills along the roadside, at street fairs, and at Friday-night "jump-ups" and do a bang-up business selling grilled fish or chicken legs, bakes (fried biscuits), and beer—you can get a full meal for less than $10. Most other meats are imported—beef from Argentina and Iowa, lamb from New Zealand. Piton is the local brew; Bounty, the local rum.

Guests at St. Lucia's many popular all-inclusive resorts take most meals at hotel restaurants—which are generally quite good and, in some cases, exceptional—but it's fun when vacationing to try some of the local restaurants, as well—for lunch when sightseeing or for a special night out.

What to Wear: Dress on St. Lucia is casual but conservative. Shorts are usually fine during the day, but bathing suits and immodest clothing are frowned upon anywhere but at the beach. Nude or topless sunbathing is prohibited. In the evening the mood is casually elegant, but even the fanciest places generally expect only a collared shirt and long pants for men and a sundress or slacks for women.

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  • 1. Chateau Mygo House of Seafood

    $$$ | Seafood

    Walk down a garden path to Chateau Mygo (a colloquial corruption of "Marigot") or sail up on your boat, pick out a table on the deck of this...Read More

  • 2. DOOlittle's Restaurant + Bar

    $$$ | Seafood

    Named for the protagonist in the original (1967) Dr. Doolittle movie, part of which was filmed in Marigot Bay, this indoor-outdoor restaurant...Read More

  • 3. Hurricane Hole Bar & Restaurant

    $$ | Café

    Join the yachties and nearby hotel guests for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, a casual evening meal, cocktails or a cold drink, or just dessert...Read More

  • 4. The Reef Beach Café

    $$ | Caribbean

    Situate yourself at a table under a shady tree for an early breakfast, casual beachside lunch or dinner (try the ribs), or just chill with drinks...Read More

  • 5. Rainforest Hideaway

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    Enjoy high-end Caribbean tastes and flavors at this romantic and upscale hideaway on the north shore of pretty Marigot Bay. It's definitely...Read More

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