5 best restaurants in the BVI's
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Rustic and romantic
Set within a 374-year-old stone sugar mill in Tortola, this intimate restaurant boasts a tropical garden and al fresco terrace. With its flickering candles and views over the dazzling North Shore, it was named one of the world’s most romantic restaurants. Soak up the sunset at Sugar Mill while sipping a rum punch and sampling an ever-changing creative a la carte selection that could include lobster bisque and seared scallops, with Caribbean-inspired sides like mango salsa and coconut rice.
Sugar Mill Hotel, North Coast Road, Apple Bay, Tortola
Tel: 284 495 4355 www.sugarmillhotel.com/restaurant.html
For perfect panoramas
A daily-changing menu of Italian tapas and classics like three-cheese tortellini define the flair and sophistication of Brandywine, a three-tiered restaurant built on the site of an 18th-century British fort. Vast views extend from the terrace to nearby islands – often a port of call for diners arriving by boat. Open from November to July, this historic outdoor venue hosts unmissable Amuse Bouche and Champagne events on Fridays, as well as a satisfying Sunday afternoon roast.
Brandywine Estate, Sir Francis Drake Highway, east of Road Town, Brandywine Bay, Tortola
Tel: 284 495 2301 www.brandywinerestaurant.com
Tel: 284 394 3555 www.biras.com/hilltoprestaurant
Biras Creek Hilltop Restaurant
By reservation only
Set at the highest point of the charming Biras Creek Resort, the Hilltop Restaurant is housed within a castle-like gazebo with startling views through open walls to the North Sound. If you’re not staying at the resort you might need a boat to get here, but it’s worth it not just for the sights but for the flavours to savour. Feast on a prix-fixe dinner menu featuring Caribbean and European specials, from seafood-crusted mahi-mahi to rosemary roasted lamb, accompanied by a selection of fine wines.
Biras Creek Resort, PO Box 54, North Sound, Virgin Gorda VG1150
Seafood on the sand
Located on the near-deserted island of Anegada, on a simply stunning sandy beach, Cow Wreck is a beachfront bar and eatery with a relaxed, friendly vibe. Sink your toes into the sand as you sink your teeth into conch fritters often deemed the best in the BVI. Splash out on a lobster sandwich or sample a sizzling steak, and hit the Honor Bar for a Wreck Punch, Painkiller or famous Cow Killer cocktail. Rock up by boat and snorkel out to the coral reef for a post-lunch treat.
Lower Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada
Tel: 284 495 8047 www.cowwreckbeach.com/index.htm
This elegantly casual Road Town restaurant is housed within a historic West Indian cottage that oozes romance. Only the finest, seasonal ingredients are used to create every item from scratch, from jumbo prawns sautéed with vanilla bean and almonds to parmesan-crusted rib-eye steak. As well as a constantly changing cocktail menu, the restaurant also boasts the largest wine list in the BVI. That’s not forgetting traditional home-made desserts like the sousop crème brûlée. Sumptuous and satisfying.
Main Street, Road Town, Tortola
Tel: 284 494 0313 www.thedovebvi.com