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5 best restaurants in Barbados

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Lobster Alive

Dive in!

Forget fine dining for a night and head to the beach at Bridgetown for a seafood experience you can’t beat. Huge Caribbean lobsters are caught by scuba divers in the nearby Grenadine Islands and flown to Barbados, where lucky diners can select their favourite from the tank and allow ‘The Lobster Man’ to dive in and retrieve it. Relax in the open layout of this cosy venue with its beach deck and tables in the sand while your lobster is cooked to perfection.

Wesley House, Bay Street, Bridgetown        +1 246 435 0305

2 The Cliff

Shore sensation

With a price tag of approximately £100 for two courses, you’ll need a bulging wallet to visit Barbados’ most famous restaurant, but you won’t regret it. The Cliff has an enviable location on the water’s edge in St James (book a table overlooking the sea) and an unforgettable menu including open shrimp ravioli to start and fillet of mahi mahi as a main course. Chef Paul Owens also offers a changing Specials menu, served by the light of flames in a romantic, almost mythical setting.

The Cliff, Derricks, St. James, Barbados        +1 246 432 0797

3 Daphne’s

Seafood, style and celebs

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the elegant yet casual Daphne’s is a longstanding island favourite where modern Italian classics are fused with local seafood and authentic flavours. Sip a signature watermelon martini, then dine on fresh fish and lobster at Barbados' only true waterfront luxury dining venue. You’ll never tire of Chef Marco Festini Cromer’s creations, all served up with friendly Bajan hospitality - and you can even try celeb-spotting as famous diners include Rihanna and Simon Cowell.

Next to The House, Payne’s Bay, Barbados        +1 246 432 2731

4 Cin Cin By The Sea

In with the new

Meaning ’a toast to good health’, this trendy new hotspot on Barbados’ west coast offers al fresco dining from sleek, contemporary white surroundings, as well as an air-conditioned indoor lounge. Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine with a Caribbean twist, Cin Cin’s extensive menu includes bar snacks like calamari fritti, and mains ranging from Cin Cin bouillabaisse to roasted best end of lamb. Finish up with a chocolate fondant or drunken strawberries while polishing off a bottle of fine Champagne.

Prospect, St James, Barbados        +1 246 424 4557

5 The Tides

First-class fine dining

Popular with wealthy locals as well as a favourite for repeat visitors, The Tides is one of the island’s most well-established fine-dining venues. Set on the water’s edge in Holetown, its calm ambience is infused with the culinary creations of Executive Chef Guy Beasley. Choose from a tempting range of dishes for both lunch and dinner, whether you’re a meat-lover, a vegetarian or simply after fresh seafood. Save some space for your sweet tooth though.

The Tides Restaurant, Balmore House, Holetown, St. James, Barbados        +1 246 432 8356


5 hottest bars in Barbados

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Lime Bar

That extra zing

Mix it up with an evening at Lime Bar, where you can sample some of the most stylish cocktails around – from a mean mojito to a cool caipirinha. Sit back, relax and let live music entertain you, or catch up with friends over your most-loved liqueur or a chilled beer. A great spot for drinkers of all ages, it also serves food and is best visited on Fridays when the atmosphere and the beats are really buzzing.

Limegrove, Barbados        +1 246 271 8261

2 Ju-Ju’s Beach Bar

Sipping and shopping

Set next to an exclusive little boutique called Starfish and run by the ever-popular Joanna, Ju-Ju’s is surely one of the best beach bars you’ll ever stumble across. Not only does it serve a powerful rum punch (a must in Barbados!), it also offers food dishes, all with stunning sunset views and just steps from the sea. Locals, ex-pats and tourists (not to mention famous faces) flock to this no-frills shack for a slice of island life.

St. James, Barbados       

3 Red Door Lounge

For crafty cocktails

This chic cocktail bar brings the high life to Holetown. Renowned for its elegant décor and laid-back ambience, Red Door is a place for chatting against a backdrop of the latest hits, the best of the classics and cool DJ mixes while sipping a creative cocktail. Sample the signature Red Door Mule or a Déjà Vu, paired with a tasting menu of gastronomic delights. All in all, this is one of the most sophisticated bars on the island.

Mango Bay Hotel, 2nd Street, Holetown, St James       

4 The Mews Bar

For a musical medley

A late-night bar attached to a restaurant, the Mews Bar serves just about every drink you could wish for – from Champagne by the glass to the coolest cocktails and vintage whiskeys. But that’s not the only draw to this casual venue – the live band, Saphire, plays a heady mix of jazz, hip-hop, reggae and Bajan favourite soca every Wednesday and Friday. Fun and funky, the entertainment is bound to bring you back to Barbados.

2nd Street, Holetown, St. James, Barbados        +1 246 432 1122

5 Fred’s Bar & Restaurant Oistins

Traditional flair on the tourist tread

Located in the energetic area of Oistins, which really comes alive in the evenings, Fred’s Bar is run by the popular Angela, who also mixes up a medley of home-cooked Bajan cuisine. A great venue for all the family (yes, parents can have fun too!) to sit back and soak up the chilled vibe of the area, it serves a long list of beers and strong cocktails that will tempt you back time and again.

Oistins Bay Garden, Christ Church        +1 246 254 3202