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St. Thomas and St. John Dining

United States Virgin Islands • 2019 Edition

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Find your  USVI  Dining Experience.


A Foodies Paradise

The dining scene on St. Thomas has a distinct international flair with island  embellishments. Classics from every nationality are served with a tropical infusion of local spices and produce to create tasty new combinations. And of course, West Indian cuisine, with recipes handed down through the generations, has a savory character all its own. Fresh-off-the-boat seafood is a specialty here, and you’ll have the chance to sample several fish from local waters.

Your dining style can differ vastly from  restaurant to restaurant, from intricate creations by internationally trained chefs to mom’s home cooking. You may have breakfast at a peaceful sidewalk café, lunch at a beachside bistro and dinner at an elegant resort.

Casual resort wear is acceptable at just about any eatery. After dinner, there are many bars and clubs to visit for an after-dinner cocktail. Live entertainment can be found any night of the week, featuring reggae, rock, jazz and more. Concerts, theater performances, art shows and other entertainment are also frequently available, check local listings or pick up a copy of the Places to Eat Map for some great dining and  nightlife suggestions.




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Arts Venue

Offers live performances of local and international artists. Upcoming events and general information about the institution. Ticketing Services 340-693-1559


A Culinary Experience

Diversity is the main ingredient in St. Croix’s culinary scene. With a rich history melding an array of nationalities, customs and cultures, St. Croix offers a wide range of culinary experiences.

A Caribbean Lobster

It’s not exactly what you’re expecting! Caribbean lobsters are not really true lobsters at all. They are one of over 45 different species of clawless sea crayfish. “Warm water tails” are found in the Caribbean, Florida, and Brazil. The tail is generally the only edible part. They typically grow to between one and five pounds, but can often grow much larger. The Caribbean lobster’s distinctive thick tail is darker red with yellow spots and a yellow band. The meat is whiter and long, thick, spiny antennae sprout from the head. They may look a bit different but the taste is very similar. You won’t be disappointed!

The West Indian influence

What’s Cooking?

West Indian cooking techniques were formed by a blend of cultures as well as a “use what you’ve got” sensibility. Food products were introduced from Africa, Europe, America, China and India. Adding those to indigenous vegetables and spices, cooks developed their own unique and flavorful style. Clay or iron pots feature a deep bowl at the top to hold hot coals, and pots were placed directly on top. This cooking method was particularly suited to the long cooking time needed for stews. Although coal pots have been replaced by the modern kitchen, they are still occasionally used today, and stewed dishes made with oxtail, chicken, fish, beef or goat are a staple in the West Indian diet.

Curried dishes also have a  history in the islands. The spice was brought over by colonial-era indentured servants from India. You’ll also find Indian influences in the popular roti, a wrap stuffed with vegetables, beef, chicken or conch, usually with a curry base.

The most popular food item you’ll see is the pate (Pah-TAY), a turnover stuffed with a variety of fillings such as beef, chicken, conch and salt fish, deep-fried to a golden brown.

Chefs of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Culinary Team

The Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition sponsored by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association brings the rivalry to the regional level.


Culinary Team Members Display their Award Winning Personalities posing at the Palms Restaurant,
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association

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