The mini nautical version of Lime Out, this floating taco shack & bar is towed into Hansen Bay each day and opens at 11am serving delicious drinks and some of the best tacos you will find in the Virgin Islands. Boats pull up alongside, dinghies come over from nearby charter sailboats and most importantly, St. John visitors can drive out to Hansen Bay, pay the $3 fee for parking, and rent a kayak or paddle board (or bring a previously rented one from say Virgin Islands Expedition Co.) and paddle out. Sit yourself on one of the underwater seats or belly up (under water) to the floating platform, order a drink and some tacos, and enjoy a truly unique St. John experience. Think of it as a deuced up Angel’s Rest mixed together with Soggy Dollar Bar.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for St. John Scoops! The perfect afternoon stop after a day at the beach, St. John Scoops has a rotating menu of house-made flavors. Our favorites include salted caramel and butter pecan, but the painkiller (with booze) is also a winner.
Chocolate Sea Salt. Strawberry Limeade. Pina Colada. How to choose? Load up a cooler of these locally made ice pops and enjoy them at the villa all week! Irie Pops offers organic, all-natural, dairy-free treats from their cute new shop on the North Shore Road. They also have beer & water, sunscreen, and some great Irie swag.
Opened in late 2018, Maho Crossroads is a kind of mini beach oasis in the sand that is evolving across the road from the west end of Maho Bay. With over a dozen parking spots, a tiki bar, small clothing shop, and food van, you can spend the day relaxing on Maho then walk down for a snack and a drink and lunch and talk with some fellow St. John lovers - then return to your beach chair and enjoy the view.
Woody’s is a Cruz Bay staple, best know for its happy hour. From 3-6pm each day, patrons squeeze into their curbside tables for drinks and some bar food. Shark bites are Steve’s favorite!
High Tide is just steps from the ferry dock and a great spot for that first island drink! It’s open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. The menu has something for everyone.
Conveniently located in Mongoose Junction, North Shore Deli is open every day for breakfast and lunch. It’s our favorite place to grab a sandwich or two for the beach, and maybe a rum punch. They also make great breakfasts, as well as salads and desserts. A tip - make time to get a sandwich or two on go-home day, beats airport food and makes going home a little easier.
Focusing on top quality seafood, 18 64 is currently being built in the far north end of Mongoose Junction shopping center, in the space previously occupied by Ocean Grill (next to North Shore Deli). Brought to you by the same crew who started and manage Extra Virgin Bistro.
18 64 opened in early July 2019 and is open for lunch from 11a - 2p, raw bar 3p - 5p, and dinner 5:30p onward. The bar is open from 11a - dinner.
The Lime Inn has been a favorite of both locals and visitors since 1984. Family-owned and operated, their Caribbean menu includes some of the best seafood we’ve enjoyed on island. The lobster risotto is not to be missed!
Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Sun Dog has something for everyone. Their courtyard setting in Mongoose Junction is a nice spot to take a break from shopping and enjoy a snack or a meal. And there’s live music several nights a week.
Located in Mongoose Junction, Greengo’s is a casual spot for Mexican food. They’re open for lunch and dinner, and you have to check out their wall of tequila. It’s impressive!
Owner Paul Taskeres has created this unique and comfortable wine grotto right in the middle of Wharfside Village shopping area. He has a wonderful wine selection (as well as a few select cold beers), and serves charcuterie plates to snack on. Cork has just started making sandwiches for lunch / take-out as well.
Extra Virgin Bistro (EVB) is really something special. The service is fantastic, the flavors are incredible, and the bar has a unique menu of drinks that top off a wonderful evening dinner out every time.
A classy bar right on Bay Street looking over Cruz Bay. Open daily with unique hourly happy hour specials, DR!NK is a great place to hang out in the afternoon, evening or later. Pick a spot at the bar, sit on the couches, or head just across the street to the beach front seating and enjoy sunsets daily!
Great spot right in Cruz Bay, looking out over the Beach Bar, the Banana Deck serves up some amazing steaks, seafood dishes, excellent salads, and, of course, drinks of your choosing from behind the bar. It’s a great place to just relax in the shade on a lazy afternoon or hit them up Sunday and enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar. You can pay for one drink and mix your own Bloody Mary, Screwdriver or other drink - or pay a little more for unlimited trips back to this DIY bar.
A staple of Steve’s for years for some great, early morning breakfasts (they open at 7am), nice lunch in the park, and even happy hour and dinner. Todd, Boo, and the rest of the crew serve with a smile and we keep coming back.
Also a great first stop when you get off the ferry and last stop before you board to (sadly) go home.