If you want a quick snack on the go for breakfast, or a wonderful local island lunch of stewed goat, fall-off-the-bone chicken, and sometimes beef with some rice, coleslaw or even potatoes, stop into Sosa’s 7 days a week between 6a and 6p. She has a nice selection of bottled drinks and a few cold beers. Get it for takeout or enjoy your meal in the shade in her covered outdoor dining area.
Open in-season, Tuesday through Saturdays from 4p - 9p, this Boston-style Pizza bar has pizza, calzones, salad, beer, wine and cocktails in the Shipwreck Landing area on the southern end of Coral Bay. Perfect for an afternoon stop after a hike out Ram Head and an afternoon on a secluded beach at the end of the road.
Located in the Isola Shoppes building in Coral Bay, The Danforth is a new (July 2019) restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu is Caribbean / seafood inspired and they plan to be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pronounced “‘Eh-Kay-Et-A,’ this new “Local Restaurant” has a selection of Paté for drive up, a full bar, as well as lunch and dinner (not in storm season) daily. They have homemade ice cream and fruit smoothies too! Consider stopping by for a morning snack on the way out to Lameshur, or for lunch or dinner on the way back through Coral Bay.
They have a great outdoor bar and a very cute and comfortable indoor dining room w/ goat & chicken curry,
Coffee Bar. Wine Bar. Dessert Bar. Local Art Galley. Crafts & Jewelry. We know it sounds like a lot and all over the board, but Bajo el Sol is worth stopping into on each trip to St. John. Enjoy a taste of wine and shop through their unique gallery
Open super early (5am) most days, Hercules is a great place to get a morning egg sandwich or paté to start the day - or load up before heading out on a boat trip or long beach day.
Right next to the Customs dock in Cruz Bay, Uncle Joe’s BBQ is a great place to get some chicken and/or ribs with a couple of sides (cole slaw, rice & beans, etc) to eat there or pre-order and bring back to the villa.
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 way to the North Shore Road. They also have beer & water, sunscreen, and some great Irie schwag.
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!