One of the twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveler, looking to enjoy a chic tropical getaway with pristine nature and five-star service. Antigua is known for its 365 beaches and elegant resorts, but there's more to this gorgeous island than just the scenery and luxurious accommodations. As is to be expected on an island known for its high level of hospitality, the cuisine in Antigua is simply divine—as is the array of restaurants and cafes to best enjoy the local flavors.
But choosing where to dine can be overwhelming when there are so many quality options, ranging from French bistros to Italian restaurants, seafood shacks to tapas joints. To that end, we've rounded up the 10 best restaurants to visit while traveling to Antigua to better prepare you for your next trip to this Caribbean paradise. Read on and start planning for your next Antigua vacation—just be sure to bring your appetite.
Indigo On The Beach
With breathtaking views of turquoise Carlisle Bay in Saint Mary Parish, as well as an unbeatable seafood salad, Indigo On the Beach is the perfect restaurant to visit for lunch or early dinner—all the better to enjoy the sunset. The swanky Carlisle Bay resort, where Indigo is located, is also home to other top dining institutions in this Five Star resort, including East (a fancier option), OTTIMO! (spectacular pizza, perfect for beachside enjoyment), and The Jetty Grill (adults-only dining with even more spectacular seaside views).
Colibri Bistro Bar & Lounge
Located in English Harbour, Colibri is your perfect first stop before a night out on the town. The decor inside the Colibri Bistro Bar & Lounge is simply divine, with an airy and tropical white-walled ambiance that makes the delectable entrees all the more appealing. Be sure to arrive early and order a cocktail at the picture-perfect outdoor bar area as well. Afterward, head to Skullduggery's Cafe or Cloggy's for a bit of the local nightlife.
Head to Catherine's Cafe for an afternoon spent drinking rosé at this chic institution, situated alongside Pigeon Beach, one of the most picturesque beaches in all of Antigua. (And given that Antigua is home to 365 beaches, that's saying something.) Head here for sunset as well to appreciate the fiery island hues lighting up the sky with (what else) a rum punch. This is also a popular place for weddings, and one visit to Catherine's Cafe will leave you no doubt as to why people would wish to get married in this location—it's simply magical.
Located in the heart of English Harbour, Cloggy's is considered one of the best sailor's bars in the world. But don't take our word for it: Head there and see it for yourself. Order the famous chicken shwarma If you visit Cloggy's for dinner, and prepare to stay awhile, as Cloggy's turns into one of the most happening spots on the island come sundown. This way, you'll be right in the center of the action when the action occurs, and also be well-fed (to prevent being over-served by all the rum you'll be drinking later.) Cheers!
Looking for a vibrant daytime scene reminiscent of Surf Lodge in Montauk or the Bungalow in Santa Monica? With its day-beds, craft cocktails, and chic clientele, Sheer Rocks in Cocobay Resort is the perfect spot to see and be seen while on the island. Guests should head to Sheer Rocks for lunch and enjoy the tapas-style cuisine, while more adventurous foodies should look into the tasting menu. This is an ideal location to spend a full day, so bring your bathing suit and your appetite and prepare to stick around until sunset.
Skullduggery Cafe in English Harbour is just down the stairs and around the corner from Cloggy's and is similarly popular with the bar-hopping clientele. The institution is world-famous for its espresso martinis—an unexpected specialty in this tiny bar in the West Indies. But you don't need to visit after dark to enjoy Skullduggery best, as the sandwich menu is just what the doctor ordered for hungry sailors. This is a great spot to hit up before taking to the water for a day of boating; many of the sailing cruises depart right from the dock next door.
Coconut Grove Restaurant & Bar
According to The Times UK, Coconut Grove is "everyone's dream of what a Caribbean restaurant should be." We'd have to agree. Located beside the white-sand beach overlooking Dickenson Bay, this seaside restaurant is lined with towering palm trees, and the expansive deck (and equally extensive wine list) puts these tropical views, and tropical vibes, to good use. We recommend visiting during the daytime so you can explore this part of the island, and take a quick dip in the turquoise water, either after or before your meal.
Ana's On The Beach
Ana's On The Beach is another option for dining in Dickenson Bay, boasting an eclectic atmosphere that reflects the institution's presence as both a restaurant and an art gallery. Head to Ana's On The Beach and enjoy the local culture—both artistic and culinary—and prepare to stay awhile, lounging in one of the outdoor seating areas. And be sure to order the lobster if it's in season. It's a good rule of thumb in any restaurant in Antigua, actually, but the lobster served at Ana's is not to be missed. This is also another spot that's occasionally used for weddings on the island as well and is undoubtedly a must-visit for visitors to Antigua.
Jacqui O's Beach House
This iconic beach destination on the island of Antigua overlooks Montserrat, and on a clear day, you can see across the water to the emerald isle. But any day of the week is a good day to visit Jacqui O's in Saint Mary's. Order a cocktail, and a refreshing lunch on the elegant patio, and prepare to spend the day soaking in the turquoise views.
Incanto Restaurant & Lounge Bar
The Incanto Restaurant & Lounge Bar, located in Antigua's English Harbour, is just a four-minute walk from Nelson's Dockyard (a must-visit heritage site on the island). This Italian restaurant offers one of the more elegant settings and fancier cuisine on the twin islands. Incanto is the perfect place to either toast the beginning of your trip or to celebrate with a big dinner at the very end of your journey. Though, after one visit to Incanto, you're more than likely to return to this very spot the next time you visit Antigua—which, hopefully, will be very soon, as the island keeps getting better and better the more you visit.