Daphne's Restaurant, Barbados

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The Bottom Line

Daphne's is one of Barbados' finest restaurants, with great food, excellent service, and refined, but inviting ambiance. It's also one of the most expensive. Still, that shouldn't keep you from at least relaxing in the bar or sipping a few cocktails by the seaside.

Pros

  • Fresh ingredients; food cooked with care and obvious pride
  • Prompt, attentive service
  • Relaxed atmosphere; elegant, but not stuffy
  • Iced Berries with a Hot White Chocolate Sauce: simple, but delicious
  • Extensive list of specialty martinis, perfect for a balmy day

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Smoking is allowed in certain areas, which may bother some

Description

  • Address: Payne's Bay, St. James, Barbados, West Indies
  • Phone: 246-432-2731
  • Hours: Lunch 12:30-3 p.m. Dinner 6:30-10 p.m. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Closed Mondays June-November.
  • Price: Starters $17-$22; Entrees $22-$70; Sides $9-$10

Guide Review - Daphne's Restaurant, Barbados

Gold drapes blow freely through the wooden frames that separate the dining areas of Daphne's, emphasizing the relaxed feel of the best upscale dining on Barbados. With a cool Mediterranean-deco design, ocean vistas, and careful use of natural lighting, Daphne's projects an aura of elegance, comfort and self-assurance. This is a restaurant with nothing to prove.

Long one of the top-rated restaurants on the island, Daphne's has earned its reputation: The atmosphere is relaxed, the service impeccable, and the food is nonpareil -- an elegantly spiced, delicately cooked, and beautifully presented blend of Italian and Caribbean fare. Entrees range from a smoked salmon ravioli and mushroom risotto to typical island favorites like mahi mahi and striped bass. I had the Grilled Guinea Lobster, a gigantic, delicately seared tail that was the freshest and most succulent lobster I've ever eaten.

And I'm from New England.

Daphne's also features an extensive martini list, including a potent, sugar-rimmed mango martini that's so delicious it's dangerous.

All this luxury and refinement will cost you, however. With main courses averaging $45 a plate (pasta is less, in the $25-$35 range), Daphne's is not for the faint of wallet. But the restaurant is one of the gems of Barbados -- an epicurean's delight -- and a worthy splurge.