St. Lucia is world-renowned for its beauty, luxury, and romance. So it's only fitting that the Caribbean nation's restaurants are just as elegant and sophisticated as every other hospitality establishment on the island. From informal beach shacks to chic private clubs, we've rounded up the best places to visit while dining on the island of St. Lucia. No matter which selection you choose, always remember to ask if the lobster is in season. (Trust us, you won't regret it.)
This beachside restaurant combines breathtaking views of the Pitons (St. Lucia's iconic mountainous volcanos) with delectable seaside cuisine. Enjoy a gourmet pizza cooked in the wood-fired ovens and opt for one of the many delectable cocktails on the menu. The gorgeous, airy Caribbean ambiance blends well with the chic design of the restaurant (a trademark throughout Sugar Beach Viceroy). We suggest hitting the beach afterward and perhaps opting for some snorkeling or sailing. Just ask the resort staff for assistance, and get ready to sunbathe and laze away to your heart's desire.
This award-winning restaurant in Ladera Resort in Soufriere serves up authentic (and authentically delicious) St. Lucian cuisine. Swing by Dasheene during the daytime for a cocktail and conch salad overlooking the glorious Piton mountains, or come later at night for a romantic dinner in the upper level, when the setting sun cats a beatific glow over everything while a live band provides the tunes to your picturesque Caribbean meal. Also keep an eye out for the lobster specials, especially the lobster pasta dishes. They are simply not to be missed.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
Chocolate is a specialty in St. Lucia and there is no better place to enjoy the island's delicacy than at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat. Tour the historic Rabot Estate beforehand and perhaps sign up for a Tree-to-Bar Experience to better familiarize yourself with the process of turning cocoa beans into chocolate. Afterward, enjoy cacao cuisine at the boutique hotel's restaurant and experiment with one of the many chocolate-themed cocktails available by the mixologist at the resort's bar.
Jade Mountain Club
Jade Mountain is legendary for being one of the most romantic hotels in the entire Caribbean, and the Jade Mountain Club is just as luxurious and elegant. Unfortunately, club dining is only available to guests at the resort, to which we say: Book a room, it's worth it. If you haven't yet experienced staying in a three-walled resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea, there's no better time to book your next bucket-list trip than now.
The Naked Fisherman
The sunset at Smuggler's Cove is simply breathtaking and not to be missed by visitors to the island. The best way to enjoy the technicolor light show happening in the sky? With a cocktail and some seafood at The Naked Fisherman, of course. Head to this beachside institution for some authentic island vibes, and, if you're lucky, some live music as well.
Great Room Restaurant
For the cultured and discerning travelers, The Great Room Restaurant at the Sugar Beach Viceroy is simply a must-visit. Admire the Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst artwork within the restaurant's elegant walls, and enjoy the majestic vista of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea from the terrace. This five-star dining experience is the perfect way to toast the beginning of your trip or to cap off a tropical vacation you would never come to an end.
The Pink Plantation House
The Pink Plantation House is an institution in Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, with a delightful tropical ambiance and reliably tasty seafood dishes. Though the Pink Plantation House is open for lunch every weekday, we suggest making the meal a weekend affair. Head to the pastel-hued restaurant for Friday dinner or Sunday brunch (the business is closed on Saturdays.)
Ti Bananne Caribbean Bistro & Bar
Located in Coco Palm Resort in Rodney Bay Village, St. Lucia, Ti Bananne Caribbean Bistro & Bar is an island favorite for its delicious seafood cuisine and its live entertainment. We suggest heading to Ti Bananne for a Friday evening barbecue to maximize those island vibes.
Treehouse Restaurant *
Ever fantasized about dining in a treehouse? Then Treehouse Restaurant in Soufriere is the culinary experience of your dreams. Two open-air treehouses overlooking the Caribbean Sea at Anse Chastanet (the sister property to Jade Mountain) serve award-winning tropical cuisine, with tropical recipes from St. Lucia and all around the globe. The candlelit setting creates a romantic ambiance, with local artwork hanging on the walls indoors and tropical foliage lining the restaurant just beyond the deck outside.
The Coal Pot Restaurant
The Coal Pot in the St. Lucian capital of Castries is an island institution that was first established in 1968, and like a fine Caribbean rum, it has only gotten better with age. Expect Caribbean fine dining amidst a tropical ambiance; a perfect way to sample the local flavor and immerse yourself in a laid-back island environment. It’s nearly impossible not to catch onto the low-key (yet elegant) St. Lucian vibes.
Matthews St. Lucia
Matthews St. Lucia, otherwise known as Matthews Relaxed Rooftop Restaurant, has, unsurprisingly, a very relaxed vibe. Enjoy international Caribbean dining amidst a picturesque rooftop environment—we suggest heading to the restaurant at the end of the week, to enjoy Steel Pan Fridays while you dine.
This final selection takes us back to Soufriere (always a popular location on the island when it comes to fine dining), to the beachside Trou Au Diable. Another establishment located within Anse Chastanet, this institution offers a laid-back, beach setting overlooking the sea. Head here for lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon catching waves or catching rays (whichever you prefer). Apply SPF, order a rum cocktail, and enjoy.