Best Restaurants in Anguilla?
What’s your definition of “a best restaurant”? When I look at worldwide lists of award-winning restaurants, I come across awards which are often criticized for “their tendency to favor expensive European-style menus”. Everyone has their own opinion, but below is a list of the more recognized restaurants in Anguilla, including bakeries and beach bars
Prior to writing this page, I thought I’d check out comments and feedback on TripAdvisor as to best Anguilla restaurants, and, interestingly, none of the resort restaurants made the top 25. Our family and friends would agree. There are some new chefs coming to the resorts this next season, we’ll keep you updated.
I’m a Midwest gal who has a tough time with New York prices and that’s what you will find on many Anguilla top tier restaurant menus. When traveling with children, especially, we want value and aren’t prepared to spend every night $15 for a starter or $45+ for an entrée.
NOTE: This is a good time to point out the great value of choosing a luxury villa rental with a chef. The best restaurant in Anguilla on my night of arrival is definitely at the Bird of Paradise villa with Chef Kylon for a welcome Caribbean barbecue. At “AnguillaBird” food costs are based on actual grocery receipts with no markup. We encourage our guests to have a chef for at least some meals, but also recommend and promote the many wonderful restaurants on Anguilla.
Best Anguilla Restaurants to Celebrate a Special Occasion
When we have a special occasion, we’ll head to one of the best restaurants in Anguilla. Menus change, but currently these are our favorites. At the Bird of Paradise villa, we have a selection of menus for you to peruse. I’ve listed restaurants below based on their proximity to the Bird of Paradise villa.
In 1987, Mary-Pat and Raoul moved to Anguilla and have created a menu of French cuisine with Thai and Japanese flavors. Their specialty starter is a Caribbean fish selection, freshly smoked and served with horseradish and ginger ($21). Their main courses ($35 to $45) emphasize fresh fish (wahoo, mahi-mahi, crayfish, and lobster), but duck and beef are also on the menu. I have a sweet tooth and Hibernia’s candied ginger cake ($14) with fresh mango with ice cream is a favorite.
The ambiance is Balinese style with water pool and sculpture gardens. They also have an Asian art gallery. Located in Island Harbor, 5 mins from the Bird of Paradise.
I love their logo “Celebrate Life”. We often head to David and Vida’s (hence Da’Vida) bar on Wednesdays for sunset and Happy Hour. The open-air restaurant is sophisticated (entrees $28 to $50) with wonderful views. Located less than 10 mins from the Bird of Paradise on Crocus Bay.
Having dinner in Veya is like having dinner in a “treehouse”. In 2006, Jerry and Carrie sold their restaurant “Empire” in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, and moved to Anguilla with their children. Carrie, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, calls her food the “cuisine of the sun, a fusion of exotic flavors from the hot spots around the globe”. My favorite has always been her Colombo Spiced Duck Breast ($40) preceded by her goat cheese salad with candied papaya, toasted almonds and pumpkin vinaigrette ($15). The Veya Tasting Menu ($95) with five of the chef’s current favorites is a real treat. Located on the hill on the way to Sandy Ground about 10-15 minutes from the Bird of Paradise.
Melinda and Bob have been coming to Anguilla almost as long as we have. They took “a trip to the beach”, the title of one of their books, returned home, sold their business and moved to Anguilla. I have her cookbooks and every Thanksgiving I serve Melinda’s Caribbean corn bread with pineapple and monterey jack cheese. It took a while, and there was a lot of chocolate that ended up on my kitchen ceiling, but I’ve perfected her cracked coconut ice cream dessert ($14). The best value is Blanchard’s 3-course Prix Fixe Menu ($49).
The ambiance is classy beach cottage set back off of Mead’s Bay. Located about 20 mins from Bird of Paradise.
Your hosts will be Anne and Peter Parles. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For a starter, a family favorite are the seafood spring rolls ($16). They’re well known for their lobster mac and cheese ($32), but if available, I’ll usually order the grilled local crayfish ($52). Located 20 mins from the Bird of Paradise immediately on the beach at Mead’s Bay.
Other restaurants that could fit the category “Best Restaurants in Anguilla” to celebrate a special occasion:
Barrel Stay: Sandy Ground
Jacala: Mead’s Bay
Mangos: Barnes Bay
Best Restaurants in Anguilla
No doubt, my go-to menu item is always the lobster filled ravioli in a white truffle sauce ($26). Jon always has homemade tagliatelle bolognese Nonna Maria ($26). If you’re yearning for Italian, this is your restaurant. This could be one of the farthest restaurants from us on Anguilla and is probably 12 miles away on Shoal Bay West. Reminder, the island is only 16 miles long. We often will go for lunch and spend the afternoon on their beach chairs.
The “Bald Gourmet” wrote in his blog that this was one of his favorites. It’s located right on the main road of Anguilla. Ask for a table where you can catch a breeze. Bon Appétit wrote an article about Chef Dale Carty’s return to Anguilla. It’s open for breakfast on Sunday’s and our family’s favorite is the Grand Marnier French Toast.
On the beach at Sandy Ground. Behind Dolce Vita are the combined experience and talents of Abbi Ibrahim and Christopher Bacchiega. They met while working together in a Michelin starred restaurant in Mantova, Italy
Best Restaurants in Anguilla
Roy’s Bayside Grill
This is popular with the British expat community, especially on Fridays when they gather for an early bird special like roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. . It’s on the beach at Sandy Ground, so good sunset views. Our favorite is the fish and chips ($23). Roy’s has the best lobster bisque you can find anywhere!
On the main road. Lunches ($8 to $20). Dinner main course half a chicken ($14) to coconut-crusted grouper ($24).
West end, inland. Mexican food. ($11 to $20). Easy for larger families or groups.
In the middle of the island is a little Bistro. Good for breakfast. This is the hub of the Anguilla business community.
Best Restaurants in Anguilla
Very close to the the Bird of Paradise in Island Harbor. This is our go-to place for pizza.
B & Ds Barbecue
Plastic tables and chairs set up in the front yard. Fish, chicken, ribs and sides. Beer, water and soda available. Help yourself to the cooler. Feel free to bring your own wine or cocktail. Service can be slow, so snacks for the kids and, maybe, a deck of cards. Full meal for around $10-$12. Great Johnny Cakes!
Best Bakery in Anguilla
Le Bon Pain Bakery
Almond, chocolate, coconut, raisin croissants. Our son’s favorite is the breakfast sandwich, an entire baguette filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon. Ask the Bird of Paradise chef to order for you and bring to the villa. They have decadent individual petite desserts such as a mini chocolate mousse or fruit tart. 5 min drive from Bird of Paradise in Island Harbor. Ask the Bird of Paradise chef to order for you.
Located on the main road in South Hill. Open for breakfast and lunch.When you celebrate at your luxury Anguilla villa rental, this is where our chef will order that special birthday or wedding cake.
Best Carry-Out in Anguilla
Fat Cat Gourmet
They say “gourmet to go”, but it’s not that fancy. You can pick up sandwiches, pre-made pot pies, chicken salad, etc. Located not far from the Bird of Paradise in the town center referred to as The Valley.
Best Anguilla Beach Bars
A 5 minute drive from Bird of Paradise is Island Harbor and a complimentary boat ride to Scilly Cay. Open 3 days a week. Sundays hop when they have a live band. Three menus items: lobster, crayfish, chicken, or combos. Killer rum punch. Meals $35-$50.
Da’Vida Beach Bar
Just down the road from the Bird of Paradise. At lunch time they will serve at your chaise lounge or at tables. Water sports available. A good place to snorkel. Swim out to the end of the cliff. We usually see turtles and eagle rays. A great place for sunset.
Savannah Bay is the longest and most deserted beach on Anguilla. Located close to the Bird of Paradise down a windy road through the bush. We think it’s charming. Bring the portable chairs and umbrellas from the Bird of Paradise. Plan on an hour wait for lunch, so snacks for the children are recommended. A great place to look for beach treasures.
Located on Shoal Bay, probably the busiest of the beaches because of day-trippers from St. Martin. We, therefore, like to head to the west end of Shoal Bay to get away from the “crowds”.
Gwen’s Reggae Bar
For long-time visitors of Anguilla, Gwen’s has moved! She is now at the west end, not the east end, of Shoal Bay. Always a great place for people-watching and live music on a Sunday afternoon.
A great walking beach with several beach bars. We usually try to arrive early and grab the beach “sofa” at The Place on Rendez-Vous Bay.
A funky bar owned by Bankie Banx, the John Denver of Anguilla. This is where Jimmy Buffett had his Anguilla concert and filmed his DVD. You gotta go! A short walk down the beach from The Place on Rendez-Vous Bay.
Elvis’ Beach Bar
Sandy Ground. Mexican food. Quesadilla, tacos, burritos ($8 to $16) . Hot dogs and burgers for $10. Open for lunch or dinner. A good place to see the sunset or catch a late-night bite to eat before walking over to The Pumphouse for live music.
Sandy Ground. Tapas menu ($7 to $15) for lunch and dinner.
When we are working all day at the villa and don’t want to clean up we head over to Pelican Bar for a hamburger on the beach. Very casual. In Island Harbor (5 minute drive) on the pier are a couple of local beach bars. Casual, picnic tables, and a view of the kids racing their sailboats and the fishermen bringing in their catch. Menu limited and local.