Here are the best restaurants in Barbados for anyone lucky enough to have a holiday to the island. From well-known BBQs to hidden cafes, these are the places I loved to eat on my Barbados adventure.
– Always time for a snow cone in Barbados to cool you down!
Are you looking for the best Barbados restaurants to make sure you don’t miss out while you’re on the island? I don’t want to show off, but I’ve been to eight different Caribbean islands now, and I can definitely say that the food on Barbados is the best. There’s just so much choice, and such picturesque restaurants to eat it all in.
If you want to know where to eat in Barbados then let me show you all I learned during my holiday on the island.
Best restaurants on Barbados
All the best places to eat in Barbados!
1. BBQ at Oistins Fish Fry, in Oistins
You’ll find Oistins Fish Fry on any list of the best restaurants in Barbados, it’s iconic!
Every Friday in Barbados the Oistins Fish Fry is the place to be. It’s basically a big fish BBQ with music, dancing and a chilled festival atmosphere. It’s so popular it’s just getting bigger and bigger, for locals and tourists.
I thought it was great here, with all the different foods to try, the music and the performances on stage. It was a real family place with a great atmosphere. It’s also a great introduction to Barbados food. For many people Oistins Fish Fry is an absolute highlight of the whole Barbados foodie experience.
You’ll find Oistins Fish Fry in Oistins, a usually quiet and peaceful fishing village on the South Coast that just buzzes with anticipation on a Friday, ready for all the stalls selling fish and seafood to come alive. It is actually open every night, but I’d recommend holding out for Friday for the full experience. It’s a seafood lovers’ heaven!
2. Bar food at The Boatyard, in Carlisle
The Boatyard is a really cool place to hang out. Probably the coolest I found in the whole week in Barbados actually. You have to go. There are beds, hammocks and loungers on the beach, and an iceberg and trampoline to play on out at sea.
The Boatyard is one of the best bars in Barbados thanks to its location. I watched a beautiful sunset from there and then went in for Mount Gay rum (241 on Happy Hour) and Barbados’ national dish, Flying Fish, along with some fries. Yum.
Definitely recommend visiting The Boatyard on your Barbados holiday!
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See some of the best restaurants in Barbados in action in my video.
Good shots of the Chefette lunch, the afternoon tea and Cutters in there!
3. Elegant snacks at The Port Charles Yacht Club
Head to the Port Charles Yacht Club – it’s lovely. This Barbados restaurant has a swimming pool and kayaks to rent you can work up the hunger. Or you can just relax and chill out.
I tried the fresh tuna here, and it was delicious. Also, the iced coffee was very good too.
I could happily spend a day at the Port Charles Yacht Club trying all the dishes – if someone else was paying that is.
The Port Charles Yacht Club was definitely one of the best Barbados restaurants in my opinion, that tuna was as smooth as butter on your tongue!
4. Brunch at The Crane Hotel
The Crane Hotel is well-known for being one of the best restaurants in Barbados
I’d booked the Gospel Brunch at The Crane Hotel for 9am, so off I went in my finest dress and shoes (dress code) and got there for dead on. What I didn’t know was that they’d emailed me at 8:45am to say they were full.
Couldn’t actually work out if it was because I was in Barbados by myself, or some other reason. Anyway, I didn’t get to try the brunch at The Crane Hotel, but still wanted to include it in this list of where to eat in Barbados so you can try it for yourself. It’s meant to be very good!
The Crane Hotel is one of the fanciest hotels on the island perched on the cliffs overlooking Crane Beach, often cited as one of the best beaches in the world. The restaurant here is in demand, obviously.
Start your Sunday of sun worshipping off with a luxurious gospel brunch in the restaurant upstairs. Just make sure you book early to get in, and double confirm your booking before you set off.
I even got a bus there and everything.
5. Breakfast at The Surfer’s Cafe, Oistins
Go to the Surfer’s Café in Oistins for a super chill breakfast with a view. I thoroughly enjoyed my sausage and egg butty sat in the window looking out to the beach, and with a coffee to top it off it was less than £10.
This restaurant in Barbados was a good price, relaxed and the sea breeze coming in was wonderful.
This is a popular spot with digital nomads thanks to the great Wi-Fi. As well as breakfast they have lunch, smoothies and a great brunch menu too. Most importantly, they have a great atmosphere!
6. Barbados cuisine at Cutters, St Philips
The cutter (Bajan sandwich) I had here was one of my favourite meals in Barbados. Ok, Cutters might not be known as one of the ‘top’ restaurants in Barbados, but it’s definitely one of the most authentic. You can get great Barbados food here, in lovely deli surroundings.
The flying fish cutter is the national sandwich of Barbados, so you NEED to try one while you’re there.
A ‘cutter’ is made up of succulent fish, fried and put between a cornmeal bap – here it’s served up with another Barbados favourite, Macaroni Pie. Delicious.
The Very Special Rum Punch here is famous so I had to try that, and a litre of water too. Got to be careful in the heat. Safety first.
Cutters delivers down to Crane Beach between 12 and 1 – I’d take them up on that!
7. Bajan cuisine at Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar is known for its traditional Bajan cuisine and as a great place for a hearty dinner in Barbados. I was so hungry by the time I got there I wolfed the two salt bread rolls served with salty butter and so when my main came out, it was all too much.
Delicious though, and I still managed to get through it.
Fish stuffed with crab and served with plantain. Or to give it its proper description…
SPICED FISH FILET
Filet of seasonal fish stuffed with a crabmeat, baked and topped with Cajun shrimp,
served with a tamarind and coconut sauce.
Brown Sugar also now do a take out menu so you can take your food back to your hotel or villa too.
8. Sushi at Naru, Christ Church
Naru is one of the best Christ Church Barbados restaurants. Visit and enjoy a sushi feast right on the beach – still on a table of course.
It was very romantic here, I had a lovely time on my own surrounded by couples…
I actually did.
I enjoyed a sampler of Yellow Tail Nigiri, a side of Tuna Nigiri and then a full Wizard of Oz Maki Roll.
Oh, and the sake Margarita was special at Naru too.
Really liked it here – lovely location, really good staff and delicious food. I wanted another round of sushi, but decided I should probably quit while I could still move.
Naru is definitely one of the best restaurants in Barbados in my opinion.
9. Afternoon Tea at Sandy Lane, St James
Sandy Lane is one of the fanciest places to stay in Barbados, it’s where the rich and famous like to book into for some R&R. Going for Afternoon Tea is a great way to check out the hotel, without having to cough up too much cash for the pleasure of checking out the accommodation.
Although, the price of that Afternoon Tea in Barbados would definitely cover a week or two’s supermarket shop for me back in England.
We’re on holiday though, who cares?
If you watch the video at the top there’s more on what you actually get from an afternoon tea at Sandy Lane, but it’s another of the best Barbados restaurants that I’d definitely recommend you make time for on your travels.
10. Fast food at Chefette, Bridgetown
I wanted to lunch like a proper Bajan in Bridgetown, and decided to have a lunch at Chefette. Chefette is the Bajan fast food restaurant that shut down McDonalds on the island as no one was interested enough to go.
If you want to eat the Barbados food that the locals eat, then get yourself a roti. This is another of my meals in Barbados I forgot to take a photo of but you can see me chowing down on the video above.
Chefette is an institution in Barbados and if ever you mention it to a Barbadian you’re sure to get a good response. I went for the roti, which one guy told me was scientifically proven to be the best roti in the world – not sure what India would say about that, but yes, it was tasty.
If you’re looking for a place to eat in Barbados that won’t stretch the budget, Chefette in Bridgetown is a great idea.
11. Elegant dining at Tides, Holetown
Where to eat in Barbados that no one else can afford? Tides, or number 12, the Cliff.
I didn’t go to either because they cost a fortune and you’ll need to book way in advance, but, if you’ve got the money, flaunt it my friend.
Tides is the best restaurant for fine dining Barbados has to offer. The speciality here is seafood, and their lobsters and oysters are known as being some of the best in the world, never mind just Barbados. Instagrammers, foodies, celebs – they all love it here. And as well as the excellent food, there are stunning views and an art gallery featuring work by some of the world’s best artists too.
Best restaurants in Barbados
There are so many great places to eat in Barbados, you have a mouth watering culinary journey ahead of you my friend! Whether you like seafood, sushi, BBQ grills, or charming local favourites – every meal can be an exciting adventure in the best restaurants in Barbados.
Do not miss the authentic Barbadian food at places like Chefette, Cutters and Oistins – in fact, the three of them made up some of my favourite food experiences in Barbados.
Exploring Barbados by its best places to eat is a great way to see the island beyond the main strip.
Of course the ‘best Barbados restaurant’ is totally up to you to decide, no one else can say. That’s why I’ve given you the best restaurants in Barbados I found while I was there. Compared to other Caribbean islands I’ve been to, the food in Barbados is the best!
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