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Restaurants on Virgin Gorda:
by Kimmers


SOUTH END OF VIRGIN GORDA


Giorgio’s Table, Mahoe Bay (495-5864)

On the water's edge at Mahoe Bay, this charming authentic Italian restaurant features dishes such as lobster ravioli, swordfish capriccio and sweet potato gnocchi as well as pasta, Mediterranean hors d'ouvres, fish, lobster, veal and beef filet to mention a few. Plus, Giorgio’s offers one of the most extensive international wine lists on Virgin Gorda. Giorgio’s is one of our personal favorite locals to take advantage of the gorgeous views of the distant islands while enjoying an incredible homemade pizza or be sure to arrive for dinner early enough to catch some of the best sunsets in the islands! Open for lunch (12-3pm) and dinner (6:30-9:30pm). Casual resort wear is recommended as well as dinner reservations by either phone. (NOTE: This is the only restaurant at Mahoe Bay).

Dog and Dolphin, Mountain Trunk Bay (494-8000)

Come and taste the finest West Indian food available in Virgin Gorda and the British Virgin Islands. Breakfast, an all-you-can-eat continental style affair, is served from 7:30-10:30am and from 10:30-3:30pm, you will find varied lunch menu featuring everything from light and tasty snacks such as conch fritters and carnival salad to heartier helpings of chicken roti, dolphin burgers, ackee & saltfish (an island favorite) and flying fish. Served by our pool and Jacuzzi with a fabulous view! Light Bites are offered from 3:30-6:00pm while viewing the beautiful sunsets followed by dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 pm which consists of a different menu every night of the week, designed to tantalize your taste buds and to introduce you to a little West Indian Gourmet Cuisine. Give us a little notice if you would like lobster and we will try to oblige. Evening dress is resort casual and dinner reservations are recommend.


Bath & Turtle Pub, Spanish Town (495-5239)

A pleasant patio tavern located in Yacht Harbor, Bath & Turtle Pub offers Caribbean dishes, seafood, pasta, pizza and burgers at a good price. Following breakfast or lunch, it's fun to explore the many shops in the area as well as walk across the street to the harbor to admire the beautiful boats at dock. Open daily, 7am- 9:30pm except on Wednesdays when one of the best bands on all of Virgin Gorda entertains the crowd until the wee hours of the morning.

Chez Bamboo, Spanish Town (495-5752)

With it's warm, welcoming atmosphere of delicious Creole and Caribbean cuisine, Chez Bamboo offers it's guests a taste of New Orleans in downtown Virgin Gorda . Dining is offered inside a "New Orleans" decor of brightly painted walls and glittering ceiling or at candle light tables outside in an open air courtyard. Choose between such specialties as bouillabaisse, poulet au citron and steak New Orleans with a dessert menu that includes pumpkin pecan pie, chocolate bourbon mint cake and/or crème brule. If you're a lover, come between 5-6pm for 2 for 1 martinis which choose among their many flavors such as green apple, lemon drop or Cosmopolitan to name a few. Some of the best live music takes place in the expanded courtyard Friday night and is THE place to be and be seen. Reservations are recommended. Open for "Happy Hour" and dinner only: Tuesday- Sunday, 3pm-10pm., except on Friday evenings where you can dance the night away.



The Flying Iguana, Spanish Town (495-5277)

Conveniently located at the Virgin Gorda airport, the Flying Iguana serves scrumptious lunches and dinners with a Caribbean flair. In it's charming restaurant's comfortable lounge, your find lifelike stuffed or colorfully painted wooden iguanas are perched in the plants, and local artwork is displayed. The casual, breezy open-air dining room, which looks out over Virgin Gorda's tiny airport to the sea, offers sandwiches and thick, juicy hamburgers for lunch and a dinner menu that includes fresh fish, lobster and grilled foods plus tasty desserts. Open daily, 7am- 10:30pm. $15 to $25 Resort casual dress. Reservations highly recommended.

Mad Dog's, Spanish Town (495-5830)

Set amongst the rocks near The Baths, Mad Dog's is a cool and breezy bar with a panoramic view that is a favorite amongst the vacationers and locals alike. The "kick back" atmosphere is further demonstration by the menu selections of freshly made BLTs, Shrimp or Tuna sandwiches ($5) or hot dogs ($4) which are all great values! Over the many years since Mad Dog's creation, Edith and Lilia have become well known for their incredible Piña coladas as well as their quick wit and beautiful smiles. Open 10am-7pm.

The Mineshaft Cafe, Spanish Town (495-5260)

Just two minutes away from the Copper Mine Ruins, sits the Mineshaft Cafe where you may view the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from one location! Have a quiet lunch as you enjoy pristine vistas including Fallen Jerusalem, Ginger Island and in the distance, Beef Island and Tortola from either their Sunset Deck or the shaded Atlantic Deck. After the Caribbean Sunset, enjoy dinner with the stars above or the rising of the moon out of the Atlantic Ocean. The lunch and dinner menu are one of the same and offer burgers, hot wings, taco salads, chicken wraps, seafood dishes, lobster pasta, steaks or their famous BBQ ribs. However, mark your calendar as Tuesday Night they offer their famous all-you-can-eat BBQ Ribs, Thursday Night is 2 for 1 Margaritas and Friday Night you will enjoy live entertainment. All of this, in addition to a Full Moon Party every month. The bar itself is a loose interpretation of a mineshaft and from the center hangs a makeshift pulley and bucket filled with "secret" ingredients of the restaurant's special drink - the "Cave-In." The Mine Shaft is one of the best-kept secrets on the island with regards to food and entertainment. And, offers the only "golf course" (miniature golf, that is) on Virgin Gorda!!! Open daily from 10am. Dress is casual and reservations for dinner is appreciated.

The Rock Cafe and Sports Bar, Spanish Town (495-5482)

Nestled between the famous boulders of Virgin Gorda and just minutes away from the Baths and Spanish Town Marina, you may choose from outside dining in a unique and spectacular atmosphere close to the island's only waterfall or inside a well decorated air conditioned dining room. The Rock Cafe serves Italian and Caribbean dishes such as Grilled Catch of the Day, Swordfish Sicilian Style, Spaghetti Anegada (with fresh Lobster chunks), Spaghetti Rock and Penne Mare or Homemade Pasta of the Day. Open for dinner only from 4pm-12am. Top performers provide live music in Sam's Piano Bar weekly which are unbelievably talented. Dress is casual and dinner reservations are highly suggested.

Little Dix Bay, Spanish Town (495-5555, X174)

For an elegant evening at the Little Dix Bay resort, you can't do better than this - the candlelight in the main open-air pavilion is enchanting, the menu sophisticated, the service attentive. The dinner menu changes daily, but there's always a fine selection of superbly prepared seafood, meat, and vegetarian entrées - gingered duck breast with Pacific Rim vegetables, black Angus rib eye with horseradish and mustard sauce, pan-seared snapper with christophene ratatouille. The breakfast and lunch buffets shine. Make special note, however, that their Monday Night Buffet is one you will never forget! Word of warning: Come hungry!!! ($85+ person) Reservations are required and dress is resort casual, i.e., long slacks and collared shirt for gentlemen and sundresses or nice short or pantsuits for the ladies.

LSL Restaurant & Bakery, Spanish Town (495-5151)

On Tower Road, South Valley, with full air conditioning, cozy dining areas. Serving international and West Indian lunch and dinner daily. Open Mon-Sat. 7am-11pm, Sun., 4-11pm.

Top of the Baths, Spanish Town (495-5497)

At the end of a line of small boutiques, you will find the Top of the Baths bar and restaurant. This popular restaurant serves breakfast beginning at 8am outside on a terrace around their fresh water pool or in an open-air pavilion; all have stunning views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. From the lunch menu, you may select hamburgers, salads, and various sandwiches plus a daily special. Among the appetizers for dinner, you will find conch ceviche and lentil soup among other choices. The entrées include Cornish hen with wild rice, grilled swordfish with fresh rosemary sauce, and local lobster. For dessert you may choose from such delectables as chocolate cheesecake and pecan pie. Reservations are suggested and dress is casual.

The Wheelhouse, Spanish Town (495-5230)

Located at the Ocean View Hotel, local specialties of fresh fish or chicken served curried or with native sauce are served for dinner. Open for breakfast (7:30–9:30am), lunch (12-2pm) and dinner (7:30–9:30pm) Reservations required and dress is casual.

Fischer's Cove Beach Hotel, Spanish Town (495-5252)

Five minutes south of Yacht Harbor - On the water, overlooking the beach, serving local cuisine, seafood, homemade bread, soups and deserts. Featuring flavorful island cuisine with a continental flair, has a variety of excellent dishes from fresh grouper in mustard sauce to mango chicken and Caribbean peas (bean) soup, including Conch Fritters, Norma's Crab Salad, Mustard Spiced Golden Grouper Fish, Grilled Lobster Tail with Lemon-Garlic Butter and Mango Chicken (Lunch: $9 to $15, Dinner, $17 to $35). Its dining verandah sits right on the surf in a spectacular setting for a relaxing drink or dining. Captain's Night Buffet - Thursday 6pm Caribbean lunch buffet – Sunday 11:30am.

Anything Goes, Spanish Town (VHF Channel 16)

West Indian style restaurant serves local curry dishes and seafood, with a delivery and take-out service available in The Valley. Open for lunch and dinner - 11am to 10pm.

Crab Hole, Spanish Town (495-5307)

Left past Fisher's Cove Hotel, this homey restaurant located in the South Valley, specializes in Creole dishes including Callalou (local spinach soup), local fish, chicken, callaloo, rice and peas, Johnny cake, conch fritters, salt fish, roti and conch. Open 9:30am, the Crab Hole does not start serving food until 11:30am and continues to midnight. To get there, turn left at the 'roundabout' near the Rock Cafe and go past the first speed bump, taking the next left on a dirt driveway.

M & M Bakery, Spanish Town

The "M&M Bakery" is owned by Martin Belmar and his wife. At one time, he was better known as "Brutus" who, for many years, single-handedly made Drakes Anchorage on Mosquito Island famous for fine dining. The Bakery is extremely hard to find, but well worth it. It is on a no-name one-way street which runs inland from the main street to The Baths, directly across from the Napa Auto Parts Sign. There is no 'one way' sign to mark the street coming from the Marina but it is clearly marked coming from The Baths. The bakery itself looks like a big house but with no windows in the front, just a door, and it has no sign of any nature. They open at 6:15PM SHARP and stay open all night closing from around Noon until 6:15PM. This place has the best and most tender BBQ Chickens for $10 you will ever find as well as fresh baked bread, breakfast muffins, pastries and donuts. It is worth persevering to find it!


Dixie's Restaurant, Spanish Town (495-5640)

Four minute walk north of VG Yacht Harbor. Coming from the North, turn right just past Speedy's, Dixie's is just beyond the gas station. This is a very popular restaurant for locals and expiates alike and will take you back in time to a little road-side coffee shop. Dixie's offers burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, etc., but they also sell the island's own version of KFC!!!

Thelma's Hide Out, Spanish Town

Along the entry road to Little Dix Bay Resort, you'll find Thelma's Hide Out where you can dine on good home cooked local food followed by a game of darts with the locals.

Wine Cellar & Bakery, VG Yacht Harbor, Spanish Tow (495-5250)

Run by Ziggi and Melody, the Wine Cellar & Bakery has its own bakery and offers oven-fresh bread, pastries such as large raisin buns, cookies, pound cake, delicious sandwiches, hot dogs, sodas, wines and bottled liquor plus cold drinks.

Buck's Grocery Store, VG Yacht Harbor, Spanish Town (495-5834)

Located across the parking lot, and run by Little Dix Bay, Buck's has a deli with gourmet items including sandwiches and salads made by its chefs in addition to a good selection of groceries. Seating is available at a couple of tables outside with a view of the Yacht Harbor as well as an attractive area inside in good, strong air conditioning.


NORTH END OF VIRGIN GORDA

Biras Creek, Biras Creek - North Sound (494-3555)

Delightfully remote and very posh, Biras Creek is not to be missed for a romantic dinner or a delicious beachside BBQ lunch. The delicious meals coupled with the beautiful view of North Sound make this an ideal restaurant. Reservations are required and dress is resort casual, i.e., long slacks and collared shirt for gentlemen and sundresses or nice short or pantsuits for the ladies. The Biras Creek ferry travels between Gun Creek dock and Biras Creek on a regular basis (call for schedule). Open daily for lunch from 1-2pm and a four course price fixed menu is offered for dinner from 7-9:00pm.

Java Connection, Leverick Bay - North Sound (495-7421)

The Java Connection is a coffee shop and cyber cafe which offers delicious coffee and pastries daily from 8-11am. Internet access costs $5 for 1-10 minutes, .50 for each additional minute.

The Restaurant at Leverick Bay, Leverick Bay - North Sound (495-7154)

The Restaurant at Leverick Bay is an excellent spot for all of your dining pleasure. While dining in the shade next to the fresh water pool, you will enjoy a wonderful breakfast served daily from 8-10am as well as lunch from 11-4pm. Also, "dine-in or take-out" pizzas are available from 11-7pm. For those romantic dining experiences, the upstairs seaside terrace is perfect! Begin with "Happy Hour" from 5-7pm followed by a selection of steak, local seafood, rack of lamb or other delicious menu options. And, be sure not to miss the Saturday night's "Prime Rib" special with all of the trimmings plus live music! (Reservations for dinner is highly recommended and can be made by either phone or VHF channel 16.) In addition to the above, don't forget to mark your calendar for the Friday night Beach Party BBQ with lively music provided by DJ Heavy B and a Limbo Contest with great prizes!!! The $15 per person all-you-can-eat buffet starts at 7pm sharp.

The Chef's Pantry, Leverick Bay - North Sound (495-7154)

The Chef's Pantry has a wide selection of gourmet items including fresh seafood, specialty meats and cheeses, fresh baked breads and pastries, coffees, fine wines and spirits all from a professional Chef's kitchen. Open daily from 8-1pm and 2-6pm.

Saba Rock, North Sound (495-7711)

Formerly known as “Pirate's Pub”, Saba Rock has been transformed into a wonderful dining facility on the water in the North Sound. The restaurant serves pub fare for both lunch and dinner or, for dinner, you may choose the all-you-can-eat buffet ($25 person) of salads, hot entrees and optional grill menu, featuring steaks, lobster and fresh fish. Reservations for the free ferry can be made by phone or VHF channel 16 and pick up is available at either the Leverick Bay Marina or the Gun Creek dock.

The Fat Virgin, Biras Creek - North Sound (495-7052)

The Fat Virgin is an adorable waterfront cafe located in Biras Creek, which is only accessible by boat. Call for pick up by the free Biras Creek ferry in Gun Creek or captain your own dinghy for the day out of Leverick Bay. Seating is limited so come early for lunch in order to secure yourself a spot in the shade. Start with the spicy conch fritters and follow with a good old-fashioned burger, Caribbean roti, flying fish sandwich or BBQ'd ribs which are to die for! Also, their delicious and frothy Pina Coladas can't be missed! Open daily for lunch and dinner.

The Sand Box, Prickly Pear Island, North Sound (495-9122)

If you’re looking for a low key beach bar on Virgin Gorda, The Sand Box is the place! Open from 10:30am to 5pm for lunch, vacationers come here to relax on the beach, play beach volleyball and dine on such delectable items as grilled fish sandwiches, burgers and salads among other items. Beginning at 6:30p to 11pm, dinners of steak, fresh fish, lobster and chicken are available. It is suggested that you call by phone or VHF channel 16 to make dinner reservations for reservations for dinner. (Unfortunately, they are working on obtaining a ferry at present, so you will need to check with them for transportation to their island.)

Bitter End Yacht Club, North Sound (494-2746)

The Clubhouse is a popular yachtsmen rendezvous overlooking Gorda Sound. Breakfast (8-10am) is wonderful with many varied choices, but their lunch buffet (12-2pm) is absolutely incredible at $22 per person. Dinners (7-9pm) features a four course price fixed menu. Dress code at dinner is resort casual. Reservations are recommended by phone or VHF channel 16. Catch the free ferry out of Gun Creek which runs every half hour or visit for lunch by your own rented dinghy.

NOTE: Many of the North Sound restaurants are only reachable by boat. Most of the bar and restaurants have a free ferry service that will pick you up from either the Leverick Bay dock or the Gun Creek dock as mentioned above. Since Saba Rock and The Sand Box (Prickly Pear Island), are near Eustasia Sound, which is one of the best snorkeling locations in the North Sound area, you may wish to rent a dinghy or runabout from Leverick Bay Watersports (495-7376 or VHF channel 16) for the day of dining and snorkeling.