5 Must-Try St. Lucia Restaurants

by Daniel Nikulin

Hope you’re hungry! St. Lucia’s rich history of transient cultures morphed into an incredible concoction of flavours representing many regions of the world. From classic French dishes to Carib-Creole flavours, authentic East Indian spices and typical fresh island seafood grilled to perfection, tasting today’s St. Lucia means eating around.

We know. Your all-inclusive resort has a million options – and that’s great. If you can pull yourself away for a meal or two, however, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, especially if you try one (or all!) of the 5 must-try St. Lucia restaurants we’ve armed you with below. You’re welcome.    

Fine Dining Restaurants

Jade Mountain Club

Address: 100 Anse Chastanet Rd., PO Box 4000, Soufriere, 83310, St. Lucia

Watching the majestic Pitons and the setting sun reflecting in the heavenly infinity pool, you quickly realize that the breathtaking views and chic ambiance are reason enough to make a reservation at the Jade Mountain Club, one of the top restaurants at one of the island’s top resorts.

Things get even better when the food arrives, described simply as ‘Jade Cuisine’ by James Beard Award winner, Chef Allen Susser. Fresh and simple, dishes are flexible to accommodate seasonality and the availability of local produce. Masterfully prepared and presented, dinners are accompanied by sharp, attentive service, a proper wine list and sexy live jazz, too.   

The Palms Restaurant

Address: Pigeon Island Causeway, The Landings Resort & Spa, Gros Islet, 5984, St. Lucia

Featuring a romantic, open-air patio with a classic marina view, the crown jewel of the eateries at The Landings Resort & Spa shines with delicious and inventive flavours and flawless, attentive service.

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Who else would like to be spending their Blue Monday indulging in delicious food?! . Dinner at The Palms Restaurant is a magical, not-to-be-missed experience. Adding an international spin to locally inspired dishes, The Palms menu celebrates fresh authentic ingredients and a setting that is nothing short of stunning. . This stylish restaurant features a romantic, open-air patio with a dramatic view of our Marina. The inventive “East Meets West” menu changes seasonally and features a selection of meats, fresh fish and seafood cooked on a lava stone grill. . #ElegantHotelsStLucia #TheLandingsStLucia #Foodies #Nom #ElegantExperience #ThisIsTravel #EatingForTheInsta #Beaches #Paradise

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The dynamic menu changes from an East meets West fusion, with meats and fish grilled on a lava stone, to fresh Mediterranean inspired salads, mains and desserts. There’s a separate lobster menu, too, served grilled, a la Thermidor or Provencale. The Palms also features an extensive wine list, covering everything from Prosecco and Champagne to a great selection of Old and New World wines.      

Mid-Range Restaurants

The Coal Pot

Address: Lunar Park, Vigie Marina, Castries, 00124, St. Lucia

Located on the waterfront in Vigie, this beloved landmark eatery has been serving up fish and seafood specialties in a French-Lucian style for over 15 years under Chef Xavier Ribot. While a tad on the pricey side for a mid-range option, the experience doesn’t disappoint despite its rustic exterior.

Vegetarian-friendly with vegan and gluten-free options, too, lunch patrons and diners rave about the handwritten menu that often features mahi-mahi in a lemon-butter sauce, lobster spring rolls, and the St. Lucia staple, callaloo soup. As the Chef himself puts it, “The food is not over the top. It is simple, tasty, well-presented, with mainly local and some French flavours”.

Masala Bay

Address: Marina Village at Capella, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

In 2015, the owners of popular Rodney Bay restaurant Spice of India opened Masala Bay in Marigot, and St. Lucia loves them for it. Already an island favourite, this authentic Indian- and Indo-Chinese (Hakka) spot does everything right for the right price.

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Chef Adil pumps out all the classic curries, level of hotness to order, with perfect papadums and fluffy bhatura for dipping. Tandoor prawns, Hakka noodles and a range of delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options make this simple and delightful eatery one guests often return to in a week’s holiday.

Local Eats

Fedo’s

Address: New Development, Soufriere, St. Lucia

It doesn’t get more local than Fedo’s. Anything but fancy, Fedo’s busts out authentic Soufriere fare at ‘local’ prices and doesn’t disappoint. Clean and friendly, it’s everything you can ask for in a cheap local spot.

Look past the menu burgers and sandwiches and settle on the roti or grilled fish dinners that come packed with local sides, like breadfruit, taro, sweet potato and plantain. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, round out your experience with Fedo’s delicious chocolaty rum fruitcake, unlike any fruitcake you’ve ever had – promise.

 

Told you. St. Lucia’s culinary scene is worth skipping a resort meal or two. The safe and friendly island lends itself perfectly to breakfasts, lunches and dinners out, offering a lot more than the five restaurant gems we’ve suggested above. Go on, get out there!  

 

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