Marina Cay photo by Julia Gardner.

You may plan to eat all your meals aboard during your charter in the British Virgin Islands, but if not, no worries. The BVI is full of some great restaurants with both character and good food.

If you plan on eating most of your meals on board, I recommend setting aside a few meals to try out some of the restaurants. Typically lunches are cheaper than dinners, if you are trying to keep to a budget.

This isn’t a list of all the restaurants in the BVI, but a list of those worth visiting!

Tortola, Road Town:

  • Brandywine Bay. Everyone who’s been here claims everything is good! Great view from this upscale restaurant.
  • Spaghetti Junction. Not a pasta restaurant. Actually a rather upscale restaurant with a very diverse menu. Take a cab here from most places.
  • Capriccio di Mare. Right across from the ferry stop. Great lunch for reasonable prices.

Tortola, Cane Garden Bay:

  • Elm’s. Sunday night is the night to be there. Be sure to make a reservation! Great music and well known for its barbeque.
  • Quito’s. Fantastic music most nights by Quito himself. Food is good too.

Tortola, Soper’s Hole:

  • Jolly Roger. If you visit, have the chicken roti, jerk prime ribs or eggs bennedict.
  • Pusser’s Landing. Your typical pub menu but with good conch fritters.

Tortola, other:

  • Sugar Mill. Competes with Brandywine for most romantic dinners and location.
  • Sebastian’s. The reviews for Sebastian’s are mixed. Most people appreciate it for the views and the breakfast, like the rum french toast.
  • The Last Resort in Trellis Bay. Great food, great entertainment and great music! Every charter boat seems to make a point of stopping here. (I would skip the Thanksgiving buffet though. It was good but it’s not the way I like to my turkey and cranberry sauce.)
  • De Loose Mongoose at Trellis Bay. The reports on the food are good but it’s the drinks that get stellar reviews. Try a Noseeum or a Killer Bee.
  • Cybercafe at Trellis Bay. Try the grouper sandwich …
  • Bananakeet. One of the best rated restaurants on Tortola. The view, the drinks and the food all get stellar reviews. Try the seared scallops or ahi tuna. And don’t forget the drinks!
  • Palm’s Delight. I haven’t been here but everyone says to try the gingerwine chicken!
  • Nicole’s. Good, cheap hamburgers.
  • Tamarind Club. Good food all the time but the Sunday brunch is not to be missed.
  • Suzanne’s Secret Garden. The number one rated restaurant on Tortola! Suzanne creates all her own food dishes and drinks and they are worth trying out!


  • Potter’s by the Sea. Most people go to Potters for the lobster. Not just the whole lobster, but also the lobster fettuccine.
  • Cow Wreck. Most people think about the atmosphere and the beach when they think about Cow Break, but it also serves good food, including some great conch fritters, fish tacos and even wings.
  • Neptune’s Treasure. Great food, fresh fish. Feed your teenagers before you arrive or dinner may get expensive!

Virgin Gorda:

  • Leverick Bay. If you are in the mood for some excellent fine dining, try the upstairs restaurant. In the mood for something more casual? Try burgers, wings and pizza downstairs.
  • Bitter End Yacht Club. The restaurant is definitely pricey but the Sunday brunch is worth checking out.
  • Fat Virgin Cafe. Great lunch spot along the water. The fries are good – try them with snapper or chicken roti.

Cooper Island:

  • Cooper Island Beach Club Bar. A great place to hang out and people and boat watch. Try the chicken roti while you are hanging.

Jost van Dyke:

  • Cosairs. Great pizza. And as Vinnie, the owner, likes to joke, the conch fritters are the best because they actually have conch in them!
  • Foxy’s. The best BBQ buffet. We were rather skeptical about it the first time but we’d go back anytime now. You get two plates, one small and one large, and one run through the buffet. It was awesome and satisfied everyone from our pickiest eater to our biggest eater.

Norman Island:

  • Willie T’s. Known more for its night life than its food, but the food is quite good. (I know, I made a stop at Great Harbor on Norman Island after our fridge had gone out and we were reduced to sandwiches. Willie T’s was a great break!) Try the fresh fish dishes, chicken roti or fish and chips.

Marina Cay:

  • Pussers. A chain not always noted for its great food, the jerk chicken quesadillas are worth checking out.

If you know of any other restaurants that are worth checking out, leave a comment and let us all know!

One comment

  1. A group of 6 vegetarians headed to BVI in April and I’m wondering if there are any recommendations on a great restaurant that is willing to leave out the seafood and create a great vegetarian meal.

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