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There are a wide variety of restaurants in Barbados from the formal and expensive on the west coast, the more affordable and casual on the south coast to the more rustic but having great views on the east coast.But no island visit is complete without a stop at one of the hundreds of chattel house style Rum Shops for cold banks beer or Ju.c soft drink and a home made sandwich called a - cutter filled with ham or cheese or corn beef or fish cakes with dash of local mustard based Pepper Sauce .
Due to the wide range of restaurant experiences to be had in Barbados, the Island is ideally suited for the vacationer looking to avoid the all-inclusive experience, and instead, explore the various cuisines available outside of your resort.
On the west coast, full service, full price restaurants preside. The Cliff, La Mer , The Tides ( which also has a gallery featuring local artists, art may be seen on www.corriescott.com), L'Acajou, Calabaza, and Daphne's all offer superb dining. For a more casual lunch, Mannie's Suga Suga has a nice setting on Mullins Bay. Surf-side in Holetown on the beach or Blue Monkey Beach Cafe and Flindt set in a Holetown garden has the best breakfast and heavenly Quiche. One must try Sassafras for weekend dim sum, Fisherpond Great House for West Indian Sunday Buffet and The Colony Club International Sunday Brunch with a live Jazz Band.
On the south coast you will find a gem of a restaurant, open-air, on the roof of Little Arches Hotel. Cafe Luna has outstanding food, ambiance, service and is one of the most romantic settings on the island. Sushi specials on Thursday and Friday and fresh lobster features on a Saturday night. Also open for lunch, it is well worth a visit if you are in the Miami beach area.
On the north west coast, there is an excellent seafood restaurant named The Fish Pot. There you can have some of the best prepared lobster, prawns, oysters and king fish on the island. A casual spot for good local lunch is The Fisherman's Pub. Especially if you are staying at the Almond Beach Village, this restaurant is only 5 minutes away.On weekends a visit to Six Men's Bay and Half Moon Fort both have lively Fish Frys with the day's fresh seafood cooked in heavy coal pots and selections of chicken, pork, salads, rice, peas, etc...a must to meet islanders have a cold banks and "fire a rum."
In the Gap on the south coast is Cafe Sol, you can enjoy Mexican. The Waterfront Cafe, Ocean's, Brown Sugar, The Careenage Grille and Pisces for a Caribbean fusion menu. The island also offers theme restaurants from Chinese, Indian, Italian, Irish Pub Grub, Greek, Japanese, Seafood and Jamaican to site a few.
On the east coast, The Crane overlooks one of the best beaches in the world a top a cliff, unfortunately their food does not live up to the views or the price. For a more affordable, rustic atmosphere, visit Bathsheba's Round House, Atlantis, The New Edgewater Hotel, Sea U Guest House, Cliffside or Bonito's for authentic Bajan fresh fare and Buffets. For caribbean exotic menu try Naniki overlooking the east coast and set in garden.
Barbados also offers dinner shows well worth the price. The Harbour Lights show is one of the best. You can stay around for their all-drink night and dance until the wee hours. Bajan Roots and Rhythms and The Boat Yard also offers a good dinner and show experience.
Finally, if you are looking for a good pub atmosphere with food and drinks and satellite sports, there is Lord Willoughby's at Bagatelle inland from Holetown. They have a great setting and good pizza, wings and fish cakes. Also try the south coast sports bars like Bubba's and Bert's Bar (NHL hockey) while in the lively street called The Gap they offer up more english pub fare from The Ship Inn.
Overall, as far as the Caribbean goes Barbados cannot be surpassed by any other Island for their wide range of talented Chef's, excellent cuisines, price match to quality and the overall proficient friendly service and professional island restaurant staff.