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From fresh, local seafood served at beachside shacks to elegant, chic eateries ideal for romantic meals, Barbados is peppered with an array of charming restaurants.

Food for thought

African, Indian and British influences have all played their part in creating the Bajan cuisine of Barbados. Local foodie haunts and hotel restaurants combine to form a coast-to-coast gourmet extravaganza bursting with colour and flavour. Flying fish with cou cou is the national dish that you shouldn't leave without sampling. There's also jerk chicken, fish cakes, chicken curry roti, grilled prawns and salt bread to name but a few other menu regulars. Surprisingly, even up-scale restaurants that have a Mediterranean slant feature a good dose of Bajan flair.We've picked 10 of the best places to discover Bajan cuisine, so you can get an authentic taste of Barbados.

The Cliff

There's many a table with a view in Barbados, but The Cliff, perched above an idyllic floodlit cove pips others to the post. With an unrivalled ocean view, it isn't any wonder why this spot is so popular for special occasion dining. We're happy to try and get clients a railside table for the best seat in the house.

The Cliff, Dining at dusk


For elegant dining, Daphne's is stylish and utterly romantic and loved by all lucky enough to nab a table.

Cin Cin By the Sea

The current en vogue establishment is Cin Cin By the Sea. For a taste sensation, tuck into the jumbo crab cakes.

 The Fish Pot, Beach view

The Fish Pot

For water's edge dining, The Fish Pot in Little Good Harbour is a spot dreams are made of. Take a water taxi with Captain Dwayne from the west coast to the restaurant for an entrance you'll never forget. And if you hadn't guessed from the name, dine on the finest local seafood once you arrive.


Another seafood restaurant worth visiting is Champers. Set above crashing waves on the south coast, you'll be spoilt by the fresh fish, plus the portions are super-generous.


Visit fishing village, Oistins, for a lively atmosphere and delicious seafood at Friday fish fry night, where locals and tourists mingle at a cluster of beachside shacks.