Anguilla is a sensational, but expensive, paradise... definitely one of the most expensive of all the Caribbean islands. And Anguilla restaurants are no exception.
Off-Season 2014 Update: Restaurants that are both affordable and tasty are many in Anguilla. The good news? Most stay open through the off-off-season, too. We have assembled a full list of restaurants that will be open August-October. More on off-season hours.
Most tourists only ever experience the expensive (and truly gourmet) Anguilla restaurants. However, there are many alternatives, if you search a bit, and if you're just a touch adventurous. Your rewards will be great eating... and money left over to spend on other fun activities.
We've found many cheap-but-delicious Anguilla restaurants on our adventures, from restaurants, to BBQ stands, to food trucks, to beach bars. (More on Anguilla beach bars here and Anguilla's beach restaurants here.)
This little blue building is home to one of the most flavorful chicken legs on the island!
One of our favorite tasty, affordable restaurants is the Arawak Beach Inn.
Digging in at the Arawak
for the second time!
This restaurant is part of the Arawak Beach Inn, which is run by a wonderful, fun English couple, who long ago escaped the grey skies of England.
Believe it or not, as crazy it may sound, these "non-Italians" serve pretty tasty pizza, one of the best in Anguilla.
As you might expect, their British dishes are delicious, too. Their dessert is one of our favorites... don't miss the Banoffee Pie!
Who would have thought that you would find mouth-watering pizza here, in Anguilla, by "Brits"? During our entire month, it's the only restaurant we visited twice!
Even though the Arawak is pretty out-of-the way (tucked off in charming little Island Harbor), I would still count it as a "tourist Anguilla restaurant." Which makes the low price even more amazing!
Here's a great-tasting grill
on Sandy Ground.
To eat really cheaply, generally, find the places that the Anguillians themselves eat at, such as local weekend BBQ's
Places like Ken's Pork and B&D's, as well as just about any BBQ that springs up in front of a house on the weekend, will be super.
Just make sure there's a crowd there!
B&D's, which is on the road east of Malliouhana, has absolutely delicious ribs -- we picked them clean.
Roti is a Caribbean food favorite... (Trinidad origin?).
But this was the only of all the Anguilla restaurants that specialize in roti.
It's delicious -- and you can't beat the price.
Ask for their conch roti, it's not on the menu, but it is out of this world. Whenever I leave Anguilla, roti is one of the foods I miss most!
That is just a small sample of the range of cheap restaurants that can be found here. Anguilla is famous for its five-star dining, but it is possible to eat cheaply on this island...
Click the links below for a taste of Anguilla's cheap restaurants.
Note: Restaurants in each region are ranked by their number of Facebook "Likes." Click the "Like" button for your favorites to rank higher.
SandBar's Savory Sunsets Right on Sandy Ground beach, this casual-cool beach bar features "tasty tapas" and "cool cocktails" cooked up by former CuisinArt Executive Chef, Denise Carr. SandBar offers world class food and a seaside setting for a low cost. Is it any wonder why SandBar is one of the island's most popular spots? You won't find another place like it!
Kenny's BBQ Fresh conch soup, garlic bread, ribs, chicken, all under the stars on Sandy Ground, Kenny's BBQ is loved by all, and, since he's open late, most often enjoyed after a night partying at Pumphouse and Elvis'.
Papa Lash Food Van A local favorite, Papa Lash Food Van is a great option if you're looking for a quick, cheap eat. Most of Papa Lash's offerings are vegetarian-friendly too, including tofu pitas, cheese patties and even sweet potato fries. Yum!
Pumphouse: The Best Anguilla Bar for Anguilla Nightlife Reviewing beach bars for their nightlife value, certainly isn't my area of expertise. There is no doubt though, that this Anguilla bar is a special spot! The beers are cheap, but food prices run a little higher than a "cheap" restaurant.
Valley's Roadside BBQ Referred to by many as THE best BBQ chicken on the island, Valley's Roadside BBQ serves cheap, tasty chicken legs. Valley, the owner, also has Johnny cakes, and on occasion, conch soup. Be sure to secure your chicken (by placing an order) before 11am. These chicken legs go fast!
Elvis' Beach Bar Elvis is the King of Anguilla nightlife on Anguilla! Don't miss this beach bar on Thursday nights. It is also a laid-back and inexpensive spot to laze the day away, or catch a sunset drink.
Corner Bar Pizza As the name suggests, Corner Bar Pizza is famous for its pizzas. Located in a small building, deep in North Hill Village, this spot is easy to miss, but really, shouldn't be overlooked. Their pizza is crisp and tasty, and quite affordable. With all the toppings you could want, it's no wonder it's a neighborhood favorite.
Tropical Treats Fun House Jahvade Martin, Anguilla-Beaches.com's 16 year old intern shares one of his favorite (and kid-friendly) spots to spend an afternoon, and the only place in Anguilla to enjoy homemade ice cream... Tropical Treats Fun House.
Hungry's: Anguilla Restaurant On Wheels... A Fun Idea! A mouthwatering new concept in Anguilla dining. And were we surprised to see who runs it!
Murray's Jerk Centre Ready for a lesser-known fabulous cheap eat experience in Anguilla? Murray's Jerk Centre is delicious, inexpensive and right on the beach in Sandy Ground.
Christobelle's Canteen: True Caribbean Cuisine We've had pizza, seafood, steak and even roti on Anguilla, but never tried authentic Caribbean cuisine... that is, until now!
Mary's Bakery From the savory to the sweet, our favorites from Mary's are her tuna, saltfish and chicken sandwiches. They are tasty and hearty!
Karla's at De Reef The only restaurant set on the sea rocks, with an up-close view of the channel between St. Martin and Anguilla, Karla, one of the owners, makes you feel right at home here. Don't just come for the terrific view and company, though. The food is great, too! ;-) She serves home-cooked, Anguillian-style cuisine at an affordable price.
Nico's We discovered Nico's, a fantastic restaurant right near the airport, literally two hours before we left Anguilla. What a lucky find! They had the great sandwiches and hamburgers, as well as an interesting-looking goat stew (not that any of us was brave enough to try it!).
Too bad we didn't get a chance to make a return visit. Their breakfast is supposed to be excellent... and very reasonably priced! It's hard to find good, cheap breakfast in Anguilla, so we'll be trying it next time back. Since our first visit, I've had several excellent reports about Nico. The final verdict is "great and cheap." And the goat was highly mentioned twice.
Natural Mystic Set in The Valley, if you are in the mood for local food and a beer, stop in at this colorfully colored spot.
Dad's Bar & Grill New and friendly, Dad's Bar & Grill is the latest hotspot to join the scene in Sandy Ground. On the beach, drop in for BBQ, boat-watching, music, dancing and drinks.
Sugar and Spice Bakery and Bistro Serving up sweet and savory treats (including local specialties like shark sandwiches from time to time!) for breakfast and lunch, this spot is affordable and convenient. Don't miss their fresh fruit smoothies and juices.
Hall's Unique Bakery One of the island's most popular bakeries, Hall's is loved for their coconut tarts, Johnny cakes and Saturday Saltfish Breakfast. Either take-away or eat in!
Zack Shwarma An all-Lebanese cuisine dine-in/take-out spot with late night hours! Tip: Order that which is hot-off-the-spit.
On Da Rocks: A Cool Hang-Out With a View From their large, roof-top terrace that offers endless views of picturesque Island Harbour, to the freshest fish, lobster and crayfish on the island, On Da Rocks has so much to offer. Don't miss their Saturday Special! Note: While their "Saturday Special" is inexpensive, their regular menu has middle-of-the-road prices.
Joan & Cyril's BBQ Pit Stop Looking for the best Anguilla Johnny Cake? Joan and Cyril's BBQ Pit Stop is one of our favorite Anguila Johnny Cakes. It's not your usual Johnny Cake! You can even make a sandwich out of them.
Le Bon Pain Le Bon Pain is home to our favorite, flakiest, buttery-est croissants!
Uncle Ernie's: One of the Greatest Beach Bar On the Greatest Anguilla Beach! The best cheap beach-shack restaurant is on Anguilla's most famous beach, and may just be Anguilla's most famous restaurant of all.
The Pelican Bar Right in the sand, The Pelican Bar is the "real deal" spot for eating and hanging like a local. Affordable, friendly, serving the freshest fish, and in the heart of Island Harbour's local fishing village, this is a genuine spot for "liming."
Gumbsy's Bar & Grill Open weekends-only, Gumbsy's Bar & Grill serves up some of the tastiest grilled lobster caught fresh that day. Just call up the owner, Mikey and ask him for the catch of the day!
"A" Burger... A Premium Burger Joint "A" Burger is Anguilla's only burger joint. Posing serious competition to our favorite island burgers, "A" Burger is a cut above the rest when it comes to quality ingredients, preparation, and a passionate mission and love for Anguilla.
Geraud's Bakery Gerauds is a nice, French cafe, serving tasty breakfast and lunch options, and a variety of baked goods.
Caribbean Restaurant Serving up Caribbean specialties at a reasonable price, Caribbean Restaurant is a choice spot for a quick and easy bite of hearty Caribbean cuisine.
For more on eating affordably in Anguilla, as well as an entire to guide to planning a budget vacation in Anguilla, click here for Anguilla On A Shoestring... A Budget-Friendly Guide to Anguilla.
Un Amore Cafe One of THE best pizzas on the island, this pizza place specializes in thin-crust pizza. It's no wonder... the owner is from New York, after all!
Klassik Cafe: Our Favorite Cheap Eat On A Holiday In Anguilla? There are so many mouth-watering Anguilla restaurants that won't break your budget, but this one is at the top of our must-visit list!
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