Anguilla's restaurants call attention from all corners of the Caribbean, and even the world. High-end restaurants fly in chefs from Italy and France, some of the world's most influential people with discerning tongues dine at our eateries, restaurant experiences are executed with high attention to culinary detail.
Off-Season 2014 Update: With the high-season approaching quickly, mid-priced restaurants are opening their doors once again. We have compiled a list of spots who are currently open and a list of re-opening dates for those who are still closed. More on off-season hours.
Those high-end restaurants, naturally, come at high-end prices.
The truth is, you don't have to break the bank to eat well in Anguilla.
The island's reasonably priced restaurants leave you just as satisfied.
And, Anguilla has plenty of affordable options.
Anguilla is dotted with mid-priced restaurants run by locals with a passion for cooking and dining and by ex-pats who chucked it all in the States and Europe.
Tasty, hidden gems are in no short supply!
There are several pub-style British options.
They specialize in succulent roast dinners, fish & chips and hand-made burgers.
Some of our favorite mid-range restaurants focus on Mexican, Italian and French cuisine. Truly good eating, even high-profile celebrities frequent these spots.
Paul McCartney is known to dine at one of the very affordable Italian beach-side restaurants, Michael Jordan has been spotted at the island's Mexican restaurant... they are THAT good.
Mexican, Italian and French restaurants serve dishes that are a little closer to home. The Caribbean-influenced restaurants have unique options, something truly different. They aren't to be missed.
These Anguillian restaurants, ones that are locally owned and operated, serve dishes native to the area. The food is always fresh and different, with menu items you can't always find "back home," from whole snapper with rice and peas, to stews, to other West Indian dishes and exotic flavors.
The service is always warm and genuine, too. That is one of the biggest differences we noticed when comparing Anguilla to other Caribbean islands. Anguillians are sincerely kind and friendly people.
What about location?
One of my Dad's biggest concerns when dining out is "will we be near the ocean?" He loves beachside dining. The good news is the oceanfront spots are not for reserved for high-end restaurants.
Many of the island's affordable restaurants have front row seats to tranquil seas. You don't have to be at the beach to have a great meal, though. Inland spots can be some of the funkiest and most fun places to grab a bite.
Below you will see that we have divided the island into 3 sections, "The Center," "The East End," and "The West End," and arranged the best mid-priced restaurants accordingly.
Click the buttons below to explore restaurants in the island's three different regions.
Note: Restaurants in each region are ranked by their number of Facebook "Likes." Click the "Like" button for your favorites to rank higher.
Johnno's One of Anguilla's original beach bars, this widely-loved spot is famous for its whole snapper dish and its lazy Sunday afternoons of jazz music.
Ferry Boat Inn Family owned and run, Ferry Boat Inn serves some of the best food on the island. From burgers (with hand-cut fries!), to their $1 wings night, to their special Thursday roasts, you can't go wrong with dinner at Ferry Boat Inn.
Bonjour Cafe Bonjour Cafe is a quaint Anguilla restaurant, tucked into the lush, hillside near Sandy Ground. Come for the enchanting garden, a French-Caribbean menu, and one of the best cup of coffees on the island.
The Pumphouse The Pumphouse is the "go-to" Anguilla restaurant and bar, whether you are looking for a laid back evening, or a fun-filled night of live music. From a funky atmosphere, to the warm hospitality, to the drinks and tasty food, The Pumphouse never disappoints.
Roy's Bayside Grill Roy's Place!... a sweet English pub on the beach that serves the best fish and chips on the island, and one of the best Sunday roasts, too.
A reasonably priced Italian restaurant, right on the beach, many people are calling Dolce Vita the best value Italian food on the island. My parents have dined here and have only wonderful things to say. Yuki and I love it, too!
Ripples My sister, Yuki, must be the world's #1 picky eater. But Ripples has reduced her to a pile of happy blubbering... The best fish & chips, spaghetti & meatballs, and other wonderful Anguilla dining, all served up with a huge helping of happiness.
Valley Bistro: A St. Martin Style Bistro on Anguilla From the same talented chefs and owners who brought you the first "St. Martin Salad on Anguilla", here is their next project. It is ideal for a delightful, daytime meal!
E's Oven Searching for inexpensive Caribbean dining? E's Oven has mouth-watering food, but for half the price of Anguilla's high-end restaurants. The only tourists here are the ones "in the know."
Tasty's: A Contender For Best Breakfast Tasty's is a lovely Anguilla restaurant for an evening meal. Their prices at night are a little more expensive than they are for their oh-so-tasty breakfasts, at a reasonable price.
Andy's Located inland in Anguilla's capital, The Valley, Andy's is an affordable, family-friendly spot with an extensive menu where EVERYTHING is delicious. Don't miss their "Andy's Chicken Salad", topped with onion rings.
Flavours Deciding on an appetizer and entree is HARD to do at Flavours. Why? The options are many and everything is good, though they are best known for their steaks and ribs.
Darvin's Place Currently only serving drinks and playing music well into the night, this Anguilla nightlife spot will soon be serving tapas too. With its location overlooking Sandy Ground, it will be a go-to lounge.
Cha Cha San Anguilla's only TRUE Chinese restaurant (also incorporating dishes from other Asian cultures). Beef dumplings, spring rolls, tuna tataki, chow mein, udon, General Tso's chicken, sweet and sour pork, it's all here and it's all EXCELLENT!
Madeariman Anguilla Restaurant... A Top Spot for a Shoal Bay Anguilla Beach Day! Shoal Bay Anguilla is known world-wide for its breath-taking beauty. Read why Madeariman is one of its best spots for a scrumptious lunch and laid back Shoal Bay beach day.
Elite A serene and secluded location, Elite soothes the soul with its pretty views of Island Harbour, mellow music and authentic Italian cuisine.
Gwen's: Most relaxing of all Anguilla Restaurants? A perfect little beachside grill, plus the most beautiful of all Caribbean beaches, plus hammocks = ABSOLUTE BLISS! Note: Since this review was written, Gwen's has become more expensive.
Tropical Sunset Tropical Sunset is a relaxing lunch option. Set on the quieter, tucked away, western side of Shoal Bay East, this little spot serves tasty food at fair prices. With beach chairs and one of the best pina coladas on the island, it's a good choice for a beach day.
The Place THE place for a quiet lime on the calm side of Rendezvous Bay, this spot currently serves snacks and drinks and will be soon serving lunch and dinner.
The Sunshine Shack Garvey's Sunshine Shack is loved by many visitors to Anguilla. It's no wonder why... located right in the sand on one of Anguilla's best beaches, Rendezvous Bay, the setting is hard to beat. Serving BBQ and good, cold drinks, and with Garvey's sunshine-y company, all is good when you're at the Sunshine Shack!
Blanchards Beach Shack The Blanchards have another Anguilla restaurant success... Blanchards Beach Shack, the original barefoot beach bar they intended on creating decades ago. Serving ideal beach fare, this spot is perfect for the idyllic beach day on Meads Bay.
Ocean Echo Beach-side dining on Meads Bay, Ocean Echo is hard to beat. There are plenty of tasty menu options, which their chef can customize to your liking. They are still experiencing some growing pains, but have a promising future!
Bankie Banx's New Beach Bar Bankie Banx's beloved beach bar, The Dune Preserve, has been extended! With a brighter dining area, and a bigger menu, this spot is without a doubt in my top favorite Anguilla restaurants.
Picante Yes, Mexican in Anguilla! You're in luck!
Poker's Plank Anguilla's only pirate-themed restaurant is set in a building that is shaped like a ship! Their service is friendly and welcoming, and the menu has lots of options, is tasty and affordable. It's a good option for those seeking a fun dining experience, and families with young children.
BJ's Big Spring On the road to Island Harbour, BJ's Big Spring is small and easy to miss. Inside this tiny spot, French chef Ben serves good French specials at more than reasonable prices ($14 for pork tenderloin). Their bugers, pizzas and pastas are some of the best on the island, too!
Deon's Overlook More and more, Anguilla is learning out to make a mean breakfast. But if you want the best of the best? The place for omelets and pancakes and all your heart desires? Look no further...
Reggae Reef: Anguilla Sandy Ground Restaurants The Sandy Ground community is home to many beach bars, nightlife spots, and cheap restaurants that serve up delicious food. This fun spot is no exception!
Roadwell Cafe An excellent Anguilla breakfast, accompanied by butterflies.
Cote Mer: A St. Martin Salad on Anguilla One of the best parts of visiting St. Martin is the delectable French cuisine. But what happens when I can find my favorite French meal on Anguilla?
Le Bistro At Malliouhana Resort Looking for the best French fries on this British colony? We found them! Note: While a plate of fries and a couple of drinks are reasonably priced, lunch can be pricier.
Cap Juluca: A Tale Of Two Restaurants Can anyone beat the Arawak Inn's hold on our award for "best pizza on Anguilla?" Note: Cap Juluca's restaurants have been renovated since the writing of this article. At the time, their pizza was very reasonably priced. Today, though, prices tend to be higher.
Le Bar Serving by far the best burger (herb-stuffed!) on the island, Le Bar doesn't only offer excellent food. Its location, right in the middle of Shoal Bay East, is one of the best. With fun and welcoming owners, Didier and Vernoique, this is one of our favorite places to spend the afternoon.
We love reading travelers' Anguilla dining stories. Everybody does! And, we are always looking for new dining experiences, too.
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