Within 5 minutes walk

SUGAR RIDGE ( next door, one minute walk) You cannot get any more convenient than their 2 restaurants right next door to Coco and being a 5* star Hotel quality is predictably good with extensive choice. Opposite reception is their Sugar Club which has a wide choice for lunch or evenings but also ‘special’ evenings when things like Fish, Steak, Caribbean etc are featured.
Up the steep hill (don’t worry a buggy will take you up from reception ) there is Carmichaels which is fine dining thus not cheap, but with stunning panoramic views over the whole area.

MIRACLES ( three minute walk ) just outside Hamilton Estate and by the entrance to Jolly Harbour. Good reliable cooking from a really friendly local family, menu seems to change almost daily according to what is best at market that day. Good value thus is very popular; there is also a small children’s play area

Within 10 minutes walk

MEILINI’S A definite favorite. Extensive Italian menu with extra choice from other Counties. Dependable and consistant quality, sensibly priced, comprehensive wine list and you can sit overlooking the harbour. Very busy and booking is almost essential, but worthwhile. Try it more than once – you will not be disappointed.

MAYDAYS Next to Melini’s and menu reflects the friendly owners Austrian / Hungarian origins, so a very interesting varied menu. All cooked to a good standard and at a reasonable price for the quality. Mention Coco or Cactus and you will all receive a 10% discount. It is very popular so try and book in advance 717 2498

FIREHOUSE Behind Maydays on the road. Menu includes a good selection of local dishes, grills, currys, burgers and steaks. Not expensive and popular with locals and visitors alike.

THE CROWSNEST A Sports bar which outdoor deck overlooking the harbour. Can get very busy plus noisy if there is a football match showing. Predictable food but to a good standard.

Within 15 minutes walk

CASTAWAYS The favourite local beach restaurant. Great setting for people watching and sunsets, food good, staff friendly, extensive range of cocktails. Not always the quickest service but totally recommended

AL PORTO An Italian menu with pizza, pasta, fish steak etc. Upmarket and modern, but with sensible prices. It is in the best possible waterside setting at Jolly Harbour,overlooking the bay so also particularly great when sun sets. Difficult to fault in anyway and they also offer 2 for 1 pizzas on Tuesdays – very busy that so booking essential.

Within 20-30 minutes walk

THE NEST Right at the far end of Valley Church beach and open from early to sunset. A simple wood beach restaurant / bar with food menu and serving drinks all day long. Busy when the cruise ships are in town and weekends, but often totally deserted midweek.

BENJAMINS In one of the best unspoilt elevated locations locally, overlooking two pristine bays and great views out to sea. You might be served by, have wine poured by and be cooked for by the very friendly talented Benjamin himself and you will not be disappointed. Quality is excellent with choice of dishes at reasonable prices – good wine list too. Incidentally being multi-talented he built the place too.

SHEER at Coco Bay resort is a very small cliffside restaurant with just 12 tables. Situated opposite Coco’s below , so with equally beautiful views plus homemade ice cream which is a must ! Evenings only and booking essential (562 2400)

COCO’s At Coco’s Hotel situated at the end of the Jolly beach on the hillside but also accessed by a rough road a short distance down the road from Coco House. One of the most romantic spots on the Island with a fantastic vista and good food so popular. Reserve on 462 9700

Within 40 minutes walk

GIBSON’S is a good quality ‘sand in your toes’ beach restaurant directly on the beach at the far end of Darkwood Beach ( about 10 minutes by car) Menu is varied and not expensive, plus there is a good selection of lunch snack in addition to full menu both lunch and dinner. Traditional English Sunday lunches are very popular.

OJ’S Just along from Gibsons and also worth a visit if you want to sit with views of the sea right on the beach. Steak and fish are both good, plus décor is well done with a nice atmosphere. Normally a bit of Jazz on Fridays and Saturdays. Small menu but well executed at sensible prices – professional and very recommended.

Further afield

PAPA ZOUK a Creole restaurant in St Johns but with a low cost mini bus transfer from Jolly Harbour on Monday and Wednesday evenings

HARMONY HALL is a restored plantation house built around an old sugar mill at Browns Bay and is reputed to be one of the Islands finest restaurants. It also features an art gallery showcasing Antiguan and Caribbean art, open from Nov to April then the whole place closes down. It is housed in a chic hotel and run by Italians. Food is elegant but simple and is served on the terrace which overlooks the Bay. It is a bit remote and accessed by a road which has seen better days but worth the trek. Reservations on 460 4120.

PAPARAZZI is a peaceful waterside Italian on the Antigua Slipway at English Harbour, so perfect views of Nelsons Dockyard. Reached either by road or water taxi from Nelsons ( $ 10). Full quality Italian menu with moderate prices – good wine list. Phone 268 562 8136 or