20 Must-Try Restaurants and Bars in Barbados

November 17, 2020

by Hillary Anne

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Whenever we think of spending lazy days under the sun surrounded by clear, azure waters, we automatically think of pristine Caribbean beaches. While looking for hotels in the Caribbean is easy with different booking websites available, it can be tricky to decide where to dine and wine on the island. Granted we want great food, but we also want good service and amazing views. Well, if you’re heading to Barbados — an eastern Caribbean island famous for its warm hospitality, idyllic beaches, and fresh seafood — you’re in luck because we have put together below some of the must-try Barbados restaurants and bars to complete your itinerary.

 

If you went through our list of the best seafood restaurants in the U.S., you might have probably developed a certain standard when it comes to the freshness, flavor, and presentation of your food. Well, fret not because Barbados restaurants are serious about localizing the Caribbean cuisine. From casual dining at Cafe Luna to fine dining at the more sophisticated The Cliff, these Barbados restaurants on our list certainly won’t disappoint.

 

If you don’t want to miss any of your sports matches while on a holiday, don’t worry because there are sports bars in Barbados that offer exquisite cuisine to boot! Catch your favorite teams’ games at Bubba’s Sports Bar while sipping on their signature rum cocktails with fellow enthusiasts. But if you are looking for a laid back pub or a provocative Caribbean night, there is also a roster of chill bars in Barbados that you can choose from.

Best Bars and Restaurants in Barbados 

 

1. Cafe Luna

a dimmed rooftop restaurant in barbados

Photo from the Cafe Luna Facebook

 

Address: Enterprise Beach Road, Christ Church, Barbados
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (breakfast), 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (lunch), 6:00 PM to 10 PM (dinner).

 

In Cafe Luna, you will experience al fresco dining in one of the best Barbados restaurants. Located on the rooftop of Little Arches Hotel, Cafe Luna welcomes you with its comfy and homey patio set-up, which creates a romantic atmosphere, especially during sunset.

 

However, Cafe Luna is not only a blockbuster at night. They can also fuel up your day with their pancakes and sandwiches for breakfast as well as their seafood and meat options for lunch. Their menu ranges from US$12 to US$23. Apart from these, they also offer a three-course dinner for only US$40 with your choice of starter, main course, and dessert.

 

2. Tapas

a man holding a tray filled with plates of barbados food

Photo from the Tapas Facebook

 

Address: The Boardwalk Main Road, Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM. Open from Monday to Sunday.

 

Hailed as one of the Restaurants of the Year by the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Tapas is a dynamic seaside venue for a memorable Caribbean dining experience. It is a small two-story open-air edifice propped with tables and a bar table.

 

Contrary to the notion of Spanish tapas, the Tapas Barbados menu comprises an amalgam of Caribbean cuisine with Italian flair. They offer salad, pasta, seafood, meat, and curries. Their main dishes range from US$13 for a Baked Rigatoni to US$45 for a 16-ounce Ribeye steak. Aside from these, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth with their dessert menu, as well as your thirst for alcohol with their roster of wines, cocktails, and handcrafted alcohols.

 

3. The Beach House Restaurant

candlelit dining by the ocean

Photo from The Beach House Restaurant Barbados Facebook

 

Address: Holetown, St. James, Barbados
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM from Thursday to Sunday

 

The Beach House Restaurant is exactly how you imagined it when you read its name. It’s a restaurant that is perched on a beach, and since it’s on the west coast it’s the perfect place to see the enchanting sunset. But what makes it more special is the dining experience that is deemed outstanding even by international standards.

 

On their menu, they offer casual dining. Their soups, salads, and other dishes are well-prepared by their chefs. For your main dish, you can choose from a US$19 burger that can be made with a meat patty or its alternative, a vegan black bean burger. Or you can also opt for their On the Day Chef’s Special at US$29. Aside from these, they also offer a three-course Sunday platter (US$38) that consists of starters, salads, hot dishes and vegetables, meats and fishes, and dessert.

 

Pro Tip: Visit this restaurant in Barbados from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM to score US$3 beers and rum during their Happy Hour.

 

4. Champers

an open-air restaurant in barbados by the ocean

Photo from the Champers website

 

Address: Skeetes Hill, Christ Church, Barbados
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM (lunch), 5:45 PM to 9:30 PM (dinner). Closed every Saturday (for lunch only), and Monday.

 

Champers is one of the leading Barbados restaurants on the South Coast. It displays modern-rustic architecture that complements the view of the turquoise beach. With their innovative retractable roofs, you can enjoy the ocean breeze without worrying about the Caribbean heat. But if the weather will not allow you to dine outdoors, they also have an enclosed dining hall.

 

The restaurant offers international cuisines with brazen Caribbean flavors. A lot of their regulars are not only after the dishes made of fresh quality ingredients but they’re also partial to the congruence of quality and price of the food. Champers has a different lunch and dinner menu where the main course starts from US$20 to US$50. They also have a kid’s menu for your picky ones, as well as a wine and cocktail menu to complete your family dinner.

 

Also, while you’re at the restaurant, make sure to drop by the in-house Champers Art Gallery. This is curated by the gifted, Vanita Commissiong, one of the most prolific artists in Barbados. Her pieces are mostly about the common scenes in her hometown, Barbados, splashed with vibrant colors and intricate details. If you love her art, you can also buy her paintings, bags, and so much more at the gallery.

 

5. The Lone Star

an elegant restaurant in barbados with the view of the beach

Photo from the Lone Star website

 

Address: Mount Standfast, Barbados
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (breakfast), 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM (lunch), and 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM (dinner). Open from Monday to Sunday.

 

Contrary to its name, The Lone Star is always bustling with diners for the spectacular view, vintage white and blue interiors, and, of course, the dining experience. Since it is situated on the Platinum Coast, you can expect a laidback atmosphere as you listen to the waves crashing to the shores while enjoying the restaurant’s offerings.

 

Satisfy your taste buds with the exquisite Caribbean cuisine that is famed for its local ingredients. They offer a different menu for lunch and dinner. The price ranges from US$23 for a Panko Fried Flying Fish Sandwich lunch to US$62 for the Grilled 10 ounce American Black Angus Ribeye dinner. They also offer desserts, a kid’s menu and the Little Stars, as well as rums and martinis at the Star Bar.

 

6. Fish Pot Restaurant

a vintage restaurant in barbados by the ocean

Photo from the Fish Pot Facebook

 

Address: Shermans Six Mens, Barbados
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Open from Monday to Sunday.

 

Fish Pot Restaurant is nestled in what was once a historic port in the 1600s. It is easy to spot this vibrant restaurant since it’s near a modest fishing village in St. Lucy. Inside, you will be welcomed by vintage tropical interiors, with a stunning view of the ocean. Whether you dine here in the morning or evening, the view of the ocean is more than enough to entertain you.

 

Aside from dining with a view, the restaurant will also elate your palate with its Caribbean cuisine. Enjoy a variety of continental and full breakfast, salads and pasta for lunch, or meat and seafood for dinner. With entrees that cost between US$25 and US$49, you’ll have several options to satisfy not only your palate but your budget as well. Apart from this, the restaurant also offers various dessert and alcohol options to complete your meal.

 

7. Nishi Restaurant

a restaurant adorned with asian lanterns

Photo from the Nishi Restaurant website

 

Address: 2nd Street, Holetown, St. James. Barbados, West Indies.
Opening Hours: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Closed every Monday.

 

Nishi Restaurant is brimming with diners looking for Asian cuisine in the middle of the Caribbean. They have various dining halls adorned with numerous rattan lanterns and modernized wooden chairs. If you’re looking for casual dining, you can dine in the Courtyard, but if you’re hosting private parties or you just want an airconditioned dining hall, you can head to the Downstairs Dining Room.

 

This restaurant is particularly loved for its sushi, which is best eaten at their Sushi Bar. Here you can witness their seasoned chefs making fresh sushi for you. Besides sushi, the restaurant also offers a wide variety of English and Asian cuisines. Their main dishes range from US$30 for a Nishi Burger to US$59 for a 10 ounce New York Rib Eye. However, if you’re not a fan of meat. They also offer vegetarian or vegan options.

 

8. The Tides

aa charming white and blue tone restaurant by the ocean

Photo from The Tides website

 

Address: Balmore House, Holetown, St. James
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (lunch) and 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (dinner). Open from Monday to Sunday.

 

The Tides boasts a contemporary chic interior of white and shades of blue, complementing the azure Caribbean waters. The restaurant is divided into various open-air and enclosed dining halls. But The Tree House is diners’ favorite due to the Casuarina tree that grew from the floors to the roofs.

 

On The Tides’ menu, you will see a roster of international Caribbean cuisine with the signature Barbados seafood and meat dishes. Their main dishes range from US$30 for a Thai Vegetable Curry to US$70 for a Char-Grilled Caribbean Lobster Tail. They also have a selection of cocktail, champagne, and wine options to seal the day.

 

When you dine at the restaurant, make sure to visit The Tides Art Gallery to also see their collection of vibrant masterpieces from different artists both in Barbados and from all over the world.

 

9. Lobster Alive and All That Jazz

a restaurant with tables and chairs in the sand

Photo from the Lobster Alive and All That Jazz Instagram

 

Address: Wesley House, Bay Street Bridgetown, St. Michael Barbados
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (lunch) and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (dinner). Open from Monday to Saturday. While on Sunday, they are only open for lunch.

 

When they said that seafood plays a huge part in Barbados food, Lobster Alive and All That Jazz stayed true to their Bajan roots. This beachside restaurant began as a seafood wholesaler on the island. However, after some years, together with a local VSOP Jazz band Stu Jenkins, it became an internationally-acclaimed restaurant that we know of today.

 

Their menu consists of crustacean Barbados food, ranging from a Catch of the Day worth US$33 to a 10 ounces steak at US$44. You can also choose from their Live Seafood from the Tank and pay depending on the weight. Then, they will cook it according to your preference. 

 

Apart from being a seafood haven, Lobster Alive and All That Jazz is also a good place to chill out with good music. Every day is not the same, since the band varies.

 

10. The Cliff

a fine dining restaurant adorned with torches and candles

Photo from The Cliff Facebook

 

Address: Derricks, St. James, Barbados Appleby, Barbados BB24110
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday. But they are also open on Sundays during the high season.

 

Landing on the third spot of Trip Advisor’s Best Fine Dining Restaurants — Caribbean (2020), The Cliff is the no-brainer Barbados restaurant for any celebratory dinners. Their interiors are similar to classic European restaurants. But what makes it more romantic is the restaurant’s dim lighting and, of course, the fact that it is frequented by the rich and famous.

 

The Cliff is headed by Chef Paul Owens, and their menu offers an ample selection of international flavors categorized into lunch, dinner, and breakfast. If you’re worried about your budget, the restaurant is actually relatively priced. In fact, they offer a three-course meal that costs only US$40.

 

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to dine here, just make sure to book ahead since it’s usually busy. Some people even book months before their trip to Barbados.

 

11. Fisherman’s Pub & Beach Bar

a traditional restaurant adorned with swim rings

Photo from the Fisherman’s Pub Facebook

 

Address: 4 Church St Gardens Rd, Speightstown, Barbados
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Open from Monday to Saturday. Closed every Sunday.

 

A laid back bar in Barbados, the Fisherman’s Pub & Beach Bar started as fishermen and locals’ favorite rum shop. They sell local rum and beer as well as ham and cheese cutters. Then, eventually, it became a hub for foreign diners who want to get a taste of authentic Barbados food. Satisfy your palate with dishes from their bar menu or a Creole buffet, which range from US$5 to US$10. Don’t forget to add the liquors that cost between US$1 and US$3 per glass/shot.

 

12. Aeon Bar & Grill

a line of different alcoholic drinks

Photo from the Aeon Bar & Grill Facebook

 

Address: Sheraton Mall, Barbados
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM from Monday to Wednesday. 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM from Thursday to Saturday; 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM every Sunday.

 

Aeon Bar & Grill is a pop culture bar in Barbados. They host gaming tournaments like Tekken, Fifa, and other Nintendo games, such as Dragon Ball and Super Mario. Expect that this bar can get very lively and rowdy, but for sure you’re going to have a good time. Their menu comprises the usual Barbados food, such as seafood finger food, pasta, burgers, and steak that range from US$5 to US$33. Of course, they also have a vast collection of booze that ranges from US$3 to US$23 per glass.

 

13. Bubba’s Sports Bar

a restaurant filled with TVs and screens

Photo from Bubba’s Sports Bar & Restaurant Facebook

 

Address: Bridgetown, Barbados
Open Hours: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM every Monday to Thursday. 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM every Friday and Saturday; 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM every Sunday.

 

Barbados is not all about the beach and water activities. At Bubba’s Sports Bar, you can enjoy your sports matches with their three 10-feet screens and 22 TVs connected to two satellites. So, even though you’re not in the U.S., you can still catch up on your favorite sports, including the English Premier League Football, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, and Formula One racing. Sometimes you can also watch Heavyweight Boxing, Golf Tournament, or even some Hockey. And, of course, food and drinks will always be part of watching sports, right? Well, fret not because Bubba’s Sports bar offers various dishes ranging from finger food, pizza, to a grilled 16-ounce steak that costs US$50. They also serve vodka, cognac, cocktails, and more that range from US$6 to US$8 per glass/shot.

 

14. Little Bristol Bar

an outdoor restaurant in barbados filled with colorful picnic tables

Photo from the Little Bristobal Beach Bar Facebook

 

Address: Speightstown, Barbados
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM from Saturday to Thursday. 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM every Friday. Closed every Monday.

 

Another chic bar in Barbados, Little Bristol Bar is a quaint food truck bar with picnic tables covered with umbrellas. It’s another good spot to unwind because it is spacious and you can also get an unobstructed view of the sparkling blue waters. On their menu, aside from their gourmet sandwiches and burgers that cost US$17, they also have wines at US$7 per glass, and cocktails at US$6 to US$8.

 

15. Sharkey’s Bar

a colorful bar in barbados

Photo from Sharkey’s Facebook

 

Address: St Lawrence Gap, Oistins, Barbados
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Open from Monday to Sunday.

 

Also located in the nightlife district in Barbados, Sharkey’s Bar is the in-house bar of The Boatyard. It has a very inviting ambiance with its colorful tables, seats, and lively music. The bar opens at 9:00 AM and the party sometimes starts as early as 1:00 PM. Get ready to join the Caribbean party with their cocktail mixes of rum and other liquors, which range from US$8 to US$9 per glass. For the party animals who don’t want to miss any fun and stay awake till dawn, you can also try any variant of their Frozen Coffee Cocktails made with Italian Espresso for only US$9.

 

16. Café Sol

a mexican bar in barbados

Photo from the Cafe Sol website

 

Address: Oistins, Barbados
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM. Open from Tuesday to Saturday. Closed every Sunday and Monday.

 

The Tex-Mex bar of Cafe Sol is one of the first bars in Barbados that will welcome you to the nightlife district of The Gap. Their interior settles you in a Mexican fonda with its broad archways, color palette, and vivid mosaic-tiled tables. Their menu consists of the usual Mexican favorites, such as nachos, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos that range between US$9 and US$16. But what drives people to this bar is their sweeping list of margarita and mojito variants.

 

Pro tip: Drop by Cafe Sol from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM or 10:00 PM to 12:00 PM to catch their Happy Hour. You can get good deals in their house pouring brands and signature margaritas.

 

17. The Tiki Bar

various alcoholic drinks with a purple tiki glass

Photo from the Tiki Bar Facebook

 

Address: Rockley Beach, Bridgetown, Barbados
Open Hours: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Open from Monday to Sunday.

 

One of the unique bars in Barbados, The Tiki Bar exhibits a signature exotic-looking Polynesian interior. Aside from being situated along the pristine Rockley beach, The Tiki Bar attracts diners because of its nipa hut counters lined with Tiki-god-looking bar stools. Either you want to get a quick bite of their US$11 burgers, or choose from their roster of creatively named cocktails and regular liquors, The Tiki Bar is ready for you. They also have frequent deals and events, like the Tiki Beach Special with six Carib beers + beach lounger + shared umbrella for only US$15. Make sure to stay tuned on The Tiki Bar’s Facebook for promo announcements.

 

Pro tip: Watch the sunset at The Tiki Bar with a cocktail in your hand. Drop by every Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM for Happy Hour.

 

18. Mojo Bar

a man pumping some alcohol to the glasses

Photo from the Mojo Bar Facebook

 

Address: Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM from Monday to Saturday; 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM every Sunday.

 

A popular bar in the southern part of the island, Mojo Bar is a local favorite that is carving its niche in the international scene. They are particularly known for their good music that makes everyone sing along with them. You can also find black and white portraits of musicians hanging on their walls and a room specifically dedicated to Bob Marley.

 

Dine-in at Mojo Bar any time of the day. Have a sumptuous breakfast with their omelets that starts at US$8. Or you may also get a 10 ounces steak at US$28 or pasta at US$24. Of course, don’t forget to try their liquors. Watch out for their weekly drinks specials, such as the US$20 pitchers of Milagro Margaritas and US$3 Heineken on Wednesdays.

 

19. Crystal Waters Beach Bar

a simple beach house turned bar in barbados

Photo from Crystal Waters Guest House & Bar Website

 

Address: Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM from Monday to Saturday; 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM every Sunday.

 

If you are looking for a more relaxed and straightforward beachside bar in Barbados, head to Crystal Waters Beach Bar. It has a very serene atmosphere for a beach bar. Instead of hearing loud music blasting from the speakers, you are serenaded by the waves crashing on the shores. However, this is not the case on Sundays. When you visit on a Sunday, you will be serenaded by a live band. Also, there will be more white, foldable tables and chairs propped outside for the Sunday Beach Buffet (US$20) from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

 

Pro tip: Score cheaper liquors when you visit during their Happy Hour at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Monday to Saturday) or 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Sunday).

 

20. Harbour Lights Night Club

a woman enjoying a shot at a bar in barbados

Photo from the Harbour Lights website

 

Address: Marine Villa, Bay Street, St. Michael, Barbados
Opening Hours: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM every Wednesday and 9:00 PM to 3:00 PM every Friday.

 

Unlike most bars in Barbados that are simple and usually filled with locals, Harbour Lights Night Club is more similar to a westerner’s night club, except you’re in an open-air venue with sands on your toes. Most of the partygoers here are foreigners dancing to the trendy local and international music. On top of these, you can access the free-flowing punches, beer, rum, vodka, and more when you pay the cover charge of US$35. Then, when you get hungry, you can also order food at The Grill.

 

If you’re coming with children, they also have a very colorful and energetic Dinner Show that you can attend. Here you can learn more about the Bajan culture in a more compelling way.

 

Final Thoughts

Since Barbados capitalizes on its tourism industry, it’s no surprise that it is bustling with a lot of restaurants and bars at every turn. We can also agree that the service, menu, and quality are standardized and almost similar to each other. In fact, most of the restaurants in Barbados already include a vast selection of liquors to complete your Caribbean dining experience.

 

However, don’t think that trying one restaurant seals the deal for all Barbados restaurants. As much as their similarities overpower their differences, what makes one special lies in the memories that you make with your own personal experience. So, head to the Barbados restaurants or bars that most appeal to you and make your own unique experience.