The best restaurants are in the hotels and it is usually necessary to reserve a table. The above hotels provide exceptional cuisine as well as barbecues and entertainment on certain nights of the week, eg Oualie Beach has a Caribbean buffet on Sat with live music and masquerade dance, and surf and turf beach barbecue on Tue.
There are very few eating places in Charlestown: The Rainbow Cafe, behind Barclays Bank. Open daily 0700 until late, warm smiles, great service, soothing music, cold drinks, expresso cappuccino, bagels, sandwiches, roti, croissants. Callaloo on Main St, T4695389. Serves lunch from US$4 and dinner from US$6, local food, hamburgers, sandwiches, pizzas from 1800, open Mon-Thur 0700-2200, Fri, Sat 0700-2400, no smoking, bring your own wine, friendly service.
Eddy’s on same street is a tourist favourite for local food, T4695958. Drinks and music with string bands, bush bands or steel bands Sat 2000-2300, Happy Hour Wed 1700-2000. Cotton House, T4690305, at the Cotton Ginnery Mall. Local food with sea view, specializes in goat water and souse. Calypso Bistro, Heritage Plaza, T4695110. Courtyard garden bar and grill.
Saints and Sinners, T4690445, Lower Craddock Rd. Local dishes and seafood. Miss June’s, Jones Bay, T4695330. Open three times a week, Caribbean dinner party, preceded by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, wine, dessert, coffee and liqueurs included in price, numbers strictly limited so reservations essential. The Oualie Beach Club does local lunches and dinners, T4699735, 0700-2100.
Sunshines by the Sea, T4695817. Seafood and Sun bonfire on Pinney’s Beach. Most restaurants only open in the evenings in the off season or even shut completely. Prinderella’s, on the beach at Tamarind Bay, T4691291. Lunch 1100-1500, dinner 1800-1930, closed Tue, good for Happy Hour and dancing until 0300 on Fri night, brunch on Sun. Jamestown Beach Cafe, T4699224. Open daily from 1000. Mem’s Pizzería, Prospect Garden, T4691390. Excellent lobster pizza, seafood recommended. Sand Dollar Bar and Grill, T4695319, F4690614, next to the Four Seasons Hotel. Offers entertainment and happy hour Tue-Fri, closed Mon, party night is Fri, very popular.
For excellent local food try Cla Cha Del Restaurant and Bar, T4691841, completely out of the way in Newcastle (close to the airport) with good atmosphere at weekends. Jade Garden, T4699762, Newcastle. Healthy cuisine, salads, pizza, deli. Newcastle Bay Marina, T4699395. Italian and Spanish dinners.
Beachcomber Bar and Grill, T4691192, F4693388, on Pinney’s Beach. A great place to meet people. Unella’s By the Sea, T4695574, on the Waterfront offers great views although the service is slow. Cliffdweller’s Sunset Terrace, T4698262, F4655195, on Tamarind Bay offers spectacular views of St Kitts.
Tequila Sheilas, T4698633, F4690129, on Cades Bay. The place to be at weekends with dancing until late. For a more local, relaxed atmosphere try Muriel’s Cuisine, T4695920 on Happy Hill. Seafood Madness, T4690558. Great for takeaway orders, at the Sea Spawn Guest House. Hill Top Bar and Restaurant, T4693635, on Pond Hill. At Caribbean Cove, there is an American-style restaurant, T4691286. At the Botanical Gardens Martha’s Tea House serves sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and tapas, panoramic views, T4693680. Culturama Bar, Jessups, T4695206. Seafood specialities.