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Barbados is the only Caribbean island that’s been rated by populist restaurant ratings service Zagat. From upscale beachfront restaurants to intimate local spots that offer the comfort of a family member’s home, there are more options on this upscale island than most others in the Caribbean. Here are our picks for the best restaurants to try in Barbados.
1. Champers Wine Bar and Restaurant. For charming ambiance and upscale seafood with a French flair to match, Champers is a top Barbados option. The restaurant is located on the South Coast and sits atop a cliff overlooking the popular Accra Beach. Ask for a seat inside the waterfront dining gazebo, and be sure to stop by the art gallery upstairs and check out the local paintings before you leave.
2. Zen. One of the last type of cuisines you’d expect to indulge in when you’re in the islands is Asian, but Zen, located inside the Crane resort, is one of the island’s most popular for a reason. The picturesque dining room overlooks the sea and there’s even a private room in the traditional tatami style that can accommodate up to 14 people. Try the Thai or the Japanese tasting menus, both of which offer a variety of authentic, expertly prepared dishes.
3. Fisher Pond Great House. Looking for a blast-from-the-past experience? On Sunday afternoons at this 17th century plantation house, you can indulge in a five-course buffet of traditional West Indian dishes. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have famously hosted formal dinners here. Each seating only accommodates up to 80 guests, so we recommend calling ahead and making reservations.
4. Brown Sugar. No trip to Barbados is complete without taking a trip to the West Coast for local fare. Our favorite spot, Brown Sugar, is the kind of intimate and welcoming spot that feels like visiting the home of a relative. As for the food, the lunch buffet is popular with locals and dinner is popular with tourists, who come to dig into plates of herb-crusted red snapper and curried coconut shrimp.
5. The Cliff. For foie gras and beef carpaccio, escargot and mahi mahi, the best upscale restaurant for discerning palettes is The Cliff. Just like Champers, The Cliff provides diners with a beautiful cliff-top ocean front view (but from this closer-to-the-water location, you just might spy a stingray or two if you’re lucky).