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Whether St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands know how to do food. Here are the territory’s top five restaurants, selected by our Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. La Tapa. Evocative of a European sidewalk café and located in the heart of St. John’s Cruz Bay, La Tapa is the place to go when you’re in search of a romantic night out. Chef and owner Alexandra Ewald’s passion for food is evident in her dishes, like the steamed mussels with white wine, garlic, fresh herbs, lemon and light cream. The menu varies nightly based on what’s available locally.
2. Grande Cru. Nowhere else in the Virgin Islands is a chef’s true understanding and appreciation of food evident like it is here. The restaurant’s waterfront setting at the posh marina and shopping center Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas only adds to the wonderful meal you’re sure to experience. The focus at Grande Cru is on housemade foods and ingredients, with the charcuterie plate in particular a shining example of the chef’s skill.
3. Savant. With a little bit of everything from across the globe —Thai, Mexican, Caribbean and more — you’re sure to find something you like at Savant on St. Croix. Local fish and produce are used to create the freshest dishes possible. But what really makes this restaurant special is its courtyard, created by the owner’s wife, who has a background in sculpture, film and fabrication — the romantic setting is like a love story come to life.
4. Eat @ Cane Bay. Cool owners, cool vibes and — yes — a cool menu make a visit to this beachfront, open-air restaurant on St. Croix’s north shore a must. Build your own burger with unusual toppings like smoked duck chili or seared foie gras. Even if you aren’t all that hungry, come here for a “food shot” — literally one spoonful of intensely flavored combinations like roasted beet with gorgonzola, white truffle oil and balsamic reduction.
5. The Old Stone Farm House. The premiere luxury restaurant on St. Thomas, The Old Stone Farm House is a joy from the moment you enter its beautiful courtyard — it’s surrounded by stone walls and arches reminiscent of the property’s history as a 200-year-old plantation. Take advantage of the restaurant’s nightly butcher block, where you can choose from fresh cuts of meat before joining the chef in the kitchen for a discussion of how you’d like it prepared. You won’t find service much more personalized than that.