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Anguilla Restaurant & Dining Reviews

Review - Barrel Stay, Bananaís, Oliverís & more 05/17/2006
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
Restaurants: Anguilla has many great places to eat, some I consider “LOCAL” – locals go or recommended, some I consider “TOURIST” – everyone goes because it’s the place to go – their hotel concierge told them to go. We go to the “LOCAL” places to eat.
There are a lot of other places to eat but in a week it is hard to hit them all plus as you will read on this board everyone has their favorites.
Depending on where you are from, food is expensive on the Island but well worth the money – Average lunch with drinks was $40. to $60., dinner average was $120. to over $200./dessert, bottle of wine. NOTE: All restaurants include a 15% service charge, which is your tip, but feel free to add based on your service. Also call ahead if possible for reservations even if the Island is slow plus some restaurants are closed one day a week.
Sand Piper Restaurant (Old Le Beach) – part of Shoal Bay Villas – Shoal Bay East coming down the road to SB East last right turn at KU right before stone wall on the left. Friday lunch, great fish sandwiches – “best on the Island”, good drinks & great beach. Service was good.
Jackie is the Manager; if it is OFF SEASON and space is available she will let you use their lounge chairs – complementary if you have lunch at the restaurant.
Deon’s Overlook – Friday Dinner – Back Street
Great view of Sandy Ground – We have enjoyed dinner here before and Deon did not disappoint us. My wife had crayfish, which was good, and I had fresh fish – great. Deon offers breakfast and added a deck. He also has a restaurant in Chilmark, MA. Overlook is #5 out of our top 5 places for dinner.
Le Bistro – at Malliouhana Hotel & Spa – Meads Bay Beach – Lunch Saturday. Nice beach used our villa chairs. Lunch – fish sandwich – was fair, conch fritters good – French fries great. Iced tea was also great and served in a beautiful large glass. Beach is beautiful.
Barrel Stay - Dinner Saturday night – Sandy Ground – NEW OWNERS!
Our number one restaurant and place to eat on the Island. They also serve lunch.
Jill Shepard – Great hostess and Graham Belcher the master chef came from England and now operate this great establishment. They still offer the famous seafood soup and Graham makes lobster ravioli (a big piece of lobster stuffed into an al dente ravioli with some other stuff in there too) - appetizer that will keep you coming back for more. Jill checks on how you’re doing, chats a bit but also allows you to enjoy your dinner in private.
Forget their "Great Menu" items their specials were fantastic, the tempura shrimp appetizer was cooked to perfection with a great flavor and the FRESH Wahoo with a sweet & sour sauce also had great flavor. Service was excellent with the atmosphere and setting perfect. Too full tonight for dessert, had them pack up the leftover food and back to the villa with our snack.
Oliver’s Seaside Grill - Dinner – Sunday night
Our 2nd favorite spot. The food, atmosphere, setting and staff are all above and beyond. The staff was very attentive, yet unobtrusive service, live jazz played in the background.
For an appetizer try the cinnamon basil shrimp over pasta, it was so great you will wish you had it for your entrée (which you can get) and the lobster cake, which was chock full of succulent lobster with a light lobster sauce was also excellent. For an entrée the Island Snapper was scrumptious.
Bea is the manager and a wonderful hostess; she came around a few times to chat and check on us but also gave us our privacy. No room for dessert but they offered a great selection.
Sand Piper Restaurant – back on Monday for another fish sandwich lunch and relaxing on our favorite Beach.
Banana’s by the Sea - Meads Bay - Monday Night - Dinner -
Bob has a Banana’s on St. Maarten/St. Martin and recently opened on Anguilla. What a lovely restaurant with a nice location. Wonderful food, service and setting.
No offense to Bob, his place is #4 out of 5 on our favorite places for dinner, they also serve lunch. Bob was a great host and his staff provided efficient service.
For an appetizer try their delectable green salad or calamari – not spicy but tastes great.
The mahi-mahi stuffed with crab and shrimp in a white wine sauce was great and the shrimp scampi was good. Consider their snapper in lobster sauce. For dessert we shared the triple banana, which was fantastic. You may also want to try their homemade key lime pie.
We couldn’t leave the island without another great meal at Barrel Stay so we had dinner there Tuesday night. Once again the fresh fish special was great, lobster ravioli appetizer was wonderful and this time we shared their chocolate dessert, which was excellent.
E-Oven’s for lunch on Wednesday – Great fried fish sandwich and chicken salad on pita. Service was good. They also serve dinner. “Nice Local Establishment”.
Ferry Boat Inn – Blowing Point area - Dinner – Wednesday – our last evening on the Island! #3 out of 5 of our favorite places for dinner.
We heard from locals and read on the Internet, about the Ferry Boat Inn having great burgers and the best rum punch drinks on the Island and we were not disappointed. Marjorie is the owner and her assistant Rhona took great care of us. Wednesday was "wing night' so we had to have some delicious hot chicken wings and they were tasty. The hamburger with sautéed onions was great and their French fries were also good. Other items are available for lunch or dinner.
Nice relaxing evening and some of our local friends were enjoying dinner here as well. Great way to end the perfect vacation.

Andy

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