10 great places to eat lobster in Barbados

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10 great places to eat lobster in Barbados

In honour of September 25th being National Lobster Day we thought we would share a post on 10 great places to eat lobster in Barbados.   There is something for every budget here, from lobster in a risotto to whole tails.   Do let us know if you find any other great spots to enjoy it.

The Lobster Pot — Speightstown

The Lobster Pot is the only restaurant on the island that offers fresh local lobster as well as a number of other seafood delights.   Chef Gregory Austin has returned to his native Barbados after working at various establishments around the world including the two Michelin starred Le Gavroche where he worked inder head chef Michel Roux junior.

Lobsters Alive — Carlisle Bay

Though this restaurant is currently closed it reopens in October and is well known on the island (and with the nearby cruise companies whose passengers disembark closely and make a beeline for the place).

The secret to the restaurant’s success is its owner, Art Taylor, an Australian with an airplane who realized long ago that the best way to get fresh lobster in Barbados was to go off-island and get it himself. Each week, he flies twice to Bequia in the Grenadines and loads his small single-engine Cherokee airplane with a good 700 pounds of the spiny treats. All of it ends up in a massive holding tank located inside the restaurant. In season, it’s not uncommon to have upwards of 3,000 lobsters splashing around on-site, providing a nice little show for those dining inside. (Read more on UncommonCaribbean )

Tides — Holetown

As you first walk into Tides you would be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into an art gallery by mistake, not a restuarant.   Don’t be fooled though, this beautiful location is both.  The walls are adorned with the most incredible art, all available to purchase, which makes quite the backdrop as you wait for your table to be ready, or as you wander off to the bathroom.

The location of this restaurant really is one of the best spots on the island in our opinion.  When you make your reservation make sure you ask for a railside table, to be sure you are on the edge with the best view (subject to availability obviously).

Zen Barbados — The Crane

This restaurant has been awarded the top spot on  Zagat’s Barbados food chart (yet how many people outside of Barbados have heard of compared to the likes of The Cliff etc).

Zen’s sophisticated, Asian-inspired architecture and interior decor complement its dramatic setting, complete with an all-glass frontage offering spectacular views of Crane Beach.

Private booths, designed in traditional Japanese style, and a large Tatami room with a recessed floor, provide an option for parties up to 14 to dine in privacy.

The Fishpot — Little Good Harbour

This little ocean front restaurant, which is housed in a 17th century fort ( Fort Rupert ) is considered by many to be one of the leading restaurants in Barbados.  Created by a husband and wife team 17 years ago it really is a stunning spot, no matter the time of day.

Champers — Bridgetown

Champers is a magical place when the sun goes. Our Open Terrace is light by lanterns and candlelight and overlooks the Caribbean Sea. The dinner menu is uniquely authentic; international with bold and intense Caribbean flavours.

Bajan Blue — Sandy Lane

For beachside Barbados dining, the atmospheric Bajan Blue is perfect. Located on the Lower Terrace, this informal restaurant offers all day dining and a mélange of European, Caribbean and Asian influenced cuisine

Lonestar — Mount Standfast

Lonestar is an iconic building, which started life as a garage and from the road you can see how the owners have always preserved that look.   Another stunning setting, it is a beautiful location for a decadent lunch.

Primo Bar and Bistro — St Lawrence Gap

This beach side bistro is down in a part of town that you might think of as just being “party central”.  Only opening at 5pm it provides a great spot for reasonably priced food and drinks as you watch the sunset.

Nikki Beach — Port Ferdinand

You might have heard of Nikki Beach before as they have a few other resorts around the world, this one is new in Barbados and is already one of THE places to be seen.

Nikki Beach Barbados serves lunch by the sea seven days a week. Diners will enjoy Nikki Beach’s globally-inspired cuisine and signature sushi boats, dishes with local flair, organic chicken, fresh fish and seafood and an on-site rotisserie. Nikki Beach is dedicated to using seasonal, local ingredients that are organic whenever possible to create farm-to-table dishes that support the Barbados community


You might be wondering why we haven’t included that most famous of Barbados restaurants, The Cliff, on this list.   Well at the time of writing they weren’t serving lobster on their menu so they can’t appear on a list of 10 great places to eat lobster in Barbados! 🙂