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    Restaurants in Montego Bay

    Whatever your culinary fancy, Jamaica has it all. If you want to grab a quick bite or luxuriate through a seven course meal; if you want to eat Italian, Japanese, French or even Jamaican food, there are chefs to cater to your every whim and there are prices to suit every pocket. Beyond advising that you should not leave Jamaica without trying such delicacies as ackee and saltfish, rice and peas, pumpkin soup, roast breadfruit, jerk chicken, Jamaican patties or ginger beer, we simply present you with a list of restaurants and leave the choice to you.

    Most restaurants offer a pick-up service when you call to make a reservation.

    Akbar is an authentic Indian restaurant, as the attractive decor designed by Jamaican artist, Dawn Scott, proclaims, and it more than lives up to the reputation of its renowned sister establishment in Kingston. The menu offers dishes with such exotic names as Chicken Tikka Masala and Vegetable Jaipupi and will please beginners as well as long-time devotees of the cuisine. Call 979-0133.

    Belfield 1794 on the Barnett Estate is unique in that it stands in what was once a sugar mill. The sturdy circular, stone building round which oxen once plodded, turning the great press which squeezed the juice from the sugar cane, has been creatively remodeled into an attractive dining room and bar. Soft lighting warms the stone walls and creates a cozy atmosphere where diners can enjoy the best of fare. A tour of the Barnett Estate Great House could be an added bonus to an enjoyable meal. 952-2382.

    The Brewery on Miranda Ridge offers a cozy, pub atmosphere in its sports bar and tasty bar food with no less than 12 varieties of burgers on the menu. They also have an attractive restaurant patio, overlooking the bay. 940-2613

    Caribbean Cafe at Caribbean Showplace in Ironshore is open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., offering casual dining with island foods and specialties. 953-8263.

    Day O Plantation. A pretty garden terrace for dining under the stars. Seafood features strongly. The Day O Snapper is one of our favourites. Host is musician Paul Hurlock, so live music goes with the scenery and at weekends a steel band and dancers add to the entertainment. Wonderful setting for weddings. They will make all the arrangements for you. 952-1825.

    Docks Caribbean is on the beach, by the pool at the Coyaba Hotel, five minutes to the east of Montego Bay airport. Food is excellent, prices are reasonable and the home-made cakes are “out of this world”. Open 10-30 a.m to sunset. Enjoy a live Reggae band every Thursday night. 953-9150.

    Dolly’s – situated on Sunset Boulevard at Hotel Gloria Plaza, between Sundance Resort and the airport, Dolly’s clientele comes from all the resort area hotels especially to enjoy her Jamaica-style cuisine. You can’t leave Jamaica without sampling her sweet potato pudding served warm with a special sauce, so good it was featured on NBC television. Prices are reasonable and smoking is permitted on the outside patio. 979-0045.

    Dunn’s Villa, a short hop from the Wyndham Hotel, has an excellent chef. Jamaican country-style dinner is served every night and we especially recommend the steamed fish in coconut milk and their home-made ginger beer. Happy Hour from 6 pm to 8 pm. Friday night is “Jerk Night”, a barbecue featuring Jamaica’s famous jerk spices, by the pool. Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 am to 3 pm. Their garden party is a special event. Call ahead for reservations. 953-7459.

    Glistening Waters in Falmouth. A dining experience you should not miss. Dinner beside the magic waters of the luminous lagoon with its darting fish etched in eerie light. Seafood is the specialty. Open 8 am to 11 pm every day. 954-3427.

    Greenhouse on Gloucester Avenue opposite Doctor’s Cave, has a pleasant, coffee shop ambience with good food at reasonable prices. 952-7838.

    Estate Cottage at Caribbean Showplace in Ironshore is open from 6-30 p.m. to 11-30 p.m. Reservation only. The decor blends old Jamaica charm with ultra-modern elegance and the cuisine is international, featuring Caribbean specialties. 953-8263.

    Guangzhou on Miranda Ridge, offers daily lunch time specials which attract a faithful local clientele while its superb panoramic view of the bay make it a romantic setting for dinner. The genuine Chinese chef will prepare your favourite Chinese dish to order. 952-6200

    Ma Lou’s. Take a culinary cruise and taste the Caribbean at this gourmet jewel. From her journey to the islands, Ma Lou has captured the essence of their indigenous flavours and prepares an exciting array of delectable dishes just for you. 952-4130

    Marguerite’s is one of the finest seafood restaurants in the island. Enjoy an romantic and intimate dinner served on the starlit water’s edge terrace by an attentive staff. Creatively prepared Caribbean seafood specialties include Cognac Lobster, Pimento Smoked Blue Marlin and Tijuana Shrimp. Flambeau specialties are prepared at your table and an imaginative selection of imported steaks, vegetarian specials and pastas complete the culinary experience. Open for dinner only. Reservations are preferred and complimentary shuttles are provided in the Montego Bay area. Call 952-4277.

    Margueritaville, centrally located on the Hip Strip and where the party never stops. By day bounce about on the water trampolines, relax in the rooftop hot tub or ride the monster slide that plunges 110 feet into the Caribbean. At night the danceteria swings to the latest international and local sounds. But whenever you visit sample the grilled specials, fajitas, burgers and authentic local fare. Wash it all down with one of the 52 tropical flavors of margueritas or bongs of beer. Something’s always happening at Margeritaville. Call 952-4777.

    The Native in an attractive location on Gloucester Avenue. Excellent Jamaican food at reasonable prices. Their Boonoonoonos (Jamaican for “excellent”) Platter lets you sample a number of local delicacies while their salad bar overflows with tropical goodies. Seafood specials on Fridays nights. Superb lunch buffet Fridays and Sundays. Call 979-2769 for free pickup.

    Orlando’s Cuban Cafe, a must for lovers of Cuban cuisine. Located on the Hip Strip. 952-8554.

    The Pelican. For thirty five years a favourite eating place for locals and visitors. A comprehensive international menu is enlivened with daily Jamaican specials while their Jamaican breakfasts are a Montego Bay institution. Round off your meal with one of their famous sundaes or a banana split and you’ll still be within your budget. Situated on Gloucester Avenue. 952-3171.

    Richmond Hill Inn at the top of Union Street, on the top of a hill with the best view in town, offers European cuisine with a Jamaican touch. Lobster is a specialty of the house. Open 5-30 pm to 11 pm every day. 952-3859.

    Rose Hall Beach Club has an attractive restaurant right on the beach, offering a wide variety of snacks and dishes to keep your energy going while you sample their watersports. 680-0969.

    Royal Stocks, an authentic English Pub and Steakhouse at Half Moon Shopping Village with gleaming wood and polished brass decor. Darts, satellite T. V., “good oldies” music and blackboard menu add to the “pub” atmosphere. Good old English favorites like steak & kidney pie and fish and chips. Great steaks, fresh garden salads, Caribbean seafood and daily chef specials offer hearty fare. A children’s menu to welcome youngsters is available. 953-9770.

    Rio Brac Rest Stop half way between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios is an ideal place to break your journey.

    Rumjungle. Located at Coral Cliff, Montego Bay, this cafe and bar adds an exciting twist to Montego Bay’s nightlife. More than 100 varieties of rum, an incredible list of specialty drinks. An exotic Caribbean menu and live entertainment into the wee hours of the morning. Unwind and be intoxicated by the mysteries of the Jungle. 952-4130.

    Sugar Mill on the Golf Course at Half Moon Hotel. A pretty spot for lunch, under the shade of the almond trees and a romantic spot for dinner by candlelight, under the stars. The cuisine is international with a touch of Jamaica and the Caribbean serenely blended to remind you, if you were in any doubt, that you are in the tropics. Seafood features strongly on the menu 953-2314.

    Tapas. This restaurant is hidden behind the Coral Cliff Hotel and is well worth searching for. The name originates in Spain where bars serve snacks with wine. Montego Bay’s Tapas has a strong Spanish influence with Arabic overtones and a dash of Caribbean flair. All this is orchestrated by Canadian-trained chef, Oliver Magnus, who changes his menu every week. We especially enjoyed his “Tapas” dish – a sampling of several items on the menu, such as smoked duck and lamb with jerk sauce and guava glaze. 952-2988.

    The Vineyard is at Coyaba Hotel, five minutes beyond the airport to the east of Montego Bay. The hotel is the only “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” in Jamaica and the dining room certainly reflects that distinction. Executive Chef, Oliver Oertel, who hails from Germany, is a former Gold Ribbon winner and was voted “Chef of the Year” in Jamaica. The food is excellent and well worth a visit. 953-9150.

    The Voyage at the Aquasol Theme Park on Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay is a sports bar and restaurant right on the beach. It offers such old-time Jamaican favourites as Jerked Chicken and Oxtail and Beans along with a comprehensive international menu. Personalized pan pizzas let you do your own thing. 979-9447.

    Town House on Church Street. A favourite dining place of the rich and famous, their guest book includes such famous names as Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel.

    The red brick walls with their fine art collection, and candlelight gleaming on glass and silverware gives this place a strong character. A well established restaurant, the Town House’s reputation for great dining and fine wines has not dimmed in over thirty years. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day. 952-2660.

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