Barbados has a vibrant and evolving culinary scene. Similar to other Caribbean islands, it’s shaped by African, European and Indigenous influences. The result is an irresistible blend of savory meats, fresh seafood and more.

Flying fish and coucou is the national dish, and it’s worth trying at least once. The pudding in Pudding and Souse isn’t like the dessert. It’s a blend of sweet potatoes, pepper, salt and onions, paired with pickled pork. Barbados likes to put its spin on dishes popularized in other countries. Curry chicken, pepperpot and roti are three examples.

Wine and dine your partner at one of these Bajan restaurants.

The Tides

This restaurant once functioned as a home and parts of it retain that quality. The Tides is on the west coast of Barbados in Holetown. Whether you’re enjoying a cocktail or dining with your partner, the experience will be unforgettable for both of you.

For the best views of the Caribbean Sea, take a seat in the lanai. For equally great views, try the main dining area with its charming gazebo. There’s the cocktail lounge, which is a perfect place to pre-game before your meal. There’s live music on select nights.

Paul Owens at the Beach House

Another staple in Holetown is Paul Owens at the Beach House. It was founded by chef Paul Owens, who has decades of culinary experience and restaurateur Howard Palmer.

This Barbados restaurant is ideal for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day or an anniversary. The food is worth every penny. Try the Thai Green Chicken Curry, the Dolphin Au Gratin or the braised lamb shank.

The Cliff

This restaurant has a strictly elegant dress code, and it’s adults only.

Watch the chefs at work courtesy of the glass kitchen. There are options for vegetarians and vegans, too.

If you have room for dessert, try the Mount Gay Rum Baba or the Roasted Banana Soufflé. Both are infused with the national rum. Cakes, crêpes and sorbet are available as well.


If you’re in Bridgetown, go to this boardwalk restaurant in Barbados. Guests praise the fresh food, creative drinks and the views.

The menu boasts a broad selection that caters to just about every taste. Under “Tapas,” you’ll find tuna carpaccio, chicken samosas and goat cheese croquettes. For a starter, try the oxtail croquettes or the marinated grilled octopus. The main courses range from pasta to Chicken Katsu.